R-CATS is springing into action this month with several events, some to specifically benefit the rescue and others to benefit animal welfare overall.
The parishioners of Rome Wesleyan Church, 431 W Court Street, will host a fish fry on Friday, March 22nd, from 4:30 until 7:30, and will donate a portion of the proceeds of sales to the R-CATS Program. Tickets are $6.50 and include a fish fry (featuring fish from Stan's Seafood), choice of three sides - home fries, cole slaw, macaroni salad, and baked beans - and a drink. Attendees have the option to eat in or take out. Representatives of R-CATS will be on hand to run a 50/50 raffle and a bake sale. To purchase your tickets or for more information, please contact Allison at 337-3890 or Robin at 790-1404. Tickets will be available at the door as well.
R-CATS is also participating in a Lobbying for Animals seminar presented by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the Animal Alliance of Greater Syracuse and The Humane Association of Central New York on Wednesday, March 20 from 6-8pm. A release about the event states the purpose of the seminar is to, "discover basic, but effective, lobby techniques to become an effective advocate for animals. You'll learn how a bill becomes a law, what influences a legislator and what animal-related bills and issues we expect to be considered by the state legislature in 2013." The seminar comes as part of preparation for New York State Humane Lobby Day on April 17, 2013. There is no charge to attend, and the event will be held at 3100 East Genesee Street in Syracuse. Questions about this seminar may be directed to Brian Shapiro of HSUS.
As with any rescue or shelter, R-CATS has several cats available for adoption. Among them is Farrah (pictured), who showed up on the doorstep of one of R-CATS volunteers last May. Fewer than 12 hours later she delivered seven healthy kittens. Farrah was a wonderful mother, and even took an eighth kitten in when its mother abandoned it. All the kittens have been placed, and "although Farrah's foster mother loves her; she hopes a home is out there looking for a nice young female cat who wouldn't mind being an only pet or living with respectful dogs," said Robin Yager of R-CATS. For information on adopting from R-CATS, call 790-1404.
There are ten cats in addition to Farrah awaiting adoption from R-CATS. Many cats and kittens come to the rescue as a result of its trap/neuter/vaccinate/return program, as tame stray cats are taken off the street. Rather than re-release these cats, R-CATS looks for an owner, and if one is not located, puts them up for adoption. R-CATS is seeking donations to help offset the costs of rent, food, and medical care as the volunteers continue to care for and re-home the stray and abandoned felines of the Rome area. To make a tax-deductible donation, contact Allison at 337-3890 or Robin at 790-1404.