Say “I love you” with a Valentine card from their pet

How would you like to receive a Valentine card from your pets this year or have one sent to a friend? We have created a number of cards that you can order online and it will be sent directly to you or your friends to wish them a Happy Valentine from their pets! You can create your own personalised message in it.

Cards are €5 each, €9 for two cards and €12 for three cards (prices include the postage to each recipient) and we have a few models to choose from. Please, make sure you fill in a separate form for each recipient and pay the full amount here.

If you would like to buy these cards blank and have them posted to you instead, please send us an email at communitycatsnetwork@gmail.com.

Dog choice:

Cat choice:

You can add your own personalised message. Here is an example:

Fill one form per card ordered:

Pay for your order here. €5 for one card, €9 for two cards, €12 for three cards. Please, add an extra 50 cents to the price for postage abroad.

All proceeds will go to the West Cork TNR fund to help neutering stray and feral cats in the area. Thank you for your support!

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Photo Competition – February 2018

How would you like winning a gorgeous portrait of your pet drawn by the talented Caroline Evans Coles?

 

For the month of February, 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 Mitchelstown.

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 27th of February. The 5 photos with the most votes will be sent to an independent jury to choose a winner for the pet portrait and 2 runner-up photos, that will win a rosette. Winners will be announced on Facebook on the 28th of February. Submissions are accepted until the 25th of February.

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

Thanks for your support!

 

 

Valentine Hamper to Win in Maxi Zoo Midleton – 10th of February 2018

Win this fabulous hamper for Valentine. It is filled with treats for you and your furry friends (cats and dogs!).

To take part, call in to Maxi Zoo in Midleton and buy a line for €2 or 3 lines for €5. All proceeds go towards helping stray and feral cats in East Cork.

The draw will take place in store on the 10th of February at 5pm.

Thank you for your support!

 

Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018

As the new year is about to begin, I am pausing to reflect on the year gone by. It surely has been a year filled with mixed emotions. CCN has grown in strength as we now have more cat trapping volunteers and cover a wider area. This has resulted in an increasing number of cats being helped (see our stats). The support from our followers has also been truly amazing. They know what we do and support us accordingly. This is of course encouraging and keeps us motivated. However, the success of the organisation also has its drawbacks with an increasing number of calls coming in; no matter the time of the day or the day of the week, we are expected to be at the other end of the phone and to solve each and every problem immediately. Obviously, the fact that more people are looking for help for the cats is welcome, but the demands are often impossible to meet, which results in frustration on both parts.

Although CCN have achieved so much in the past six years, it remains a small organisation, run by a small number of very dedicated volunteers, human beings whose lives can at times be dictated by improving the welfare of cats. Yet, in the eye of the public, we are just an organisation, set up to resolve the problem of cat over-population. How we manage it is of very little concern to them. Since the inception of the organisation, we are aware of the dangers of compassion fatigue; however, we are drawn by a compulsion to help cats in need, we just cannot turn a blind eye. People who know us, be they friends or supporters, keep reminding us that we need to mind ourselves and they are right of course. Others involved in animal rescue know well what I am talking about as this is not something specific to CCN. When involved in animal welfare, you face a trojan task; it is all the more difficult that it can get emotional when witnessing on a daily basis the suffering of animals. Dealing with this and other personal problems can become dangerously challenging.

I recently met up with Maggie, co-founder of the organisation, and we were discussing those ambiguous feelings. We are truly amazed at what has been achieved, but we are also burnt out and wondering about how we can manage to cope. We decided to both take a hiatus for the rest of the year and encouraged other volunteers to also take some kind of a break, so that we could catch up with unfinished work, as well as mind ourselves and reflect about the future and how to better deal with it. I have decided to write this new year’s post in the first person because it expresses personal views, but also to remind the public that behind the name “Community Cats Network” are human beings who sometimes struggle to help animals in need and raise the funds to do so.

Behind the name “Community Cats Network” are a bunch of unpaid volunteers who will go above and beyond to help cats in need. However, for this to happen, we need to be treated with the respect that is due to any human being. What gives us the motivation is the ability to assist people who care for cats and to see the lives of these cats improved thanks to our efforts. Most who will read this post are supporters who are already aware of this, but I hope it also reaches out to others and make some understand that we can achieve a lot more by finding solutions together. We don’t see ourselves as heroes saving the lives of animals, rather we see ourselves as just regular people who are here to assist and guide communities in solving the very real problem of cat over-population, which more often than not also has its toll on the humans caring for the cats.

I don’t wish much for 2018, just that we can continue our mission peacefully and help many more cats and their people. Hopefully, we can make another little step forward to make this world a better place to live for cats.

I would like to take this opportunity to celebrate all the volunteers who keep CCN going: the cat trappers, the ones dealing with administration and fundraising and the ones who lend a helpful hand when they can and in the way they can; they all play a crucial role in helping cats in needs and it is thanks to this combination of forces that the organisation can achieve so much. The vets and vet nurses we work with also deserve a special mention for caring for the cats of course, but also as friendly ears and shoulders who help to keep our spirits uplifted. On behalf of all at CCN, I would like to thank the supporters, be they donors of funds or donors of kind words to keep us going, the organisation would not be without them. I wish you all and your furry friends a happy and healthy new year!

