Way­ward Cats join­ing forces with CA-R-MA

Truro Daily News - - COLCHESTER COUNTY - BY LYNN CUR­WIN lynn.cur­win@truro­daily.com

Way­ward Cats So­ci­ety will soon be a chap­ter of CA-R-MA.

Be­gin­ning Jan. 1, the group will be work­ing as Way­ward Cats, Colch­ester Chap­ter of CA-R-MA (Cat Res­cue Mar­itimes).

“Our day-to-day busi­ness will be ex­actly the same,” said Patsy For­rest Oxner, pres­i­dent of the so­ci­ety. “We’ll still be trap­ping, spay­ing and neu­ter­ing, and adop­tions will re­main the same. We’ll be do­ing all the same things, but we’ll have a large sup­port net­work and we’ll be able to learn from one an­other.

“This will also give us char­i­ta­ble sta­tus, al­low­ing us to pro­vide tax re­ceipts for do­na­tions, and ap­ply for grants we couldn’t ac­cess be­fore.”

Way­ward Cats So­ci­ety formed in 2015, and has trapped and spayed/ neutered hun­dreds of feral cats. e cats are re­turned to their com­mu­nity if there is a care­taker for them, and if not they are placed in new barn homes. Non-feral cats found liv­ing in the colonies, and kit­tens, are adopted into homes.

CA-R-MA, which be­gan op­er­at­ing in 2005 and cur­rently has 13 chap­ters in Nova Sco­tia and New Brunswick, does the same work.

“Be­com­ing part of CA-R-MA is some­thing we’ve been talk­ing about since spring,” said For­rest Oxner. “We re­cently voted, and the de­ci­sion to do this was unan­i­mous.

“is is some­thing that will make us stronger.”

e board will change from six mem­bers to four (chair­per­son, co-chair­per­son, sec­re­tary and trea­surer). Way­ward Cats will no longer take in cats – ex­cept in emer­gency cases – for the win­ter months, since they have no heated fa­cil­ity to keep cats in while they re­cover from surgery. Any­one with a heated space for re­cov­er­ing cats, or who is in­ter­ested in help­ing out in other ways, is en­cour­aged to mes­sage the group through Face­book at https://www.face­book.com/ Way­ward­catsso­ci­ety/email way­ward­catsso­ci­ety@gmail.com or call 902-957-8677.

SUB­MIT­TED

Way­ward Cats So­ci­ety ex­ec­u­tive mem­bers, from left, Jen­nifer Tucker-johnston sec­re­tary/trea­surer; Patsy For­rest Oxner, pres­i­dent; and Heather Steven­son, vice-pres­i­dent, are ex­cited about the fu­ture. Way­ward Cats will be­come a chap­ter of CA-R-MA on Jan. 1.

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