I wanted to take a moment to express our gratitude to all of the Weirdos out there. Many of you may not realize the impact you make in the lives of cats and their pet parents, but we do and we want to make sure you know where your money goes and just how many lives were saved, thanks to YOU.
I also wanted to mention… Whether or not you participate through donations, event attendance, bumping, sharing, volunteering or some other avenue, each and every Weirdo is an important and valued member of this community. I personally feel like I’ve finally found the place where I belong. I’ve always felt like a misfit, but in this group, I no longer feel that way. It’s an incredible gift and one I don’t take for granted.
Finally, I wanted to send a HUGE shout-out to our leadership team. Our administrators and moderators make this page the wonderful community that it is. Their tireless efforts to make sure that we find ways to raise the money needed to help N.E. Ohio cats and pet parents in need, that member requests are vetted prior to approval, remove posts that violate the page rules, ensure that everyone is playing nice, that events are scheduled and go well, to trap-neuter-return (TNR) as many community cats as possible and many, many other things all combine to make this what I consider one of the best pages on Facebook.
So… How amazing are you, Weirdos?! Let me count the ways!
In other exciting news for 2019, we…
In the coming year, in addition to our continued efforts to help local cats and host Weirdo gatherings, we have quite a few new goals we hope to achieve and many ideas we are working to bring to fruition, such as:
Last but not least, I wanted to share again some different ways you can help. If you can think of any I missed, please add them in the comments at the top of this post!
Best wishes for a very happy and healthy 2020 ahead!
- Amber Tischler, Weirdo Graphic Designer
On November 29th the caretaker of a feral cat colony in Cleveland Heights discovered that someone had put out antifreeze into the cats’ food and water dishes in a clear attempt to poison and kill the colony.
The property had recently been sold and the new owner wanted the cats gone.
Upon hearing of this, our TNR Division sprung into action!
Most of the cats had already been trapped and spayed/neutered by a member of our TNR Division so the process of trapping them again, and trapping any new cats that were there, began immediately.
Members of our TNR Division, the colony caretaker, and local trappers, worked together to trap 13 of the 15 cats that were at the site.
We are still after the last two cats there and will not stop until they are safe.
The call for donations of crates and cages garnered a generous outpouring from our members and we received enough supplies to temporarily house the 13 cats that were trapped.
To date, 4 of the cats have been relocated to barn homes.
We are still looking for barns for the remaining cats to be moved to.
Thanks to the colony caretaker for noticing something was wrong, the quick response of our TNR Division and the generosity of our Weirdo community, the Antifreeze Cats, are now safe!