November 24, 2014 |
AS WINTER'S CHILL blankets the Delaware riverfront, Teresa Reed and Tracey McKenna are losing time in a race that could mean life or death for dozens of abandoned cats in a colony at Pier 70 in South Philadelphia. Since a promised donation of new materials to build shelters for the cats on the pier fell through in recent weeks, the women - two among a group of people who care for the 30-some cats there - are scrambling to track down enough makeshift kitty shelters to protect the felines from the elements.
August 6, 2014 |
If you're a fan of rockabilly - the blues-country-swing music that birthed rock-and-roll in the 1950s - you enjoy a lot of cultural options, locally and nationally. And a big local blowout is right around the corner. Rockabilly is a frequent roots-music choice of AAA radio stations such as WXPN-FM. It thrives at local venues that include Glenside's Blue Comet and Wilmington's Oddity Bar. Aficionados have the Saturday-morning Rockabilly Roadhouse podcast (rockabillyroadhouse.com)
March 28, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA For years, the residents of Fillmore Street say, the 1600 block of this tiny residential street has seemed home to more cats than people. That's where a woman named Alaine Jacobson ran an animal-rescue nonprofit out of two adjoining rowhouses, midway down the block in East Frankford. Cars pulled up to drop off unwanted cats. Enormous bags of cat food sat piled in the lot next door. In the summer, neighbors say, the stench of cat urine soaked the block. At some point, a sign was tacked to her fence: "I'm The Crazy Cat Lady," it read, "And This Is The Crazy Cat House.
July 16, 2013 |
At dusk, they appear: lounging on porches, sprawled across cars, picking through the weeds in abandoned lots in Coatesville. Residents call the situation "torture. " City officials have been swamped with calls. "I couldn't even go in my backyard. You couldn't see nothing but the cats," said Michelle Adderton, of the 700 block of Diamond Street. "I couldn't go out my back door because there were kittens on the porch. " Adderton and other residents of the Chester County city of 13,000 fear that Coatesville is going to the cats.
March 22, 2013 |
YOU DON'T SEE people like Carita Hernandez when TV breaks on the news. But they're there. In fact, without them there wouldn't be a broadcast at all. "You may have never seen her face on 'Action News,' but you saw her work, and, as such, a part of her spirit," said Brian Taff, a news anchor at 6 ABC. Carita, who worked at the station for 32 years, was the woman in the van whose job was to take the video footage shot at the scene, edit it...
January 6, 2013 |
A Gloucester Township family is being treated for exposure to rabies after taking in a sick stray kitten that died a day later, Camden County health officials said Friday. The unidentified family of two adults and two children found the kitten Tuesday night and tried to nurse it back to health, the officials said in a statement. But the kitten died Wednesday night, and a township animal control officer who picked it up arranged to have it tested for rabies the next morning. Test results came back positive Friday, and officials told the family members they would have to receive rabies prophylaxis shots because of their exposure to the animal.
July 4, 2012
A woman was arrested after killing a stray cat and injuring two others by dousing them with ammonia Tuesday afternoon in the Mill Creek section of West Philadelphia, authorities said. The woman, who lives in the 4800 block of Westminster Street, was trying to get rid of stray cats in her neighborhood, said George Bengal, head of humane law enforcement for the Pennsylvania SPCA. "If people have an issue with cats in their neighborhood, there are agencies and organizations that can help.
February 8, 2012 |
DUSTIN Laws was surrounded. There was the yowling at night. The cat squatting in his flowerpot, claiming it as a litter box. And, of course, the frisky felines right in front of his house, doing the deed. "It's, like, take it somewhere else!" Laws said. Stray cats were taking over his tiny Queen Village block. It's not the only cat invasion in the city. We also spoke with the president of the West Passyunk Neighbors Association, who said that dozens of stray cats were seeking refuge in an RV abandoned in a vacant lot on Snyder Avenue.
July 16, 2011 |
PEOPLE THREATEN to call the cops on cat rescuer Teresa Reed all the time. In fact, somebody at a South Philadelphia bar did, and a patron came outside and threatened to pour antifreeze into the water she and other feline-friendly volunteers left behind for cats living in a nearby alleyway if she didn't stop, she said. Police told Reed to feed the cats at a different time. Now she gets to care for the strays at 6 a.m., when no one else is around. "The men in the bar come out and urinate up this alley, but they don't want the cats there," Reed fumes.
July 24, 2010 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Just as Amanda Casazza and Deborah Calvert stepped out of their van on Florida Avenue near the Boardwalk, it began to drizzle. Undeterred, the duo crossed the wooden planks and headed for the beach, scanning the sand for their friends. "Oh, look, there's one of them," Calvert said, pointing to a mostly black cat skidding across the sand toward the underside of the boards. "The rest will come out when they see we brought food. " The women are members of Alley Cat Allies' Boardwalk Cats project, which cares for the 200-plus feral cats living under the Boardwalk planks from Albany to New Hampshire Avenues.