Peggy Gavan, a long-time Warwick resident and author of the new book The Cat Men of Gotham: Tales of Feline Friendship in Old New York is partnering with several local Warwick businesses to help raise money for the Warwick Valley Humane Society’s (WVHS) much-needed new shelter.
For every autographed, hardcover book sold at Warwick establishments, Gavan will donate a portion of the proceeds to the shelter for its capital campaign. Participating businesses currently include Frazzelberries, Capelli Salon Spa Boutique, Newhard’s, Style Counsel, and Warwick Valley Veterinary Hospital.
The Cat Men of Gotham explores the history of old New York through true and amazing stories about heroic policemen, firemen, sailors, and other men who rescued stray cats off the streets of Manhattan and Brooklyn and welcomed them into their homes and hearts. Among the 42 profiles are many feline Cinderella stories, as humble alley cats achieved renown as sports team mascots, artists’ muses, and even presidential pets.
The WVHS provides shelter and supportive services for hundreds of cats, dogs, and other animals rescued from the streets of Warwick, Chester, and Tuxedo. This past month, the WVHS launched a capital campaign to raise funds needed to build a $1.5 million state-of-the-art animal shelter. According to WVHS President Suzyn Barron, the proposed project will enable WVHS to address and remedy years of severe overcrowding and inadequate infrastructure as well as create extra isolation kennels.
Barron said WVHS hopes to supplement a $500,000 grant from the NYS Companion Animal Capital Fund Grant program through a combination of donations, event revenue, and grant awards. For events information visit email@example.com. For more information about Gotham Cats for Warwick Cats or to participate in this fundraiser: Contact Peggy Gavan at firstname.lastname@example.org.