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Jose O'Shea's Hosts Feasting For Felines October 22nd

Monday, October 20, 2014
Feasting For Felines - Restaurant Fundraiser

Wednesday, October 22, 11am to 11pm - Feasting for Felines is headed to Jose O'Shea's in Lakewood, 385 Union Blvd.

Present this flyer to your wait person and Cat Care Society will receive a 20% donation of sales (lunch or dinner).

Jose O'Shea's has hosted Feasting for Felines for a number of years now. "Gracias, de los gatos!

See you at Jose O'Shea's on Wednesday, October 22nd! Remember to print out and bring this flyer... http://www.catcaresociety.org/_assets/1022%202014_Jose%20Osheas%202014.pdf

Sat Oct 25 Seminar by Dr. Kerry Muhovich: Cats + Dogs Living Together

Friday, October 03, 2014
The October 25th (2 to 3:30 p.m.) "Seminar for Cat People" will be led by Kerry Muhovich, DVM, covering the ins and outs of 'Cats And Dogs Living Together.' Dr. Kerry will identify the best bets for dog breeds that cat owners might wish to consider in a new dog. Also, she will identify cat personality traits to look for when adding a cat to a home occupied by dogs, plus address current issues participants have with their own cats and dogs and introducing pets to one another.

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.

September Forever Home Update: Crash, Coltrane, Whiskers and Lilly

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
News from Cat Care Society recently adopted kitties:

Crash and Coltrane (pictured snuggling) - are now “Cash and Cole”. They are very loving, happy and friendly and like to sleep together in their bed on top of their owner’s bed. They like wand toys with feathers and the laser light. Both cats loved to be brushed for hours and Cash growls at the vacuum.

Whiskers - is now “Echo” and is completely comfortable in his home and is best buds with owner’s 7 year old son. He likes to carry his glitter balls in his mouth and likes the 13 year old female cat and the two dogs he shares his home with. 

Lilly - loves to sit at the bay window and rubs against her two female owners when they’re at the computer. They claim she is a “great cat!” 

Link to view all the Cat Care Society adoptable cats.

Artists Call for Entry: Tails of the Painted Cats 2015

Friday, September 05, 2014
Artists are now being recruited for 2015
Cat Care Society’s signature fundraiser, Tails of the Painted Cats, is now accepting applications and designs for its 5th annual event, celebrating the program's 100th painted cat.
Fast Facts for Artists...Important Dates:
  • Deadline for designs: November 1, 2014  
  • Jurist for the 2015 project is noted Colorado artist Cheryl St. John. Learn more about her at: http://cherylstjohn.com/about-the-artist 
  • Participating artists will be notified November 14 
  • Fiberglass cat forms will be distributed at the beginning of January 
  • Artists have three months to paint. Cats due back April 4, 2015 
  • A $50 stipend is provided to each artist to help with art supplies 
  • Artists receive a ticket to the Gala Dinner & Auction at Pinehurst Country Club, Saturday, October 10, 2015 
  • Painted Cats tour throughout the community for thee months duringSummer 2015 
For an application, please contact TOPC Art Coordinator Jane McFadden Dorseyat ccsvolunteer@catcaresociety.org or call 303.239.9680, ext. 16.

For more information about Tails of the Painted Cats: 
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TailsofthePaintedCats

View all the past Painted Cats on Flickr: 
2014 Painted Cats Gallery

2013 Painted Cats Gallery

2012 Painted Cats Gallery

2011 Painted Cats Gallery

Denver Post: "Tails of the Painted Cats comes together purr-fectly for Cat Care Society"

Thursday, August 07, 2014
Quoting from Joanne Davidson's August 6th column about Cat Care Society's 2014 Tails of the Painted Cats Gala Dinner & Art Auction:

"Those on hand to hear the good news included artists Jane McFadden Dorsey, who has been the event’s program coordinator since Year One, and Carla Pawlewicz, whose 'Cat-Tails and Dogwood' won the People’s Choice Award.

Dorsey’s painted cat, 'Richard Parker,' elicited spirited live auction bidding. When two bidders each held their ground at $5,000, Dorsey, with Bidder No. 1′s blessing, agreed to make a second that would sell for the same price.

