Five volunteers spent the night Friday being treated like animals by the Cape Ann Animal Aid’s Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter, which strives to treat animals like humans.
The five can expect more of same Saturday as they take part in the third annual Night Without A Family fundraiser, for the shelter’s Enrichment Fund. Originally scheduled for last Friday and Saturday, extremely stormy weather forced organizers to postpone the event.
Donors are asked to sponsor one employee, two board members, and two volunteers in the event. They're spending 24 hours in cat and dog “condos,” living, sleeping, eating, and playing, said shelter director of Development and Communications Rebecca Baylies, and even “having to do some work learning tricks to earn treats.”
This is the first year that cats are included in the now annual sleep-over, with two of the five volunteers sharing cat condos. The volunteers were, like the animals themselves, on view to visitors from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, and will be again this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Each participant sets their own funding goal, and donors can either sponsor an individual participant or the event itself.
That, Baylies says, can be done through the shelter’s website, http://www.capeannanimalaid.org.