2020: A Year of Change and Growth
2020: A Year of Change and Growth for the Euclid Beach Cat Project
Although 2020 has been a challenging year, the Euclid Beach Cat Project has many achievements. With your help, more than 450 cats and kittens passed through our hands and found their happily ever after stories!
2020 will be known as the year of the pandemic as COVID-19 changed the country and the world. We experienced times of quarantine and many necessary services were put on hold temporarily. Even so, we persevered in our mission to provide trap-neuter-return (TNR), medical care, socialization, and adoption services for many cats and kittens in need.
2020 was also a year of growth and change. We were lucky to have many wonderful foster families join our group. These families are the bridge between struggle and a happy home. They provide love that mends broken hearts and helps our cats trust again.
Sadly, we said goodbye to some of our partner adoption locations. Prior to the pandemic, our adoptable cats were located inside five Northeast Ohio Pet Valu stores. In early November, Pet Valu USA announced it was going out of business, so we no longer have that way to connect potential adopters with our cats. Pet Valu has been an invaluable partner over the years and we will miss our PV family.
Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter has been a wonderful partner and hosted Caturday adoption events every Saturday. Due to COVID-19, all outside activities there ceased.
Even with the loss of these avenues, we have gained new ones. We recently developed a partnership with Petco at Steelyard Commons on Cleveland’s West Side. In addition, the former Pet Valu store in Twinsburg will become a Pet Supplies Plus, and we will return to that location with adoptable cats. Stay tuned for details about that store. We hope these partnerships will be the first of many new endeavors in the future.
Visit our cats at Petco Steelyard Commons:
3387 Steelyard Drive
Cleveland, OH 44109
Special Care for Special Kitties: Covir
We often say #TeamEBcatProject and #TogetherWeCan because rescue is a team effort. To make a difference, we must work together! Our cat Covir was saved because of that effort.
Our friends at the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter contacted us because they had a kitten with a damaged leg. Another organization was unable to help and could only euthanize the kitten. We didn’t have to think twice and said we would take her.
Covir was a happy and lively kitten even though she couldn’t use one of her front legs. She dragged the bottom half of it and almost used it as a paddle. We asked our trusted friends at the Warrensville Heights VCA to examine her. They diagnosed Covir with a radial nerve injury and said she may, or may not, gain use of her leg in the future. If she doesn't chew on it, she may be able to live that way. We would have to keep an eye on it. In the worst-case scenario, she would need to have the leg amputated. Luckily, animals learn almost immediately to adapt to surgeries like that.
We didn’t have much time with Covir because the veterinarian who examined her wanted to adopt her! Not only that, but the veterinarian was in a relationship with a veterinary surgeon, who could monitor her leg and perform surgery if needed. Covir hit the jackpot and we couldn’t be happier!
Covir’s family did decide to amputate her leg because she developed sores from dragging her paw. Don’t worry though. Covir still has spunk and stamina and her remaining three legs to be an energetic kitten!
We Need You More Than Ever
We currently have about 130 cats in foster care. Even with hundreds of adoptions this year, we face the daily heartbreak of turning away cats and kittens in need due to lack of space and funds.
We hope to count on your continued support in 2021. Our need for supplies like food, litter and vaccines, along with funds to cover medical procedures, remains greater than ever.
How Can You Help?
Help us tell our story
Want to hang out with our cats? Volunteer to feed and socialize them at adoption locations, events (when it’s safe to have events again), and as a foster while they await their forever homes.
Want to help TNR, transport, or provide recovery space after surgeries? We’d love to add you to our TNR Division!
As a 501(c)(3) non-profit volunteer group, we rely on donations. Your financial support, of any amount, means the world to our cats. One hundred percent of every dollar is used for the cats in our care. Ask your employer if it has a matching gift program to maximize your contribution. Use our PayPal Giving Fund to make a tax-deductible donation.
If you prefer to donate supplies, we have an Amazon wish list and a Chewy wish list of most-needed items to care for our cats.
Everyone deserves their happily ever after. Somewhere outside is a cat that desperately needs us. With your help, we can find it, love it, and give it the fairy tale ending it deserves. Thank you for your support!