EMERALD ISLE | A fundraiser for an area nonprofit organization that works to manage the feral cat population on Bogue Banks has gone to the dogs.
A Doggie Water Park Playtime fundraiser will be held Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Salty Pirate Water Park to benefit Island Cat Allies.
Dog owners are invited to bring their pooch for a day of splashing and water fun. A donation of $25 per dog allows a two-hour play time.
Dogs will be able to splash around in the wading pool area of the water park — but no sliding allowed.
“No dogs will be going down the water slides,” said Shawn Cherry, one of the ICA volunteers.
Cherry said Deborah Styron and Paul Musco of the Salty Pirate, formerly Water Boggan, wanted to help the nonprofit raise much-needed funds.
“They are dog lovers and it is great that they wanted to help,” Cherry said.
Cherry said they have had good response to the first-time fundraiser and they hope to see a good turnout.
“We’ve had a lot of folks excited and sharing the post on our Facebook page,” Cherry said.
Cherry said they are an all-volunteer organization and all of their funds come from donations and grants.
ICA manages the Bogue Banks area feral cats through a trap-neuter-return (TNR) program. Cats are humanely trapped and taken to a veterinarian to be neutered or spayed and vaccinated. After recovery in the home of a volunteer the cats are returned to the living area where they came from and a caretaker provides food and water daily.
Cherry said they are able to foster and offer some cats for adoption and they adopt our about 300 cats a year.
Cherry said volunteers and funds are needed.
For more information about Island Cat Allies or the fundraiser call 252-354-7780 or see the group’s Facebook page.