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Feasting For Felines: Thank You, 2015 Partner Restaurants!

Monday, December 28, 2015
As we end 2015...one of the most successful fundraising years in the history of Cat Care Society...we want to take time to thank those partner restaurants that sponsored Feasting For Felines events:  

January 2015: Stella Trattoria

February 2015: La Dolce Vita

March 2015: California Pizza Kitchen

April 2015: Mellow Mushroom

May 2015: 730 South

June 2015: ModMarket

July 2015: Native Foods Cafe

August 2015: Jose O'Shea's

September 2015: Piatti Ristorante

November 2015: Beau Jo's

Our appreciation to these restaurants for sponsoring Feasting For Felines in 2015.

Link to our Feasting For Felines Facebook Album.

Cat Ornament Auction Results

Saturday, December 19, 2015

 The Cat Ornament auction is closed. A huge thank you to everyone who participated!

Winning Bids:
Sue Sioux ($50.00)
Uno ($40.00)
Krista ($25.00)
Moekie ($25.00)
Mango ($25.00)
Barney ($20.00)
Mama Pretty ($20.00)
Pumpkin ($20.00)
Benvolio ($20.00)
Rosie ($20.00)
Elizabeth ($20.00)
Paisley ($20.00)
Fiona ($10.00)
Genevieve ($10.00)
Scooter ($10.00)
Frederick ($10.00)
Walter ($10.00)
Jade ($7.00)
Bunny ($6.00)
Danny Pink ($6.00)
Murtaugh ($6.00)
Inga ($6.00)
Pelswick ($6.00)
Monet ($6.00)
Nebula ($6.00)
Agnes ($5.00)
Alfie ($5.00)
Bon Soir ($5.00)
Boots ($5.00)
Cairo ($5.00)
Caroline ($5.00)
Ceko ($5.00)
Edmund ($5.00)
Gomez ($5.00)
Helena ($5.00)
Ilari ($5.00)
Jesvari ($5.00)
Joy ($5.00)
Mal ($5.00)
Ming Ming ($5.00)
Nefi ($5.00)
Olie ($5.00)
PJ ($5.00)
Ralphie ($5.00)
River ($5.00)
Rocky ($5.00)
Ruby ($5.00)
Starkist ($5.00)
Tegan ($5.00)
Ty ($5.00)


Winning bidders will receive an email with payment and delivery/shipping instructions this morning.

Please click the Facebook album for more information about the 2015 CCS Christmas Ornament Auction (including ornament photos): http://on.fb.me/2260iFB. Please direct any questions you might have about auction follow-up to Heather Allen, sheltermanager@catcaresociety.org.

Thank you for participating in the CCS Christmas Ornament Auction!

Sue Sioux Crowned Queen of the 1st Annual Cat Care Society Ornament Drive

Wednesday, December 16, 2015
CONGRATULATIONS Sue Sioux!!! Queen of the CCS Cat Christmas Photo Ornament Drive 2015!

Sue Sioux holds the title with 30 sponsorships totaling $150.View Sue Sioux's Adopt-A-Pet profile: http://www.adoptapet.com/pet/421915-lakewood-colorado-cat  

Next step: auction... http://www.catcaresociety.org/blog/cat-ornament-auction-2015-dec-17-and-18

Cat Ornament Auction 2015: December 17 and 18

Wednesday, December 16, 2015
CAT ORNAMENT AUCTION: December 17 and 18 -  

By popular demand, the handcrafted Cat Care Society Cat Photo Christmas Ornaments are available for auction! Now you can adorn your own Christmas Tree with your favorite CCS cat this Christmas! 
  
 

Bids will be accepted starting at 12:01 am, December 17th and bidding closes at 11:59 pm on December 18th

Visit our Facebook album to see all of the darling cat ornaments up for auction: http://on.fb.me/2260iFB 

Please email your bid amount to: sheltermanager@catcaresociety.org
 

Remember to include the cat name and bid amount in your email and your bid will be recorded. Minimum bid amount is $5.00, there is no maximum bid amount set. 

