The rescue story today is one that you can help to write: you make a donation that helps people help cats, and I will give you a little reward, now through the end of 2014.
Every day, selfless individuals are helping homeless cats in any way they can from answering the call to capture orphaned kittens to foster and care for and find forever homes, trapping cats living outdoors for spay and neuter and veterinary care and either keeping them indoors or returning them to a supervised outdoor site, scouring craigslist for kittens and cats being given away for free or for sale and retrieving those they feel are in danger, also offering information and assistance to humans who can use it, and providing safe housing for and feeding thousands of cats every single day in outdoor colonies and much, much more. There is no payment for this and much of the expense for it out of their own pocket.
You see many of these cats and kittens featured in my “Cats for Adoption” articles each week, in several of my “Rescue Stories”, and you’ve even virtually met a number of them: Smokie, Bella, Kennedy, Emeraude and Lakota.
After the endless parade of kittens over the spring and summer and into fall, many of whom are still looking for homes, we are headed for the often deadly winter months when sturdy straw-filled shelters have been built and maintained for cats living outdoors, and often critical emergency veterinary care is needed for kittens born in the cold, and cats suffering injuries caused by or made worse by wintery weather along with the usual street injuries and, unfortunately, abuse.
We may call this Trap-Neuter-Return or TNR or simply rescue. It’s far more than just grabbing homeless cats and spaying or neutering them, returning them to their outdoor home, and as long as people continue abandoning cats the need for all this work will continue as well. Often there’s a network of assistance behind what rescuers do to help them with this rescue and care for outdoor cats, offering food and materials if they can’t afford it on their own and low-cost veterinary care for a cat they’ve rescued or a foster or outdoor cat they are caring for.
The Homeless Cat Management Team (HCMT) and PittsburghCAT provide that network of care to rescuers in the Pittsburgh area, loaning out traps, networking rescuers, providing low-cost or free spay/neuter clinics at least monthly and making low-cost emergency veterinary care available to rescuers as well as distributing food and even shelters to those who are caring for rescues in their homes or community cats living outdoors.
Here’s where you come in
You can help this effort by making a donation of cash, gift card or goods to HCMT or PittsburghCAT, through the PittsburghCAT wishlist or by donating gift cards or feline necessities:
- Dry or Canned Cat and Kitten Food
- Small Cat Beds
- Cat Treats
- Cat Toys
- Food Bowls
- Clumping Litter
- Carriers and Crates
I’m participating with a gift card drive, and three business owners who are my customers and my good friends and who support my business as well are also participating this year. Click their links to visit and find out more about them, and if you’re local take some time to patronize their businesses this holiday season.
Donations through The Creative Cat and Portraits of Animals
1. Donate through the PittsburghCAT wishlist
2. Donate a gift card by mail or electronically (see instructions below)
3. Donate cash
I’ll give you a $10 gift certificate to my Etsy shop for you to use for your holiday shopping, to give as a gift, or keep for later, good for $10.00 off your order of $25.00 or more until January 31, 2015.
Donations through the PittsburghCAT wishlist will be automatically entered in a raffle for a $25.00 Michael’s gift card.
Drop off donations at Carnegie Antiques
423 West Main Street, Carnegie, PA 15106
Say hello to Judi and congratulate her on her recent adoption of a kitty rescued from her neighborhood and her five other rescued cats. Drop off food, litter, toys or other feline necessities at Carnegie Antiques and be entered in a drawing for a gift certificate. Read more about Judi and Carnegie Antiques.
Drop off donations at Eccentricity Designs LLC
135 East Main Street, Carnegie, Pennsylvania 15106
Say hello to Bonita and ask her about her five rescued cats, and look around for my artwork in addition to other unique items. Drop off food, litter, toys or other feline necessities at Eccentricity Designs LLC and be entered in a drawing for a gift certificate.
Donate through Chartiers Custom Pet Cremation
442 Washington Avenue, Bridgeville, PA 15017
Deb is frequently away from her business so drop-offs can be scheduled (until we find a convenient drop-off place). Give Deb a call at 412-220-7800 and donate off food, litter, toys or other feline necessities and be entered in a drawing for a gift certificate.
