Today, as the need for Alice Fund services grows, members are hoping the passions of cat-loving and art-loving area residents will unite to widen the organization’s fundraising capacity.
In case you didn’t know, October is National Feral Cat Day, and on Sunday, October 15, The Alice Fund will host its fourth annual Art’s Meow, a showcase of feline-themed artwork created and contributed by area artists. All pieces are original, in a variety of styles and mediums and all are available for purchase. The sale will be presented in the Coolidge Park Walker Pavilion, from noon-4 p.m. More than 75 artists and art galleries have been asked to contribute pieces.
Local artists offering pieces include Sandra Babb, Maddin Corey, Marty Littauer, Lisa Bohnwagner, Olga de Klein and Dana Shavin. Area studios contributing pieces include the Hart Gallery, Arts Build and Uptown Art. A portion of each sale will be donated to The Alice Fund to help cats and owners in need – cats like Darlene, as she eventually came to be named.
Darlene was a kitten when a driver swerved to miss hitting her as she wandered aimlessly by the roadside. A good Samaritan stopped to investigate and discovered that the kitten’s eyes were matted shut; she couldn’t see.
The rescuer rushed the stray to The Cat Clinic, where veterinarian and Alice Fund Founding Advisor Marcia Toumayan determined that Darlene’s eyes had been so badly damaged that they had to be removed. Darlene’s prognosis was good. Though blind, Darlene recovered completely and was adopted by a family. As with most extensive medical care, there was still the issue of the cost of surgery, medications, rehabilitation and more, however.
That’s where The Alice Fund comes in. It helped pay for Darlene, and other cats like her, whose owners can’t pay for medical treatment. Several area veterinarians have partnered with Dr. Toumayan and the Cat Clinic to provide reduced-cost care, with The Alice Fund and owners paying the balance.
Financial assistance is not the only contribution the organization makes. Its Facebook page serves as a spot to post information regarding lost cats and cats in need of new homes. Last month someone going into assisted living posted a plea for a new home for her 3-year-old spayed and declawed cat. Imagine the relief when a new home for this precious companion was found through The Alice Fund. In addition, the Alice Fund’s Facebook page posted ways to help with the Chattanooga Humane Educational Society’s Animal Disaster Relief efforts in Houston after Hurricane Harvey. And there are always adorable posts highlighting adorable cats and kittens that are available for adoption.
Started in 2008 and named in honor of a feral cat named Alice, The Alice Fund mission is to provide medical care to cats whose owners and caregivers would otherwise lack the resources to access medical services for the cats under their care.
For more info, visit The Alice Fund website.