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Neutering Week – Nov 12th-16th, 2018

Community Cats Network, in partnership with Midleton Veterinary Hospital, have organised a neutering week. From the 12th to the 16th of November 2018 you can avail of a special rate for the neutering of your cat: €15 for a male and €25 for a female. The offer is limited to two cats per client/household.

The idea behind the scheme is to encourage pet owners to neuter their cat or strays they may be feeding. Cats can become pregnant as young as four months old and up to three times a year. The problem of cat overpopulation is partly caused by unneutered pet cats and, sadly, there are not enough homes for all the kittens being born. Not only neutering is an effective way to control the feline population, but it also significantly improves the health of the cats and helps to reduce the spread of diseases and lethal viruses such as FIV and FeLV.

 

All cats neutered through this scheme will be eartipped (the tip of the left ear will be slightly cut off while under anaesthetic). This is a standard practice used with feral cats to identify the neutering status of cats without having to bring them to the vet to undergo a 2nd unnecessary surgery (in 2017 only, 18 cats were brought to the vet by our organisation only to find out that they were already neutered). However, owners can decide to have their pet cat microchipped instead, but this cost will be at their own charge.

 

If you have a larger number of cats or cannot handle the cats, please contact us and we will be happy to assist you. You can read more information about our Trap-Neuter-Return programme here.

Availability for the Neutering Week is limited and booking is necessary. Call Midleton Veterinary Hospital on 021 4623672 to reserve. All cats should be brought in a secure pet carrier.

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Annual General Meeting – 5/11/18

Our AGM for the year 2017 will take place on the 5th of November 2018 in the Boothouse Bar (Upper Glanmire) from 7pm. We will present reports for the past year.

All welcome to attend.

Give Paw Campaign in Maxi Zoo Midleton 2017

We are delighted to announce that Maxi Zoo Midleton have chosen Community Cats Network for the Give Paw campaign 2017. During the month of November, you can pop in store and buy a friendship wristband to show your support to animal welfare. For each wristband bought in the Midleton store, Community Cats Network will receive €1.50.

We will be at the Midleton store every Saturday in November from 11am to 5pm. You can call in to meet our volunteers and discuss the work we do, as well as give rubs to Prospero and Jasmin (formerly known as Madame Irma), cats who were rescued by CCN.

Prospero promoting the Give Paw Campaign!

 

 

Give Paw Campaign in Maxi Zoo Midleton 2017

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We are delighted to announce that Maxi Zoo Midleton have chosen Community Cats Network, along with Pauline’s Rescue, for the Give Paw campaign. During the month of October, you can pop in store and buy a paw to stick on a ball. You can write a message or the name of your own pet. For each paw, Maxi Zoo will donate a euro to their chosen charity.

We will be at the Midleton store on the 1st, 8th, 15th and 29th of October to raise awareness about the work we do. You can call in to meet our volunteers, as well as Prospero and Jasmin (formerly known as Madame Irma), two cats that were rescued by CCN.

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Run the Evening Echo Women’s Mini-Marathon 2016 in Aid of CCN

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The Evening Echo Women’s Mini-Marathon 2016 will take place in Cork on the 25th of September at 1pm.  It is a fun event that helps to raise money for many charities.  You can walk, jog or run the 4 miles.  Although it is a women’s mini-marathon, men are also welcome to take part as long as they are dressed as women!

We will all meet at 12.30pm for a group photo!  Location to be announced.

Join the “cat trappers on the run” and register now!

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For more details about registration or to sponsor one of our participants, click here.

Feral Cats in the Spotlight – 96fm Interview

As part of National Feral Cats Awareness Week, two of our main volunteers were interviewed on Cork’s 96fm Opinion Line to discuss feral cats and the importance of neutering. You can listen to the podcast (at 1:46).

Launching National Feral Cat Awareness Week 2016

feral cat weekFrom the 8th to the 14th of August, we will be celebrating National Feral Cat Awareness Week, an initiative from Feral Cats Ireland. Throughout the week, some vets across the country will offer discounted rates for the neutering of feral cats. Most importantly, this is a week to raise awareness about the plight of feral cats and about the solution to the issue of cat over-population: TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return).

The small group of volunteers at Community Cats Network will, as always, be busy trapping cats for neutering, but throughout the week, we will attempt to post some information about caring for feral cats and about how YOU can make a difference and help to solve the problem. Raising awareness is key as, at the origin of the problem, is not only a set of old-fashioned attitudes towards cat care, but most importantly a lack of information about how feral cats can be helped and enjoy better lives. It is down to every one of us to spread the word about TNR programmes and about the benefits of neutering and we count on you in this endeavour.

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We will be launching the week with two information stalls in Maxi Zoo on the 6th of August, one in the Midleton store, the other in the Douglas store. We hope you can join us for a chat on the day and will be happy to share information about the work we do with you.

4th Birthday Celebrations

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compOn the 27th of April, we are celebrating four years of helping cats in Cork county and beyond. To mark this event and to thank you for your support, we are having some fun competitions on our Facebook page with loads of little goodies to be won. Join the fun and help us to celebrate in style!

You can also enter our Birthday Raffle and be in with a chance to win one of these lovely prizes. Tickets are €2 each, €5 for 3 tickets, €10 for 8 tickets. Donations can be made here. The draw will take place on the 29th of April at 9pm and winners will be announced online. Note that if collection cannot be arranged, postage will be at your charge.

Thanks for your support!

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Run the Evening Echo Women’s Mini-Marathon 2015 in Aid of CCN

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The Evening Echo Women’s Mini-Marathon 2015 will take place in Cork on the 27th of September at 1pm.  It is a fun event that helps to raise money for many charities.  You can walk, jog or run the 4 miles.  Although it is a women’s mini-marathon, men are also welcome to take part as long as they are dressed as women!

We will all meet at 12.30pm for a group photo!  Location to be announced.

Join the “cat trappers on the run” and register now!

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For more details about registration or to sponsor one of our participants, click here.

3 Years Old Already!

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On the 27th of this month, Community Cats Network will turn 3 years old.  Three years of helping stray and feral cats in county Cork an beyond.

To mark this important event, we will be having a celebration of our Facebook page with some competitions and a raffle, so don’t miss out!

On behalf of the cats, we would like to thank you all for your support during those three years and we look forward to helping more cats in the year ahead of us.

Support us to help even more cats with a birthday donation and we will enter you in the raffle.

Winners:

  • Cat hamper: Catherine Hennessy
  • Bob the Builder’s Cat: Donna Meaney
  • Orla Kiely gift set: Sylvie Chiquer
  • Necklace and bracelet: Marie O’Sullivan
  • MEOW photo frame: Sylvie Chiquer
  • Cat keyring: Anne Garvin
  • Funky cat earrings: Margaret Jordan
  • Bonus prize; Movie Junction pass: Rosie Pagenkemper

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