The sale of Christmas plants will benefit NOTL Cat Rescue

It’s the second annual sale season for NOTL Cat Rescue’s Christmas planter and food drive.

“Last year’s Christmas fundraiser was so successful, we decided to repeat it this year,” said Tanya Rice, a longtime volunteer with the organization.

NOTL Cat Rescue is a Niagara-based volunteer organization that rescues stray cats and kittens.

The fundraiser will be held on three separate dates: November 26, December 3 and 4.

Rice said the sale raised about $2,400 last year when it sold 44 farmers.

She hopes to make it through this year. Planters will be available in various sizes, with prices ranging from $25 to $75.

Rice makes planters with her mom, Joyce Roych, and her three best friends, Caroline Greenfield, Sabine Barry, and Leslie Brantra.

Fresh greens, such as cedar, pine, or spruce will be used for each planter, along with some birch sticks. Decorations such as pine cones and Christmas bows will also be added.

“All money raised, 100 percent, goes to NOTL Cat Rescue,” Rice said.

The money from the growers will help cover expenses such as vet bills and any unexpected emergencies that may arise.

For example, Dee Dee, a five-month-old black cat, needed surgery that cost over $3,500.

“After COVID, our situation with NOTL Cat Rescue is more difficult than it has ever been,” Rice said.

The rescue now has about 27 cats and kittens available for adoption.

She said a lot of people adopted cats during the lockdown, but now that most people are back at work and school some just don’t have time for their new pet.

“This is definitely the highest level I’ve seen since I’ve been involved in the rescue,” said Rice, who has volunteered with the rescue for about seven years.

her late sister, Gene , I introduced her to the rescue when Rice threw her fiftieth birthday party. Instead of gifts, Jane asked everyone to bring an item to donate to NOTL Cat Rescue.

Rice has been involved ever since.

Besides farms, there will also be a food drive. Cat socks will also be available for $10 each, made by the daughter of a local foster family.

“It’s also a food drive because we’re going to be responsible for feeding all these little mouths through the winter,” Rice said.

Rescue always needs items like litter and cat food. Brands like Performatrin for kids and adults and Fancy Feast are always in demand.

The fundraiser will be held at Rice’s home at 456 Line 2, behind Crossroads Public School.

It will operate from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 26, and again on December 3 and 4.

“Come on, support a local non-profit charity. Have a cup of hot apple cider with us,” Rice said.

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