A woman who embarked on a mission to save hundreds of abandoned felines on an island on the Niagara River has been overwhelmed by donations for her efforts.
In five days, Danielle Marie Coogan of Tonawanda Island , N.Y., raised $6,160, $1,160 more than her goal, according to her page on gofundme.com.
In one of her posts, Coogan explained there is "an overwhelming number of unvaccinated, unsterilized strays living on the island. Many of these cats have been born on the island & this is the only life they've ever known, some have been dumped by irresponsible owners who think souls are disposable."
Coogan says she decided to humanely trap as many adult cats as she could so they could be vaccinated, sterilized and re-released on the island.
She appealed for money for Operation Island Cats, promising that "every dollar goes directly to the cats, whether it be for food, supplies, transportation, vetting fees etc. Please consider making a donation & a difference in the lives of these "throw away" cats!!"
On Friday, Coogan posted that "this project had just exploded & I could never have imagined the outpouring of support from the community & fellow cat lovers!
"I have stopped the collection of donations at this time, as we have surpassed our goal!"