Protectors of Animal Life Society, also known as PALS No-Kill Cat Shelter, will have its official ground breaking ceremony for a major new addition to their facility at noon Thursday, Sept. 7, at 188 Case Road in Winthrop.

The organization will expand its facility to include new spaces for a maternity room, senior cat room, quarantine room and a surgical/veterinary care room, as well as adding a storage area. PALS also will update its current catio, kitten room, FIV+ room, isolation room and behavioral issues room.

The society has had the good fortune to have a donor who is financing this expansion. Dr. Robert Martin, of New Sharon, is funding this project in memory of his wife of 65 years, Shirley and their two 17-year-old cats Sweetie and Pookie. Shirley was a passionate animal lover and Dr. Martin has designed a plaque and bench to honor her, which will be displayed once the addition has been completed. The project design was created by Randy Butler, P.E. of Dirigo Engineering in Fairfield and the construction is being completed by general contractor, Don Cornelio of Old School Builders in New Sharon. Construction is scheduled to begin Sept. 11.

The shelter takes in stray, abandoned and surrendered cats and kittens, and provides them with necessary medical care and vaccinations, including spay or neuter surgery, and makes them available for adoption. The organization takes in more than 200 cats and kittens each year and finds homes for approximately the same number.

Since PALS does not receive any government funding, it is able to take in cats from anyone who needs their assistance. All funding comes from adoption fees and donations from supporters.

If you would like to make a donation to assist the organization in our mission to provide and care for cats and kittens, mail the donation to PALS No-Kill Shelter, 188 Case Road, Winthrop, ME 04364, or through PayPal, or email [email protected].

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