The kitties are all cheering and smiling at HART with the many plans that are going on for their benefit. Hopefully, you’ve made it inside to see our new Cat Lover’s Gift Shop, full of merchandise including custom ID tags, an expanded greeting card selection, handcrafted items and all the necessities for Puss and Fido.
We’re just finishing up our “doggie” clearance special and are going into November with two events. The first is a “black cat special,” with all black cats and kittens over 9 months available for a special adoption fee of just $5. Often overlooked but generally sweet tempered, our black kitties are ready and waiting to become your friend for life. We took our kitties and our special on the road Nov. 1 to the newly opened Lemos Pet Store in Morro Bay (new building at the same location: 1320 Main St.). On the first Saturday of every month, we will bring cats to Lemos in hopes of expanding our adoptions and volunteer base. The public is invited to enjoy the official grand opening with us Nov. 8.
Also in November, we are once again joining with Goodwill Industries to “Fill the Truck” with usable donations. The Goodwill truck will be at HART from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 7-9. By the time this article appears, pre-pickup arrangements will have ended, but, if you can get donations to us (subject to the few things Goodwill doesn’t accept), we can help declutter your house for the holidays! Help us fill a truck to earn money for the shelter. Each truckload or partial truckload results in a grant to help with expenses. A donation receipt is available.
December brings the Festival of Trees, holiday merchandise in our Cat Lover’s Gift Shop and the Christmas Market, where pictures with Santa (of you, your kids, your pets or all of the above) will be available from our volunteer photographers for a small donation. This would also be a good time to give a Guardian Angel Gift Certificate to friends and family. Your gift will help with medical care for special needs cats. We are hopeful that these events, along with our year-end newsletter will stimulate donations to help us keep going.
After the holidays, just a reminder to you to save the date for our Wines, Pines & Felines event, scheduled for Sunday, April 12, at Camp Ocean Pines. If you haven’t yet attended one of these, it is becoming our signature event, with fine wines, great food, music and lots of fun. Organizational meetings have begun, and you are invited to participate.
To learn more, call HART at 927-7377 or drop by 2638 Main St. Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. Check out HART’s newly designed and expanded website.