Pierre was a stray on the streets of Punta Gorda, Florida, often dining on leftovers at the back door of The Perfect Caper Restaurant. Owners, James and Jeanie Roland, were quick to come to Pierre’s rescue, when he was hit by a car and left to die.
Though he lost an eye in the accident, Pierre regained his health after lengthy medical treatment. However, his FIV-positive diagnosis made his future uncertain. James and Jeanie couldn’t take him home to their own three healthy cats, yet it was obvious that Pierre would make someone a wonderful pet. Pierre stayed with Jeanie’s Mom, while they searched for a home for him. Finally, James called EARS for help. EARS Executive Director, Jim North, took Pierre to the office and began the process of searching for a home. Unfortunately, no one was interested in an FIV cat, even though Pierre is healthy and shows no signs of the disease. Pierre now resides permanently at the EARS office, where he greets visitors and hides office supplies from the staff.
Pierre’s story defines the mission of EARS – to rescue, care for and prevent cruelty to all domestic animals until they are adopted or live out their natural lives. One day Pierre will either find a special home, or he will live in the new sanctuary with other special needs kitties. In the meantime, he is the icon for many of EARS’ activities and events. You will see Pierre’s one-eyed likeness in many places around the website.