Cat lovers of the Fort Collins community will congregate Saturday in honor of their feline friends.
Proceeds from Meow-loween, which will be from 7 to 11 p.m. at Avogadroâ€™s Number, go to the kitties at the Fort Collins Cat Rescue, FCCR, and help with food and medical expenses.
They come to the shelter at all different stages in their lives for a variety of reasons and their stay at FCCR is a turning point in their lives. Each one has its own unique personality and its own, sometimes heart-wrenching story, said Mary Wolf, foster program coordinator for the rescue.
Nala, for example, is a young brown tabby who was severely emaciated and carelessly thrown out of a car. A concerned witness rushed to pick her up and bring her to FCCR where she was treated for her injuries and cared for by a loving foster mom.
Nala is an affectionate special needs kitty with a big heart and a purr to match. She is still searching for a permanent home.
Meow-loween at Avogadroâ€™s Number is a fundraising event for all ages that helps FCCR receive money for medical and food expenses that help cats like Nala.
â€œAt any given time, there are around 25 to 35 cats in the shelter and up to 150 kittens in foster homes,â€ Wolf said.
Foster homes, she said, are important for socialization of the kittens in their early years to prepare them for adoption.
â€œMy favorite part of working at Fort Collins Cat Rescue is seeing the kitties go to forever homes,â€ Wolf said. All of the felines that come to the shelter are spayed, neutered, dewormed and micro-chipped before finding a family.
Sarah Swanty and Anna Neubauer started FCCR in June of 2006.
Since its beginning, the shelter has adopted out 2,935 cats with the help of donations from the community and a dedicated staff of six, Wolf said.
Meow-loween, in its second year, will host a â€œThrillerâ€ dance contest and a costume contest with prizes for Best Cat, Best Couple and Best Costume Overall.
â€œThere will be a trivia contest with questions about cats and Halloween. Prizes for the contests will be gift certificates from local businesses,â€ said event coordinator Katy Quinn.
There will also be a photobooth where guests can get pictures with celebrity cut-outs.
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Attend the event
- Where: Avogadroâ€™s Number
- When: Saturday from 7 to 11 p.m.
- Tickets beforehand: $10, call 970-484-8516
- Tickets at door: $13