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May 3, 2014

Feline-rescue group at work in Plattsburgh


PetSmart in Plattsburgh showcases some of those kitties in the store once they are ready for new homes.


To defray the increased veterinary costs due to the trap trauma, the organization has launched a campaign to raise $1,000 on Adirondack Gives, the Adirondack Foundation's funding site for nonprofits, community groups and municipalities.

“It runs for 60 days,” Vaincourt said. “The last day to take donations is June 27. We have this additional cost of taking care of their injured legs, and the one cat alone that had its leg amputated, it was a $600 bill.”

Rugar Park is just one sad situation Focus on Ferals has dealt with.

At one feral location, someone was injuring kittens.

“He was shooting at them with BB guns," Vaincourt said. "Unfortunately, one of the cats lost its eye, and one has a BB lodged in its neck at the moment.”

There is another cat colony at Indian Trails, an apartment-complex area, and a fairly large colony at a nonworking farm.

“People drop cats off to this barn,” Vaincourt said. “His numbers obviously multiplied. We've been working on that since last June. We've taken and spayed between 20 and 25 cats out of there.”

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Focus on Ferals welcomes donations to pay for veterinary costs for a number of cats caught in snare traps in Plattsburgh. 

To contribute, mail checks to: Focus on Ferals, P.O. Box 274, Brainardsville, NY 12915 or go to 

As of Friday, the group had raised $140 of its $1,000 goal through the website. Learn more about Focus on Ferals at:


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