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About the Cat Champions of the Week Program
Are you a non-profit group doing work to help cats? Would you like to raise some funds? Here's how you can!
Inspired by the programs many restaurants have when they donate 10% of customers' checks to a non-profit group on a specific day when diners present a certificate given to them by that group, we have designed the Cat Champions of the Week program here on Old Maid Cat Lady. Here's how it works:
Your group applies to be a Cat Champion of the Week and specifies the week you'd like to do it. It's best to choose a time a few months in advance, to give yourself time to get promotions out. We'll help you use the event to drive more shoppers to Old Maid Cat Lady so your donation amount increases, as well as get some publicity for your organization in your local media.
Listed below are some of the groups we've recognized in the past.
Pets Are Worth Saving (PAWS) Chicago is the largest no-kill humane organization in the Midwest. It working to build a No-kill Chicago. Since its founding in 1997, the number of homeless dogs and cats killed annually has dropped more than 50%. This year, they will find homes for over 4,000 homeless pets. In just the first six months of 2010, Chicago Animal Care & Control transferred nearly as many animals to PAWS Chicago as they did in all of 2009!
PAWS Chicago’s Pippen Fasseas Adoption & Humane Center in Lincoln Park, named after the founder’s beloved pet dog, was designed with input from sheltering and behavior experts to enhance pets’ physical and emotional health. It provides their “homeless animal guests” with the care and dignity they deserve while welcoming adopters and helping them find their new pets. Features like suites instead of cages, a 100% fresh-air flow ventilation system, an enrichment area, a matchmaker program, and a veterinary care center ensure so. Their Lurie Spay/Neuter Clinic in Little Village is the largest free spay/neuter clinic in the nation. This year, it will sterilize more than 17,000 pets. Their Community Outreach program reaches thousands of at-risk children to steer them away from dog fighting and animal abuse. The PAWS Chicago Pet Food Bank helps families in need keep their four-legged companions. Families facing foreclosure on their homes can find help in foster homes provided through PAWS Chicago’s Safe-Haven Program.
Their website provides information on its programs and resource areas like animal advocacy, pet care, and coping with pet loss. They also feature rescue and adoption stories to warm the heart. The site educates people about the Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) approach to feral cats and the cruelty of puppy mills. Most of the pets available for adoption are featured with photos & profiles, but some are adopted so quickly that there's not time to get them posted!
All of this could not be done without a strong volunteer force, and PAWS Chicago’s is just that -- 4,000 strong! Volunteers help with intake, evaluations of pets and people to find matches, animal care & socialization, adoption introductions, counseling & follow-up, greeting, fostering, dog walking, community outreach, clinic reception & reocvery, and special events support. Click anywhere in this box to go to their website for more information on volunteer opportunities.
To raise operating funds, PAWS Chicago uses collection boxes, a vehicle donation program, tribute donations, Name an Adoption Center Room, a Guardian Angel legacy giving program, and special events. For each of the past 8 years, Charity Navigator has awarded PAWS Chicago four stars for their efficiency. Their annual Fur Ball is coming up on November 12 at the Drake Hotel. TEAM PAWS is a group of athletes who compete in a marathon, half-marathon or triathlon. They welcome over 500 guests and 100 dogs to their annual Beach Party. Angels with Tails and Animal Magnetism help people connect and raise funds for the animals.
October 25-31, 2010:
Oregon Humane Society Portland, Oregon
Established in 1868, OHS is the largest and oldest humane society in the Pacific Northwest, and third oldest in the country. Their mission is to foster an environment of respect, responsibility and compassion for all animals through education, legislation, and leadership. They care for the homeless, defend the abused, and fight with unrelenting diligence for recognition of the integrity of all animals.
OHS encourages multiple-cat adoptions by offering the second cat free when two are adopted. For kittens 6 months & younger, adopters save 50% on the second. The shelter’s “Nine Lives” cats are those who have been there longest and may be sponsored until they find homes. Their wish list provides suggestions on presents supporters can bring to the cats sheltered there. Special needs cats are featured in a section of their website and may be sponsored.
Their state-of-the-art Ernest C. Swigert Animal Shelter opened in 2000. It features both private and communal habitats for cats so that the preferences of all feline personalities may be accommodated. Get-acquainted rooms allow potential adopters to spend time interacting with their chosen cats. Burial options are available for pets who have passed on, as well as an award-winning memorial rose garden. Virtual tours of the facility are available on OHS's website, which you can visit by clicking anywhere in this box.
