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Jul. 24th, 2017 09:19 am
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Posted by Laurie Cinotto

It seems I always have some sort of computer crisis when I try to post from the road. Well, I just realized I left my power cord at home and with my battery at 7%, I don't think I'll be done writing my jumbo thank you post before thing dies.

So, I'll just share this one quick image:
Miss Fancy Pants Alexander and her thumbs.


GIANT thank you post coming early tomorrow.  oxoxo 

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Jul. 24th, 2017 03:44 pm
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Saturday evening I was invited to a barbecue by a couple from our church. Five Venezuelan families were there and myself so it had a real latino feel, despite the rain. I knew two of the families but not the others. I really enjoyed using my Spanish and was able to keep up with it all evening.
: )
Mind you, by the end I was sweating from having to concentrate so much. Lol.
Then I went straight from there to do street pastoring. Here's our table:

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There were three of us on Saturday. Frank (a doctor), myself and Anwar (who is a refugee from Afghanistan working as a builder now in the UK). It's funny, for a person of faith I don't pray a great deal these days. I'm probably back-sliding, but last night when we prayed (before going out) it really picked up my spirits quite noticeably. I suddenly felt much more positive and confident and friendly. When we were out on the street I made more of an effort to engage with people and had some really good conversations with a real variety of people. I like the way that the street pastors jacket gives you licence to be nice to people without them thinking you're trying to rip them off.

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Jul. 23rd, 2017 08:36 am
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I had a crazy week at school last week. I went to see the Head about my poor lesson observation. It probably sounds trivial but senior management can put a lot of pressure on you for poor lesson observations. A few staff that have either left or taken time off for depression from the stress. They've stayed pretty much off my back up 'til now but this Head is fairly new and I wanted to make my case that I run a good department. I think I managed to express myself alright. I felt better afterwards anyway. He couldn't undermine the woman that did the observation but he said he'd get the RE advisor to observe me next time - I think that's a good thing.

Then he gave me a list of jobs that another member of senior management put together for me. : / I found it a bit frustrating because it was a list of loads of pointless paperwork tasks. I tried to do them all at the same time and got nowhere but I think I've scrambled my way through them now. I think...

The students finished school on Friday. I've just got two more days in school on Monday and Tuesday. It feels good to remind myself of that. I just hope that management don't stress me out on those days and give me more stuff to do. We're supposed to be using the time to tidy our rooms. We'll see.

Last night we had a bar-b at our house to say goodbye to a youth-worker from church. There were 16 youth here. It was ok although I wasn't feeling particularly sociable. After they'd gone I sat by the door and just listened to the rain for half an hour by myself. It was beautiful.

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This morning I got up at 8:30 and walked to the nearest shop to buy a newspaper. I haven't done that for ages. It doesn't sound like much but a simple relaxing stroll was what I needed. When I got back I put some fresh coffee on and took my time. Then I had a workout. Then I painted the garden gate. It felt good doing physical work for a change. : )

Running WILD!

Jul. 21st, 2017 10:28 am
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Posted by Laurie Cinotto

Quarantine was officially up yesterday so last night I sprung the Alexanders from the kitten room. It didn't take any time at all for them to get used to their bigger world. Just a few moments after I opened their door, they started running wild!

I left in the wee hours of the morning today and will be away this weekend for a wedding. I'm so sad to miss Dog-A-Thon tomorrow, but I do hope that some of you will be attending and represent the cats for Team IBKC.   Details on the event can be found HERE.

We will see you on Monday with more fundraising wrap ups, thank yous, and lots of pics of our Alexanders exploring.  See you then!

And enjoy this show ---prepare yourself for lots of super fun crazy kitten action!!!

So Much Love for You

Jul. 20th, 2017 08:32 am
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Posted by Laurie Cinotto


 Well, THAT was amazing!

There's still a tiny bit trickling, so the total will rise just a wee bit, but get this, my dear friends, team IBKC raised $144, 284 this year!  This brings our all-time grand fundraising total to $894,005!  I was having a hard time wrapping my brain around all of this last night, so I added, and added again, and again, and again, and I kept getting the same numbers, so this must be right!

You all must be so exhausted after giving so much!!!

