Mardi Paws celebration to benefit stray and homeless cats

  • Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The Feline Freedom Coalition, South Carolina’s only shelter/sanctuary dedicated to the needs of community cats, is pulling out all the stops for Mardi Paws, an authentic New Orleans-style bash happening oceanfront at the Shed of the Citadel Beach House, 4700 Palm Blvd., Isle of Palms on Saturday, Feb. 22 from 3 to 7 p.m. Admission is $45. Masquerade attire is encouraged. This event will improve the lives of homeless cats throughout Charleston County.

Revelers will have everything they need to be transported to “Cat-on Rouge” for a glittering Mardi Gras festival. Guests will savor New Orleans-style food, sip on purr-icanes, wine and beer, and indulge in king cake while dancing to Zydeco and Cajun music. Purple, green and gold doubloons, throw-beads and masks will bejewel the festivities. Everyone is encouraged to come in his or her fantasy costume, compete for “Best Dressed Mardi Gras King and Queen,” and take pictures against New Orleans-style backgrounds. Each ticket will provide a chance on a “must have” door prize. An enticing selection of silent auction items will have everyone bidding for their favorite item! All kitty lovers can get in on the fun by posting their best cat photos for King, Queen, Fat Cat Tuesday and Court Jester on our Facebook page. Winners will be selected by attending guests. First-place winners will receive a special basket of cat goodies!

All event proceeds will support our programs that focus on helping homeless and stray community cats. “We hope this event will create awareness about the important role that the Feline Freedom Coalition plays in the Charleston Community Cat Program,” says Diane Straney, President of the Feline Freedom Coalition. To purchase tickets and get more information, visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/felinefreedom, our website www.felinefreedom.org or call our hotline at 843-737-6170.

FFC is a non-profit organization that provides services and support to individuals and community groups interested in using Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) to control the overpopulation of free-roaming cats in our community. Located on 20 acres in Ravenel, it is the only shelter in the state that is dedicated to serving the needs of feral cats and the people who care for them. TNR is an internationally recognized program by which feral cats are trapped, vaccinated, spayed or neutered, and returned to their original location. FFC works with local shelters, animal control agencies and businesses through our website, www.felinefreedom.org, community hotline and Facebook page to provide expert advice on maintaining colonies and reducing free-roaming populations. We trap, socialize and adopt hundreds of cats and kittens yearly through the PetSmart Adoption Partner Program where we are the exclusive cat adopter at the West Ashley, Mt. Pleasant and Summerville stores. Our program is lovingly called “The Last Chance Charm School,” where feral kittens go from street cats to sophisti-cats!

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