Several months ago, I had the good fortune to be introduced to a Gallia County charitable organization known as The Perennial Cat, Inc.
I often speak to members of the community about this organization, and I’ve learned two things. The community deeply appreciates this group, but seldom hears about our activities.
As a volunteer, board member and officer, I would like to share the most current information. Our past president and manager, Jackie Keatley, retired on December 31, 2011. Jackie had been a strong leader, and her departure left a void that caused us to close briefly for renovation and re-organization.
As we moved through the process, I identified four groups of superstars everyone should know about.
The first group is the cats. We provide a temporary home to adoptable cats, and we strive to provide an environment in which they remain happy and healthy.
Second is our local group of veterinarians. I can’t imagine a more dedicated and professional group than those Doctors of Veterinary Medicine who practice in and around Gallia County and help care for our cats.
Third are our members and sponsors. Some have already renewed for 2013, and our mailing hasn’t even gone out yet.
Last, but not least, is our volunteers. What a fantastic bunch of individuals! While our core group is strong, we could use a little more help. If you are a cat person who can’t have a pet at home due to landlords, family members’ allergies or other reasons, this is your perfect opportunity.
If you can commit one-two hours per week to feed, water, pet and play with our feline friends, please visit our website at www.perennialcatinc.com or call 740-645-7275. Our shelter is located on State Route 325 south of Rio Grande. We plan to re-open on or around October 1, 2012.
The Perennial Cat, Inc. is an IRS-registered 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity and a member of the Gallia County Chamber of Commerce.
W. Oran Smeltzer