Photoshoot with Santa Paws at Maxi Zoo – 17/12/16

Join us in Maxi Zoo Midleton this Saturday for a very festive day!

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Bring your pet to meet Santa Paws from 1pm to 5pm and have their photo taken for €10 with the man in red! All funds raised will go to CCN.

We will also have a stall there with many gift ideas that will delight both cats and cat lovers.

We would like to thank Kieran and all the staff at Maxi Zoo for organizing this event and we hope to see you there!

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Christmas Festivities 2016

This Christmas season is busier than ever and we will attend a number of events and have numerous fundraisers to help us to raise funds to continue our work with stray and feral cats.

On the 3rd of December, from 10am to 12pm, we will have a Coffee Morning at the Schooner Bar in Ballycotton, with a fantastic raffle. Join us to taste some of the most delicious cakes in East Cork!

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Until the 5th of December at 8pm, we are having an online Christmas auction on our Facebook page. Click here to join the fun!

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Maxi Zoo Midleton are having a “guess how many balls” competition in aid of CCN with two hampers to be won. Pop in store and give your guess! Winners will be announced on the 23rd of December.

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Farrell’s Supervalu in Mitchelstown and Dealz in Fermoy are holding a food collection in aid of CCN. Call in and fill the trolley!

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We will have a number of Christmas stalls in pet shops and at Christmas fairs:

  • 3/12: Christmas Market at the Fransciscan Well
  • 4/12: Ballintotis Christmas Fair
  • 10/12: Maxi Zoo Douglas
  • 11/12: Garryvoe Hotel Christmas Market
  • 11/12: Cloyne Christmas Fayre
  • 17/12: Petstop (Kinsale Road Roundabout)
  • 17/12: Maxi Zoo Midleton (with Santa Paws)
  • 18/12: To be confirmed
  • 23/12: Maxi Zoo Midleton

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Finally, on the 5th of January, the draw for our Christmas/New Year Appeal will take place at Harty’s Pub in Cloyne. Tickets will be on sale very soon…

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And don’t forget to get your Christmas cards and 2017 Calendars. They are available from many shops (see list here) or can be ordered from our online shop.

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Thank you al for your support and have a merry Christmas!

Christmas Auction 2016

Shop from the comfort of your home and help raise funds for the cats!

Community Cats Network are having an online auction on their Facebook page with over 30 unique items to bid on, many of them are hand-crafted. You will find some original gift ideas to get your Christmas shopping started!

The auction will close at 8pm on the 5th of December. To take part, click here.

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We would like to thank all the supporters who contributed by donating items for this auction.

Christmas Cards and Calendars 2017

Our Christmas cards and calendars 2017 are out now!

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We are very proud of our 2017 calendar, which features the photos and stories of some of the cats we have trapped during the year.  It costs €7 and would make an ideal stocking filler or gifts to send abroad.

calendar_double-pageThe stories featured are:

A Kind Gesture in Ballyhooly; A Well-Cared for Colony in Clondrohid; The Cat who Landed on all Four Paws in Carrigtohill; Harry, Living in Grand Style in the City; A Heart-Warming Tale in West Waterford; Farm Trapping in Killeagh; Hobo, Going Solo in Glanmire; Changing Lives in Cloyne; Community Efforts in Mitchelstown; The Importance of Monitoring (Midleton); It’s Not just about Cats (Tipperary); Minding People and Cats in Whitechurch; as well as a photo of a tortie from Conna for our 13th month!

16 Cal_12 monthsWe would like to thank the following businesses who kindly sponsored it and helped us to make it possible: Acorn Vets, Animal Care Hospital Douglas, Cloyne Veterinary Clinic, Dungourney Cattery, Duntahane Veterinary ClinicGlasslyn Vets, Midleton Veterinary Hospital, Pet Stop. Sunbeam Veterinary HospitalThe Cat Hospital. Also to be thanked are the Friends of Community Cats Network who sponsored the months of November and December: Mannix Home Furnishings, Blackpool, Cork (086 0430685); Youghal Honey – Natural food with nothing added – (087 6547034); Cork Recycling Company Ltd, Togher, Cork, (021 4311892); Credit Union, Youghal, Co Cork (024 92325); Maeve Leamy from Tulla, Co Clare; Pippin Murphy from Carrick Beg, Co Waterford; The Davidson Family from Cobh, Co Cork; Breda Paul from Ballycotton, Co Cork; Sinead Campbell from Carrigaline, Co Cork; The Preston/Sheehy Clan from Douglas, Co Cork; Jackie Graham from Mitchelstown, Co Cork; Pat & David Hemming from Kinsalebeg, Co Waterford; Mary Williams from Clonmel, Co Tipperary.

Also to be thanked are Axelle Rychembusch who designed this gorgeous calendar and Anna, Siobhan and Steph for helping with proofreading.