In addition to the shelter and animal rescue in cases of abuse or disasters, OHS operates a state-of-the-art medical and behavior center to serve the animals under its care. They offer training classes to help with pet behavior problems and their website is a wealth of information on things like pet-friendly rental properties, pet memorials, spaying & neutering, pet sitters, animal organizations and other shelters. They even have a lost/found pets section on the site.
Volunteers as young as 12 can help out at OHS. Duties include everything from adoption outreach, foster care, humane education, in-shelter care of the animals, lobby hosting, training, helping in the retail store, special event staffing, and visiting retirement facilities with animals, to groundskeeping. All volunteers must fill out an application and attend an orientation.
OHS relies entirely on private donations to operate. They just held their annual Telethon to End Petlessness on October 17. In addition to raising funds for the organization through sponsorships and viewing parties, it showcases many of the adoptable animals housed there. Author book signings, monthly “Waggy Hours” and training classes, along with weekend adoption outreach events, fill their calendar. They’ll even be having Santa Paws Pet Portraits on November 6-7! Their Best Friends' Corner shop has everything from food to gifts & toys. People may also donate to them directly in honor of a family member, or through their estate or business donation programs.
October 18-24, 2010
Tri-County Humane Society Boca Raton, Florida
A no-kill organization serving south Florida, Tri-County Humane Society tries to stop the killing of over 45,000 unwanted pets in Broward County, 60,000 in Palm Beach County, and 65,000 in Miami-Dade County each year. No animal is killed while in their care, and they will not release an animal to another organization that has a policy of euthanasia.
Founded in 2001 by Jeannette Christos and Suzi Goldsmith, Tri County has been responsible for thousands of adoptions. While under their care, animals receive the best possible veterinary care and nutrition. Adoptions include a physical exam, discounted spaying or neutering, initial vaccinations, FIV testing & treatment, and a free exam from participating local veterinarians up to 1 year after adoption.
The cat room at Tri-County is cage-free and provides plenty of spots for cats to sun themselves, hide and play, or just stretch out for a nice nap. Close to 100 volunteers help with their care, including grooming, office help, staffing fundraising events, socialization, or just providing them with much-needed love and affection. To volunteer, e-mail Susan at email@example.com click anywhere in this box to go directly to their website.
Tri-County relies solely on private donations for its survival. Their Paws for the Cause networking cocktail parties are held at different spots all year. Their shop sells shirts, mugs, and steins that feature their logo. You can also make a donation directly through their website.
October 11-17, 2010
"Rescue Village" Russell Township, Ohio
Founded in 1974 by Arlene MacDonald and a small group of committed animal advocates, Geauga Humane Society (GHS) has come from sheltering animals in private homes to their present 10,400-square-foot facility in Russell Township they call “Rescue Village”. Their vision is for a world where the relationship between human beings and animals centers on empathy and kindness.
All the animals at Rescue Village are sheltered until they find a home, even those that are abused, elderly, sick, injured, need behavioral training, or just need the time to find the proper home. Every animal that comes through their doors is treated with respect. Their Lonely Hearts Club spotlights those who need extra attention due to age, size, sight impairment, or some other special need. The Meet Your Match program helps adopters find just the right cat for their needs, using colors to match people’s personalities to those of cats with compatible “feline-ality”.
To educate pet owners, GHS operates a behavior hotline, where expert advice is just a phone call away. Their website provides information on the Ohio Humane Law and how to report animal abuse or neglect. They also offer dog training classes and humane education that includes birthday parties, camps, tours/visits and outreach programs to schools, senior centers, libraries, and other interested groups.
All animals at Rescue Village are spayed or neutered before going home with their new families. PetFix is their regional mobile spay/neuter clinic for low-income neighborhoods, while Fix It in the Farmland reaches out to rural areas. They also endorse the TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) strategy for feral cat colonies and make humane traps for the cats available to volunteers.
As with all shelters, volunteers are an important piece of the puzzle. Volunteers provide foster care for animals, care for the animals at the shelter, help out around the office & facility, and provide support for special events, both on and off-site. Their very popular Parent & Me program gives youths aged 12-15 an opportunity to help while accompanied by a parent or guardian, and is currently fully booked! They have a group of Cat Care Volunteers who cuddle and help socialize the cats, while their Morning Prep Cat Care crew prepares the cat adoption area each morning. Click anywhere in this box to visit their website and find out more about them.
