Girls Gathering Money to Help Stray Cats at the Saddle Club

Lynsey Kitching

Amy, Adanna and Clayton LaCoste love animals, especially horses and cats. For this reason Amy and Adanna are raising funds to get some of the stray cats who live at the Saddle Club spayed or neutred.
It all started when Gary at the Saddle Club told Adanna and Amy LaCoste he found some kittens in his barn. This caused the two young girls to start really paying attention to the amount of cats hanging out around the saddle club. Adanna says, “All of the cats come and go throughout the year. People take them, but the cats can be vicious, so most people just bring them back.”
This reality has snowballed and there are now dozens of cats roaming the saddle club, living in the barns and doing the best they can to survive. Though people are trying to help out, but there are just too many to keep track of. Amy says, “People do feed the cats, but they usually have only one or two. The cats are starving and then they get eaten.”
 The girls think the cat population may be rising because people get cats and then decide they don’t want them. The saddle club has become a place where they go and drop them off. Amy says, “There was another litter we found. We tried to catch them all because we found homes for them but we couldn’t. We think some of them were eaten by coyotes. Then Amy and I started thinking about how we could get the cats spayed or neutered.”
The girls started doing odd jobs around town to try and gather the money needed to get some of the cats spayed or neutered. Adanna says, “So far we’ve done some picking up of manure, we’ve done some painting, some cat-sitting, some baby-sitting and other odd jobs.”
So far the girls have raised around $900. Amy says, “There are two vets in Dawson Creek who we’ve spoken to. With the one vet, if we bring in more than one cat, we get a 10 percent discount and the cones are free.”
The really difficult part of this effort will be to actually catch the cats to get them to the vet. Adanna says, “Sometimes they’re hiding, but sometimes they’ll come around. Rick’s barn has a few. Most of them you have to feed every day and then they’ll start coming around more.”
Amy continues, “I somewhat have an idea of how to catch them. If you feed them they’ll keep coming around. We’ll get a trust system going and they’ll come when you feed them. We’re thinking about getting a net or something to pick them up, well maybe not a net, but something to cover them up. Then we’ll get a kennel, but we have to separate the boys from the girls. We are going to do this the night before we leave,” she continues, “We might only get around 10. We’ll try to get as many as we can but ten seems to be the number.”
With the money the girls have already raised, they are going to buy a whole bunch of cat food to start their endeavor. They’re going to try and put the food in the barns, but this will require some co-operation from the barn owners. Adanna says, “We can go in each barn, if the people who own the barns allow it. I know of at least three people who would let us in their barn to do this,” she continues “Another idea we were thinking of to raise money is to get donations. People can bring in stuff they don’t want, or don’t need and we could have a huge garage sale. The money from that will go towards the cats.”
The vets in Dawson Creek are charging about $110 to get the males neutered and about $169 to get the females spayed. Anyone wishing to help with this cause is more than welcome to contact the newspaper to find out more information.