Jul. 14, 2023 By Anthony Medina
Cat lovers have something to look forward to this Saturday in Glendale.
Timber’s Legacy, a volunteer nonprofit animal rescue group in Glendale, and the M&M Pet Boutique & Supplies are hosting a cat adoption event, at 79-08 Metropolitan Ave., on Saturday, July 15, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The rescue group is searching for potential adopters who are interested in adding a forever pet to their family. The adoption event gives pet lovers the opportunity to meet several cats and see if they’ll be the perfect match. There are no same-day adoptions with Timber’s Legacy and adoption fees vary.
Anyone interested in adopting a cat is required to fill out an application, which will require references and a choice of veterinarian, if applicable. Volunteers as part of Timber’s Legacy also conduct home checks to make sure a cat is safe in its new environment.
The founder of Timber’s Legacy, Patty Fessmann, says she’s been an animal lover since day one. Her journey into pet adoption started with a dog named Timber, who she rescued from North Shore Animal League.
When Timber passed away in June 2012, Fessmann wanted to continue helping rescue animals but in her own way, so founded the group in December 2012 and named it Timber’s Legacy.
“I named it after my dog because she was the best. She accepted every cat or any animal I brought into my home. She was really the best dog ever,” Fessmann said.
Those who remember Timber’s Legacy may recall their old location of 10 years at the shopping center on Grand Avenue where a Stop and Shop is located. Fessmann thanked her volunteers on staff and the vets at the Juniper Valley Animal Hospital for their continued support.
Fessmann also said the help for new adopters doesn’t stop once they take a cat home. The rescue group provides continued support and advice for adopters and welcomes them to stay in touch even years after adoption.
“We have a high percentage of people who either adopt from us again, but the best part about it is that I’d say 80% of our adopters, keep in touch with us at some point and send us updates, even if it’s years later,” Fessmann added.
Timber’s Legacy also participates in Trap-Neuter Return (TNR) projects to save feral cats on the streets. Cat abandonment often leads to an over-population of cats, which later trickles down into more problems for those cats and the community. Most cats as part of TNR projects are also rescued and placed in new homes.
Anyone interested in learning more about adopting from Timber’s Legacy is encouraged to contact them through email at [email protected] or fill out the contact form at timberslegacy.org.