My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Erie Trap and Release, Erie, PA, USA
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!!