Patricia Watson is one of those migrating for the winter. From November to January, the Sudbury songstress will be singing aboard a cruise ship in Japan.
While she is gone, many here will begin to feel the biting cold of the season, and it isn't only people who will feel the chill.
To help those who can't help themselves, Watson is singing in support of SAINTS for Whiskers Kitty-Cat Shop Adoption Centre. Mary-Anne Stonehouse, who runs the homeless pet shelter, said this time of year is particularly difficult for animals without warm places to stay. Right now, there are about 35 felines waiting for homes at the Lorne Street shelter, and 70-some more in foster homes.
“What are you going to do?” she said. “I'm not throwing them out on the street and I'm not killing them, so here they are.”
While the cats and kittens are waiting for new homes, Stonehouse is responsible for their well-being. It costs money to keep them fed, happy and healthy. That's why events like the Save A Stray Benefit Party are so important.
On Oct. 25, Watson is performing with other local artists Dani Star, Kass Bazinet and Kassie Tyers. All proceeds from the event go to the shelter. Tickets cost $10, and include music as well as a pasta and salad dinner. Doors to the show at Little Montreal open at 5 p.m., and wraps up around 8 p.m. There will be an auction as well as door prizes up for grabs.
For more information, visit Whiskers at 275 Lorne St., or online at www.saints-animals.com.