Others supporting the cause were former Tails chair Marsha CrestWarren and Helen Hanks, whose guest, Angela Alexis, won the 16 GB iPad that was the prize in the evening’s Heads & Tails drawing; Dave Barnes of Scenographics, who created the palette centerpieces; pianist Barbara Dawson, whose husband, Clyde, is on the CCS board; Richard and Kathy SwansonGreg and Cheryl ChamberlainStephanie DeGraff Bender, a national expert in women’s health issues; Don and Arlene Johnson; independent film producer Darla RaeHarold and Ada Anderson (he is a member of the Lone Tree city council and chairs the Centennial Airport Noise Roundtable); radio personality and Leadership Douglas County ambassador Amy Smith; Velocity Radio owner Michael CotsworthMark and Lee Ann Van LoucksDonita ScholtzLinda Robinson; and Donna Colm."

Link to the Denver Post Mile High Style

Cat Care Society photos included in Joanne Davidson's column:

Tails of the Painted Cats 2014 post-event coverage on Examiner.com

Tuesday, August 05, 2014
Quoting John Davidson, the Denver Animal News Examiner, from his July 28th column:

"Personal tales highlight Cat Care Society's "Tails of the Painted Cats" event...The Cat Care Society raised an estimated $67,000 at its "Tails of the Painted Cats" event this past weekend, but what may be remembered most are the personal stories involving people who have helped the Lakewood shelter work for the past 33 years. The painted cats are fiberglass figures of felines painted with all sorts of colors and schemes by professional artists. Every year the society holds a dinner to auction them off, along with other objets d'cat. The money goes to care of the many cats the society handles."
Link to the full posting 

Quoting Carrie Dow, the Lakewood Pet Examiner, from her July 30th column:

"The Cat Care Society's Painted Tail comes to an end...The 4th annual journey of Tails of the Painted Cats came to an end last Saturday, July 28, when the last cats were auctioned off at a gala dinner and auction for the Cat Care Society of Lakewood. The event is estimated to have brought in over $67,000 this year. Held at Pinehurst Country Club in Denver, this year’s gala once again featured Master of Ceremonies Ed Greene of CBS 4 Denver and auctioneer extraordinaire Douglas M. Tisdale, Esq. as they entertained over 175 guests and friends of the Cat Care Society. During the online auction and preview before the event, several of the cats were sold. Only eight of the 25 cat sculptures created for the event actually went up for auction during the dinner."
Link to the full posting

Announcement: Community First Foundation Endowment Challenge Program

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
As announced by Auctioneer Douglas M. Tisdale, Esq., at the 2014 Tails of the Painted Cats Gala Dinner and Auction at Pinehurst Country Club:

"Cat Care Society has been accepted by the Community First Foundation to receive a $10,000 endowment challenge grant if the Society is able to raise $20,000. The good news this evening is that, as we first make this public announcement of the challenge, Cat Care Society has already amassed the $20,000 in pledges and banked funds.

What wonderful news, congratulations Cat Care Society and to everyone who’s made this possible!"
Link for more information about the Community First Endowment Challenge Grants Program

How charitable giving supports Cat Care Society

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Here is how charitable giving supports Cat Care Society:

$15,000provides 6 months’ worth of medicines for our clinic
$10,000covers the cost of operating our Temporary Care Program for a full year, serving cats of 50 families temporarily made homeless due to foreclosure, fire, or personal misfortune – we’re ready to reach out to any cat “mom” or “dad” in need of temporary care, esp. due to unfortunate incidents such as fires and flooding.
$5,000 feeds 60 cats for 9 months
$2,500 provides carrying cases, collars, tags, and starter toys for all cats adopted into their forever homes from our shelter for 1 year
$1,000 provides complete care for 30 kittens, including shots, spaying/neutering, microchips, food, and litter
$500 provides medical care for a senior cat (10+ years) for a year
$250 buys two month’s worth of cat litter for the shelter
$100 provides antibiotics for two sick cats for 2 weeks

Cat Care Society also welcomes and encourages regular monthly giving. This can be done quickly and easily by visiting the Cat Care Society page atColoradoGives.org.
Link to Donate Now

Cat Care Society Alumni Story at Painted Cat Gala: Siete the Kitten

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Quoting CBS4's Ed Greene at the 2014 Tails of the Painted Cats Gala Dinner and Auction:

"I was able to tour the shelter about a month ago. What a wonderful place. I love the open rooms and the way cats are encouraged to be, well… cats. Not cramped up in cages, but walking and jumping and (as we cat owners know) sitting and sleeping wherever they want. There was one on the counter… one on the window sill, another on the file cabinet…. another little guy living in the Meow Mart store. You get the picture. Cat Care Society is all about cats and has been refining its special brand of cat care during its past 33 year run.

