The legacy of a feral cat named Alice lives on larger than ever these days. Thanks to The Alice Fund, a local nonprofit that provides medical care and supplies for cats in need, more than 250 cats (and the owners who love them) have been helped this year - already more cases than were handled in all of 2018.
The number of cases of cats-in-need has climbed every year since 2008, the year a single donation can on the counter of a cats-only vet clinic was the fundraiser for a new non-profit
known as The Alice Fund. That’s not the case anymore. Donors and supporters, fundraising events, grants and a growing network of veterinarian partnerships helps meet the ongoing medical needs of cats and their owners.
“Art’s Meow,” The Alice Fund’s signature fundraising event, is one such fundraiser. Opening night with a wine reception is Friday, Aug. 2, from 5-8 p.m. at Exum Gallery, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 305 W. Seventh St. The event coincides with First Friday, when Chattanooga galleries, artist studios and arts-focused businesses unite to showcase local arts.
Art’s Meow features work from more than 30 area artists. Each artist donates a portion of their sales to The Alice Fund. Among the artists participating this year: Barry Snyder, a master artist, designer and sculptor. His donation is a very unusual hope or storage case, “very Picasso- like” in color; Hollie Berry, a local artist whose work will be three charred wood panels; Charlie Yowell, who typically works with stained glass sculptures; and Melissa Gates, an impressionistic artist.
The show this year will also include “non-cat” works by local artists as well as several boutique items such as décor, scarves, fabric tote bags custom-made pillows and more.
Art’s Meow, now in its seventh year, will run through Aug. 25 at the Exum Gallery and can be
viewed Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
The mission of The Alice Fund is to help provide medical care and supplies to cats whose owners and caregivers would otherwise be unable to access such care. By accepting donations from cat lovers, The Alice Fund’s donors extend their love for cats to those in need.
In addition to The Cat Clinic, veterinary partners include Animal Clinic/Downtown, Animal Emergency and Specialty Center, Appalachian Animal Clinic, ChattaNeuter, Chattanooga Veterinary Center, Cleveland Animal Hospital, Dixie Day Spay, East Ridge Animal Hospital, Highway 58 Animal Hospital, Keith Street Animal Clinic, Lee Parkway Veterinary Clinic, Riverview Animal Hospital, Veterinary Care & Specialty Group and Veterinary Ophthalmology Services and more.
For additional information on The Alice Fund and Art’s Meow, visit TheAliceFund.org. Contact Kathy Allison, Alice Fund Board president, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 605-9633, or Mary
Lockhart, Alice Fund Marketing, at email@example.com or 488-5537.