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Furry Friends fundraiser benefits spay, neuter of cats

Vancouver-based nonprofit holding online auction

By Lauren Ellenbecker, Columbian staff writer
Published: February 28, 2022, 5:21pm

As spring approaches and warms the air, it’s anticipated that unaltered cats will want to mate — potentially resulting in an influx of kittens filling animal shelters.

Furry Friends, a Vancouver-based nonprofit cat rescue, is hosting its third annual online auction fundraiser 5 p.m. March 25 through 11 p.m. March 27 to collect money for spay and neuter services. A female cat can become pregnant when she is 4 months old and can have multiple litters in a single year. For this reason, fixing cats significantly curves the rate of feline homelessness, which already strains shelters and veterinarians.

The auction, “Endless PAWsibilities,” features items that were donated by local businesses and individuals, such as handmade art, gift baskets and pet supplies. The rescue’s goal is to raise $10,000 toward the medical expenses needed to perform more than 400 spay and neuter operations. It pays local organizations to perform the procedures, which cost $70 to $110 per cat.

Furry Friends is also seeking households that are willing to foster kittens for a few weeks or months as the kitten season approaches. Families are expected to maintain the health and happiness of a foster cat, as well as provide food and other necessary supplies. Those who are interested must complete a foster application and have their home inspected.

For more information about the auction or organization, email information@furryfriendswa.org or call 360-993-1097.

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Columbian staff writer