BEAT THE HEAT matching challenge – updated 3/3!

It’s time to BEAT THE HEAT! Jacquelyn Zehring, one of our amazing supporters, has stepped up with a matching challenge to help us replenish our depleted spay/neuter account so we can help folks in our service area spay/neuter their cats BEFORE they go into heat! Let’s prevent a spring-summer kitten explosion! Jackie will match all donations designated for BEAT THE HEAT, or otherwise designated for spay/neuter, DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR, up to $10,000! But act now – – this challenge runs from February 15-April 1st – – every dollar counts to prevent unwanted litters! Please help us meet this generous matching challenge! These funds will allow us provide financial assistance to residents of Harrisonburg, Rockingham, Page, and clients living in Augusta County outside the PetSmart Charities grant zip codes. Don’t miss this chance to make your dollar count TWICE!
UPDATE: Great news: As of March 3rd, we are over $6500 in donations for our $10,000 Beat the Heat Matching Challenge – Jackie’s beloved cat, Taylor, says ME-WOW!!! Please help keep the challenge going strong to reach our goal of 400 cats spayed and neutered!!! Three more weeks to go – donate now!!!

CC awarded $32K petsmart charities grant!



HARRISONBURG, VIRGINIA– January 15, 2018 – Cat’s Cradle of the Shenandoah Valley today announced it has received a $32,000 grant from PetSmart Charities, the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, to help fuel its spay and neuter efforts in select zip codes in Augusta County, representing high intake zip codes for cats into the Shenandoah Valley Animal Services Center, the county’s public intake shelter.  The zip codes cover the localities of Crimora, Fishersville, Lyndhurst/Sherando, Stuarts Draft, and Verona.

With the help of this donation, Cat’s Cradle will 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 will cover the balance of the surgery costs and Anicira will donate 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 from the targeted zip codes into the county’s shelter.  Spay/neuter surgeries for cats and kittens that Cat’s Cradle rescues for adoption from the county’s shelter will also be 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 this grant and partnership.  “With this grant, and with our partners, PetSmart Charities and Anicira Veterinary Center, we can make a huge difference in the intake of cats and kittens from the target zip codes 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 the targeted areas 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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