Cat Rescue calls for more auction items


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A Local Cat Rescue Without Killing is appealing for donations to be used at its annual online auction in September.

The Furry Friends nonprofit needs around $ 230,000 a year to operate, which includes the costs of medical procedures and cat food, said Diane Stevens, director of marketing. The cat rescue works only through donations and volunteers.

“We’re going to spend the money to do an operation so the kittens can live happy lives,” Stevens said.

Members of the community have already donated items such as framed artwork, sculptures, cat tricks and a range of gift baskets, she said.

Stevens said she hoped to receive donations for experiences, such as escape tickets, kayaking and movie passes.

This year’s theme revolves around the magical world of Mary Poppins, which Stevens calls the “Meowy Pawpins” online auction. Fans of the film can even bid on themed gift baskets.

Auction items will continue to be added to the website until the event begins in September.

Salmon Creek Plastic Surgery is also joining the fundraiser by donating 20% ​​of its proceeds September 13-17.

Stevens said that last year, Dr. Virginia Huang raised around $ 5,000 for Furry Friends.

The shelter is home to around 130 kittens and cats, and around 30 are ready to return home with foster families. Before a cat or kitten can be adopted, it receives all vaccines, as well as sterilization or sterilization operations.

“There will be a lot that are ready to be adopted,” Stevens said.

The association uses donations to pay for dental cleanings, which cost between $ 300 and $ 3,000, she said. Some rescues require more attention, like the kitten named Prince.

A fairly young cat, Prince, suffered internal damage after an object fell on him, Stevens said. The owners took him to a vet for euthanasia, but the doctor called Furry Friends to see if they wanted to house him.

“We felt like we had to take care of this kitten,” she said.

Prince has had surgery to repair some of his organs and is recovering.

Furry Friends strongly encourages those interested in adoption to make an appointment before coming to the shelter. also allows future pet parents to view available kittens.

The 13th annual auction will be held from 8 a.m. on September 15 to 9 p.m. on September 18. Auction winners can collect their prizes from noon to 5 p.m. on September 19 or from 4 to 7 p.m. on September 20.

People can contribute to the auction until August 1 by going online at

Those interested in donating can also purchase items online and have them shipped directly to the shelter. The association created an AmazonSmile account, which contributes half of one percent of the profits from Amazon purchases to Furry Friends.

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