Kincardine woman sets up Sponsor-a-Cat program

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If you can't open your home to a cat, perhaps you can be part of a new Sponsor-a-Cat program.

Set up by Donna Coughlan of Kincardine, the program allows people who are allergic to cats or unable to have one in their home, to select a cat to sponsor for one year through the Cat/Kitten Rescue "CAT-alogue."

Currently, Coughlan and her partner, Phil White, have about a dozen cats and kittens they are caring for and would like to adopt out to people who can give these animals a proper home.

In the meantime, for as little as $15/month, you can sponsor a cat, helping to cover the costs for that animal to remain with Allies for Alley Catz (Coughlan's home) where it is kept safe, warm and well-fed.

Another option, says Coughlan, is to set up an account at Queen Street Veterinary Service, 937 Queen St., Kincardine (for the care of a cat or kitten). Or pay it forward as a payment on account for the cat you choose (all are registered there).

You can also sponsor a cat/kitten of your choice by purchasing food or cat litter at Pet Valu (formerly Critter Cravings) in downtown Kincardine. Every little bit helps, says Coughlan.

Once your sponsorship is processed, Allies for Alley Catz will mail you a Certificate of Sponsorship with a picture and short biography of the sponsored cat. You will be provided biannual updates on your sponsored cats, and opportunities to visit them at Coughlan's home, until they have been adopted out.

Parents who are allergic to cats, yet have a child who would love to have a furry friend, may find this a nice way for the child to “have” a cat or kitten. 

When parents sponsor a cat for the child, he/she will receive a plush toy cat with a collar or tag that has the sponsored cat’s name on it. Along with that, the child will receive a photo in a frame, a certificate for the wall, and a story about the cat with updates. 

This sponsorship is available for a donation of 25 or more per month for a commitment of at least six months. The child will feel pride and ownership that he/she is helping a stray cat. The cat toy will allow the child to cuddle and think of the cat he/she has sponsored.

Payments can be made to a Pay pal account which is under the E-mail address of dcoughlan@tnt21.com 

Or cheques can be sent and Payable to Donna Coughlan, 684 Stewart Dr., Kincardine, Ontario, N2Z 3B3.

Appointments to visit a sponsored cat may be scheduled by contacting Coughlan at 519-396-2675.

Sponsors will be notified in the event that their sponsored cat is adopted or dies, and provided with an option to continue their sponsorship with a new cat of their choosing. Sponsors may cancel their sponsorship at any time with notice given to Donna Coughlan at dcoughlan@tnt21.com

“Thank you so much for helping me help them,” says Coughlan.

"Milo" (orange cat) and "Midnight"  



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