Members of Cheryl Walker’s spiritual group, The Oneness Foundation, donated their time and talent in helping to create a safe, comfortable and fun place for cats awaiting adoption. Photo by Tara Nelson
Those who want to adopt a healthy kitten or cat need to look no further than their backyard.
Blaine pastor Cheryl Walker recently opened Eva’s Eden, a cat rescue shelter and adoption organization, in the basement of her Oneness Foundation spiritual center at 495 Cherry Street.
Walker started Eva’s Eden last year, after her cat, Eva, died on the winter solstice. Eva, a pure-bred Scottish Fold, died of distemper even though she had been given routine vaccinations.
“It wasn’t supposed to happen,” Walker said. “The vet said it was a total fluke.”
Walker, who founded the independent Oneness Foundation spiritual group nearly 11 years ago in Bellingham (she moved the center to Blaine a few years ago) said she was able to move through her grief by helping other animals.
“I already think everything’s spiritual so I believed that from death comes life,” she said. “I left the other organization I was working with to start my own cat rescue shelter.”
The center takes care of more than 100 cats during the day in its 2,000-square foot cageless space. At night the cats are handed back to their “foster” homes where they are able to socialize with humans, children and other animals.
Although they have taken in unwanted animals, Walker said she likes to focus on sick animals or those rescued from neglectful situations in which they would otherwise be put to sleep. For example, Eva’s Eden recently rescued 13 cats from a hoarding situation in Oak Harbor.
Walker and her staff often drive as far as Pasco with several cars and return with as many as 50 cats.
“There are areas outside of Whatcom County that don’t do as good of a job at providing low-cost spay and neutering services,” she said. “Whatcom Educational Spay and Neutering Program (WeSNIP) does a great job of providing those services here so we don’t have as much of a feral cat problem, but a lot of places don’t have that.”
Those interested in adopting a cat or kitten can stop in and visit with the animals before making a selection. Their “adoption clinics” are held each Saturday from noon to 3 p.m.
Costs are as low as $25 for adult cats one year and older with vaccinations, flea treatment, spaying or neutering, holistic food samples and a 20-pound bag of natural cat litter made from pine or cedar sawdust pellets.
Walker said she prefers sawdust pellets rather than clay litter because clay can be ingested and lodged in a cat’s intestinal tract.
“We’re not about making money; we’re about finding good homes,” Walker said.
For more information about currently available cats, visit their website at www.evaseden.org
or call 360/778-1724.
Other animal resources
• The Whatcom Humane Society (360/733-2080) rescues stray and abandoned animals and offers assistance to qualifying low-income pet owners.
• The Whatcom Alternative Humane Society (360/671-7445) is a volunteer non-profit organization that practices a no-kill philosophy.
• Old Dog Haven in Arlington (360/653-0311) rescues homeless and abandoned senior dogs and helps them find new homes.
• The Grey Muzzle Foundation (www.greymuzzle.org) rescues homeless and abandoned senior dogs and helps them find new homes.