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2011 Fur Ball

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     A good time was had by all at the First Annual Kitty City Fur-Ball. On last Saturday night, August 13, 2011, from 6 to 9pm, over 85 people gathered to enjoy an elegant dinner catered and served by Stella Vita Restaurant. The upscale dinner and dance benefited the no-kill humane cat rescue and shelter of Kitty City (KATO Foundation).

     The KATO Foundation originated in Marble Falls, Texas in 2006 and moved to Alamogordo soon after that date. Ed and Kathy Denton took over the Foundation in August of 2008. Kitty City opened under the umbrella of the KATO Foundation and now has two buildings that encompass approximately 1350 square feet. The Buildings are connected by a roofed breezeway that is fenced so that the kitty’s can choose to be inside or outside safe from predators.

     Kitty City houses more than 145 cats at this time. All of these cats were either scheduled for euthanasia, discarded as unwanted cats to live a short life on the streets as a stray, or were relinquished for various reasons by their owners. For over three years Kitty City has rescued, provided medical care, and spay/neuter more than 750 cats. Kitty City has also adopted over 620 cats to loving indoor homes and continues to maintain a low cost spay/neuter program for low income families. Kitty City has issued more than 250 coupons for reduced priced spays/neuters over the last three years.

     Kitty City opened the first pet food bank in the county last November and donations from local stores have helped low income and fixed income families feed their pets. Many of these families were feeding their beloved cats and dogs with food bought with their food stamps. The food bank has distributed 25,000 pounds of pet food and has allowed these families to keep their pets instead of the alternative of the pets ending up on the street or at animal control.

     The mission of KATO Foundation and Kitty City is to create an environment in Otero County where there will be no more homeless cats. We thank everyone who attended the First annual Kitty City Fur-Ball for joining us in this important endeavor.

     Cat lovers from Alamogordo and beyond enjoyed an evening in party dresses and dashing suits for a scrupulous dinner by Stella Vita Restaurant (Heather Carter and Robin Wolf, owners) at the Moose Lodge on south Florida. The Moose Lodge donated the use of the building and their staff for the Fur-Ball. The Lodge was decorated in a black and white motif as the backdrop for a glamorous evening. George Eisele was the voice of the Fur-Ball.

     The Alamogordo High School Animal Rights Club sold homemade fancy feline treats as a part of the benefit. Photographic portraits taken by Linda Sherill were available for purchase as a memento of the evening.

     Numerous items, gifts certificates, and jewelry were featured on the silent auction tables as Fur-Ball attendees entered the Moose Lodge. The silent auction started as dinner was served and continued through the evening of music, dancing, and short video clips of the cute and crazy antics of the Kitty City Kittys. The items at the silent auction ranges from whimsical statues of kittens and cats to gift certificates from many local merchants, beautiful paintings and sculptures, and exquisite jewelry. A virtual feast of shopping for birthday and Christmas presents or a special gift to yourself.

     The evening ended too soon as attendees to the First Annual Kitty City Furball collected their silent auction treasures and kitty treats and departed for home. The owners of Kitty City: Ed and Kathy Denton and the managers of Classy Cats Thrift Store (proceeds go to Kitty City): Dann and Steve Dunigan and all the volunteers at Kitty City and Classy Cats Thrift Store thank everyone who attended the First Annual Kitty City Fur-Ball and all who donated time, services, and items to the event. The First Annual Fur-Ball was a huge success in raising $7,000 for the future Kitty City facility that will provide more space for rescued cats and kittens as well as an area for local vets to offer low cost vaccination clinics, spay/ neuters, and medical care to animals.

     Thank you, again, to all who helped to make this event such a GREAT success! Thank you, again, to all who helped to make this event such a GREAT success!

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