CatSpan wins support from restauranteur

Feral cat organization's plea for help does not fall on deaf ears

When Chris Jackson read a story in last week’s copy of The News about the CatSpan cat rescue group facing financial difficulty, he decided to take action.

The Parksville Whitespot worker was well aware of the work the group does to take care of feral cats, having adopted one himself that had been hanging around where he works, along with two others.

“We just got the one cat neutered with CatSpan and we read the next day about how they need money, so my wife and I thought we could do something,” Jackson said. “We are holding a special burger and beer or burger and shake event, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 1, with half the money going to the charity and the other half going to pay for the food.”

Local businesses, he said, have been generous, donating a number of items for a silent auction that is slated to go on at the same time.

“We have a ton of silent auction items,” he said. “Two of the veterinarians are giving $100 checkups and shots and we have a whole lot of really nice baskets. We’ve probably got at least $800 worth of stuff.”

Because he’s concerned about a crush of people overwhelming the restaurant, he said he is pre-selling tickets to the event, which are $20 each.

“We are hoping to sell 80 tickets in all and we are at about 40 now,” he said.

Anyone who would like to enjoy a tasty burger and help homeless felines at the same time can get hold of Jackson at 250-954-3892 to get a ticket.