Message from Linda Mercer of Purebred Cat Breed Rescue
Since last April, Nemasket Orphan Animal Haven (NOAH), our affiliate, has been caring for cats seized from Heidi Erickson on the request of animal control and the court. The court case is still pending as many extensions were filed causing delays. If you remember the first time cats were seized from Ms. Erickson, they all wound up in a shelter for 19 months and then were put down after she was convicted of animal cruelty – they were not made available to rescue. In addition, Ms. Erickson was permanently suspended from CFA services and TICA then followed suit.
This time, 10 of the cats seized were placed with NOAH by the court pending a decision by the court on the cruelty charges. Most were ill, some quite severely. Despite intensive vetting and loving care, three eventually died, but the rest have bloomed. However, due to this effort and the extensive vetting needed to save these cats, NOAH has sustained extremely high vet bills – not reimbursed by animal control or the courts or the township. Purebred Cat Breed Rescue, Inc. has helped them financially a bit, but we have many affiliates and cannot afford to provide what is needed for this situation. So I am appealing to those of you who have been so generous to us in the past to help.
Use the Burberry Medical Fund button or postal address your will find here: http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/MA262.html
For more information on the Heidi Erickson cat situations see the links below: http://www.pet-abuse.com/cases/1305/MA/US/
These are two of the cats when first seized:
One more thing… NOAH has just taken in a load of “Havana Browns”, as well, due to the owner/breeder having severe financial problems: