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SUMMERTIME CHALLENGE 2018 GOAL EXCEEDED

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The only word that fits our feelings is “wow”. You did it – YOU, our amazing, lifesaving supporters have not only met the Challenge we asked for your help with: you have SURPASSED it. You, in fact, OBLITERATED it. As of today, we have raised an incredible $64,893 for the kitties, and checks are still coming in through the mail!!! We are over the moon and our hearts are full of love and gratitude. Thank you. And we’ll say it again: Thank you. And once more, for good measure: THANK YOU!!!!

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The only word that fits our feelings is “wow”. You did it – YOU, our amazing, lifesaving supporters have not only met the Challenge we asked for your help with: you have SURPASSED it. You, in fact, OBLITERATED it. As of today, we have raised an incredible $64,893 for the kitties, and checks are still coming in through the mail!!! We are over the moon and our hearts are full of love and gratitude. Thank you. And we’ll say it again: Thank you. And once more, for good measure: THANK YOU!!!!

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As of 8/4, we have raised $34,890 toward our goal of $50,000 – about 70% of the way there. This point is always the toughest in any fundraiser – please don’t assume that someone else will take care of it, because we need YOU! With less than two weeks left to go and thirty percent left to raise, we need everyone to share our story and make certain we can utilize every dollar of the available matching funds. Remember that if we succeed, we will have raised a quarter’s worth of our annual budget. Every gift leading to that goal will be effectively DOUBLED, so please donate today at goo.gl/mjvvPS or send a check with memo “SC17” to P.O. Box 2128 Harrisonburg, VA 22801 and encourage your animal-loving friends to do the same – these dollars translate DIRECTLY to lives SAVED!

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As of 8/4, we have raised $34,890 toward our goal of $50,000 – about 70% of the way there. This point is always the toughest in any fundraiser – please don’t assume that someone else will take care of it, because we need YOU! With less than two weeks left to go and thirty percent left to raise, we need everyone to share our story and make certain we can utilize every dollar of the available matching funds. Remember that if we succeed, we will have raised a quarter’s worth of our annual budget. Every gift leading to that goal will be effectively DOUBLED, so please donate today at goo.gl/mjvvPS or send a check with memo “SC17” to P.O. Box 2128 Harrisonburg, VA 22801 and encourage your animal-loving friends to do the same – these dollars translate DIRECTLY to lives SAVED!

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First Challenge Update! Announcing a GREAT start to our Summertime Challenge! Week One of Four and we are off to a wonderful start, with still a long way to go. We have raised over $15,000 of our $50,000 minimum goal – -so great news, but we know about $10,000 of that is from already pledged day sponsors, so we really need everyone who believes in our mission to pitch in – – $10, $100, $1000 – -whatever you can to help us save more lives through spay/neuter, rescue/adoption, and pet retention knowing it is matched dollar for dollar! Help us reach our goal, and thanks!

– Jennifer Kirkland, Executive Director

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EXCITING NEWS FOR MATT CHAN – – BUT HE’LL BE MISSED!
After almost five and ½ years as the Adoption & Volunteer Coordinator for Cat’s Cradle, Matt Chan will be leaving us on May 27th to pursue a very exciting professional opportunity in animal welfare in Charleston, South Carolina. We’ll let him tell you about it below! Though Matt will be missed by feline and human friends alike, all of us at Cat’s Cradle are very grateful for his efforts on behalf of the cats and communities we serve. Matt has helped to grow our programs and our community presence in significant ways and we wish him all the best in this exciting position, and in his future endeavors!!!!

Dear Friends,

I would like to thank you for all of your amazing support towards Cat’s Cradle. Every year that I have been with Cat’s Cradle, I have seen your support help us save more and more lives. From saving more orphaned babies and rescuing more cats at area shelters, to finding more forever homes for the precious kitties; it’s been my privilege to see the communities in Rockingham, Augusta, and Page counties come together and continually make a greater difference.

In June, I will be relocating to Charleston, South Carolina to join no kill shelter Charleston Animal Society as an Executive Leader Fellow. The Fellowship will allow me to continue to progress in animal welfare while assisting with a number of special projects in the no kill community of Charleston, as they prepare to lead South Carolina to become the first no kill state in the United States.

And meanwhile, Cat’s Cradle will continue to offer all of our own ongoing lifesaving programs—thank you for helping us accomplish that!

