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By Jack Hummel
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Don’t forget, Bruce (ACO) Barry will be on 92.1 FM Saturday noon to 2 p.m. just to please Rose Smith, from Pennsville, who says we never talk about Salem County.
Bruce runs the shelter down by the river in Pennsville, where we tried to make a dent a couple of years ago, but the people who ran it were more afraid of city council than forcing progress.
Bruce will be on with Animal Friends Foundation’s Ric Kuhns and Rescue Dogs Rock’s Linda Eisenberg to deal with the feral cat explosion and anything else they want to talk about.
Eisenberg will certainly want to discuss The Spot, 618 E. Landis Ave., where she has A Novel Idea — Chapter II, meaning book store at its second location (it’s actually the third), but she has expanded to other niche items you can’t find anywhere else.
Kuhns would like to have help from you so he can’t stop spending all of his own money on helping feral cats.
Instead of holding important events at Cumberland County College, you need only turn on the radio or your computer to join in with us o an important issue. We know Cumberland County is transportation challenged.
What we now want to k now is (1), why doesn’t Salem County ask for its SPCA charter back, especially when Robin Buoncoure is working so hard on her own saving cats, and (2), why does 9 Fordham Rd. look like a shit house in a nice neighborhood?
A little history
Nov. 13, 2012
A kitten dropped by a mother cat, who didn’t come back to retrieve it.
The person who found it was Robin Buoncuore, in Quinton Township.
That was 10 years ago.
And that’s when Maddie & Friends was born.
“I named her Maddie and later went to the area to see where she came from,’’ said Buoncuore.
It was there that she came upon the colony, where approximately 60 cats were living.
“My husband and I started, out of pocket, removing kittens and finding them homes,’’ she recalled. “We spay/neutered the teenagers and older cats.’’
Teenagers were relocated to area barns (with permission) and the older cats were returned. And food and shelter was provided.
Today, there is one remaining female in one area of the colony and four in another area. Maddie celebrated her 10th birthday in July. Maddie & Friends has a petfinder site, maddieandfriends.petfinder.com, and a Facebook page.
Ray Charles was just found with his littermates the weekend before Hurricane Sandy. He was left outside without proper care. His photo is obscene. Kittens many times get URI, eye infections, etc.
“Ray Charles had an eye infection, which left untreated caused his eyes to rupture,’’ she said.
He is blind. His littermates had minor infections, which cleared up with antibiotic.
Uno has a similar story, except he was lucky enough to only have one eye rupture. Uno is up for adoption.
“Ray Charles’ story touched someone’s heart, and he will be going home to a forever home in Maryland in December,” said Robin.
But no one is doing a victory dance because there is so much more to do.
“We have partnered with the Society to Protect Animals to offer the public these services through the Delaware SPCA,” said Robin. “The SPCA comes to New Jersey once a month, picks up the cats at a designated location, and transports them to their facility, where they have surgery and receive rabies and distemper shots.
“The cats are returned the following day.”
Cats are euthanized at a rate of 80 percent (sometimes higher) in shelters. What that translates to is that out of every 100 cats to enter shelters in New Jersey, more than 80 are killed.
The goal is to spay and neuter cats so they can no longer reproduce, which will reduce the numbers entering shelters.
“We do minimal rescue, not animal control. We are a small group of volunteers,” she said “No one receives a salary. Animals in our care are fostered by volunteers, in home, until permanent homes are found. They are vetted, receive shots, and are tested for feline AIDS/Leukemia. Many times they require additional treatment for various health issues.”
Every fall, they hold a holiday auction/fundraiser at the Salem County FOP in Pennsville.
This year, the auction is Thursday, Nov. 15.
Proceeds help fund our spay/neuter clinics and cover the cost of veterinary care, food, supplies etc., for cats/kittens waiting for adoption.
“This year, during our fundraiser, we will collect monetary donations for Cape Atlantic Cats in Ocean City,” said Buoncuore. “The cats were removed prior to Hurricane Sandy, but the shelter is a total mess. They lost equipment, climbers, etc.”