This will be a sealed bid auction. The CCS cat ornament will be awarded to the highest bidder at the close of the auction.

*Bids will only be accepted via email*

We will provide updates on the status of the auction via Facebook at 6:00am, noon, and 6:00pm on both 12/17 and 12/18.  

The winning bids will be announced via Facebook and our website the morning of December 19th. If you have the winning bid, you will receive a separate email with payment instructions. 
  
 


All proceeds from this auction will go toward the care of the Cat Care Society cats! 

PICK-UP/SHIPPING INFORMATION: If you are in the Denver Metro area, you can pick up your ornament at the shelter starting Saturday, December 19th, between 11:00am-4:30pm. If you are out of state and need your ornament shipped, the shipping cost will be $2.95 in the U.S.; and $14.95, Canada. 

Thank you for supporting our First Annual CCS Cat Photo Christmas Ornament Drive! 


Cat Care Society’s Year-End Appeal Shares Bella’s Story, Ending In Finding Her Forever Home

Tuesday, December 15, 2015
The Society’s Expanding Foster Care Program Gives A Young Tabby A Second Chance

“Our latest second-chance story is about a young tabby named Bella,” Cat Care Society (CCS) Board President Gail Tinianow says. Bella’s story is being showcased as the CCS 2015 year-end appeal for both direct mail and online fundraising campaigns.

“Bella came to CCS in June 2015, when her human died suddenly. We examined and spayed her, and after a few days of recovery we moved her into the general shelter population. She was ill at ease at first, and spent extra time in the "stress kennel" (a sort of safe room where cats can be alone while they adjust),” Tinianow recalls.

The CCS team noticed that Bella’s personality was erratic.

“One moment she was happy and cuddly; the next she was acting aggressively toward the other cats. Clearly Bella was mourning the loss of her human; and we thought she was probably hormonal, as a result of being spayed as an adult, and over time her moods would balance out. But after several weeks she was still picking fights. We put her on a mood-stabilizing medication. But she kept fighting, with every cat that came near her,” Tinianow explains. 

Bella’s story was full of twists and turns, but CCS had a workable solution: the CCS Foster Care Program.

“The foster home made all the difference for Bella. In the shelter, she had been on a downward spiral, getting more and more aggressive. In one month of foster care, she adjusted fully to living with multiple cats. And, almost three months to the day after Bella first came to CCS, a visitor came in looking for a younger cat. When she met Bella and heard her story, she was sold: Bella was adopted,” Tinianow recounts.

Bella lives with her new “Mom” now, and they have formed a strong bond. Affectionate once more, Bella loves being held, eats heartily and enjoys exploring her new home. Because of the persistent Cat Care Society team, Bella was given a second chance at life in a forever home.

Bella's story shows the lengths CCS goes to, in giving cats second-or third or fourth-chances. The expanding CCS Foster Care Program is an extension of the in-shelter team, which works so hard to achieve positive outcomes like Bella's. Link to read the full appeal:http://bit.ly/1NS91ox.

With just a few more days left in 2015, there is still time to make a tax-deductible, year-end gift to Cat Care Society. Donors may drop off contributions at the CCS shelter, 5787 W. Sixth Avenue, during business hours or handle the process online at: http://bit.ly/1vxKNa6.

Which Cat Care Society Cat Will Be Crowned King or Queen of the Cat Ornament Drive? Your Sponsorships Determine It.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015
We will crown the King or Queen of the CCS Ornament Drive Wednesday, December 16th at 5:30 p.m.

