Tala Monastery Cats, a registered Paphos charity, are looking to the virtual world in an effort to find new ways to raise money as income from events and fundraisers has’ like many charities, been decimated by coronavirus restrictions.
A fun way that supporters can help the charity is to enter their cats into an ‘online’ cat show that will take place at the beginning of November, cat park manager, Dawn Foote told the Cyprus Mail.
Owners send in two photographs of their cat and enter them into all sorts of classes. It is €5 for one class and €10 for three entries (one cat in three classes or three different cats into a class each. All of the money raised will go to the cat park, she said.
The deadline for entries is this weekend.
“We are now constantly looking for new ways and ideas to raise money as we have to pay the bills and we have no option to look at other ways to get an income. The winners of the cat show will be featured in our next year’s calendar (2022).”
Cats should be entered into the classes according to: fur colour and pattern, or categories such as, prettiest kitten, senior cats, best re-home, physically challenged or sleeping beauty, to show the best or most unusual sleeping position, as well as the ‘Tala Cats sponsored cat’, section.
“Everyone thinks their cat is the loveliest and it’s a good way to share a lot of cat pictures,” Foote added.
The park relies on donations and sponsorship and annual running costs are in excess of €80,000. This includes costs for food, medication, vet bills, a programme of spaying and neutering and maintenance costs. All of the donations go towards looking after the cats and none of the staff are paid.
There are still a few days to register cats in the competition which will be judged by the cat park manager, one of their vets and a pet shop owner, she said.
The park currently has in excess of 850 cats and kittens needing homes.
And, as it is now looking likely that an upcoming event due to host the park’s fund raising Christmas stall may now not go ahead due to coronavirus restrictions, the weekly online charity auction is even more important, she said.
“The online auction, like our online virtual cat show, is organised by volunteer Melanie Barn. People can see the items at our charity shop in Kissonerga if they wish to before they buy. We try not to price anything over ten euros,” she added.
The new Tala cat park calendar for 2021 is also available to purchase at a number of outlets in Cyprus.
For further information: Tala monastery cat park on Instagram:
Website : https://www.talacats.com/
Charity shop : Shop 2, 10 Christou Kelli Avenue Kissonerga, 8574