Tina’s Cat

Following the sad death of Tina Wessel — the homeless woman well known by nearly every Westporter — many “06880” commenters expressed concern for her beloved cat.

Third selectman Helen Garten reports that — thanks to great work by the Westport Police Department and Animal Control — the cat was found, and is safe.

Schulhof Animal Hospital is temporarily boarding Tina’s pet.

Westport Animal Shelter Advocates is soliciting donations for the cat’s medical examination and care. President Julie Loparo writes:

WASA thanks the Westport Police Department, particularly Chief Foti Koskinas; Animal Control officer Gina Gambino; Dorrie Harris, co-founder of TAILS; the staff of the Senior Center, particularly Tom Saviano, and the staff of Schulhof Animal Hospital for working together to humanely “trap” and provide care for Tina Wessel’s cat.

Westport Animal Shelter Advocates

The cat is calmly waiting in his/her crate for an exam. It is wonderful to live in a town with the compassion to want to do right by one of its long-term residents. This joint effort ensures that Ms. Wessel’s cat won’t be left to fend for itself.

WASA, with the kind assistance of the Schulhof staff, will oversee the cat’s care. When the time comes, it will secure a home for Ms. Wessel’s friend and furry family member.

If you would like to assist WASA with this effort, please visit www.westportwasa.org and click “Donate.” Please note on the form that you are donating in memory of “Tina’s cat.”  WASA is a 501c3 organization.

Many Westporters want to do something to honor Tina’s memory. This is one way to help.


Tina’s cat. (Photo courtesy of Westport Police Department)

5 responses to “Tina’s Cat

  1. Tina’s last name was Wessel, not Wessen as reported on 06880.

  2. I am impressed by the outpouring of grief and concern for Tina, and am
    equally pleased that this concern extends to her cat. Westport’s Animal Shelter Associates also stepped up to the plate by providing shelter and,
    presumably care to a cat beloning to a homeless person.

    Though I no longer reside in Westport, I am proud and glad that its’ citizens have taken time from their busy schedules to acknowledge the passing of
    a homeless person and to care for her cat as well. Nicely done.

  3. Thanks for providing this information, Dan. My wife and I sent a donation. I hope Tina’s cat will find a loving, appropriate home.

  4. Valerie Smith-Malin

    WASA does an amazing job of caring for the homeless pets in Westport’s municipal animal shelter (aka ‘Animal Control’– a no kill shelter across from the Sewer treatment plant on Elaine Rd– off of Compo Rd South). WASA is a small group of extremely dedicated volunteers. The animals get training, vet care and walks — rain, shine or 10 below! So many pets are being “dumped” and municipal shelters are very full. Please consider adopting from a town shelter. They make great family members– we are so glad we did.