If you want your favorite CCS cat to be the winner, please consider additional sponsorship donations for your favorite CCS cat today! Every $5.00 donation equals 1 sponsorship point.  As of 12/15/15 - here are the Top 10 ornaments:

Sue Sioux - 30
Elizabeth - 26
Bunny - 25
Benvolio - 22
Barney - 21
Scooter - 14
Krista - 12
Murtaugh - 11
Cairo - 10
Rosie - 9  

You can donate directly at the shelter or donate online. To donate online please visit: http://conta.cc/1QN6E7EIf you order online, please include the name of the cat ornament you wish to sponsor (again, the deadline is Wednesday, December 16, at 5:30 p.m.). VIEW CAT ORNAMENTS

CAT ORNAMENT AUCTION: December 17 and 18 -  

By popular demand, the handcrafted Cat Care Society Cat Photo Christmas Ornaments are available for auction! Now you can adorn your own Christmas Tree with your favorite CCS cat this Christmas! 
 


Bids will be accepted starting at 12:01 am, December 17th and bidding closes at 11:59 pm on December 18th

Visit our Facebook album to see all of the darling cat ornaments up for auction: http://on.fb.me/2260iFB 

Please email your bid amount to: sheltermanager@catcaresociety.org

Remember to include the cat name and bid amount in your email and your bid will be recorded. Minimum bid amount is $5.00, there is no maximum bid amount set. 

This will be a sealed bid auction. The CCS cat ornament will be awarded to the highest bidder at the close of the auction.

*Bids will only be accepted via email*

We will provide updates on the status of the auction via Facebook at 6:00am, noon, and 6:00pm on both 12/17 and 12/18.  

The winning bids will be announced via Facebook and our website the morning of December 19th. If you have the winning bid, you will receive a separate email with payment instructions. 
 


All proceeds from this auction will go toward the care of the Cat Care Society cats! 

PICK-UP/SHIPPING INFORMATION: If you are in the Denver Metro area, you can pick up your ornament at the shelter starting Saturday, December 19th, between 11:00am-4:30pm. If you are out of state and need your ornament shipped, the shipping cost will be $2.95 in the U.S.; and $14.95, Canada. 

Thank you for supporting our First Annual CCS Cat Photo Christmas Ornament Drive! 

Cat Care Society Is Seeking Candidates for Executive Director

Monday, November 30, 2015

NOTE: We are accepting applications for the ED position through midnight, December 31, 2015.

Executive Summary:

The Cat Care Society (CCS), a 501(c) (3) nonprofit animal rescue and adoption center in Jefferson County, Colorado, seeks an Executive Director to run its limited admission shelter and cats-only veterinary clinic.  CCS cares for homeless, abused and neglected cats and offers adoption, counseling, veterinary care and community outreach services for cat guardians. 

 The successful applicant will be a seasoned professional manager, experienced in the business and operational aspects of running an animal welfare and shelter organization, and committed to the highest standards of animal treatment and care. 

This position oversees the CCS organization – shelter, clinic, and all related administrative functions, including operations finance, IT, communications, marketing, human resources, volunteers and outreach; conveys the vision and direction of the CCS Board; leads and supports the staff and volunteers; interacts with the public; and works as an advocate for the health and welfare of cats in the Denver metro area.