It truly is remarkable the way you give. I talk about this Community of ours all the time, and people are always impressed by you. Friends I have who work in the world of fundraising can hardly believe that you exist! You are such a rare, beautiful gem.

I appreciate your donations so much, and I am so happy to place this $144,284 in the capable hands of our Humane Society.  They will put it to good use, and so many cats and kittens will benefit from your generosity.

But your gifts are not just a monetary amount -- it goes way beyond that.

These gifts make our hard-working shelter staff and volunteers feel supported and appreciated. This work isn't easy on the soul.  Your donations illustrate that there is great value in the work they are doing. It lifts them.

You are putting something very positive into the world.  There are a whole lot of people who prefer being negative -- offering no solutions -- just criticism and complaints. You recognize there's a problem and know you can do something to help. You take action  -- you give.

Watching you give inspires other to do the same  -- to our shelter, and to other rescues. Your giving is contagious.

And personally, your gifts impact me profoundly.  Can you imagine how good it feels to have so many lovely people, most of whom you've never met in real life,  supporting you in this way?  I am so grateful for all of the love you show me -- not just during our fundraiser, but year 'round.

So, thank you for all of this.  I appreciate you big-hearted kitten lovers so much.  You are what's right in this world -- you are positive, you are good, you are inspiring.  Thank you for making this happen, dear Community.  We love you.

I'm far from done thanking you. I've got so many individuals that I need to give a "shout-out" to -- I'll be sharing that tomorrow. The list is long so it's going to take some time to put that together!

Thank you, beautiful friends.  You are amazing. You made something huge happen.

AND, We're Done!

Jul. 19th, 2017 07:30 pm
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Posted by Laurie Cinotto

Just a quick post to say we met the match, I threw the money in, and we're putting this baby to bed!

What a day! What a fundraiser! We passed $119,000 (WOOT WOOT) but I still have auction money and other checks and cash to throw in before we have our grand total.  OH boy, it's gonna be huge!

I'll be back tomorrow morning and we will start winding down and saying our thank yous!

Thank you so much for all of the love and support you have shown us.  This community is so special -- I hope you understand what a rare gift you all are to the world.

See you in the morning, dear ones.

 xoxoxo Laurie

We Need Your Help! Please Hurry!

Jul. 19th, 2017 04:30 pm
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Posted by Laurie Cinotto

HELP! We've got 30 minutes left and need to bring in $670 more to complete Cynthia's generous match.  Chip in anything you can --- really, every penny helps --- and we will get there.

Please don't delay! We're running low on time!  THANK YOU!  We can't end this glorious fundraiser with a missed match!


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Posted by Laurie Cinotto


Two hours left to meet this last match!  We're running out of time and these kittens are running out of steam!  If you're planning to give to give, please hurry! We've got to $1630 to max out Cynthia's generous match!  It's easy to donate -- just click HERE and give with your big ole hearts!   xoxo!

Wake up, Fancy Pants! Wake up!!


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Posted by Laurie Cinotto


As his the high-bidder that gave this boy his name suggested, he looks like he was born under a Tesla Coil.

Yep. He does.






One more reminder: we've got a match!   And it's our last one, so we can't miss it!  

For those who were planning on supporting our Humane Society but haven't yet, PLEASE step up to the plate! Your donation will help make a difference in the life of a homeless cat or kitten.

And, it's being matched by our dear friend Cynthia so your donation will go twice as far!

THANK YOU!  You can make a tax-deductible donation by visiting our fundraising page.

$2260 to go! Four hours left!

It's always a great day to give, but especially when it's the last one!


And one last little thing:

We're auctioning off the teeny tiny magazines from our fundraising set! The auction is HERE and there are a couple more up there too. Thanks!


To Sum Things Up!

Jul. 19th, 2017 11:14 am
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Posted by Laurie Cinotto

It's our last day of fundraising and we have a $3000 matching donation challenge happening today. We're off to a slow start this morning and still have $2410 left to complete it! Please remember we're wrapping everything up at 5:00 PM PST today, so get those donations in sooner rather than later if you can!  Thank you!

To help things nudge things along, I wanted to remind you of some of the fabulous programs our donations are supporting.

Here goes:

The Senior Cat Fund

Our Senior Cat Fund helps our vet staff do testing, procedures, blood work, dental work - whatever it takes to get this special population in top form! It will allow our doctors to go above and beyond and give the Seniors many more happy and healthy years. It will help the Senior Cats get adopted faster, too.

