The Seward Phoenix Log - News of the Eastern Kenai Peninsula since 1966

By Wolfgang Kurtz
LOG Staff 

Fur ball feeds shelter kitty


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Seward's Waterfront Park hosted the annual Cause for Paws Pet Walk, as domestic creatures mingled together in harmony, without the complicating presence of cats. With no curbs to dog their heels, pedestrians roamed free with their four legged masters.

Someone brought out the pig to lead the pet walk at the second annual Cause for Paws day of fund raising events on March 29. In its second year, the pet walk proved to be a popular activity and the pig is still alive. Even with a hedgehog also in the lineup, there were no fights, no one was eaten and there were a lot of donations above and beyond the suggested mimimum fee. All told, over $15,000 was raised between the walk, other activities at Waterfront Park as well as the Fur Ball itself.

Over 90 tickets to the Fur Ball and auction were sold, with the additional deposits going into the City of Seward account with funds earmarked for a new Seward Animal Shelter building. Sara Macdonald, an officer of the Cause for Paws organization says that the initiative for setting aside city property to build the new shelter is currently on the shelf, but should be getting dusted off soon as property becomes available for consideration.

Wolfgang Kurtz | The Seward Phoenix LOG

Three local gals won the prizes at the Fur Ball Alaskana wear contest. Sara Macdonald brandishes a large bottle of wine, one of the prizes, as contestants Kristi Larson (second), Mary Kimmel (third) and Monica Chase (first), line up next to MC Tyson Davis (right).

Two sites have been bandied about informally, according to Macdonald. They include a problematic spot out near the dump or an undefined area within the former Air Force Rec Camp. She said that it's still speculative, but they're hoping for a spot in the rec camp which is close to Seward's public schools. Student participation in the shelter volunteer program would benefit from the convenience of being located almost next door to the schools.

Microchipping support at the Pet Walk was provided by SOS Pets, a local group which includes Mark Luttrell, Katrina Edgar and Jane Belovarac. Cause for Paws board members Carrie Fisher, Laurie Lemaster and Sara Macdonald were thankful for support from Chinooks Waterfront Restaurant and Pam Parker as well as Blaine Bardarson, who served as auctioneer. Blackwater Railroad Company opened up the 2014 Fur Ball and the Rebel Blues closed it down, keeping the dance floor rocking until 1 a.m.

Cause for Paws is trying to reach a $75,000 balance for planning, studies and supplies with four cash mobs coming up, one apiece at AK Starfish, Eureka Pizza, Captain Jacks and the Seward Alehouse. Check their Facebook page for information.


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