Get your holiday spirit going—and make a lot of cats really happy—this weekend at the annual Pawliday Boutique to benefit Island Cat Resources and Adoption (ICRA). The popular artisan shopping event is open Saturday, December 2, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, December 3, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Alameda Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Avenue. Admission is free.
Or get a head start at the Champagne Preview on Friday, December 1, 5 to 8 p.m., where your $10 entry fee includes champagne and a raffle ticket for a chance to win a fantastic prize. Plus you get to shop early!
You’ll find one-of-a-kind jewelry, holiday decor, art, crafts, plenty of cute cat-themed items, and more. It’s a one-stop-shop for all your holiday gift giving. And the best part is that all proceeds from the event help local cats in need. ICRA is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of free-roaming and unowned cats through spay/neuter, adoption, and community education.
Since ICRA started in 1994, the organization has spayed or neutered more than 22,000 cats, found homes for more than 3,300 cats, and assisted in getting many hundreds more off the streets and placed in homes through local pet adoption organizations.
Here are some of the beautiful cats currently available for adoption.
In addition to its fundraising activities such as the festive Pawliday Boutique, ICRA is in need of donations to cover the cost of spay-neuter surgeries, vaccinations, FeLV/FIV testing, medical treatment for sick and injured cats, and the purchase of cages for recovering animals, humane traps, and other equipment. All donations are tax-deductible. (For more information, visit the Donate page on the ICRA website.)
ICRA is also looking for new ideas and fresh energy to accomplish its mission. If you love cats and want to improve the lives of those in the Alameda-Oakland area, you can help by becoming a foster family, volunteering at ICRA’s adoption site, becoming a guardian to a colony of community (feral) cats, transporting cats to vet clinics for spay/neuter surgeries or other medical care, or helping with public relations, fundraising, administrative tasks, or the newsletter. For more information or to sign up, visit the Volunteer page on the ICRA website.