Rescue Village funds its operations through donations, fees, and events like Doggone Purrfect Night in June, Mardi Paws, and the Woofstock Annual Dog Walk and Family Festival in September.
October 4-10, 2010:
The Paw Project Santa Monica, California
The Paw Project’s mission is to educate the public about the painful and crippling effects of feline declawing. They advocate for legal bans on declawing and rehabilitate big cats that have been declawed. It was founded by Dr. Jennifer Conrad, DVM.
Since 2000, veterinarians working with The Paw Project have performed surgery on over 70 lions, tigers, cougars, leopards and jaguars to repair damage due to declawing. These cats are now able to leap, run and play again, often after many years of hobbling in agony. The most recent is Naala, an 8-year-old lioness who was declawed as a cub, kept as an exotic pet until she reached full size, then abandoned by her owners. Dozens of others still await treatment.
While many owners of domestic cats think declawing is “harmless” surgery, it actually involves amputating the cat’s toes at the first joint, including some bone in addition to the claws themselves. Cats that have been declawed are unable to defend themselves against oncoming predators and may also find it more difficult to climb out of their reach. Often, they exhibit behavioral changes such as biting and litter box avoidance that may even cause their owners to abandon them at shelters. Over time, due to being unable to walk correctly, they can become crippled, their paws deformed so that every step is agonizing.
Detailed information on declawing, including its effects, alternatives, and efforts to outlaw it, may be found at The Paw Project’s website. You can also read about the cats they've helped there. Click anywhere in this text to visit it.
September 27-October 3, 2010
Animal Rescue League of Iowa Des Moines, Iowa
The mission of ARL is to promote animal welfare and the human animal bond, and prevent the overpopulation of pets. Founded in 1926, the ARL is Iowa's largest animal shelter, caring for many thousands of pets each year.
ARL serves people and pets from across the state of Iowa through its programs. Community outreach and humane education take them into schools, libraries, senior centers, malls, and community events. They have an Iowans for Animals Welfare Conference coming up soon. Their website offers resources for pet behavior problems, a lost & found, pet-friendly housing, first aid tips, disaster planning, pet theft information, loss of a pet, and training classes. AniMeals delivers a week’s supply of pet food at a time to Meals on Wheels recipients. ARL’s Knittin’ for Kittens Club has volunteers who meet monthly to knit beds for cats at the shelter. They even offer affordable private cremation services for those who have lost a beloved pet.
In 2008, ARL took in more than 19,000 animals. An estimated 35% of these are purebred. Their staff includes three full-time veterinarians and a full-time animal abuse intervention coordinator. The Temporary Loving Care (TLC) Program uses foster homes for animals that need special care. Once made available for adoption, an animal’s picture is put up on their website with his or her story. Several are featured on their home page, with a different Pet of the Day each day. The shelter continues to spay and neuter all dogs, cats, rabbits, ferrets and pigs that are adopted from their shelter - some 5,000 annually. Volunteers are a big part of this. You can click anywhere in this text to visit their website.
As you can imagine, ARL has a variety of funding projects in place to cover costs for all these services. They receive grants and have regular partners who share a percentage of their proceeds with them, many also offering discounts to pet adopters. Donation banks are located in businesses throughout the state. Their auditorium is available for event rental. Animal House Store carries an assortment of pet products and ARL-branded merchandise. Cat’s Meow and the Raise Your Paw Auction are special event fundraisers that are among the many they hold throughout the year. Donations are accepted directly through their website.
Charleston Animal Society North Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston Animal Society's mission is to promote responsible guardianship of domestic animals and advocate the compassionate treatment of all animals. They've been doing so since 1880! Charleston County actually contracts with them in lieu of operating their own animal pound. Since 2008, the Society has been operating out of a state-of-the-art facility that can house and care for nearly three times the number of animals they could before.
The new facility also includes a low-cost spay & neuter clinic to help control rampant animal over-population. The Society's Director of Humane Education visits community schools every day to teach children about responsible pet ownership. Summer Bark Camps continue the lessons. Their Canine College ("where it's cool to drool and sit happens") helps pet owners via obedience training and classes on pet therapy, proper pet care, animal CPR, and other topics like understanding various behavior problems in all types of animals. Their shelter is even home to "Birthday Pawties", where anybody can celebrate with a birthday party...and maybe a few of the guests can meet a new family member!
To encourage the adoption of adult cats, through October 31 Charleston Animal Society is offering free cat adoptions! Kittens are $50. All the cats are temperament-tested, spayed or neutered, microchipped, "and come with a 100,000 purr mile warranty".
