Critteraid fundraiser in support of 53 sick and injured cats and kittens

Only a few tickets left for fundraiser in Summerland for rescued cats and kittens

All Right Meow!

Just a few tickets are still available for what’s being billed as an evening of delightful dinner, dance and more, all in support of Critteraid.

Starting at 7 p.m. at the Summerland Main Street I.O.O.F. Rebekah Hall, money raised from ticket sales as well as the proceeds from the silent auction will go to help the centre’s many critters in residence.

In particular, some of the money will be for 53 cats and kittens that were rescued not long ago from a person described as a “hoarder” living in Kaleden.

Many of the felines were in some form of distress, requiring ongoing veterinary and support treatment, with costs already at $25,000.

“It was a lot of upper respiratory and kidney issues everything from lung damage, where they only had 30 per cent lung capacity, to ones that had to lose their eyes to a little guy who had to lose his leg,” said Jacenda Byer, Critteraid animal care director.

“The conditions were pretty bad and we’re very thankful that we only lost a few.”

Related: Critteraid looks for homes for 50 cats

According to Critteraid board president Tanya Thompson the Kaleden case is not an isolated one.

“I think that this is a factor that’s playing out in many communities, there are just so many cats and kittens being born and it’s just so hard to keep up,” she said.

Saturday’s fundraiser is just one of the ways the solely volunteer organization can stay in business.

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Longtime supporters Cynthia and Paul Rodgers who live in Summerland have been helping organize the event and are hoping to be there.

They are even supplying some rock and roll memorabilia for the auction, Paul who is of Bad Company, Queen and Free fame and whose hit song All Right Now was slightly altered for this event

Many local businesses as well have donated thousands of dollars of items ranging from spa treatments to jewelry.

The only remaining tickets at press time are at the Beanery in Summerland or available by calling 250-494-4072.


 

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