I called Toni , and she came out with her husband in March 2014 to rescue some feral cats , they rescued two, and will be back in April, or May to rescue more. Especially a mini kitty mama, and her babies ,she recently had. God bless Toni, and her husband Mike making a difference in saving lives of beautiful fur babies that are dumped off, or unwanted, they do wonderful work, and they care so much! I would recommend them to anyone who needs their help!
Toni dedicates her whole being to helping TNR; the result is lower populations in shelters, lesser chances of spreading fatal & contagious feline diseases and higher homing rates for strays.
I contacted Toni on the Erie Trap and Release Facebook page about how to make something warm for some feral cats in my area, I live in Jackson, MS. I soon began chatting with Toni everyday and hoping that I would be able to somehow repay her kindness to me. We both obviously care deeply about the welfare of animals and helping to control the pet populations to alleviate the overcrowded shelters. I was struck by Toni's knowledge of simple inexpensive yet effective solutions for helping animals. Thank you, Toni tiger paw for your wonderful heart!
I met Toni few years ago when we had some kittens living under my daughters porch and we needed a trap to catch them before the snow started to fly. Toni is the Most caring person when it comes to saving kittens and cats. She does her Very best to care for any in her care. Who nos what would happen if her organization wasn't here. Thank God for Trap and Release
Toni has helped us multiple times when we've found strays, to answering questions and helping with our own cats. Erie Trap and Relesse is a huge blessing to Erie County.and the surrounding area. She truly cares about these cats.
I have adopted 3 kittens from Erie Trap and Release, the experience was great! I love the kittens, they are happy and healthy as can be. Toni does a great job coordinating with the public, the Vet, and trapping cats that may not have chance without her devotion and hard work.
Several months ago, I contacted Toni on FB, and she was here quickly to help. My neighbor and I heard, then saw 2 fluffy kittens by a next-door-neighbors shed. We lured them thru the chain-link fence, with pureed cat food. No mother in sight. I caught them just before Toni came. She took them in, cared for them, took them to the vet, and when they were old enough, found them a loving home, together. She has a beautiful, compassionate heart, and truly saves lives everyday. I would go nowhere else to adopt, knowing the loving care she gives them, She is truly an Earth-Angel.
Erie Trap and Release provide a wonderful service for not only area feral cats, but abandoned or lost cats in the community. They helped me with a feral colony by trapping, spaying/neutering, vaccinating and the return and release back to the area. Toni and Mike are great, caring people who truly give of themselves in an effort to save the homeless and unfortunate innocent cats and kittens in our area. Thank you!
I am a facebook follower of this site. The owner will always do everything in her power
to take in, vacinate, feed and care for stray cats. She then finds appropriate homes for them.
I hope to one day adopt a cat or two from her as she is one of the only available places that does not chip the felines. I do not want a chipped pet.
This rescue is one of the best I have seen. Tony puts her heart and soul into taking care of these cats and finding them homes. I have never met her personally, but I feel like I know her well. I do believe she would do without to give these cats what they need, she has never said that but know she has. She is so deserving of so much more and is one of the kindest people. These are some blessed cats to have her on their side. I wish I could help her more than I have, someday maybe I can. God Bless her!
Not many organizations help to stop the reproduction of feral cats in our area. This is a problem that needs continued support from Erie Trap and Release.
This woman takes in all the animals she either traps or that are dropped off to her. She gets little help financially but manages to get many spayed or neutered and find home. She really could use a hand so she can continue.
they do amazing work! I think what they do for the Strays is wonderful ❤️
Toni is a special woman that unselfishly opens her home to all of these poor kitties living on the street, cold and hungry.
The people that are involved with Erie Trap & Release are amazing and big hearted. There love for animals is truly inspirational.
Erie Trap and Release is an amazing cat rescue. Toni has dedicated her life to rescue and help cats others have thrown out.
I adopted a kitty from this organization and I couldn't be happier that they saved him and he has become mine they do such wonderful work love u guys and all u do for these fur babies and think you for my itty bitty hes a wonderful kitten
This nonprofit does an amazing job rehabbing many kitties and finding them loving homes. All kitties get vet check ups, vet care and are spayed/neutered and vaccinated before they go to their new homes!! It's clear a lot of hard work is put into rescuing and caring for these cats! This nonprofit deserves respect and support!
