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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.

Fun Online Bingo – February 2019

Do you like to play Bingo? Would you like to play from the comfort of your home? If so, look no further and you will be supporting a good cause too!

 

For the month of February, we are running an online Bingo on our fundraising Facebook page, The Cat Purrse. All proceeds will go to the neutering of stray and feral cats in West Waterford.

To take part, it’s easy. Buy your card(s) online here (€2 per card or €10 for a sheet of 6 cards). We will email you a photo of your card, which you will need to print. Follow The Cat Purrse page where every day we will be announcing the drawn numbers from the 14th of February. Don’t worry if you missed one night you can catch up the following day by checking the photo album. We will be playing for a line, 2 lines and a full house. For more information, click here.

Here are the prizes you can choose from…

if you win a line

 

if you win two lines

 

if you win a full house

 

Note that postage will be at your charge if collection cannot be arranged locally (East Cork area).

Calendar Launch – Nov 2nd at Maxi Zoo Midleton

We are delighted to invite you to the official launch of our calendar 2019!

The launch will take place on the 2nd of November, from 5 to 7pm, at Maxi Zoo in Midleton. Join us for some refreshments and a special surprise!

We will have a selection of our hand-crafted goodies for sale on the evening, as well as our Christmas cards and calendars. Anyone making a purchase on the night will be entered in a draw to win a great hamper sponsored by Maxi Zoo. You can also enter the draw by purchasing a calendar or pack of cards from Maxi Zoo Midleton before the 2nd of November.

We will be joined on the evening by a special guest: Abi the Cat!

 

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

Also to be thanked are the Friends of Community Cats Network who sponsored the months of November and December:

We are also very grateful to Katie McGroarty from Cobh who designed this gorgeous calendar and to Anna, Siobhan and Steph for helping with proofreading.

 

If you cannot attend on the night, you can still get our calendars and cards from many outlets around the county, see here for a full list. Alternatively, we can 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.  Don’t forget to visit our online shop for more gift ideas!

Christmas Cards and Calendars 2019

Our Christmas cards and calendars 2019 are out now!

We are very proud of our 2019 calendar, which features the photos and stories of some of the cats we have trapped during the year.  It costs €7 and would make an ideal stocking filler or gift to send abroad.

The stories featured are:

  • The faithful companions from Mallow
  • Perseverance rewarded in Cloyne
  • The heart of a town (Mitchelstown)
  • Visiting some old friends (Midleton)
  • Last but not least (Clogheen)
  • The Caretakers of te castle (Lismore)
  • Let’s not forget the smallies (Glanmire)
  • Jaime, the softie from Clonmel
  • Molly from Bandon
  • The burden of breeding (Banteer)
  • Gaining the trust (Carrigtwohill)
  • A young and exemplary carer in Cork City
  • as well as a photo of a big tom cat from Killeagh for our 13th month!

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

Also to be thanked are the Friends of Community Cats Network who sponsored the months of November and December:

We are very grateful to Katie McGroarty from Cobh who designed this gorgeous calendar and to Anna, Siobhan and Steph for helping with proofreading.

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.  There are three models to choose from.

Model 4 contains cards that were kindly designed by Katie McGroarty and feature the stories of Little Miss Greedy Guts (Clonmel), the Summer of Love (Waterfall), a large colony in Dungarvan, Bluebell and Sunflower from Charleville, a Carer with a Big Heart in Mallow and a Colony in Ballinacurra.

Model 3 contains cards that were kindly designed by Axelle Rychembusch and feature the stories of a colony in Ardmore, Major Tom from Kilady, a large TNR project in Youghal, a young and beautiful Cork city cat, a well-cared for colony in Midleton and of some unusual customers in Mitchelstown.

Model 2 contains cards that were kindly designed by Axelle Rychembusch and feature the stories of a paradise garden in Ballinhassig; Butch Cassidy, the kitten who broke into a bank in Youghal; a new beginning in Kinsalebeg; Come-On from Whitegate; an inhabited garden in Grenagh and the tiny tortie from Monkstown. **LIMITED AVAILABILITY**

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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.  Don’t forget to visit our online shop for more gift ideas!

Alternatively, you can find them at the following businesses:

If you would like to help us by taking a box of cards and calendars in your business or at your office, please email communitycatsnetwork@gmail.com.

East Cork:

City and suburbs 

West Cork 

  • Riverview Vets (Bandon)
  • Barryroe Co-op (Ballinspittle)
  • Centra (Kilbrittain)

North Cork 

Waterford 

  • Ardmore Pharmacy (Ardmore)
  • Blasta Wholefoods (Dungarvan)
  • Goodness Greenhouse (Dungarvan)
  • Lismore Vets (Lismore)

Tipperary 

Some companies also have some thanks to our wonderful volunteers who took them to sell to their colleagues!  Thank you to Kay at the Midleton Jameson Distillery, Carrie at EMC and Leslie at Amazon!

Christmas Stalls

  • 16/12: Enterprise Town, Firgrove Hotel, Mitchelstown
  • 2/12: Aghada Christmas Fair (East Cork)
  • 8/12: Christmas stall in Maxi Zoo Midleton
  • 8/12: Mitchelstown Christmas Market (Market Square, Mitchelstown, North Cork)
  • 8/12: Christmas stall in Maxi Zoo Douglas
  • 21/12: Christmas stall in Maxi Zoo Midleton
  • 22/12: Christmas stall in Maxi Zoo Midleton
  • 23/12: Christmas stall in Maxi Zoo Midleton
  • More to be announced!

