Friday, December 12, 2014

The Gift of Giving. Here’s Comes Santa Kitty


The Friday Foto Frenzy is being preempted for something way more important. It will return next week—same cat time, same cat channel. In November, a bunch of blogging cats got together to decide what to do for fellow kittehs for the holidays. We’d heard unofficial official rumors that the elves weren’t prepared to do the annual Santa Paws Drive for homeless and shelter kitties which turned out to be false. A plan was devised. Summer at Sparklecat.com got things rolling. Her human designed the above badge and shared our plan on her blog.

We decided we would all donate to our local shelters and make kitties all over the world happy this year. We’d write about it and encourage our readers to do the same. Think how great it would be to have humans bringing gifts to shelter kitties worldwide! There’ a blog hop at the end so you can read the other inspirational stories and enter your own. Hope this post inspires you to give!

 Here’s our story. At least twice every year, we put a “care” package together for our friend Linda at A Call 4 Paws Rescue. Our usual winter package is usually ready for Linda around February. This year, we called her a little early. Could she do a pickup this week?

Image ©A Call 4 Paws Rescue used with permission.

In case you’ve missed my previous posts about A Call 4 Paws, they’re a Jersey City, NJ, based rescue but they also have a four-acre cat sanctuary in Pennsylvania housing 70 feral cats. Most of these cats are unsocialized. A Call 4 Paws offers them a free-roaming facility and where they can be safe as they roam outside or inside. There are sucess stories where the cats are socialized and find forever homes. One of the kitties from my first post found a forever home!

I’m axing for your help if you have any extra green papers. The roof of the indoor cat house at the sanctuary is in dire need of repair before this winter gets worse. They’ve started a Fundly fundraising page with a modest goal of $5000 to cover materials and labor. The fundraiser ends in 10 days.

Why do we have to give her this cat tree that I love?

We put together a package of cat food, treats, toys, a cat bed, automatic dish detergent, litter, pillows and even one of my cat trees. (TW said I couldn't keep all four cos I’m only one cat.) I must admit I didn’t have much Christmas spirit until I saw how elated Linda was and realized the cats would be just as happy. Linda was thrilled when she saw the loot, especially with the cat tree, toys and detergent. She’s just taken in a litter of foster kittens that she was sure would love the toys.

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Linda and some of our donation. Cat not included.

Helping shelter kitties isn’t a chore for me. I remember when I was a shelter kitty myself. Now, I’m in a position to help others so they can live a more comfortable life. We’re not financially rich but helping others makes us rich in other ways. Next week, TW is bringing some of my favorite slightly used toys for the Maple cats. Sadly, they weren’t taken in after they were neutered but they do have a feed station, water, and a little igloo on the porch. TW still feeds them when she walks by and the little gray tabby runs alongside her telling her he’s hungry.

My other good news is the rescue Aunt Karen volunteers with and foster for in Florida got an early Christmas present. Brooke's Legacy Animal Rescue won $25,000 in Petco Foundation’s ‪#‎HolidayWishes2014‬ in honor of Hansa Rose finally getting her furever home. We did a post about Hansa Rose several years ago on this blog.

25 comments:

  1. You are an awesome Santa Kitty, CK! That was a lot of stuff! Do remember to add your link to the hop - it goes live in about an hour from now, so it will be there when you East Coasters wake up!

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  2. CK that is great and bravo we say. Nice this time of year to remember those not so lucky. Have a fabulous Friday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  3. Well done CK to think of other kitties at this time of year is a wonderful thing..we hope all kitties have a safe xmas time...we hope indeed...loves Fozziemum xxx

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  4. That is just the most wonderful thing CK!!!

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  5. Congrats to Hansa Rose, that is wonderful news!
    There are 2 stray kitties that have became regulars here. We built little houses for them and feed them daily. Unfortunately we do not have T&R program here yet, but soon I hope, the shelters are too full to take them, so I have been looking out for them. I think it's wonderful that you help out the way you do. Your a good kitty CK!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

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  6. You had 4 cat trees??? I'm not a climber so I don't even have one! Playing Santa Kitty sure was fun, wasn't it? We hope this becomes an annual tradition! --Truffles

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  7. That is a great package you have put together for those kitties. Me and mum have put together some boxes of food and I sorted out some lightly used toys for our small local shelter.

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  8. we know those gifts will come in handy!!

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  9. A very positive post. Very nice of you to donate to those kitties, CK.

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  10. That is so nice of you to give up your cat tree CK. I know the kitties at the shelter will love it as much as you do.

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  11. That is such wonderful gifts you got for the shelter kitties! You are so right, helping others makes us rich in other ways. Your kindness is a treasure. Happy Friday xoxo

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  12. Oh CK dat is so pawsum!!!! Yous so on top of fings. We wish we kuld be as coordinated as you. :) And dat wuz so sweet of you to share yous twee to help udder kitties hav fun. Merry Christmas you bootyful girl.

    Luv ya'

    Dezi and Lexi

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  13. Awww CK this made us smile!!!!! We are all tapped out (and praying we make it til my husband's check comes next week lol), in reference to green papers because we have been donating so much lately to kitties in need so we can't help in a monetary way for a while. We are just happy we can help with toys and things like you did! You are one pawesome kitty CK! We love ya!

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  14. That's pawsome, CK! Those kitties are gonna love all the stuff you brought them.

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  15. Awesome festive cheer for those deserving kitties. I wished I'd posted mine today.

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  16. So wonderful to see the cat blogging community come together for this good cause. The toys and cat tree will keep the cats from getting bored and depressed while they wait for a new forever home. Good job Santa CK!
    xxoo
    Maggie

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  17. That is very kind CK and a great idea from Sparkle! The Staff and I try and help our local rescue at various times and what better time than Christmas!

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  18. That is a great idea! I need to get my butt in gear and partcipate.

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  19. You are AWESOME --but then I already knew that!

    Re my post today: It was MEANT to be offensive, but only to **California weather wusses** who parleyed a totally ordinary rainstorm into some ridiculous drama. It's winter. It rains. Get over it! San Francisco actually CLOSED the SCHOOLS!!! I think someone may possibly have broken a nail when they slipped in a puddle! It was, like, the nuttiest overreaction ever. I guess their brains have gotten all wizened up during the drought. Sigh. Humans.

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  20. Pawsome gifts ! We're glad to be part of Santa Kitty Toy Hop too ! Purrs

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  21. Mom plans to put goodies together at the beginning of the week for the local shelter. You were so generous C.K. to give up one of your cat towers. Those kitties are going to be so excited to have it to play on. Mom will go and give some green papers for the new roof. Ho, ho, ho, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

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  22. Well done, CK! Well done, indeed! You do so much to help kitties in need; you are truly an inspiration to so many of us. We are so proud to be your friends!

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  23. CK, you, TW and Pops are very awesome! Thank you for helping kitties the way you do, wonderful post!

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  24. That was a lot of stuff , CK !
    You are an PAWesome Santa Kitty !

    XOXO

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