The taming of the Grinch in New Harbour/Dildo

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Unique luncheon raises funds for stray cat support and rescue fund

Members of the New Harbour Youth and Recreation Committee were extremely successful in taming the Grinch on Dec. 1 at the Dildo Lions Club.

Pictured here with the Grinch during a fundraising luncheon at the Dildo Lions Club on Dec. 1 are members of the New Harbour Youth and Recreation Committee. The money raised went to the Stray Cat Support and Rescue Fund, which is administered by local volunteers.

By Marie Percy

Members of the New Harbour Youth and Recreation Committee were extremely successful in taming the Grinch on Dec. 1 at the Dildo Lions Club.

Nothing was stolen. In fact, it was a giving occasion as the committee hosted the first "How the Grinch Stole Christmas Brunch."

The event was so popular the committee decided to hold two sittings to which the tickets were free. Each person, however, was asked to bring a donation to the Denise Sooley-Critch “Stray Cat Support and Rescue Fund."

Denise, a resident of Cavendish, and her elves are active in supporting the survival of cats and their kittens that were abandoned by their owners. These abandoned pets are challenged with the daily task of struggling to find food and protection from the elements.

A large number of these cats are pregnant at the time they are dumped and are then left to give birth in extreme weather conditions. Many do not survive on their own because they have spent most of their lives in the comfort of a warm house.

Then to the rescue comes Denise and her dedicated fur foster families, den mothers and fundraisers.

 

Education is the goal

Denise, known locally as the Cat Lady, is committed to improving the lives of these precious cats. The goal of Denise and her volunteers is to educate pet owners who can no longer provide care for their pets. The message is that there are options to dumping your pets.

Dial before you dump. There are organizations and individuals who will offer to assist in the cost of neutering, fostering and finding homes for these unwanted pets.

The youth of New Harbour and area are to be commended for their professionalism that was so evident in the delivery of their event. Denise thanked the group and stated that it is with help from such interested and dedicated supporters that she can continue her efforts.

The parents of these responsible young people should be extremely proud. I know we are.

Of course, as in many communities, many thanks are appropriate for the Dildo Lions Club that provided an atmosphere was perfect for the event.

As of Sunday, Dec. 1, the cash collected totalled $420-plus. Many thanks from our furry friends.

— Marie Percy is a supporter of the Stray Cat Support and Rescue Fund

Organizations: Dildo Lions Club, New Harbour Youth and Recreation Committee, Stray Cat Support and Rescue Fund

Geographic location: New Harbour

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