Fun Fair benefits the mission of Kitty Angels of Connecticut
By Annie Gentile - ReminderNews
South Windsor - posted Mon., Dec. 23, 2013
The holiday season is a time for reflection, for celebration, and for counting our blessings. It’s also a time for reaching out to others who may be less fortunate - and for Kitty Angels of CT, that includes not just other people, but also our four-legged feline companions.
On Saturday, Dec. 14, friends and volunteers with Kitty Angels of CT, a no-kill shelter dedicated to rescuing stray and abandoned cats, held a fundraising Fun Fair at the Hillcrest Clubhouse on Gerber Road East in South Windsor.
The all-day event included music, food, opportunities to purchase a variety of jewelry, crafts, and artwork, and even have your picture taken with Santa.
“My mom, Linda Lang, has lived [at Hillcrest] for years, and as resident services coordinator, we were able to get the clubhouse for this function,” said Vicki Navaroli, a Kitty Angels volunteer who handles fundraising and TNR (trap, neuter and release) of feral cats. “We’re very grateful because all of the proceeds from this event go back to the cats,” she said.
Navaroli said Kitty Angels was founded in 1985 by Sandi Larson, who has provided a free-standing shelter and sanctuary on 7 acres in Coventry. She said they have a number of permanent feline residents who have on-going health problems that would make them difficult to adopt out. The property also includes a few resident dogs, cows, horses and donkeys, most of whom have health problems as well.
“Sandy Beering is our main adoption coordinator,” said Navaroli. She said their adoption fee is just $150, and adopted cats come with age-appropriate vaccines, de-worming, and neuter or spaying, if age-appropriate. “We also heavily screen our [adoptee] homes,” said Navaroli, adding that they do vet checks to make sure the families they place kittens or cats with care for their pets appropriately. They also work with and set new pet owners up with a number of low-cost veterinary clinics.
“We rely on donations and fundraisers like this one, and private fundraisers,” said Navaroli. “People can also donate their time cleaning out the shelter or helping to socialize cats. We’re always in need of good foster homes so cats can get used to a home setting, and we can always use donations of food, bedding, litter, carriers and crates,” she said.