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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.

October Adoption Tales by Karlyn Mendez, CCS Adoption Assistant

Sunday, November 15, 2015
Feather (pictured) - “Molly” fit right in. She is described as affectionate and friendly and resides with a small dog.

Parker - likes to crawl on laps and snuggles between the owners on the bed. Parker shares his home with 2 other older cats and they all tolerate each other.

Elvira “Middie” - went home with an older woman. She snooped into everything and likes mellow music. She also likes to play with the crinkle ball and catnip carrot.

Maggie “Miss Sasha”- loves tummy rubs and wants attention on her terms and is nocturnal.  She doesn’t mind the dog.

Buddy - shares his home with an elderly couple and 2 dogs. He likes the husband and is affectionate and delightful. He enjoys his homemade wand toys.

Bella - gradually warmed up and is getting used to being held and gives love. She lives with a single young woman.

Xena - is healthy and happy. She enjoys pets and rubs behind the ears. A married couple with pre-teen daughters took her home.


Beverly “Alluka”- is confident and adjusted quickly. She likes having lots of attention and went home with a single young man.

Opt to Adopt Barney

Friday, November 06, 2015


Barney is one handsome orange mancat, and he's ready for his forever home!  Barney loves to talk and happily greets everyone who comes to visit him in Meow Mart.  He craves human attention and would do very well in a home where his human can spend a lot of time with him.  Barney enjoys being pet, and he likes playing with his Neko fly and Yeowww! catnip banana.  



Barney lives in Meow Mart because he doesn't like other cats.  He needs to be the only cat in the home.  Barney was on a medical hold for quite a while because he had pancreatitis.  He has made a full recovery.  Due to the stress of living in a shelter environment, he is still taking a steroid, but he may be able to wean completely off of it when he gets into a forever home.  Barney is part of the Perpet-U-Care program, which will cover a portion of his medical expenses for the rest of his life (limitations apply).  

Please stop by Cat Care Society and visit Barney.  He'll gladly tell you all about himself and why he makes the perfect companion.



This post is written by Sierra M. Koester, Cat Care Society Volunteer and Professional Blogger. 

Happy Tails: Ruby

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Here's a Happy Tail about a Cat Care Society alumni, Ruby.  I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did!

Ruby came to the shelter in 2004 as a kitten and she was adopted by an older women with 2 cats and a small dog. She came back to the shelter in 2008 when her person died. She was very shy and depressed and was not eating well. A couple adopted her along with another shelter cat but she continued to do poorly and due to her medical issues she came back to the shelter.  

The shelter staff went to great lengths to get her well again but she continued to be very shy and depressed and wouldn't eat. She went downstairs to live in the clinic so the clinic staff could monitor her. She would venture out and climb into the lap of a volunteer who would spend time with her but for the most part, she hid in her kitty bed.


One day someone donated a tall six foot cat tree. It was temporarily stored at the bottom of the stairs. Ruby came across the tree as she wandered around the lower floor and found that she loved hanging out in that tree. Her spirits improved and she started to eat better. The tree became a permanent fixture while Ruby was there and it was decided that it would go home with her when she was adopted. 

One of the clinic volunteers had a friend who wanted to adopt a shy cat and she told him "I know just the cat for you". David was introduced to Ruby and he and his wife Meredith fell in love with her. They brought her home and she's been with them ever since. 

Here's what David has to say about Ruby: Ruby is now with us for more than 6 years. She still hides when anyone but Meredith or I come into the house. But when she hears Meredith's Jeep pull into the driveway, she trots over to the front door to greet her. When I am sitting at my computer, Ruby comes over to claim me as her territory by scratching at my leg like a scratch-post. I am glad I have mastered the art of keeping her claws trim and safe for my jeans! 

One of Ruby's favorite hangouts is her cat tree. This came from the Cat Care Society. When she sits on the top platform, she is six feet off the ground and feels safe and in command of the world. From this platform in front of the window, she watches cars, dog walkers, squirrels, and children walk by.


