Oct 282010
Authors: Jennifer Saylor

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 Avogadro’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 Avogadro’s Number is a fundraising event for all ages that helps FCCR receive money for medical and food expenses that help cats like Nala.

“At any given time, there are around 25 to 35 cats in the shelter and up to 150 kittens in foster homes,” Wolf said.

Foster homes, she said, are important for socialization of the kittens in their early years to prepare them for adoption.

“My favorite part of working at Fort Collins Cat Rescue is seeing the kitties go to forever homes,” 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 “Thriller” dance contest and a costume contest with prizes for Best Cat, Best Couple and Best Costume Overall.

“There will be a trivia contest with questions about cats and Halloween. Prizes for the contests will be gift certificates from local businesses,” said event coordinator Katy Quinn.

There will also be a photobooth where guests can get pictures with celebrity cut-outs.

Staff writer Jennifer Saylor can be reached at news@collegian.com.

Attend the event

  • Where: Avogadro’s Number
  • When: Saturday from 7 to 11 p.m.
  • Tickets beforehand: $10, call 970-484-8516
  • Tickets at door: $13
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