EAST AMWELL, NJ – A visit to Tabby’s Place inspired a Clinton Township cat lover to start her own charity to help felines.

Ava Vallely is only 7 years old and hopes to increase donations for PADS-4-PURRS.

Tabby's Place is a cage-free cat sanctuary on Route 202 here. Its cats typically come from a public shelter where they were destined for euthanasia.

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Ava has three cats of her own, and wanted to bring comfort to as many cats as possible who are waiting for a ‘furr’ever home.

To help the cats at Tabby’s and St. Hubert’s pet shelter, Ava decided to make cat beds. She used her tooth fairy fund to start PADS-4-PURRS, did some additional fundraising, and then began sewing the cat/pet beds for both organizations on her new sewing machine.

She’s since sewn 60 pet beds and is looking forward to delivering them in April. Ava hopes to deliver another 30 beds by the end of the school year.

In addition to seeking donations, Ava plans to enlist the support of her friends through sewing session playdates. She’d love for PADS-4-PURRS to inspire other kids to do the same in their own town.

To support Ava’s effort, visit her GoFundMe page.