In 1992, a woman named Ursula Elliot noticed many feral cats hiding between jetty rocks in Gold Beach, Oregon. The pitiful felines had no shelter, no food or water, and had to suffer in the wind and the rain in the cold winters. These kitties had been abandoned by their owners, unwanted and unloved. People began feeding the poor animals and Ursula joined in, wanting to start an organization for these jetty cats. She donated $100 towards cat food and other essentials. Another woman and her family donated $100. Jeanne Snook, an already active feeder, also contributed $100. Armed with these generous donations, The North Jetty Cats Plus program sprung up in December 1992.Volunteers began constructing houses for the jetty cats that would withstand strong coastal winds. Veterinarians joined forces to spay and neuter the cats.Many other residents helped by feeding the cats and also rescuing them from trash bins, abandoned houses, and saving sacks of kittens thrown over the bridge into the river. “This venture involves many people with generous loving hearts which helps to counteract some of the cruel situations to which people expose their pets,” says Charles Heuser, a fellow contributor. Ursula Elliot, known as the “Cat Lady” helped nurse kittens back to health so they could be adopted. Almost 3,000 animals have been helped by the Cats Plus Program. “The cats are screened for leukemia,” Ursula says. “Adults may be spayed or neutered. Kittens receive baby shots, and are nurtured until they complete their adult shots. They are then adopted out. The medical charges are formidable. Town and Country Animal Clinic maintains a special account for the North Jetty cats.”Today, the community of Gold Beach continues to support the jetty cats, even though some of the founders have retired and are unable to personally help out. Thankfully, many of the rehabilitated cats have been adopted out into loving forever homes, and the remaining ones are given food and clean water in their little homes. The cats contentedly enjoy a beautiful view of the Rogue River and the little town of Gold Beach that has opened its hearts to them.
It’s horrible that some people would throw an innocent cat off a bridge, but thankfully there are still good people in this world!
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