Every day, the Society's shelter receives 50-100 animals. Their website offers the option of sharing photos of pets available for adoption via social networking sites to help get the word out about them. They also advocate a T-N-R (Trap-Neuter-Release) program for feral cats and provide help to those who are having problems with feral cat colonies.
Volunteers are a big part of the Society's success. Cat lovers can serve as feeders/cage cleaners, cat groomers, and/or for playtime with the kitties. Volunteers also assist with showing the cats to potential adopters and making matches between families and the pets available at the shelter. But there are numerous additional volunteer opportunities available. Each volunteer submits an application and attends an orientation class prior to working with the animals. Children as young as 10 can volunteer for some jobs when accompanied by a parent or guardian. An application is available on the Society's website, which you can visit by clicking anywhere within this text.
Charleston Animal Society holds its annual A Furry Affair to raise funds, with this year's event bringing in $60,000! Paws in the Park and Walk for the Animals is coming up on October 2. Paws in the Park features local animal experts and veterinarians, as well as educational exhibits, all kinds of animals, Lowcountry vendors, and treats for pets and owners alike. Walk for the Animals is the associated fundraiser.
September 13-19, 2010:
The Humane Society of Sarasota County, Inc. Sarasota, Florida
Formed in 1952 after a beloved pet was put down by a dogcatcher who never notified its owner, HSSC promotes the welfare of all animals in the county, cares for and finds homes for them, encouraging kindss toward them, assists in the enforcement of laws that protect them, and operates an animal shelter for them. Each year, they shelter nearly 4,000 animals. Obedience classes and information & resources made available to pet owners helps ensure that more pets can remain in their homes instead of being abandoned by their owners.
HSSC's website always features their "Purrty Dozen", cats who have been overlooked for adoption. All cats at the shelter also have individual profiles on the site, with kittens featured on a separate page from adult cats. Clicking on a cat's picture takes the site visitor to a delightful little story about the cat's history and how it came to be at HSSC. Their volunteers may also specialize in cats, serving as Cat Cuddlers and/or Feline Fanciers. The shelter can house up to 150 cats. These volunteers ensure that they're all comfortable, socialized, and less stressed during their time at the shelter. Volunteer Feline Coaches help HSSC's Cat Behavior Counselor teach cats good manners and confidence, improving their social skills and adoptability. All volunteers receive training and shadow other volunteers until ready to work on their own. Information on volunteer opportunities is available on HSSC's website; click anywhere in this text to access it.
Recognizing the important role pets play in our lives, HSSC also offers a pet loss support group that meets on the third thursday of each month. They operate a mobile adoption center that appears at local events, as well as holding adoptions at local pet superstores. In 1992, they began a pet therapy program in which volunteers are trained to take their pets into nursing homes, assisted living facilities, social service agencies, and schools in the area.
As with all shelters, HSSC is constantly seeking funds to operate. They hold a golf tournament and annual gala to raise funds, in addition to partnering with many local businesses and accepting donations directly on their site.
September 6-12, 2010
Pet Orphans of Southern California Van Nuys, California
For over 30 years, POSC has been dedicated to the advancement of companion animal welfare. They focus their efforts in five areas:
Cats in their care stay in two spacious cage-free cat condos filled with ledges and cat trees, where they enjoy basking in the sun and socializing with other cats. But they see their mission as going far beyond providing shelter to a few animals and finding them homes. POSC works to desensitize fearful pets, retrain them to break bad habits, and teach them basic manners to make them more adoptable.
And it’s not just the animals who need educating! POSC’s public education programs reach out to the community to teach responsible pet ownership. Their Private Adoption Assistance Program helps those who need to place an animal but don’t want to take it to a city or county shelter. Their Spay/Neuter program helps low income or senior citizens afford this necessary step in reducing animal overpopulation. They provide telephone and online counseling and education to help pet owners act responsibly. Through these efforts, they have successfully placed thousands of cats and dogs into loving homes.
Naturally, POSC struggles to fund these operations, just as do most other pet adoption agencies. They have forged relationships with several companies that donate a percentage of their proceeds to POSC. They operate a Pet Pavilion Store that stocks a wide assortment of pet supplies. Donations of pet supplies, office supplies, and other items they can use at their facility are gladly accepted, as are cash donations.
