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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AUGUST adoption promo


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

hashtag #PetcoFoundation.

What’s a day at Cat’s Cradle like?

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


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