Annual General Meeting – 30/09/18

Our AGM for the year 2018 will take place on the 30th of September 2019 at the Boothouse Bar (Upper Glanmire) from 7.15pm. We will present reports for the past year and discuss future projects.

All welcome to attend.

Street Collections 2019 – Round 2

Our second round of street collections this year will take place very shortly. These events are important as they provide a vital source of income to support communities to neuter their local stray and feral cats. We are appealing to all for your support in donating an hour or two of your time to help out on the day. The success of these fundraisers rely on you and cats count on you!

Remember… A little bit of your time could change their lives forever!

Collection will take place on August 15th in Fermoy and on August 17th in Clonmel.

Email info@communitycats.ie or text 089 4686055 (for Fermoy) & 089 2546320 (for Clonmel) if you can help.

The 3rd round will take place in September and October in Castlemartyr, Carrigtwohill and Midleton. You can view our diary here.

 

 

Help Sponsoring our 2020 Calendar

Become a “Friend of Community Cats Network” by helping to sponsor our 2020 calendar.
Sponsor €15 and your name, or that of your business (with town & phone number only), will be listed as a friend of Community Cats Network on our calendar 2020.

Spread the word!

Just email info@communitycats.ie to make your pledge and send your payment via post or electronic bank transfer before the 31st of August.

Postal address: Community Cats Network, PO Box 50, Midleton Delivery Services Unit, Ballinacurra Business Park, Co Cork.
Electronic Bank Transfer to: Community Cats Network – Sort code: 99-07-99 – Account 20668352 – IBAN: IE34 IPBS 9907 0720 6683 52 – BIC: IPBSIE2D

Cat Purrse: Photo Competition – Summer 2019

Show us your best pose for a chance to win a fabulous portrait commission of your favourite friend by talented artist Maureen Roe. Open to all animals!

 

For the month of July & August, 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 West Watreford.

To take part, it’s easy. Buy an entry (or more) online here (€4 per entry or €10 for 3 entries) and email your photo to info@communitycats.ie. Your photo will be uploaded on the Cat Purrse’s facebook album where the public can vote for it until the 15th of August. 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 16th of August. Submissions are accepted until the 11th of August.

Note that the photo must be your own and must be animal-themed.

Thanks for your support!

 

 

 

 

Raffle at The Cat Purrse – June 2019

For the month of June 2019, we are holding a raffle at The Cat Purrse in aid of Community Cats Network’s North Cork TNR fund. All proceeds will go to the neutering of stray and feral cats in the North Cork area. To take part, it couldn’t be easier, just get your tickets here and we will email you your numbers. Tickets are €2 each, €5 for 3 tickets or €10 for 8 tickets.

The more tickets you buy, the more prizes will be added! We will put up a new prize for every 25 tickets sold! To view the prizes, visit The Cat Purrse page.

The draw will take place on the 30th of June and winners will be announced on the page and contacted via email. Note that if collection cannot be arranged locally (Mitchelstown), handling & postage will be at your own charge.

1st Prize: Handmade Cat Teddy

 

2nd Prize: Roger & Gallet toiletry set

 

3rd Prize: Address Book

 

Street Collections 2019 – Round 1

 

Our first round of street collections will take place in the coming month. These events are important as they provide a vital source of income to support communities to neuter their local stray and feral cats. We are appealing to all for your support in donating an hour or two of your time to help out on the day. The success of these fundraisers rely on you and cats count on you!

Remember… A little bit of your time could change their lives forever!

Collection will take place on June 14th in Youghal, on June 27th in Mitchelstown and on July 5th in Whitegate.

Text 086 1583501 or email info@communitycats.ie if you can help.

The 2nd round will take place in September and October. You can view our diary here.

 

A few thoughts about CCN – by Mary W

To mark our 7th birthday, we have asked our volunteers to share a few thoughts about their experience with CCN.

Mary, our TNR coordinator in North Cork remembers how she started volunteering with the organisation in 2016.

“My journey with CCN began back in 2016. The first day of a new job, I was brought out the back by staff and introduced to mama cat and her kittens. It didn’t take much time before I realised there were quite a few other cats around too! I contacted a few organisations for help but it was CCN that came to our aid. I had done quite a bit of rescue work up to that point and was eager to continue, so our trapping session of work cats turned into a training session and I have been trapping for CCN in the Clonmel area ever since.