Em

Christmas/New Year Appeal Raffle 2017

 

As part of our Christmas/New Year appeal and in order to help us raise some much needed funds to neuter feral cats in county Cork, Community Cats Network have organised a raffle with some fantastic prizes kindly sponsored by local businesses and supporters.  Tickets are only €1 each or €5 for a book of 6 tickets, but by buying one, you could make a massive difference to the lives of feral cats.

The draw will take place on the 5th of January in Harty’s Pub in Cloyne.

Tickets are only €1 each of €5 for a book of 6 and can be bought online or from one of our volunteers.   Photo of your ticket(s) will be emailed to you when buying online. For other methods of payment, please email us at communitycatsnetwork@gmail.com.

Note that if collection locally cannot be organised, postage will be at your own charge.

Now, the prizes….

1st prize is a “Eat & Shop” Voucher bundle of a value of €300. It consists of several restaurant  and shop vouchers for Pauline’s Gifts and Crafts in Mitchelstown, The Favourite & Scullery in Mitchelstown, Doody Pharmacy in Mitchelstown, Toss Bryan in Fermoy, Lyons Pharmacy & Cafe in Fermoy, Blackwater Garden Centre & Cafe in Kinsalebeg, Jessica Loves in Youghal, The Hunted Hog in Castlemartyr, Magnolia in Midleton, Scarlett in Midleton (kidly donated by a supporter),  The Boothouse in Glanmire (sponsored by one of their kind customers), Dunnes Stores (kindly donated by a supporter) and Eason’s!

Winner: Breda Parkin from Midleton

2nd prize is a mid-week break for two nights b&b at The Maritime Hotel in Bantry.

Winner: Deborah Scannell from Midleton

3rd prize is an afternoon tea voucher in Castlemartyr Resort and a pearl necklace.

Winner: Fiona Connors from Aghada

4rd prize is a decoration set including Newgrange tumbler glasses, a Waterford crystal frame and a Galway Crystal candle holder.

Winner: David O’Sullivan from Mallow

5th prize is a Evening Dress Set (clutch bag, black gloves and pearl necklace).

Winner: Carmel Harty from Cloyne

6th prize is a Fermoy treat including a €20 voucher for the Barber Shop, a €15 voucher for Spillane Butcher and a €30 voucher for China Dragon Restaurant.

Winner: Catherine Higgins from Midleton

7th prize is voucher for one hour treatment in CurDane, Midleton.

Winner: Deirdre O’Mahony

8th prize is a €50 voucher for Shamrock Ink in Mitchelstown

Winner: Tricia Mallon from Fermoy

9th prize is a €50 voucher for Safe Haven (Reiki).

Winner: Clare Hennesy from East Ferry

10th Prize is a voucher for a 4 Ball round at Charleville Golf Club and a €30 voucher for Corbett Court restaurant (Fermoy and Charleville).

Winner: Niamh Cronin from Cloyne

11th Prize is a €50 voucher for The Fish Bar, donated by Electric Cork

Winner: Rachel Crowley from Cork

12th Prize is a €30 voucher for Cafe Bella in Fermoy

Winner: Tom Fleming from Cobh

13th Prize is a “wash & Blow Dry” voucher for Sandra’s Hair Studio in Mitchelstown

Winner: John Keohane from Fermoy

14th Prize is a chocolate hamper donated by a kind supporter

Winner: Kat Skrzypiec from Midleton

15th Prize is a Baylis and Harding Hamper donated by a kind supporter

Winner: Jack Barry from Limerick

16th Prize is a festive dog hamper donated by 4 Little Paws Dog Groomer in Bandon

Winner: John Keniry from Midleton

17th Prize is a cat hamper

Winner: Kathy Buckley from Midleton

18th Prize is an Oasis watch donated by Carla Walsh Jeweller in Mitchelstown

Winner: Katie O’Sullivan from ladysbridge

19th Prize is a pottery bowl and jug kindly donated by a supporter

Winner: Greg Bradley c/o Next Home Blackpool

20th Prize is a bottle of West Cork Bourbon

Winner: Sylvia Whelehan from Cobh

21st Prize is Frozen Puzzle

Winner: Eimear McGrath

22nd Prize is a remote control car

Winner: Majella Bradley from Rathcormac

We will also have In-House Prizes on the night (reserved to Harty’s patrons buying tickets on the night). Congratulations to Ger Sweetnam, Niamh Cronin, Gerry Lawton (Midleton), Teresa Lawton, Jake Murry, Jerry Lawton (Cloyne) X2, Pat Murphy, McCarthy’s Family and James Collins.

We would like to thank all the businesses and supporters who have sponsored this raffle, as well as Harty’s Pub for hosting the draw.  A huge thank you goes out to all the supporters who have bought a ticket and to all the volunteers who have sourced prizes and sold tickets for us.

