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Valley News Dispatch

Spaghetti dinner benefits teams' cat sterilization, adoption efforts

Brian C. Rittmeyer
| Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 4:24 p.m.
Homeless Cat Management Team

An upcoming spaghetti dinner will benefit two groups that work to lower the population of homeless and abandoned cats in the Pittsburgh area.

The third annual Homeless Cat Management Team and Pittsburgh Cat Adoption Team's spaghetti dinner fundraiser is scheduled for May 20 at J. Verno Studios on Pittsburgh's South Side.

The meal will be served by volunteers with the two sister groups. The Homeless Cat Management Team's clinic is in Tarentum.

The dinner will include a Chinese auction and silent auction and bake sale. Vendors will attend and donate a portion or all of sales to the organizations.

Donations of auction items or baskets for the raffle are being accepted. Sponsors are also being sought for tables and ads in the dinner program.

More than 500 people attended last year's dinner.

“We'd like to solicit support from sponsors and donors and sell tickets in advance,” volunteer Bernadette Kazmarski said. “Also, it's the beginning of ‘kitten season' and publicity for our dinner also distributes information for people who have stray, feral or pet cats who need low-cost spay or neuter surgery.”

The Homeless Cat Management Team, an all-volunteer organization, works to reduce the population of cats living outdoors through “trap, neuter, return” and by providing low-cost spaying and neutering to pet cats.

The Cat Adoption Team was founded to foster and adopt cats and kittens taken in from trap, neuter return efforts along with cats that are rescued. These cats and kittens are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and given veterinary care before they are adopted.

The Homeless Cat Management Team spays and neuters more than 1,000 cats at its clinics each year, while the Cat Adoption Team fosters and adopts about 500 cats and kittens annually.

“That's a lot of cats who are no longer reproducing on the streets or who no longer live on the streets, and the births of hundreds of kittens prevented each year,” Kazmarski said. The teams “largely rely on donations and fundraisers to keep up this work.”

Brian C. Rittmeyer is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-226-4701, brittmeyer@tribweb.com or on Twitter @BCRittmeyer.

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