‘Fix the Kittie, Fix the City’ fundraiser held

NEWTON FALLS –More than 350 felines in the Newton Falls area have come through the ”Fix the Kittie, Fix the City” effort by area residents and Angels for Animals to deal with the stray cats in the village.

A recent dinner and basket raffle fundraiser was held at the VFW Hall in Newton Falls to raise funds for getting the stray cats spayed or neutered.

Nancy Hoffman, one of the event coordinators and a former Newton Falls councilwoman, said the community wanted to help the cats by reducing their population by spaying and neutering.

In addition, the program also has included rabies vaccinations.

Hoffman said she and other volunteers have worked with Diane Less from Angels for Animals, which has had 40 cats adopted.

In addition to the dinner, ”pennies change” cans have been located at local businesses. Cafe 534 hosted a bike run and raised $1,500.

Officials said Newton Falls passed an ordinance allowing cats to be outside only if they are fixed, have a rabies vaccination and identified with a collar and identification tag. Feral cats have a left ear flipped to show it has been neutered.

Hoffman said the group ventures out to get all the stray cats.

“We have been catching a lot of cats who have been reproducing. They also test the cats to make sure they aren’t sick with feline leukemia, “ Hoffman said.

Hoffman said the cats are rounded about between March and October,

Donations can be sent to Angels for Animals Newton Falls Fund, 4750 S. Range Road, Canfield, OH 44406. Donations of $100 or more will have a 5 percent donation from the Youngstown Foundation.

For information,  call Diane Less at 330-502-5352 or Hoffman at 330-219-8889.