HCAT will honor beating victim known for his care of strays

This backyard on Danforth St. is a refuge for stray cats that assault victim Nick Veselenak had created. Hamtramck’s cat rescue organization, HCAT, has taken over the care of the cats now that Veselenak is unable to continue.



By Charles Sercombe

          Hamtramck’s cat lovers have a new cause this year.

          HCAT, the Hamtramck Cat Assistance Team, is dedicating its yearly fundraiser in honor of Nick Veselenak, 60, of Danforth St. who was viciously beaten recently by two teens.

          Veselenak, who went by the nickname of “Casper,” was known for taking care of dozens of feral cats in his neighborhood.

          It appears Veselenak will not be returning to Hamtramck anytime soon. He is recovering from his injuries in a nursing home, and it’s likely he has suffered permanent brain damage.

          How Veselenak survived before the beating is a mystery. He was considered semi-homeless and often walked the city streets wearing headphones no matter how hot or cold it was.

          Despite having limited financial means, he was faithful to his collection of stray cats, said Chris Wilinski, of HCAT. Wilinski said Veselenak would spend his day collecting food for his strays and material to build them shelters in the backyard of what is apparently an abandoned house on Danforth St.

          Wilinski said HCAT volunteers set up additional cat shelters in the yard and will continue to feed them.

          “We’ve taken over his kitty cats,” Wilinski said.

          But it’s not cheap.

          The hope is to raise enough money to continue caring for the strays and when spring comes, to neuter and spay them so they will stop reproducing.

          The fundraiser is Saturday, Dec. 7, 5-10 p.m., at Gates of Columbus Hall, 9632 Conant.

          Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for kids. It includes a spaghetti dinner and a cash bar.

          Wilinski said he seeking to contact Veselenak’s family in order to invite him to the dinner. If any family member is reading this, Wilinski asks that you call him at (313) 407-3662.

          HCAT was formed 10 years ago by former City Councilmember Rob Cedar and Heide Zdral.

10 Responses to HCAT will honor beating victim known for his care of strays

  1. Woodsman

    November 30, 2013 at 12:54 am

    I’ll be honoring him by shooting and burying every last cat I see. To compensate for the hundreds of thousands of animals that were gutted-alive and skinned alive and left to writhe on the ground screeching to death due to your invasive species piece-of-sh** cats. The very wildlife that I had to stomp to death with my own boots to put them out of their misery and torment caused by his and your cats. You need to hear and feel what it’s like for a small animal’s skull pop beneath your foot to stop its suffering caused by a cat to understand what kind of honor I am paying to him by shooting every last cat I find.

    The #1 rule on my lands now is: ANY non-native cat, collared or not, that is allowed to roam free and hunt illegally then in turn gets hunted until dead. NO delays, NO excuses, NO EXCEPTIONS.

    Bottom Line:

    If you don’t want to take care of your cat in the manner that YOU see fit, then I WILL take care of your cat in the manner that I see fit — ONE TIME. And it only takes one time. See one, shoot one, A.S.A.P. Simple as that.

    Your choice!

    Not only are these demented invasive-species house-cat “animal lovers” now killing off all Big Cats in all wildlife reserves around the world:

    thenational D0T ae SLASH news/uae-news/big-cat-owners-warned-to-keep-them-acres-away-from-feral-strays

    And they’ve already made their ONE AND ONLY native cat species EXTINCT in the UK (the inventors of that TNR insanity):

    guardian.co D0T uk SLASH environment/2012/sep/16/scottish-wildcat-extinction

    “A report, produced by the Scottish Wildcat Association, reviewed 2,000 records of camera trap recordings, eyewitness reports and road kills, and concluded there may be only about 40 wildcats left in Scotland in the wild today. ‘However you juggle the figures, it is hard to find anything positive,’ says Steve Piper, the association’s chairman. ‘The overwhelming evidence is that the wildcat is going to be extinct within months.'” … “However, it is not the loss of habitat that is causing the current cat crisis in the Cairngorms. It is the spread of the domestic cat.” … “‘Essentially the Highland wildcat is being eradicated by an alien invasive species: the domestic cat.'” (report quoted from last year, they are no-doubt extinct by now)