Other Opportunities in the Pittsburgh Area
Cuts & Styles, 748 Brookline Blvd
Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, 1047 Shady Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Donate gift cards electronically
Help HCMT and PittsburghCAT continue to provide much-needed food and supplies to foster homes, rescuers and caretakers by donating a gift card for pet supplies and they can purchase food and supplies tailored for the animals they are caring for. Petco, PetSmart and WalMart are each convenient.
Here’s what you do:
1. Go to the Petco, PetSmart or WalMart website and purchase an electronic gift card for at least $10.00.
2. Designate it as a gift to “Homeless Cat Management Team” or “PittsburghCAT”.
3. In their “notes” section (most have one for gifts), note that this is through “The Creative Cat” so they know where it came from.
4. To complete the gift card, here is their contact information:
Mailing Address: Homeless Cat Management Team, P. O. Box 100203, Pittsburgh, PA 15233
Phone Number: 412-321-4060
5. Email your confirmation to me, or simply email me that you donated a gift card through the Holiday Cheer program. Please let me know if you’d like to be acknowledged publicly at the end of the campaign with just your name, no donation amount. Your name will not be used without your permission to publish it.
6. I will reply to your email with your numbered gift certificate attached.
If you’re not comfortable purchasing it on the internet, you can purchase it in person and mail it to them using the address above. Simply include a note that it’s part of “The Creative Cat Holiday Cheer for Homeless Cats”, or just “The Creative Cat”, and make sure you include your email address. They will contact me when they receive it and I will send your gift certificate.
Make a donation
A cash donation will help support the low-cost veterinary care that has saved many lives and, most importantly, prevented the births of many kittens. And Frankie’s Friends also treats dogs in many of their low-cost clinics in Tarentum and in the mobile van, so you are helping prevent puppies as well, and also helping rescued dogs with low-cost veterinary care.
Here’s what you do:
1. Go to the HCMT website and make a donation of at least $10.00.
2. The donation is made through PayPal which has a “notes” section. Note that this is through “The Creative Cat”.
3. Email your confirmation to me, or simply email me that you donated cash through the Holiday Cheer program. Please let me know if you’d like to be acknowledged publicly at the end of the campaign with just your name, no donation amount. Your name will not be used without your permission to publish it.
4. I will reply to your email with your numbered gift certificate attached.
How to use your gift certificate
Your gift certificate will have a code that will be active for use in Portraits of Animals on Etsy until January 31, 2014. This code is entered at checkout for your $10.00 discount. But if you are shopping elsewhere on one of my pages or you’d like to use the discount toward a commissioned portrait or in person, you’ll just need to give me your name and the certificate number and I’ll either manually discount your order or refund $10.00 to you.
Feel free to use your certificate for your holiday shopping, for your post-holiday shopping, or to give as a gift. For my own accounting purposes, I’d like to keep all the transactions within this calendar year.
I will have a link to this post in the right-hand sidebar of my home page until December 31, 2014 and I will also have a link to it in the footer of at least one post each day.
You can visit my Etsy shop to browse what’s there right now, and keep in mind that I add new products regularly, especially one-of-a-kind handmade items. Also visit my page here on The Creative Cat that explains about “Ordering Custom Artwork” where you can have a custom print made of a sketch, painting or photograph you like.
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Thanks to everyone who has donated so far this year through other donation opportunities on The Creative Cat!
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And thanks also to those of you who are out there rescuing. These cats are in good hands!
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Weekly schedule of features:
Sunday: Essays, Pet Loss, Poetry, The Artist’s Life
Monday: Adoptable Cats, TNR & Shelters
Tuesday: Rescue Stories
Wednesday: Commissioned Portrait or Featured Artwork
Thursday: New Merchandise
Friday: Book Review, Health and Welfare, Advocacy
Saturday: Your Backyard Wildlife Habitat, Living Green With Pets, Creating With Cats
And sometimes, I just throw my hands in the air and have fun!