The farmers market on Old South Pearl Street hosted a chili cook off to benefit two local animal rescue organizations. Amateur entrants competed in the red, green or specialty chili category. All proceeds of the chili cook off, hosted by The Whole Cat & Dogs, too store, benefits Forgotten Felines Rescue and Life is Better Rescue
This year's event saw 14 chilis for tasting. Judges determine who wins while tasters get the opportunity to choose their favorite for the People's Choice Award. Winners in first, second and third place for each category receive cash prizes. Entrants pay $10 and tasters $5, all of which goes to benefit the two rescue organizations.
The chili offerings this year included seven red, four specialty and three green. The judges chose a red made with smoked pork shoulder as the top dish. The vegetarian chili won for the specialty category while another pork shoulder dish won for green. The vegetarian variety looked ready to take the People's Choice award while tasters preferred a traditional red offering that included lots of hamburger and beans. A fizzy green chili tempted other tasters. Other remarked-upon chilis included a white bean and chili recipe in the specialty category and a red variety spiced with allspice, cloves, cumin and cinnamon.
Forgotten Felines Rescue is a volunteer organization committed to helping Denver's homeless and feral feline population. In its third year of rescue, Forgotten Felines has helped hundreds of cats. One program they promote is T/N/R, or trap/neuter/return. This program has volunteers humanely trap feral cats, who are taken to kindly vets for neutering services. The feral cats are then returned to their colonies. Unfortunately, many feral cats are too fearful of humans to ever be adoptable. For tame cats and kittens, though Forgotten Felines offers food, shelter and adoptions. The organization is still in need of volunteers and donations. However, as author Susan Easterly puts it, "If a homeless cat could talk, it would probably say, 'Give me shelter, food, companionship and love, and I will be yours for life!'"
Life is Better Rescue is passionate about rescuing any animals in need. This all-breed, all species animal rescue organization endeavors to improve the life of all stray and abandoned animals – hence , the name. They promote education about spaying and neutering pets to shrink the numbers of euthanized animals. They also work with local shelters to transfer animals before disease takes over. Ultimately they want to forge a loving, lifelong human-animal connection. Like Forgotten Feline, they are in need of volunteers and donations.
One man was actively searching for his lost cat, an orange and white female. Lost on October 15 in the 1600 block of South Pearl, the cat answers to Fiona. Call 303-733-3307 with information.