Our Christmas cards also feature cats and kittens that CCN have been involved with during the year.  You can find the story of each cat inside the card.

The pack of cards costs €5 and contains 6 cards with a different design on each.  There are three models to choose from.

The 1st model contains cards that were kindly designed by Sandra O’Callaghan.  They feature the stories of Java Roly Poly Etc, Spica, Ballina and Curra, The Cape Clear Cats, Luna and Feral Cats.

The 2nd model contains cards that feature the stories of Belle from Shanagarry, Gumpy Nom Noms from Kilbrittain, the Castlemartyr Community Project, A Committed Carer from Midleton and Buffy & Lestat from the city.

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The 3rd model contains cards that were kindly designed by Axelle Rychembusch and feature the stories of a paradise garden in Ballinhassig; Butch Cassidy, the kitten who broke into a bank in Youghal; a new beginning in Kinsalebeg; Come-On from Whitegate; an inhabited garden in Grenagh and the tiny tortie from Monkstown.

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The box of cards costs €8 and contains 12 cards (6 different designs).  It contains cards that feature the stories of Baloo; Merry, the Christmas Kitten; Mia from Youghal; Garfield and his Brother; Cleire, the Island Cat; The Whitegate Gang.

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We will be happy to mail them to you (p&p to be added).  Contact us at communitycatsnetwork@gmail.com with your order and we will let you know how to proceed.  Don’t forget to visit our online shop for more gift ideas!

Alternatively, you can find them at the following businesses:

If you would like to help us by taking a box of cards and calendars in your business or at your office, please email communitycatsnetwork@gmail.com.

East Cork:

City and surburbs:

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North Cork

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Christmas Stalls

  • 24/11: Christmas stall in Maxi Zoo Midleton & Douglas
  • 26/11: Christmas stall in Maxi Zoo Midleton
  • 26 & 27/11: Mitchelstown Christmas Fair (Mitchelstown, North Cork)
  • 3/12: Franciscan Well Christmas Market (Cork)
  • 4/12: Ballintotis Christmas Fair (East Cork)
  • 10/12: Christmas stall in Maxi Zoo Douglas (Cork)
  • 11/12: Cloyne Winter Fayre (Cloyne, East Cork)
  • 11/12: Garryvoe Christmas Market (Garryvoe Hotel, East Cork)
  • 16/12: Christmas stall at Supervalu (Mitchelstown)
  • 17/12: Christmas stall in Maxi Zoo Midleton
  • 17/12: Christmas stall in PetStop (Kinsale Roundabout, Cork)
  • 23/12: Christmas stall in Maxi Zoo Midleton
  • More to be announced!

Some companies also have some thanks to our wonderful volunteers who took them to sell to their colleagues!  Thank you to Kay at the Midleton Jameson Distillery, Carrie at EMC, David at Blizzard and Laura at Apple!

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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Tom or Harry? It’s Your Choice!

In memory of all the tom cats for whom we were too late…

“Hi guys! My name is Tom! I was a cute little thing when I was a kitten, well, that’s what the humans used to say. I wouldn’t let them touch me though. I would do like my mother and run away when they would approach and would only come back to eat the food they put down for us.

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Then I grew up and I started to get interested in girls, so I hit the road looking for some. Oh boy! These were the good times! Always on the road going from place to place to meet the girls. Sometimes, the humans would be nice and throw me a bit of chicken, but often they would just chase me with a broom, screaming ‘dirty tom’. It’s not my fault if I sprayed a little, I had to mark my territory for other cats. I used to love visiting the farm: there were plenty of girls and I would drink that nice white liquid; it tasted so good! But I wouldn’t stay for too long and would keep travelling. I didn’t even have time to go hunting during the summers; I was a busy boy! I got into some pretty bad fights though. We all wanted the same girls, so we had to fight for them. Sometimes I’d lose, sometimes I’d win, especially when fighting with the sick cats, they weren’t very strong and would quickly give up, but I got some bad bites. At the end of the summers, I would be exhausted and hungry from all the travelling. So I would just visit all my favourite spots to get some food and rest, and play with the mice a little. But as soon as it would get warmer and the days would get longer, I was off again! Back on the road!

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Then, one winter, I caught a bad cold. Usually, it would go away with food and rest, but I wasn’t very hungry. When the days got warmer, I started travelling again, but I was weak and didn’t have the energy anymore. I found a nice garden with some shelter and I sat there as I was in so much pain. The woman of the house started to give me all types of food, it smelled nice and I would eat a little, but it hurt my teeth and my throat. I could hear her say ‘skin and bones’ all the time.

One day, another woman came with some strange box with bars on it. She put a lot of nice smelly food in it, but I couldn’t eat. Then she poured some of the sweet white liquid we had at the farm, except that it came from a bottle. I forced myself to stand up to have a bit of that as it reminded me so much of the good old days. When I went in the box, I heard a noise. I turned around, but I couldn’t get out. When the woman approached, I tried to fight but didn’t have the energy. And then it was dark and I calmed down.

