It’s the Cat’s Meow in New Castle! |

It’s the Cat’s Meow in New Castle!

Kay Vasilakis
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
New Castle News

Former New Castle-ite Linda Jenks, New Castle Mayor Frank Breslin and the Western Slope performers are putting on a show cat lovers won’t want to miss. Reserve 7-9 p.m., Friday, March 19 at the Clough Auditorium at the CMC West Garfield Campus on your calendars. It’s the Cat’s Meow Benefit Concert. You’ll have a night to remember, and chances are you’ll be singing one or more of the hysterically-revised lyrics all the way home. The address is 3695 Airport Road, outside Rifle.

Jenks began producing cat concerts decades ago when she lived in Carbondale. Because horrible things were being done to the multitude of stray cats, she decided to do something about it. She is the epitome of energy, and when she gets an idea for a fundraiser, she’ll make it an interesting event. Cat concerts put the fun back into fundraising with a – dare-I-say – crazy effort to raise awareness of humanely dealing with pet overpopulation.

Rifle is her home now, and she is continuing to push for responsible pet ownership in that community.

“We have historically been a farming and ranching community, and some of the laissez-faire approaches that work well on a farm are now not really well-suited to urban neighborhoods,” said Jenks. “The problem is, of course, when you live in city subdivisions, those cats and all their offspring become everybody’s problem.”

Jenks received her undergraduate degree from the Indiana University School of Music, magna cum laude, and her doctorate of classical piano performance from the University of Colorado Boulder. She also taught at CU for more than 20 years and has a boatload of other impressive credentials.

Jenks is not inhibited when it comes to getting into the spirit of any of her concerts.

“We’re inviting people to come dressed as their favorite animals if they would like to do so,” said Jenks. “I can guarantee the concert will provide an evening of wonderful entertainment. If you love cats, you’ll want to attend the concert and donate generously. If you really don’t like cats at all, you’ll want to attend the concert and donate generously, because the proceeds will help to prevent unwanted litters of cats, a goal we can all endorse.”

She herself has adopted several stray cats. Those cats are indeed lucky, because she’ll go to extraordinary lengths to make them comfortable and healthy. If you have an extra hour or two, just ask her about her cats.

Her philosophy is that the best thing to do for a cat is to get him or her “romantically repaired,” which will help stop them from getting into cat fights and marking their territory, as well as aid them in getting along better with everyone, and enjoying healthier lives. Spaying and neutering will humanely reduce the cat population without the cruelty of euthanization.

Admission for the concert is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (55+) and individual students, and $35 for families (parents and their children).

All proceeds from the concert will be given to the Friends of the Rifle Animal Shelter to spay and neuter cats in the Rifle area.

“The folks at CMC’s Rifle Campus have been incredibly supportive of our efforts,” said Jenks. “It is great to work with an entity that validates compassion toward other living creatures.”

– Kay Vasilakis’ “New Castle News” column appears every other Thursday in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. For possible mention of a positive local event or news item, please e-mail or call 618-6689.

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