The Brightside: Kitty City Rescue
DORCHESTER Co., Md. – Imagine taking care of hundreds of stray cats and not getting paid a dime to do it. In Dorchester County, that’s exactly what one mother-daughter duo has been doing for the last ten years.
Pat Wilcox and Dawn Whetzel are the founders of Kitty City Rescue, a non-profit organization that’s dedicated to caring for any abandoned, abused or unwanted cats in Dorchester County.
Whetzel said, “It’s been a rewarding journey.”
The idea to start Kitty City Rescue was born when Pat and Dawn realized that there were hundreds of stray cats in the area that weren’t being properly cared for.
Whetzel said, “They have to find shelter, they have to find food, it’s not fair to anyone especially when its cold.”
Since the creation of their non-profit, these two have spayed and neutered thousands of felines with the help of Dr. Carol Lewis at Snip Tuck Inc.
Wilcox said, “We have spayed and neutered 4,000.”
They’ve provided shelter to hundreds more.
Wilcox explained,”We had the Amish build three buildings for us, they are double wides. They are 32 foot long and 24 foot wide, no cat is put in a cage they have furniture, they have air conditioning, they have heat, ten windows, two doors, its just like a double wide trailer.”
But their work doesn’t stop there. Pat, Dawn and their friend Dotty all make daily trips to feeding stations they have set up across the County to ensure that no cat goes hungry.
Whetzel said, “We come in each day and feed them.”
You may be wondering, how can Pat and Dawn afford to do all of this? Well, Pat has transformed the back of her shop, Especially For You in Cambridge, into Kitty City Rescue Headquarters.
Wilcox said, “We have the things behind us that people have donated. Maybe someone has passed away in the family and they don’t know what to do with their things, the kids don’t want it, they don’t want it, so they bring it to us.”
Pat sells those donated items, then uses the money made from those sales to buy things like kitty litter and cat food.
Wilcox said, “All the money goes to the cats and we even put our own money in it.”
People also come to Pat’s store and make generous donations to help with their mission.
If you want to meet one of the cats that’s benefited from Pat and Dawn’s rescue efforts, you should ask to meet Flighty. Flighty was taken in by Pat and Dawn years ago and she’s been an honorary employee at Especially For You ever since.
Wilcox said, “Every cat deserves a good home.”
Overall, it’s clear that what Pat and Dawn do is a labor of love, but for Dawn it’s something more…
Whetzel said, “Approximately five years ago I lost my husband. It has given me something to look forward to doing.”
So the next time you wake up at 5 in the morning, just know, Pat, Dawn and their friend Dotty are likely already up and working hard ensuring that the stray cats of Dorchester County are taken care of.
If you want to adopt from Pat and Dawn, all you have to do is go to Especially For You in Cambridge and from there, someone will take you to one of those trailers Pat mentioned so you can meet the cats.
Adoptions are free but you will be screened. One rule Pat and Dawn have for adoptions is that the cat has to pick you, you don’t pick the cat.
If you want to volunteer for Kitty City Rescue, you can call Especially For You at 410-228-2880. You can also make a donation by visiting Especially For You in Cambridge.