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If you're looking for something fun to do this weekend that will also help kitties in need, please stop by the Sacramento Cat Hospital's Third Annual Cat’s Meow Arts & Crafts Fair.
Fair hours are 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Sunday, May 22 at the Sacramento Cat Hospital, 4115 Manzanita Avenue in Carmichael.
All fair proceeds will benefit the Sacramento Cat Hospital Foundation Benevolent Fund, established to provide treatment for injured, sick, and feral cats. Some of these cats require extensive and costly treatment to save their lives. The Benevolent Fund also provides routine physicals, vaccinations, viral screening, food, water, and shelter to the hospital’s foster cats until they find forever homes.
One such kitty is Charlie, who was brought to the Sacramento Cat Hospital after being shot twice; one of the bullets had shattered his left rear leg. Charlie was in need of costly surgery to repair the breaks. Through its Benevolent Fund, the Sacramento Cat Hospital worked hard to raise the money needed to cover the cost of Charlie's surgery with a specialist. Funds were also needed for post-operative care and preventative medicine while Charlie was fostered at the Sacramento Cat Hospital. After being treated and nursed back to health, Charlie was adopted into a loving home.
Attendees at the fair can purchase many handmade, artisanal items including jewelry, beaded purses and clothing, quilts, tote bags, aprons, pillows, etched wood jewelry, cat trees, dog clothing, children’s books, soaps and lotions, scrapbooks and accessories, pet video services, cat dolls, candles, book covers, Tupperware, and much more.
Fairgoers can purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win great prizes, including an autographed picture of Tony Shalhoub (star of the hit TV show "Monk"), gorgeous cat trees, feline exam and labwork from the Sacramento Cat Hospital (a $270 value), and more. Winners need not be present.
Disclosure: Laurie Rich is a consultant and organizer of charitable events with the Sacramento Cat Hospital.