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Eight Reasons to Adopt a Senior Cat by Sierra M. Koester, Cat Care Society Volunteer

Friday, November 21, 2014

November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month, and there are lots of wonderful senior kitties waiting for forever homes at Cat Care Society.

Why adopt a senior cat?  Here are just a few reasons.

1. Whereas a kitten's personality is still developing, a senior cat's personality has already developed.  You'll know right away whether your senior kitty is a lap cat, talkative, quiet, or playful.  Please keep in mind, though, that shelters are stressful places for cats, so a senior's personality might not shine through as strongly as it will once she adjusts to her new home.

Lucy, an adoptable senior cat at Cat Care Society.

2. Senior kitties often still enjoy play sessions with their people or other feline companions, but you probably won't have to worry about him getting into things he shouldn't.  Kittens, on the contrary, often get into mischief and need a lot of supervision.

3. Older cats are typically already litter box trained.

4. Senior kitties are typically more patient and tolerant than kittens.  They may be the best choice for homes with children. 

Brietta, an adoptable senior at Cat Care Society.

5. Older cats provide great companionship.  Many adult cats are happy to curl up and nap in your lap or near you while you watch your favorite TV program or read a book.

6. Cats are living long, happy lives today.  It's not uncommon for a cat to live into her late teens or twenties.  Don't let the fear of not having much time with a senior cat keep you from adopting one.  She could have many good years left!

7. Seniors typically have better manners than younger cats.  An older cat probably understands he can scratch his scratching post but not your couch.  He knows he can sleep on your bed at night, but he shouldn't bite your toes while you're asleep.  And he understands he can climb his cat tower but not your curtains.

Ruby, an adoptable senior at Cat Care Society. 

8. Many older kitties find themselves at the shelter through no fault of their own.  Perhaps their former owner passed away or went to a nursing home.  Maybe their family moved and couldn't take their cat with them.  When you adopt a senior, you are giving her a second chance at a happy, loving forever home, and she will happily reward you with her friendship and unconditional love. 

Cat Care Society has many wonderful seniors looking for their forever homes.  You can see them all on the Cats for Adoption page. 

Opt to Adopt Cairo by Sierra M. Koester, Cat Care Society Volunteer

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Cairo is a beautiful senior black panther.  She's very friendly and affectionate and enjoys being petted and brushed.  

Cairo came to the shelter when her person passed away.  Though she misses her person, she has a lot of love to give a new human companion.  She would like to find a nice quiet home.

She is 14 years young.  Due to her age, Cairo is part of the Perpet-U-Care program, which will pay for a portion of her veterinary care for the rest of her life.  She is already spayed and up-to-date on all of her vaccinations.  

You can find sweet Cairo in the upstairs hallway at Cat Care Society.  She looks forward to showing you why she makes the purrfect companion! 

Opt to Adopt Jake… by Sierra M. Koester, Cat Care Society Volunteer

Monday, November 17, 2014
We'd like to welcome Cat Care Society Volunteer Sierra M. Koester to our communications team as a digital content creator. She socializes CCS cats usually every week at the shelter and will now be sharing her 'Opt To Adopt' columns and other interesting cat information with us on the Cat Care Society blog and Tumblr. In addition to blogging and freelance writing, Sierra is Cat Mom to two wonderful kitties, Carmine and Lita. 

Here's a posting by Sierra from last Tuesday about Jake in the Red Room: 

"Jake is a handsome black and white mancat with medium hair. Jake was adopted from Cat Care Society when he was younger, but somehow (nobody knows how exactly), he found himself at another local animal shelter who returned him to Cat Care to find a new happy home.

Jake's fur was a little matted when he returned to Cat Care, so they gave him a nice haircut. He looks super adorable and he's so very soft with it!

Jake loves affection; he gave me lots of head bonks when I visited him. He is also talkative and would make a good chatting buddy.