Even at more than eleven years old, Ruby often believes she is a kitten. This means it's time to play! Lately it is less chase-the-string and more swat-the-ball. I roll a 3" diameter smooth sponge center ball toward Ruby. As the ball nears, she crouches with eyes wide open and ears a little back. When the ball arrives, she swats the ball, returning it to me. She's ready for another one! 

As Autumn sets in and the air in the house is cooler, Ruby is more active than during the hot days of summer. As I walk in the house, Ruby sprints past me, insisting she be the first to enter the next room. She asserts her victory by raking her claws on the scratching post in the room, claiming her territory. We sure are glad she lets us live in her house with her.

This post is written by Sierra M. Koester, Cat Care Society Volunteer and Professional Blogger. 

Giving Thanks Adoption Promotion

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Thanksgiving is now Cats-Giving at Cat Care During the month of November, every adopter will get to spin the wheel for a reduced adoption fee or free cat stuff! 



When you land on:

  • Red (4 spaces), you'll receive a reduced adoption fee of $60.
  • Purple (2 spaces), you'll receive a free toy from Meow Mart (valued at $5 or less).
  • Light blue (2 spaces), you'll receive a free scratch carpet.
  • Green (2 spaces), you'll receive a free handmade cat mat.
  • Dark blue (1 space), you'll receive a free hard plastic cat carrier.
  • Dark blue (1 space), you'll receive a free 6' beige carpeted cat condo.
  • Yellow (2 spaces), you'll receive a reduced adoption fee of $70.
Additionally, all November adopters can put their name into Benvolio's Box for a chance to win a free New Cat Start-Up Kit, which includes: one litter box, one cat bed, two toys, and two ceramic bowls (valued at $60).  The drawing will take place on November 28th.

You can view our adoptable cats HERE.  Please stop by the shelter to find your perfect kitty companion! 


This post is written by Sierra M. Koester, Cat Care Society Volunteer and Professional Blogger.  

September's Happy Tails

Friday, October 23, 2015

Here are our adoption tales from September.  Congratulations to all the cats who found their forever homes and to the human companions who adopted them!



Jet ("Orion"): Orion is a good cat who enjoys playing with his yarn toy.



Spice: Spice explored and has become comfortable in her new home.  She enjoys playing with her mouse toy and cuddling on her human's bed.



MiKo and Tasha: Miko (pictured above) and Tasha remain a bonded pair and interact well with family and friends.

McKellen ("Spaz"): Spaz likes playing with his mouse wand toy but doesn't like his feather wand toy.  



Alaska and Montana ("Monti"): One of the kitties hid in the stereo speaker the first day they went home.  Both Alaska (pictured above) and Monti sleep late and are active at night.



Jarrett ("Apollo"): Apollo is quite talkative and inquisitive, especially when the air conditioning comes on.



Neddy ("Alfred"): Alfred is full of love and likes to snuggle.  He thinks Q-tips are fun and is getting along well with the two younger cats he shares his home with.  

Penelope ("Penny"): Penny loves her catnip pickle and laser light toy.



Kozi: Kozi was adopted by one of Cat Care Society's cleaning staff.  She enjoys playing with her catnip banana and sleeping under the bed covers.  She is reported to eat like a, "steam shovel."  


This post was written by Sierra M. Koester, Cat Care Society Volunteer and Professional Blogger. 

Opt to Adopt Bailey and Riley

Tuesday, October 20, 2015


Bailey is a very handsome orange and white Domestic Shorthair.  He is incredibly friendly and often greets visitors when they come into his room.  Bailey loves to hang out with his human friends, and he will follow you around until you pet him or give him a belly rub.  He's an outgoing guy and enjoys sitting in laps.




Riley is Bailey's brother.  He is also an orange and white Domestic Shorthair.  Riley is a little shyer than Bailey, but he also loves attention.  Riley likes face rubs and hanging out with his brother as well as his human friends.  Riley has a deformity in one of his front paws where it did not fully develop.  However, he can get around just fine, and he doesn't let this slow him down at all.  

