am absolutely IN AWE of the generosity of our rescue friends, previous adopters, personal friends and family members, and most unbelievable of all, total strangers who have contributed over $4,500 to our fund in less than 2 weeks! This is the second miracle-the first being my 4 horses ALL LIVED. All of you animal lovers have made it possible for the WALLS, ROOF, AND TRUSSES to be ordered! I pray it continues...I am so grateful for my brother Mike, his boss Joe, Mike's friends and work crew who have been hard at work demolishing the structure and clearing away the massive debris.A special huge THANK YOU for all of you who have taken time to drive up and personally make a donation or offer to help with the rebuilding, AND to my most wonderful volunteers who are helping me run the rescue and care for my horses in this time of crisis-Cindy T, Denise, Kristen, Tara, Judy and Kelsey. A special thank you to DON in North Stonington, who so graciously offered his barn for all 4 of my horses!!! AND to all who have shared this page!! Bless you all.(Pls forgive me if I forgot anyone-I am just frazzled) The dogs and horses and I are so appreciative. EVERYONE IS WELCOME AT ANY TIME TO VISIT US! Signed, Cathy Leinert, Founder of Cathys' Rottie Rescue, Rehab & Sanctuary (pictured is David Pine, one of our best supporters, friends and adopters holding his Hannabelle)
OMG! OMG! OMG! Cathy's Rottie Rescue has been TRUELY TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL !!! We have just been notified by our vet, TURCO animal hospital, that an anonymous benefactor has TOTALLY PAID OFF our bill! Words can not express our gratitude for this amazing and wonderful gift. You have reached out to us in our moment of despair and given us renewed hope! Hope that even though we are being tested by the loss of the barn, the washing machine, the flooding and on and on, we have the most AMAZING SUPPORTERS and we WILL continue our mission to rescue!! We are truly blessed, THANK YOU!!
Barn is down!! Cathy and Roger hope to get a dumpster this week to haul everything away-They also are hoping to order lumber this week with the help of Cathy's brother-Mike Cook who is planning to do all the framing free of charge!! Go to Cathy's rottie rescue page to volunteer to help!!!
community members who learned of the barn collapse on Cathy and Roger Whitehead's property Thursday morning has brought some relief to the couple.
After losing the barn, the Whiteheads got more bad news when they learned it is not covered by their homeowners insurance. Cathy Whitehead said that although she and her husband have payed more than $15,000 in the last few years in premiums, their coverage doesn't include losses due to heavy ice and snow on the roof "” believed to be the cause of the collapse. They were told the insurance covers damages as the result of fire, theft and lightning.
Four horses were rescued from the collapsed barn. Miraculously, say observers of the destruction, the animals suffered no serious injuries except for a few scratches. The horses were pulled from the barn by North Stonington firefighters and others who rushed to the scene after the call at 5:50 a.m.
Two of the Whitehead's four horses were rescue animals that were brought to their property, at 182 Cossaduck Hill Road. Cathy Whitehead, not only rescues horses, but is founder and director of Rottie Rescue + Sanctuary, which takes in abandoned Rottweilers.
Friends of the family and many animal lovers who read about the couple's plight have offered their services in providing a temporary home for the horses until the Whiteheads can reconstruct the demolished barn.
The Whiteheads said they had planned to replace the barn's roof in the spring.
Friends have started a fundraiser Facebook page, New Barn Rutt-n-Horse Farm, in support of the couple's efforts to rebuild.
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