    As well as killing off all their inland River Otters in England with their cats’ parasites:

    wildlifeextra D0T com SLASH go/news/otter-toxoplasmosis D0T html

    As well as cats’ parasites killing off all rare and endangered marine mammals on all coastlines around the world (worse than any oil-spill that has ever existed or could even be imagined):

    msnbc D0T msn D0T com SLASH id/43159544/ns/technology_and_science-science/t/lethal-parasites-team-kill-dolphins-seals/
    environmentalhealthnews D0T org SLASH ehs/news/hawaiian-monk-seals

    But now these cat-licking “animal lover” psychopaths and sociopaths are also killing off all the Mountain Lions (Cougars, Puma, Endangered Florida Panther, etc.), and all other native cat species in North America:

    rapidcityjournal D0T com SLASH sports/local/feral-cats-pose-threat-to-birds-lions/article_8ec451c9-4b03-55a3-baa7-71ac577905cb D0T html

    Let’s thank these psychotic bible-home-schooled cat-lickers for all the fine work they do for being such fantastic “animal lovers”, shall we? THEY JUST LOVE CATS SO MUCH! So caring! So thoughtful! So FULL of love for living things!

    I’d love to thank them all, each with a gift of a solitary-confinement prison-cell — FOR LIFE. Better yet, for their VAST ecological crimes and sins against all of nature and all of humanity, hanged-until-dead would be a far more fitting “gift” for them AND the whole planet.

    Why haven’t The National-Guard and United Nations and all police-forces on earth stepped-in with lethal means to stop them yet? As we all know now, educating them won’t stop them — trying to educate the Toxoplasma gondii brain-hijacked ineducable is a fools’ game. They’ve all proved that, beyond any doubt left in the universe, for decades now.

  2. Johnny

    December 1, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    WOW! In any other advanced city this would be considered a nuisance or a rat haven. Now I understand why The EM wants to outsource code enforcement if they tolerate this garbage dump.

  3. Koawsiki

    December 1, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Actually, these cats are theones keeping the rats population in check

  4. Woodsman

    December 2, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    Cats are actually one of the poorest methods of rodent control of all (contrary to centuries of people proposing the same and also failing for centuries). Not only are cats a highly destructive invasive species that directly destroys many valuable native species and also transmit many deadly zoonotic diseases to both humans and all other animals, further exacerbating the death-rate of your native predators, but there are hundreds (if not thousands) of native species on every continent that are much better suited for the purpose. On top of that, most cats run from larger rodent species.

    What happens is that cats destroy all your valuable native rodent predators (rat snakes, shews, etc.), or displace them (read: starve them to death, species like owls, hawks, fox, etc.), and then the cats destroy only the rodents that they can find (key point). Guess what? Rodents don’t reproduce in places where cats can get to them. They reproduce in burrows and places too small for ANY cat to get to them. So what you end up with is a happy predator/prey balance of nothing but cats and rodents infesting your lands and homes.

    The rodents reproduce in burrows and holes where they are happy to reproduce forever to entertain your cats the rest of their lives, and make your own lives miserable, on into infinity. On top of that, when cats infect rodents with cat’s Toxoplasma gondii parasite, this hijacks the minds of rodents to make the rodents attracted to where cats urinate. (Google for: Parasite Hijacks the Mind of Its Host) Cats actually attract disease-carrying rodents to where cats are (and the cats then contract these diseases on contact with, or being in proximity to, these rodents). Further increasing the cat/rodent/disease density of this happy predator/prey balance. It has been documented many many times. The more cats you have, the more rodents you get.

    Look at any island that has been invaded by cats and rodents for hundreds of years as some simple and concrete proof of this cat/rodent balance. All the native wildlife is now gone, the cats had destroyed the island’s ecosystem, with nothing but a healthy population of cats and rodents thriving on into infinity. Cats DO NOT get rid of rodents! I don’t care how many centuries that fools will claim that cats keep rodents away, they’ll still be wrong all these centuries. Civilizations of humans have come and gone in great cities like Egypt, yet their cats and rodents remain.

    No cat population anywhere has EVER been able to eradicate rodents. But native predators can — easily.