 

Photo Competition – October 2018

How would you like winning an amazing portrait of your pet painted by the amazing artist, Maureen Roe?

 

This month, 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 East Cork.

To take part, it’s easy. Buy an entry (or more) online here (€5 per entry) and email your photo to communitycatsnetwork@gmail.com. Your photo will be uploaded on the Cat Purrse’s facebook page where the public can vote for it until the 30th of October. 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 31st of October. Submissions are accepted until the 26th of October.

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

Thanks for your support!

 

 

 

Evening Echo Mini-Marathon 2018 – Run for the Cats

Thank you so much to all the supporters and vet nurses for joining us for the Mini-Marathon last Sunday to raise funds for the cats: Cathy, Angela, Rosie, Susan, Abi, Suzanne, Karolina, Aggie, the Midleton Veterinary Hospital team, the Cloyne Veterinary Clinic team and the other members of the IVNA (Irish Veterinary Nursing Association). Well done to all!

The Midleton Veterinary Hospital team

We had a great day and the sun was shining. We are so grateful for the support we have received and to everyone who sponsored the participants. We don’t have a final figure yet, but know that your support will mean that more cats can be helped.

The cat trappers on the run!

It is not too late to sponsor our own cat trappers and you can do so here.

Medals well earned for the Cloyne Veterinary Clinic team

See more photos here.

Aurora Is Looking for a Loving Home

Aurora is looking for a loving home…

Aurora is a gorgeous and very affectionate 11 year old cat who is looking for her “furever” home. For 5 years before coming into CCN’s care she lived confined in a small place with a large number of other cats who would often bully her. In the 15 months she has spent in foster care, she has turned into a very affectionate and chatty cat. She loves rubs and to be brushed, and she loves some company. She is still a little nervous with strangers but also quite inquisitive. She is looking for a quiet indoor-only home with no other pets and no young children. She will be shy when first moving in her new home and you will need to give her time to get used to you, but every step forward is so rewarding and she really deserves to find a home where she can be loved! You can see more photos of Aurora here and read the story of her rehabilitation here.

Aurora is spayed, fully vaccinated, microchipped and has tested negative to FIV and FeLV. She had a recent health-check and apart for some arthritis for which she is being treated, she is healthy. She suffered from gingivitis when she first came into our care, but had a few teeth extracted and was successfully treated. To enquire about adopting Aurora, please read our adoption procedure and text 086 1583501.

After a few years being involved in animal welfare, I have come to see rescue as a three-phase process. Phase 1 is the actual rescue. It can be quite impressive or dramatic or it can be just picking up a kitten on the side of the road. You will often hear people say that they have rescued a kitten and then handed him/her to a rescue; in those cases, they often forget about the long process that is about to happen after. Phase 2 is possibly the most challenging. It is the long process of rehabilitation. At times it can be quite straight forward if the animal is friendly and healthy, but at other times, it might involve many vet visits and a lot of emotional and time investment on the part of the fosterer to rehabilitate the animal and get it ready for rehoming. Phase 3 is the rehoming phase. You need to find the right home for the animal, one where they will live a happy life. The new family will then finish the rescue process by welcoming the animal in their home, helping them to settle, give them time to adapt and do what they can to reduce the stress due to their change of environment. Although it may seem quite easy, in some cases it does take some effort and the new family needs to be patient and understanding of their new pet’s needs. Once the animal has settled, then you can consider the rescue as being successful. When Dawn and Aurora came into my care over a year ago, I was fully aware it would take time to rehabilitate these two female cats who came from a hoarding background. They were so nervous at the beginning! I remember Sinead shaking her head saying I definitely liked a challenge, well I do! Dawn’s slow-blinking kept encouraging me! Both suffered from Gingivitis and were treated for it. Once they were free from that pain, they began to make progress, taking a treat out of my hand, looking at me instead of going in hiding and finally we reached the stage when they would welcome me at the door with their chattering at dinner time and asked for rubs. Every little step forward was such a victory that it would bring tears in my eyes. A year later, Dawn found a home, a loving family who understand that it will take time before she fully settles with them. They have understood that they are part of her rescue and have taken up that challenge (quite successfully considering the latest updates). Now, it is time for Aurora to find her new home.

Help Aurora to find a home by printing this poster (Aurora) and placing on local notice boards (in Cork and surrounding counties).

Photo Competition – February 2018

How would you like winning a gorgeous portrait of your pet drawn by the talented Caroline Evans Coles?

 

For the month of February, 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 Mitchelstown.

To take part, it’s easy. Buy an entry (or more) online here (€5 per entry) and email your photo to communitycatsnetwork@gmail.com. Your photo will be uploaded on the Cat Purrse’s facebook page where the public can vote for it until the 27th of February. The 5 photos with the most votes will be sent to an independent jury to choose a winner for the pet portrait and 2 runner-up photos, that will win a rosette. Winners will be announced on Facebook on the 28th of February. Submissions are accepted until the 25th of February.

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

Thanks for your support!