Erie trap and release is an amazing organization! They do so much for homeless helpless cats and kittens.
I contacted Toni via Facebook about a feral cat by my work that I had cared for for years. She had shelters and daily feeding. Animal control told me I was no longer allowed to feed her. I was devastated and didn't know what to do. I found erie trap and return by a blessing because I didn't know how this cat would survive. She depended on me since she was a kitten. Toni and her husband Michael came to my work right away and within an hour kitty was trapped humanely and taken to be cared for. I know Toni and Michael will make sure she has a wonderful life and she is so lucky and blessed to have them to care for her now. They were so easy to get along with and professional and surely dedicated to a wonderful cause.
Erie strap and release are wonderful people helping out all the cats in need of help I have so much respect for them
I called Erie Trap and Release when I noticed a very thin mother cat with 2 very young kittens living in a brush pile in an inner city neighborhood. Erie Trap and Release helped me set traps. We trapped the mother and a random male feral cat on the first day. The two kittens were trapped two and three days later.
Toni from Erie Trap and Release has made sure that all 4 cats received veterinary care, tests, vaccines and neutering. She has given me daily updates on “my cat family”. She loves what she does and is very good at it.
I am confident that the two adorable kittens will placed in good homes. I am very happy at the outcome for all 4 cats.
The most honest and caring people I have ever met...Saves the lives of feral cats and made neighborhoods save for all.
It's great someone is out there trying to help the feral population and outdoor cats.
Toni is an amazing woman. She has helped myself when I found a kitten outside of work and also she has helped my family with strays. She has a heart of gold. ❤️❤️❤️
Erie Trap & Release is a GOD SEND to the city of Erie!
Toni is such a devoted animal lover, who works tirelessly to help the kitties!
They are awesome. Helped me with my sick cat get the care she needed for an affordable price. Not comparable to anyone else. And was willing to help with the drop of a hat. Highly recommend.
I love them. I got my best friend from them. And they check all the time to make sure he is well
Toni is a very warm, compassionate person who takes great care of all the kittes, young & old, that come into her home! [I got my Jade from her.]
two of my fur-babies came from erie trap and release and if Toni hadn't saved them,I am sure they wouldn't be here. Toni does great work in Erie county and makes it affordable fr people to be able to adopt, spay/ or neuter, and shots so people can give them a great home without breaking the bank. Thank you ETandR for the work u do and for my wonderful babies!!
Toni has help many cats and kittens needing medical help or being spayed or neutered. Jewels was born in our barn and was losing her battle with life, Toni found us a foster to take her in a nurse her back to health. After months of antibiotics and fluids. Jewels was old enough to get spayed and shots. She is here on our farm and doing well. She loves to cuddle and be around humans.
Toni is such an amazing person. She puts her heart and soul into rescuing and caring for the cats.
Erie Trap and Release is such an awesome Animal Rescue !!! Toni runs the Rescue with such incredible kindness, thoughtfulness and love for animals. She goes above and beyond in her care for sick, abandoned, newborn and feral cats/ kittens.
Erie Trap and Release is a wonderful organization. Trapping feral kittys, spaying/neuturing, vaccinating and any vet care needed before either adoption or releasing them to caregivers. Lots of hard work and love into the care of the kittys. I myself have volunteered time when pissible and have also adopted from them. I love what they do and would love to see this organization grow!
This is a wonderful program for stry/ feral kitties, they help reduce the feral population and find homes for the tame and babies!
Erie Trap and Release has very dedicated people who are truly making a difference in feral cats lives! Toni Smith is always willing to help people who have feral cats. She makes sure the cats are spayed or neutered and brought back to where they live so they can thrive
This is a wonderful non profit, and it deserves all the help it can get
I'm a Facebook fanatic and am constantly seeing posts about hurt/abandoned cats and kittens that need help or somewhere to go and Toni is always one of the first to post she is on her way. The amount of time, money, and effort she puts into saving these animals is incredible.
Toni Smith is one awesome lady and i love what they do it helps the cat and kittens and she finds good homes for the kittens and cats
I live in another state but I have seen all the beautiful cats and kittens rescued by this group they work 24/7 to make sure that all the homeless kittens and cats are in a safe place until they are adopted to loving families toni works hard to make sure that they will be safe with the adopted families Ii you can and would like to be a part of this important work please donate to them they deserve to have a 5 star rating for their work savings lives if you love animals please donate what you can
Toni has a heart of gold. She has dedicated her life to helping the cats and kittens of our community!
