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.
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.”