House Wine in Worthington was buzzing with chatter. Old friends were reconnecting, new friends being made. Wine glasses were filled… and emptied. Colorful, cat-themed works of art lined the back of the store. It was, after all, a night for the kitties.ZenCat Gallery Fundrasier

The festivities were coordinated by Victoria Vetere, visionary behind ZenCat Gallery, a new presence dedicated to increasing positive visibility for cats through art and products that reflect their beauty. ZCG operates an online art gallery at ZenCatGallery.com and holds periodic art shows around town. A portion of their proceeds is set aside in their nonprofit “Feline Assistance Fund” and used to support a variety of feline-friendly programs.

Vetere met Amy Bull, Board Director for PetPromise, a local animal rescue organization, at ZenCat Gallery’s Fall Art Show in September 2012. At that time she learned that PetPromise’s City Kitty program was in dire need of funding. City Kitty offers support to feral cat caregivers by providing the use of humane traps, spay/neuter surgeries and rabies vaccinations, as well as advice on caring for feral cat colonies. The goal of City Kitty is to reduce the feral cat population through the humane method of trap, neuter and return under the supervision of trained volunteers.

ZenCat Gallery donated $1,000 from its Feline Assistance Fund to PetPromise in December, but Vetere didn’t stop there. “We are dedicated to increasing the positive visibility of cats and supporting feline welfare. We wanted to do more to help, which is why we hosted this fundraiser.” Vetere said.

Over $1,200 was raised through the evening’s art sale, silent auction, and wine sale donation from House Wine. The money will provide much needed assistance for feral cats and their caregivers in central Ohio.

“We believe that creating community among cat lovers is important and is central to our mission,” Vetere said, “This evening highlights what we can accomplish when we join together for a good cause.”   — Jill Herbst