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SAVES Hosts Fundraiser Feast For Felines

Patrons of non-profit organization dedicated to spaying, neutering and feeding the North Fork's feral cats show their support.

About 100 supporters of Spay, Alter, Vaccinate Every Stray (SAVES) joined together at the Thursday night to raise funds to help homeless cats and their volunteer caretakers.  

The evening included a four-course dinner, music, door prizes, a 50/50 raffle, and a chinese auction. Prizes included lots of animal-related donations such as gift certificates for pet photos or grooming sessions.

Not all the items were pet-oriented. There were spa baskets, wine baskets, gift cards, passes for the "Peconic Star" fishing boat and many other choices. 

SAVES president Al LaFrance announced the proceeds of the dinner would allow SAVES to sponsor a mobile spay/neuter clinic specifically for feral cats. The mobile unit will be in the Petco parking lot on October 16th, National Feral Cat Day. 

SAVES also raises money with yard sales and by running a thrift shop on Horton's Lane in Southold (Sat 10-3).

Manya Khan of Greenport praised SAVES's work to help local cats.

"SAVES is the most important organization on the North Fork to address the feral cat population," Khan said. "They spay and neuter, and give food and support to the persons who care for them on a purely voluntary basis.  No one gets a salary."

Dawn Betke August 12, 2011 at 07:25 PM
This is a wonderful organization, I give alot of credit to those who volunteer with them, everyone I have met goes above and beyond.
April Pokorny August 12, 2011 at 09:50 PM
They certainly seemed like a very very dedicated group - and very friendly, too. They welcomed me warmly when I introduced myself and said what I was doing, and they all thanked me profusely for the publicity. A nice bunch of people :-)
Virginia Scudder August 12, 2011 at 10:10 PM
Thanks for all who attended our event--Thanks a bunch!--Virginia Scudder
Ditty51 August 13, 2011 at 08:03 PM
My sister feeds three colonies of feral cats. And while SAVES does supply her with some food, she buys alot herself. SAVES .... please alot more $$$ for food!!!!! Rather than pay for tickets to the fundraiser, I bought my sister some bags of food at BJ's. :o)

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