Pet Projcts presents...

Raissa Tetanish
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Play proceeds to go toward local animal shelter

Its projects like a new cat room that the L.A. Animal Shelter in Upper Nappan are constantly working on that are the reasoning behind Pet Projects decision to donate proceeds from an upcoming play to the shelter.

Pet Projcts presents...

UPPER NAPPAN Its projects like a new cat room that the L.A. Animal Shelter in Upper Nappan are constantly working on that are the reasoning behind Pet Projects decision to donate proceeds from an upcoming play to the shelter.

North Mountain Breakdown, the first production under Pet Projects, will be presented for four nights in a row later this month. All the proceeds from the play will go into the animal shelter.

Its fantastic. It was such a wonderful surprise, said Kirsteen Thompson, president of the animal shelter.

Its great when people in the community take the initiative to do something like this.

The shelter is run on volunteers who are left to raise funds to keep its doors open. Currently there are 20 to 30 volunteers 15 of those are really active and work hard at the fundraising.

Citing her favourite quote, Clairemarie Haley talks about why the proceeds are going to the shelter.

Until one has loved an animal, part of their soul remains untouched.

Haley and Ruth Nichols are behind Pet Projects, and wanted to do something for a good cause.

The money will go into the general funds pool to keep the shelter going, but Thompson says most of the money goes toward veterinary bills.

Mainly to spay and neuter the animals, Thompson said. We can certainly control the dog population, its the cats were struggling with.

For years, Cumberland County has seen an overpopulation of felines. The animal shelter constantly has to turn away cats, due to being at capacity.

We take in more than we can place, Thompson said regarding the number of cats at the shelter.

Halifax has an adoption fee of $125. We have an adoption fee of $80 and we still cant place cats.

To show their gratitude to Pet Projects, the volunteers with the animal shelter will be volunteering their time for the play, running April 19 to22 at The Brick Theatre, located at Amherst Regional High School. Show time is 8 p.m.

Shelter volunteers will be selling the tickets ($10 adults, $8 seniors and students) in advance, as well as at the door. Volunteers will also be spending time backstage and selling refreshments during intermission. Information on some of the adoptees will be included in the programs handed out, and the shelter is hoping to have an information booth at the high school.

Normally were pushing our volunteers to fund raise, so to have someone offer to fund raise for uswow, added Thompson.

rtetanish@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: The Brick Theatre, Amherst Regional High School

Geographic location: UPPER NAPPAN, Cumberland County

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