Darlene and Chad Whynot are hoping to make their dream of building a cat shelter a reality.
© Brittany W. Verge
Chad and Darlene Whynot have a vision of creating a physical cat shelter in Queens County. The two have soft spots for cats and want to help find homes for them.
The couple own seven cats themselves and have gotten most of them from either the S.H.A.I.D. Tree or the Queens SPCA.
Darlene and Chad have been thinking about creating a physical shelter for a while now, as there are no animal shelters in Queens County. The Queens SPCA relies on foster care for pets.
“You can never get enough foster homes,” says Darlene.
Darlene also says that sometimes cats that are trapped, released, and spayed are not just feral cats. Some are simply strays who would prefer the company of humans.
Chad is a paramedic with EHS and he has found abandoned or stray cats several times behind the EHS building.
“We actually trapped one that was behind the base and I took it on myself because Queens SPCA was just overwhelmed. They lent me the cage to catch her and I found a home for her,” says Darlene. “She was really beat up.”
Darlene and Chad’s vision would see a shelter built on their property as their house sits on a fair bit of land near Nickerson Pond in Brooklyn. The two would like to see the shelter nearby so they can deal with emergencies or new arrivals.
The two started a Facebook fan page called Purrs and Kisses Cat Shelter to let the public know about their plans and to start fundraising.
The initial costs will include holding a hearing to change the bylaws to allow a shelter on their property and developmental fees. The total of those costs will be $1,400.
If they are able to get the bylaws changed, the next steps will be to fundraise for the physical shelter.
Their fundraising began with a Valentine Gram – A small package of candy and other goodies that they have been hand delivering around Queens County in anticipation of Valentine’s Day.
Volunteers will also need to be found to make the shelter run. However, the Whynots anticipate it may take up to four years before they get the actual shelter up and running.
More information on the Purrs and Kisses Cat Shelter can be found on Facebook