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Feral Cats Hit a Nerve at County Council
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Feral Cats Hit a Nerve at County Council

A cat rescue service in Amherst found supportive friends at Cumberland Municipal Council.

Cat Rescue Maritimes Amherst (CARMA) asked for an emergency grant of $3,000 in their efforts to deal with three colonies of feral cats being tended by local families in separate areas of the municipality.

CARMA offers a program to trap, neuter, and return otherwise wild cats to the community.

There are about fifty cats in the current challenge.

CARMA has worked quietly in the background, but they have faced some difficulties in recent times with increasing costs and decreasing revenues from fundraising. In fact, the grant request suggested they are on the verge of closing their doors.

Municipal staff suggested council consider supporting the group with 30 percent of the grant request, $1,280, but the councillors had other ideas. 

They quickly decided to boost that to $1,500 from their regional grant funds but then Paul Porter, the Councillor for district 1, the area surrounding the Town of Amherst, said he would add $600 from his district funds. Warden Al Gillis chimed in with $300 from District 4, matched by Lynne Welton of District 5.

That opened the flood gates as councillors from across the county began chipping in. It resembled a bidding war at a frenzied auction. At one point the councillors had offered more than CARMA had requested.

In the end, council crafted and passed a motion to grant the requested $3,000 from multiple sources.

CARMA is the only organization that deals with feral cats in Cumberland County.

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marilyn williams

So thrilled to hear how the county embraced and displayed such wonderful encouragement and support for Amherst CARMA !It is good to see that people are beginning to grasp the high numbers of ferals in the county and realize that the only solution is to trap ,neuter and spay .

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Events This Week

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 6:00 PM

Pugwash Fire Department Toonie Draw, the 50/50 community fundraiser. Click HERE for details.

Thursday, September 24, 2020 7:00 PM

Bingo at the Wentworth Recreation Centre. Limited to the first 50 people. Public health rules in place.

Saturday, September 26, 2020 9:00 AM

Yard Sale at the Peace Branch, Royal Canadian Legion in Pugwash.

Saturday, September 26, 2020 3:00 PM

Chase the Ace at the Royal Canadian Legion in Pugwash. Click HERE for details. CANCELLED till further notice.

Sunday, September 27, 2020 7:00 PM

Bingo at the Northport Community Centre. CANCELLED till further notice.

Monday, September 28, 2020 10:00 AM

Rug Hooking at Northport Community Centre. CANCELLED till further notice.

Monday, September 28, 2020 6:00 PM

New District 4 Election Debate at the Wentworth Recreation Centre. Barb Palmer vs Kathy Redmond.

Monday, September 28, 2020 7:00 PM

Mayor's Debate at the Wentworth Recreation Centre. Jason Blanch vs. Murray Scott.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 10:00 AM

Quilting at the Northport Community Centre. CANCELLED till further notice.

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