Did you Know?
A portion of your purchase goes towards helping so many animals in need!
It is usually the whiskered variety, but we don't discriminate! Before it became a full-time business, EcoLeo was founded as a way to help raise funds for charitable rescue work. It continues to be a mission we prioritize, and it motivates us to keep pushing through the ups and downs. In addition to donating to charitable organizations, below you will find some of the work we have done and continue to do thanks to your support!
Thank You from the bottom of Our hearts!!
Meet some of the community cats we feed!
The coronavirus pandemic has proven difficult for all. At the onset of city closures and Stay At Home orders, EcoLeo founder, Tania, noticed many cats suddenly all over the streets, clearly looking for food. It was apparent that their regular feeders had stopped coming to the area and were probably out of work and sheltered in place. Every morning, our Founder doubled up her face masks, packed her vehicle with food and water and made the rounds to feed approximately 25 hungry kitties in the downtown area. A few were also spayed/neutered and vaccinated. A couple of the friendly ones were adopted. She continues to feed them to this day and finds it very therapeutic during this difficult time.
Due to the year-round mild temperatures in Florida, it is practically mating season year round. There are approximately 700,000 homeless cats in Miami. Unfortunately, they are considered 'pests' by many and are frequently victims of food poisoning and other abuse. In an effort to save lives and control the population, county wide TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return) program is in place to allow cats to be sterilized for free and returned back their colonies as a way to humanely control the population.
EcoLeo and Good Karma Pet Rescue worked together on this amazing rescue. A stray cat was trapped for TNR (trap, neuter, return). Once at the vet clinic, we were alerted that the cat was lactating and must have recently given birth! Shocked, we went back to the location to look for her kittens as they could definitely not survive without their mom! We determined they were underneath an abandoned building and reached out to Fire & Rescue for help. They told us that they could not find the kittens and left. Not willing to give up, EcoLeo made them come out a second time, this time confident we had spotted the kittens. Doors were broken and floorboards were ripped open where the kittens were pulled to safety one by one. The four kittens were reunited with mom and were named after the four firemen :-)
In another crazy rescue, one of the stray cats that we care for was inside this building during a demolition! After learning the cat had not escaped from all the noise, EcoLeo's founder ran onto the site and forced the demolition to stop right in the nick of time! After a 3hr long struggle to lure her out of a side hole and underneath a drop trap setup, she was caught. This little girl is feral and had all her teeth extracted, therefore she can no longer live outdoors. She is currently at our foster home waiting for her furever indoor/outdoor home.
This sweet girl was spotted with what appeared to be burn marks all over her body. She was emaciated and crying for help. We rushed her to the animal hospital where she was diagnosed with flea dermatitis (a severe reaction to flea bites). She healed and was placed into foster with a local non-profit pet rescue group. She was adopted soon after :-)
This cute puppy ran in front of our vehicle as we were driving to work. We drove him to the nearest vet to see if he had a microchip that was registered to an owner but he did not. He was examined and cleaned up and was adopted later that day by our neighbor. It was love at first sight! Needless to say, we didn't make it to work that day :-)
Just another day doing our part to help save lives. Cats trapped and on their way to get spayed/neutered with TNR (trap, neuter, return). They will be fixed, vaccinated, and get their ear tipped before being released back to the same location they were found (ie home!). Ear tipping is a universal procedure that identifies a fixed stray cat so that they are not trapped again. Ear tipped cats are protected by law and are not permitted to be taken to the shelter, relocated, harmed or euthanized (unless medically necessary).
Call us crazy, but when we found these eggs under the bushes with the mother duck dead nearby, we knew we had to act! EcoLeo's Founder happened to have access to an incubator and through plenty of research, learned how to care for the eggs. Weeks went by and no one really knew if they were alive or not until one day, we hear chirp chirp chirp coming from inside! All eggs hatched days later and the ducklings were taken to a local bird sanctuary. The best day ever!
This kitty was spotted as we were evacuating for Hurricane Irma. We already had a car full of our pet cats, but what's one more right? Luckily she was super friendly and hopped right into the vehicle and hung out with us for 2 weeks while the city cleaned up and restored power.