Summary of Responsibilities

  • Working with the Board of Directors, develops and carries out the organization’s strategic business plan – one that provides vision and identifies objectives for optimal success in achieving the CCS mission
  • Serves as the public face of CCS, promoting its programs and values in the community, and representing its interests with partnering organizations, donors and prospects, the shelter industry, and state and local regulatory bodies
  • Leads the management, staff and volunteers in performing CCS’s day-to-day work and fulfilling its mission; maintains the highest standards in job performance, animal care and customer service; monitors staff’s progress toward short-term and long-term goals
  • Acts as the lead fundraiser and salesperson for CCS:  oversees donor cultivation, fundraising events and all other development activities, with particular emphasis on major-gift and planned giving development; oversees participation in supported community campaigns such as Colorado Gives; works to achieve sustainable revenue streams and long-term financial growth (very high Board priority)
  • In collaboration with Shelter Manager, works to enhance the visibility of the CCS shelter, and to build shelter traffic and volume of adoptions
  • In collaboration with Head Veterinarian and clinic staff, oversees measures to realize the full potential of the clinic, as measured in volume, revenue and profitability
  • Working with the managers of each revenue and cost center, develops and approves annual budgets for the organization; monitors and analyzes periodic financial results; arranges and supports annual financial audit of CCS by outside accounting firm
  • Ensures compliance with laws at all levels of government (including PACFA and other regulations), adherence to professional member standards for shelter and clinic operations, and transparency in all dealings with the public
  • Reports regularly to the Board of Directors on all aspects of the organization; recommends major initiatives; implements all directives of the Board
  • Supervises the Shelter Manager, Clinic Manager (Head Veterinarian), Bookkeeper/Accounting Manager, Volunteer Coordinator, and senior marketing, communications and development officers; monitors human-resources practices and supports the professional development of staff

Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree required.  Graduate degree(s) and/or industry certifications (CAWA, etc.) will be given special consideration.
  • Minimum 5 to 8 years’ experience in management positions of increasing responsibility; 3 to 5 years in the animal shelter industry.

Required Knowledge and Skill Sets

  • A genuine love of cats and passion for the Cat Care Society mission
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise others in a positive manner and maintain a collegial work environment; ability to keep the organization on an even keel in stressful conditions, and keep staff and volunteers focused on the mission
  • Superior oral and written communication skills, public speaking experience, and familiarity with traditional and social media
  • Thorough knowledge of the animal welfare and shelter industry and issues affecting the industry
  • Demonstrated knowledge of budgeting, financial statements, core principles of accounting and general business management
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Successful nonprofit fundraising experience and knowledge of best practices in fundraising and donor development; ability to bond with current and prospective donors and make a compelling case for financial support
  • Computer literacy, and familiarity with Microsoft Office and Adobe office products

Compensation

Salary Range:  $65,000 - $80,000 annually, subject to negotiation between candidate and the Board of Directors

Benefits as set forth in the CCS Employee Manual and/or negotiated with BOD

Incentive Bonuses may be awarded based on performance goals and metrics as determined by BOD

Link for the complete Position Description

NOTE: We are accepting applications for the ED position through midnight, December 31, 2015.

Cat Care Society

ATTN:  Gail Tinianow, Board President - gtinianow@catcaresociety.org

5787 West 6th Avenue

Lakewood, CO 80214

Interested in Board Service? We're Recruiting For An Individual With A Marketing Communications Focus

Sunday, November 29, 2015
Details about the position: CCS is seeking a new board member experienced in the strategy and oversight of all marketing communications efforts within an organization, including, but not limited to: 

 * Brand Strategy
 * Website Content Management 
 * E-mail Marketing (Constant Contact Platform)
 * PR & Media Outreach 
 * Social Media Management  
 * Publications (Cat Care Quarterly Newsletter, Brochures and One- 
   sheet Information Flyers) 
 * Printing 
 * Graphics

We'll ask this board member to chair the Society's existing Communications Committee, which meets bimonthly and communicates by e-mail, working with the CCS Volunteer Coordinator to recruit appropriately skilled volunteer members to the committee and report to the board regarding committee needs and developments at the monthly board meeting. 

This board member would also need to be available, primarily by e-mail, on an ongoing basis to discuss or vote on policy issues and major purchases affecting the Society. We're looking for a candidate who can commit to a two-year term of service and, of course, loves cats and wants to contribute time and talent to helping improve the quality of life for homeless, injured and abused cats in the Denver metropolitan area.

Interested individuals should contact CCS Board President Gail Tinianow - gtinianow@catcaresociety.org


Interested in Board Service? We're Recruiting for an Individual with a Finance & Accounting Background

Sunday, November 29, 2015
Details about the position: Cat Care Society is seeking a board candidate experienced in the financial governance of an organization with approximately $800,000 annual revenue (not-for-profit organization familiarity is a plus). 