What do you do when feral cats have kittens in an abandoned house next door? What do you do when the litter proceeds to make its home in your back yard? Where do you turn when your turned down from local non profits? Toni Smith,Erie Trap and Release, answer to the dilemma without hesitation. The kittens were trapped,neutered and released to their care giver,me.Thank you Erie Trap and Release for helping with the feral cat population.
Toni made it very easy for me to find a match for my family. Very nice and the work she does is amazing. She deserves so much praise for all that her and her husband do.
Erie Trap and Release is truly an asset to the community. Driven to end the cycle of feral/unwanted cats, Erie Trap and Release goes above and beyond to spay/neuter and provide medical help to the unwanted cats of Erie, PA.
Toni is selfless in her desire to improve the community and end the cycle of feral/unwanted cats. She has spent hours of her time to improve the lives of the feral/unwanted cats, thereby improving Erie. Toni is an incredibly valuable asset to Erie.
Erie Trap and Release does great work with the feral population in their community! From trapping, spay/neuter, and releasing to re-homing the cats & kittens that can't be released, they work hard to ensure quality of life AND address the overpopulation problem.
I generally don't donate out-of-area (I'm in Nevada), but I fully support Erie Trap and Release's mission, and have donated to help them carry out the important work they do for Erie!
Where to begin. I'll start with the one pro of this organization- when they truly are focusing on trap neuter and release (TNR) of feral cats, they are performing a wonderful service to the community. Unfortunately, that is really not the case anymore.
Taken from Erie Trap and Release's own website: "We are not a Shelter but an organization that works to Trap and Release or find homes for all cats and kittens". That's right, they are not a shelter but that is exactly what they are functioning as currently and it is a serious problem. Unfortunately things got out of hand and the owner is a cat hoarder, who truly believes she is taking amazing care of the cats. In reality, for at least the past several months (likely longer but that is all I can confirm for sure) she has kept around 20+ cats cooped up in dirty cages, with some not having the opportunity to run around, stretch, use their muscles or satisfy their hunter/playful instincts for months. That alone is cruel. They always have access to dry food as far as I know but of the many times I visited her residence (again, it's her house- not a shelter) the majority did not have access to clean water (bowls empty or water undrinkably dirty). There is not even enough litter in any of the litter boxes (which take up half of the cage anyway) to cover the bottom of the box, so cats can't properly bury their waste. I'm not sure how she decides which cats to put with which in each cage because it would be different every time, with different cats together with other cats in different cages each time I visited. So here is the huge problem. With a lack of resources to manage this many cats, a lack of knowledge about cat health, and the mentality of a hoarder who does not see the damage they are causing, these cats are all cooped up together in very unsanitary conditions. In the short 2-ish months I volunteered and donated to Erie Trap and Release, I can now confirm that a whopping 8 cats that were trapped in her cages (as opposed to TNR'ed) were diagnosed with FIP, a virus spread via feces (so the unkempt litter boxes and generally unhygienic conditions allowed this to spread like wildfire at rates far exceeding what FIP would normally be transmitted at). If you know anything about FIP, you know this is a death sentence for the cat, and a terrible death at that. Several have tested positive for feline leukemia as well, which can be easily transmitted from cat to cat in their small living quarters. How can this organization claim to be a "great" nonprofit when cats are actually dying from being forced to live in dirty cages at her house? As you would expect, this organization has been reported to the Humane Society in Erie, PA numerous times in the past and is currently under active investigation (you can call and confirm this if you'd like). The owner lied to me and said she had a permit to have this many cats at her residence but I recently found out she was questioned by the zoning ordinance in Erie, PA as well (you can only have up to 4 adult cats, so she is over that amount by about 15 at any given time). There is nothing legal or ethical about this organization. I know the owner believes she is doing her best but with no funding, severely delayed vet care (if any at all), lack of veterinary knowledge, and unsanitary conditions, these poor cats do not have a fighting chance if they get trapped in her house and contract the diseases the cats are spreading around to each other. Please do not support this "organization", as unfortunately at this point you would only be enabling an animal hoarder. It is unfortunate Erie Trap and Release is no longer functioning in the original spirit it began as, which was reducing the feral cat population via TNR.
