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'Spay-ghetti' dinner held for Promise Animal League

November 03, 2008|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

HAGERSTOWN - Connie Mozingo said a large population of feral cats lives in a wooded area near her Hagerstown home.

When Mozingo left food and water outside for her own cat, the stray cats often came closer to her home to eat and drink. Soon, a female cat and her baby were constant visitors, and Mozingo said she wanted to help the pair.

"I felt bad for those two," she said. "They got so friendly."

Mozingo contacted Promise Animal League based in Falling Waters, W.Va. The group provides low-cost spay and neuter services and other aid, primarily for cats, according to Director Star Silva. The group also helps a few dogs each year, including Romeo, who attended a Sunday fundraiser for Promise Animal League at Next Dimensions outside Hagerstown.

She said the group helps about 150 cats each year and was hoping to raise money Sunday to help even more. The fundraiser, a "Spay-ghetti dinner," raised money through ticket sales and door prizes, Silva said.

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All the money raised will go to the group's spay/neuter program. The group offers other services, like rabies clinics and a pet food bank.

The money raised Sunday will be added to a PetSmart Charities grant received by the Promise Animal League in October that will help spay 120 female cats for low-income families. Silva said that grant will help stop the birth of more than 1,440 kittens.

She said cat overpopulation is a big problem in the Quad-State region, which is served by Silva's organization.

By offering low-cost procedures to spay and neuter cats, the group is hoping to slow the growth of the cat population.

Mozingo said she paid about $45 for each of the cats to be spayed -- a procedure that would cost at least $100 if she had made an appointment with a veterinarian.

Silva said the Promise Animal League veterinarian provides the services at a cheaper rate.

Ruth Mackey of Waynesboro, Pa., won a door prize during Sunday's event -- a basket of goodies for the cat she adopted. Mackey attended the dinner with her sister, Barbara Stoops, and her husband, Larry Stoops, both of Waynesboro.

"We're animal lovers, we just don't have any anymore," Barbara said. "We love everyone else's animals. And this is a good cause."

The Promise Animal League takes in cats from animal control shelters in Berkeley and Jefferson counties in West Virginia, which Silva said are only for dogs. Those shelters must euthanize all cats that are brought there, so Silva's group offers them medical attention and tries to find them homes.

The cats and kittens that are ready for adoption are at PetSmart adoption center in Hagerstown.




To donate:

Promise Animal League Inc.

P.O. Box 268

Falling Waters, W.Va. 25419

Phone: 304-279-3713

E-mail: star.silva@apromise.org

Online: www.justgive.org




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Animals for adoption through Promise Animal League, www.promise.petfinder.org.

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