Neepawa library shines light on non-profits

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Every month this year, the Neepawa Public Library is sharing information on local non-profit organizations through creative displays and a selection of related reading material.

This month, the library has collaborated with the Neepawa organization, Cats TNR & Rescue, to bring attention to the organization’s need for people to rescue and foster homeless cats.

According to the organization’s website, Cats TNR & Rescue relies on foster homes as a way of saving many stray animals. They provide everything the animal needs other than a home, which is where the fostering process comes in.

The organization is also always in need of donations, and their website says that every donation over $20 is eligible for tax receipts. Volunteers are also always needed, from people who help to fundraise to those who are willing to transport cats to and from veterinary appointments.

When it comes to adoption, kittens 12 weeks of age and older are able to be taken home. If they have not been spayed or neutered, adopters receive a certificate that entitles them to have the procedure done at no extra cost when the cat is between six and eight months old.

Cats and kittens that are available for fostering and adoption are being displayed in a photo album at the Neepawa Public Library, part of its plan to feature a different non-profit organization every month.

Debbie Unger, the branch supervisor at the library, said that once Cats TNR & Rescue was chosen for the month of August, the organization was invited to bring in some information to raise awareness about what it’s doing in the community. Soon, a display was set up that not only featured the photo album of adoptable cats, but also information about Cats TNR & Rescue and a selection of feline-themed books to check out.

“We’re continuing with our monthly feature where people borrow books from that display and get their name entered in a draw for a small prize at the end of the month,” Unger said.

“The prizes that we give at the end of the month are … little tokens from Neepawa, whether it be a gift certificate to one of the retail establishments or an item from Neepawa Tourism, or maybe even a Blizzard from Dairy Queen. Just something local that is a nice little thank you for borrowing our books.”

Linda Desjardins, founder of Cats TNR & Rescue, said she thought it was a great idea when she heard about it from the Neepawa library.

“Everybody that sees [the display] is one more person that is maybe able to help or just be aware,” Desjardins said.

Unger said that some people who have come to the library have been really interested in the display.

“Some literature has been taken home, and there’s been people who have been very interested in the book selection that we put out.”

The selection is different every month, and always coincides with the non-profit organization the library features, Unger said.

“It’s also an opportunity for us to show off our collection a bit and give people some different reading material from time to time.”

Previously, the Neepawa library has featured the Margaret Laurence Home, the Roxy Theatre, the Neepawa Lions Club and more in their monthly displays. If all goes according to plan, Unger said it’ll be the 4-H Club’s turn to be featured next month.

“That’s when they really start getting together again, and two of the 4-H clubs use the Neepawa library’s meeting room for their gatherings at times during the year, so we like to help raise awareness as well because that’s a great organization for kids to learn more about agriculture and all the things that go with it.”

The Neepawa Public Library is also handing out “take and make” crafts to people who are interested. This month, the crafts are homemade cat toys, which crafters can either take home for their own animals or donate to Cats TNR & Rescue. The summer reading program the library runs is also making the crafts, and everybody seems to be enjoying it.

Miranda Leybourne, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Brandon Sun