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15th Annual Cause for Paws Raffle

to Spay & Neuter Cats

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RappCats is selling raffle tickets, with proceeds used solely to reduce cat overpopulation in Rappahannock County. The prize is a romantic package for two, including a very special dinner at the 3-Michelin Star Inn at Little Washington and a romantic one-night stay at the charming LeFay Cottage at Little Washington.

Tickets are only $10 or 5 for $40. RappCats will sell only 500 tickets, so the odds of winning are very good.  All proceeds will be used to spay/neuter Rappahannock County cats and give them a rabies shot. RappCats uses the funds mainly for homeless cats, after which they are rehomed, but some funds are used to spay/neuter the pet cats of needy local families.

Tickets will be on sale through Tuesday, December 15th, when RappCats will draw the winning ticket. You do not need to be present to win. This year, most tickets will be sold on-line to keep everyone safe.  You can buy your tickets here. You may also call 540.987.6050 or email to buy tickets. 

Michelle and Gary Schwartz, formerly of Heritage House B&B in little Washington, created the Cause for Paws raffle in 2006. Toby, their rescued pet cat and guest favorite, was hit by a car on Main Street. The Schwartzes decided to turn their sad experience into a positive by creating the raffle in Toby’s memory. “Knowing that there were kind people in the county who rescued cats but couldn’t afford to spay or neuter them,” Gary says, “we created a fund to help.” They have raised about $30,000 in the 13 raffles held since 2006.

It has meant a lot for Michelle and Gary to help other cats through the raffle. “If everyone spays and neuters their cats, it will help to reduce the unwanted cat population in the county,” says Michelle. “Even if you are not a cat lover, please buy a raffle ticket and help us control the cat population. It will make your dog and the county’s songbirds very happy!”

RappCats is a nonprofit group that depends on volunteers and private donations. RappCats has the only state-approved cat shelter in Rappahannock County. It is not associated with the county government and receives no public funds. For more information, call RappCats at 540-987-6050 or email

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