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Yard sale will help animal rescue groups care for feral cats

Volunteers for Animal Welfare, based in Sound Beach,

Volunteers for Animal Welfare, based in Sound Beach, rescues 300 cats annually. All rescues, like this kitten found last spring, are fed, neutered and found permanent homes. Credit: Handout

To fight the feral cat problem on Long Island, cat rescue groups in Brookhaven are assembling for an event to educate the community and raise funds to aid stray and neglected cats.

Sound Beach-based Volunteers for Animal Welfare and other cat rescue groups are holding a yard sale on April 20 in Rocky Point to benefit abandoned and abused cats.

At the Rocky Point Property Owners Association, cat rescue groups Friends of Ferals and Regina Quinn Legacy Fund for Animals and Environmental Compassion will set up shop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to sell donated items and spread information about the feral cat situation on Long Island.

Rita Miszuk, president of Volunteers for Animal Welfare said the organization rescues 300 cats annually. The group feeds the cats, neuters them and finds them permanent homes.

“We know these cats reproduce every 63 days, 10-12 a litter,” said Miszuk, 64, of Miller Place. “It becomes impossible to neuter and spay all these cats, prevent the spread of diseases and impact on the environment, unless we enlist in the help of the community.”

The proceeds from the yard sale will be used for food, shelter and medical expenses for rescued cats.

Items like costume jewelry, yard items, small furniture, paintings, clothing and other gently-used pieces will be for sale at the event. The group is also accepting donations of items to sell.

Baskets of gift certificates and merchandise donated by local businesses will be raffled off at the yard sale to help pay for low-cost spay and neutering, medical treatment for abused animals, adoptions and working with hoarders.

“The main thing we’re striving for is to educate the community,” Miszuk said. “There are 1,500 rescue groups between Stony Brook and Riverhead on the North Shore alone and we’re still drowning in animals. With the money generated, we’ll be able to do more about this situation.”

For more information, contact Rita Miszuk at

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