Tuesday, June 1, 2010

June is for adopting a shelter cat

June is National Adopt-a-Shelter Cat month. So you can stop reading right now to make a dash to your nearest shelter and bring home a needy pussycat or two. Or, read on, because you’ll have another chance to do that later this month.

On Saturday, June 12, an art and poetry walk around Lambertville and New Hope is designed to raise awareness of Tabby’s Place, a cat sanctuary in Ringoes, NJ. The event’s free; it’s not about money, pledges or collections, but about facilitating the adoption of some 100 cats at Tabby’s Place, which operates as a feline adoption center, hospital and hospice. (www.TabbysPlace.org)

The event is named “Zoom Cat Zoom!” after a children’s book written and illustrated by Lewis Matheney, Stockton-based artist-writer and “host” of the walk. (That’s his illustration above.)

During the walk -- starting at 3 pm at Left Bank Books, 32 Coryell St, Lambertville -- participants will match Matheney’s poems with art appearing in 10 locations along the route. And they’ll be able to pick up postcards, each with a Tabby’s Place resident cat pictured, to mail to sympathetic friends and get the word around about the need for adoptions.

A 6 pm closing reception at the New Hope Arts Center will close out both the walk and a sculpture show on view there. Details at www.lewismatheney.com.

Are you free on June 12 to walk and help find homes for the kitties at Tabby’s Place?

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