Ride for Paws
THE woman with the big heart, Lesley Stephens, is at it again, organising a fundraising bike ride for a worthy cause.
After one of her beloved cats passed away recently, Ms Stephens decided to pay a visit to Paws and Claws to find a kitten to rescue and join her and loved kitty Zeusy and realised how much help this valuable organisation needs.
With a piece of land having been generously donated to the organisation by Steve Thomas and a design for the new premises given by Lee-ann Pitcher, all that is left is for Paws and Claws to raise the money to build it and as they receive no funding, they will be relying on the generosity of the community.
Ms Stephens visited Port Douglas State School on Monday morning with the new addition to her family, a cheeky youngster kitten named Simba rescued from Paws and Claws, in hopes to recruit students and their parents to take part in a fundraising bike ride and gain sponsors.
The Paws and Claws ‘‘Tour de Port’’ will take place on Saturday, December 14, that will begin at 7am and finish by 9am before it gets too hot and is a great way to start off the holiday season.
Ms Stephens said it is heartbreaking to see all these animals waiting for their ‘‘forever’’ homes but now in small enclosures and cages.
‘‘Though the people at Paws and Claws take very good care of them and love them, it’s a very small area for so many animals and on the weekend another nine kittens were dropped off to be taken care of,’’ she said.
So if you can help raise some valuable funds or can donate a prize to be raffled, please contact Lesley Stephens on 0418 792 321.