Cat rescues and sanctuaries each have their unique way of getting started. Today, we learn about a small cat rescue in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, fittingly named Bruce’s Legacy.
Rose Goodwine, founder and president, started the rescue in 2014 with the mission to place rescued cats and kittens into loving, permanent homes. The 501(c)3 group also wants to prevent pet overpopulation through spaying and neutering, and to educate the public about responsible pet ownership.
How Bruce’s Legacy Came to Be
By Rose L. Goodwine Founder and President
In 2005, shortly after my husband and I returned home from our Hurricane Katrina evacuation, two feral cats who had somehow survived the storm appeared on our back porch looking for food. We started to feed them and named them, although we were unable to make personal contact for quite some time. We named the brown and black tabby Bruce, and we named the orange tabby Rocky, mainly because he often showed up beaten and bruised. We also noticed that Bruce seemed to watch over and take care of Rocky, despite the obvious beatings he took from time to time.
Here at Three Chatty Cats we love sharing adoption and rescue stories. But what about when the adoption story is lacking an ending? Today we’re introducing you to Summer and Splash who are being fostered in Richmond, Virginia with Cat Adoption and Rescue Efforts, Inc. (C.A.R.E.). I hope that in sharing their story, it brings them one step closer to a forever home. And by all means, please feel free to share, too!
The Story of Summer and Splash
Shared by foster mom Kelsey at C.A.R.E
I rescued Summer from a feral colony when she was eight months old and pregnant. At first she was very shy, but I worked with her every day, gaining her trust. Soon she learned that humans meant good things to eat and a gentle scratch under the chin.
In honor of the upcoming National Feral Cat Day, today we continue with highlighting people and groups who are doing their part to help feral and community cats. TNR of Warren, a group that was founded in September 2008, started “as a vision of what can be accomplished when a Trap-Neuter-Return organization, veterinarians and the community work together for the good of stray and feral cats.”
TNR of Warren, a 501(c)3 organization, is located in Warren, Ohio. They are not a shelter and they do not take in cats from the public for adoption. The group is strictly a trap-neuter-return organization.
Corky, who runs TNR of Warren, has been with the group since January 2009. In the past, Corky has volunteered at shelters, rescued cats and been on the boards of various rescues. But when Corky was adopted by a group of free roamers in her yard, she knew what her life’s mission was… “to help the unwanted cats of the shadows.”
To date, TNR of Warren has spayed and neutered close to 9,000 cats!
Cordelia Madden-Kanellopoulou is one of the co-founders of Nine Lives Greece – Οι Εφτάψυχες, which is a group of like-minded volunteers with experience in animal welfare, who decided to start the rescue organization due to the lack of any other charity in Athens focused on the well-being of the city’s innumerable stray cats. Nine Lives Greece started in 2006 and became an officially recognized charity in 2008.
Today we learn the ending to Kat McCann’s Hurricane Katrina evacuation story. In Part 1, we met her two cats Blackie and GrisGris. In Part 2, we followed her evacuation from Louisiana to Georgia.
PLEASE BE AWARE that this story will be hard to read for animal lovers, as Kat does recount some of the awful things that occurred during the disaster. But in her story, there is also hope as she finds a new feline friend. Kat’s story reminds us of the importance of being prepared in case of a disaster.
Thank you for returning and finishing Kat’s story.
By Kat McCann
Edited by Three Chatty Cats
After being in Georgia for about four weeks, we were finally told that my sister Jane’s neighborhood had power, and we decided to return to Louisiana. We arrived home on September 20, 2005. We came back to a much changed place. Destruction was everywhere! Continue reading “Kat’s Story, Part 3: Home Again”→
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