PACS Annual General Meeting

The 2nd Annual Pierre’s Alley Cat Society (PACS) AGM will be held March 29, 2014 2-4 pm, in Room C at the Keshen Goodman Public Library, 330 Lacewood Drive, Halifax, Nova Scotia.  All are welcome to attend.
 
Agenda

1.0 Call to Order; Approval of the Minutes of 2012 AGM

2.0 Welcome and General Remarks

3.0 Introduction of Board of Directors

4.0 President’s Report

5.0 Treasurer’s Report

6.0 Castaways

7.0 Questions

8.0 Election of Officers

9.0 Closing Remarks

10.0 Adjournment

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Charitable status

PACS is pleased to annouce that it has received charitable status through the Canada Revenue Agency, and will join the over 85,600 registered charities in Canada.  We are now able to provide tax-deductible receipts for donations.  This status will also allow donors to donate through the United Way.  

Thank you to our supporters.  As we take this next step our mission stands – to ease the suffering of stray and feral cats.  We also have a vision – to open a cat sanctuary in Nova Scotia.  We are hopeful that achieving this status will promote fundraising and increase donations, and allow us to fulfill both our mission and our vision.

 

 

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Brigitte’s Story

I am a malnourished, short haired, 4-year old female cat. For many months, I have been wandering the streets of Halifax in search of food and shelter. Eventually, I found myself in a parking lot, so weary and sick that I could no longer carry on. On October 5, 2013 some people found me and stopped to help. They named me Brigitte. Here is my story, as told by my rescuers.

Brigitte was found lying helplessly, meowing for help. She was in distress, struggling to move, and unable to maintain her balance. It was clear that she was very ill and in need of immediate veterinary care. She was rushed to Carnegy Animal Hospital where it was found her liver enzymes were dangerously high (this contributed to her neurological symptoms). What caused this condition was not known, but it was serious. Because it was the weekend, Brigitte was transferred to the Metro Animal Emergency Clinic (MAEC) in Dartmouth for monitoring and continued care.

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Don Amero in Concert

In a continued effort to raise funds to support the Dockyard Cats, and other cats in need, PACS is proud to present Don Amero in concert October 10th 2013. Don is an amazing singer songwriter.   He captivates audiences with his powerful vocals, percussion-style guitar play, and engaging storytelling. He is also often called upon as a keynote speaker, and to deliver workshops for youth. His story truly inspires; his message is one of encouragement, positivity and beauty.  

Don’s list of national and international awards and nominations is lengthy and impressive!  This year he was nominated for a Juno award, and is nominated for 5 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards.  Previously he has received awards for Best Country Song (2012 Indian Summer Music Awards), Aboriginal Recording of the Year (2011 Western Canadian Music Awards), Best Folk Recording (2011 Native American Music Awards), Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year (2009 Canadian Folk Music Awards), Male Artist of the Year (2009 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards) – and has 21 additional nominations.   

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HUGE Yard Sale

PACS is hosting a HUGE yard sale to raise funds to support the Dockyard Cats, and other cats in need.   Our event is August 24th 8-12, in Halifax at the corner of Windsor and Almon Streets, at the Maritime Lawn and Garden parking lot.

Some of our featured items include a large collection of pottery, sterling silver trays, pictures, dishes, crystal, and LOTS LOTS more.

If you have items to donate for the sale you can drop them off  approximately 1 hour prior to the start.  If that is not convenient please email us to make alternate arrangements. Note – please no textbooks or electrical appliances as they do not sell at these events.

Update:  Our yard sale was a success!  We raised $1424.90 to help the cats.  Thanks so much to our supporters who donated items, and to those who came to the yard sale.  We are already planning next year’s event!  

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Pierre Receives Special Award

On February 1, 2013 the President and founder of Pierre’s Alley Cat Society (PACS) Pierre Filiatreault was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. The medal was presented by Brigadier-General the Honorable JJ Grant, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia at Government House. Pierre received the medal in recognition of his contribution to animal welfare, specifically his work with the cats at HMC Dockyard in Halifax.

This commemorative medal was created to mark the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne, as Queen of Canada. The medal has a dual purpose: Canada is able to honor Her Majesty’s service to our country while recognizing significant contributions and achievements by Canadians. There will be 60,000 Canadians recognized during the year of celebrations.

Congratulations to our Catman on receiving this special award – we are very proud of you!!

 

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Lest We Forget

It was a proud day for PACS as Pierre laid a wreath at the 2012 Remembrance Day ceremonies at the Grand Parade in Halifax, NS. Because of the military affiliation (and our love of animals) the wreath was laid on behalf of the cats at HMC Dockyard.  We wanted to acknowledge animals who have been used and/or killed during war. 
 
We also wore the purple poppies that were issued by Animal Aid in the UK.  These poppies are worn alongside the traditional red one to commemorate the animal victims of war and to remind us that they continue to be victims of war.

The practice of using animals in war has spanned centuries, and even continues today.  Some of the better known uses includes:  

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Dockyard Cat D2

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of beloved Dockyard Cat D2. D2 was named after one of the Dockyard buildings. He was born in 2006, and was the alpha male in a small colony of three cats that Pierre called the three amigos (D2, White Puff, and Captain Binou).  D2 was ever watchful over the harbour and the Dockyard.  He was also a popular calendar model; D2 was the cover model in 2011 and 2012, and had his own month in each of the five years of the calendar. D2 will be missed by all of us, but especially by Pierre; D2 held a special place in his heart.

RIP D2, “Two kisses on the forehead, little man”  (2006-2012).

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Life Gets Better

The Dockyard Cats supported Tuxedo Stan for Mayor, a political movement aimed to improve the welfare of felines in HRM, because “neglect isn’t working”.  We remain hopeful that “Life Gets Better” for all stray and feral cats. Watch this inspirational video that brings awareness and hope – and be on the lookout for some of the Dockyard Cats!! Thanks to artist Don Amero for the support.

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