Cattails and Cocktails raises funds for CLAWS in Grand Junction |

Cattails and Cocktails raises funds for CLAWS in Grand Junction

Brittany Markert
More than 300 cats wait for adoptions locally between Cat's League and Assistance of the Western Slope (CLAWS) and foster homes.
Brittany Markert / | Free Press


WHAT: Fifth annual Cattails and Cocktails fundraiser for CLAWS

WHEN: 5-10 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 11

WHERE: Moose Lodge (567 25 1/2 Road, Grand Junction)

COST: $30 for adults, $15 for children


Val Mazrin brings new meaning to the term “cat lady.” She currently cares for more than 150 cats through CLAWS Rescue and Adoption Center, which stands for Cat’s League and Assistance of the Western Slope. Based in Grand Junction, the nonprofit is run by a dedicated group of volunteers and depends on a network of host families and businesses, including Chow Down in the Redlands hosting a cat house.

In 2007, Mazrin saw a need to help cats in need to find forever homes. So, she began to foster cats in her grandmother’s garage. With the help of Kim Lindsey, she grew the program to its current size — an 1,800-square-foot facility, 2214 Sanford Dr., Unit #A5, in Grand Junction.

“It has grown a lot faster than I expected,” Mazrin said.

And to fund its growth, CLAWS will host Cattails and Cocktails to raise money on Saturday, Oct. 11, from 5-10 p.m. at Moose Lodge (567 25 1/2 Road, Grand Junction). Tickets cost $30 for adults and $15 for children. Admission includes live music, dancing, fire dancers, a cash bar, gourmet appetizers, silent auction and more.

According to Mazrin, the event often raises between $5,000-7,000 annually, but because of the increased need for help, litter and more, she hopes to raise around $14,000 this year.


CLAWS has spayed and neutered, rehomed and cared for thousands of cats since 2007. Last year, the shelter took in 627 cats, and to-date this year they have received more than 875 due to the recent change of Mesa County Animal Shelter’s cat policy (it no longer accepts relinquished kitties).

“If we weren’t here, the cats would be in the streets,” Mazrin said. “We don’t discriminate about what kind of cat we accept — including color, age or health situation.”

Mazrin added that CLAWS goes through more than 15 bags of clumping litter and 10 bags of clay litter a week, and $1,500 worth of cat food a month. The shelter currently homes 150 cats and another 150 are in foster care. More than 15 volunteers help around the shelter, and volunteers are always welcome.

“I hate to be that person that needs more,” Mazrin said. “But with the position I was placed in to take in these extra cats, I could use it in all aspects,” including volunteers, donations of supplies (litter, cleaning supplies) and more.

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