Victoria St. John sets a trap to catch a feral cat that appeared to have been abandoned by its owner. St. John runs the St. John's Feral Cat Fund.
Photo by Stephen Bartlett.
continued Gas costs are a problem.
“I just have to keep begging and doing fundraising,” St. John said. “We could really use a donated vehicle.”
There is always a need, said St. John, who often finds herself working seven days a week.
But still, St. John, who has rescued animals since she was a little girl, finds her work rewarding.
The St. John Feral Cat Fund started when she found two feral cat colonies that she fed, covering the costs out of her own pocket.
In 2002, publicity helped her raise nearly $1,800, which she used to open a business account, naming the St. John Feral Cat Fund after her father.
In 2004 the business incorporated and became a nonprofit. St. John operates out of her house and stresses that the St. John Feral Cat Fund is not a shelter.
I treat it as a business,” St. John said. “It is so hard to find foster homes.”
She is an adoption partner with PetSmart.
“We are not a shelter, so people don’t physically see what we are doing,” St. John said. “It is neverending.”