Volunteer Spotlight: Angela DeWalt
StreetCats volunteer and vice president
StreetCats volunteer Angela DeWalt with Julie Chin, emcee of the 2016 My Furry Valentine fundraiser.
Angela DeWalt, StreetCats volunteer and vice president, became involved with the organization on her first visit there 10 years ago.
“I went to look for a companion for my cat,” she says. “I was so impressed and surprised by the relaxed demeanor of all the resident cats, I picked up a volunteer form that same day. I also fell in love with a darling little cat named Tara and adopted her the next weekend.”
StreetCats houses felines while they await adoption and advocates for reducing the number of stray and feral cats in Tulsa. The all-volunteer staff hosts its annual fundraiser, My Furry Valentine, to support the costs of its spay/neuter programs. And that event is where you will find DeWalt on Valentine’s Day.
StreetCats mission: StreetCats Inc. believes that all cats deserve a home. We wish to reduce the population of unwanted cats by maintaining a spay and neuter program for feral cats and by sheltering cats who no longer have people to care for them. We seek adoptive families who value animals and who will love and protect our StreetCats.
Approximately how many cats have found homes through StreetCats? Since 2004, we have had over 1,220 adoptions. We do not place a time limit on a healthy cat’s life; they stay with us until an appropriate home is found.
Tell us about your popular voucher program, “A Stitch in Time.” “A Stitch in Time” helps reduce the population of homeless cats in the Tulsa area. These spay/neuter vouchers are available to the public each month at a reduced cost of $20 each. (StreetCats picks up the remaining costs.) Since 1998, more than 6,500 vouchers have been used to spay or neuter feral and stray cats.
Feb. 14 — My Furry Valentine
1:30-4:30 p.m. Tulsa Historical Society, 2445 S. Peoria Ave. Hors d’oeuvres, desserts, wine, silent auction, wine pull; live entertainment by pianist Scott McQuade of Play It Again Scott Entertainment. $25 in advance or $30 at the door, individuals; $45 in advance or $50 at the door, couples. Benefits StreetCats Inc. Contact Kathy Balsiger, firstname.lastname@example.org or 918-521-4039, or visit www.streetcatstulsa.org.