Caribou, Maine (WAGM) – For years, Halfway Home Pet Rescue president and founder Norma Milton and a team of volunteers have given cats and some dogs a second chance at life, rescuing them, providing medical care and placing them in loving homes forever. They have also helped reduce the population of feral cats and their offspring through their trap and neuter program. There is now a new long-term initiative underway to move and expand their assistance even further. News Source 8’s Sherry Karabin has the details.
From the outside, it may look like an abandoned warehouse, but it’s actually one of three locations used by Halfway Home Pet Rescue in Caribou. And if things go as planned in a few years, it will house all of their operations. It’s all part of an initiative led by volunteer and project manager Kent Coston to centralize and expand services for rescues and cat owners in Aroostook County.
Kent Coston, Volunteer and Project Manager, Halfway Home Pet Rescue
“The end goal of the project is to be able to have it all under one roof and be able to support all of Aroostook County with low-cost medical care, even taking care of feral cats.”
Standing – Sherry Karabin Reporting
The facility is currently used to house feral cats and to store food and other supplies that are donated to low-income pet parents.
“We will have a full pantry for cats and dogs that will be available to people when we have this whole facility in place.”
And that’s far from all that’s on the agenda. The non-profit organization currently operates four spaying clinics that also provide general veterinary services each year to the Caribou Wellness and Recreation Center. By eliminating rental fees, he hopes to expand opportunities for residents to obtain low-cost or no-cost care.
Christina Kane-Gibson, Volunteer and Board Member, Halfway Home Pet Rescue
“I think it’s pretty clear that Aroostook County veterinarians are working hard at full capacity, but there are so many new people moving to the area, new pets coming in, medical services emergency often people have to drive their pets to Brewer so if we can have a place centrally located in Aroostook County to serve people I think that would definitely help pets and pet parents. ‘pets.
Changes will not happen overnight. In fact, at present, Coston estimates the project will take five years. In the meantime, members of the organization will be in fundraising mode to realize their new vision. In Caribou, Sherry Karabin reports for News Source 8.
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