NEADY Cats, a nonprofit sanctuary and shelter for homeless cats on the campus of NEADS in Princeton, MA, invites supporters and cat lovers everywhere to join them for their annual Blessing in the Memorial Garden on Saturday, August 6th, at 10:30am. Deacon Dana Frye will conduct the informal outdoor ceremony, during which participants will have an opportunity to remember a special animal companion who has died.
Light refreshments will be served immediately after the Blessing, and guests will be able to spend some one-on-one time visiting and the petting the shelter cats, some of whom are available for adoption, and some of whom are permanent residents because of their special needs or health concerns.
There is no charge to attend the event, but participants are asked to bring an item from the NEADY Cats "wish list," which includes paper towels, Friskies Mixed Grill cat food, canned ocean white fish or salmon, Purina Kitten Chow, and virtually any variety of Fancy Feast canned cat food.
The NEADY Cats cat room has space for about 25 feline guests, and it is unlike most shelter accommodations you may have seen. Rather than being cooped up in cages, the cats roam freely throughout the room, where there are catwalks, ramps, and three large windows that offer a vantage point on the lush garden below, complete with birdhouses.
All of the cats who are offered for adoption through NEADY Cats have been spayed or neutered, and are up to date on their vaccinations. In most cases, there is a $100 adoption fee.
NEADY Cats, which has been working on behalf of homeless felines for almost 25 years, recently placed its 2500th cat in an adoptive home. It is a 501(c)3 charity which has been recognized with the coveted "Best of America" seal from the Independent Charities of America. It is located at 305 Redemption Rock Trail South (Rte. 140) in Princeton, MA, on the grounds of NEADS, which trains assistance dogs.