Stay away from erie trap and release. This organization started out as intending to trap feral cats, have them neutered/spayed and vaccinated, and released to reduce the feral cat population. The owner really does love cats but she also clearly has hoarder tendencies. At some point the “release” factor of Erie Trap and release stopped happening and she has more than 20 cats living cooped up in dirty cages. There is barely enough litter in the boxes to cover the bottom and the majority of cages had no clean water to drink when I was there- either empty bowls or disgusting water. She runs entirely off of donations so cats are not taken to the vet until someone pays to adopt them. As a result, cats go for months and months without receiving any veterinary care, which is not okay for a cat that was living outside. She doesn’t understand how quickly disease can spread and doesn’t isolate anyone who is sick or take them to the vet. As a result I know of at least 3 cats that died in her cages in the past couple months alone. The cats I got from her were very sick- trapped in unhygienic cages all day long, they are passing around the same respiratory and eye infections, not to mention some of the worst flea infestations I have ever seen. When she does get donations, she uses the majority of money to pay for the Erie Trap and release van rather than on desperately needed care for the cats. She received $1000 from a charity competition and spent nearly the entire amount on her van payment, none of it to take cats to the vet. This organization started out with all the right intentions but now is an awful mess. They have been investigated by the humane society in the past for similar issues and it seems like they have headed down that path again. This organization needs to shut down ASAP before more cats die a slow death in the atrocious cage conditions.
We got our best cat lovey from here...ty so much. Could not ask for anyone better.
Charlie, a beautiful Siberian forest cat we've fed through two bitter winters and couldn't tame enough to stay in a home we got her, though she loved to hang around on the patio with us, eat catnip, etc., and her four gorgeous kittens, born this late spring, lived in a hell=hole of a rotting, run-down house with dead animals on the grounds, and predators in the area, a racoon, coyote, fisher cat (awful creatures), and the usual fleas and ticks. We weren't able to capture her last summer when she had one kitten, so this year, in the way of ferals, the population grew to four. Five animals slated for a miserable existence and early death. Enter Erie Trap and Release, Toni and Michael. We contacted them and in three days, they drove the 23 or so miles from Erie to North East, four times, to trap these five darlings. And because of the dangerous environment momma would return to, Toni went the extra mile and found a working job for Charlie on a horse farm in Venango County where she'll hunt rodents in return for food, water, and the shelter of five barns. Feral cat heaven! It was hard to lose Charlie, but we know we did the right thing. I think Toni was as excited as we were to place her there. These good people have a passion for cats that they live out, tirelessly, from day to day, doing TNVR (Trap, Neuter, Vaccinate, Release), the most humane way to control the very real and serious problem of unmanaged feral populations.
Please, please -- SUPPORT THIS ORGANIZATION with your time, if you can volunteer, money, contributions of food, buying T-shirts that help fund neutering. The business is a costly one, but so needed, and only this organization in this area will come and trap ferals for you, and keep the kittens, if tameable, not euthanizing them, until they find a forever home.
Which brings me to Part II of my story. My husband and I adopted one of Charlie's kittens, named him Charley, after her, and are having the time of our lives with him. Characteristic of Siberian cats, he's the most intelligent kitten we've ever had, affectionate, obedient (he's a kitten, so this is relative), and just playful and fun. Would have loved to have taken all four kitties, but I'm retired and that wouldn't work. So please take a look on Toni's site and seriously consider one or more -- a pearl grey, white tuxedoed male and two white- tuxedoed females (I thin both are female), with black fur and creamy gold/tan stripes. They have been in their safety crate now for two months and look somewhat subdued. They want to be running about and playing, I know. We used to play with them on the patio. I couldn't attach a pic of them bc it was too big, so you only have the pic of the three of them together, but they are amidst the many pics of others that Toni has to try to help.
Please take a look. We know that little Charley knows he's been rescued and he is truly grateful, we can tell.
Thanks Toni and Michael, for all that you do!!
I was moving from my house in Erie and my cat decided she did not want to move. She went up into the attic and no amount of coaxing was getting her anywhere close enough to catch her. I called Erie Trap and Release to borrow a trap and before I knew it Toni and her husband were on the way with trap and a can of food to use as bait. It took 3 days for Slinky to come out and get tapped but now she is happily in her new house with me and her 2 dog siblings, right in bed like nothing ever happened! Thanks guys!
