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A lifetime saving cats

Victoria St. John now runs a non-profit animal-rescue organization

Victoria St. John recently held a holiday fundraiser to help with her animal-rescue efforts.

Victoria St. John recently held a holiday fundraiser to help with her animal-rescue efforts. Photo by Stephen Bartlett.

— As a little girl, Victoria St. John wanted to know what it was like to be a cat.

So she went outside and slept in the cat box.

The founder and director of the St. John Feral Cat Fund, referred to by many as the “cat lady,” rescued more than 300 animals this year. And while the non-profit organization consistently runs at a deficit, St. John has no plans to stop any time soon.

“I’ve always rescued animals.”

Born in South Carolina, St. John moved to the Ausable area when she was four or five.

She and her sister Amelia followed animals around from as far back as she can remember.

“My parents would send us to the store to get milk and eggs, and we were trying to rescue cats,” St. John said.

She once found a cat in a dumpster and brought him home. Her parents said no, but she found ways around them.

At 12, she found feral cat colonies in the Port Douglas area and stole milk and ground beef from the refrigerator to feed them.

At 13, the family moved to Ellenburg and St. John and her sister snuck cats in through the bedroom window.

“I just thought they were suffering.”

When her parents left she would feed them in the shed.

Once, her parents backed over a cat. The animal was suffering and St. John drowned it.

She knew then she was going to devote her life to making a difference for animals.

The devotion turned into an idea when she found two feral cat colonies she fed every pay check. Her sister helped her build her first shelter.

“I think that was the start of it.”

In 2002, the media ran articles on her efforts and she raised nearly $1,800 and opened a business account, naming St. John Feral Cat Fund after her father.

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WoodsGuy 2 years, 11 months ago

If you do your research you'll quickly find out that ANY TNR program and their advocates are making absolute fools out of everyone that they con with their nonsense. Not only causing untold damage of wildlife and further spread of deadly diseases but are also doing ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to curtail cats' breeding rates.

Not even ONE TNR program has EVER trapped more than 0.4% of existing cats in any one area for over a decade now. They simply cannot trap them faster than they breed out of control, no matter what they do. And those cats that learn to evade traps go on to produce offspring that now also know how to evade any trapping method used. This is why, due to TNR-Advocates' insistence that they have the "solution for everyone", our feral-cat population has now climbed to an ecologically-deadly 150 MILLION feral cats across the USA. Soon to turn into 1.5 BILLION cats within the year if you apply cats' breeding rates to previous population numbers.

Find whatever way that you can to destroy all feral and stray cats on-sight. Avoid using traps if at all possible because trapping is what slowed everything down to where cat populations have now sky-rocketed out of control.

On advice of the local sheriff where I live I used a .22 equipped with a good illuminated-scope and a laser-sight for use when they are most active, dusk to dawn. I shot every last one of them on my property to try to restore all the native wildlife to proper balance. Mission accomplished! The cost was only 0.3 CENT per cat this way (got 5000 rounds on sale for only $15). And contrary to another famous "vacuum effect" TNR-Advocate's bald-faced LIE ... NO CATS REPLACED THEM. The NATIVE predators and their required NATIVE prey that WAS here and BELONGS here is what replaced these lousy invasive-species cats that destroyed the native food-chain.

May you have as much success as I did, and so inexpensively too.

p.s. Avoid the use of poisons if at all possible that, if released into the food-chain, might harm the very wildlife that you are trying to save from destruction by cats. And please bury or incinerate the carcasses so all the highly toxic diseases that cats now carry won't go on to harm or infect more wildlife or humans. Which, if you do a Google search, now even includes cats spreading The Plague in the USA. So much for that myth that cats would have saved people from The Plague in Europe, cats would have made it far worse!

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