In West Virginia, education and saving lives has taken on new meaning, both in theory and in a physical structure.
The theory of People for Rescue and Rehabilitation is that by seeking a new approach to the population issues that plague shelters and rescues, the misuse of euthanasia as a method of population control will be a thing of the past. The structure that allows for this to approach to take place is a beautiful old turn of the century schoolhouse.
Having celebrated its third anniversary in December of 2011, this volunteer based, no-kill sanctuary has taken in and saved approximately 500 cats and kittens so far.
A vital part of this success is the big-picture view of Executive Director, Lorna Vincent-Venter, and others who have devoted themselves to making the mission of P.U.R.R. WV work. The ultimate goal is to enhance awareness of rescue and rehabilitation issues through education, and by the example of their grass roots effort.
According to Lorna: “The biggest challenge is overcoming the stigma of rescue as we know it. We are a different kind of organization. Not only do we rescue cats from kill-shelters, we are an intake facility for programs in surrounding counties that do not have cat intake programs.We are also an outreach rescue, meaning we help others who rescue and help cats by providing knowledge, resources and assistance to improve their sheltering and care of felines. P.U.R.R. WV does not fit into normal ideas of what a shelter or rescue is. And when one is different and does not fit into a category, it is difficult to approach organizations for funding and to obtain public funding.”
Lorna would like the public to realize that in order to overcome the myth of cat overpopulation, and the need to kill them to overcome the population problem, we have to look at the way we shelter, market and care for cats. By doing this one kitty at a time, she feels we can view great changes in the way the nation treats felines.
“We have to be their voice and we have to take action. At P.U.R.R. WV our motto is: Making the world more humane, one kitty at a time. It is not ok for us to kill cats by the millions in the United States.”
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