Although we were at Petco for less than one year we managed to generate over 100 successful adoptions and many of them were for cats abandoned at Petco. Some of these cats were "dumped" at the store with serious medical conditions that were not reimbursed by Petco, it is my understanding that this is because we are not yet a non profit.
Brooklyn Rescue Umbrella does not receive funding for the many expenses incurred in testing, vaccinating and spay/neutering the many cats placed over the time that we were at Petco. We are requesting that Petco allow Brooklyn Rescue Umbrella to adopt out the remaining 13 cats and 2 kittens through weekend adoption events at the Stillwell Avenue store. When these cats have been adopted we will not ask Petco for any further consideration.
The money gotten from adoption fees as well as money from my personal account was used mostly at Petco for food and supplies for the cats. Those expenses generated a lot of money for Petco and I do not regret any of it. I spared no expense in making sure the display was pleasant for both the cats and the customers who came to see them at Petco.
Brooklyn Rescue Umbrella is currently in debt for thousands of dollars for vet expenses. Petco's permissiion to do weekend adoption events will be greatly appreciated in helping us finish adopting out the cats that we have since being told we could not continue todo adoptions at the Stillwell Avenue store in Brooklyn due to lack of paperwork filed.
Although we are not yet a 501c3 (paperwork is pending) we adhered to Petco policy with regard to cages, sanitation and everything else required on the online application. In every respect we were treated as a non profit -- except when Vet fees were incurred for animals left at the store and when the non profit using the on site/overnight cages continually refused to take the abandoned or newborn kittens.
It is my understanding that the Manager at the Stillwell Avenue store is still amenable to working with us. I hope that Petco Corporate will help us to close out the remaining cats so that Brooklyn Rescue Umbrella can focus on creating the resources and assistance programs needed to address the cat over population and animal abandonment issues in the surrounding Community - even if done at another venue.
Please sign the petition to help us get these cats adopted so that we can move forward with the work of researching resources and providing assistance to the Individual Rescuers in the community.
see our Before and After pictures on yahoo groups for a dog abandoned and brought to petco and some cats from a hoarder situation. See our facebook albums for some of the newborns brought to Petco that we bottle fed and some that we tried to save but could not.