Cat Shelter Fire Disaster Recovery Fund
The Stop The Overpopulation of Pets (STOP) cat shelter in Mansfield, OH was destroyed by fire on January 24, 2014. Sadly, 3 cats are known to have perished in the blaze. Seven others are unaccounted for. Rescuers and firefighters were able to save 37 cats, however, many suffered smoke inhalation. All of the surviving cats were placed under veterinary care.
In addition to the fire, Mansfield was under a level 3 snow emergency and wind chill warning on the night of the fire and subsequent days after, complicating rescue efforts.
STOP is in critical need of financial help due to the unforeseen crisis that has befallen them. They need resources to cover veterinary costs for the injured cats, equipment and medication to provide for the animals ongoing care, and multiple other recovery expenses. The organization does have insurance, but costs are expected to greatly exceed coverage.
STOP is a nonprofit animal rescue organization that has been serving the Mansfield area for over 25 years. They rescue and rehabilitate cats that have found themselves in unfortunate circumstances, and the organization facilitates adoption for the animals. They also have operated a low cost spay neuter clinic for the community, however, the clinic was also affected by the fire.
Fanny, the cat in the photo above, is one of the cats who survived the fire. She is like many of the cats tended by STOP. prior to the fire, she was rescued after losing a leg to a fan belt in a car. She recovered well from the surgery, and was ready for adoption. We hope that she and her fellow feline friends recover well from the present tragedy and will soon be ready to go to her forever home.
Can you help this wonderful organization get back on its feet again? Can you help Fanny and all the other cats who are in need of extra special care at this time? Every little bit helps. Thanks so much for your generosity!
News articles about the fire:
Mansfield News Journal
Channel 3 Cleveland
Newsnet 5 Cleveland
Channel 19 Cleveland
Channel 10 Columbus
The demolition process for the old building destroyed by the fire has begun, and we hope that we will be able to move back to our renovated in a few months. In the meantime, the cats have settled into the temporary space, and they are doing well. We are happy to report that Fanny, our spokescat, and others have found permanent furrever homes with loving families!
We are so grateful for all of the donations we have received. Without the help of the community, we might not have survived this. With your help, we are recovering slowly but surely.
We are still hurting from the loss of those cats who did not survive the fire. Each night we say a little prayer for them, along with a prayer for the continued health of those who made it but had to struggle back to good health. We also say a prayer of gratitude for all of those who helped us get back on our paws again.
We still have a ways to go, and still could use more donations. We also could use help with many tasks in the recovery process. If you can lend some elbow grease in addition to financial help, we will gladly accept! Please follow our new Facebook page to see our latest activities and current needs: https://www.facebook.com/pages/STOP-Cat-Shelter-and-SpayNeuter-Clinic/1377489562519881
Diana, Fanny and Friends
We have been busily cleaning and setting up our new temporary home at 273 Cline Ave Mansfield, OH 44907. The cats are settling in as they continue to recuperate from their experience. Most are doing well and are getting back to normal.
We're planning an open house to celebrate our new location on Saturday, Feb. 22 from 2 to 5 pm. The Public is welcome. If people have donated to help our cause, we hope they will come by so we can thank them personally. And of course, they can visit with our many rescued felines.
We are so thankful for all of the support we have received from people all over the world. We still have many needs, as the insurance on the building did not cover as much as anticipated. We thank you for your ongoing support.
We also have a new Facebook page. Please follow us and see the latest from the STOP Cats there!
Diana, Fanny and Friends
Dear Friends of the Stop Cats,
There are a number of new developments with the STOP cats. I guess we should share the sad news first.
Sadly, one of the youngest cats succumbed to the injuries to his lungs last night. Young Kirkpatrick, a 10-11 week old kitten, simply was not strong enough to battle the ongoing struggle of fluid in his lungs, and he went to the Rainbow Bridge last night. Rest in Peace sweet Kirkpatrick.
We honestly had expectations that we would lose more of the cats, however, the majority of the cats are recovering well. Kirkpatrick's litter mates are doing very well and are bouncing around with pure kitten joy. We are sad with any loss, and this one hurts very badly. Nonetheless, we are grateful that the others are doing so well, thanks to all of the fabulous support we have received.
There are some cats who are not completely out of the woods, and they are still receiving round the clock care. We are hoping that they will continue to improve and be back to their sweet selves soon.
Now to the good news. We have found a temporary location for the shelter, and 25 cats have already taken up residence in the new place! The new location is at: 273 Cline Ave Mansfield, OH 44907. It is a 10 room office space with plenty of space for the cats to stretch their legs and enjoy feline felicities! Diane and volunteers are working themselves to the bone to get the place clean and suitable for the cats' needs. Equipment for spay neuter surgeries has been ordered and appointments can now be made.
If you are in the area and have some elbow grease to offer, they could use some help with cleaning and other light duty jobs. Stop in and lend a paw if you can!
We cannot thank all of our supporters enough for all the love and help you have offered. We still have HUGE needs, but your support has helped us get this far. Thank you for thinking of us and caring so much.
Diana, Fanny and Friends
We are very glad to report that Scarecrow, the one cat who had resisted capture and remained inside the burned building, has been caught! This means that all of the cats have been retrieved and accounted for.
Scarecrow is not in great shape, but he is now receiving veterinary care. We hope that he will start improving soon.
Some of the cats have been released into foster homes. They continue to need close monitoring and special care, but they are well enough to be in homes instead of the Animal Hospital. Fanny, our spokescat, has been released and is being fostered by a vet tech.
All of the cats are hanging in there, and most are improving. A few still are struggling, but none are critical at this time. We are very grateful for the care that Dr. Hull and her staff are providing. We are also very grateful for the rescue efforts of the Mansfield Fire Department and community members who jumped in and helped the night of the fire. Some of the firefighters are interested in adopting cats when they are ready. How cool is that?!
We are also very grateful for all the amazing support that we have received through this fund raising campaign! People from all over the world have contributed and we are overwhelmed by the love and concern that they have shown. Thank You, Thank You, THANK YOU! Much more is still needed but we are blessed to have the love that you have shared so far.
Please keep sharing and letting your friends know of our need. The kitties and the STOP volunteers are deeply moved by every share, every forward, every dollar, and every smile shared on our behalf. You are making a HUGE difference and we love you for it. We can't say Thank You enough!
Diana, Fanny and Friends