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.
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!
Kitten season is in full swing and Cat Care Society is in need of foster families who can foster orphaned kittens, nursing moms with kittens, and pregnant mom cats. The time commitment for fostering kittens is anywhere from two months to two weeks depending on their age, health and temperament. CCS will provide all medical care for your fosters. We do require all foster kittens get a medical checkup at the shelter at 3 weeks, 6 weeks, and 9 weeks. This is to ensure their overall health and also to administer important vaccines required of young kittens. Once they are old enough to be spayed and neutered they can come to the shelter to find their furrever homes!
Spare room away from household pets
Driver’s license/insured auto for transport
Please contact CCS Shelter Manager Heather Allen for more information and foster program orientation details. Phone: 303-239-9680 x 14, email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: If you're not already a Cat Care Society volunteer, we will request you also attend an upcoming CCS Volunteer Orientation. The next session is Saturday, August 8th, 12:30 p.m. Link for more information.
Cat Care Society thanks and celebrates its team of 118 volunteers with 799 years of collective service to the organization. We appreciate all they do for the cats.
Quoting Jane Dorsey, Cat Care Society's Volunteer Coordinator, from her annual message:
"The 12th of April marks the beginning of National Volunteer Week, designated as such by Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service. We at Cat Care Society know well that volunteers make the difference between a nonprofit’s success and failure to exist. Without a strong volunteer program CCS would not be able to adequately shelter cats in need, and give them the love, attention and care they require while waiting for their forever homes. The program is always moving ahead with changes and new ideas.
Last year, we began a new program which focuses on hand-on socialization for the cats awaiting adoption. We have two shifts a day where a volunteer comes in and seeks out the neediest of our resident population and gives those cats the special attention they need. This hopefully helps them to endure life in the shelter with less stress, and more contented moments. We have seen good results for the cats while also giving the participating volunteers an opportunity to become more engaged with the furry friends they support. This is one of many tasks our team of volunteers does.
This past year also saw the formation of a communications team to keep up with social media and news feeds. Planning and implementation of fundraising events has also seen an increase in volunteer participation. Committee members are an absolute necessity to create the foundation for any successful event. Our volunteer-driven food bank for cat owners in need has been going strong for 5 years. This very successful outreach program would not exist if not for caring volunteers and donors. Our educational seminars are also a volunteer-driven project. Not only do the seminars acquaint new people with the shelter, but also provide our pet loving supporters with new ideas and ways to enjoy their cats.
Our amazing Board of Directors has selflessly supported, directed and nurtured our organization through thick and thin. They are Volunteers Extraordinaire!"