Tickets are only €1 each of €5 for a book of 6 and can be bought from one of our volunteers, from Midleton Vets, Cloyne Vets or the Ballycotton Shop. They can also be bought online here (books only).   Photo of your tickets will be emailed to you when buying online. For alternative methods of payment, please email us at communitycatsnetwork@gmail.com.

Garda permit issued by superintendent J. O’Connor in Midleton; District Serial Number: 97/2017

Shoe Box Appeal

Could you get a little shoe box ready to treat feral cats and cats & kittens in foster care this Christmas?

Collection Points:
Douglas Village Shopping Centre – 2nd storey carpark – 9th Dec. 1-3pm
Mitchelstown – Supervalu – 8th Dec. 10am-4pm
Fermoy – Lidl carpark – 20th Dec. 6-7pm
Clonmel – Tesco carpark – 11th Dec. 6.30-7.30pm
Youghal – Perks carpark – 16th Dec. 11-12pm
Midleton – Maxi Zoo – 9th, 22nd & 23rd Dec. 2-6pm
Bandon – Glasslyn Vets – From 9th to 22nd of Dec.

Wish list: Wet food, toys, treats, small blankets, tinned tuna and sardines. We also welcome bag of dry cat & kitten food!

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!

 

 

Christmas Cards and Calendars 2018

Our Christmas cards and calendars 2018 are out now!

We are very proud of our 2018 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.

The stories featured are:

  • Princess Charming from Ballincurrig
  • In the Face of Mother Nature (Dunderrow)
  • Catching the Glanmire Matriarch
  • The Little Workers from Knockraha
  • Good Will in Ardmore
  • A Desperate Call for Help in Youghal
  • It’s a Long Way to Tipperary
  • Teenage Motherhood in Cloyne
  • A Call Close to Home (Mitchelstown)
  • The Industrious Cats in Togher
  • An Important Encounter (Watergrasshill)
  • Heavenly Trapping (Grange, co Waterford)
  • as well as a photo of a torbie from Rathcormac for our 13th month!

We would like to thank the following businesses who kindly sponsored it and helped us to make it possible:

Also to be thanked are the Friends of Community Cats Network who sponsored the months of November and December:

We are very grateful to Axelle Rychembusch who designed this gorgeous calendar and to 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 two models to choose from.

Model 3 contains cards that were kindly designed by Axelle Rychembusch and feature the stories of a colony in Ardmore, Major Tom from Kilady, a large TNR project in Youghal, a young and beautiful Cork city cat, a well-cared for colony in Midleton and of some unusual customers in Mitchelstown.

Model 2 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.

xmas-cards-2016

The box of cards (model 2) 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 from Midleton; Cleire, the Island Cat; The Whitegate Gang.

Xmas cards 2014

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 suburbs 

West Cork 

North Cork 

Waterford 

Tipperary 

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 and Leslie at Amazon!

Christmas Stalls

  • 26/11: Aghada Christmas Fair (East Cork)
  • 1/12: Mitchelstown Christmas Fair (Mitchelstown, North Cork)
  • 2/12: Christmas stall in Maxi Zoo Douglas with Santa Paws!
  • 2/12: Christmas stall in Maxi Zoo Midleton with Santa Paws!
  • 3/12: Ballintotis Christmas Fair (East Cork)
  • 8/12: Christmas stall at Supervalu (Mitchelstown)
  • 9/12: Christmas stall in Maxi Zoo Midleton
  • 9/12: Christmas stall in Petstop (Kinsale Roundabout, Cork)
  • 10/12: Garryvoe Christmas Market (Garryvoe Hotel, East Cork)
  • 16/12: Christmas stall in Maxi Zoo Douglas
  • 22/12: Christmas stall in Maxi Zoo Midleton
  • 23/12: Christmas stall in Maxi Zoo Midleton
  • More to be announced!

 

Halloween Raffle 2017

This Halloween, we have a great raffle to offer you!

To be in with a chance to win one of these prizes, buy your tickets here. Tickets are €2 for a strip, €5 for three strips or €10 for eight strips. All proceeds go to helping cats in our care.

1st prize: large handknitted gorgoyle
2nd prize: handknitted teddy
3rd prize: handmade necklace
4th prize: Halloween gift set for cats
5th prize: Halloween gift set for humans

The draw will take place on the 29th of October.

Note that if prizes cannot be collected locally (East Cork), postage will be at yor own charge.

Facebook Bingo

Do you like to play Bingo? Would you like to play from the comfort of your home? If so, look no further and you will be supporting a good cause too!

For the month of October, we are running an online Bingo on our fundraising Facebook page, The Cat Purrse. All proceeds will go to the neutering of stray and feral cats in West Waterford.

To take part, it’s easy. Buy your card(s) online here (€2 per card or €10 for a sheet of 6 cards). We will email you a photo of your card, which you will need to print. Follow The Cat Purrse page where every day we will be announcing the drawn numbers from the 17th of October. We will be playing for a line, 2 lines and a full house. For more information, click here.

Here are the prizes you can choose from…

if you win a line

if you win two lines

if you win a full house

Note that postage will be at your charge if collection cannot be arranged locally (East Cork area).