We were recently asked to post an ad about a friendly cat that had been hanging around an estate in Midleton to see whether he was a local making himself comfortable at other people’s houses or a lost cat needing to be reunited with his owner. Nobody came forward, so we decided to investigate a bit further and called down to the estate where two families had been feeding the cat. They told us that they were convinced that it was the same cat who had already been around about a year previously, but that they would like to make sure that he was indeed been looked after. The first step was to scan the cat. It is so rare to find a microchipped cat that when you hear a beep, you get really excited! The number was duly written down and we went to check some databases. The microchip was registered with a UK database and the details had been last updated in 2011. The lines were not open at that hour, so we would have to wait until the following day to find out more…
The following morning, I rang the UK company and was told that the cat was indeed registered at a UK address and with a UK number. I was beginning to be disappointed as it probably meant that the owners had never updated their details when bringing their cat to Ireland. I was told by the database company that they would try to make contact and keep me updated. Half an hour later, my phone was ringing from a UK number… It wasn’t the database company though, but the owner of Tommy!
She explained that she had come to live in Ireland and in May 2015, a year ago, had moved back to the UK, but Tommy had escaped on Dublin port. We can only guess that Tommy jumped on a lorry and got transported that way to Midleton. The strangest thing of all was that the lady, who had not set foot in Ireland since, was spending a few days near Dublin and was flying back home that evening. The excitement and joy was so overwhelming, the owner said it was as if she had won the lottery, and we started to think of how to reunite her with her cat. She decided to rent a car and to drive down to pick him up. I went over to the estate to collect him, as the last thing we needed was for Tommy to go on a wander, and kept him safe for a few hours until he could be at long last reunited with his owner! Tommy was not able to go home that night as he needed his papers to be sorted, but a friend of the lady minded him until his pet passport would get sorted and he could travel back home.
We don’t often experience these happy-ending stories and I was over the moon to have been able to reunite a cat with his owner. Once more, this shows that microchipping your cat is really worthwhile and that we should never ever assume that a cat has just been dumped and we must thank the two families in Midleton for minding him and making contact.
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!
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**We are very sorry to say that our raffle in Fermoy has to be postponed. We will keep you updated with the new date.**
Join us for a great raffle held in aid of CCN at Cheers Bar in Fermoy on the 2nd of April. There will be plenty of prizes sponsored by local businesses to be won! Great craic guaranteed! More details can be found here.
All proceeds will go towards the neutering of stray and feral cats in Fermoy.
We’d like to thank Cheers Bar for hosting the event, all the businesses who kindly sponsored prizes and all of you who supported!
Join us on the 16th of January at the Blackbird in Ballycotton for a Rock’N’Roll Bingo and a raffle in aid of Community Cats Network!
Great fun guaranteed and plenty of spot prizes to be won!
All proceeds will go towards the neutering of stray and feral cats in East Cork.
Thank you to all who supported our Christmas/New Year Appeal raffle by buying tickets, to the businesses and supporters who donated prizes, to the volunteers who sold tickets and to Hartys Cloyne for hosting the draw. Your support is much appreciated and will go a long way in helping the cats!
Now, the winners:
In-house prize 3: Graham and Faye
In-house prize 2: Kitty
In-house prize 1: Ritchie
10th Prize: Mairead Browne from Douglas
9th Prize: Cian Dowling from Ballyhooly
8th Prize: Marta Roszek from Fermoy
7th Prize: Michael O’Connell from Cloyne
6th Prize: Mary Mollica from Limerick
5th Prize: Linda Emmett from Cloyne
4th Prize: Katherine Buckley from San Francisco, US
3rd Prize: Michelle Walsh from Cork
2nd Prize: Clare Byrne from Dublin
1st Prize: Ciara Kelly from Tralee
Congratulations to all and thank you for supporting!
“Little one, I would like to see anyone — prophet, king or God — persuade a thousand cats to do anything at the same time.” – Neil Gaiman
Woohoo! You’ve made it to the finishing line! Well done!
Did you enjoy your weekend? It’s a great feeling to know that you have an excuse to read all weekend, that you are doing it for a good cause. As you know, this wasn’t about who reads the most, but about celebrating reading while helping cats.
It was our first read-a-thon and I guess people were a bit shy about it. It was kind of the unknown. So we would like to congratulate our 3 brave participants who took up the challenge (don’t forget to sponsor them to thank them for their effort – click on their names to do so): Pauline, Shauna and Hope. We know you did it to help the cats and we really appreciate your support. We will announce the best fundraiser, who will win a bunch of prizes) next weekend.
It is not because that this first edition was quiet that we will not have other read-a-thons. We’ll just say that this was a trial run. I can even tell you that the next edition will take place in January 2017 and we will keep you posted about it.
Now, tell us… How many books did you start this weekend? How many books did you finish? What was your favourite book? What was your favourite moment? Did you have fun?
“When I play with my cat, who knows if I am not more of a pastime to her than she is to me?” – Montaigne
The end is nearly there and you are still reading, are you? Of course, nobody can read 48 hours non-stop and you need to take a break or a nap every so often to mind your eyes and your body. And this is why we were here online posting some distraction for you.
Tell us, what did you do during the weekend to take a little break? How did you cope with unplanned interruptions?
Enjoy your last 2 hours of reading!
“Here you complain about your boring life, yet when a talking cat drops into your lap, you seek to silence it!” – Puss in Boots (by K.M. Shea)
Victorian illustration from 1895
Only 5 hours of reading left and, this afternoon, we would like to celebrate the children who took part in the Kids Edition of this read-a-thon and are about to finish their month of reading. We are really proud of the five children, aged 5 to 11, who decide to spend one month reading books and collecting money to help the cats. It gives you faith, doesn’t it. We will hear more from them next weekend, but we received a comment from one of our young readers last Thursday, which I’d like to share:
“best month ever and I’ve read a load of books. And I hit my collecting target too tonite.” Rachel
We will keep you updated on how they got on next weekend.
There is no age to read children books, and they are a good way to take a little break when doing a read-a-thon.
Tell us, do you ever read children books? What is your favourite children book of all time?
“Cats can be funny and have the oddest way of showing they’re pleased to see you. Rumiface peed in our shoes.” – W.H. Auden
I hope the reading is going strong! Only 8 hours left to read as much as you want! Have you done a bit easy Sunday morning reading so far? Or are you engrossed in a novel? There are so many forms and genres to read from…
Tell us, what is your favourite genre?
“The only escape from the miseries of life are music and cats…” – Albert Schweitzer
Are you still with us? You’re doing good! We have just finished the 37th hours of this read-a-thon. Has your weekend of reading met your expectations? Have you had a few musical interludes? What have you been listening to?
Tell us, do you like reading with a musical background? What would you listen to?