A regular evening sight on E. 19th Street used to be Charles Coats walking his dog, followed in single file by a parade of community cats. Up and down the street they’d progress, before enjoying a big meal on his porch.
Sadly, Mr. Coats passed away in July, a few months shy of his 100th birthday. His ten beloved cats will need a new outdoor home. Winter is coming, and they may soon be in the cold with no place to go.
The cats lived in small shelters on Mr. Coats’s porch and were fed every day without fail. They learned to depend on him for survival.
These are outdoor cats and they are extremely bonded to one another. They are spayed and neutered and vaccinated against rabies and distemper.
Do you, or does someone you know, have a yard or property where some or all of these 10 cats could live outdoors, be fed and cared for by people, and have their winter shelters?
Here’s how you can help:
· Volunteer your property as a place some or all of the cats can live with their winter shelters. (Shelters measure 41.5″x 20″x 16.5″ and one shelter holds 3 cats). Help with feeding and care is available.
· Volunteer as a feeder, one day or more a week, just 15 minutes.
· Donate food. Wet and dry are needed. (Costco Kirkland Maintenance dry cat food is healthy and inexpensive.)
· Make a tax deductible donation towards food and relocation to Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition, www.bbawc.org/donate.html. Please follow up with an email indicating that your donation is for the E. 19th Street cats.
· Other suggestions welcome.
Spayed and neutered feral cats:
· Control rat and mice populations.
· Don’t reproduce.
· Don’t fight or spray. Chuck’s cats are quiet and docile.
· Keep other feral cats out of their territory and thus allow the population to gradually decrease.
Big thanks from Catsanova, Timmy, Lulu, Claire, Babette, Nanette, Norman, Felix, Star and Moustache.
Contact Adelia, firstname.lastname@example.org.