The Vermilion Knights of Columbus donated $1,000 during their annual shopping spree at McDonald’s Family Foods on December 14. FurBabies Furever Homes in Lloydminster was the name on the winning ticket, and Cathy Bartley was the contact number. “I’ve been an animal lover since I can remember; I drove my parents nuts. I am a big believer in adopt, don’t shop. I hate puppy and cat mills. These guys are heroes in my eyes! All rescues are. It’s amazing that the Knights of Columbus do this every year. Some years, people will make donations to the Food bank, so it really helps the Christmas spirit,” said Cathy Bartly. “This is my 14th one and I still get excited,” said Jack Seewalt. With three minutes on the clock, Cathy and volunteers from FurBabies Furever Homes, and their satellite cat rescue PurrBabies in Wainwright helped fill carts with all of their pet needs. “It’s so exciting; thank you!” said Taryn Black, FurBabies adoption manager and foster coordinator. According to Larry Bingham, it was the first time they have had an organization do the shopping and he said, “It’s fun. Animals need to eat too! We’re very happy to be able to donate, and thanks to the Vermilion Chamber of Commerce for helping to sell tickets, and to everyone else for donating additional funds.” At their $1,000 limit and still needing to ring in cat food, McDonald’s Family Foods donated an additional $250. Cathy Bartley Donated $100, and Jack Seewalt donated $50 for a grand total of $1,400 raised for the animal shelters. “This shows how expensive having an animal is. Wow that is incredible; isn’t Vermilion wonderful!” said Cathy Bartley after having heard the news about the extra donations.