ABANDONED PET TRAGEDY
AT LOCAL TRAILER PARK
OCTOBER 2008
Following the sale and closing of Americana trailer park in Chester, residents of many years were panicked and scrambling to find another place to live. Many residents were moving out and having to leave their pets behind. When it became apparent to the property owner that this had happened, he made phone calls asking for help. Richmond HERO answered his call.

We went to the trailer park to determine how much of a crisis we were facing. We saw a few injured cats, a few sick, and many that were sad and lonely. All were terribly hungry.

We immediately began going in on a daily basis to feed and care for them. We have seen how desperately they need companionship and love as much as food. We are making good progress, but there are some areas that we desperately and urgently need help with.

We all agreed in the beginning that once a cat is taken out of the park to be spayed/neutered/vaccinated, we would not
return the cat to the ravaged trailer park, therefore we must have a temporary foster home or permanent home arranged beforehand. If you would like to help in this area, please give us a call.

If you cannot take in another pet, but would like to help in some way, we can always use donated cat food. We are determined to see that all of these innocent victims eat properly every day while they wait for a new home.

Our sincere thanks go out to operation catnip for their assistance in scheduling and transporting the cats to be spayed/neutered/vaccinated, also the Richmond SPCA for providing these vital procedures. With the dedicated assistance from these organizations, each of these pets will have a healthy and happy new life. Tax deductible donations are always extremely appreciated. All organizations involved are 501(c)3 non-profit and depend on donations to continue the wonderful things that they do.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please call:
         Valerie Reid 804-796-2361
         Richmond HERO 804-788-HERO (4376)

During our first trip to the trailer park, we came upon one severely injured little boy cat that stood out from all the rest and we knew we had to get him out of there as quickly as possible. Please take a few moments to read the following true story written through his eyes and gigantic little heart. His struggle to survive every day and his strong will to live inspired us all.

CLICK HERE to read Sammie's story.

CLICK HERE to view pictures of a few of those who were left behind.

CLICK HERE to view more pictures of those who were left behind.


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   Richmond HERO
   P.O. Box 7586
   Richmond, VA 23231