I want to thank every one of our very special supporters and Cat’s Cradle volunteers, fosters, and staff for sharing in this experience with me. Saving cats, helping sick and injured cats get well, matching up cats with the perfect family, and working with an amazing team as Adoption & Volunteer Coordinator for Cat’s Cradle has been my honor. I will miss you, and the cats; yet I know that they will be in good hands. I look forward to seeing all the amazing things this community will continue do for the animals!

All my best,
Matt

Matt & Mercedes Chan by Cara Walton Photography

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Harrisonburg, VA September 16, 2014— Cat’s Cradle located based in Harrisonburg, is offering free cat sterilizations for any cat living in the 22827, 22815, 22853, 24441 zip code areas in Rockingham County and all of the zip codes in Page County, thanks to a grant from PetSmart Charities®. Cat’s Cradle is partnering with the Shenandoah Valley Spay Neuter Clinic in Harrisonburg for free surgeries. Residents living in these areas should call 540-437-1980 to make appointments for free sterilizations. If assistance is needed for transportation, carriers trapping the cat, please call 540-433-1135.

 

“This is a really good offer and one that will end when the grant monies run out,” says Suzanne Auckerman, Executive Director of Cat’s Cradle. “Hundreds of cats and kittens still die in our shelters because of overpopulation.  We want to see pet owners and caretakers in 22827, 22815, 22853, 24441 zip code areas in Rockingham County and all of the zip codes in Page County take advantage of these free spay/neuter surgeries to help reduce the pet population in Rockingham and Page Counties.  Since July when funds were received, 333 cats have been altered.  Approximately, 650 more surgeries are available with this grant funding. Avoid kittens and make your appointments now.”

Cat’s Cradle is a 501[c]3 organization that relies on grant funding and donations to offer free to low-cost sterilization services for pet owners and caretakers in our communities. For more information, call 540-433-1135.

PetSmart Charities, Inc. is a nonprofit animal welfare organization that saves the lives of homeless pets. More than 400,000 dogs and cats find homes each year through our adoption program in all PetSmart® stores and our sponsored adoption events. PetSmart Charities grants more money to directly help pets in need than any other animal welfare group in North America, with a focus on funding spay/neuter services that help communities solve pet overpopulation.

PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization, separate from PetSmart, Inc.

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Cat’s Cradle announces partnership with Approved Colleges, a resource for adult learners to research, discover and compare online education programs.

Cat’s Cradle is launching an Approved Colleges’ education, training, and assessment portal, Approved Colleges for Cat’s Cradle  Passcode: CATS (all caps), where our friends and supporters may research information on degree programs, professional development, continuing education, and skills assessment tests from the leader in online education.  Approved Colleges helps individuals:

  • Earn more money by learning new skills to advance their career
  • Assess and improve their proficiency in hundreds of key knowledge areas and
  • Enhance their credentials by earning an advance degree

Offering 15,450 online degrees, 2,080 online schools, 580 online courses, 440 skills assessments, and 1,090 career listings, Approved Colleges is the web’s largest educational database.

Best of all, each time someone purchases a course or orders a skills assessment, Cat’s Cradle receives 20% of the revenue generated!  So spread the word to all your family and friends!  Visit Approved Colleges for Cat’s Cradle Passcode: CATS (all caps), today!

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Cat’s Cradle gets Pet Retention Grant from Hildred Neff Memorial Fund!

We are excited to announce that we have received a $4,000 pet retention grant from the Hildred Neff Memorial Fund of the Community Foundation of Harrisonburg and Rockingham.  This grant will help us provide assistance to low-income, elderly, disabled, and other vulnerable community members who need help with veterinary fees and/or short-term boarding fees to retain their feline family members long-term.

Hildred Neff was born in and lived in Rockingham County her entire life. She loved animals and was especially fond of cats. Hildred left her estate to create the Hildred Neff Memorial Fund to benefit agencies that provide for the needs of both domestic and wild animals.  We are thrilled that we can honor the memory of Hildred Neff in continuing to care for the animals she loved!  Thanks to the Community Foundation for its continued support of non-profit organizations in the Valley.

WONDERFUL NEWS!!!

Cat’s Cradle gets Veterinary Assistance Grant from the Banfield Foundation!

