NEW BERLIN — Three cats found new homes on Saturday following an adoption event at Poe’s New and Used Book Store in New Berlin.
Catterina’s Quest, a free cat adoption event on Saturday, filled the bookstore with visitors from the 11 cats waiting to be adopted. The bookstore is located at 428 Market St., New Berlin.
“It was a success,” said Cherished Cats Rescue Alliance member Sharnel Pilko. ” We are pleased. We even have a few potential adoptions in the winds.
Pilko and other citizens have attended borough council meetings to voice their opposition to the fact that some council members want to stop feeding stray cats. Berlin’s new city council has formed a committee to discuss feral cats in the city.
Since September 2020, the Pilkos have spayed 46 cats, adopted three, and rehomed others with their own funding and grants from Cherish Cats, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to save feline lives in central Pennsylvania. Sherrie Benjo of New Berlin also trapped and neutered at least a dozen cats.
Benjo had Sylvester, a 12-year-old cat, ready for adoption.
“He’s super loving,” she said. “He cocoons himself in blankets all day and comes out at night. He likes to be cuddled up and he screams for attention.
Rebecca Dellanoce, of Lewisburg, and her three children Trevor, 7, Ellie, 10, and Landon, 12, adopted two cats on Saturday. They picked up Sylvester and a long gray hair named Baby, both around 12 years old.
“We’re so excited right now,” Dellanoce said. “We’ve had pets before, but these two are the only ones we have now.”
She discovered the event via Facebook. A photograph of one of the cats really spoke to her, but that cat was adopted by another person, she said.
“That cat looked like my spirit animal,” she said. “He looks like me when I’m told there’s no food.”
Debbie Freet of New Berlin has been involved in trapping, neutering and relocating cats in New Berlin.
“They all deserve a home,” Freet said. “It’s not their fault they’re in this situation. People think they can just drop cats if they get old. These ladies have big hearts.
Pilko said there is a cat who will have a broken leg amputated by Beckoning Cats in Williamsport on Monday. Donations to help cover the $500 cost for the cat’s medical care can be dropped off at Poe’s.
The event featured local businesses including Farmstead Cupcakes, Pompeii Soaps, Creative Styles by Tiffany, Shabby to Chic Salon, Samuel Aurand House/The Emporium and Taste of Little Italy. Several local families also donated baskets for a silent auction and items for a bake sale.