Quilters’ stitches benefit shelter’s cats and dogs
It’s not often that cats and dogs come together to celebrate a momentous occasion.
But, that is exactly what’s happening as a group of quilters helps Roice-Hurst Humane Society commemorate 50 years of service to the Grand Valley.
Two pet lovers, who happen to be members of Sunset Slope Quilters in Grand Junction, spearheaded a project through their quilt group to benefit the humane society. They are Jackie Aguilar and Judy Boyce, both members and supporters of the no-kill animal shelter and adoption center at 326 28 Road. They asked members of Sunset Slope Quilters to make fabric blocks featuring either a dog or a cat that would be sewn into quilts.
At least 35 quilters responded, and the result is two large quilts, one for cat lovers titled “Forever Home,” measuring 57 1/2 inches by 75 inches, and another with a canine theme titled “Happy Tails,” 64 1/2 inches by 79 1/2 inches. They were quilted by Laurie Gerse and Laurie Marks, respectively.
Raffle tickets are available for $5 each on either of the quilts. Winners will be drawn Dec. 16, with all proceeds going to the humane society’s needs.
The quilts have been on display at several community events so far, with more scheduled through the summer. For information on purchasing tickets, call Aguilar at 970-262-5421 (evenings) or Elaine Johnson-Craig at 970-986-5819 (daytime). Johnson-Craig is co-chairwoman of fundraising for Roice-Hurst Humane Society.
According to Johnson-Craig, 50 dogs and 50 cats are housed at the facility most of the time, with any extras going into foster homes. Those numbers are full capacity, she says, and the cost to keep each animal per day is about $15. That includes food, shelter and basic medical care.
Roice-Hurst is “always in need of funds,” Aguilar says. Pleased with her fellow quilters’ response to the project, she says more pet blocks came in than were needed for the two raffle quilts. So other items, such as tote bags and wall hangings, were stitched from the extras. Aguilar credits quilters Janet Coleman and Misty Mathews for making 50 snap-top bags.
In addition, three more large quilts were made by other quilters and donated to the cause. These will be sold at a silent auction Sept. 7 at the official golden anniversary celebration at the DoubleTree Hotel.
Those quilts are titled “Stray Cats,” made by Vicky Smith, embellished by members of the Stray Threads Quilt Club and quilted by Bev Hayes; “Mascots in Training,” sewn by Nancy Kowal and quilted by Phyllis Davis; and “My Favorite Breeds,” sewn by Jacque Gaskill and quilted by Marylyn Jones.
Through Roice-Hurst, where a nine-member board of directors has overseen renovations and a move to the former Mesa County Animal Services building, positive outcomes are on the rise.
Last year, 728 dogs and 320 cats at the shelter were adopted by new owners, reports Johnson-Craig.
“That’s a 55 percent increase over 2011,” she says.
Whether you have a soft spot for kittens or prefer a companion of the canine persuasion, these pet-themed quilts are perfect incentives to help further the efforts of this successful shelter and its many volunteers.
Thanks to Roice-Hurst for 50 years of service to homeless animals.
Email Sherida.Warner@ GJSentinel.com.