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Cat rescuer: I'm done helping Brighton Beach kitty hoarder

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Now this is a cat fight!

An attempt to save a cat hoarder from being kicked out of her Brighton Beach apartment has turned into a hissing match between the kitty collector and the woman trying to protect her beloved felines.

Brooklyn Umbrella Rescue founder Josie Marrero saved half of the 45 cats that once roamed Barbara Berger’s one-bedroom apartment on Coney Island Avenue, but she now says she won’t save the rest because Berger has become too difficult to work with.

“She’s not making sense anymore,” said Marrero, who has taken sharpened swipes at Berger on her blog. “I’m done with her.”

Marrero agreed to help Berger — who is facing eviction unless she gets rid of all but two of her cats — after reading about the cat lover’s plight on Brooklyn Daily.

Marrero rescued 18 of the cats, which were given good homes during a week-long adopt-a-thon at the Petco on 86th Street near Stillwell Avenue in March. A dozen of Berger’s cats were adopted by neighborhood residents, while the rest were taken in by the North Shore Animal League in Long Island.

But Berger’s now refusing to part with any more of her cats, even though her landlord has only given her until mid-May to whittle her brood down to two.

Marrero said she can’t trust Berger anymore and decided to pull her support.

“I’m frustrated because she doesn’t want to give up any more cats,” Marrero wrote in her blog. “I can’t trust her.”

Berger defended her actions — and lashed back at Marrero for publicizing their feud on the Internet.

“She’s making me feel like I’m a villain and it’s not true,” Berger said. “I don’t want to give up the cats that I love,” she explained.

Berger moved into her rent-stabilized apartment, for which she pays just $153 per month, with 15 cats in 2007. She said the number quickly tripled as she took in strays off the street and accepted kittens from neighbors and friends.

She’s insisted all along that she’s willing to part with most of the cats, but won’t give up her ten favorites, which have names like Yoshi, Blake and Montgomery.

Reach reporter Daniel Bush at dbush@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-8310. Follow him at twitter.com/dan_bush.

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josie BRU says:
Surgery for Alexander came to over $646 and for Amy $486. We still have Barton's surgery and other spay surgeries to go. Please go to our Paypal page and give generously. We have paid for Amy's surgery through some very generous donations and Barton's first vet visit as well

Barton goes in for eye surgery Today! Barton will be getting surgery to close his eye ibecause it was so badly infected and neglected for so long that it is just rotten tissue. It will be removed and sewn shut so that the infections can stop. He is so loveable. He loves to sit on your lap and roll on his back as you rub his tummy. He pats your face with his paws. He goes nose to nose with you. He scoops his food up with his paw - so funny to watch him eat.

Greta from just returned from a foster home where she got High Marks for her winning ways.
The woman has children and there were no complaints from anyone about Greta! If not adopted by Sunday the Foster mom wants Greta to return as her guest!

Stanley needs help from an experienced person to resocialize after spending a year in a cage. he wants to play but comes off as aggressive because he doesn't know how to pull his punches. He gives kisses. He comes when you call him. He nips. His only fault. He gets better every day and everyone comes over just to see this incredibly sexy cat!

Sara (once Maggie) will be spayed but is also in need of someone who will just let her be a loner. She is ok with touch and company but cannot be picked up - she panics and bolts and if Not handled with care bites. She huddles in her litter box out of fear and Today she finally came out and accepted petting from people who came by to say hello. She will be spayed thiis week.
Franchesca has been treated for ear mites and finally spayed, Though listed as spayed she went into heat while at the store. Hello! She is Pebbles and Greta”s mom per the list given to me.
Pebbles had some kidney problems but has been treated and may be returning for adoption soon. He needed an ultrasound while at the vet. He is such a sweet cat!.
Valla also needs to be spayed and is in foster care until that is done.
Contact Brooklyn Rescue Umbrella
brooklyn.rescue.umbrella@gmail.com

Friend us on Facebook AND SEE OUR PICTURES - http://www.facebook.com/BrooklynRescueUmbrella

come to Petco on Stillwell Avenue at 86th street
friday nights from 4-8 p.m.; sat; sunday ALL DAY
We are in the Back of the store in the dog food aisle
We are still struggling with the Brighton Beach collection. Please make a Generous donation through Paypal.

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_donations&business=brooklyn%2erescue%2eumbrella%40gmail%2ecom&lc=US&item_name=brooklyn%20rescue%20umbrella¤cy_code=USD&bn=PP%2dDonationsBF%3abtn_donateCC_LG%2egif%3aNonHosted
May 3, 2012, 4:12 am
josie BRU says:
Brooklyn Rescue Umbrella has received donations from two very generous people and that is why the above surgeries were possible. we have not received much from PayPal and the vet bills are mounting.

We urge you to make a donation and most importantly to come and adopt one of the remaining cats.

