Barbara Carney - BCK Rescue Founder & President
Brick City Kitties Rescue-Barbara's goal is to continue the work she does EVERY day on the streets of Newark just on a larger scale and in some ways a different capacity. With the help of friends, fosters, volunteers and donors she knows so much more can be done to address community concerns about the growing cat population. Every rescue has it's own unique qualities and Barbara's is different in the way that she does all of her own trapping, rescuing and colony caretaking of many colonies throughout Newark on top of fostering a large percentage of her rescues, etc. And most nonprofit organizations address a dire need in the community and Barbara's organization is no different. Most nonprofits are run with the help of volunteers who believe in the mission of the Founder. The same applies for Brick City Kitties Rescue Inc.
Barbara believes that education, the information on this website and the benefits of her rescue services will help residents start to see the big picture and understand that people put these cats out there so it's people who need to fix this problem. These cats are previous pets and their offspring become feral (unadoptable) and they are now community cats. Since these are community cats and it's a community concern, it should be a community effort to solve this problem. We need to start taking responsibility for our pets. We have to recognize how we are contributing to the problem. We cannot just abandon them. Landlords cannot just open the door and let them out after a family has been evicted. We are here to help. We can help people get their cats spayed and neutered when funding is available to try and help people keep their pets. We may be able to find foster placement for a loved pet for someone in a dire situation. We may be able to get a mom and babies out of your shed or sterilize some feral cats in your yard or on your street so that they don't multiply. We will also vaccinate them against diseases. We just have to stop throwing them out and we have to get them fixed. What we have been doing is not working. Just look outside. There are too many cats on the streets. We can all agree upon that.
Rescue and TNVR (Trap, Neuter, Vaccinate, Return) is the most effective means to humanely reduce the cat overpopulation and suffering that these animals are tossed into and born into. It is also a means to reduce shelter overcrowding and euthanasia. Nonprofit organizations are always developed out of need. They are not for profit so nonprofits rely on donations and depend on the help of volunteers. We need volunteers so that rescue and TNVR can be done on greater levels. TNVR has proven to have a significant impact on the lives of the cats as well as the residents in towns and cities across the nation. With the help of volunteers/fosters (people willing to temporarily take in a cat or more under BCK Rescue) while the rescue gets the cat(s) adoption ready (spayed/neutered, vaccinated, tested etc.) many more lives can be taken off the streets and saved. This is a win-win for everyone in the community (cats, cat lovers, and people who don't like cats).
Brick City Kitties is always looking for volunteers (fosters, volunteers for Petsmart habitats, transporters, trappers, colony caretakers). If you would like to help in any way please contact us.