Thanks to all our supporters and a successful year-end drive, the shelter is still here. The new year is a time for reflection and planning. Our president reminisces:
When she was older, I would prepare my mom’s taxes. After living expenses, what remained would be a hundred or so checks for her charitable donations. Some were big checks to a few organizations, but the majority were the “little checks” to numerous “worthy organizations deserving of help with the day-to-day costs of doing what they do,” she would tell me. I used to wonder whether they were even worth processing.
Not anymore. At HART, a little $10 check is 22 cans of food. A little $30 check is a week’s worth of cat litter; a $50 check is a handful of flea-free cats for a month. Little checks teach children the value of charitable giving. They fill the receiver with appreciation and thankfulness. Little checks sometimes turn into big checks. Those fill us with relief and gratitude.
Ongoing and into February, HART is having a clearance sale of seasonal, holiday and other merchandise with 20 percent to 50 percent markdowns; much of it is unique to our Gift Shop for Cat Lovers. These are “sweet deals.” With Valentine’s Day coming up, treat yourself or your Valentine to the sweetest gift ever, a zero-calorie bundle of love: a cat or kitten from the shelter! All kitties adoptions are for $14 throughout the month; each critter is spayed or neutered, has up-to-date vaccinations, comes with a bag of kibble, a carrier and a HART ID tag.
Or consider purchasing a Guardian Angel Certificate: Save the life of a special-needs homeless animal and receive a handsome certificate with your sweetie’s name on it. The money raised by G.A. Certificates is used solely to save cats with extraordinary medical needs. What could be sweeter than saving a life?
Wines, pines and felines
Remember to save Sunday, April 12, for our third annual Wines/Pines/Felines event on at Camp Ocean Pines. Tickets will be available to the public March 1 at the shelter (927-7377) or in person at 2638 Main St.
Look for updated information on our website (www.slohart.org) regarding menu options, auction items, raffle packages, etc., from late February on. This signature event sold out last year. It features fine wines, great food, live music and lots of fun raffle items, along with unique live auction packages presented by Lance Morales. The theme this year is “Cat Tales” — very punny!
Closing out April will be our always anticipated Spring Goodwill Drive, April 24-26, with one day of home pickups (date to be announced). Last fall’s drive was our most successful so far and gained the shelter a $2,000 grant. We feel sure that spring cleaning fever among Cambrians will inspire us all to clear out even more stuff and surpass that.