Jake is approximately seven and a half years old. He is declawed (not Cat Care's doing), neutered, and up-to-date on his vaccinations. You can find him in the Red Room at Cat Care Society, located at 5787 W. 6th Avenue in Lakewood, CO.

Jake will be eagerly awaiting your arrival so he can show you just what a great companion he is!"  

Link to Sierra's original FurEverywhere blog post about Jake

Link to view the CCS Adoptable Cats

Again, welcome Sierra M. Koester to the CCS Communications Team!

Mark Your Calendar: Cat Care Society is again part of Colorado Gives Day (Tue, Dec. 9th)

Friday, November 07, 2014
Cat Care Society needs your support onTuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, when thousands of donors will come together to support Colorado non-profits like ours. Last year, a record-breaking $20.9 million was donated to Colorado non-profits via Colorado Gives.

This year, thanks to Community First Foundation and First Bank, Colorado Gives Day features a $1 million incentive fund, one of the largest gives day incentive funds in the country. Every non-profit receiving a donation on Colorado Gives Day receives a portion of the incentive fund. Please help us by marking your calendar for Dec. 9 and making a donation on Colorado Gives Day.
Special Note: Beginning Nov. 1, donations can be scheduled ahead of time to be made on Dec. 9 for Colorado Gives Day.
Link to donate, click the "CO GIVES DAY" button under donation type to arrange for your Colorado Gives Day donation in advance.

Lakewood Pet Examiner: 'Cat Care Society announces Endowment Challenge Grant'

Friday, November 07, 2014
Quoting from Carrie Dow's November 3 posting:

"The Cat Care Society has partnered with Community First Foundation, the same foundation that created Colorado Gives Day, to create a permanent endowment fund for the non-profit and provide care to cats and community for years to come.

Over the summer Community First Foundation held a challenge for the cats-only shelter in Lakewood. If the shelter could raise $20,000 for the endowment, the foundation would provide an additional grant of $10,000 for a total of $30,000. That goal was reached with the help of some generous anonymous donors.

This endowment fund will be held in perpetuity and a portion of it can be used each year to support the shelter’s mission. Various uses include helping the shelter’s continuing efforts to serve the community and its cats, to help provide a steady stream of revenue during the ups and downs of the economy and to raise the shelter’s credibility by showing the community that is it fiscally responsible and financially sound."
Link to Examiner.com

For more information about the new endowment program, contact Mary Jo Baker, Director of Major and Planned Gifts for Cat Care Society, 303.298.9680 ext. 15, or MBaker@CatCareSociety.org.

Mark Your Calendar: the 2014 Santa Paws Festival is coming

Thursday, November 06, 2014
The annual Santa Paws Festival at the Cat Care Society shelter is Friday, Dec. 5, noon to 5 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 6, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 'Santa Paws' is Cat Care Society’s annual bake sale and craft bazaar (plus more). This year the festival features:
  • Santa Paws (played by Dave Genco). 
  •  Baked goods for purchase – best sellers include homemade candies, cookies, bar cookies, and pies; home-canned items such as pickles’ james and jellies; boxed cupcakes; Bundt cakes and other cakes that can be wrapped without destroying frosting; spiced nuts and fudge. 
  • Free refreshments, including popcorn sweets, and our Famous Cathouse Punch. 
  • Meow Mart at its best. 
  • Hand-crafted items for sale. 
  • Jingle Cats. 
  • Jackie Green, face painter, back for a second year on Saturday only, starting at 11 (first come, first served). 
  • A raffle/drawing for great gift items.


November Adoption Tales from CCS Alumni Forever Homes

Thursday, November 06, 2014
Thanks to CCS staff member Karlyn Mendez, reporting from the Cat Care Society adoption desk:

Ohms and Wind-Up (pictured) - live with a retired woman. Wind-Up is more outgoing and Ohms is a bit more shy but coming around. Wind-Up loves the laser light and feather toys and Ohms beats around a squeaky mouse at night.