August 23-29, 2010
The Lange Foundation West Los Angeles, California
Founded in 1993 by Gillian Lange, the Lange Foundation saves some of the (estimated 100,000 each year) impounded companion animals in Los Angeles County from euthanasia in their no-kill shelter and prepares them for adoption. In February of this year, they completed renovations on St. Bonnie's Sanctuary, a state-of-the-art rescue facility located on a 4.5-acre property in Canyon Country. The building includes a huge cage-free cat area with both indoor and enclosed outdoor space for up to 50 cats. Their first resident cat, Poochie (pictured here), moved into the building in May and has enjoyed climbing, jumping, watching the birds and talking to the resident dogs from the safety of his enclosure. Rescued dogs and horses also find welcome in their own spaces at the sanctuary.
Lange Foundation takes good care of the pets they host, providing all the modern animal care amenities, a recovery area for the sick or injured, and lots of care, rehabilitation and love. They initiated a county-wide sterilization program in 2004 and fund spaying/neutering surgeries for guardians who cannot afford it, providing the service to over 10,000 pets. Volunteers provide foster homes for many of their rescued animals. Its founder, Gillian Lange, has received the St. Francis of Assisi Award from the City of Los Angeles for her work on behalf of abandoned and neglected animals since 1974. Due to her efforts, over 20,000 cats and dogs who would have been euthanized have gone instead into loving homes.
The Lange Foundation's educational effort on caring for FIV+ cats has helped many of these unfortunate felines to find homes. Lange Foundation's website includes a section to help people understand these often-overlooked cats. Photos and profiles of FIV+ cats in the foundation's care who are available for adoption are also on display there.
The Lange Foundation is also a proponent of the TNR (trap-neuter-return) policy for feral cats, believing it the best way to keep the feral cat population under control. Their ultimate goal is to be unnecessary because other animal shelters no longer need to euthanize healthy pets who merely lack a home.
August 16-22, 2010:
Virginia Beach Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Virginia Beach, Virginia
Founded in 1966, it is VBSPCA's mission to create a more humane and responsible community by decreasing tolerance for cruelty while increasing the capacity for compassion in the Virginia Beach/Norfolk/Chesapeake community. They are an "Open Admissions" shelter that does not turn away animals based on health, age or temperament.
Each year, VBSPCA shelters almost 4,000 animals and provides adoption, spaying and neutering services. In 2009, they took in 902 transfers from other shelters, giving these animals another chance to find a loving home. They also provide humane education to over 27,000 children and pet therapy to over 11,000 community residents. Other services they provide to the community include wildlife rehabilitatiobn and rescue, programs to reduce violence among children and adults, and operation of a subsidized veterinary medical clinic for low income households.
VBSPCA's HOPE program provides pet food and other basic pet needs to those who are having a hard time making ends meet. This could mean the difference for these people between being able to keep their beloved pet or surrendering, or worse, abandoning the animal. Such a service is especially important in a community that's host to one of the largest Naval bases in the country, and they hold special adoption an education events at the area's Naval facilities. Their CARE Fund underwrites specialized medical treatment for animals that many shelters would consider untreatable.
Community adoption events are an important service VBSPCA offers. Their Twitter feed proudly reported the adoption of 41 cats and kittens at an adoption event they held on Friday, August 13! Their cattery provides roomy enclosures with toys, scratchers, climbing elements and other environmental enrichment items for the cats.
Their website provides all sorts of resources on cat advice for new cat owners. It also has a page on what to do when your pet is lost, advice for military families adopting pets, traveling tips, strategies for avoiding heat exhaustion, holiday safety tips, pet bereavement resources, disaster preparedness tips, and educational sections.
Virginia Beach SPCA relies on donations and volunteers to operate. They are constantly holding fundraisers, which include a golf tournament, recycled art contests, special events, a thrift store, and restaurant promotions. A Charity Navigator Four-Star Charity, they are excellent stewards of their resources. For more information on their programs, click anywhere in this box to visit their website.
August 9-15, 2010:
St. Francis Animal Rescue Center Rock Hill, South Carolina
They are a no-kill, cage-free shelter that rescues unwanted, abandoned & homeless cats in the York County and South Mecklenburg County areas and cares for them until they can find them homes. Almost 150 cats currently reside at their shelter.
The cage-free approach used at St. Francis is innovative and results in happy, well-adjusted cats who do not suffer like those confined to small cages for long periods of time. Cats are social, sensitive creatures who like to interact and bond with other cats. Visitors to St. Francis Animal Rescue Center always comment on how well their cats get along. While they do still get some shy cats who have reason to fear people, most are very friendly.