The Special Needs Fund

Thousands of cats pass through our shelter each year. Most don't require much more than vaccines and basic medical care before they're ready to hit the adoption floor, but some cats need more. These are our Special Needs cats and kittens. A Special Needs kitty may need surgery, a special diagnostic procedure, medication, special foods, or a visit (or visits) with a specialist.  This is this a fund that gets depleted every year, so it's so important that we help it grow.

The Foster Program

The foster program allows both cats and kittens to receive the best possible care while they wait to reach an "adoptable" state. With these cats and kittens temporarily living in our huge network of foster homes, more space is created at the shelter for incoming cats.  It frees up shelter staff, too -- animals in need of fostering require more care, sometimes 'round the clock, and special attention.  It takes a lot of supplies to care for all of the cats and kittens in foster homes -- our donations will help stock the shelves of the Foster Room with all that they need.

The Pet Food Pantry

The Pet Food Pantry supplies pet food to those who are in temporarily in need. This program also delivers to elderly or disabled pet owners on fixed incomes who are having a difficult time affording the cost of feeding their precious pets. Transportation often is an issue for them, and this delivery program brings pet food and supplies to their doorstep. The Pet Food Pantry helps keep pets where they belong - with their families.

The Spay and Neuter Program
The Humane Society has several low-cost spay and neuter programs designed to serve pet owners who struggle to make ends meet. Most pet owners know that altering their pets is the best thing they can do, but sometimes, they just can't afford it. We don't want income to be a barrier to these surgeries --- these valuable programs help prevent that.

The Community Cat Program

The Community Cat Program addresses the 84,000 free-roaming and feral cats of Pierce County.  These cats are humanely trapped, vaccinated, microchipped, neutered, ear-tipped, and returned to outdoor homes to live out their lives. Some become barn cats, others backyard buddies, some are returned to their colonies.  Kittens are socialized through our foster program and then adopted out. This program makes our community cats healthier, and it helps reduce the number of kitten litters flowing into the shelter each year. With fewer kittens coming in, it frees up resources to help more.

We're on the home stretch now and have just six hours left of our fundraiser. If you been putting off making that donation, please give now! It's almost over!

To make a tax-deductible donation, please visit our fundraising page!

Thanks to all who have given! And thanks to Cynthia for offering up the big match today!

I'm trying to put these posts out as fast as I can but I've kind of hit the wall, and I'm having a hard time staying awake today -- I keep dozing off mid-post! My apologies in advance for higher number of typos and mistakes than normal. There have been a whole lot of short nights the past few weeks and it's really starting to catch up with me today!  

Stay tuned -- more coming!  Thank you!!!


One Last Match! Pick Your Passion!

Jul. 19th, 2017 07:09 am
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Posted by Laurie Cinotto

This is it, friends! Our final day of fundraising!  Gosh, we've been working hard for the past 23 days and look what we've done -- our current total is  $112,015!

Even though we've passed our goal,  our fundraiser isn't officially over until the end of today, so we're going to keep pushing until then.  We will wrap it all up at 5:00 PM PST.

 If you missed out on the opportunity to give on one of our "designated donation days" and help fund a favorite program of yours, today is Pick Your Passion Day, and you can earmark your donation for a fund of your choice.

Here's how to do it:

After you've made your donation on our fundraising page, please send me an email and to let me know which fund you are supporting.

In the subject line, put the program or fund name exactly as I have it listed below. Exactly, please -- it will make it so much easier for me to sort all of these emails out after we're done and see that all the dollars go to the right programs.  In the body of the email please let me know how much you gave to this program or fund.

Here are the programs you can support and links to each if you care to learn a little more about them.

Senior Cat Fund
Special Needs Fund
Foster Program
Pet Food Pantry
Spay and Neuter Programs
Community Cats Fund

If you don't care to support any particular program today and prefer to give to the general fund and let the shelter decide where to use it, there's no need to send an email!

To help inspire a few more donations on this last day, we've got a $3000 match on the table, thanks to our dear friend, Cynthia!  For every dollar we give, she will do the same until we reach the $3000 cap, or until 5:00 PM, whichever happens first.

