Midtown Raleigh News

More pasta, fewer kittens

It may be a delicate issue to bring up in front of your four-legged friends, but SAFE Haven For Cats plans to do a lot of snipping with the money raised at its “Spay-ghetti & No Balls” dinner next week.

SAFE Haven For Cats, a North Raleigh nonprofit group that in 1999 became the Triangle’s first permanent no-kill animal shelter, has rescued and adopted out more than 5,000 cats and kittens since its founding in 1994.

The group opened the SAFE Care Spay and Neuter Clinic in 2005, providing low-cost sterilization of cats and small dogs for owners who may not otherwise be able to afford it. To date, the clinic has spayed and neutered more than 10,000 cats.

Teresa Nichols of SAFE Haven said the cost to sterilize a cat in the Triangle can be over $300, but SAFE Haven charges $75 for those in need. In fact, according to Nichols, 52 percent of the more than 1,300 animals sterilized at SAFE Care last year were treated at no cost.

“Every cat is accepted at the clinic for sterilization,” Nichols said, “regardless of whether the owner could pay the already low fee or not.”

The group also sterilized more than 200 feral cats in the community last year.

The Spay-ghetti & No Balls dinner will be held Tuesday at The Factory in Wake Forest. All proceeds will help fund the SAFE Care clinic.

The cost of the dinner is $10 for adults and $5 for kids. For that, you get a spaghetti dinner (no meatballs!) with salad, rolls, dessert and drinks. A vegetarian option also is available. Dinner is from 6 to 8 p.m., and doors open at 5:30.

A tip for the very hungry: Bring an item of dog food for SAFE Haven’s cat and dog food pantry. The table with the most donations eats first.

To buy tickets or get more information, visit www.safehavenforcats.org or call 919-872-7233.