Barn cats benefit from Night of Caribbean Splendor
Pirates and barn cats will share more than just temperament this July as Animal Outreach hosts its evening extravaganza and fundraiser, “Barn Cats of the Caribbean,” Saturday, July 20, at the Cameron Park Community Center.
The evening event is both a fundraiser for Animal Outreach’s Barn Cat Program and a celebration of the program’s third year of operation. Since its inception in 2010, more than 800 feral and semi-feral cats — all unwanted and slated to be destroyed — have been fixed and then relocated to local farms, ranches, wineries and homes as “working cats.”
The evening will feature a Caribbean Dinner and Dance, with the first seating at 6 p.m. (doors open at 5:30.) Live music will include sounds of the Caribbean, reggae and light jazz by The Shadow Coalition. Caribbean faire will include a main entrée (vegetarian option available), salad, dessert and an open cash bar featuring wine and beer. Items to be raffled off include a new 50-inch Magnavox flat screen TV, along with several silent auction items. Tickets for the dinner and dance are $20 per person. Raffle tickets are $1. All proceeds benefit Animal Outreach’s Barn Cat Program.
“When we first started the program in 2010, we thought we might place 50 or so cats each year if we were lucky,” recalled Debra Webster, program coordinator and member of Animal Outreach’s Board of Directors. “But the program just took off and, in the first year alone, more than 250 feral and semi-feral cats were placed as ‘working cats’ throughout El Dorado, Placer and even Sacramento counties.”
People learn of the program by word of mouth, local advertising and the program’s stand-alone website, MyBarnCats.com.
The local program may very well be the most sophisticated and successful of its kind in the nation, added Webster, who receives inquiries from across the United States. She has also led seminars and training sessions on how to start a similar program in other areas.
“Not too long ago, these were the cats who, once trapped, were routinely destroyed,” Webster explained. “In keeping with (Animal Outreach’s) primary mission, we’re saving lives as well as providing an added benefit to the community. More and more people are choosing the ‘green alternative’ to rodent control.”
The Community Center is located at 2502 Country Club Drive, Cameron Park. Tickets will be available at the door and in advance at Animal Outreach, 6101 Enterprise Drive, Diamond Springs. You may also reserve tickets by phone by calling Animal Outreach at (530) 642-2287.