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Animal rescue opens cat play rooms

Volunteers at the Animal Rescue Center for Healing (ARCH) in Chino Valley recently completed a playroom for the various cats in their care. Part of the play area is outside with a completely fenced in cage. The non-profit center takes in dogs, horses, burros, goats, emus and even a couple of tortoises. It also is a rehabilitation facility and educational organization for people. Volunteers help care for the animals, but also help people interact and understand animals better, which helps both the people and the animals. Center Director Karan Osborne is always looking for volunteers; call her at 636-6800.

The center also accepts donations, which Karan calls sponsorships; for example, people can sponsor a cat for $5 a week, $20 a month or $55 per quarter. Check out her website at arch@commspeed.net. She plans fundraisers for the center, including one on Wed., March 18, 5-7 p.m. at Macayo's Mexican Restaurant at the Gateway Mall in Prescott, a night of storytelling by Karan called, "The Funny Side of Animal Rescue." Cost is $10 and includes a silent auction and a raffle. She also makes and sells greeting cards with animal photos on them. People can call Karan for a tour of the center at west Road 2 South and Table Mountain Road, on Bickerton Run.

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