Photo Competition – October 2018

How would you like winning an amazing portrait of your pet painted by the amazing artist, Maureen Roe?

 

This month, we are running an animal photo competition on our fundraising Facebook page, The Cat Purrse. All proceeds will go to the neutering of stray and feral cats in East Cork.

To take part, it’s easy. Buy an entry (or more) online here (€5 per entry) and email your photo to communitycatsnetwork@gmail.com. Your photo will be uploaded on the Cat Purrse’s facebook page where the public can vote for it until the 30th of October. The 5 photos with the most votes will be sent to an independent jury to choose a winner for the pet portrait. Winners will be announced on Facebook on the 31st of October. Submissions are accepted until the 26th of October.

Note that the photo must be your own and must be animal-themed.

Thanks for your support!

 

 

 

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Evening Echo Mini-Marathon 2018 – Run for the Cats

Thank you so much to all the supporters and vet nurses for joining us for the Mini-Marathon last Sunday to raise funds for the cats: Cathy, Angela, Rosie, Susan, Abi, Suzanne, Karolina, Aggie, the Midleton Veterinary Hospital team, the Cloyne Veterinary Clinic team and the other members of the IVNA (Irish Veterinary Nursing Association). Well done to all!

The Midleton Veterinary Hospital team

We had a great day and the sun was shining. We are so grateful for the support we have received and to everyone who sponsored the participants. We don’t have a final figure yet, but know that your support will mean that more cats can be helped.

The cat trappers on the run!

It is not too late to sponsor our own cat trappers and you can do so here.

Medals well earned for the Cloyne Veterinary Clinic team

See more photos here.

Raffle at The Cat Purrse – June 2018

For the month of September 2018, we are holding a raffle in aid of Community Cats Network’s South Tipperary TNR fund. All proceeds will go to the neutering of stray and feral cats in the Clonmel area. To take part, it couldn’t be easier, just get your tickets here and we will email you your numbers. Tickets are €2 each, €5 for 3 tickets or €10 for 8 tickets.

1st Prize

The more tickets you buy, the more prizes will be added! We will put up a new prize for every 20 tickets sold! To view the prizes, visit The Cat Purrse page.

2nd Prize

The draw will take place on the 30th of Seotember and winners will be announced on the page and contacted via email. Note that if collection cannot be arranged locally (Clonmel), handling & postage will be at your own charge.

3rd Prize

Money Box Competition at The Cat Purrse – August 2018

 

For the month of August 2018, we are holding a money box competition to raise funds for TNR at The Cat Purrse. All proceeds will be split amongst our various local TNR funds to help with the neutering of stray and feral cats. It is a fun activity you can do with your kids while teaching them a very valuable lesson of kindness. You can view some ideas here, here and here.

To take part, follow those simple steps:

1- Make a money box. It can be as quirky as you wish. Use your imagination and creativity. Take a photo and email it to communitycatsnetwork@gmail.com. We will post it in a photo album on The Cat Purrse page.

2- Fill it up with your spare change (you can even throw in a few notes!).

3- Towards the middle of August, count the money in your box and lodge it to our bank account or send it via paypal (again, don’t forget to include your name so that we can match it with the money box you have submitted). Once we have received the funds, the photo of your money box will be validated for the competition.

All submissions and funds must be received by the 25th of August.
There will be 3 winners announced on the 31st of August: A- Best money box (public vote) B- Best money box (jury’s choice) C- Best fundraiser

The money box with the most likes on Facebook will win one of those 3 prizes

The money box that raises the most funds will win one of these prizes

The winner for the jury’s choice for best money box will win one of these prizes

Note that entries will only be validated once we have received the funds you have raised. If collection of the prize cannot be arranged locally (Midleton area), the postage will be at your own charge.

Aurora Is Looking for a Loving Home

Aurora is looking for a loving home…

Aurora is a gorgeous and very affectionate 11 year old cat who is looking for her “furever” home. For 5 years before coming into CCN’s care she lived confined in a small place with a large number of other cats who would often bully her. In the 15 months she has spent in foster care, she has turned into a very affectionate and chatty cat. She loves rubs and to be brushed, and she loves some company. She is still a little nervous with strangers but also quite inquisitive. She is looking for a quiet indoor-only home with no other pets and no young children. She will be shy when first moving in her new home and you will need to give her time to get used to you, but every step forward is so rewarding and she really deserves to find a home where she can be loved! You can see more photos of Aurora here and read the story of her rehabilitation here.

Aurora is spayed, fully vaccinated, microchipped and has tested negative to FIV and FeLV. She had a recent health-check and apart for some arthritis for which she is being treated, she is healthy. She suffered from gingivitis when she first came into our care, but had a few teeth extracted and was successfully treated. To enquire about adopting Aurora, please read our adoption procedure and text 086 1583501.