Again tonight, we have a special story to share with you which showcases the important work of our staff and volunteers in saving lives and finding forever homes for our cat residents. But of course, none of it would be possible without the generous support of people like you, who share our love of cats. Because of your generosity, Cat Care Society has been able to give thousands of cats a second chance at a life of quality, in a permanent loving home!

One of our more poignant success stories from last year features little Siete (that’s Spanish for 'seven' and you’ll soon learn why she got that name). Last summer, a man named Dru found a five-week-old kitten in a dumpster on Navajo Street. He cared for her for two days, and then brought her to CCS. When he dropped her off, he gave us all of the money he had with him – about $6.50 – to contribute to her care. Dru is a real hero to all of us at CCS! Not only did he go out of his way to rescue this poor frightened kitten, but he cared for her for two days, and donated all he had on him to take care of her. (If you happen to know Dru, tell him that everyone at CCS says, 'You are our hero – and you are Siete’s hero!'

Siete is a domestic short-haired tortoiseshell (or torti, for short); she is also a seven-toed polydactl (meaning she has two extra toes on each front foot). Hence, the name Siete. When Dru dropped her off on Aug. 1, she weighed 11 oz. and was in surprisingly good health. But because she was still young, we found a foster parent to care for her until she could grow and get a little older. In September, Siete weighed 2 lbs. 2 ounces – enough to move out of foster care and to the shelter. She was spayed by the expert veterinary staff at our clinic, and put up for adoption in the kitten room that Saturday.

The following Tuesday, director of outreach Suellen Scott took Siete to Peterson Air Force Base. The event was a Community Shares nonprofit fair for federal employees who have the option to donate funds to the non-profits of their choice as a payroll deduction. Siete dazzled the group with her playfulness and sweet nature. When it was time to go, she snuggled up in her stroller for the trip back to the shelter. Later that same day, a couple – Stephanie and Mark – who had adopted another cat named Penny from Cat Care Society about a year ago -- came to the shelter looking for a feline companion. They stopped in the kitten room. Siete looked up at Mark and, well, that was all it took. Siete was microchipped, had her nails trimmed, was vaccinated, and went off to her new forever home with Stephanie, Mark and Penny.

We are so grateful to everyone whose financial support has helped Cat Care Society take care of cats all over metro Denver that have been abused or neglected, or abandoned like Siete – and care for them in a loving environment until they can find their forever homes. But there are many more cats like Siete, in need of second chances. And that’s what tonight is all about – raising funds to help Cat Care Society continue its fine work in the community."

Link to Ed Greene's Bio

Link to Information about Cat Care Society's adoptable cats

Cat Care Society Thanks Pres/CEO Diane Stoner At Tails of the Painted Cats Gala

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Cat Care Society formally thanked President/CEO Diane Stoner for her contributions to the Society at the 2014 Tails of the Painted Cats Gala Dinner & Auction at Pinehurst Country Club.  

Master of Ceremonies Ed Greene, said: "Diane, excuse me, we have a bit of a surprise for you right now and the first order of business is presenting you with these flowers. The board and the Painted Cats committee have asked me to publicly thank you for everything you do as president and CEO of the Cat Care Society. You’ve taken on a long list of tasks, and you’ve led the Cat Care Society so effectively, during this time of turnaround for the organization. You’ve not only put a development department in place and led a new effort to attract major donors; you’ve personally seen to it that the weekly e-newsletter and Cat Care Quarterly go out in a timely manner….and more recently you’ve led the re-design of the entire website… And all of this on top of holding down a demanding, full time day job! We want you to know you’re very much appreciated for all you do. Please, everyone, could you give Diane Stoner the full round of applause she deserves!"
Link for more information about Diane Stoner

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