CATS’ president Michelle Cunningham (left) and vice president Sue MacKay at their new facility on Knight Road. Photo by Erin Haluschak

CATS’ president Michelle Cunningham (left) and vice president Sue MacKay at their new facility on Knight Road. Photo by Erin Haluschak

Rescue organization holding fundraiser to support and assist cats

Up to $3,000 is available to one lucky winner in an upcoming 50/50 draw, set for Oct.29.

A local organization with a mission to educate and assist with abandoned or dumped cats in the Comox Valley is hosting a fundraiser to assist with their work.

CATS – Cat Advocates Teaching & Saving Society began as a grassroots organization with a mission to not only educate cat owners to resolve behavioural issues and provide resources available to assist with re-homing, but to rescue cats abandoned or dumped within the Comox Valley.

On Oct. 1, 2020, CATS officially took possession of their own shelter, with a space at 863 Knight Rd. in Comox. Five months later, with the assistance of volunteers and community members donating funds, time and supplies, they opened their doors to the public.

Now, the 100 per cent volunteer-run organization is hoping a fundraiser will assist with continuing their work.

Sue MacKay, vice president said up to $3,000 is available to one lucky winner in an upcoming 50/50 draw, set for Oct.29.

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They are currently selling tickets with the goal of a total jackpot of $6,000, where the winner would take half.

“All proceeds support the rescue and care of cats,” she added.

Last year, CATS rescued 120 cats; to date, they have rescued 295 animals.

If someone is interested in adopting a cat, McKay notes they must go through CATS’ ‘Foster to Adopt’ program, where once approved, a potential adopter meets their cat at the facility and takes it home for about two to three weeks to see if it is a good match.

If it works out, the organization then completes the adoption process; if not, the adopter can bring the cat back.

Additionally, the organization offers support, and education on every aspect of feline life from socialization, integration, behavioral tips and even how suggestions on how to build a ‘catio’ – a cat patio.

Tickets for the 50/50 are available via etransfer at: TheCatAdvocates@gmail.com (include name, phone number and email address) or in person, Thursday to Sunday at the shelter at 863 Knight Road. Tickets are three for $20.

For more information, visit thecatadvocates.com.



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