Dear Friends of Euclid Beach Feral Cat Project
Dear Friends of Euclid Beach Feral Cat Project,
GOOD NEWS! So far, as of August, 2012, we have only one litter of kittens! The Euclid Beach Mobile Home Park, which is the home for over 100 cats, has NO kittens; Euclid Beach Villa Apts: NO kittens. The Wildwood Marina: NO kittens! The State Pier: 2 kittens. All together, Brian and I are caregivers to over 128 healthy, spayed and neutered cats. Callie, who lives under the State Pier, and her mate, Inky, are NOT S/N and are very trap savvy and we continue to attempt to trap them.
In the last three years, 646 cats/kittens have been taken off the streets of Collinwood neighborhoods for surrender/ adoption (which include Wildwood Marina, the Euclid Beach Mobile Home Park, the State Park Pier, and Euclid Beach Villa Apartments). Plus, 171 + cats have been TNR (trapped, neutered, and released). Our goal is "NO more unwanted kittens." Our primary focus is the historic Euclid Beach area, where unwanted cats and kittens are routinely dumped and left to fend for themselves. Every spring, summer, and fall, people dump their pregnant cats on the beach. These terrified cats hide until their babies are born, bringing into the world countless more cats doomed to a life of hardship.
As you all know, there are not any sanctuaries around town for feral cats. It goes without saying that feral cats are not the problem; it is a people problem. Overpopulation is a constant challenge, and we work day and night to keep the four colonies at Euclid Beach under control. Thanks to our efforts, and your support, we have a resident population of approximately 128 now-healthy feral cats. Also, because of your generous support, we have been able to reach out to other neighborhoods in North Collinwood, and help them with their colonies of cats. Hundreds of cats and kittens are saved from miserable lives, and the quality of life in these communities is improved.
EBFCP shall continue our efforts to TNR and rescue abandoned, feral and stray cats and kittens for the remainder of 2012, and prevent the births of unwanted litters of kittens.
A multimedia workshop, "Caring for our Community Cats" is being planned for educational neighborhood/community outreach.Date and location will be announced soon!
Adopt--don't shop! There is nothing wrong with shelter pets; they are victims of a situation that put them in the shelters. Not only will you be saving a life, but you will gain the most grateful and loyal friend you will ever find.
How You Can Help: The cost of caring for these cats is huge, and includes daily feeding, providing adequate shelter and medical care. We invite you to continue to financially support our work. Every dollar goes to the welfare of the cats... As an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization that receives no city or county funding, our work depends entirely on the generous and compassionate support of people like you. Our gratitude to the more than 172 individuals who support our efforts is truly heartfelt. Together, we can help to end over-population and suffering in Euclid Beach and in other Collinwood neighborhoods. Your caring is a powerful symbol of love, respect, and mercy. It feels good to make a difference!
Thank you for caring.
Please make checks payable to Northeast Shores Development Corporation, which acts as fiscal agent for the Euclid Beach Feral Cat Project. Please write EBFCP on the memo line of your check and mail it to 317 East 156th Street, Cleveland, 44110. All donations are tax deductible.
co-founder of the Euclid Beach Feral Cat Project