Amanda - “Miss Amanda” shares her home with an older woman. Being affectionate and loving the woman just adores her and considers her a good fit.

Macy - tolerates the 3 dogs in her house and loves laps and does great with visitors that come to the house. Her favorite hobby is to gaze at the birds in the bird feeders by watching out the windows.

Gregory - “Nelson” was brought home by a woman who also has a lab and border collie. He is adjusting to the dogs and will occasionally play with toy mice and balls but really prefers cuddles.

Pepper and Zyah - live with a couple and their adult children. Zyah made herself at home immediately while Pepper was a bit hesitant at first. They have a dog and 3 other cats for roomies. All the cats ignore the dog since they have their own personal cats-only club going on.

Panther - “Herbie” went home with a young couple. He loves his wand toy and is super affectionate with everyone he meets. 

Link to view all of Cat Care Society's adoptable cats: http://www.catcaresociety.org/adoptions/cats-for-adoption

Sat Nov 22 Seminar by Dr. Kerry Muhovich: Feline Diet Options

Thursday, November 06, 2014
The Nov. 22nd (2 to 3:30 p.m.) "Seminar for Cat People" will be led by Kerry Muhovich, DVM, coveringmodern feline diet optionsand separating fact from fiction in maintaining your cat’s health through diet choices. Dr. Kerry will also address "feeding different diets" and share ideas on how to keep cats from eating each-others’ food.

Seminars are held in the lower level conference room of the Cat Care Society shelter, 5787 W. 6th Avenue in Lakewood. Cost is $5 (free for CCS platinum members). Please RSVP at frontdesk@catcaresociety.org or via phone at 303.239.9680. 

Celebrate November's 'Adopt a Senior Cat Month' with our Special Hard Sided Carrier Offer

Thursday, November 06, 2014
November Adoption Special!

During the month of November, adopt a cat from Cat Care Society, and receive a free, gently used hard sided carrier (while supplies last).

And, if you adopt a senior kitty (10+ years), you'll also receive Cat Care Society's Perpet-U-Care program in addition to the carrier. Perpet-U-Care is similar to an insurance policy, in that Cat Care Society will cover the costs up to $250 per calendar year of free veterinary services at The Cat Clinic at Cat Care Society to help offset the costs of adopting an older cat. Perpet-U-Care does not cover the costs of annual wellness exams, vaccinations, euthanasia or cremation. Link to learn more:http://www.catcaresociety.org/adoptions/perpet-u-care
Cat Care Society adoption fee overview:
Cats and Kittens $90 For single cats or kittens (6 months to 9 years)
Pair of Kittens $180 For kittens under 6 months of age
Senior Cats (10+ years) Name your own price
Pair of Cats $150 Cats must be between 6 months and 9 years old to qualify for this discount
Senior Adopter Discount $65 Adopter must be at least 55 years old and cat must be at least 5 years old to qualify for the discount
Disability Discount $65 Not applicable to cats under 5 years of age; adopter must be on fixed income

Remember, November is a great month to adopt from CCS! Here's a link to the CCS adoptable cats: http://www.catcaresociety.org/adoptions/cats-for-adoption

Sat Oct 25: 'Cat Care Society hosts seminar...Cats And Dogs Living Together’

Friday, October 24, 2014
Quoting from the 10/21 Lakewood Sentinel posting:

"The Cat Care Society is holding a seminar 2-3:30 p.m. on Oct. 25 called a 'Seminar for Cat People.' It will be led by Kerry Muhovich, DVM, covering the ins and outs of ‘Cats And Dogs Living Together’...

Seminars are held in the lower level conference room of the Cat Care Society shelter, 5787 W. 6th Ave. in Lakewood. Cost is $5 (free for CCS platinum members).

Please RSVP at 303-239-9680 or at frontdesk@catcaresociety.org."
Link to the Lakewood Sentinel

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