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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 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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We are so excited to announce that for the second year in a row, Cat’s Cradle has been named one of the top charities in Virginia, and among the top three in the Shenandoah Valley! Virginia Living magazine has an annual “Best of Virginia” issue and we received accolades again in 2017 for our lifesaving work as one of Virginia’s best.

We share this award with our amazing staff, volunteers, and supporters — so each and every one of you reading this newsletter can know that not only are you making a difference in your support of Cat’s Cradle for the cats and kittens in the Shenandoah Valley, but people are well aware of what we are all doing together.

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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 & 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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2017 summertime challenge

Dear Friend,

As one of our vital supporters, we know you believe that cats deserve to lead happy, healthy lives. You might also know that Cat’s Cradle makes that possible for thousands of cats each year with our award-winning adoption, trap/neuter/return, medical assistance, spay/neuter, transport, rehoming, and retention programs. If you believe in our lifesaving mission and want to make the greatest difference possible, then Summer 2017 is your moment to do the most good in our community and turn your compassion into action.

Why? As with the last several years, from July 15th to August 16th, an anonymous donor has pledged $50,000 to us in a dollar for dollar match. This means that if we can raise the same amount via our Summertime Matching Challenge, then we can finish with an incredible $100,000 to improve the lives of cats in our community. Will you help us meet this challenge? Not only can your donation go farther during the Summertime Challenge; it also helps to prevent feline overpopulation, which tragically results in healthy, adoptable cats being destroyed. Your gift will provide cats who are homeless, ailing, or orphaned with the second chance they so desperately need.

You might wonder, “What’s in it for me (besides feeling warm and fuzzy in the knowledge that I’m helping cats)?” A fair question! In addition to the satisfaction of protecting kitties, your gift will entitle you to specific privileges, namely:

$500+: Cat Guard

  • Customized day of social media devoted exclusively to your sponsorship
  • Coverage features photo and/or video highlighting why you support us (if desired)
    • Recognized as a sponsor in our newsletter
    • Acknowledged by name in any media appearances (TV/radio) regarding the Challenge
    • Receive a commemorative “swag” item

$250-499: Lifesaver

    • Receive a Facebook/Instagram photo acknowledgement in tandem with donors of the same level
    • Recognized as a sponsor in our newsletter
    • Receive a commemorative “swag” item

$150-249: Va-cat-ioner

  • Receive a one-time Facebook/Instagram text shout-out in tandem with donors of the same range
  • Recognized as a sponsor in our newsletter
  • Receive a commemorative “swag” item

At any of these giving levels, you will enjoy the warm attention of our 8,000+ social media followers, who will very much appreciate your charitable giving. Keep in mind, too, that you can also contribute in honor of a friend or loved one – we will follow your lead and tailor our social media output to your preferences. Maybe you have a small business you’d like to promote. Perhaps your child has a summer birthday that you would like to celebrate, or you want to give in tandem with some friends and be acknowledged as a unit. You will also have free reign to share our acknowledgements of your sponsorship on your own pages and via email so that your circles can give in your honor.

If you would like to partner with us (and we hope you will!), then your tax-deductible contribution can be made online by clicking donate at (please put “SC17” in the Comments Box), via check with memo “SC17” addressed to Cat’s Cradle at 128 W. Market St. Suite 102 Harrisonburg, VA 22801, or even in cash at one of the donation jars collecting for us at our Downtown Center and area business partners. Thank you so much in advance. We look forward to showcasing your generosity and to helping cats twice as much!


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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®.

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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 Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or by using the

hashtag #PetcoFoundation.

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meet our pet(s) of the week

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 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