    If you want rodent control, employ any of the ecologically SAFE animals, NATIVE species; not a man-made invasive species vermin. Employ animals that you already have; Barn Owls, Rat Snakes, Masked Shrews (an amazing 1.75-inch David & Goliath story, they evolved a poisonous bite, the only mammal to have one, specifically for destroying rodents right at their very source, but cats always destroy these valuable rodent-eradicators first), etc. For those who raise fowl, then I suggest you befriend and encourage Gray Fox. They don’t even have European fowl on their diet (not having evolved with them). And they will even climb trees (the only fox species to do so) so will even keep your squirrel populations in check. I feel blessed, after every last cat of hundreds on my lands was shot-dead and buried a family of Gray Fox made a den near my home and owls finally returned, one owl so tame it sits about 10 ft. from my door most days. I couldn’t ask for a better rodent patrol. The fox and their kits are great clowns to enjoy watching too.

  5. Funny

    December 16, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    Woodsman really makes since

    1- Cats is (somehow) destroying Snakes, Owls, Hawks, Fox and etc !!!!)
    2- Cats are the cause for the WILDLIFE to be gone, and cats destroyed the island’s ecosystem.
    3- We should replace cats with A- Snakes B- Owls C- Shrews D- Fox !!!!!
    Wow Kittens are so so powerful and extremely dangerous we should arm our self against them, next time you see one call hamtramck police department before you lose your life. 🙂

    ( o.o )
    > ^ ^ <

  6. Nancy

    January 12, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    As a supporter of HCAT and all that they do…To Mr. Woodsman…I don’t know what a cat or anything/one else did to you….but you sure have a lot of anger issues. It is true that when you have a pet you SHOULD be responsible for it, but if not Thank goodness there are people out there helping the cats and not stalking them. Yes, you are entitled to your own opinion, BUT don’t you think that you got a bit carried away?! If you choose not to help the “lost” kitties of Hamtramck….fine. But PLEASE do not go out of your way to harm them!!!!!!

  7. Joanne

    September 15, 2014 at 3:55 am

    What is this persons problem with cats?
    I am shocked and horrified how mad he is ? Did he say it’s rodents being left half dead in his neighborhood that’s bothering him . We’ll forget him I hope he has a change of heart and doesn’t do anything to harm any living thing. I’m really scared he might harm some innocent poeple.any way I want to adopt some kittens but don’t have that much money . If anyone has one I live in hamtramck just reply to this comment .always been a cat lover tooand will continue to love all animals forever!

  8. Angela Potter

    November 14, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    Mr. Woodsman,First let me start by saying you truly need help. The psychological kind of help from a professional. Second,you are incorrect about cats not killing rats. During the reign of Henry VIII,the plague took over the towns and cities.They thought the cats were the cause and got rid of them. When they finally found out it was the rats causing the plague,the brought in huge amounts of cats. The rodents were gone and amazingly so was the plague. Being in a city makes Birds of Prey and other woodland animals such as snakes etc… almost impossible to breed. So just as in Merry Old England,Hamtamck has to rely on these cats to keep the rodent population down.Yes, they do the job. As for name calling,well that is just showing your ignorance and it is blossoming strong. If I ever catch you shooting a cat anywhere, I will feel justified in calling the police.

  9. Jimmy Jade

    September 8, 2021 at 9:49 am

    I was down in Ham-town yesterday, September 7, 2021.

    The place is a running disaster in terms of cats – and everything else if we’re honest. Cats are running around everywhere. These aren’t healthy, bright cats. They are sickly unsocialized cats. you know the types.

    Crooked heads, gooped-up eyes,running and hiding under porches, matted fur and fleas.

    I walked down Evaline Street between Lumpkin and Brombach. The breeze smells like cat urine. Cat urine smell is wafting out of the urine soaked wood of the houses. It’s gross and unhlathy. But Ham-Town residents don’t have standards.

    I didn’t see any birds so I threw some bread on the ground, in a chorus the residents I was talking to, “Don’t throw food rats will come.” Why would rats come if there are all the nuisance cats?

    Don’t get me wrong. The new comers complain about cats ripping up and defecating in flower beds.

    No offense.

  10. Jimmy Jade

    September 8, 2021 at 10:58 am

    Here’s the law.

    Is it illegal to own too many pets?

    Under current law, it’s illegal to have more than three in a household and people who want to have more felines must obtain a kennel permit. … Putting a limit on the number of dogs, cats or other pets a household is allowed to keep may seem strange, but such laws are relatively common.
    Источник: https://midogguide.com/maintenance-and-care/how-many-dogs-are-you-allowed-to-own-in-michigan.html

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *