Thanks to $1500 in grant money from a non-profit organization, the Halfway Home Pet Rescue in Caribou is making a dent in the feral cat population.
Norma Milton, President of the Halfway Home Pet Rescue says, “The Maine Community Foundation saw fit to award this money to help with the continued capture of a couple of feral colonies in the town of Caribou and Woodland.”
Pam Schepple of the Maine Community Foundation adds, “ The project that we’re funding is to be seed money to start the project and, hopefully, from there they’ll get some traction and be able to carry on the project on their own.”
Over the past few years, Milton and her associates have worked tirelessly to get control of these feral colonies so there would be less over-population. She adds the Maine Community Foundation money came at just the right time.
“We had done as much as we could over the last 4 1/2 years and we were just plain out of money for what we needed to finish.”
Once the feral cats were captured, they were spayed or neutered, had their necessary shots and relocated in farmer’s barns where they now act as rodent patrollers.
Milton states, “This has been a very, very successful project. It’s been worthwhile. It’s made a big dent in the feral population of cats in the city of Caribou and Woodland.”
Milton has been operating out of new facility on South Main Street in Caribou complete with an isolation room, a work room, an adult and a kitten social room, and outside pens that cats can access from inside the building all by themselves. Milton says there are more than 20 cats currently at the Halfway Home and another 20 at the intake center. Besides the Halfway Home Pet Rescue, the Maine Community Foundation has also helped out the Aroostook Area Agency on Aging, the Aroostook County Action Program and the Turner and Washburn Memorial libraries, to name just a few.