Fundraiser for Furry Felines

KAS thumbnail realST. JOHNSBURY - The Kingdom Animal Shelter hosted a fundraiser on Saturday the 10th to raise money for the unowned animals of the Northeast Kingdom. While the Shelter sees many visitors both human and furry alike, the hardship of staying with the upkeep of running a shelter can be a very daunting task.

Luckily, workers at the shelter came up with a brilliant idea of hosting a dinner for the local community so they could raise more awareness for the animals; and potentially get some extra funds coming into the final months of winter which usually marks a lull in visitors and adoptions.
Nancy Rivet, a long-time caretaker at the shelter said that the fundraiser should produce the necessary funds that are needed. "While we are not facing any serious issues with funding, it is always good to host a local fundraiser and remind people that we are here and we have a lot of loving animals looking for a good home." she said, "We have a great community that always comes out for our local events, the animals love it too, especially in the summertime when they can come out and play with the visitors."
This is not the first time that the Kingdom Animal Shelter has hosted a fundraiser. Although, they usually host events in the summer time to allow visitors to play with the cats that are at the shelter. This is only the second time that they have hosted a winter fundraising event. "This is our second time hosting a winter fundraising event, however this is the first time that we have hosted a Valentine's day themed spaghetti dinner." Rivet noted.
Helen Morrison, Board President of the Kingdom Animal Shelter, spearheaded the planning for the fundraiser, and was very happy to see so much support from the community. "We hosted this event to remind people that we are in the community and we care about serving the community while also protecting the strays that come through our door. I was surprised and happy to see such a turn out."
The Kingdom Animal shelter is open for visiting hours weekday afternoons and from twelve to three on the weekends. Their next fundraiser will take place March 3rd at Butler's Bus Service. "We host a lot of fundraisers," Morrison explained, "but it's as much for us as it is for the cats, they love the interaction with visitors, and it gives them a chance to be outside of the shelter building for longer than just an hour or two. Plus, they love all the affection and attention; they're cats, go figure.


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