Eva's Dragonfly painting
Once again, we are appealing to Port Stanley and area residents to support us in
our task to trap feral or stray cats roaming in the village, getting them checked
by a vet, spayed or neutered, then released or placed. The number we have been able
to trap so far, including the 8 kittens that were rescued in early spring, stands
at 16. Not a large number but it does make a difference in preventing cats from
We found homes for the young kittens and three of the eight adult cats (see lead
photo of Rufus relaxing after being captured from a ravine) and five cats are currently
going for, or recovering from, surgery. A large number of strays are still on Tower
Heights and we are focusing on this colony at the moment. We would like to ask the
residents in this area to please bear with us while we carry out the trappings.
It will take time to be able to trap the cats and get available vet time.
Most people who have stopped by are very supportive, as they understand that we
are doing this for their benefit and that our genuine concern is for the cats who
were used to being fed by a person who no longer lives in the community. We have
taken up the feeding and get anywhere from eight to thirteen cats showing up.
The cost of veterinary services comes from our fundraising as Central Elgin does
not have a program in place. Our funds will not last forever and we ask you to support
a petition to Central Elgin requesting them to address the homeless cat
situation. You can also help by neutering or spaying your cat so that the
cat population does not explode in our village in the next few years. Hopefully,
a low cost neutering and spaying program including vaccinations can be set up in
our area. This will be part of our proposal to council in the New Year. Gradually,
with these changes, we should be able to see the number of homeless cats reduced
and be able to help them.
Since all local and London cat rescue agencies are currently full and have waiting
lists, we are in need of any available barn space or any type of shelter, and a person
willing to feed our rescued stray cats. If you can help or know someone
who will, please contact us at your earliest convenience. These cats will not reproduce,
be disease-free, and will have received their rabies vaccination.
Other areas that you can help with:
- Old blankets, towels, cat food
- Any cages (either trapping or holding cages)
- A person to help us with our website design
- A person with knowledge of Quick Books and who can review our accounting set-up
to make sure we are tracking what we will need to fulfill our mandate and non-profit
charity status. We are able to do our own entries.
- As per our charity status, a person willing to conduct a third party audit of our
- Any financial support to help us with vet fees and supplies. We can usually treat
one cat for approx $125+ which includes neutering or spaying, flea & worm control,
having their ears tipped (for future identification if caught again) and rabies
- Visiting us at the Christmas Bazaar at the Port Stanley arena in late November and
Finally, to tell you a heart-warming story of a young girl of seven, called Eva,
who has raised $40 totally on her own to donate to our charity. She auctioned her
own painting of a dragonfly looking at a flower for $10 and created "serenity" and
"peace" beads and sold them for fifty cents apiece. Way-to-go, Eva, Thank You!!
To contact us, please call any one of us at the numbers below or email at:
Suzanne Lefebvre: 519-782-4914
Kathy McNeil: 519-782-4339
Kathy Stirrat: 519-495-1898