Howdy, everyone! Last time, Maggie shared some information with you from the Humane Society of the U.S. Taking Action for the Animals conference held in Washington DC a few weeks ago. Today, I’m going to tell you about an amazing young woman who has single-handedly taken on the huge project of rescuing cats who have chosen Norfolk VA Naval Station as their “home.”
Stray/feral animals on military bases here and abroad create a huge challenge. Luckily, our President has made it easier now for returning Service Personnel to adopt the animals they’ve worked side by side with (dogs performing impawtant duties like guarding, bomb detection and other tasks). So far, cats on overseas bases have served as companions and morale boosters. They haven’t been trained to do other “work.”
On our State-side bases, there are usually stray dogs and cats who wander onto a base and start to think of it as their home. We’re featuring Norfolk today, because it is one of our largest Naval bases, and at last count, it had 120 stray cats.
Our mom met a dynamic young woman who saw this crisis and decided to do something about it. She had inside knowledge about the number of cats on the base, and she and some like-minded good samaritans started “rescuing” cats one by one and finding them new homes. They operated “under the radar,” but with the tacit approval of certain base personnel who sympathized with their mission.
This fabulous cat rescue lady partnered with the Norfolk SPCA and finally with the Naval Station’s powers that be to get purrmission to start removing, rehabbing and re-homing the cats on the base, one by one. As of mid-June, over 20 had been successfully adopted out. This shows that determination and teamwork can address and help solve a “problem” that could have turned out unfavorably for our compatriots. Now, everyone on the Base knows about the rescue/rehab program and is helping with the effort.
If you live near a military base, try to see if they, too, have a stray animal situation and see what YOU CAN DO to help! If you know someone who’s serving overseas where there are “stray/feral” animals on base, see if you can help that person get permission to bring the animal home, adopt it out in country or otherwise guarantee its safety and well-being.
For further information about Norfolk Naval Station’s program: firstname.lastname@example.org If you write, just say you were referred by our mom, who met her at the TAFA conference in June 2016.
This is the first program of its kind here in the States, but YOU can help it spread and do good work all around our country. GO!