Do you ever shop at Thrifty Foods? Would you like to help Cowichan Cat Rescue raise money at no cost to yourself?
CCR is enrolled in Thrifty Food’s smile card program and has been allotted a supply of smile cards to distribute. If you get one of our smile cards, every time you use it to make a purchase at any Thrifty Foods store, they will donate 5% of the cost to us. Your groceries do not cost you any extra; the money comes out of Thrifty’s pocket. You load however much money you like onto your smile card, and then use it to pay for your groceries. You can even load money onto the smile card right at the cashier before your groceries are rung through, and then use it a moment later to pay for them. This year we can earn up to $1000 through the program, and if we reach that limit, maybe it will be increased for next year. It’s a valuable fundraiser for us, an easy way for people to support our work, and it earns Thrifty Foods a good name in the community.
Request one of our smile cards by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and providing your name and phone number, and we will mail one to you. Should you ever lose your smile card, let us know right away so we can get you a replacement and have the old one voided so that you don’t lose the balance on it.
Please spread the word about this opportunity for us!
We have come into possession of a number of lovely quilts and we are going to be selling them to raise funds for our late season kittens’ vet bills. A gallery of pictures and descriptions is going up on our Facebook page today and more will appear here as soon as we can sort out the logistics.
Watch for them!
Three opportunities on Saturday for our friends to help out feeding our homeless kitties and paying our vets — and you took us up on all of them!
We raised over 500 pounds of food for the outdoor cats, plus some litter which will be very helpful for our foster homes. This food will keep us going into January and we are so happy about that.
And — drum roll, please! — we brought in over $1,000.00 for the day! We will be able to pay off the vet bill for those kittens with the eye surgery and we (and no doubt they) will be very happy to see that.
If you missed the chance to taste some of our treats from the bake table, or shop for gifts from our crafts, you will have another chance next Saturday at Providence Farm. If you missed the chance to donate to Fill the Kitty, you can still donate in all the usual ways:
Mail a cheque to CCR at PO Box 677, Duncan, BC, V9L 3Y1
Donate on line through PayPal or Canada Helps — both links are on the website.
Donate to our Fundrazr account. The link is on our Facebook page.
And now we will get busy making more fudge and turtles and rum balls for Saturday…
Drop a cheques or cash (and anything else you want to donate including cat food) off for us at Duncan Pets, 350 TCH, Duncan, BC
Kitten season is not over!
We loved that long spell of wonderful weather at the end of the summer — but now we are not so sure it was a good thing. We are still bringing in kittens, at least a month later than we are used to! We have over 30 young kittens in foster care, almost a dozen older ones, and more little ones coming in every few days. All of these kitties need to be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, treated for parasites, and many of them also need vet care for illnesses. This is going to be an expensive late season for us!
And then there are the bills for a few extraordinary surgeries we still have to pay for. The two boys in the picture had a congenital defect that made it necessary to have very fancy reconstructive surgery done to create upper eyelids for them. It has been done and we are so happy the little guys are not going to be in constant pain any more, but that kind of surgery does not come cheap!
Finally, with the winter weather hunger comes to the feral colonies. We try to help out with food when we can, but to do that we need donations of food so we can distribute it to the hungriest of our colony kitties.
There are several opportunities to help coming up — watch for these:
FILL THE KITTY! NOVEMBER 30, 2013 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM Lucky Paws, Mill Bay Centre Duncan Pets, 350 TCH, Duncan
Gratefully accepting donations of cat food for our colonies, money for our vet bills and Canadian Tire money to purchase supplies — let’s fill the Smart Car and the cat van!
SHAWNIGAN LAKE CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR
NOVEMBER 30, 2013 10:00 AM to 4:00 . . . → Read More: November activities
Winter is coming and that means two things for CCR and the homeless cats of the Cowichan Valley.
Without donations of cat food, many cats will die of starvation and disease. If we can collect enough food for the colonies that go short in the winter we can save lives and reduce suffering. We are asking for help with that.
Without donations of money, we will not be able to pay off the vet bills we have incurred in the course of a record busy year.
This year we have had some extraordinary expenses for surgeries for cats in our care. Some of these stories have been on our Facebook page — Maggie with her horrible hernia; Diamond Joe and Monkey with their hernias; the two little guys from the scrapyard with their reconstructive surgery on their eyes; Buddy with his dreadful injuries from an animal attack, among others. We are thrilled that we have been able to save these cats, but now we need help to pay off the bills.
