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February 20, 2007 > Volunteers imprisoned for money!

Volunteers imprisoned for money!

Tri-City area non-profit organization, Purrfect Cat Rescue, and NewPark Mall invite the public to visit the Caged for Critters Fundraiser in the mall's Center Court area on Sunday, February 25 as part of Spay Day USA. Promptly at noon that Sunday, 10 volunteers will be locked into a special cage and will not be released until they each meet their fund-raising goal. (They may have to eat all their vegetables too!) Fear not, human rights activists, all volunteers will be released no later than 5 p.m., no matter what.

The goal is to raise $3,000 to pay the costs of spaying or neutering 100 local feral cats. All donations will be disbursed in the form of vouchers to residents serving as feral caretakers. The vouchers are good at participating veterinarian clinics where operations are performed at reduced fees.

Thousands of kittens and puppies are born every hour in the United States. Although adorable at birth, most suffer a tragic fate of premature death, unwanted and unloved. Those kittens not killed by predators, starvation or in accidents are typically rounded up and euthanized at animal shelters. Each euthanization costs taxpayers about $176. Currently shelter workers are euthanizing an estimated 3 - 4, 000, 000 animals annually.

Since Spay Day USA's inception in 1995, more than 1,366,000 animals have been spayed or neutered. Every animal that cannot reproduce means taxpayers will have fewer unwanted off-spring to euthanize. A further benefit is that altered animals tend to live healthier lives with fewer behavior problems amongst themselves and humans.

If Purrfect Cat Rescue reaches their funding goal on the 27th they will be able to reduce feral births by some 900 or so kittens.

Come join the fun at New ParkMall and donate a couple of bucks to a worthy cause. Feeding of the volunteers may or may not be allowed, but word is they might be coaxed into performing tricks for larger donations!

For more information, contact Purrfect Cat Rescue at (510) 739-1597; email: Or visit

Caged for Critters
Sunday, Feb. 27; noon - 5 p.m.
New Park Mall Center Court area
Interstate 880 and Mowry Avenue, Newark
(510) 739-1597

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