Banfield Foundation has awarded Cat’s Cradle a generous grant to help us continue to grow our pet retention program! This grant will help Cat’s Cradle provide assistance with veterinary fees for low income cat owners. We are very grateful to the Banfield Foundation for this funding. Banfield Foundation and Cat’s Cradle know that pet retention is key to reducing shelter intake and the euthanasia of healthy companion animals. For more information on eligibility for assistance under this grant, please contact Cat’s Cradle at 540-433-1135. Learn more about the Banfield Foundation’s lifesaving programs at https://www.banfield.com/banfield-foundation and visit them on Facebook @banfieldfoundation.

SUMMERTIME CHALLENGE GOAL EXCEEDED

The results are in…and they are spectacular! With help from our supporters, we were able to raise not just our $50,000 goal – the maximum our generous anonymous donor once again pledged to match dollar for dollar – but an additional ten thousand dollars to boot, bringing our total to an incredible $110,000!!! THANK YOU to all who donated – you are amazing!!

 

CC CONTINUES AGGRESSIVE SPAY/NEUTER CAMPAIGN IN AUGUSTA COUNTY WITH GRANT FUNDING FROM PETSMART CHARITIES®

HARRISONBURG, VIRGINIA– June 11, 2018 – Cat’s Cradle of the Shenandoah Valley today announced it has received approval from PetSmart Charities, the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, to expand its grant-funded spay and neuter campaign in Augusta County.  The grant funding initially focused on Crimora, Fishersville, Lyndhurst/Sherando, Stuarts Draft, and Verona, but as of June 11, 2018, the grant may be used for all residents of Augusta County, including the cities of Staunton and Waynesboro, which are within the scope of the grant’s overall purpose.

With the help of the $32,000 grant funding received from PetSmart Charities in January 2018, Cat’s Cradle will continue to facilitate spay/neuter surgeries at the Anicira Veterinary Center in Harrisonburg for only a minimum copay per cat of $10.00, which may be waived in extraordinary cases. The grant covers the balance of the surgery costs and Anicira is donating the cost of the legally required rabies vaccine, if proof of rabies vaccine is not provided.  The goal of the project is to reduce the number of cats and kittens into the county’s shelter.  Spay/neuter surgeries for cats and kittens that Cat’s Cradle rescues for adoption from the county’s shelter are also covered by the grant.

Cat’s Cradle has been a leader in pro-active, targeted spay/neuter since 2005, helping to alter approximately 2,000 cats and kittens each year, including Trap-Neuter-Return for colonies managed by caretakers.  Cat’s Cradle partners with area clinics and veterinarians offering low-cost spay/neuter and is partnering exclusively with Anicira Veterinary Center on this grant.

Jennifer Kirkland, Executive Director of Cat’s Cradle, was thrilled to announce the expanded range of the grant and partnership.  “With this grant, and with our partners, PetSmart Charities and Anicira Veterinary Center, we have already altered more than 200 cats from the initially targeted zip codes.  With the expansion into the remaining rural zip codes of the county at large, and the Cities of Staunton and Waynesboro, we can make a huge difference in the intake of cats and kittens into our local shelter, thus preventing needless euthanasia of healthy, adoptable animals.”

PetSmart Charities aims to proactively prevent pet homelessness through increased spay and neuter efforts.  With the help of animal welfare partners, such as Cat’s Cradle of the Shenandoah Valley, PetSmart Charities has helped facilitate over 1.7 million spay and neuter surgeries in the U.S. since 2009.

“We are happy to support organizations, such as Cat’s Cradle, that provide critical services to help prevent unplanned litters in Augusta County,” said Sima Thakkar, regional relationship manager at PetSmart Charities. “This grant will help make spay and neuter surgeries more accessible to cat parents and help reduce the strain on local shelters.”

Residents living in Augusta County, and the Cities of Staunton and Waynesboro, should call Cat’s Cradle at 540-433-1135 to take advantage of this program.  Trapping and transport/return (not removal) services for cared for feral colonies can also be provided by Cat’s Cradle.

 

 

petco foundation grant

GREAT NEWS!  The Petco Foundation has made a $6500 grant to help Cat’s Cradle continue to expand our lifesaving transport programs. The grant will pay for foster vetting expenses, allowing us to rescue more cats and kittens from area shelters that can go on transports to our two newest no-kill shelter partners, the Brandywine Valley SPCA and the Pennsylvania SPCA, for adoption events.

