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Christmas/New Year Appeal Raffle 2019

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.  The draw will take place on the 11th of January 2019 in Harty’s Pub in Cloyne.

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. They can be bought online (books only) or from one of our volunteers. If you would like to help us by taking some books of tickets to sell to friends, colleagues and family, please get in touch! Photo of your ticket(s) will be emailed to you when buying online. For alternative methods of payment, please email us at communitycatsnetwork@gmail.com.

Note that if collection of prize cannot be organised locally (county Cork), postage will be at your own charge.

Now, the prizes….

1st prize is a “Gourmet Trail” Voucher bundle of a value of €300.

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2nd prize is a portrait commission by artist Maureen Roe.

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3rd prize is a luxury dining gift set

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4rd prize is a Gold and Rainbow Tournaline ring from the Genuine Gemstone Company kindly donated by one of our supporters.

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5th prize is a voucher for Dinner and Movie for two at the Montenotte Hotel and Cameo Cinema (Value: €70)

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6th prize is an Aspect Skincare set kindly donated by a supporter

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7th prize is an assorted pearl necklace and bracelet

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8th prize is a set of two prints by Maureen Roe

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9th prize is a €50 voucher from Elaine Hunt Holistic Therapist (Clonmel)

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10th Prize is Handkntted Cat teddy kindly knitted and donated by Beryl Burgess

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11th Prize is a Cat Hamper with a bag of treats and toys from Slinky’s in Mitchelstown, a scratching post and a cat bed

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12th Prize is a framed drawing by Carol May Hardie

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13th Prize is a bird feeder set

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14th Prize is a fairy door hamper

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15th Prize is a €25 voucher from EB Nailbar in Mitchelstown

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16th Prize is a toiletry gift set donated by Tick-Knock Pharmacy in Cobh

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17th Prize is a scarf and bracelet donated by Diva Accessories in Mitchelstown

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18th Prize is a pair of €10 vouchers donated by Lily Beauty in Bandon

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19th Prize is a complimentary pass for two for the Gate Cinemas.

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20th Prize is a pair of passes for The Pilates Studio in Midleton

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21st Prize is a KS Design Jewellery Brooch donated by Horan’s Health Store in Mitchelstown

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22nd Prize is a €15 voucher donated by 2 Shoes in Mitchelstown

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23rd Prize is a Guinness Book of Records 2018 donated by Easons in Clonmel

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24th Prize is a Toy car

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We will also have In-House Prizes on the night (reserved to Harty’s patrons buying tickets on the night).

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. 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.

Thank you for your support!

Garda permit issued by superintendent J. O’Connor in Midleton; District Serial Number: 80/2018

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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.

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!

Christmas/New Year Appeal Raffle 2017

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As part of our Christmas/New Year appeal and in order to help us raise much needed funds to neuter feral cats in county Cork, Community Cats Network has organised a raffle with some fantastic prizes sponsored by local businesses and supporters.  Tickets are only €1 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 alternative payment options, please email us.

Now, the prizes….

1st prize is an activity/entertainment pack of a value of €350. It consists of a family pass for Fota Wildlife, a voucher for Electric Cork, 2 passes for Midleton Jameson Distillery, a pass for two for Gate Cinemas and vouchers for Awesome Walls.

Winner: Sarah Beausang

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2nd prize is a Ballymaloe Cookery Demonstration for two kindly donated by one of our supporters (value €150)

Winner: Eleanor Fitzgerald

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3rd prize is a canvas print by Caroline Stephenson (value €140).

Winner: Therese Barrett

 

4rd prize is a luxury dining set worth €120. It contains a Newbridge candle holder, a Newbridge pastry set and a Paul Costello set of pearl napkin rings.

Winner: Henry Ward

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5th prize is a Jewellery Set.

Winner: Brian Walsh

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6th prize is a Ann Geddes Doll

Winner: Davey Leahy

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7th prize is a remote control toy car

Winner: Douglas Lorgan

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8th prize is a bottle of Dingle Slow Gin.

Winner: John O’Neill

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9th prize is a catty gift box

Winner: Tadgh Curtin

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10th Prize is a MP3 player.

Winner: Siobhan Lonergan

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11th Prize is a French Connection gift set for women

Winner: Lisa Roynane

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12th Prize is a Corvette Blue gift set for men

Winner: Neil O’Sullivan

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13th Prize is a gift set for cats

Winner: Katie O’Sullivan

14th Prize is a voucher for Connections in Glanmire

Winner: Marian Burke

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In-House Prizes (reserved to Harty’s clients buying tickets on the night)

We also have a number of prizes for people buying tickets on the night in Harty’s pub!

Prize A: Bottle of French Bubbly

Prize B: Pass for two for Gate Cinemas

Prize C: Toiletry Gift Set for Women

Prize D: Toiletry Gift Set for Men

Prize E: Four Star Pizza Voucher

Prize F: The Real Godfathers DVD Box Set

Prize G: Fancy Desktop Mouse

Prize H: Watch

Prize I: Travel Fund Jar – to take you anywhere in the world 😉

Prize J: Frame

Prize K: Handcrafted Jewellery Set

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 online or from one of our volunteers.   Photo of your ticket(s) will be emailed to you when buying online.

Garda permit issued by Midleton; District Serial Number: 87/2016

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.

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.

Win Two Tickets for Sharon Shannon’s Concert

How would you like to win a pair of tickets to see Sharon Shannon live at Cyprus Avenue in Cork on the 15th of April 2016?

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To enter the draw, just make a donation here (€2 per line or €5 for 3 lines). The draw will take place on the 10th of April at 9pm and the winner will be announced on our Facebook page. All proceeds will go towards the cost of neutering of stray and feral cats in Mitchelstown.

The more lines you buy, the better your chances to win and the more cats we can help!

We thank you in advance for your support! We would like to thank CARE Rescue for their kind donation to help cats in Mitchelstown!