We'll ask this board member to mentor under the current board treasurer for several months and assume the treasurer's duties going forward. Responsibilities include but are not limited to support of the Society's Bookkeeper, oversight of the Society's monthly financials, annual budget and audit by the contracted accounting firm, as well as weekly availability to sign checks and other financial forms for the Society. 

In addition to monthly board meetings, this board member would also need to be available, primarily by e-mail, on an ongoing basis to discuss or vote on policy issues and major purchases, management of cash flow and banking accounts plus the renewal of the Society's health insurance policy. 

We're looking for candidates who can commit to a two-year term of service and, of course, love cats and want to contribute time and talent to helping improve the quality of life for homeless, injured and abused cats in the Denver metropolitan area. 

Interested individuals should contact CCS Board President Gail Tinianow - gtinianow@catcaresociety.org


Santa Paws Festival is Saturday and Sunday, December 5 and 6, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday, November 28, 2015
Santa Paws Festival is moving to Saturday and Sunday this year.... December 5 & 6, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day at the Cat Care Society shelter, 5787 W. Sixth Avenue in Lakewood.

Here's the rundown of Santa Paws Festival fun:

FREE! Photos with the Jolly Old Elf Himself, Santa Paws (Adoption Assistant Dave)! With the permission of those being photographed, photos will be posted online in a Cat Care Society Facebook album for downloading and/or tagging to your own Facebook page.

FREE! Refreshments, including cookies, other holiday treats and our famous Cat House Punch (a secret mixture of ginger ale, Hawaiian punch and such...it's simply irresistible and helps you to stay hydrated for the festival!).

FREE! Cat Petting, neck rubbing, tummy patting and head butting. The shelter cats love all the attention during the Santa Paws Festival excitement.

BAKE SALE! Don't miss the awesome annual Santa Paws Festival Bake Sale created by the dedicated CCS volunteers... favorites include fudge, nuts (including yummy Chex Mix blends and more), holiday cookies, pies, cakes and cupcakes. The volunteer "elves" have been baking for months now. 

RAFFLE! Tickets will be $10 each this year, up from $5 the past two years, in an effort to raise more money for the cats. Each prize has a bag by it and you put your ticket in the bag of the prize you want to win. You can buy multiple tickets. Drawing is at the end of the day on Sunday -- winners need not be present. Link to look over the prizes.

SHOPPING! Meow Mart store, new stuff for your cats, including:

Cat Mats by Kathy, Cat Beds by Marlene, Lavender Cats by Linda, Knit Mice by Amy, and Wool Loops by Anonymous -- all made in Colorado.

From the Field cat toys, Go Cat, Hot Sox, Yeowwww Bananas, Beastie Band collars by Twin Cat, and Cat Dancer toys, all USA made.

Card board scratchers, litter mats and cat nip toys by Imperial Cat made in the USA. Neko Flies pole toys, Pioneer Pet ceramic & stainless steel fountains, Naturals Miracle high sided litter box, (NOTE: Neko Flies will be demo'd in the Meow Mart by a CCS volunteer)

MORE SHOPPING! Santa Paws Festival Bazaar -- gently used stuff. Lots of Christmasy Cat things and more: This year there's an extensive collection of Lilliput Lane Village collectibles. These are cute little English cottages and such.

The Festival will also have a nice selection of framed cat wall art.

Plus, there will be bookstand books (and more books). The back office at the shelter is being turned into a "Book Nook."

DEBUTING! The Christmas Ornament Donation Drive. Check out all the ornaments crafted by the CCS volunteers.

Link to learn more about the Ornament Drive.

Sponsor Ornaments Online.

Santa Paws Festival...spreading the word:

Link to the Lakewood Pet Examiner Posting 

Link to the Denver Post YourHub Posting

Link to the Lakewood Sentinel Posting











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