This weekend, August 13-15, St. Francis is holding their Adoptapalooza adoption fair. They will be trying to find loving homes for at least 50 of their cats. Visitors can win door prizes and enjoy entertainment and refreshments as well as the beautiful, precious cats and kittens available for adoption. St. Francis also holds an annual Blessing of the Animals to honor the feast day for St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.
Francis' shelter suffered an act of vandalism in July; their front
plate-glass window was broken in the night and a number of cats
escaped. Most were recovered, but are still frightened from the
experience. And the window cost them around $700 to fix! They are also
in constant danger of being evicted from their current location if they
don't come up with the funds to pay their rent each month. They do
accept direct donations, which may be made through their account on
PayPal. Click anywhere in this box to visit their website to get the
August 2-8, 2010:
Milo's Sanctuary Burbank, California
Milo's was founded on the belief that all cats deserve a second chance at life, especially those who have disabilities, have been abused or just need someone to understand and love them. Other local shelters and rescue groups call them when they have a cat who needs extra care and is in danger of euthanasia.
The volunteers at Milo's Sanctuary foster in their homes and take in cats and kittens most other rescue won't. They love the special needs kitties, the abused, injured and those with physical disabilities. Many of their long-term residents have medical or physical needs that not only keep them from finding a forever home, but require medications, specialized food or ongoing medical care. They offer sponsorships to underwrite the care of these cats. You can also make donations directly through their website.
One example of the residents at MIlo's Sanctuary is Nuala (pictured above), a cat who watched her brother get tortured to death in front of her, then had the torturer tun on her. She survived, losing an eye and becoming so depressed after surgery that she could not eat and remained in her bed, unresponsive. One day, another of their foster cats climbed in with her and began grooming her. She started purring and the two became fast friends! Unfortunately, the torture she endured also damaged Nuala's kidneys and she is now in renal failure. This requires daily subcutaneous fluids and a special diet. It hasn't stopped her from living a very full life, however! She greets visitors, loves to bask in the sun, and mentors new arrivals.
The dream for Milo's Sanctuary is to someday have a true sanctuary where the unwanted cats, the ferals, the seniors and the special needs ones will have a safe home to spend the rest of their lives. You helped them save toward that dream by buying from OldMaidCatLady.com during their week!
July 26 - August 1, 2010:
Yogie and Friends Exotic Cat Sanctuary Freirson, Louisiana
Yogie and Friends Exotic Cat Sanctuary has three main goals:
Big cat rescue and provision of a safe, stress-free, permanent home for them
Education of the public about these animals
Conservation and help for other sanctuaries when possible
Yogie and Friends serves as a permanent home for tigers, lions, leopards, cougars, servals, and other exotic cats who have been abused, neglected or unwanted. The first cat they received, in 2000, was an Indochinese Tiger known as "Putty Tat". Federally licensed by the USDA, Animal Plant Helath Inspection Service (APHIS), and Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries permitted, they are the only big cat sanctuary in the state of Louisiana. They are open to the public on a limited basis so as to reduce stress on the cats, the majority of whom have come from cruel conditions.
The cats at Yogie and Friends receive regular veterinary care and have any medical needs attended to. Some have ongoing medical issues from the horrible conditions in which they were kept before. Yogie and Friends' Master Plan includes the Animal Education Center, Veterinarian Clinic, and Quarantine Housing, Internship program and dormitories and natural habitats for big cats. Volunteers are providing much of the labor involved in bringing this vision to reality. They are also raising money for the cats' support in a variety of innovative ways.
We at Old Maid Cat Lady are proud to join with the many groups supporting Yogie and Friends!
July 19-25, 2010:
Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary, Inc. St. Pauls, North Carolina
Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary, Inc.takes in cats certified by a veterinarian as being blind. The sanctuary rescues cats from shelters that would automatically be put down just because they cannot see. Currently, they care for over 40 cats who live at their cage-free, no-kill shelter in St. Pauls. A private, non-profit organization that receives no government funding, they cover the costs for feeding, housing and medical care for these cats and give them a life of dignity.
Don't think blind cats can have any quality of life? Just watch these two cuties playing and responding to hearing the camera:
Click anywhere in this box to visit Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary and view the many videos they have of their amazing cats.
June 28-July 4, 2010
The Animal Rescue & Adoption Agency Jacksonville, Florida
TARAA was founded in 2005 for the welfare and protection of animals. It has rescued and placed over 1,000 animals, mostly dogs and cats, into loving forever homes.
