RBC and SCRAPS make a purr­fect team for com­mu­nity cats

Moose Jaw Express.com - - News -

The team at RBC Royal Bank re­cently vol­un­teered their time at the Band City SCRAPS (Stray Cat Res­cue and Pro­tec­tion So­ci­ety) an­nual store at the Town ‘n’ Coun­try Mall.

For RBC em­ploy­ees, it was yet an­other op­por­tu­nity to give back to the com­mu­nity.

“We all re­ally love an­i­mals,” ex­plained bank­ing ad­vi­sor Deanne Bech­told, who adds RBC em­ploy­ees par­tic­i­pated in 189 vol­un­teer days in the past year. “Vol­un­teer­ing in the com­mu­nity is re­ally im­por­tant to Royal Bank.”

The Santa Claus 9 Lives Bou­tique, which ran from De­cem­ber 6 to 27, is a pop­u­lar tra­di­tion with an­i­mal lovers. The event helps shop­pers pick up Christ­mas gifts for their furry friends, while also serv­ing as one of the big­gest fundrais­ers of the year for SCRAPS. Pop­u­lar items in­clude hand-crafted cat and dog toys and honey- suckle pouches. This year, shop­pers were also able to pick up the 2019 Com­mu­nity Pets Cal­en­dar and orig­i­nal art­work by Sue Franklyn. The SCRAPS team ap­pre­ci­ates the sup­port they re­ceive from vol­un­teers, spon­sors, and sup­port­ers alike.

“We are re­ally grate­ful for all the help that we get be­cause we don’t have any fund­ing that for­mally comes from the city… none of our vol­un­teers are paid, so we put a lot of hours of vol­un­teer time just to help the an­i­mals. It is great when we have this kind of sup­port, and our sup­port is grow­ing; we are find­ing that more and more peo­ple are sup­port­ing us,” said SCRAPS vol­un­teer Anne Mar­ciszyn. “We just want to say a big thank you to ev­ery­one that sup­ports us through­out the year.”

SCRAPS pro­vides care for the com­mu­nity’s feral cats through feed­ing sta­tions and through a trap, spay/neuter, vac­ci­nate, and re­lease or re-home pro­gram. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit their Face­book page (Scraps – MJ).

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