Working mostly on her own, she would care for pregnant cats and their kittens until she could help them find permanent families.
But last week, Brooks got a phone call that turned her small animal rescue organization upside down.
On March 22, Newark police and animal control personnel removed 49 cats and eight kittens from an apartment on North Fifth Street. Many of the cats were sick and malnourished.
When Brooks heard what had happened, she knew she had to help the cats somehow.
"I normally don't do this kind of thing," she said. "But they had nowhere else to go."
Tiny Paws Kitten Rescue took in 33 of the cats, which now live in large cages in Brooks' garage. She and a small group of friends and volunteers feed the cats, clean their litter and make sure they get good veterinary care.
Their main goal is to get the cats healthy, then get them adopted, Brooks said.
"I'm not going to give up, and neither will my friends," she said. "We'll get them homes."
Source: Newark Advocate Online