Meet Nessie, but just who saved who.
In December of 2014, two months after the loss of my mom, I saw a video on Facebook showing this precious soul. I already had a dog and two cats at home, but I could not keep my eyes off of her. I watched that video at least 50 times. The pain in my head, the weight on my shoulders, and the ache in my heart were quite real and sometimes very intense and overwhelming. But after I showed my husband that video for the tenth time, he finally said if you want her let’s go get her. So I messaged Erie trap and release that I wanted to meet her. Mind you this was a Friday night at 10:00 PM in the middle of a snow storm in Erie, PA. So we went to pick her up and bring her home, and to pick up all of the supplies I would need for a kitten. Her first two weeks were spent hiding behind my bookcases in my study, I would go in and sit with her and speak softly to her in a two foot by two foot area, as my extra furniture to set our Christmas tree were being stored in that room. The first time she came out of hiding and let me pet her the pain, the weight, and the ache were finally lifted from me. She desperately wanted to be loved but the fear she had for humans was quite great, so we took baby steps until she was ready for the next amount of contact. The day she crawled into my lap I wanted to cry for joy, she had accepted me. Now she is my tailless tail, for she is calico Manx, and she literally follows me everywhere in our house and this includes the shower
This would not have been possible, if it wasn’t for Erie trap and release. They were the ones who rescued her, fostered her, and had her spayed and updated with shots. They were the ones who put her video on Facebook for me to see. Erie trap and release not only saved my precious Nessie, but they saved me too. So I must ask, just who saved who?
We had a feral momma cat drop off kittens in our garage 3 years in a row. One day we finally caught her, but with 4 adopted rescue cats already, we had no place to keep her. We called many others, but they were the only ones that would help us. Not only that, they called back within 15 minutes, clearly explained everything and set up times that were convenient for us. They came, helped us conduct a very thorough search for her latest litter, and got her fixed, vaccinated and vet checked within a week. We still have not found her latest litter, but momma cat shows up daily on our deck to beg for food. We can get close enough to see she is still nursing. When she brings her kittens to the deck, we have been instructed to give Erie Trap and Release a call so they can take care of the kittens also.
She keeps her cats n kittens in cages this can cuz brain damage to the cas thumbs down on this
this is not true Joanie O. has never been to our house .
Amazing group!! They came out on very short notice to rescue what we thought would be 4 kittens, and ended up leaving with 4 kittens and 3 additional cats.
Toni does amazing work and is 100% dedicated to saving animals. My husband and I adopted a wonderful little feral tux from Erie Trap and Release, and then I went back to visit and fell in love with another one and adopted him too! Now they are the best friends ever. It is wonderful and easy to adopt cats that are already neutered and vaccinated; you can just take them home and not worry about calling the vet. You also get a copy of the records, and Toni makes herself available night and day if there is ever a problem.
Toni's love and enthusiasm is contagious and heartwarming. I am humbled by this level of dedication to a cause, appreciative of her care of the animals, and proud to say I support this organization. Thank you for everything!!!
Just want to say thank you for such a wonderful organization Erie Animal Trap and release is! I have been able to get a mother and her 6 newborn kittens out of a dangerous situation! We have no means of taking in a feral cat and her kittens and she decided to have her litter under our deck where we park our lawnmower and hubby started it up and out jumps mother cat and the faint sound of meows to follow. Momma was gone and couldn't be found for over a day! We thankfully were wrong and caught all!! So glad that you guy's were here for these babies and the mom to have a better life!!
Erie Trap and Release has been helping me to spay, neuter and vaccinate my overpopulation of feral cats. Five have already been to the Veterinarian. Two have been returned and the other 3 have been put up for adoption, at my request. They will be returning to take more kitties, when funds are available, as they are a nonprofit organization and depend on donations to function. Outside of a small donation that I made, (they have not once asked for any money) it has not cost me anything. Their service is much needed by country people like me, who cannot afford, or even catch some of the feral cats that are out there. The population just keeps growing. These are very caring people, doing a very necessary service, out of the kindness of their hearts and their love for animals. They are also sometimes working out of their own wallet, as they have to depend on donations to take care of costly Veterinarian bills, cat food, and litter. They are genuine angels in my book, and I would highly recommend them to everyone.
