Fun Events Raise Money, Find Homes for Cats and Dogs | Entertainment

By Melissa Burrowes

Spring is known figuratively for the rain of cats and dogs, but it’s also a time when local animal shelters and rescue groups are inundated with new arrivals.

With that in mind, it’s also a time for special events and fundraisers to help animals with ways to participate, whether you can adopt or not. Here are some local events that raise funds and host adoption events.

From noon to 3 p.m. on April 23 at Ten Life Club3741 Lake Shore Road, Blasdell

The Ten Lives Club is expecting over 1,000 homeless kittens and mother cats and you are invited to join them for a “Kitten Shower” to help with any new arrivals. Contributors will be entitled to cakes, cookies and punch, and can participate in basket draws and spin a prize wheel. During your stay, you can also visit the refuge. Meet some of the cats looking for forever homes in a “free range” chat room. Be sure to bring a gift for the kittens, such as non-clumping litter, kitten bottles, blankets, or a bag of Purina Kitten Chow. Monetary donations, which go toward kitten care, prenatal health costs, and neutering and neutering surgeries, are also accepted.

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6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on April 26 at Purrfect Cat Cafe1507 Hertel Ave.

Join Purrfect Cat Cafe to North Buffalo for an evening yoga class with adoptable felines. You’ll get free tea and an hour-long yoga class, plus a chance to mingle with the resident cafe cats who are all in need of a home. Admission is $20 and reservations are required. Bring your yoga mat and water bottle. The cafe also sells cat-themed artwork with a Buffalo connection and hosts other events each month to help their residents find housing.

ABC Basset Spring Basset Blast

From noon to 4 p.m. on April 30 at First canine sports and events center, 15 Lancaster Drive, Lancaster

The annual event, held for the first time at the new Premier Dog Sports and Events Center in Lancaster, supports ABC Basset Hound Rescue, which seeks permanent homes for bassets. There will be a costume contest, games, raffles, a silent auction, vendors and many bassets available for adoption. Admission is $15 for the first adult and $10 for each additional person 17 and older; children 16 and under and basset hounds can enter for free. Everyone is encouraged to make a bigger contribution for the dogs, and prizes will be awarded to the top five donors.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 5 at 726 Exchange St.

East Aurora’s Pet Connection Programs will be participating in the Larkinville Mother’s Day event. You can purchase dog and cat donation bags filled with treats to benefit their pet rescue initiatives, which include a maternity shelter for adoptable dogs and a trap-neuter-return program for feral cats . They will be in the main lobby of the Larkin Square Exchange Building. The market will also host vendors selling everything from food to specialty soap and jewelry, all with a local twist. Parking is in the lot on Exchange Street or next to the hydro fireplace.

4-8 p.m. May 14 at St. Andrew’s Country Day School, 1545 Sheridan Drive

Want delicious pasta? Buffalo Underdog Rescue is a foster family based organization that will host a “Pasta for Pups” event. You’ll have a pasta dinner – gluten-free and vegan options are also available – your choice of beer, wine, or soda drink, plus dessert. The event will also have a raffle and music, with all proceeds benefiting the rescue’s adoptable dogs. Attendance is free and there will be discounted pre-sale packages. The individual package is $15 and includes pasta, drink, dessert, basket raffle ticket sheet and presale raffle entry. Participants can park in the Lowell Road car park. If you would like to donate items for the raffle or be a sponsor, contact the organization at [email protected]

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