Should pets be given as gifts?
Anne Molina, who has started a rescue in North Garden called Hogs & Kisses, moderates a conversation with Dr. Janice Raab of Animal Wellness Center in Crozet, and Betsy Ballenger, President of Cat Action Team, detailing the issues regarding giving pets as gifts.
"...Falling in Love with You"
Stay-at-home Order Helps Foster Cats
Cat Action Team (CAT), incorporated in 2018, is a Virginia non-profit organization with IRS 501 (c) (3) status whose mission is to improve the quality of life for cats in central Virginia through a trap/neuter/return (TNR) program, a pet-retention and feral-colony maintenance program, a foster/adopt program, and an education program. The formation of CAT is great news for the cats of central Virginia. The twelve-county area served by CAT covers an enormous amount of territory. There is a compelling need to alleviate the suffering of felines in these counties.
Working with area veterinarians and animal shelters/clinics, CAT will assist people who might not otherwise be able to afford getting their cats spayed/neutered or vaccinated. Partnerships with the vets are a key component of CAT’s success. Without CAT’s intercession, many kittens and adult cats will starve, suffer or die from injuries, illness or exposure. Working in an effective and efficient manner, we will liaise with animal-rescue and welfare groups to fill a vital niche.
Founding board members are Betsy Ballenger, President; Dian Howe, Vice President; Joanne Showalter, Foster/Adopt Coordinator; Heather Woolfrey, Treasurer. Between them, they have well over 50 years of hands-on experience in helping cats, including trapping, transporting, fostering, bottle-feeding, nursing or socializing. They have advised hundreds of people on how to help care for, feed, manage, medicate, spay/neuter and otherwise help cats—whether a backyard stray, a pregnant female, a few kittens who have been dropped off, or a full-blown colony that’s gotten out of hand. CAT is here to help.
CAT relies on a large group of volunteers and has no paid employees. Donations are needed to support all of these programs.