WHERE? LUCKY PAWS PET STORE at the MILL BAY CENTRE DUNCAN PETS, 350 Trans-Canada Highway WHEN? November 30, 2013, from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Gratefully accepting donations of cat food, money, and Canadian Tire money. If you are unable to attend, donations can be made on-line through PayPal, Canada Helps, and our Fundrazr page. Links to donate are on our website and our Facebook page. Be sure to leave your contact info so we can get a tax receipt to
3 caught, 1 more to get… A foster home is desperately needed for these little ones, along with their sibling who is still waiting to be captured. They will have been treated for parasites and will be on meds for their sore eyes and they will need a lot of hands on lovin’. Any one interested?
This information has all been moved over from the events page so that it will not be lost. From here on in, the Events Page will be our blog!
Events to Support Cowichan Cat Rescue 2014 calendars
A number of those wonderful pictures we have been posting on Facebook are now available in a calendar, which we are publishing as a year end fundraiser. Be sure to take a look at the wonderful pictures of some very cute CCR babies! The calendar is available in two formats: Standard size: 11 x 17 inches open (11 x 8.5 inches closed) The price is $20 plus tax and shipping. Premium Size: 13.5 x 19 inches The price is $28 plus tax and shipping. All of the information about the calendars, including how to preview each page and how to order one, can be seen here: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/CherubsWithWhiskers To take a look inside a calendar, click on the one you want to see, and then click on the ‘Preview’ link directly below the picture of the calendar. You will be able to click through each month. The profit made from the sale of a calendar is shared equally between Cowichan Cat Rescue and the calendar’s creator (one of CCR’s foster moms). We make the same amount of money regardless of what size calendar a customer buys. Calendars can only be ordered online. Past events
The annual garage sale! August 17 and 18, 2013, in the field under the tents at 3108 Telegraph Road, Mill Bay, BC
Another huge success! Thank you to everyone who donated, helped with the event, or came to shop. We will be back next year.
Cowichan Cat Rescue’s “FILL THE KITTY” fundraiser and barbecue June 15, 10 AM to 4 PM
Lucky Paws, Mill Bay Centre
Collecting cat . . . → Read More: Recent Events
2012 has been another very busy year, with a constant stream of feral cats and kittens going through the TNR and adoption programs and another large group going through the low cost spay/neuter program. We think when we add up the numbers for the year we may well have exceeded the almost 500 spays and neuters we did last year. We can see the results of this work in the fact that there are less big colonies than we have seen in the past and more and more of the existing colonies contain a majority of cats that have been fixed. With the addition of the low cost program we are hoping to see less unfixed domestic cats showing up in the colonies and less “free to a good home” unfixed kittens in the community. Now that the cold and wet November weather has arrived we have stopped all outdoor feral trapping. Our efforts now turn to the low cost program and we are pleased to report that we have three days of surgeries set for November and are hoping to get several more fitted in for December. If you or anyone you know is living below the official poverty line and has pet cats or kittens in need of being fixed, then this would be an excellent time to turn in an application. Forms are available at Duncan Pets. We would love to prevent the usual crop of unwanted Spring kittens by fixing the moms over the winter months. Although we are not doing any more feral spays and neuters over the winter, we are still bringing in kittens, including some tiny little bottle babies. There will be Christmas kittens again this year, thanks to that extended period of warm weather we enjoyed into October. Not only do . . . → Read More: November Newsletter
What a busy year it has been! We completed the Pepsi grant project, spaying and neutering almost one hundred cats for low income pet owners, and also completed the PetSmart grant project, leaving a very happy neighbourhood behind!
The low cost program was such a hit that we sought further funding and were thrilled when the CVRD agreed to provide us with funding to keep the program going for another year. We expect that we will be approaching another hundred cats by the end of this year. Somehow we never seem to run out of cats to fix — but we keep hoping it will happen one day.
We have had a wonderful growth of our Facebook community and we invite everyone to join the action there. Foster homes are found, funds are raised, events and activities are discussed, and there are pictures. So many pictures! Please come and join us and become part of a very vibrant community of friends and supporters.
The stream of new kittens has stopped (we hope) and now we can go back to work trapping. We have made excellent progress in a couple of places — there are parts of this colony where *all* the cats have been fixed. There remains one area where there are still a number to go, including some big kittens. We will be heading back out nexr week to try to get those under control before out time is up and the PetSmart grant money is all gone. Keep your fingers crossed for us — some of these cats have got very smart about the traps!
There are still some kittens from this colony in foster care and they will be available
for adoption from their foster homes now, or from Duncan Pets next
month, after the little kittens have been adopted out.
These boys are brothers who had some health issues but are now healthy,
friendly, playful and ready to go to a new home. We would like to see them stay together.