On Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 5, Bert’s Bar will host the 14th Annual Pine Island Labor Day Helping Paws Food and Supply Drive. Yard Dog Charlie will be playing from 2-5 p.m. The public is invited to come out celebrate the national holiday and support a good cause.
The “Cause For The Paws” is a rain or shine event.
YDC (as he is often called by friends and fans) has been playing every Wednesday at Bert’s Bar, where he started almost 20 years ago as member of the now legendary band The Yard Dogs. He plays, what he calls Florida Swamp Music, which is an Americana blend of Cajun/Zydeco, folk, country, rock ‘n’ roll and blues. He writes humorous songs and folk songs about Southwest Florida — Matlacha and Pine Island in particular.
Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity and wellbeing of our country.
Helping Paws Animal Sanctuary is a 501(c) 3 non-profit, no kill shelter, housing almost 200 healthy cats and kittens as well as special needs, FIV and FELV cats. They are housed in rooms not cages and are waited on by loving volunteers. The goal of the shelter is to not only find them homes, but to provide a wonderful home for the cats while they are in the shelter’s care.
During the celebration, items needed and collected include canned cat food (the sanctuary goes through a lot); scoopable litter (again, the sanctuary goes through a lot); dry cat food (the sanctuary uses Costco’s Kirkland brand, but any premium variety is welcome); treats; paper towels; trash bags; Lysol disinfecting wipes; baby food (plain chicken and gravy or turkey and gravy); canned chicken and tuna; goats milk; laundry Soap (regular and HE); fabric softener; toys (they love small furry mice); cat furniture & scratch items; eye wipes; coupons; Paw Points (from Fresh Step Litter); and night lights and bulbs.
And, of course, you can always donate money either by check or cash on the day of the event.
Bert’s Bar is located at 4271 Pine Island Road, Matlacha, FL 33993. For more about Bert’s, call 239-282-3232 or visit http://www.bertsbar.com/.