Two weeks ago Toni caught the two week old kittens of my feral cat. I did not find out about this until about a week later, she was refusing to catch the mother cat and get her spayed or return her to her kittens. It was a week long ordeal with multiple organizations involved to try and get the kittens back from Toni and with the mother cat. Toni kept saying the kittens were in immediate danger which is why she removed though when I went to the scene an examined where the kittens were I determined that they were probably in the safe spot possible. The person that had originally called her had actually begged for the kittens to be returned to the mother as soon as they found out that they were not going to take the mother to. Toni still refused. After much insistence from local organizations and the local people Tony did attempt to catch the mother cat twice all for about a maximum of six hours. One of these attempts was to track the mother cat in the dumpster, and let her boyfriend Michael slam the dumpster with a 2 x 4 sending the mother cat running away scared. There were complaints from the tenants from the apartment building about Michael's behavior, and when we did get the kittens back Michael threatened the people that receive the kittens. Needless to say the kittens are safe with the mother cat right now with a different organization and I will never suggest anyone to use Toni's organization. She's only in it for the kittens and not for the mothers. I've also heard stories about her demanding donations for her services which means she is not a nonprofit and she's more of a business. She is also lied multiple times to us about the way she runs her organization. There was just an incident when she took one day old kittens from their very socialized mother but does not claim responsibility even though the person that have the kittens said that they had to check with Toni to be able to get the mother back and they refuse to take the mother.
This organization helped me when all others couldn't in Erie Pa. They helped me trap an abandoned kitty and took him to their vet. He was raw and dug open spots on his body. They gave him shots,antibiotics,dewormed,as well as flea drops! They gave me ointment to topically apply and check on him daily. He is thriving and in less than 1 week his skin is clearing up!!! Erie trap and release is a dedicated organization that truly cares about saving lives and helping our feral population....you couldn't find more caring and giving advocates for are felines in Erie Pa. Thank you so much erie trap and release!!!!
The owner Toni, loves animals and shows it. With trap and release she really helps to stop the kitten population and rehome. If you need a kitty please adopt from her.
Erie Trap and Release traps feral, sometimes not feral, sometimes ferals that can become accustomed to people. They have these cats fixed, vetted, vaccinated, allow time to heal and be sure they are healthy for release or adoption. They do this out of love. If every community had this program, what an amazing deal of suffering that can be stopped. I am deeply thankful that Toni Smith began this here in Erie. What more can be said?????
Does amazing work and cares so much for all the kitties they help!!
This organization has help so many homeless kittys out of the cold! Toni who runs this is so caring and helps so many people with their kittys as well! She is always there when you need help! I admire her for all she does! I hope she is recognized for all she does and I hope many people can donate to her because she puts all that into these poor kittys in need of treatment!
I know that Toni puts her heart into rescuing all the cats and kittens as much as possible! She loves what she does and shows much compassion! I just wish she had more support and donations! If someone could donate a barn for her to work out of she could do so much more and she puts 100% into this! God put her on this earth to do what she does and it's totally her passion all the way! She goes through very rough times that can break a person down but she never breaks she just keeps moving forward putting her whole heart & effort into saving these precious kittys!
Toni and her peers in this organization are truly dedicated and caring. I happily endorse their
service, Erie Trap and Release.
I love the update pictures of the cats they trap and release...and they show a high rate of furever homes for the cats I can appreciate the organization and will always support the cause I hope to do the same charity work someday
I have only known Toni for a short time... she is truly an angel and is the voice for so many cats! Her and her husband work hard and help so many... thank you so much!
I know there are other places that help cats----but I have to say that Toni and Michael of Erie Trap and release never turn anyone away---they will do everything in their power to help save a helpless, unwanted,, scared, starving cat, that would otherwise die an awful death---they go out of their way to do all they cat to save every cat they can-----they take them to vets--vaccinate, neuter, give them so, so much love --in sickness and in health--they help them find forever homes--God bless them--so many cats would be dead now if it wasn't for them---please help them everyone ---make them known--let people know they have hearts of gold--lets get together--and do all we can to help them continue and expand their wonderful gift of love for God's creatures