Tea fundraiser raises more than $4,200 for FUR

Feline rescue needs help with sanctuary construction
Oct 09, 2013
Photo by: Donated photo Servers Jamie Powell, Rachel West, Maggie Hickle, Hazel Mathes and Marilyn Powell toast to success after the first day of the tea.

More than 30 ladies, donned in hats and afternoon tea attire, gathered for an authentic English tea — from scones with clotted cream to cucumber sandwiches — with the goal of raising awareness of and enlisting aid through donations for a sanctuary being built in Waynesville to house displaced and homeless cats. “What a beautiful day for a tea!” could be heard frequently.

The two-day event, held in September, raised more than $4,200. Volunteers acted as bakers and wait staff, wearing fancy serving aprons. In addition to monetary donations, a whimsical quilt depicting colorful cats with bric-a-brac whiskers and button eyes, was made and donated by several ladies who belong to the Shady Ladies quilt group to help raise funds for Feline Urgent Rescue (FUR).

“When my dear friend Maggie, originally from UK, said that she wanted to host a traditional English tea party to help raise money for the cats, we never dreamed the event would be such a success,” said Jamie Powell, co-founder of FUR.

Hosted by Maggie Hickle and Hazel Mathes, the teas took place on two pleasant afternoons with a background of the beautiful mountains of North Carolina framing the china-covered tables.

“We at FUR have a target population for our sanctuary, which includes ferals, senior cats, special-needs cats and cats displaced due to family crises or habitat destruction,” said Rachel West, president and co-founder of FUR. “Thanks to generous supporters, we have been able to start construction on phase one of the sanctuary."

Currently, more than thirty cats in FUR’s care reside in an open-air barn. FUR is enlisting volunteers for help with construction in the next few weeks.

“With more help, we can get the cats into a warm, safe area before the harsh winter nights approach us,” said West.

FUR cannot take more cats into the group's care until the new sanctuary is finished. But, "FUR receives calls daily for help in rescuing or placing unwanted cats and assistance with medical emergencies," said Kathi Wells, FUR team leader.

As guardians of displaced felines, FUR has a mission to provide a safe haven for cats, which reduces the homeless population, reduces the shelter euthanasia rates and fills a gap in the rescue community as a last resort sanctuary. The group, consisting solely of volunteers, shares a passion for helping homeless cats find loving homes, for giving compassionate care to cats that are unadoptable, and for assisting feral colonies with food, shelter and medical assistance. FUR has successfully homed more than 85 cats in the past two years.


Contributions of any amount are greatly appreciated. Send donations to FUR, PO Box 1352, Waynesville, NC 28786.


To help care for cats or assist with construction, call Bob at 321-652-0009.

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