What differentiates TARAA from the mainstream shelters is that they rescue the animals overlooked by many other rescue groups, on what’s commonly referred to as the “kill list”. Those with skin conditions or health issues such as heartworms, those who aren’t necessarily cute and healthy, or those with minor ailments like ringworm are typical cases. Many shelters automatically euthanize these animals as unadoptable because they just don’t have the resources to save them.
TARAA is the only group in the Jacksonville area currently willing to help these animals. They take these debilitated or sick animals, have them treated by a veterinarian, and then make them available for adoption. Treatments for skin conditions tend to cost $5-$6 per dose, with cats sometimes requiring two treatments of Promeris or Program, and sometimes an antibiotic, to heal.
They also work with several foster care families who volunteer their services and open their homes to these special animals. Once rehabilitated and ready for adoption, TARAA holds adoption days at area pet supply stores. Their website shows some of the animals, features stories about animals available for adoption, and seeks to educate people on issues like introducing cats to new babies in the household and the treatability of skin issues in companion animals.
TARAA’s founder and her husband live on four acres of land referred to as “TARAA’s Acres". On this property, they have a 500 square-foot “Cat House” that houses up to 30 cats and kittens. If you'd like to get involved as a foster family, click on the link in this text to visit TARAA's website. But you can also help these and the fostered animals of TARAA this week, simply by buying your cat supplies & accessories at OldMaidCatLady.com!
June 21-27, 2010:
Belleglen Sanctuary Chico, California
These wonderful folks take in disabled and special needs cats, making them available for adoption or giving them a home for life. Their residents include catswho are former blood donors or who have special physical, health, or psychological needs. Some cats are elderly or have come from abusive or neglectful homes. They are committed to educating the public on the necessity of spaying/neutering and on creating safe outdoor environments for cats.
For their cats up for adoption, Belleglen tests them for Feline Leukemia and FIV, spays or neuters the cat, and vaccinates them for rabies, upper respiratory disease, distemper and leukemia. The cats are also free of fleas and worms and microchipped for identification in case they ever get lost. They also provide the adopting family with a complete medical record and behavioral evaluation for the cat.
Belleglen Sanctuary is funded totally through donations. They have been having a difficult time taking in enough to cover the medical and other care expenses for their feline residents this month. As a result, they have been unable to accept any new cats that need their help. By shopping at OldMaidCatLady.com this week, you'll help a disabled cat to survive one more day and perhaps to find a loving forever home. You can visit them online at www.belleglensanctuary.com to read more about their wonderful work, or to sponsor a cat. Their site also features discussion forums and a photo gallery of their cats.
July 5-18, 2010
Wounded Warrior Project Jacksonville, Florida
After a rousing July 4 celebration, we carried that patriotism forward through the week to recognize the brave men and women who have given so much to defend our freedom.
Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) was founded by a group of 26 veterans to help severely injured service men and women re-assimilate into our society. They do this by raising awareness of how the public may help these returning warriors, helping the soldiers help each other, and providing programs and services to help them.
While we all celebrate veterans upon their return home, once the celebration is over those veterans still have a lot of healing to do. This is especially true if they have suffered severe injury in battle that has cost them a limb, an eye, or a certain amount of brain function. WWP offers counseling, educational and family support to help them find their “new normal” and adjust to life after their injury. Their signature program is the WWP backpacks that are delivered bedside to wounded warriors.
The WWP Sacrifice Center tells the stories of America’s injured service members, from their decisions to serve, through their injuries, and finally to their triumphs and successes. Their stories are told through displays, videos, and examples of items like body armor and prosthetic devices. There is also a video commemorating friends and family who have fallen in the line of duty.
“What does all this have to do with cats?” you may ask. Cats and soldiers can have a special bond, as reflected in the photo shown above. Cats have a way of knowing when someone is hurting and needs their warmth. And if we have empathy for homeless cats who may be in pain and feeling alone, abandoned and afraid, then surely we can feel the same for people who are experiencing those same things due to injuries sustained while fighting on our behalf, to keep our nation free. So shop generously this week, and celebrate our heroes!
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June 14-20, 2010:
The Humane Society of New York New York, New York
Since its founding in 1904, HSNY has been a presence in New York City, caring for animals in need when illness, injury or homelessness strikes. HSNY has so many wonderful programs for various animals, including its original founding mission of helping the city’s carriage horses, that it’s impossible to go into them all here. But we’ll try!
