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Habitat hosted a kitty meet-and-greet on Saturday with cats and kittens kittens from Hinton and District Spay and Neuter Society  | F.Dragon photos

Fuchsia Dragon | publisher@fitzhugh.ca

Habitat for the Arts was home to a furrier than usual clientele on Saturday.

Hinton Spay and Neuter Society brought a bundle of cats and kittens to the art centre for the now-annual kitty meet-and-greet.

Jasperites had a chance to cuddle and play with kittens – and get involved in art while they were there, too.

Marianne Garrah, director of Habitat, said: “We had about 60 people, it is always a great turnout.”

This year there was cat-themed face painting by JAH Face Art and a craft area to make cat-shaped Christmas ornaments for the World Tree.

“We try to tie it into something going on in the community and something creative, in the arts,” said Garrah.

“Last year we had a step-by-step how to draw cats.”

This year is the third year the cats have come to town for a Habitat visit.

“We thought it would be a good way to connect pet lovers of Jasper,” said Garrah.

“We don’t have a place to celebrate pets and we thought it would be a nice way to share a community event around pets and raise a few dollars for them.”

Hinton and District Spay and Neuter Society, which was founded in 2014, aims to reduce and stabilize the stray and feral cat population through a trap, neuter and release program and education of the community.

Cats and kittens are available for adoption for a small fee and barn cats are available free. 

The society is also looking for donations of wet and dry cat and kitten food, cat treats, multi-cat clumping cat litter, cat toys, blankets for bedding, old towels, cat food dishes, cleaning supplies, foster homes, volunteers for events, boards and drivers for vet appointments.

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