By Taylor Roberts
Celebrate the return of the smash-hit musical CATS with your donation of much-needed items for our feline friends. Benefiting Animal Friends Alliance, The Lincoln Center’s Cause for Claws supply drive will take place Oct. 16–Nov. 13, in conjunction with the Broadway national tour of CATS, playing The Lincoln Center Nov. 11–13. This claw-some musical tells the story of one magical night when an extraordinary tribe of cats gathers for its annual ball.
For many years during the giving season, The Lincoln Center has been holding annual donation drives to benefit local charities. “The Lincoln Center is a gathering place for the community,” says Jack Rogers, The Lincoln Center Director “and nothing connects us more as a community than pitching in to help ease a shared community burden.” According to Rogers, picking an organization to partner with this year was easy. “Here we are, about to celebrate the return of CATS, one of the most beloved musicals of all time, so partnering with a beloved organization that’s dedicated to the care and well-being of cats in our community just made sense.”
Animal Friends Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing comprehensive companion animal resources, services, and education to the community to prevent pet homelessness and promote the human-animal bond. Animal Friends Alliance’s services include a limited-admission, adoption-guarantee shelter for cats and dogs, subsidized sterilization and vaccination clinic, and kibble pantry for pet guardians in need. Since its founding in 2006, Animal Friends Alliance has found homes for more than 33,000 cats and dogs and the clinic has performed over 77,000 spay/neuter surgeries. More information can be found at SavingAnimalsToday.org.
“We hope audiences and theatre-lovers will enjoy the fantastic CATS on stage and feel inspired to help real-life cats in need,” says Animal Friends Alliance Executive Director, Sarah Swanty. “Thank you to The Lincoln Center for including Animal Friends Alliance and using this performance to support animals and people in our community.”
Donations by all community members are welcome and tickets to performances are not required for drop off. Items requested for the Cause for Claws supply drive are cat litter (clumping or non-clumping), canned cat/kitten food, dry cat/kitten food, liquid dish soap, hand soap, paper towels, bleach, HE laundry detergent pods (no liquid detergent), plastic zip ties and trash bags (drawstring 13 & 33-gallon sizes).
Anyone wishing to donate items during the Cause for Claws supply drive can drop them off at The Lincoln Center, located at 417 W. Magnolia Street in Fort Collins during Lincoln Center Business Hours which vary but include Tues-Sat, noon-6 p.m. and one hour prior to or during performances.