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).
From 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.
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.
On 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!
The Evening Echo Women’s Mini-Marathon 2015 will take place in Cork on the 27th of September at 1pm. It is a fun event that helps to raise money for many charities. You can walk, jog or run the 4 miles. Although it is a women’s mini-marathon, men are also welcome to take part as long as they are dressed as women!
We will all meet at 12.30pm for a group photo! Location to be announced.
Join the “cat trappers on the run” and register now!
For more details about registration or to sponsor one of our participants, click here.
On the 27th of this month, Community Cats Network will turn 3 years old. Three years of helping stray and feral cats in county Cork an beyond.
To mark this important event, we will be having a celebration of our Facebook page with some competitions and a raffle, so don’t miss out!
On behalf of the cats, we would like to thank you all for your support during those three years and we look forward to helping more cats in the year ahead of us.
Support us to help even more cats with a birthday donation and we will enter you in the raffle.
- Cat hamper: Catherine Hennessy
- Bob the Builder’s Cat: Donna Meaney
- Orla Kiely gift set: Sylvie Chiquer
- Necklace and bracelet: Marie O’Sullivan
- MEOW photo frame: Sylvie Chiquer
- Cat keyring: Anne Garvin
- Funky cat earrings: Margaret Jordan
- Bonus prize; Movie Junction pass: Rosie Pagenkemper
The Hairy Project was set up to hopefully raise funds for Dog and Cat Rescue,
by holding Auctions with items that have been made by me here in The Hairy House and items donated by like-minded Animal Lovers.
The first Hairy Auction started on 13th February and was in aid of Coolronan Dog Rescue, raising €1,850 for the Rescue.
The second Hairy Auction was held on 16th May for 10 days in aid of two Wonderful TNR Projects involved in Rescue and Rehoming. -Greystones Kitty Hostel and The TNR Fundraising Page run by Debbie Hogan who helps out TNR projects around Wicklow, Co Dublin and Dublin Areas. This auction raised €1,500 for Greystones Kitty Hostel. €1,000 for TNR fundraising Page run by Deborah Hogan and €200 for Maeve O’Donoghue for her Mullingar Dogs that she helps to get out of the Pound. and €50 each to 3 emergency Cases.
The third auction was in Aid of Cats Friends Rescue and took place on Friday 25th July . This Auction Raised €2,070.50 for Cats Friends Rescue.
REMEMBER None of this is possible without YOU. So Come and Join in the Fun and Help Save Lives!
TOTAL RAISED AND GIVEN OUT SO FAR IS €6,770.50 since February 2014
The Next Auction will be held in aid of Community Cats Network in Cork on Friday 25th September 2014 at 9pm.
Please visit The Hairy Auction Facebook page on the link below to place your bids. Thank you Belinda Morgan for this fantastic fundraiser.
The aim of this week is to raise the awareness about feral cats and the importance of neutering.
Why not help us raise awareness by printing the following posters and placing them in your local shop, community centre, co-op, etc?
Download the PDF file here: Feral Cat 2014_general poster.
Download the PDF file here: Feral Cat Week poster_TNR 2014.
Information leaflets created by Feral Cats Ireland can also be obtained to distribute in your local vets, pet shops, etc, by emailing email@example.com.
Click here for more details and to register.
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At the end of April, we will turn one year old (already!), so grab your sombrero and join us in Sober Lane at 8pm to celebrate Mexican style!
We have plenty of surprises in store for you…
The party will begin with a Chilli Eating Contest (we would like to thank Khan Spices of North Main Street and Southern Fruit in Togher for sponsoring the chillies). At 8.30pm, our 50 contestants will sit down and go through 5 rounds bringing them to new levels of heat. Whether you want to take the challenge or just watch the pain on their face, you can’t miss it!
You think you can do it? Then, we want you there!
There are only 50 places, so hurry up! You can register by calling in to Sober Lane, where the staff will take your registration, or by downloading the registration form (CCN_Chilli_Disclaimer form_Registration_Final), filling it with your initials on the first page and your full details on the 2nd, and returning it with your €5 fee to Community Cats Network, PO Box 50, Midleton Delivery Services Unit, Ballinacurra Business Park, Midleton, Co Cork.
Our winner will receive a magnificient trophy sponsored by Gerald McCarthy Gifts and Awards. The 2nd nd 3rd place will get a certificate. All three runner-ups will get lovely prizes. Every contestant will also receive a souvenir badge of the night to prove their bravado!
Our Facebook event will be updated on a daily basis to give you tips to learn the tricks of the trade.
Don’t worry if you’re not brave enough to enter the Chilli Eating Contest, you can still come along and have fun!
We will treat you with delicious food served to the sound of Mexican music. There will be a guessing competition for all to enter (no, we won’t tell you what you will have to guess!). We will also hold a fantastic rifa (Urban Dictionary: spanglish. literally means “raffle”. but used as saying a certain gang or area is “the baddest” or “untouchable”. mexican slang.) with prizes for all to enjoy! If you cannot come to the party, you can still take part to the rifa by buying your tickets online and make this birthday a special one for all the feral cats in Cork (see here for more details).
We would like to thank Colm and his staff at Sober Lane for hosting the event and offering great feedback, Gerald McCarthy Gifts and Awards for sopnsoring the trophies, Zia of Khan Spices (North Main St, Cork) and Jim of Southern Fruit for sponsoring the chillies and all the businesses that sponsored prizes for the night.
A massive thank you goes out to all our supporters who have followed us along the road to help the feral cats in Cork county. Thanks to your support, we can change their lives, so here’s to the 2nd year!