Animal shelter thanks schooner captain and crew

Thank you to the captain and crew of the schooner Isaac H. Evans! 2011 marks the 125th anniversary of the Isaac H. Evans and on Sunday, May 29, for the 13th year, Captain Brenda Thomas launched the season with a Benefit Day Sail, which took in over $1,400 for the Camden-Rockport Animal Rescue League. Each year Captain Thomas and her husband choose a local nonprofit to benefit with 100 percent of the proceeds of the first sail of the season. Tickets sell out quickly on this popular day sail, which includes coffee and fruit before setting sail and a fabulous lunch on the water. Local businesses generously help out by donating all of the fare — including coffee from Rock City Coffee Roasters, seafood chowder from The Home Kitchen Café and crusty bread from Atlantic Baking Company — just to name a few. CRARL is sincerely appreciative to Captain Thomas for choosing us this year, and for allowing some of our staff members to accompany them on the sail.

The Camden-Rockport Animal Rescue League is a nonprofit, no-kill animal shelter located in Rockport. Since 1973 we have been providing food, shelter and medical care for cats and dogs who find themselves without a home. Last year we placed more than 300 animals into loving homes. We are able to house up to seven dogs and approximately 50-60 cats at a time and currently have contracts with the towns of Rockport, Camden, Lincolnville, Northport, Belfast, Islesboro and Knox. All animals are spayed or neutered and up to date on their shots before being adopted out. The shelter depends on donations from businesses, individuals and organizations to help meet the operating costs associated with caring for the animals that are brought in. With the $1,400 given to us by Captain Thomas and the passengers on the schooner Isaac H. Evans we will be able to test; provide rabies, distemper and bordetella vaccines; and spay or neuter approximately 10 cats or seven dogs.

Lisa Dresser
Administrative director
Camden-Rockport Animal Rescue League