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Like to Eat? Cinco de Meow Offers P.A.W.S. for Celebration

Posted April 25, 2014, at 6:39 p.m.
Madison is one of the cats at P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center waiting to be adopted.
Jane Kurko
Madison is one of the cats at P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center waiting to be adopted.

Rockport, Me., April 25, 2014—This year’s Cinco de Meow celebration, set for and May 6, is shaping up to be the biggest—and tastiest—yet.

So far, 11 area restaurants serving everything from oatmeal to haute cuisine have signed up to take part in the annual fundraiser for P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center. The daylong event encourages people to hang up their aprons and enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner out at participating restaurants. In exchange for the publicity and exposure, the eateries give money to help care for pets awaiting adoption at P.A.W.S.’ Camden Street, Rockport, location.

As of April 25, the list of restaurants participating on May 6 are:

Blue Sky Cantina, Rockport

Boynton-McKay Food Co., Camden

Café Miranda, Rockland

Cappy’s Chowder House, Camden

Comida Latin Kitchen, Camden

Offshore Restaurant, Rockport

Park Street Grille, Rockland

Suzuki’s Sushi Bar, Rockland

Waterfront, Camden

Fog Bar & Café in Rockland and Marriner’s Grill in Camden will kick off the celebration on Monday, May 5.

P.A.W.S director of development Joelle Albury said that since the first Cinco de Meow in 2012, it’s been a win-win for both restaurants and the dining public.

“People love knowing that with every bite they take they’re helping dogs and cats find loving homes. And restaurants love the opportunity to cultivate customers and show they’re a caring part of the Midcoast community,” she said.

Donations play a vital role in the adoption center’s efforts to house, feed, and find “fur-ever” homes for the region’s homeless animals. In recent years, P.A.W.S.’ service area has expanded beyond Camden and Rockport to include Lincolnville, Northport, Islesboro, Searsmont, Liberty, and Swanville as well. That means more animals to care for—and ever-mounting costs.

In 2013, P.A.W.S.’ expenses on behalf of animals topped $329,000. Some 44 dogs cared for by the center found a new “leash” on life through adoption as did 302 cats and kittens, as compared to 33 dogs and 274 felines in 2012.

“Without the support of local people and businesses, there’s no way we could continue to provide a safe, caring environment for homeless dogs and cats, find loving new homes for these animals, and sustain our community outreach and humane education programs,” commented Albury.

P.A.W.S. website, www.pawsadoption.org, has more information about Cinco de Meow, including an up-to-date list of participating restaurants and a sample letter that people can use to ask their “pre-furred” eateries to support the cause. Restaurant owners who’d like to add their businesses’ names to the list in time to benefit from promotions may do so by completing a simple registration form, also found on the website, or by calling Joelle Albury at 390-0935.

This article was written by P.A.W.S. volunteer Devon Smith.

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