Thank you, Cynthia, for offering us another match and inspiring so many to give.  Honestly, I don't know what we would do without you and your support.

A couple of reminders:

We've got two auction items ending this afternoon. You can check them out HERE.

Our friends at Pepper Pot Polish and Liberte Du Monde Gourmet are donating a portion of their sales to the fundraiser. Please pop by their online stores and do a little shopping to help the cats and kittens out.

And Bart Mittenfloss prints are available in the IBKC shop. 100% of the proceeds from these sales will be donated to the Senior Cat Fund and Pet Food Pantry in his memory.

OK, I think that's it for now. I've got some litter boxes to scoop, some breakfast dishes to wash, then I'll be back with more!


Lloyd, time to get off the couch and take your place at the phones!  Let's go, buddy!


Two More Auction Items!

Jul. 18th, 2017 04:04 pm
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Posted by Laurie Cinotto

I just listed more auction items -- two adorable pairs of kitty print standard pillow cases crafted by two quilters from Florida, Cathy and Emma! They're so neatly made -- these gals have some mad sewing skills!

These are one-day auctions and end tomorrow.  You can visit the auctions by clicking HERE and HERE.

Thank you so much for surprising us with this gift for our fundraiser, Cathy and Emma!   How thoughtful you were to think of us!

Good luck, bidders!!

We're getting close to meeting our match now -- just $247 to go! So close! Can you help us max it out??!!  Please visit our fundraising page to make your tax-deductible donation.  THANK YOU!

She Gives and Gives

Jul. 18th, 2017 01:31 pm
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Posted by Laurie Cinotto


Opal has been visiting us since she was three -- the very first litter she met was the LaBaths.  When she was four, she decided she wanted to help the kitties out, so she brought over a three dollars and five pennies from her piggy bank and donated it to our fundraiser.   It's a sweet story -- you can read about it HERE.

Every year since, this generous girl has made a donation. Sometimes it's part of her birthday money. Sometimes she makes and sells crafts with her friend Lola, who is also very generous. One year, they had a lemonade stand.  This year, she made brownies and sold them at her mom's workplace.

Today she visited and gave us a donation of $172.99.


In all of her years of giving, she's donated a remarkable $660.16.   Isn't that just incredible?

I asked her today why she feels inclined to give her answer was, "I'm not sure, I just do it."

Giving comes naturally, I guess.

Thank you, Opal, for thinking of the cats and kitten and giving so generously to help them out. You are quite an inspiring young spirit!



Just a reminder, we've got a $1500 match on the table today from our friend Mary, and we still have $1227 left to raise to meet it.  I know we've passed our goal, but I also know a lot of us wait until the last days of the fundraiser to give, so for those who had planned to give, but have not yet given, here's your chance! Mary's doubling our dollars until we max out the match or until 7:00 PM, whichever comes first.

To make a tax-deductible donation, please visit our fundraising page. THANK YOU!


When Opal Met BUB

Jul. 18th, 2017 09:06 am
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Posted by Laurie Cinotto

Lil BUB, the most famous cat on the planet, was in Tacoma this weekend for a cat show. They had a meet-and-greet with BUB, with all proceeds from the ticket sales going to her fund for Special Needs cats and kittens, so I invited my pal Opal to join me for this rare opportunity to meet this celebrity cat.

I think we were both a little starstruck by this cutie. She was so tiny, gentle, and sweet --- she happily received few pets from Opal, and posed patiently for photos.




It was so fun meeting you, Lil Bub. Thank you for the positive message you put out to the world and for all of the good work you do for the Special Needs cats! Thank you also to Mike, Lil BUB's dad, for sharing her with us on Sunday!


After we met BUB, we took a walk around the show and met many beautiful, strange and exotic cats.








These creatures were all pretty fascinating, but I would give the "Best of Show" prize to this sweet orange love -- a rescue kitty presented by The Community Cat Coalition.


Don't forget, friends, we've got a matching donation challenge on the table from our friend Mary. Give now, dollars are DOUBLED.  Your donation can help twice as much!  Click HERE to visit our fundraising page! THANK YOU!

A Match from Mary!