Both cats came to the shelter when their owner became too ill to care for them any longer.  They are very sweet boys who would make great additions to any home.  Bailey and Riley are approximately seven years old.  They get along with their feline roommates and are up-to-date on their vaccinations, litter box trained, and neutered.  They have tested negative for FIV and FeLV.  Bailey and Riley are brothers and best friends and must be adopted together.  

You can find Bailey and Riley in the Orange Room at Cat Care Society.  Please stop by to get to know these awesome cat companions.  

Adoption Special

Bailey and Riley are eligible for our Tails of the REAL Painted Cats Adoption Special.

During the entire month of October, you can adopt any cat with two or more coat colors for just $50.  You can check out all of our adoptable cats HERE.  Please note that the standard adoption process applies during this promotion.  


This post is written by Sierra M. Koester, Cat Care Society Volunteer and Professional Blogger. 

Kitten Adoption Extravaganza!

Thursday, October 15, 2015


Cat Care Society is having a Kitten Adoption Extravaganza!  From October 15th through October 31st, kitten adoption fees are reduced.  You can adopt one kitten for $65 or two for $120!  Adoption fees cover the Feline Leukemia test, Feline Immunodeficiency Virus test, distemper/upper respiratory vaccination, spay/neuter surgery, microchip, 15-day vet care assistance, a collar and tag, and a cardboard carrier. 

Please stop by to see all of our adoptable kittens in our Kitten Room.  

Shelter Hours:
Tuesday - Friday: Noon to 5:30 pm. 
Saturday: 11 am to 4:30 pm.
Sunday: Noon to 3 pm.

Please note that the standard adoption process still applies during this special.




This post is written by Sierra M. Koester, Cat Care Society Volunteer and Professional Blogger.  

Tails of the REAL Painted Cats Adoption Special

Friday, October 02, 2015

Sue Sioux is a gorgeous cat available for adoption at our shelter.

This month we have a fantastic adoption special to help celebrate the Tails of the Painted Cats Gala Dinner & Auction.  For the month of October, you can adopt your own REAL painted cat.  Pay only $50 for any cat seven months of age or older with two or more coat colors.  You can check out all of the cats available for this promotion by visiting our Facebook album.  Please note that the standard adoption process applies.

Please stop by Cat Care Society to meet all of our great cats!



This post is written by Sierra M. Koester, Professional Blogger and Cat Care Society Volunteer.

Opt to Adopt Rosie

Thursday, September 24, 2015


Beautiful black panther, Rosie, would love to find her forever home and a human to love.  Rosie is a feisty cat with cattitude.  She's not too happy at the shelter because she doesn't enjoy being around other cats, but if you can get her alone, she likes having her head stroked.  Rosie likes to talk, and she'll let you know her opinions!  Kitten Chow is Rosie's favorite treat, and she likes hanging out on the cat tree in the shelter's upstairs hallway.

Rose originally came to Cat Care when her owner became ill.  Her owner recovered and was able to take Rosie home again.  However, her owner fell ill again and is no longer able to care for Rosie.  All of this transition has been confusing for Rosie, but she would love to find a new home.  

Rosie is approximately 14 years old.  Because she is a "senior" cat, she is part of the Perpet-U-Care program, which will pay for a portion of her veterinary care for the rest of her life (restrictions apply).  She prefers a home without children, dogs, or other cats.  

You can meet Rosie in the upstairs hallway at Cat Care Society.  Please take the time to get to know this sweet girl - you won't regret it!  

Special Needs September Adoption Special

During the entire month of September, you can adopt any special needs or senior cat from Cat Care Society for $40.  Individuals with disabilities and seniors aged 60+ can adopt any special needs or senior cat for $20.  Please note that the standard adoption process still applies.  


This post is written by Sierra M. Koester, Professional Blogger and Cat Care Society Volunteer.

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