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Stylist seeks to cut locks for cats

By: Laura Newell, Of the Telegraph
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Folsom’s Diane Winther has always had a soft spot for rescuing and protecting cats, and now she will use her resources and skills to help them.

Winther, owner of La Paris Salon in Folsom, will hold a cut-a-thon fundraiser from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday, May 5, at the salon, 1173 Riley St., Folsom. All proceeds from hair and nail services will go to Fluff Buddies and Fat Kitty City cat rescue groups.

Winther said, customers can also help by bringing in 14 pounds or more of dry cat food and receive a $10 gift card toward their next hair or nails service.

Fluff Buddies volunteer Lisa James said a part of the fundraiser’s proceeds will go toward a 10-month-old cat named Coal who needs surgery for valve malformation affecting his heart.

“Coal came from a litter of six in Rio Linda. He was the only kitten in his litter affected. We found out about his heart condition when he was taken as a kitten to get neutered,” James said. “Coal is currently on beta blockers. Without this surgery he will eventfully die of heart failure.”

James said Fluff Buddies has received a $1,000 grant from Petco to go towards Coal’s surgery which is estimated to cost $2,500 to $3,000. So, she said they still need to raise about $1,500.

“We are excited for this fundraiser,” James said. “I hope it will help get the word out to save this sweet little kitty, Coal.”

The cat rescue group, based out of Fair Oaks, works to help control the cat population in the community through spay and neutering. They rescue cats from around the region including Folsom, Fair Oaks, Orangevale and West Sacramento.

People can also come for cat and kitten adoptions Saturdays and Sundays from noon-4 p.m., at Petco at Madison and Hazel in Fair Oaks. For more information, visit fluffbuddies.org.

The El Dorado Hills based Fat Kitty City rescue group will also receive a portion of the proceeds from the cut-a-thon fundraiser.

The sanctuary has more than doubled its intake of rescued and surrendered cats and kittens in the past year and is running out of food.

“The number of animals left homeless has increased with the economic downturn, and food discounts that were once available are no longer offered,” said volunteer Pam Smit. “Fat Kitty City operates on donations and right now is in grave need of canned and dry cat food. We need the community’s support to help feed these cats.”

Last year the sanctuary served 597 cats and adopted out 401 cats.

For people interested in adopting, the group showcases their cats at PetSmart and Petco in Folsom on Sundays. Cats up for adoption can be viewed at, fatkittycity.org.

With the La Paris Salon cut-a-thon fundraiser soon approaching, Winther said volunteer hair stylists are still needed for the May 5 event.

To learn more about cut-a-thon fundraiser spaces call or text Winther, at (916) 667-6566.