Jul. 18th, 2017 08:13 am
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Posted by Laurie Cinotto

I tried to go to sleep early last night but I was so excited about yesterday's events, I couldn't shut my brain off.   Wylla and Charlene were all fired up, too, and were having grand time chasing each other and doing what we call "fun fighting," where they wrestle and raise paws but no claws are out, and no one gets hurt.

I think the kittens were excited too -- when I went into their room to feed them this morning, the place was a mess. They had flipped over their beds and baskets, and it looked like someone had gone swimming in their water dish -- there was water splashed everywhere.  That must have been quite a party!

We've got a good reason to celebrate because we did meet our goal but we're not quite done! I'm committed to fundraising for two more days, and we have a couple of matches offered up by some generous friends, so I want to see those through!

Also, I know many of us like to wait until the last days to donate, so I want to give the procrastinators in the house a chance to get their dollars doubled too by our fabulous matches.

Our friend Mary, who offered up the Cozy Bed Challenge for us this weekend, is back with another match! Today she's going to be giving a dollar for every dollar we donate, until we reach the $1500 cap or until 7:00 PM (PST), which ever comes first.

To get your donation in before we're done, and to get it doubled by Mary, please pay a visit to our fundraising page! Thank you!

Thank you, Mary, for being so generous and offering up this awesome match!  And thank you to all who help us meet it today!

OK, kittens! Back to work! We're not quite done yet!!


Lots more to come today! Lil Bub, the most famous cat in the Universe, came to Tacoma this weekend and I took my little pal Opal to meet him. I'll be telling that tale it a bit.

Also, Opal, Ellis, and Jennifer are coming by to meet the Alexanders today and make their annual donation to the fundraiser.

There will be a couple of smaller auction items listed midday.

I'll be back soon with more soon. In the meantime...
Opurrators are standing by. Thank you!!


Let's Call it a Night

Jul. 17th, 2017 06:04 pm
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Posted by Laurie Cinotto

Everything went sideways in a very good way today! I didn't think we would roll it over so early, but we had a couple of sizable donations that helped us meet our match fast! And then we tossed in Cynthia's match money and her $5k bonus and all of a sudden we're at $108 squillion and some change!  What a remarkable afternoon!  I'm so thrilled we've passed our goal, AND we've raised $15K for the community cats!

Great job, everyone. AND I MEAN EVERYONE -- we rolled past 100K because of all of you.  If you donated, shared a link, offered a match, gave us a high-five, left a nice comment, purchased a print, bought an auction item, donated an auction item, named a kitten, or "liked" a post, YOU contributed to our victory!  Thank you for all of the love and support.

It's getting too late to start the couple of auctions I have left, so I'll wait until tomorrow to kick those off.  I always like to consider all time zones with the auctions and want them to end at a time that's not too late or not too early for anyone!

I'll be back bright and early tomorrow!  I have so many things I want to share. And more thank yous, of course. And maybe we'll try to bring in a couple of more dollars. Just a couple -- only because we have a couple of days.  Don't worry, we won't be pushing hard.

We'll see you tomorrow! I'm going to go cook a proper dinner, pack a few more prints up, and snuggle with some cats and kittens.   Goodnight, dear ones.  Sleep well.

And we are outta here.....
See you tomorrow!



Jul. 17th, 2017 04:21 pm
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Posted by Laurie Cinotto


I always know it's going to happen. I never know exactly when, but I do know it will happen because not once have you ever let us down.

YOU ARE ALWAYS THERE for me, and the cats, and the kittens.

AND this community of ours is so beautiful and amazing and we're going to help so many neonates, kittens, teen cats, adult cats, senior cats, and special need cats.


Now, I must call people.  LIKE CYNTHIA. And the shelter, too.



I also need to explain to the kittens what just happened. Alexanders, you should be more excited than this!   BECAUSE WE DID IT!


A Home for Howard

Jul. 17th, 2017 01:52 pm
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Posted by Laurie Cinotto


Howard, a handsome, middle-aged, Tuxedo, got adopted from the Humane Society then returned because of some behavioral issues he was having. He was a good guy, he just needed to find the right place for him to call home and the right human to understand him. The HS decided he might be a good candidate for the Community Cats Backyard Buddy program and soon he got placed in my friend Sarah's yard.

Sarah was Charlene's foster mom, she takes care of the girls while we're away, and she's our dear friend, too. If you know Sarah at all, you know how lucky Howard is to have landed in her life.

