Lions' Digest Winter Issue 03 2020

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13 | WINTER 2020

mother and her siblings hiding in a drainage

ditch, but they couldn’t reach them. Later on,

a different set of neighbors found the kittens

living underneath their sheds, and Evans helped

them to find care.

Recently, Evans heard from former Building

Construction teacher Chris Warren, that there

was a cat and her three kittens hiding near his

house. She managed to trap them after spending

nearly three hours. Learning Support teacher

Carolyn Fries took them in to foster until they

were ready for their next steps. Additionally,

Ms. Schunk has rescued a little black kitten and

Evans has taken it upon herself to pay for its

treatment. It has yet to be adopted.

Since May, this group of teachers succeeded

in getting ten cats off the street and into homes,

and Evans now owns four of them. Finding

the cats, purchasing supplies, trapping them,

getting them treated and then finally adopted

was quite the ordeal. Without Evans and several

other teachers, it wouldn’t have been possible to

rescue these cats off of the streets.

“It’s animals for the win!” said Evans as she

described why she does what she does. “They

completely give me joy throughout this whole

scenario. It’s kind of an escape, away from all of

these things.”

Evans addressed how much of a struggle

living through the COVID-19 pandemic has

been for her. Rescuing these cats brought light

to her life, and doing such a task for the State

College community feels like a reward for her.

When asked about whether or not it ever felt

challenging to rescue these feral cats, Evans said

it did. However, that didn’t stop her from doing

the work that she felt needed to be done, and

she’s glad that she didn’t have to do it alone.

“The challenge is outweighed by, you know,

the purpose, your goals, and your hope to do

something good for the community and the

animals involved… It’s a lot of work and hoping

that other people will be so kind as to help you

because doing it alone is tricky.”

In the future, if one ever happens to spot a

Two rescued kittens ready to be brought to a vet for treatment.

(Photo courtesy of Jennifer Evans)

stray or feral animal in our community, Evans

expressed that she’d be ready and willing to

help. Her experience in rescuing animals has

prepared her for anything she may face.

“I feel like I’ve learned so much,” Evans said.

“I’ve learned a lot about what to do and what

not to do with capturing and setting traps,

about always having some place to take the

animal before you even set the trap, so having

a plan for when you catch something. There

[are] some things that you’ll need: you need a

small space, you need the litter box, the litter,

and the food, the finances to be able to take the

animal to the vet for worming treatment, how

to give them flea baths and flea treatment, how

to tame them down… I think that there are a lot

of things that are important, mostly space and

time.”

Community members who want to play a

role in rescuing local feral animals can follow

Evans’ example by trapping them and bringing

them to a vet for treatment. If possible, donate

to or volunteer at an animal shelter like PAWS

or Pets Come First. One could always foster

pets, especially with the pandemic limiting the

amount of pets that can stay at a shelter.

Evans and her fellow teachers have truly

worked hard to rescue all of these cats. Let their

work set an example for what the community

can do for State College.

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