Their hospital and their Vladimir Horowitz and Wanda Toscanini Horowitz Adoption Center help more than 30,000 dogs and cats annually, whose numbers continue to grow. Upon arrival at HSNY’s facility, animals receive a veterinary examination, spaying/neutering, inoculations, a microchip, and the testing needed to prepare them for adoption. You may have heard about HSNY’s helping rescue animals impacted by the World Trade Center attack. This is typical of their involvement in the community. They are an integral part of New York City life.
The Society has long been noted for its innovative, highly individualized approach to animal care. They have long considered the animals’ physical and emotional needs while caring for them. Cats there have daily play sessions outside their kennels. Many visitors remark that their facility feels more like a home than a shelter. In addition to photos and profiles of the pets available for adoption, their website even features video of successful adoptions and of some of the cats up for adoption.
HSNY offer seven-day-a-week veterinary care at affordable rates for those of limited means, including dentistry, advanced care and surgery. They have a a no-cost spay/neuter program for those in need. Their Outdoor Cat Spay/Neuter Program extends this service to feral cats.
But they help animals outside of Manhattan, as well. For example, their Hurricane Katrina rescue team worked in the New Orleans area and brought back animals to receive veterinary care in their hospital before being placed in permanent homes.
Funding such an organization is no small undertaking. HSNY holds events such as their annual photography auction, offers sponsorships of animals, and partners with authors and artists who donate a portion of their proceeds to them. They sell gift items for people and pets in their own HSNY Shop.
HSNY’s volunteers are an essential part of its success, as well. They interact with the animals and make outreach visits to schools. They take animals to visit patients in homes for the aged. They welcome children to visit the animals at the shelter. One of their volunteers even makes handmade beds for the cats there. You can call HSNY at (212) 752-4842 to inquire about helping.
HSNY was recognized with the Independent Charities Seal of Excellence for meeting the highest standards of public accountability, program effectiveness, and cost effectiveness. Fewer than 5% of charities operating in the United States today meet or exceed these standards. An impressive 96% of donations to HSNY are used to fund their programs.
We also recognize them this week for their efforts! Won’t you shop a little this week on OldMaidCatLady.com and join us?
June 7-13, 2010:
The League for Animal Welfare Batavia, Ohio
Chartered in 1949, The League for Animal Welfare (LFAW)’s mission is to better the lives of cats and dogs in the Greater Cincinnati area. They are a privately funded non-profit organization and depend on donations to fuel their operations.
There are approximately 80 cats housed at LFAW's facility. All have been tested for feline leukemia and feline AIDS, vet-checked and vaccinated. Cats over 10 weeks of age are also spayed or neutered, and each of them is given a name if they didn’t already have one. LFAW provides a loving, no-kill shelter until the animals are matched with a forever home. Each animal’s photo is put on LFAW’s website, along with icons to indicate whether the cat has been declawed, or prefers homes without dogs, other cats, or small children. The needs of potential adopters are assessed to best match them with the appropriate resident, and the cats are all microchipped so they can easily find their way home if lost.
Their “My Last Hope” program was established to help older pets find forever homes. This program makes the pets, currently four cats named Fred, Figi, Qwerky, and Sunshine, available for no adoption fee and pays all their medical care for the remainder of their lives.
LFAW also promotes responsible pet ownership. Their website provides information on area clinics and facts on the effects of spaying and neutering. They partner with the UCAN Spay/Neuter Clinic to offer monthly transport from their shelter to the clinic. Each month, they have a spay/neuter assistance program with limited funds to help pet owners and caretakers of feral cat colonies vouchers to reduce the cost of spay/neuter surgery. LFAW makes free presentations to schools, scout troops, libraries, church organizations, etc. to educate people on pet overpopulation, spaying and neutering, proper vet care, dog bite prevention, and playtime with animals. Presenters are usually accompanied by a dog and a cat from the shelter to demonstrate proper handling skills. LFAW’s website has information on training, finding homes for strays, and deciding what type of pet to adopt, along with links to other helpful sites.
LFAW is always happy to welcome new volunteers, as well. People as young as 16 may work with their cats without parental supervision, and those younger may volunteer if accompanied by a parent or guardian. Some volunteers work with the animals to socialize, train, play with, or just pet them. Others foster orphaned pets and manage satellite adoption events. A general orientation session for volunteers is followed by specialized cat training. Those interested in volunteering may e-mail the shelter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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