My Husband and I have been married for 30 years. We have dedicated the whole 30 years rescuing and taking in unwanted and abused animals. We do not take them to find them homes, like animal shelters and to be passed around from home to home. Once we take them in our home they are with us the rest of their lives. They become part of our family, to give love and care to each and everyone of them. And to give them the best and happiest life possible. They are our children. In the years of rescuing animals, we have 40 cats, mostly older cats. We have 2 6-year-old dogs and a 22-year-old cockatoo. Now our hearts are breaking knowing they could be taken from us at any time.
Here are just a few short examples of rescuing our babies:
Angel: found her by stumbling in front of my car, she was so invested with fleas, crawling in her eyes, ears, and nose. They sucked almost all her blood out. The vet did not think she would make it through the night. SHE DID she’s 13yrs old now.
Nelly: Someone threw her into a 55-gallon barrel drum, filled with gasoline. I got soap and water,washed her right away and then speeded to the vets. For a couple of months she lost her hair and foamed from the mouth ‘til all the fumes from the gasoline where gone. And fell down when she walked. SHE MADE IT: she’s also 13 yr. old.
Pumpkin Head: He was beaten by a baseball bat. His face was disfigured. But he was happy. : He’s no longer with us, he passed away.
Moses: he came to our door. Someone threw him out because he had cancer. He lived with us for a few months and he was happy and loved us. He passed away, But not alone.
Heidi: She was given drugs and abused by her owners. Was hit by a van. But she was our dog for 16 years till she passed away from cancer in her eye, that she lost, spread to her brain, after giving her 10 operations.
Fonzie: My husband was driving to work one morning and saw something in the road. It was a cute very old blind poodle.. He also had cysts on his backside. The owners did not care, they did not want him any more so they just dumped him in the street. We took him in and cared for him. He lasted about a month till he passed.
Brandi: We found her at a train station, going in and out of the train doors. Almost fell on the tracks. We took her in. She was so happy with us for 12 yr. She died from liver damage.
I could go on and on, there are to many stories to tell.
We lived in New York, Long Island for 44 years. Then moved to Pennsylvania. we built our home When we moved here we had our own business. My husband is a sculptor and had his original sculpts manufactured and sold to other retailers. He also has a lot of other skills, construction, masonry, and landscaping. He can work as hard as any 20-year-old.
When 911 happened our business suffered a total collapse. A series of bad decisions on our part were made and had to take out a mortgage on our home. After paying off the bills we were lucky to break even. My husband and I both found a job. One day at work my husband was in a car accident on his job. Where I was working, new owners came in and fired everyone without any notice.
Since then we had to sell everything we owned, furniture any personal belongings including our car. We had to buy a used car just to get us around locally. Our car broke down and where we live you need a car because any jobs are to far in walking distance. We could not get a job because of no transportation. That’s why now we have another home business. We have a gift web site and sell on auction sites. My husband also works a few days a week in construction.
We tried to get a personal loan or refinance our home, but because of loosing our jobs and causing our good credit to go to bad credit. No one will give us a second chance to prove ourselves. We have a lot of skills. We are two hard working and dedicated people you could find. We are people who have been to proud to ask for help. Because we were the ones to help other people in need. But now the time has come. We desperately need help to save us and our animals that we love so much. Our sheriff sale was held at Monroe county courthouse at 10.00 am Jan. 25th. The house was bought back by the Mortgage Company. We have till the end of Feb to find another place to live. It’s so easy for everyone telling us to get rid of your animals.because no one will rent a house if you have animals. This is breaking our hearts everyday worrying about where we will live all together.
Please if anyone can help us in by renting us a Barn, any kind of structure. We can afford $500-$800 a month. We just need a down payment. We will animal proof it by putting down a floor on top of the existing floor and we would also put some sort of protection on the walls from scratches. So when the time comes to move we could pull up the temporary floors and walls. The place would be as it was the day we moved in. We always keep the place very clean. They are all indoor cats. We are willing to sign any papers if anybody wanted to protect their interests.
We are willing to do what ever it takes to keep our babies with us. We just want for all of us to get through the winter together. Just until we get back on our feet again. Thank you for taking the time to read our letter.
Mark & Marie Fiermonte
17 Potato Path Rd
Kunkletown, Pa, 18058: (mailing address)