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.