Please allow more time for Eileen Edgecomb's cats to be placed.
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Pinellas County Animal Services
Director
Landlord for Eileen Edgecomb

Please allow more time for Eileen Edgecomb's cats to be placed.

    1. Petition by

      Kerry Lusignan

      Seattle, WA

We support Eileen Edgecomb, who has rescued and fostered many cats from high-kill shelters in Florida. Some people are rescuers and fosters themselves, or meet these cats at the shelters and get to know them while taking pictures and posting stories; others network cats from near and far. I do not foster nor live in Florida, but I have joined in the rescue of many Florida cats by helping coordinate adopters, rescues, fosters, and transportation. Eileen actually cares for the cats. She knows and loves each one, and we all share a connection to this love. The rescue and foster community trying to help improve live outcome rates in Pinella and Hillsborough County is very overextended. Without enough people to take the cats and without support from the shelters, many fosters heroically save lives by caring for cats, often long-term, often at their own expense. Without people like Eileen, many more innocent, adoptable cats would be killed who are capable of finding loving homes. We respectfully ask that you give Eileen more time to find homes for the cats in her care. 

If enough time is given, these trusting creatures, who were saved from a harsh environment and from dying frightened and alone, who have known kindness and security, can find another safe place and ultimately a home. They will continue to be cared for and to share a deep bond of love with those who do so. There is a large network of people working as quickly as possible to help. Homes and fosters can be found for them if enough time is given. They have been shared in many forums, and transport to other areas is available to them if enough time is given to work this out. Please give Eileen that time.

If not enough time is given, animal control will seize these cats and take them to high kill shelters where the disease and euthanasia rate are high. They will go from a happy home to small cages, terrified and not understanding why their loving caretaker seems to have abandoned them. As all in the community can attest, kind-hearted rescuers and fosters love these cats deeply, and for cats that have been saved and cared for so well to be taken by animal control and returned to high-kill shelters, where they face almost certain death, would be deeply devastating. If you have ever lost a person or pet you cared for, then imagine what it would be like to lose this many. Few of us could sustain such a blow without profound emotional damage. 


Thank you.

To:
Director, Pinellas County Animal Services
Landlord for Eileen Edgecomb
Please allow more time for Eileen Edgecomb's cats to be placed.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Emergency Update 3/22/14 Re Eileen Edgecomb's Cats

      Kerry Lusignan
      Petition Organizer

      Update 3/30/14. I have no further news about Eileen's cats. I updated this petition because the situation changed drastically since I wrote it. I have not ended the petition, because it may still help raise donations if the cats are found and saved.
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      Thank you for signing the petition to try to save these cats. The local community has tried to help Eileen do so for the past two months. Please see this updated Note on Facebook for further details.

      https://www.facebook.com/notes/kerry-ml/eileen-sign-over-custody-of-the-cats-immediately/847292008618121

      Due to the cats' ongoing needs for not only medical treatment but basic necessities such as food and litter, this situation has passed the point of crisis. Please stay tuned to this petition and the Note on Facebook to find out if the remaining cats have been saved and if you would like to donate to their care.

      Eileen: Sign Over Custody of the Cats Immediately

      On January 12, I learned that Eileen Edgecomb, who lived in Dunedin, Pinellas County, FL and had also helped save cats from high-kill shelter HCAS in Hillsborough County, had been reported to animal control, and urgent placement was needed for her cats.

    2. Eileen's Cats Still Need Help to Find Forever Homes

      Kerry Lusignan
      Petition Organizer

      The cats are still in temporary fosters and urgently need other fosters, rescues, and adopters to step up.The rescue that was trying to find a storefront to take in all the cats was unable to find one before the landlord's deadline and then was told by Animal Control the situation was "resolved" when the cats were moved, but has learned the cats still desperately need help and will keep trying. Eileen has given notice, has moving expenses, and is working only irregularly, so some donated funds are being used for food and litter for the fosters. Here again is the donation link, if you would like to help. No amount is too small and sharing helps too: Twenty donations of $5 are just as good as one donation of $100.

    3. List and Pix of Cats Needing Homes - on Facebook and Rescue Me

      Kerry Lusignan
      Petition Organizer

      Please click on Facebook Note linked in previous update where you can see most of the cats needing homes and please click here to access the Word document with clickable links to the cats' listings on RescueMe.org:

      https://www.facebook.com/groups/546081048813810/640357166052864/?stream_ref=2

      Here again is the donation link:

      http://www.petcaring.com/animal-rescue/vetting-for-eileen-s-cats/36826

      Vetting for Eileen's Cats

      Time is short and the situation dire; these cats depend on us to pull through for them. Needed now is a storefront, transport, and vetting for the cats. Please donate only what you can spare; every dollar counts. Share this web page far and wide. Contact the Organizer

    4. Reprieve granted, but it is still very urgent to find homes and rescues

      Kerry Lusignan
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you for signing this petition to request more time for Eileen Edgecomb to place her cats. Animal control came Friday, along with the landlord, spoke with Eileen, and saw the petition. Animal control did not take the cats and is giving Eileen more time, but monitoring her, and the landlord still wants all the cats but one out, so there is still extreme urgency to find new homes/rescues for them.

      Eileen Edgecomb's Cats Needing Placement ASAP, + Donations, Transportation, etc.

      Below are the cats urgently needing homes or rescue ASAP. Photos and descriptions are from Jen Tate. Please contact Eileen Edgecomb directly at Seescats@yahoo.com or call her at 727-642-7610. If cat's info mentions another person, try that person too (look for them in tags below and send PM or post comment).

    5. Reached 1,000 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Gail Ambler TAMPA, FL
      • 4 months ago

      I love animals and do not want to see these poor cats end up in a high kill shelter. She is doing her best to find new locations for them and we need to bear with her. Please!!

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    • diana robuffo LAND O LAKES, FL
      • 4 months ago

      please allow more time, this saves cats and is a great need, thanks

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    • Diane Pfanner OAK HARBOR, OH
      • 5 months ago

      Please allow more time to place these kitties. They show unconditional love unlike many people. They want to live a long happy life too just like humans do. Please allow more time for God's creation.

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    • Sasha Goldsmith PINE HALL, NC
      • 5 months ago

      These cats deserve forever homes. Please give Eileen more time to find those homes!

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    • Carla Laudano AURORA, CO
      • 5 months ago

      Because all animals have a right to be treated humanely. What the heck is wrong with our world! We should all be working together to keep the populations from getting out of control. Sadly, many feel animals don't have feelings and feel they are disposable.

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