Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Heather Allen Named Executive Director of Cat Care Society Effective January 5, 2016

The Cat Care Society (CCS) Board of Directors selected CCS Shelter Manager Heather Allen as Executive Director of the Society, effective January 5, 2016. The announcement is made by Board President Gail Tinianow, who says Allen will be in charge of the entire organization, including the shelter, adoption center and clinic, as well as financial and administrative operations, fundraising, marketing and communications, and the CCS volunteer program.

Allen joined CCS as Shelter Manager in June 2015, and quickly oversaw an expansion of the rescue capabilities of the shelter's receiving and isolation rooms after successfully launching a crowdfunding campaign. In addition she has revamped and expanded the Society's Kitten Foster program to help save more cats through the CCS volunteer network.

Allen has been involved in the animal rescue and shelter industry for more than 20 years. She started her career as a volunteer in adoptions, fundraising, and foster care. She then worked in full-time staff positions in the shelter community, rising through the ranks as a kennel technician, veterinary technician, intake manager, and executive director. Throughout her animal welfare career, Allen has had a particular passion for cats.

Prior to joining CCS, Allen was the Resort Manager at the Paradise 4 Paws, the luxury pet boarding facility located near DIA. Previously she served as Executive Director of Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue and Intake Manager at Angels with Paws. Allen has also worked in the sporting goods industry and with the General Services Administration. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from University of Phoenix.

Cat Care Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for homeless, injured and abused cats in the Denver metropolitan area. In an effort to prevent animal neglect and abuse, CCS offers educational programs that promote responsible pet ownership and humane treatment of all animals; provides shelter for cats in a healthy, cage-free environment; and works to find compatible families for every feline that comes into the facility. The shelter provides a loving, temporary refuge for more than 50 cats at any given time, affordable veterinary services to the general public and a free food and litter bank for cat owners experiencing temporary financial challenges. For more information, please visit www.catcaresociety.org.

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Monday, January 4, 2016

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

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.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Feasting For Felines: Thank You, 2015 Partner Restaurants!

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.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

It's here! Cat Care Society's 1st Cat Ornament Auction: December 17 and 18

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!

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

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

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

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

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.

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!