We are so grateful for the continued support of the Petco Foundation and its investment in our lifesaving programs! For more information about the Petco Foundation, read below and visit www.petcofoundation.org. Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or by using the hashtag #PetcoFoundation.

About the Petco Foundation

At the Petco Foundation, we believe that every animal deserves to live its best life.  Since 1999, we’ve invested more than $200 million in lifesaving animal welfare work to make that happen. With our more than 4,000 animal welfare partners, we inspire and empower communities to make a difference by investing in adoption and medical care programs, spay and neuter services, pet cancer research, service and therapy animals, and numerous other lifesaving initiatives. Through our Think Adoption First program, we partner with Petco stores and animal welfare organizations across the country to increase pet adoptions. So far, we’ve helped more than 5.5 million pets find their new loving families, and we’re just getting started. Visit petcofoundation.org to learn more about how you can get involved.

 

thank you best friends animal society!

Cat’s Cradle is pleased to have received $1600.00 in financial assistance from national animal welfare organization Best Friends Animal Society to facilitate 40 spay/neuter surgeries of owned cats in the three zip codes representing the highest intake of cats into the Rockingham Harrisonburg SPCA. With this financial aid, we can continue to reduce shelter intake into the SPCA and thereby reduce euthanasia of healthy, adoptable cats and kittens. Cat’s Cradle is an active partner in Best Friends No More Homeless Pets® Network which offers help and support to animal rescue groups and shelters that save lives in their communities. We are proud to partner with Best Friends!

Best Friends Animal Society is the only national animal welfare organization dedicated exclusively to ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters. A leader in the no-kill movement, Best Friends runs the nation’s largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals, adoption centers and spay and neuter facilities in Los Angeles and Salt Lake City as well as lifesaving programs in partnership with more than 1,600 rescue groups and shelters across the country. Since its founding in 1984, Best Friends has helped reduce the number of animals killed in American shelters from 17 million per year to an estimated 4 million. By continuing to build effective initiatives that reduce the number of animals entering shelters and increase the number who find homes, Best Friends and its nationwide network of members and partners are working to Save Them All®.

To become a fan of Best Friends Animal Society on Facebook, go to: http://www.facebook.com/bestfriendsanimalsociety
Follow Best Friends on Twitter: http://twitter.com/bestfriends

We Have Moved!

petsmart charities field grant awarded    

We are so grateful to PetSmart District Manager Larry Wilkerson, who nominated Cat’s Cradle for a $2500 field grant – – thanks, Larry, and PetSmart Charities!!! With this grant, we were able to purchase a much-needed new microscope for our licensed vet tech, Christy Tabor, to use in doing in-house lab work for our kitties, saving on outside lab fees.  We were also able to purchase a flat-screen monitor and two “kitty” cams to outfit our temporary downtown center, so that we can show live feed videos of our adoptable foster kitties in action!  Because we are not able to have cats in person in our temporary center, we will rotate the kitty cams among our foster homes so that visitors to the center can “interview” our adoptable kitties on film.  We really appreciate the funding from PetSmart Charities so that we can continue to keep our kitties healthy and find them wonderful furrever homes!

petco foundation grant awarded

GREAT NEWS! The Petco Foundation has made a $5000 grant to help Cat’s Cradle continue to expand

our spay/neuter and TNR programs in Augusta County. The grant will pay for direct surgical expenses for

spay/neuter procedures, as well as the cost of rabies vaccines needed, to be offset by client copays

where possible. Cat’s Cradle is committed to reducing shelter intake of owned and stray cats in Augusta

County and this generous grant will help to alter approximately 100 cats and kittens, thus preventing

thousands of litters of kittens. We are so grateful for the continued support of the Petco Foundation and its investment in our

lifesaving programs! For more information about the Petco Foundation, read below and visit

www.petcofoundation.org. Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or by using the

hashtag #PetcoFoundation.

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HELP KITTIES by shopping at kroger!

Have you ever wished there was a way to help Cat’s Cradle just by going about your day, doing tasks like grocery shopping?

Well, great news–with Kroger Community Rewards program, you can!

Simply register for a Kroger Rewards card at krogercommunityrewards.com to get started. Once your Rewards Account is underway, you can register Cat’s Cradle as the charity you want to benefit from your purchases by selecting Cat’s Cradle’s name from among the listed charities, or entering our NPO number: 87844  Cat’s Cradle will then receive quarterly payments from Kroger based on your purchases!  image