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Rocky and Rigby's Crowdfund is Off to an Amazing Start

Saturday, August 06, 2016


Rocky and Rigby require specialized surgery and they need your help! More than 50 donors have already stepped up to take us 30% of the way in achieving Rocky and Rigby's Crowdfund.  Please donate now!


CCS has teamed with LoveAnimals.org to raise funds for Rocky's liver tumor removal surgery and Rigby's adrenal gland removal surgery.


Our sincere thanks if you have already donated to help Rocky and Rigby. If not, please consider donating today so our sweet boys can receive the critical medical care they need. The minimum donation at LoveAnimals.org is $2.00. We thank you in advance for whatever level you're able to contribute.


Rocky has faced some challenges the last 8 years of his life. He was adopted and returned to CCS several times. In the fall of 2015, Rocky was returned to CCS for aggression towards the resident cats. Shortly after Rocky arrived back at the shelter he became quite ill. Rocky was diagnosed with cholangiohepatitis and a liver mass. He made a full recovery from the cholangiohepatitis and although the liver tumor appeared benign, the veterinarians wanted to monitor Rocky and recheck the liver tumor in 6 months.


Rigby is a 9 year old declawed senior that was brought to CCS when he began acting aggressively towards the cats in his home. Rigby had a tough time when he arrived at the shelter; he was very shy and reclusive. It took several weeks until he felt safe to come out of his shell and trust the staff caring for him.


We noticed right away that Rigby had a strong odor (like an intact male cat) and it was thought that he was cryptorchid (that he had a retained testicle). After further testing it was determined that Rigby had an issue with his adrenal gland.


WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE

Rocky's ultrasound results determined that his liver tumor has grown. Because the tumor has grown we need to address this issue right away. Based on the location of the tumor and its current size, surgery by a specialist is the best option for Rocky. Having the liver tumor surgically removed will provide Rocky with longevity and quality of life. With surgery, our sweet Rocky should make a full recovery and find his forever home!


Rigby saw a specialist for an ultrasound and the test determined he has a tumor on his adrenal gland. Based on the ACTH test results, surgery by a specialist is the best long-term option for Rigby. Surgery will provide him with comfort and quality of life; surgery will also give Rigby the option of finding an adoptive home (right now folks don't want to adopt him due to his odor). With surgery, our sweet Rigby should make a full recovery and find his forever home!


Rocky

  • Surgery to Remove Liver Tumor: $3,500

  • Supportive Care: $1,600

  • Continued Care: $900

  • TOTAL: $6,000


Rigby

  • Surgery to Remove Adrenal Gland Tumor: $4,600

  • Supportive Care: $1,800

  • Continued Care: $600

  • TOTAL: $ 7,000

Rocky has faced many challenges in his life but he never let it affect his loving personality. He absolutely adores every human he meets; he especially loves belly scratches and playtime. With your support, Rocky can have a long and happy life!


Despite Rigby's medical challenges he has become a very well-adjusted, social and loving cat and he is quick to greet new visitors entering his room. With your support, Rigby can have comfort and quality of life!  

Please visit our LoveAnimals.org Crowdfund page to read Rocky and Rigby's entire story and see why they need our help.


Watch their YouTube videos: http://bit.ly/2aCXyPx  and http://bit.ly/2aGFP7j


Please help Rocky and Rigby heal so they can have the second chance at life they both deserve! Thank you for your support!


Cat Care Society's Nine Lives Programs: The Financial Backbone of the Society

Monday, January 04, 2016
Cat Care Society's programs for donors:

Nine Lives Legacy Society: CCS invites its supporters to join the Nine Lives Legacy Society by naming Cat Care Society as a beneficiary in their wills, living trusts, life insurance policies, pension plans or charitable trusts.

A key benefit of the Nine Lives Legacy Society is the Cat Guardianship Program, which allows Cat Care Society to serve as temporary caregiver for the legacy member's cats (or cat) in the event the member's death. 
 
Nine Lives Partners (Giving Club and Recurring Giving): A CCS supporter's care and belief in the Cat Care Society mission is reflected when making a recurring gift...a donation directed to CCS automatically every month.

A recurring gift makes a CCS donor part of a special group of those commited to continuously helping ensure all nine lives for every cat and kitten in CCS' care.

Link for more information

Nine Lives Cat Guardianship Program:

A key benefit of the Nine Lives Legacy Society, this program allows Cat Care Society to serve as temporary caregiver for the legacy member's cats (or cat) in the event the member's death.

Link for more information.



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! 

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










Dec 1-31: Cat Care Society's First Ever Christmas Ornament Donation Drive

Saturday, November 28, 2015
Oh the Weather outside is frightful, but the Ornaments are so Delightful! Good you can sponsor ornaments online or at the shelter! Or both!

Cat Care Society is holding a Christmas Ornament Donation Drive this year. Select a picture-themed CCS Cat Ornament for $5.00. Your ornament sponsorship donation goes toward the care of the cats in our shelter!

The ornament you select will have your name on the back and be displayed in the CCS lobby for the entire month of December. Our goal is to have all of the cats currently in our care with Christmas ornaments this December!

In addition to the shelter cat ornaments, our volunteer elves created these "Golden Circle" ornaments for those who want to make a larger year-end donation to the ornament drive:

Shelter Ornament - $2,500 donation
The Cat Clinic Ornament - $2,000 donation
Kitten Room Ornament - $1,500 donation
Meow Mart Ornament - $1,000 donation
Grand Hall Ornament - $500 donation
Nibbles 'n Kibbles Food Bank Ornament - $250 donation
Cat Room Ornaments (Blue, Orange, Gold, Red, Purple or Green Rooms) - $100 donation each

You can arrange your ornament sponsorship at the front desk of the shelter or you can sponsor ornaments online!

Link to the flyer
Link to sponsor ornaments online
Link to the Facebook album to view ornaments 

Thank you for your support!!

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