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Lucky Cat ‘Pawbrokers’ Oct. 14

Lake Norman Lucky Cat (LNLCP) will host a Pawbrokers Jewelry Party on Oct. 14, at the Galway Hooker from 4 to 9 pm.  The annual event is held in conjunction with National Feral Cat Day to raise funds and awareness of feral cats.

The Lake Norman Lucky Cat Program is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to improving the welfare of cats in Lake Norman. This is done primarily through promoting the humane, long-term solution of Trap-Neuter-Return-Manage and facilitating low-cost spay/neuter/vaccination services. To date in 2015, Lucky Cat has spayed/neutered 325 cats in the Lake Norman region.

The Pawbrokers party is a pay-it-forward concept where individuals donate previously enjoyed jewelry and accessories, from vintage to retro, gems to handmade and trendy to estate pieces. All of the proceeds will benefit the Lake Norman Lucky Cat program in their mission to humanely manage the community cat population through TNRM. In addition, guests are invited to bring cat food donations to this free event.

This year’s National Feral Cat Day theme, “Evolution of the Cat Revolution,” is intended to bring attention to the unnecessary killing of cats in animal control pounds and shelters, which is the leading cause of death for cats in the United Sates.

“Feral cats are the same species as pet cats, but they live outdoors and can’t be socialized to people,” said Robin Byrd, executive director of the Lake Norman Lucky Cat Program.  “More than seventy percent of all cats who enter pounds and shelters nationally are killed there. For feral cats that number is virtually one hundred percent.   We’re urging animal pounds and shelters to adopt a new approach to feral cats that saves lives, tax dollars and improves communities.”

Through TNRM, outdoor cats are humanely trapped and brought to a veterinarian to be evaluated, spayed or neutered and vaccinated.  While under anesthesia, the cats are eartipped, where a small portion of the left ear is painlessly removed for identification.  After they recover from sterilization surgery, they are returned to their outdoor home.

“Hundreds of local governments nationwide now have ordinances endorsing TNRM, which is rapidly becoming the predominant approach to feral cats.  But in many communities and shelters, feral cats continue to be killed.  TNRM makes cats healthier, and it ends behaviors commonly associated with mating, like yowling and roaming, allowing cats and people to peacefully coexist.  We are raising awareness, educating and building partnerships with shelters and entire communities to launch programs that will save cat’s lives” said Abigail Jennings, founder and president of the Lake Norman Lucky Cat Program.

The Lake Norman Lucky Cat Program serves the Lake Norman region to facilitate the community in addressing our local TNRM needs.  For more information on their services, visit www.LuckyCats.org or call 704-877-7779.  Alley Cat Allies, the national advocate for TNR for feral and stray cats and the foremost authority on Trap-Neuter-Return, launched National Feral Cat Day in 2001.  For more information about National Feral Cat Day, visit www.alleycat.org.NFCD.