By REBECCA WEBSTER
Recorder News Staff
Nearly 350 cats have been trapped, spayed, and neutered over the past two years in Montgomery County, but Feline Guardian Angels coordinator, Myra Lampkin, says it's just the beginning of addressing the need.
"I think that that is a relatively significant number, but it's certainly just scratching the surface," Lampkin said. "There are many colonies that we are aware of."
Feline Guardian Angels is beginning its third year of its trap and release program, and on April 6, it will hold its annual Bowl-A-Thon at Kelly's Imperial Lanes in Amsterdam from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. to continue raising funds for the program.
For $10, bowlers will get two games of bowling and a pair of bowling shoes.
"The whole key to our fundraiser activity here is each sponsor has a fundraising fee where they collect flat donations from family and friends," Lampkin said. "And that goes directly to Feline Guardian Angels."
The organization survives with time given by just six volunteers, Lampkin said, but with full-time jobs they are limited to what they can do.
The need for volunteers is crucial, especially now, as the organization moves in to its most challenging time of the year: spring and summer.
"Many of the females that are not altered are going into heat and there's many kittens conceived at this time," Lampkin said. "Feline Guardian Angels is very in tune to cutting down the population of the feral cat population in Montgomery County and the Amsterdam area."
She is hoping the fundraising will not only raise money to support the effort in this critical time, but will foster interest from others wishing to volunteer.
"We're basically a very easy-going group and we will give you definitely hands on training," she said. "You will shadow us and see what's going on and get involved in all aspects."
Trapping, fundraising, and transportation of the cats to veterinarian offices are the main areas they need help in.
"This is a crucial fundraiser for us to continue our mission and continue the work that we do. We're a group of volunteers. We're experienced, and we love what we do," Lampkin said. "But our mission is a community issues and what we do is for the betterment of the entire community, not just for the cats."
Registration for the event starts at noon on April 6.
For more information, readers can contact FGA at 466-3478.