‘Guardian Angel to Homeless Cats’ Needs Your Help, Says Letter to the Editor
A Letter to the Community:
Humboldt Animal Rescue Team (H.A.R.T.) is an animal rescue in Eureka that is home to around 70 cats and kittens of varying life stages; last year finding homes for over 400 cats and around 100 dogs and puppies, H.A.R.T. has even rescued parakeets, reptiles and guinea pigs. H.A.R.T. is a young non-profit 501 (c ) 3 organization that is the last stop for many cats who are homeless in our area.
There are varying reasons that cats find their way to H.A.R.T.s doors. Many due to their owners facing homelessness themselves, others experiencing medical emergencies leaving them unable to care for their pets, or even sudden deaths leaving behind beloved pets with no one to care for them. H.A.R.T. takes kittens that are failure to thrive and bottle fed kittens, as well as other cats that would otherwise face being euthanized in a shelter setting due to their old age, disability or illness.
Wendy Kupilik is the founder of the organization, she along with an amazing team of volunteers work every day to help animals in need. Wendy truly is a guardian angel to homeless cats. I’ve personally witnessed her and the H.A.R.T. volunteers rehabilitate several cats that were deemed “feral” and find great loving homes for them.
George came to us labeled “feral”, the vets even “docked” his ear which is common for feral cats. He is a beautiful black and white cat who thrashed around in his carrier and would hiss at any hands who came near him. Wendy used a back scratcher at first to pet him and eventually his true loving personality showed. He has now been adopted and his adopter said he sleeps in bed with her, sits and waits for her in the bathroom and even chases fish on an ipad game!
20-50 kittens/cats are spayed/ neutered and tested for FIV and FeLV by H.A.R.T. each month. H.A.R.T. has also assisted around 500 families this year to provide flea medicine and vaccinations to community members who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford the necessary vet care. In the last 6 months H.A.R.T. has helped around 50 people with high medical expenses in order to assist animals in suffering.
It is important to even spay and neuter your barn/farm cats. We’ve taken litters of kittens and cats from every stretch of the county from the hills in the East to the South. Cat colonies can get out of control very quickly. Last year we rehomed around 40 cats from one abandoned cat colony in the Whitethorn area.
The overpopulation of cats in Humboldt County is a community wide problem and Wendy at H.A.R.T. is doing everything in her power to take on that problem one kitty (or more realistically batch of kitties) at a time. H.A.R.T. receives a handful of small local grants, they do not receive any government funding. Now more than ever H.A.R.T. needs donations and support from the community. H.A.R.T. recently was forced to relocate because the previous location was too small and lacked the necessary ventilation needed to house the number of cats in the rescue. This move has put a large dent in the already depleted rescue funds. The community can help by adopting kittens and cats from the rescue, and telling their friends and family members to adopt from H.A.R.T. Financial Donations can be accepted via gofundme.com/humboldtrescue and humboldtrescue.org/donate. Also accepted are donations of “World’s Best Cat Litter” and “Chicken Soup for the Cat/Kitten Lovers Soul”, or “Taste of The Wild” adult cat food, meat baby food, or “Revolution” flea medicine.
H.A.R.T. will be having a Formal Grand Opening event at their new location 8 West 6th Street on October 1st. There will be magic performances throughout the day by Marciano the Magnificent. From 6-9 pm H.A.R.T. will be hosting their first Arts Alive! featuring local artist Laura Keenados as well as live music, desserts, non-alcoholic beverages and a raffle with some great prizes. H.A.R.T. would love for the community to join them in celebrating their grand opening in the new location. In the mean time check them out online at facebook.com/humboldtanimalrescueteam or on their webpage humbodltrescue.org
Thank you all and God Bless!Nicole MezeskePublic Relations CoordinatorHART Board Member