An end to Drumheller's stray cat problem is the goal of a local woman with a soft spot for animals.
Peggy Ginger has a licensed feline rescue operating out of her property in Lehigh. To finance it she has begun a monthly 50/50 lottery.
"Every month I will have approximately $900 to spay or neuter some cats and, once that month's funds are used up, then there's the next month coming up."
Ginger received a gaming license from the province. She sells tickets all month and then at month's end, draws for a winner who takes half the pot.
She says there's no good excuse not to spay and neuter your pets.
"Some people just think it's better for them to have a litter first," she related. "Some people think it changes their personality: male cats, it does, it makes them friendlier and more cuddly and they're not out Tom Catting all the time; females, it keeps them from wandering as well."
"I've heard so much 'I can't afford it, it's so expensive.' Well, everybody's got bills to pay, even the vet," noted Ginger. "If we do a subsidized program, then hopefully there will be more cats fixed, less kittens in the garbage (and) less kittens wandering around loose."
Tickets for Ginger's 50/50 cat rescue draws are available at locations all around Drumheller or you can call her at 403-822-3191.