Schickendantz, 62 and dubbed Katmandu Rescue, spent more than four months catching and taming the cats. He spent thousands on their veterinary care, getting them neutered, vaccinated and treated for respiratory infections.
Twenty-eight of the wildest cats are living in a shed Schickendantz built in Hartville on land owned by a friend. The shed has a cat door and a ramp to shelves and sleeping boxes, where the cats hide when he and other caregivers visit with food and water.
Schickendantz, a tribal arts collector, needs help with the cost of feeding those cats and the five timid cats who remain in his care waiting to be adopted. One of them, Yellowman,almost died of pneumonia after being placed in the Hartville shelter.
Schickendantz estimates that he has caught and neutered nearly 1,000 cats in the last 50 years, finding homes for some and releasing the wild ones in areas where someone agrees to feed them.
Reach Schickendantz by e-mail, or 330-864-2879.