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Pet Valu store says final farewell to much-loved Thomas the cat
Carol Thibault, the owner of Pet Valu store. (Dariya Baiguzhiyeva/Niagara Now)

Thomas the cat’s legacy will live on through a fundraiser organized in his memory.

Virgil’s Pet Valu store has teamed up with the Niagara SPCA and Humane Society to hold a fundraiser at the store on Sunday, June 23. It will include a celebration of life for Thomas.

Thomas was a charming store cat, beloved by staff and many customers. He was euthanized on Jan. 11 due to health complications.

“It’s our way to say goodbye,” said Carol Thibault, the store’s owner. “It’s our last chance to do something for Thomas.”

All money raised will go to the humane society’s mobile unit which helps spay and neuter up to 50 cats per day in communities across the region. Donating money to the society will help pet owners who may not be able to afford to do it.

The mobile unit will also be at the event to provide rabies shots and microchipping for $25 each.

Thomas used to be someone’s pet before he ended up on the streets, said Thibault. When he was a stray, Thomas was attacked by another cat and got infected with a feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), which can lead to various forms of cancer.

When male cats fight over a female cat, they often bite each other, she said, so the virus can be shared through those bite wounds.

The store adopted Thomas five and a half years ago and he was about 10 years old when he was put down. With the fundraiser, “(Thomas) can help spay and neuter other cats so they don’t suffer what he suffered from,” said Thibault.

The event coincides with the annual birthday party the store used to organize in June for Thomas. This year’s will be the last party held for Thomas, Thibault said.

There will be prizes and giveaways as well as a barbecue and cupcakes. It will also give the community a chance to say goodbye and share their memories of Thomas.

“He was a good boy. A really, really good boy,” Thibault said.