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The box moved and me with it. Then I heard the strange noise moving objects make. Next thing, there were other faces looking at me; I heard them say ‘Poor boy!’. I felt something stinging me and I dozed off. I could hear their voices though, words like ‘disease’, ’emaciated’, ‘not grooming’, ‘virus’, ‘aids’. Then the girl with the box was back. She started to rub my head. It was strange, I had never been touched by a human before, but I didn’t care. She was saying that it would be ok, that I wouldn’t be suffering anymore and that I would go to a better place (maybe she meant the farm?). I felt a prick and some tingling in my veins. Then, I couldn’t see the faces anymore, I couldn’t hear their voices and the pain was gone…”

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“Hi folks! My name is Harry! I’m Tom’s cousin. I was like Tom when I was young, always running after the girls. I guess I was luckier than him though as I found a nice garden. The woman of the house would always give me some nice tasty food and would call me ‘handsome’. There were some girls there too, but they had no interest in me. Oh, it was ok, I would wander to look for others, but I would always come back to the garden with nice food, where I could have a snooze too.

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One day, a woman came, she had a box made of bars. She put some food in it. I went to check, but I wasn’t that hungry that I would go in that strange box. Then she put another box out, with more food. It was bigger and I started to feel hungry, so I went in. I heard something slamming. When the woman approached, I tried to run away, but I couldn’t escape. Then it got dark and I heard the noise moving objects make.

Next thing, I could hear new voices and I felt something stinging me. I went off to sleep. When I woke up, I was feeling really strange, a bit groggy and as if something was missing. I saw the face of the woman with the box and again we were in the moving object. When it stopped, it felt very familiar around me. The light came back and I could recognise the garden I liked so much. I ran away, but when the woman with the box was gone, I came back for some nice food. Tasty!

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I went looking for the girls again, but it wasn’t the same, so I lost interest and decided to stay in the garden with nice food. I would lie in the warm sun and if it rained I had a little house where I could stay dry. To pass the time, I would play with the mice. The woman of the house would bring me food a few times a day and I loved it, so I started to run towards her and would rub against her legs. One day, she moved her hand towards me and touched my head. It felt really strange. She kept doing it and eventually I got used to it and I even started to like it. Poor old Tom, he had such a rough life! It’s a pity he didn’t find a nice garden like mine!”

Don’t ignore tom cats; give them a chance to have a good life by having them neutered. By having tom cats neutered, you are reducing the spread of diseases and viruses, such as FIV (feline AIDS) and FeLV (Feline Leukemia). Neutered tom cats will live longer and are less likely to roam, fight and spray.

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.

The Incredible Story of Tommy, the Lost Cat

16 05 LauristonWe were recently asked to post an ad about a friendly cat that had been hanging around an estate in Midleton to see whether he was a local making himself comfortable at other people’s houses or a lost cat needing to be reunited with his owner. Nobody came forward, so we decided to investigate a bit further and called down to the estate where two families had been feeding the cat. They told us that they were convinced that it was the same cat who had already been around about a year previously, but that they would like to make sure that he was indeed been looked after. The first step was to scan the cat. It is so rare to find a microchipped cat that when you hear a beep, you get really excited! The number was duly written down and we went to check some databases. The microchip was registered with a UK database and the details had been last updated in 2011. The lines were not open at that hour, so we would have to wait until the following day to find out more…

The following morning, I rang the UK company and was told that the cat was indeed registered at a UK address and with a UK number. I was beginning to be disappointed as it probably meant that the owners had never updated their details when bringing their cat to Ireland. I was told by the database company that they would try to make contact and keep me updated. Half an hour later, my phone was ringing from a UK number… It wasn’t the database company though, but the owner of Tommy!

P1240857 webShe explained that she had come to live in Ireland and in May 2015, a year ago, had moved back to the UK, but Tommy had escaped on Dublin port. We can only guess that Tommy jumped on a lorry and got transported that way to Midleton. The strangest thing of all was that the lady, who had not set foot in Ireland since, was spending a few days near Dublin and was flying back home that evening. The excitement and joy was so overwhelming, the owner said it was as if she had won the lottery, and we started to think of how to reunite her with her cat. She decided to rent a car and to drive down to pick him up. I went over to the estate to collect him, as the last thing we needed was for Tommy to go on a wander, and kept him safe for a few hours until he could be at long last reunited with his owner! Tommy was not able to go home that night as he needed his papers to be sorted, but a friend of the lady minded him until his pet passport would get sorted and he could travel back home.

We don’t often experience these happy-ending stories and I was over the moon to have been able to reunite a cat with his owner. Once more, this shows that microchipping your cat is really worthwhile and that we should never ever assume that a cat has just been dumped and we must thank the two families in Midleton for minding him and making contact.