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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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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.

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!

 

 

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

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).

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.

CCN TNR Info poster

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!

Birthday raffle 2016

Postponed: Raffle in Fermoy

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**We are very sorry to say that our raffle in Fermoy has to be postponed. We will keep you updated with the new date.**

Join us for a great raffle held in aid of CCN at Cheers Bar in Fermoy on the 2nd of April. There will be plenty of prizes sponsored by local businesses to be won! Great craic guaranteed! More details can be found here.

All proceeds will go towards the neutering of stray and feral cats in Fermoy.

We’d like to thank Cheers Bar for hosting the event, all the businesses who kindly sponsored prizes and all of you who supported!

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!

Read-a-thon: Hour 10

“When a man loves cats, I am his friend and comrade, without further introduction.” – Mark Twain from Who Is Mark Twain?

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It is now early morning here in Ireland. You are possibly switching on the kettle, or maybe are you still awake finishing last night’s book, and you will have a little snooze before you start another day of reading.

So why are you doing that? And why do we do what we do? Where is the money you’re raising going to go?

Community Cats Network is a Trap-Neuter-Return organisation. There is a huge problem of cat over-population in Ireland and we believe that by neutering stray and feral cats we can significantly reduce the suffering of many unwanted kittens and cats in general. Although rescuing cats and kittens is a very kind action, it is not actually solving the problem of over-population, whereas by neutering cats and having them monitored, you can effectively prevent much suffering. like everything in these days and ages, neutering cost money and it is a deterrent for people to have the cats they feed neutered. These cats belong to nobody and to everybody at once, but very few are willing to take responsibility for them. Our volunteers have decided to donate their time to help these cats and change people’s attitude towards the neutering of cats; the money you raise with this read-a-thon will go to helping us to have them neutered and cared for.

This weekend we want to celebrate cats, we want to celebrate reading and we invite you to join us in this celebration. You can take part in the event by registering here before noon, you can sponsor our participants, or you can just follow what is going on and interact with us to raise more awareness. Every little helps!

Now, let’s go back to reading and to what the readers who have taken up the challenge are up to!

Tell us, have you been reading non-stop so far? Or have you had a little catnap or a proper sleep before getting back to reading?

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