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Christmas Raffle 2021

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 the following locations

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

Now, the prizes….

Ist prize – €100 voucher for Trevor tool Hire

2nd Prize – €100 Voucher for House cleaning from House Angels

3rd Prize – Tipperary Crystal Photo Frame

4th prize – €50 One4all voucher

5th prize – Louise Kennedy Crystal Candle Holder.

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Christmas Cards and Calendars 2021

Our Christmas cards and calendars 2021 are out now!

We would like to thank the following businesses who kindly sponsored it and helped us to make it possible:

The pack of cards costs €5 and contains 6 cards with a different design on each. 

We are very grateful to Katie McGroarty who designed both the gorgeous calendar and adorable Chritmas cards

Our Christmas cards also feature cats and kittens that CCN have been involved with during the year.  You can find the story of each cat inside the card.

The pack of cards costs €5 and contains 6 cards with a different design on each. 

We will be happy to mail them to you (p&p to be added).  Contact us at communitycatsnetwork@gmail.com with your order and we will let you know how to proceed. 

Thank you for supporting us!

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The Cats Purrse

In conjunction with running our auction in July for South Tipp ferals (watch this space!) we have been kindly given the most fantastic prize to raffle- we’re pretty jealous of whoever wins this!

⭐ This prize includes 1 nights stay in 1 cabin for 2 people with breakfast included- dogs welcome!

Set in the heart of the Nire Valley Waterford, Nire Valley Eco Camp offers breath taking views of the surrounding countryside, mountain walks & the chance to unwind. With just 5 cabins set on 6 acres, you’re guaranteed tranquility. If you’re looking to escape life, this is the place to go!

We’re exceptionally grateful to Nire Valley Eco Camp for supporting our work in the area with this amazing prize. Check them out here… https://www.facebook.com/nirevalleyecocamp/

⭐ Second Prize will be a bumper cat hamper! 🐈

Raffle tickets are €5 each or €10 for 3. Please quote ‘Raffle’ when paying through our paypal link.
Draw will take place on 1st August @ 8pm

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80’s Night | The Coachman, Clonmel | 12 October 19

Get ready to party as on October 12th we are holding an 80’s Night at The Coachman in Clonmel from 9pm! DJ Billy Bop will get you dancing to all the 80’s classics.

There will also be finger food and a prize for the best 80’s costume!

Don’t miss out on our raffle and get your tickets now from xxx or on the night!

Entry to the event is €5 and includes a raffle ticket.

Join us for what promises to be a fun night!

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Happy Christmas 2018!

We would like to wish all our followers and supporters a happy and peaceful Christmas! Have a wonderful time!

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Bagpacking – Supervalu Mitchelstown – 17th of May 2018

Community Cats Network are having their annual bagpacking day in Farrell’s Supervalu in Mitchelstown on the 17th of May.

We are looking for volunteers to help out for an hour or two. please text 089 4686055 if you can help; thanks!

All proceeds will go to neutering stray and feral cats in the town. Please support!

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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

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Photoshoot with Santa Paws at Maxi Zoo – 17/12/16

Join us in Maxi Zoo Midleton this Saturday for a very festive day!

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Bring your pet to meet Santa Paws from 1pm to 5pm and have their photo taken for €10 with the man in red! All funds raised will go to CCN.

We will also have a stall there with many gift ideas that will delight both cats and cat lovers.

We would like to thank Kieran and all the staff at Maxi Zoo for organizing this event and we hope to see you there!

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Happy New Year 2016!

Happy new year

On behalf of all the stray and feral cats in Cork and beyond we would like to wish you and your feline friends a happy new year!
Thank you so much for your support in 2015. Thanks to you, we have been able to help 801 cats! Let’s keep it up and make 2016 even better. By working together we can really make a difference and prevent the suffering of so many cats…
Here is to 2016!

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Happy New Year from CCN

We would like to wish a happy new year to all of our supporters!

2014 has been a difficult year as we have come across many difficult cases and ill cats that needed to be euthanised.  Also, at the back of our minds are all the cats that we weren’t able to help, because of the lack of cooperation of some carers.  However, at the eve of the new year, we must look at the positive side of the work we do: all the cats we were able to help one way or another, all the good carers we have met, who were willing to take responsibility or put in the effort to make a project happen.

This year, we helped 755 cats and in December we reached the milestone of 2000 cats helped (in 2 and half years of existence).  This means that so much suffering has been prevented thanks to our TNR programme and the support and encouragements we receive from all of you.

It is not always easy and can be emotionally damaging and often we have thought to give it up.  Yet, we keep going and are already getting ready for another busy year.  Why?  Because we think that all cats are purrfect!

Enjoy the video and happy new year!