2019 was a rough year for Saved Whiskers Rescue Organization Inc. (SWRO)! Many things happened while we were going about our daily business. It started with our "turnpike colony" that we have been caring for twice daily for over 11 years. We showed up as we always have to feed & manage the colony, only to find everyone of the feral cats soaking wet, looking confused. It was one of the wet days with a mixture of rain/snow. Next thing we realize, not only are all our feeding stations gone, but so is everyone of the feral shelters that we have placed out there and have been there for years gone. It was a cold, damp & dreary day and the look of confusion on our feral kitties faces was heartbreaking. Turns out it was the turnpike authority that removed all of our property and despite it not being on the turnpike property, they said having the cats near the turnpike was a liability. We reached out to city officials for help, but even they were not successful with getting the turnpike authority to leave the colony alone. We knew we had to do something and quick. We immediately started re-trapping the cat colony. But where would they go? Thats when the idea of a cat enclosure came to mind, of Pam the founder. Pam started posting pleas on Facebook and this kind woman offered some of her 9 acres of land to house the kitties. As we were retrapping the "turnpike colony", we starting having another issue with one of our other colonies. The property where the second colony was located changed ownership and the new owners wanted the cats gone. That colony was there for 10 plus years that we knew of and the new adminstrators wanted the cats gone ASAP or they were going to hire a company to remove them. We were working as fast as we could at both colonies, however re-trapping cats after they were already TNR'd was not an easy task, even withholding food. This particular colony has always been a thorn in the founder's side, always some kind of issue & honestly all we tried to do was control the population of cats, as there were 58 cats that we removed & TNR'd over the years. We do believe that the new company hired someone to remove some of the cats when we weren't around, because some cats have been missing, however we could never prove and no one would return our calls.
Fast Forward..... Pam the founder had a vision for the cat enclosure. These poor ferals cats were used to living their life out in an open space, so we tried to include many windows in the cat enclosure and even included an enclosed outside for them still to enjoy themselves. SWRO really & truly lucked out because the man who built the cat enclosure had an unexpected week off from work, in the middle of the winter and donated countless days & hours to building the cat enclosure for SWRO for free. We did however have to pay for all the building supplies. We tried getting supplies donated from Lowes, but if we wanted to build it, we had to do it ASAP as Bill had off from work, otherwise it would have taken months as he would have tried doing it on his weekends off and in between his side jobs. We decided to put everything on the SWRO's credit card. Its been quite a busy year trying to accomplish everything when you are a small rescue with limited volunteers. Its been pretty much a one man band, which is why SWRO's fundraising is now just taking place. We are in the process of getting all the receipts together to post on this fundraiser if it allows. No one with SWRO is paid or receives any monetary value for volunteering. Its strictly out of the kindness of our hearts. Every cat that has been introduced to the cat enclsoure has had to be revetted, re-tested and vaccinated so that we keep everyone in there as healthy as can be. Please won't you considering donating to our cause? I am serious when I say this, no amount is too small. if we could get everyone of our 10,688 Facebook followers to donate a dollar, we could be close to our goal, as there are fees associated with fundraising when using gofundme & paypal. Thank you in advance!