I had never worked solely with feral cats before, I had fed them, knew to be very careful with them and give them a wide berth but that was about it! My first solo trapping was a baptism of fire when a small colony of cats in the centre of town gave me the run around in freezing temperatures for a solid week. I got them, eventually, and learned that feral cats are some of the cleverest, quickest and most admirable of creatures I had ever come across. Over 200 cats later and I’m still learning!

Helping feral cats is different from any of the previous work I’ve done with rescue animals before. These animals are invisible to most, they hide in dark corners, they keep their suffering to themselves, they trust very few and have known nothing but hardship. For each single cat I trap I know I’ve just changed that cat’s life forever. For every cat I release I know its chances of a healthier life have increased immeasurably because someone cared enough to pick up the phone and ask for help. Of course, sometimes the call comes too late and the only kindness I can give is a merciful sleep. I’ve had my heart broken and cried as many tears over ferals as I have smiled and felt a rush of pride at releasing cats over the past 3 years. TNR is not easy on a personal level, it’s emotional, frustrating and physically draining at times but it’s not done for personal gain, it’s done for the cats. It’s done because these cats have been failed by people and deserve for someone to give up their time freely try make amends, and if a bit of time is all it takes to change a cats life forever then my time is truly well spent.”

 

 

Don’t forget to support our Birthday Raffle to raise fund to help even more cats.

A few thoughts about CCN – by Jackie

To mark our 7th birthday, we have asked our volunteers to share a few thoughts about their experience with CCN.

Jackie, our TNR coordinator in North Cork remembers how she started volunteering with the organisation in 2016.

“The first day I came across CCN was a day of chaos, panic and desperation. For years I had been trying to help cats who found their way to me. I had recently started feeding the most frightened cat he would run and hide, but when I left food and watched from a distance he would come for it. Then, one day my mother in law, who lived next door, said that there was a cat running around with insides coming out. After looking out and finding that blood had dripped everywhere, the panic set in. I was convinced it was a female having complications giving birth. I sought advice on a rescue page; Emilie answered and told me calmly she would send help. We managed to catch the cat and put him in a box, and CCN brought him to the vet. That cat changed my life completely – his name is Sam and he is still here. That day he had a ruptured testicle, which was instantly fixed by having him neutered.
I was in awe, and asked if I fundraised would they come and help in Mitchelstown. They agreed, so off I went!

Then I got the chance to go on the first trapping in Mitchelstown and I was hooked. It was that incredible feeling you get when you release cats that got me. The rest is hard work, but that moment when you open the door is magic – the hope and love lights up your soul.

My next few projects were all close to home and work, in places where I had loved these cats. So I brought home my first foster cat, I failed miserably at rehoming him. I knew tnr was the way to go for me, but have since managed to rehome all the foster cats I have taken in, so that’s an improvement! As some of you already know, Baylor -my failed foster- has a tendency to bring home stray cats he finds. It’s as if he felt it earned him his keep! Only this morning, I heard a foreign meow and on investigation discovered Baylor with a new cat, so trap is out and ready! And after 3 yrs and over 350 cats, my heart will still pound like a bass drum in my chest when I am about to trap the cat.”

 

Don’t forget to support our Birthday Raffle to raise fund to help even more cats.

CCN’s 7th Birthday Celebrations

On April 27th, Community Cats Network will celebrate 7 years of helping cats! We invite you all to join us on our Facebook page for the celebrations from April 20th to 29th.

There will be some fun & free competitions organised by our cat trappers with lovely prizes to be won. We will also share memories from these past 7 years and remember some of the 6,000 cats we have helped.

And don’t forget to support our birthday appeal raffle to raise funds to help more cats! Ticket are €2 each, €5 for 3 lines or €10 for 8 lines and can be bought here.

Thanks for your support!

Birthday Appeal Raffle

Bagpacking – Supervalu Mitchelstown – 9/05/2019

Community Cats Network are having their annual bagpacking day in Farrell’s Supervalu in Mitchelstown on May 9th.

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!