BRU's Adoption Assistance Program is on hold until those cages free up.
May 3, 2012, 4:17 am
Brooklyn Rescue Umbrella from Brooklyn says:
The cats taken to North Shore for Adoption were removed and tranported through the work of Brooklyn Rescue Umbrella - BRU

The cats removed for adoption Assistance were also removed by BRU - some of these cats still need to be adopted or fostered. The vet bills continue to mount.

Surgery for Alexander came to over $646 and for Amy $486. We still have Barton's surgery and other spay surgeries to go. Please go to our Paypal page and give generously. We have paid for Amy's surgery and Barton's first vet visit as well through two very generous donations. It is all we have received.

Barton goes in for eye surgery Today! Barton will be getting surgery to close his eye because it was so badly infected and neglected for so long that it is just rotten tissue. It will be removed and sewn shut so that the infections can stop.

He is so loveable. He loves to sit on your lap and roll on his back as you rub his tummy. He pats your face with his paws. He goes nose to nose with you. He scoops his food up with his paw - so funny to watch him eat.

Greta from just returned from a foster home where she got High Marks for her winning ways. The woman has children and there were no complaints from anyone about Greta! If not adopted by Sunday the Foster mom wants Greta to return as her guest!

Stanley needs help from an experienced person to resocialize after spending a year in a cage. He is only 2 years old and has spent half his life caged per list given to us. he wants to play but comes off as aggressive because he doesn't know how to pull his punches. He gives kisses. He comes when you call him. He nips. His only fault. He gets better every day and everyone comes over just to see this incredibly sexy cat!

Sara (once Maggie) will be spayed but is also in need of someone who will just let her be a loner. She is ok with touch and company but cannot be picked up - she panics and bolts and if Not handled with care bites. She has huddled for over 3 weeks in her litter box out of fear and Today she finally came out and accepted petting from people who came by to say hello. She will be spayed thiis week.

Franchesca has been treated for ear mites and finally spayed, Though listed as spayed she went into heat while at the store.

Hello! She is Pebbles and Greta”s mom per the list given to me.

Pebbles had some kidney problems but has been treated and may be returning for adoption soon. He needed an ultrasound while at the vet. He is such a sweet cat!.

Valla also needs to be spayed and is in foster care until that is done.

Contact Brooklyn Rescue Umbrella
brooklyn.rescue.umbrella@gmail.com

Friend us on Facebook AND SEE OUR PICTURES - http://www.facebook.com/BrooklynRescueUmbrella

come to Petco on Stillwell Avenue at 86th street
friday nights from 4-8 p.m.; sat; sunday ALL DAY
We are in the Back of the store in the dog food aisle
We are still struggling with the Brighton Beach collection. Please make a Generous donation through Paypal.

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_donations&business=brooklyn%2erescue%2eumbrella%40gmail%2ecom&lc=US&item_name=brooklyn%20rescue%20umbrella¤cy_code=USD&bn=PP%2dDonationsBF%3abtn_donateCC_LG%2egif%3aNonHosted

While working on this particular rescue we have had to limit our Adoption Assistance Program. Once these cats go to good homes we can continue to help others.

Please come and adopt or foster. Some of these cats need a cage break!
May 3, 2012, 4:31 am
Brooklyn Rescue Umbrella Update from brooklyn says:
May 8, 2012

It has been a frantic few weeks especially with orphaned kittens coming in. The most common reasons for bringing in orphaned newborns lately is that a cat came into a business and had babies and the boss wants the kittens gone.

In all the madness I had forgotten to post of Charlie and Corinne's fundraising for our cats. Thank you!

Alexander has had surgery and is healing nicely but was returned because he began attacking the other cat. This is strange behavior for a maine coon -- surgery related?

Barton has also had surgery for the removal of an eye and is recuperating beautifully. Once ready for adoption he will be back at Petco.

Amy also had eye surgery and is doing very well!

The Brighton Beach cats are down to seven -- not including alexander: Greta; Valla; Stanley; Barton (who recently had eye surgery); Sara; Peebles and franchesca. We just learned that Peebles has medical issues that will prevent him from being adopted. Will post more about that at another time. His ultrasound has yet to be paid for and it is expensive, please donae o our paypal account at bottom.

Pictures are posted to our Facebook site

brooklyn.rescue.umbrella@gmail.com

At Petco On Stillwell Avenue
Fridays 4-8 pm
Saturdays/Sundays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

WE DO NOT HAVE A SHELTER1 WE ARE WAY OVER OUR LIMIT
WE NEED FOSTER HOMES

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.364208683626919.76704.244836658897456&type=1

We are still struggling with the Brighton Beach collection. Please make a Generous donation through Paypal.

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_donations&business=brooklyn%2erescue%2eumbrella%40gmail%2ecom&lc=US&item_name=brooklyn%20rescue%20umbrella¤cy_code=USD&bn=PP%2dDonationsBF%3abtn_donateCC_LG%2egif%3aNonHosted
May 8, 2012, 5:11 pm

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