Cat food drive held

Jamie Heap
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Amherst chapter of Ca-r-ma Maritimes holds cat food and monetary drive

AMHERST-One-hundred feral cats living in Amherst will stand a better chance at life thanks to the generous donations made this past Saturday at Walmart during Ca-r-ma Maritimes-Amherst chapter’s, cat food and monetary donation drive.

Ca-r-ma, which stands for Cat-Rescue-Maritimes, is registered volunteer charity in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick whose overreaching goal is to keep community cat populations under control through trap-neuter-return (TNR). TNR is the most effective, economical and human solution to the tragedy of cat overpopulations.

“We’re feeding 100 cats alone,” said Carma Amherst volunteer Kim MacDonald-Distasio. “Food and shelter is a minimal standard of life. We want to expand into Cumberland County, but we are so overwhelmed with stray cats in Amherst.”

MacDonald-Distasio, husband Keith Distasio, Diane Seymour and Michelle MacKay-Hicks were pleased with the response that their initiative received.

“We collected over 250 pounds of cat food and $351 in monetary donations for more cat food,” MacDonald-Distasio said. “One-hundred per cent stays in Amherst. We are so appreciative and impressed by the generosity we were shown today. It was so beautiful to visit with so many caring people. I spoke with many people who are caring for homeless and feral cats, and no one can help them. I spoke with people that were feeding one or two; a few were feeding over 10.”

While feeding and providing shelter for stray and feral cats are both positive and humane acts of human kindness towards animals, they don’t address the core issue of cat reproduction, which lies at the very heart of the cat overpopulation problem.

“They do what they can and feed them—some provide shelter which is lifesaving. My heart aches for these kind-hearted people who are unable to get the cats spayed or neutered and, although they are feeding them, the cats keep having more kittens and now we have a crisis. Cats are starving, suffering and reproducing with no-one caring for them and the kind-hearted people who are trying to help are getting no help. So many people appreciate the fact that is stepping up and bringing the community together to create a loving, kind-hearted approach to helping bring this crisis into balance. They stepped up today and were amazing.”

The Amherst chapter of Ca-r-ma Maritimes has several additional events in the works: a cat shelter building workshop (to be announced) and a Cut-a-Thon on Saturday, April 5 between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00 pm at the Changes School of Hair Design located at 8 Croft Street, Amherst in support of Amherst. Basic haircut: $5.00; style and blow-dry: $10.00. No appointment necessary as people will have their hair trimmed on a first come, first served basis.

For more information about the Cut-a-Thon, please phone (902) 667-3810.


Geographic location: AMHERST

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