animal refuge league, bake sale, charitable giving

Petable Obsession: Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland

This is Mr. Jose Jones. Lover of dehydrated smoked chicken livers, maple syrup and french chevre. He came to live with us in the summer of 2005 after I harassed the Missus into getting another cat, a companion for Sophie.

It was a complete ploy to use her because it was really about me having another cat. Sophie was a good sport, though. She taught him to play tag until he refused to stop playing tag every waking moment…and, well, she put an end to his chasing pretty quickly. Now he chases sunlight and dust in our kitchen.

Admittedly, Jose isn’t the brightest of cats, but he sure is pretty. Yup..he’s our pretty, pretty boy who we wouldn’t have if not for the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland in Westbrook, where he was adopted. He is, over the course of their 100 years in operation, just one of tens of thousands of kittens they’ve taken in with hopes of finding them a permanent home.

Like many shelters and refuge leagues, the ARLGP relies on the generosity of our community for financial and product donations, as well as the time of volunteers, to be able to feed, house, treat and care for the endless stream of animals that pass through their doors. They’re an invaluable resource in our community and could always use more help as the need to care for these animals never disappears. This Sunday, May 22nd, they’re hosting their Spring Fling Open House and Fundraiser.

Part of this fundraiser is a bake sale to help raise money for the shelter. I’m going to be whipping up a batch of sugary goodness and am asking my fellow bloggers (many of whom are pet owners) and readers to join me in donating a baked good to the sale.

If you’re interested in participating, this is the info that I received from Lynne of the ARL:

You could drop the items off Saturday afternoon at the shelter, or Sunday morning after 9 but before 10:30. If you could list ingredients that would help with people who have allergy concerns.

They’re also having a plant sale, to raise money to care for their older residents whose medical expenses are a little greater. If you’ve got a green thumb and want to help out:

If you’re unable to make something, they’re also, specifically, looking for items on their kitten wishlist (their Kitty Care-A-Van):

  • KMR – Kitten Milk Replacer – Canned or Powdered
  • Science Diet Dry Feline Growth Formula Food
  • Gerber Baby Food: Chicken, Lamb or Beef
    (or any brand that does not contain onion powder)
  • Snuggle Safe Microwaveable Heating Disks
    Soft Baby Blankets/Fleece for the Kittens
  • Cat Playpen/Kitty Condo (item # 9B7063)
  • Kitten-Safe Toys to Send with Foster Families
  • Scratching Posts and Scratching Boards
  • Paper Cat Litter

All donations can be brought directly to the shelter, which is located at:

449 Stroudwater Street
Westbrook, Maine

But, whether you can help this time around or not, you should still stop by this Sunday and see the amazing work they’re doing at the shelter. And, you never know, you might just find yourself bringing home one of their adorable residents. Rumor has it, they just accepted 50 puppies from Alabama and will have more than a dozen ready for adoption by Sunday.