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Billings woman making a difference – Brospar Daily News

Bills – Lorie Howard gets several calls a day from local residents about stray or feral cats. In 2022, Howard has successfully rehabilitated over 180 cats – but he thinks the battle has only just begun.

“It’s frustrating, but I just have to keep doing what I’m doing and hope it makes a difference. We’ll find out next spring, Howard said, crossing his fingers. Howard has been trapping and rehabilitating feral cats for 13 years.

Howard says she started the project after volunteering with her son at a local PetSmart to help adopt cats and kittens. This quickly turned into Howard spending most of his time helping feral cats.

Howard has donated his time and money to the cause over the years. I asked “How many cats do you say you managed to trap and find homes for?” She smiled and asked, “This year?”.

Howard moves about 150 cats every year. But this year, she’s on track to hit a record 200.

His efforts have not gone unnoticed by members of the community.

“Lorie is the most genuine and compassionate animal lover I have ever met,” said Nicole Dell. Dyer said she had volunteered with Howard on several occasions and believed Howard had a great love for animals. “You are truly a blessing to the animal kingdom,” Dyer said.

Patricia McCaslin also spent time helping Howard trap feral cats.

After the security cameras were installed, McCaslin began noticing dozens of cats wandering around her Laurel home. She said she contacted Laurel Animal Services on social media for help, but to no avail.

After feeling helpless, McCaslin found relief with Howard’s help. Working together for over a year, Howard and McCaslin were able to trap and rehabilitate all of the cats. “(She) went out and invested a lot of time and energy and energy,” McCaslin said.

Howard, who named his project “Savage Cat Rescue,” recently listed Paperwork as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. This means that all future donations will be tax deductible, which Howard hopes will increase donations so she can help more cats in need.

“Hopefully at some point there might be some government involvement or some kind of help, because there’s no help right now,” Howard said.

Howard said places like Laurel and Sheridan are trouble spots that need help. It is often difficult to involve county animal services in these feral cat cases because they are often found outside of the county.

“It really feels good to have a lot of community support. People want to donate their time, supplies, or money, and all of that is welcome. It takes a village,” Howard said.

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