After a few years being involved in animal welfare, I have come to see rescue as a three-phase process. Phase 1 is the actual rescue. It can be quite impressive or dramatic or it can be just picking up a kitten on the side of the road. You will often hear people say that they have rescued a kitten and then handed him/her to a rescue; in those cases, they often forget about the long process that is about to happen after. Phase 2 is possibly the most challenging. It is the long process of rehabilitation. At times it can be quite straight forward if the animal is friendly and healthy, but at other times, it might involve many vet visits and a lot of emotional and time investment on the part of the fosterer to rehabilitate the animal and get it ready for rehoming. Phase 3 is the rehoming phase. You need to find the right home for the animal, one where they will live a happy life. The new family will then finish the rescue process by welcoming the animal in their home, helping them to settle, give them time to adapt and do what they can to reduce the stress due to their change of environment. Although it may seem quite easy, in some cases it does take some effort and the new family needs to be patient and understanding of their new pet’s needs. Once the animal has settled, then you can consider the rescue as being successful. When Dawn and Aurora came into my care over a year ago, I was fully aware it would take time to rehabilitate these two female cats who came from a hoarding background. They were so nervous at the beginning! I remember Sinead shaking her head saying I definitely liked a challenge, well I do! Dawn’s slow-blinking kept encouraging me! Both suffered from Gingivitis and were treated for it. Once they were free from that pain, they began to make progress, taking a treat out of my hand, looking at me instead of going in hiding and finally we reached the stage when they would welcome me at the door with their chattering at dinner time and asked for rubs. Every little step forward was such a victory that it would bring tears in my eyes. A year later, Dawn found a home, a loving family who understand that it will take time before she fully settles with them. They have understood that they are part of her rescue and have taken up that challenge (quite successfully considering the latest updates). Now, it is time for Aurora to find her new home.

Help Aurora to find a home by printing this poster (Aurora) and placing on local notice boards (in Cork and surrounding counties).

The Clonmel Carpark Cats

 

Over the past couple of months, these cats in a supermarket carpark have been brought to our attention by a lot of concerned people in Clonmel looking for help for them. We recently gained permission to proceed with a Trap-Neuter-Return project in the carpark and have made contact with some of the people feeding them. We’ve counted approximately 10 cats, some with injuries, but we expect some were hiding at time of assessment. To read the fully story and see the updates, click here.

We need help to raise funds to neuter & treat these cats. We appreciate any amount donated; big or small, it all helps!

You can donate on IDonate or by using Paypal. Thank you for your kindness and generosity!

Purrfect Auction – June 2018

Many of you are familiar with the one and only Purrfect Auction held by CCN to raise fund to neuter stray and feral cats in West Cork! If not, then do check it out! The auction will end on the 17th of June with hundreds of items to bid on….

Toys…

Jewellery…

Stationery…

Make up….

Catty items….

And even dog butts!

But that’s not it! As per tradition, there will also be a TomCatBola with lovely prizes to win! Tickets are only €2 each and can be bought here.

Raffle at The Cat Purrse – June 2018

For the month of June 2018, we are holding a raffle in aid of Community Cats Network’s North Cork TNR fund. All proceeds will go to the neutering of stray and feral cats in the Fermoy area. To take part, it couldn’t be easier, just get your tickets here and we will email you your numbers. Tickets are €2 each, €5 for 3 tickets or €10 for 8 tickets.

1st prize sponsored by Michelle’s Accessories in Fermoy

The more tickets you buy, the more prizes will be added! We will put up a new prize for every 20 tickets sold! To view the prizes, visit The Cat Purrse page.

2nd prize: cat hamper

The draw will take place on the 30th of June and winners will be announced on the page and contacted via email. Note that if collection cannot be arranged locally, handling & postage will be at your own charge.

3rd prize: Print of a painting by Maureen Roe, kindly donated by the artist

Every Little Helps for Clonmel Cats

We are delighted to have been chosen as one of the charities for the community fund in Tesco in Clonmel.

We have been operating our Trap-Neuter-Return scheme in the South Tipp area for nearly two years now thanks to the dedication of one volunteer. In 2017 only, near to 100 cats were helped in the area. However, we have found it very difficult to raise enough funds to support the overwhelming number of cats we have been made aware of and not many carers seem to be in a position to cover for the cost of neutering or willing to organise fundraisers. As a result, we have had to turn down some of the enquiries we have received.

Being one of the recipients of the Tesco community fund is a fantastic opportunity to raise some vital funds so that we can continue to help out cats (and their people) in the area. Please, consider popping to Tesco in Clonmel to support the cause by putting your blue tokens in the CCN urn. You can also get in touch with ccntipp@gmail.com for more information.

Auction at AnyLittleThings

We recently put up an appeal to raise funds to help with TNR in the rural Mallow area. However, we have been struggling with raising funds while the enquiries have kept coming in. Thankfully, Anna from AnyLittleThings has once more come to the rescue and is holding an auction this weekend to help to raise funds so that we can help more people to neuter feral cats in that area.

Because very little neutering has been done in that area, colonies are quite large, sometimes reaching 20 cats (if not more) at this time of the year and carers simply cannot afford the full cost involved in neutering all these cats. Hopefully, by putting all our efforts together we will manage to raise enough to help more cats.

Please, take the time to check the auction at AnyLittleThings. It will kick off at 8pm today and end at 8pm on Tuesday. There will be some lovely pieces, so please bid at your heart’s content and help us to help them!

You can see photos from one of the project we recently carried out in the area (along with another 12 cats TNRed that week) here, and we are due to go back at the end of the month to carry out to more large TNR project.