The tam­ing of the Grinch in New Har­bour/dildo

Unique lun­cheon raises funds for stray cat sup­port and res­cue fund

The Compass - - EDUCATION - BYMARIE PERCY

Mem­bers of the New Har­bour Youth and Recre­ation Com­mit­tee were ex­tremely suc­cess­ful in tam­ing the Grinch on Dec. 1 at the Dildo Li­ons Club.

Noth­ing was stolen. In fact, it was a giv­ing oc­ca­sion as the com­mit­tee hosted the first “How the Grinch Stole Christ­mas Brunch.”

The event was so pop­u­lar the com­mit­tee de­cided to hold two sit­tings to which the tick­ets were free. Each per­son, how­ever, was asked to bring a dona­tion to the Denise Soo­ley-Critch “Stray Cat Sup­port and Res­cue Fund.”

Denise, a res­i­dent of Cavendish, and her elves are ac­tive in sup­port­ing the sur­vival of cats and their kit­tens that were aban­doned by their own­ers. Th­ese aban­doned pets are chal­lenged with the daily task of strug­gling to find food and pro­tec­tion from the el­e­ments.

A large num­ber of th­ese cats are preg­nant at the time they are dumped and are then left to give birth in ex­treme weather con­di­tions. Many do not sur­vive on their own be­cause they have spent most of their lives in the com­fort of a warm house.

Then to the res­cue comes Denise and her ded­i­cated fur fos­ter fam­i­lies, den moth­ers and fundrais­ers.

Ed­u­ca­tion is the goal

Denise, known lo­cally as the Cat Lady, is com­mit­ted to im­prov­ing the lives of th­ese pre­cious cats. The goal of Denise and her vol­un­teers is to ed­u­cate pet own­ers who can no longer pro­vide care for their pets. The mes­sage is that there are op­tions to dump­ing your pets.

Dial be­fore you dump. There are or­ga­ni­za­tions and in­di­vid­u­als who will of­fer to as­sist in the cost of neu­ter­ing, fos­ter­ing and find­ing homes for th­ese un­wanted pets.

The youth of New Har­bour and area are to be com­mended for their pro­fes­sion­al­ism that was so ev­i­dent in the de­liv­ery of their event. Denise thanked the group and stated that it is with help from such in­ter­ested and ded­i­cated sup­port­ers that she can con­tinue her ef­forts.

The par­ents of th­ese re­spon­si­ble young peo­ple should be ex­tremely proud. I know we are.

Of course, as in many com­mu­ni­ties, many thanks are ap­pro­pri­ate for the Dildo Li­ons Club that pro­vided an at­mos­phere was per­fect for the event.

As of Sun­day, Dec. 1, the cash col­lected to­talled $420-plus. Many thanks from our furry friends.

— Marie Percy is a sup­porter of the Stray Cat Sup­port and Res­cue Fund.

Sub­mit­ted photo

Pic­tured here with the Grinch dur­ing a fundrais­ing lun­cheon at the Dildo Li­ons Club on Dec. 1 are mem­bers of the New Har­bour Youth and Recre­ation Com­mit­tee. The money raised went to the Stray Cat Sup­port and Res­cue Fund, which is ad­min­is­tered by lo­cal vol­un­teers. Front (l-r) — Veron­ica Hig­don, Marie Percy, The Grinch (a.k.a. Kirk Hef­ford), Denise Soo­ley-Critch, Denise White and Christina Trainor; back — De­neen Pitcher, Lisa Thorne, Lori Hef­ford, Wanda Lee Ge­orge Bowen, Su­san Wood­man, Ma­rina Bon­nell and Michelle Hef­ford;

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