Gina LaPilusa of Sparta, is working on her Gold Award, which focuses on educating the community of the need to reduce the feral cat population. Feral cats are the offspring of stray or abandoned household pets. Feline experts estimate 70 million feral cats live in the United States, and their numbers continue to grow. They can spread diseases which may affect humans. Mostly, they are believed to be a nuisance and may be a factor in the decline of some bird populations. So how to help? The best way to help control the stray cat population is to not abandon a domesticated cat to the wild, keep cats indoors, and spay or neuter your cat. Reach out to organizations such as BARKs for help in getting feral cats spayed or neutered.
BARKs, Father John’s and OSCAR care for the cats and kittens that are abandoned, provide veterinary care, and assist in adoptions. To offset the cost of adoption, Gina has been gathering donations and supplies to build “Take Me Home Packages.” These packages include food, treats, toys, bowls, litter, litter box, and even a bed - a robust reward for someone who is willing to give a cat or kitten it’s forever home.
Please help by bringing a cat product or monetary donation to the American Legion Post 86 on Sunday, March 31 from 1pm to 4pm. The list of products that are needed can be found at Gina’s Instagram account, @breakfree125. Gina will be there to support the ALP’s Open House. She will also perform with Just Us, from Rated R band, who will be doing an acoustic duet show. The ALP is located at 20 Yates Ave in Newton - please come down and support Gina, the ALP, and enjoy some incredible music!!