Community’s help needed

The St. John Feral Cat Fund has seen first-hand thousands of homeless cats suffer over the years due to animal cruelty and neglect.

Our organization has rescued more than 268 animals this year and spayed/neutered 100-plus homeless cats. Even though we are not a shelter and do not have a facility to house animals, with help from Petsmart and foster homes, we have successfully found homes for more than 900 cats since 2002.

We have had a very challenging year and have helped with many emergency rescues: Bombay Animal Cruelty, 22 cats; Mooers Rescue, Lakeside Flood Rescue, 78 animals; City Police seizure of 48 cats; and Quarry Road abandoned cats.

We have several areas that still need help and are in need of volunteers, colony caregivers, foster homes as well as food and litter to help us continue this vital work, saving lives, one cat at a time through trap-neuter-return.

There is an overpopulation of homeless cats in this area, and it needs to be addressed by our public officials. Ignoring it will not make it go away.

We depend 100 percent on public donations to continue to provide ongoing care for felines and emergency rescues.

Monetary donations are tax-deductible and can be sent to: St. John Feral Cat Fund, Inc., P.O. Box 2884, Plattsburgh, N.Y. 12901.

To find out more about our organization, go to our website http://members.petfinder.com/~NY483/index.html.

We would like to thank all of the volunteers who took time out of their summer to help us provide care for so many animals that were in need and all feral friends who support our cause.

Victoria St. John, St. John Feral Fund, Plattsburgh

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