Laura Beth has my vote. I have watched the video of her made by a news production company, 5WLWT, and she seems saintly in her courageous and tender attitude towards feral cats. She feeds them because they need her and she operates TNR as well. She can’t stop because the cats rely on her. Once you start you can’t stop. That’s the message. And when you are as kind as Beth is it is almost impossible to ignore these cats who should not be abandoned to the elements like this, shunned by the community except for the great people like Laura Beth. But as usual sometimes she is persecuted just like the cats. Others praise her. There are more of the latter than the former.
“I do it because I think it is right” – Laura Beth
But there are some people who hate people like Laura and you can see one of them in the second video below who shouts at Laura and I am told she threw some poop at her. You have to be so committed and courageous to do what Beth does under this barrage of abuse. She tries to avoid conflict with the neighbors by tending to the cats at night. The demands on her are high but she bears up. I hate to see her harassed like that. It is fairly violent.
The video below shows an older woman harassing her. She brought her dog to chase the cats! Please give the video a while to load as it is from FB. It is a bit disturbing.
CALLS NEEDED TO BE MADE TO THE CITY TO HELP THESE ANIMALS.COVINGTON, KYAs most of you know this Rescue was founded because of our work with homeless and abandoned animal after seeing them starve and the abuse they have been subjected to. For years Kenton County did nothing but trap and euthanize and the numbers of homeless animals increased. The videos below are just seconds of the 2.5hr confrontation this morning on the stray route at 6:45am. It began when the man across the street confronted me. I tried to explain the TNR program and after care portion and the benefits which he wasn’t interested in hearing about and then tried taking the food. Several times I have offered to buy deterrents which was not enough for him. He called the police. After they left he waited and confronted me yet again as I wanted to make sure the smaller kittens ate at this stop. They told the police I would come on the street and try to cause problems by screaming at them (which you can see their behavior in the video). The reason we go at the times we do are to avoid confrontation and so the cats to eat in peace. After the police left he walked over and threw the food away. At this point the mother pulled up and confronted me. She points to dried up feces (which was from a dog or raccoon), bags it and throws it at me. She then gets her dog to chase the cats. The police are called yet again and this time the officer (first video in the comments) says she doesn’t like cats at which point I began recording. She states we are “putting cat lives above the quality of human lives” and the other officer says ‘they are supposed to be chasing mice and won’t because I am feeding them.’ This shows how little they are educated about cats and it makes one question any compassion for homeless animals. He may be interested to know a well fed cat makes for a better mouser. As we mentioned in our post earlier this week, a successful TNR program includes after care. There are statistics that back this up nationwide. These animals are forced to live on the streets due to negligent owners. Two of the cats at this location belonged to a man that lived across the street and passed away of cancer. They were put outside where we have been caring for them for years. Code enforcement has been fining people for cat feces in their yard, public works has thrown away the shelters the children from our humane classes have made…the city has to get on board. We are an all volunteer rescue and devote 4 hours a day over 47 stops caring for nearly 200 strays in the City of Covington alone as part of the TNR aftercare. We have gone to several schools with our humane education programs for children educating them on kindness to animals and the shelters they build for homeless animals is what the city destroys. It’s costs us nearly $70 a day. We take injured animalsoff the streets, pull friendly ones when we can and have devoted tens of thousands of dollars doing this at no cost or effort to the city. We have video after video of threats for our work with community cats-from people threatening to shoot us to throwing coffee in the car…the list is long. We also have albums of photos showing the abuse the animals go through in this city from being shot, stabbed, literally thrown in the trash…There is nowhere to relocate thousands of cats. With TNR and managed aftercare the colony numbers will decrease over time. This program has only been in effect a year and people need to be educated.We need calls to be made to the office of Michelle Williams (Vice Mayor) and Shannon Smith (City Commissioner) making the following points: •A successful TNR program includes aftercare and a colony caretaker. •These programs have proven numbers to decrease the cat population in a humane way•Compassion is not a crime. Major cities nationwide have successful programs that include the after care (feeding, shelters and medical when needed)•When people are educated on the program they usually support it. By having colony caretakers it decreases the annoying behavior most often complained about. Please let them know you support this program. This is vital to the safety and well being of these animals. For those that do not want cats on their property there are deferents. Most of these cats were once domesticated and then put out to fend for themselves. It’s inconceivable the hatred people have for these innocent victims as well as their unwillingness to learn the benefits of this program,some members of the city included.Michelle Williams: 859-292-2306Shannon Smith: 859-292-2308
Posted by TriState Noah Project on Thursday, 15 August 2019
I hate to say it but this sort of confrontation is played out across America daily. Sometimes it can get really violent even to the point where the feral cat caretaker is assaulted. And sometimes the cats are shot at. Further, the city or county administrators can, rarely, become involved and invoke the law and prosecute the feral cat caretaker. You’ll see in the first video that it is illegal to feed feral cats in Covington. That sort of law exists in a number of places in the US but is pretty rare.
Laura Beth’s operates in Covington, Kentucky. Her rescue is The TriState Noah Project.
“The TriState Noah Project helps animals in the KY/OH/IN region. In addition to our fosters, we feed over 200 homeless animals living on the streets daily in addition to spaying/neutering and providing any medical treatment needed while we work to get them off the streets.”