cc receives PETCO Foundation grant

GREAT NEWS! The Petco Foundation has made a $6,000 grant to help Cat’s Cradle continue to expand our lifesaving transport programs. The grant will pay for foster vetting expenses and other adoption preparation costs, allowing us to rescue more cats and kittens from area shelters.

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 You can also join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by using the hashtag #PetcoFamily.

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 $250 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  six million pets find their new loving families, and we’re just getting started. Visit to learn more about how you can get involved.

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.


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 and visit them on Facebook @banfieldfoundation.



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.

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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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


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