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Review for Erie Trap and Release, Erie, PA, USA

Rating: 1 stars  

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.

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