‘I’m 002 and my mission is to kill’
Just back from basic training at Wolf Run Veterinary Clinic, Parker is an eight month old cat who has been officially adopted by the Keystone Sportsman’s Association in Muncy. “He has become our true mascot,” said Roy Belcher a member and volunteer at the gun club.
Belcher checks on Parker several times a week to see that he is well fed and has a clean litter box.” He came to us to solve a big problem,” adds Belcher.
Moles are digging up our well manicured landscaping, so Parker will be on rodent control.
Parker became a resident at Keystone Sportsman’s Association Gun Club when Jeff Koler, another member delivered him on December 5 with carrier, a bed and litter pan. He was all set. “And everyone just loves him,” said Belcher. “He’s adorable. He gets lots of attention. Everyone who comes through the door greets Parker and likes to pick him up.”
Belcher named the feline after an original, well made American high quality shotgun, the Parker.
He was born on a farm and now lives inside the Clubhouse. The members are hoping that in the spring Parker will be ready to hunt down the damaging moles.
To get him started, Tom Koch, who is also treasurer of the organization, registered Parker in the Amateur Trapshooters Association. Parker became the second associate member in the pet division in the entire world. “I wish he could have been the first one, but we were glad he became the second,” said Koch.
This is a brand new program that was just initiated this year in January 2010 to extend pets as members for the registered amateur trapshooters association. Parker is now an honorary member. He received a tag which he is wearing with his number 002, a laminated membership card and an official certificate with a thank you card welcoming Parker to the Amateur Trapshooters Association.
The local KSA was founded in 1968 by a group of sportsmen with the desire to develop a new shooting facility. An organizational meeting was held on March 9, 1968 with 12 people present. These 12 sportsmen formed the charter membership of the club. Officers were elected and the bylaws were written. The membership voted to join the NRA as an associate club and the official NRA club charter was received on April 17th, 1968. New members are welcome. For more information go to their website at www.keystonesportsmenassociation.com/