Citizens Caring for Animals still very active in community
The five essential freedoms for animals are: 1. Freedom from hunger and thirst; 2. Freedom from pain, injury, and disease; 3. Freedom from distress; 4. Freedom from discomfort; 5. Freedom to express behaviours that promote well-being.
Starlight knows that catnaps are key in the afternoon.
In 2013 the group Citizens Caring for Animals (CCFA) were very hard at work. They were constantly receiving phone calls from people regarding the state of their pets or from people reporting stray animals. All in all their costs amounted to $12,502.56. Ninety-nine percent of those costs were spent on veterinary care for spaying, neutering and also for medication.
“Telephone calls, stress and gas were not included in any of those costs,” adds CCFA member Alice Freeman.
CCFA members will often receive calls very early in the morning or late at night. On occasion it takes a great deal of time and effort to find an animal, a sick animal in need, or a new mother with no home and little ones to feed.
The group has also purchased two enclosure confines that cost them approximately $150 each. These confines are available for lend if there is a stray in your area. They will also teach you how to use it and how to set it.
All money that the CCFA had came from donations, raffles, and also the sale of fudge. There was also a donation from the Municipality of Inverness County. They are still accepting pennies and any other donations, and they still sell fudge for the cause. There are a couple of raffles that are scheduled in the coming months as well to help supplement costs.
“I cannot say thank-you enough to express our appreciation for all your support. Thanks to the county, the Antigonish SPCA, the vets and to anyone who gets an animal spayed, neutered, people who foster and any one of you who have spent a nickel in one of our donation boxes that are out in the community,” said Freeman.
The CCFA started in June of 2011, after thirty months of hard work that have paid out $20,621.20.
“I don’t know about you but I find that amount staggering, but I know that it was not spent without effort, and most of it not spent by me. I really do feel that a difference has been made in curbing births to strays,” informs Freeman.
“We do hope to continue with your support,” closes Freeman.
The CCFA would also like to advise readers that they do not have a shelter.
The vet is in on Mondays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and is located behind the Inverness Fire Hall. The doctor leaves at 1:00 p.m. to continue to offer his services to residents in the Cheticamp area.
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