‘Cattoo’ Fundraiser at Trenton Tattoo Benefiting Trenton Cats Rescue

Artist David Andrade

Some say cats are like potato chips, you can’t have just one. Others may say the same about tattoos. But for those who love both cats and tattoos, Trenton Tattoo Company is having a fundraiser that is all about cats.

Wednesday, March 8, 2023, from noon until 7:30 p.m., David Andrade, manager at Trenton Tattoo, 1222 Hamilton Ave., is donating his time to benefit Trenton Cats Rescue. Andrade, who has worked at Trenton Tattoo for the past four years said, “I hope people show and I can get some money together. I’m going to try to tattoo as many people as I can.” He will be the only tattoo artist working that day.

The cat tattoos to choose from begin at $40 per tattoo, depending on the design, and according to Andrade, it takes about 15 minutes for a small tattoo. The event is walk in only, no appointments. It’s also first come, first served. You must be 18 or older to participate and have a physical I.D.

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Children are not allowed in the shop, nor are pets. Those under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or any medication that influences decision making will be refused service.

This event has been in the works for a while, according to Lexi Duran, volunteer with Trenton Cats Rescue. “We saw another rescue doing it in Michigan,” she said. “It’s a great way to get the community involved.”

Trenton Cats Rescue is a no-kill, non-profit, all volunteer, 501(c )(3) organization, founded in 2012. Volunteers work strictly out of their homes. There are currently 70 cats up for adoption, and 80 that are not yet ready for adoption, as they are either too sick, too young, or not socialized enough to be adopted.

Betty White, 13, adoptable female grey tabby

They also provide humane, non-lethal methods of free roaming cat population management in the City of Trenton. “We do TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) on as many ferals as we can,” said Duran.

Trenton Cats Rescue also helps reduce the burden on Trenton Animal Shelter by caring for the adoptable cats of Trenton and removing cats from the shelter system whenever possible. By conducting adoption events at two Pet Smart locations they try to place shelter and foster cats into permanent homes.

“The best thing is you directly helped that cat’s life,” Duran said, regarding taking in a foster cat.

While cats are in the foster homes, Trenton Cats Rescue handles everything—medical bills, food, and finding vets. And if someone is ready to adopt a cat, Trenton Cats Rescue has a questionnaire on their website which is designed to ensure successful adoptions for pets and family.

If someone wants to adopt a cat for the first time, Duran recommends, “Give the cat time and space. A lot of people bring a cat home and expect him to be a dog. They need time to get to know you, the space, and get a routine going. A cat is not a dog.”

For more information on Trenton Cats Rescue, visit: https://www.trentoncats.org/

For more information on Trenton Tattoo, visit: https://www.trentontattooco.com/

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