Sarah built a cozy little cat shack in her fenced-in backyard to keep him warm and safe. Then, she set him up with all of the kitty necessities: litter box, cat nip banana, scratching post, heating pad, food, and water.



Howard acclimated quickly and soon because friends with Squeak, a scared little tortie stray that sneaks into Sarah's yard every day for breakfast and dinner. Since Howard's arrival Squeak has become much more "visible" and Sarah is now able to pet her on occasion.  Sarah thinks Howard is the one responsible for helping this Tortie come out of her shell.

Sarah keeps chickens, and soon Howard befriended these ladies, too. He now follows them around and enjoys watching them peck about the yard. They like him too, and one of the chickens has even started laying her eggs in his litter box!  Here's a clip of the sassy gal interrupting Howard's breakfast so she can take care of her chicken business.

Howard is a sweet guy, and he's thriving in his new home. Not once has he left the yard -- he has all of needs met right there, so there's no need to stray.  He's comfortable, he's happy, he loves his ladies.

I'm so grateful the HS took the time to find this perfect place for him.  Thanks to our Community Cat Program, all of this, was possible.

Today, all we raise goes to the Community Cat Program to help cats like the Howard out. We have a $5000 matching donation challenge on the table, and every dollar we give will be matched by our dear friend, Cynthia.

BUT WAIT, there's more! IF, yes IF we complete this match by 7:00 PM (PST) tonight, she will be donating an extra $5000 to the Community Cats Program! SO, we absolutely can not miss this match!

We've still got $3839 left to meet in this match, so we're going to have to start pushing hard to get there. We've got a long way to go! I know we have a lot of heavy-hitters that show up in the final moments and I do hope you'll soon be stepping up to the plate!

To make a tax-deductible donation, please visit our fundraising page.

Thank you, Cynthia, for seeing the value in this program and choosing to support it. And thank you for giving so generously.

Thank you, lovely community, for doing the same!

I appreciate you so much!

I just found out that the quilt that my neighbor Katherine and her friend Susan have been creating for us has been delayed, so I'm sorry to say it won't be up for auction before the fundraiser's end.  As soon as it's ready to go, we'll auction it off, but it will be a couple of weeks before it happens. I'm sorry about that!

I just listed another piece of art, and there will be a couple more items going "live" today.  Because we gifted Craig's watercolor painting of Bart Mittenfloss to his mom, Sara, there won't be a painting of Craig's up for auction. You can get a print of the painting here and all we raise through these sales will go to the Pet Food Pantry and Senior Cat Fund.

Stay close, more to come! Thank you!

Here's Who We're Helping

Jul. 17th, 2017 10:01 am
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Posted by Laurie Cinotto

Once upon a time, five little kittens and their mama were discovered on a property in rural Pierce County.  The Community Cat Team members who found this family assessed the situation and determined the best solution for all.

Mama Cat, a young, black and white wild one, would be spayed, vaccinated, microchipped and ear-tipped, then returned to the home outside that she knew.  She would continue her life there -- not being a pet, NOT producing any more litters of kittens, taking shelter in outbuildings and being cared for by the humans that fed her and the other feral cats on the property.

There was another plan for her babies, who were weaned, 6 weeks old, hissy,  frightened, and had fleas, ear mites, runny eyes, and upper respiratory infections -- they would become foster kittens and wards of the Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County.  

Here is a photo that was taken shortly after they arrived at the shelter. 

In their foster home, they got healthier, learned to trust, then went on to find some amazing homes.  Now, they are all living good lives as indoor-only house cats with humans who adore them.  They are loving. They are loved. 

Thanks to our Community Cat program, mama cat, also known as Mrs. Fellows, is living the life that suits her best.  Her babies, Robin, Oakley, Maurice, Seymour, and Emmet, are doing the same. All are happy and healthy.   

Mama Fellows,  I think you would be quite proud of your boys. As their foster mom, I know I am.


Thank you, Community Cat Team, for seeing the potential in these kittens and giving them a chance. I know the whole IBKC community loved getting to know them and watching them blossom.

Thank you for recognizing that the life of a community cat is just as valuable as the life of an adoptable, social animal.  There are so many versions of what "happily ever after" can mean  --- thank you for thinking about what that definition might be for every cat or kitten you meet out there in the field. And thank you for making it happen.  

