About Us

Meet The EBCP Board

EBCP has been in existence practicing TNR for over 10 years as part of managing colonies of community cats. Around the clock, we provide medical care for abused, abandoned, sick, injured, and neglected cats in the homes of our Foster Division volunteers. Many of these cats need extensive medical treatment, while others need time and patience to regain or develop trust in humans. Once they're well, they are placed up for adoption, placed in a barn home, or returned as part of our Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) Division. Many cats from our TNR Division are unsocialized to people and are not candidates for adoption. If return is not safe for them, they have a warm bed with us for as long as it takes to find them a place to call home.

 

We work to place adoptable cats in forever homes through adoption websites, events, and pet stores. We have a volunteer group committed to socializing cats prior to adoption. Adoptable cats are fully vetted and spayed and neutered. Major health issues, such as injuries, are addressed by our partner veterinarians in the community, who work closely with us to provide the best care possible.

We remain active only with help from the community. Please consider supporting us! The cost of saving the lives of these special animals is great, and often if EBCP is unable to help, these animals have nowhere else to turn. By supporting us you will help control cat overpopulation and give cats in need a chance to survive and thrive. Every contribution goes directly to helping us spread our mission and continue to save these overlooked and forgotten felines. We appreciate your compassion for the cats that cannot help themselves.

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Vicky Sprouse

President

2015-Present

Employment: Childcare, Pre-K

 

Bio: From a very early age, I’ve always had a love of animals! I remember convincing a neighborhood barn cat that she should stay at my house. From there I stayed by a cat’s side who was hit by a car until he/she crossed the rainbow bridge. I don’t think that I was more than five years old. There was also a dog that was hit by a car in front of our house. I got a rope, made a lasso leash, and got him to safety until animal control came and got him. I think helping others and animals that do not have a voice has alway been part of me. Fast forward many years later to 2015, and I started volunteering with The Euclid Beach Feral Cat Project.  Back then, there were only a handful of people who volunteered, and since then we have multiplied to well over 100 volunteers. We partner with local pet stores and animal shelters and service Northeast Ohio.  We are still very big into TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) but have also grown into an adoption rescue since I have been in position.  It’s been an extraordinary honor to be a part of such an amazing team of human beings who are just trying to make a difference in the world and in so many cats’ lives!

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Brandy Nighman

Secretary

2018 - Present

Employment: Sheetz District Manager 

 

Bio: I have always had a love for animals (especially cats), as well as a passion for helping those who can’t help themselves. I was looking for a way to volunteer to help cats that would fit into my busy and sporadic schedule when I met The Euclid Beach Cat Project at the 2018 CFA International Cat Show. I then began transporting cats for EBCP whenever I was able to. I gradually started also helping with events and learning more about all aspects of the rescue over time. In April of 2019, I joined the board of directors as the secretary. While this is my first board position with an organization, I have brought experiences from my work and my volunteering with other organizations to apply to my duties as secretary for EBCP. I also continue to regularly volunteer with Special Olympics Ohio, Salvation Army, and local food banks. My involvement with EBCP has been an extremely valuable part of my life so far, and I look forward to continuing to be a part of the positive impact EBCP has on the community moving forward!

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Andrea Latessa

Treasurer

2017 - Present

Employment: Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office

 

Bio: I started out as a volunteer with EBCP by cleaning the cages at a Pet Valu location one day a week.  I have been EBCP’s treasurer for 2 years now.  My legal experience, in various types of the law, contributed to the experience that I have brought to EBCP as both a volunteer and a board member.  My day job is to protect abused, neglected, and dependent children.  Meanwhile, the work of EBCP protects abused, neglected, and homeless cats.  Isn’t it strange how similar different aspects of our lives can be?

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Cassi Ciekanski

Board Member

2017- Present

Employment: MRI Technologist

 

I have been fortunate enough to have a pet for my entire life.  When I was younger I would put my cat Nicki in doll clothes! Needless to say that cat was no fan of mine, but she lived for 20 years!  I would consider myself an overly empathetic person.  I always picture myself in other people's shoes.  I think that helps me in rescue because I am usually able to keep an even keel and see things from both sides of things, though my emotions do sometimes get the best of me.  Some days I see things that make me sad, but those are completely overtaken by the outpouring of love and support people have for animals that need help.  I have met some amazing people during my time in rescue and am hopeful to meet many more. I also have learned (and am still learning) more than I ever thought possible. There are not many things that can compare to taking in an animal that desperately needs help (whether they think they want it or not) and being able to see them become trusting and healthy and happy again. Being able to send them to their forever home is just the icing on the cake!

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Debra Bartowick

Board Member

2017- Present

Employment: Office Manager/Veterinary Assistant at Able Animal Hospital (19 years)

 

Raised in a family of animal rescuers and wildlife rehabbers, my entire life I have been blessed to have grown up in a loving family with many different animal species and given the chance to learn how to care for them. At the age of 17, I rescued my first cat, and that's when my love of cat rescue began. I have personally fostered over 2000 cats and many other species from domestic animals to the exotic cats. Using my experiences from being employed at a veterinary office and the many seminars, I now specialize in exotic, special needs and critical care cats. There is not much as far as medical cases I have not seen or did hands on care for. These special cases are very near and dear to my heart as they are truly what rescue is all about.

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