Aberdeen House is raising funds to help cover a vet bill for their resident cat Tux.

Aberdeen House is raising funds to help cover a vet bill for their resident cat Tux.

Tux needs a helping hand

Aberdeen House looking to cover the veterinarian bill for its feline resident

A local home is hoping the community can help cover some unexpected costs for one of their own.

Aberdeen House is home to 14 adults with mental health issues, staff and two well-loved cats.

Last week, Tux, their favorite  feline, had to be taken to the vet for medications and treatment.  The vet bill for Tux was close to $500.

“Aberdeen operates on a slim and trim budget and manages its affairs with an eye towards value and quality,” said Sue Rossi, with the Canadian Mental Health Association, which operates the home. “With rising costs of water, heat, gas and food, any little extras are out of reach for Aberdeen.”

The residents managed to raise $115 to help cover the bill and the vet clinic has given Tux’s outstanding balance a grace period of two weeks.

Therefore Tux’s owners are making a plea to the public to help cover the expenses.

“Tux was adopted and is well loved by everyone at the house,” said Rossi. “Tux provides therapeutic relaxation by looking for petting in return for purring.”

CMHA is a registered Canadian charity and can offer charitable tax receipts.  They are located at 3100 28th Ave., or call 250-542-3114.

The British Columbia division of the CMHA was formed in 1953, with the Vernon branch following in 1959.

At Aberdeen, residents are supported in developing and maintaining important life skills, such as: meal preparation, housekeeping, personal care skills and personal financial planning. Residents also enjoy shopping and leisure activities.

Aberdeen operates with dedicated professionally trained staff members who are there 24 hours a day and seven day a week staff.

“The home has a warm and welcoming environment,” said Rossi.