Thank you for ALL YOU DO to help the cats and kittens of Pierce County. It's hard and often heart-wrenching work, we know, but what a difference you are making.   

Today, all we raise goes to the Community Cat Program to help cats and kittens like the Fellows out. We have a $5000 matching donation challenge on the table and every dollar we give will be matched by our dear friend, Cynthia.

BUT WAIT, there's more!  IF we complete this match by 7:00 PM (PST) tonight, she will be donating an extra $5000 to the Community Cats Program! SO, we absolutely can not miss this match!  

To make a tax-deductible donation, please visit our fundraising page.  

Thank you, Cynthia, for seeing the value in this program and choosing to support it. And thank you for giving so generously.  

Thank you, Everyone, who does the same!  

For the Community Cats

Jul. 17th, 2017 07:47 am
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Posted by Laurie Cinotto


Community Cats is an umbrella definition which describes any outdoor unowned or semi-owned cat, regardless of the cat’s temperament. It's estimated that Pierce County had 84,000 Community Cats.

Within this community, you'll find strays (lost or abandoned former pets who may be suitable for a home environment) and ferals (extremely fearful of people and not welcoming of human attention, making them unsuitable for home environments), who are the offspring of other feral or stray cats.

Some community cats can be considered loosely owned, meaning that concerned residents feed them and may provide some form of shelter in their own homes or on their own property, but do not always identify the cats as their own personal pets.

The Humane Society promotes Trap/Neuter/ Return (TNR), which has proven to be the most effective, humane method of reducing Community Cat populations. Through TNR, these cats are humanely trapped, vaccinated, microchipped, neutered, ear-tipped, and returned to outdoor homes to live out their lives.

Some of the TNR cats are well-suited for the life of a "Barn Cat" or "Backyard Buddy, " and they are relocated in a barn, other rural setting or an urban backyard. Supplied with food and water, a safe place to sleep and protection from the elements, these cats live out their days on their own terms, flourishing as permanent pest controllers. Although they rarely tolerate human contact, many eventually become a distant, friendly presence.
Some of the Community Cats, like young kittens,  can be socialized through our Foster Program and eventually become adoptable.

TNR improves the lives of our Community Cats. By vaccinating them, a safer community is created. By neutering them, we're slowing down the population growth and also reducing fighting and other territorial behaviors. Ultimately, TNR makes our Community Cats happier and healthier.

Since the start of the TNR program, we've witnessed a decline in the number of kitten litters flowing into the shelter each spring. And when there are fewer coming in, there are more resources available to help all the cats: neonates, foster kittens, mama cats, adult cats, special needs cats, senior cats, and more community cats, too! 

All of today's donations will support the Community CatsProgram.  The money will be used to buy traps, trap covers, food, offset transportation costs, pay for spaying or neutering, flea and ear mite treatment, vaccines, and microchips. Often the males have bite wounds from fighting and need antibiotics, and minor treatment - our donations will help these cats get healthier before they are placed in their barn, backyard, or returned to their colony.

I'm so grateful that this program exists and the Community Cats Team is out there in the field working so hard for these cats. The fact that our HS has this program, and is able to address the needs of this population of cats, says so much about where we are as a shelter.

I do hope you decide to give today.  All of our programs are important, of course, but this one is at the root of the overpopulation problem.  Our donations today will make such a difference.

Our dear friend Cynthia loves the work that our Community Cats Team is doing and wanted to support the program by offering up a $5000 matching donation challenge for us today.  For every single dollar we donate, she will be doing the same until we meet the $5000 cap, or until 7:00 PM - -whichever comes first. I sure do hope we can max this one out!

And you know what,  we are getting so close to our big $100,000 goal, when we throw in Cynthia's matching money it will most likely put us over the top. TWO DAYS EARLY, folks!  We've never done that before!

To make a tax-deductible donation, please visit our fundraising page.

I've got lots of Community Cat success stories to share with you today, nd we've got a couple of more auctions to come, too!

Tea with Bean auction ends at 10:40 PST today.  And don't forget about this beauty, too, which ends this afternoon.

It's such an exciting day!!!  Stick around, please! You're not going to want to miss this!



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