Help Cat Shelters of Arson Attacks

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Raised by 692 people in 21 months
Early the morning of October 28th, we discovered that the entirety of the cat shelters at Pier 70 on the Delaware River waterfront in Philadelphia were destroyed by an act of arson. This was the third arson attack on this cat colony's shelters in the past two weeks. These are targeted, methodical attacks.

This time, the fire destroyed every single shelter. There is now nowhere for these cats to go. This third fire happened the same day that our nonprofit, Stray Cat Relief Fund, was holding an event to winterize the cat shelters for the upcoming cold season.

We still winterized shelters on surrounding piers, despite the huge risk of using fresh straw to do so. We are worried not about if, but when this will happen again. 

We are seeking donations to build new shelters and to also create legitimate security measures to protect the cats and the area they inhabit. Volunteers from the Stray Cat Relief Fund have attempted for years to activate the cooperation of the landowner to institute a better security plan, but to no avail.

This is not only about the cats, but is a public safety matter. We do not know who is committing these crimes, and they NEED to be caught. Law enforcement is sort of involved, but nobody has any leads on whom it could possibly be. These are dangerous people.

The Stray Cat Relief Fund is holding a fundraiser
Saturday Nov. 4th. The funds were intended to further its rescue efforts to sterilize, vaccinate, feed, and save more cats. However, much of the funds will now need to be put towards building more shelters, as well as some sort of security plan.

Donations from this fundraiser will contribute to:

1. New shelters for the cats:
- Straw, barrels, plastic containers, and other types of structures that can be used as outdoor houses.
- Insulation
- Tools and materials like gloves, gardening tools, trash bags, etc.
- Currently also researching better designs and structures that higher quality and more heavy duty than the ones that we had in place such as sheds and other enclosures.

2. Security measures (These are what we feel is absolutely necessary and invite the input of professionals in this area to help wit
h ideas that can be implemented. )
- Higher fences with barbed wire so that nobody can climb and enter the area. Locked gates for entry.
-Hidden cameras with live feeds 24/7
- Possibly an enclosure inside of the fenced area so nothing can be thrown over the fences.
- Better patrols of the area need to be instituted. (The Delaware River Waterfront Corp. who owns the land has patrols, but not at the necessary scale.)

3. Depending on the amount raised, we will offer a reward to whomever finds and turns-in the perpetrator.

The more funds that are collected, the more we will invest in secure, higher-end shelters with airtight security measures. We are receiveing overwhelming support, so any excess will be used towards the orgs. efforts of TNR (Trap-Neuter- Return), vet care, vaccinations, food, etc. We will keep you informed of how each dollar is spent.

(kittiens that were rescued from the first fire)

These cat colonies, which house hundreds of cats, have been active at the piers for over 30 years. Stray Cat Relief Fund became involved about four years ago. The president of the organization and its volunteers have self-funded the efforts to build and maintain shelters as well as feed the cats.

This situation at the piers is not sustainable and the cats are in serious trouble. These cats need food and shelter and the volunteers who provide it are fighting an uphill battle against crime and a lack of cooperation.

We DEEPLY appreciate all of you who donate and even just decide to share. Awareness about this issue is just as important as the resources needed to rebuild and start bettering this situation for our furry friends.

Thank you for your time, your consideration, your possible donation, and your love for the kitties.

- Alexa Ahrem, on behalf of the Stray Cat Relief Fund

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Yesterday was our rebuilding day! We had over 50 volunteers come out and help. (Thank you SO SO SO much to all of the volunteers who came and offered their hands and support!!)

The areas were cleaned up, branches trimmed, new shelters placed and stuffed with straw, shed installed, and more. Also you can notice in the pictures there is a new fence enclosing all of the shelters. Large flower planters were installed and rocks were laid, which contributed the beautification of the area.

The area is so much more neat, organized, and cat friendly for our little colony babies!

For those of you whom were asking about being involved as volunteers on a consistent basis, please send us a message and we will add you to our team page. (Stray Cat Relief Fund on FB).

Thank you to everyone who donated, shared, and helped us spread the word. You have helped us gain so much in such a short span of time; financially, community-wise, new volunteers, and so much more We thank you and the kitties thank you!
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Hello again everyone,

We cannot say it enough… but thank you again for your selflessness and willingness to help the kitties.

We have planned a rebuilding date. It will be this coming Saturday, November 18th from 10am-2pm.

We will separate out into a few separate groups to do the following:

- Clean up the area of trash and debris
- Install the new shelters
- Landscaping: Planting flowers around the shelters, etc.
- Winterize all houses; stuffing with fresh straw and covering with tarps
- Identifying and setting traps for cats that need to be spayed/neutered

**If anyone would like to build new houses on site, we ask that you please bring the materials and tools necessary to do so.

Each person volunteering will be required to fill out a wavier once they arrive at the site.

Please reply to this with any questions or comments you have about the rebuild.

Thank you in advance to everyone who will be dedicating their time and energy with us on the 18th! We look forward to meeting you all!!
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Hi everyone,

There are not words to express the gratitude and awe that we feel about the response we have gotten. As you can all see, we have well-exceeded our goal. We cannot thank you enough for donating, sharing, and expressing your concern. You have proved that most people are good and that good people far outweigh the bad. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

We have received inquiries about building new shelters, other volunteer opportunities, and donations. Here is information regarding each:

Many of you have inquired about either building shelters on your own to be delivered, or coming out for a rebuilding day For those interested in building shelters on their own, we have attached three sample designs. We ask that they are:
• Elevated off of the ground in some way
• Have an awning of some sort
• Insulated to protect against extreme weather
• Any materials used are made for outdoor use. All shelters will be used outdoors so they should protect from inclement weather, etc.
• Some shelters have feeding stations built in. This is up to you and is not necessary.

We will be utilizing the shelters across all four of the piers on the waterfront. In addition to the piers on the waterfront, any excess shelters will be distributed to other cat colonies in the city that lack resources, and also saved for future use of new/relocated colonies.

Regarding rebuilding: We are in the process of scheduling a rebuilding day within the next 2-3 weekends. It will be on a Saturday. We will be rebuilding Pier 70 as well as beefing-up the other piers on that day. Once a date and time is set, we will post an update.

There have also been a great deal of questions about donations. Although we feel as though everyone has gone above and beyond already, if you wish to make donations, here are recommendations:
• Food (volunteers currently buy the food themselves, but of course we will be using excess funds for this.)
• Straw (for the shelters)
• Tarps (for the shelters)

We do not have a rescue location. We have gotten someone to donate some space in a warehouse for storage of donations. We will follow-up with a date, exact address, and time frame for drop-offs.

We have received questions about volunteering. Our immediate need is in South Jersey helping with cats that are awaiting adoption. If you are in that area and would like to volunteer, please email: straycatreliefund@gmail.com

If there is anything I missed or if you have any other questions, please comment and let me know.

Thank you than you THANK YOU! You are all amazing.

Alexa and the SCRF Family
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We are so beyond grateful for this outpouring of support!! We are going to raise the goal in light of this momentum. There are four other piers along the Delaware river waterfront in addition to pier 70 (pier 64, 68, and 80) that are home to colony cats (combined total of at least 250 cats). We will utilize funds to incorporate security measures to these areas as well. Any leftover funds will go directly towards the organization's core efforts of sterilizing, vaccinating, medical costs, fostering, and food for the cats.
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$24,473 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 692 people in 21 months
Funds raised will benefit:
Stray Cat Relief Fund
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