Cats vs. dogs softball game to help animal shelters

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published August 9, 2016

 Samuel stalks a mechanical rat while roaming around the Catfé Lounge. A portion of the money from a charity softball game Aug. 21 will go toward the lounge.

Samuel stalks a mechanical rat while roaming around the Catfé Lounge. A portion of the money from a charity softball game Aug. 21 will go toward the lounge.

Photo by Sean Work

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FERNDALE — Two local organizations will be holding a charity softball game to raise money for two establishments dedicated to helping cats and dogs.

The Ferndale Cat Shelter and Bubble & Bark will hold their softball game from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 21, at Geary Park, 1198 Earle Blvd.

The money raised from the event will go toward the Catfe Lounge and I Heart Dogs Rescue and Animal Haven.

The Catfé Lounge, part of the Ferndale Cat Shelter, is a place where people can spend time with cats for the price of a donation, and the lounge improves the cats’ lives with medical care and shelter. I Heart Dogs Rescue and Animal Haven is a no-kill shelter in Warren that rescues and rehabilitates homeless dogs.

Ferndale Cat Shelter Executive Director Deanne Iovan said she came up with the event, of which this is its first year, last year and hopes that, if successful, it could continue to grow.

“It’s a fun thing to do in the summertime, and it’s nice to collaborate with another business in Ferndale and also help raise funds for homeless dogs,” she said.

Iovan reached out to Bubble & Bark to play against, as the business has been in Ferndale for a while and Iovan knows the co-owners, Julie Andrews and Kelly McKinstry, and knew they’d be interested.

“It’s one of these things where everybody’s busy and everybody had a hard time finding time to fit in extracurricular activities, but I think that they were really excited about the idea, and they’ve made the time to participate in this, which is an honor for me because they’ve been around for a long time in Ferndale,” she said. “People love them and love their business.”

Andrews said she’s really excited for the event and has been working on getting a team assembled for the big game.

“We just thought it was a great idea to raise money for them,” she said. “It was a good cause.

“It was a wonderful thing, so we couldn’t say no,” she said.

Andrews said the business has been working on spreading news of the event by talking to clients and advertising at their business and on Facebook.

“I hope we get a great response, because it’s just a wonderful (cause) and I think it’s going to be a great event,” she said. “Hopefully, we … do it more often.”

I Heart Dogs also will be bringing adoptable dogs to the event for people to meet.

“They opened recently, and I really wanted to try to get them a boost and a helping hand and include them in the event,” Iovan said. “It’s all come together nicely.”

The event will feature live music, a food truck rally and a raffle where people can try to win prizes, such as concert tickets, sporting event tickets, local business merchandise and gift cards. It will be hosted by radio personality Allyson Martinek. The game itself is free to attend and people are asked to purchase raffle tickets, which are expected to cost three for $5, for the fundraising.

“I’m sure it’s going to be hilarious,” Iovan said. “I mean, I love softball, but I haven’t played in years. It’ll be fun.”

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