Published on October 30th, 2012 | by NSB Observer0
Party with a Purpose this Halloween
A lot of people want to support local charities, but don’t know where to start or who to turn to. The Black Cat Ball is a simple and exciting way to do so.
Beachside residents of New Smyrna Beach may remember a time when the town was overrun with feral cats. Business owners faced a serious problem that was growing fast. No Pet Left Behind stepped up to face the problem in a safe, effective and humane method.
The organization was founded eight years ago by Wayne Godwin, and their goal has been to help needy families care for their pets, as well as control the feral cat population on the island.
NoPetLeftBehind.net states, “our mission is simple; the most effective and least expensive way to maintain your pet’s health is through preventative care. No Pet Left Behind is committed to a ‘No Kill’ policy that prevents this cruelty by offering pet owners low cost or free spay and neuter services and/or medical services coupled with our dedication to advocacy and education.”
Erica Kent, president of No Pet Left Behind, learned of the charity six years ago while attending the inaugural Black Cat Ball at Om Bar Chill Lounge on Flagler Avenue, and her enthusiasm and compassion for the cause led her to spearhead the organization.
No Pet Left Behind controls the population of feral cats through a Trap-Neuter-Release program. After cats are picked up they are tested for feline AIDs and leukemia to prevent the further spread of disease, neutered or spayed to prevent spraying and reproduction, vaccinated and then released to the same spot they were found. Before their release, the cats’ ears are notched so animal control can easily identify those who have already been treated.
Beachwood Animal Hospital has generously provided their services to the T.N.R. program and is the reason the organization has been so successful. Since the program began, No Pet Left Behind has been able to spay and neuter over 200 cats and has helped foster and place more than 60 kittens in loving homes.
No Pet Left Behind has completed some amazing work along Flagler Avenue and their reach extends all the way to Smyrna Dunes Park. However, they still need your help.
This Halloween night is the sixth annual Black Cat Ball, held at Om Bar beginning at 8 PM. Two raffles will be held to support the Beachside T.N.R. program. The first is a $5 raffle where participants have the chance to win a custom-made black cat long board and fishing charter. The second is a 50/50 raffle. Only 200 $25 raffle tickets will be sold for the 50/50 raffle, in which $2,500 will be awarded to the winner and another $2,500 will be awarded to the charity. $25 tickets that did not win will automatically be submitted to the $5 raffle for another chance to win some incredible prizes.
Raffle tickets are available at OM Bar until the drawing at 10:30 PM on Halloween night. You do not need to be present to win.
Donations can also be made directly to the organization which is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit group via their website at www.nopetleftbehind.net. It is also the only charity event held specifically for the beachside T.N.R. program, and is the biggest event of the year for No Pet Left Behind.
Come out for a good time and a chance to win great prizes, while at the same time helping a worthy cause for next to nothing.
As Kent explains, “feral cats in particular- they don’t have anyone to speak up for them. I think that’s the neat thing about our charity is that we really step forward and we work to be their voice.”
Local sponsors of this event include: Hendricks Printing, Beachwood Animal Hospital, Halifax Glassing, Mosquito Lagoon Fish Camp and Captain Mike Mann.
By: Kelsey Arnold