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Alley Cats and Angels

Advocates For Forgotten Felines                                                                   March 2010

AC&A Board of Directors 

Tia Hagnas, Founder and President
Marie Brewer, Vice President
Daryl Majkowski, Treasurer
Eric Moinet, Secretary

Contact Info

Alley Cats and Angels
PO Box 785
Apex, NC  27502
919-303-3500
info@alleycatsandangels.org
www.alleycatsandangels.org

Upcoming Events

PetSmart Capital Boulevard
4200 Millbrook Road
Raleigh, NC
919-873-0544

Saturday, 1 PM to 4 PM
March 13, April 3

Visit our cats in the adoption center March 1 through March 14
and March 29 through April 4


Pet Supplies "Plus"
4025 Wakeforest Road
Raleigh, NC 

Saturday, March 13
1 PM to 4PM


PetSmart Knightdale
220 Hinton Oaks Blvd.
Knightdale, NC 
919-266-1019

Saturday- Sunday, 1 PM to 4 PM
March 20-21 &
March 27-28

Visit our cats in the adoption center March 15 through March 28


        

$ Every Dollar Helps $

Alley Cats and Angels is run entirely by volunteers and supported solely by donations.  We are a 501(c)3 organization, all donations are tax deductible.  Your support helps us continue our life saving mission.


Spotlight On...

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Tiger
is a wonderful 2-year old chunk of love.  He's a big fellow with a lot of love to  give.  He's been in foster care for a long time and needs a home of his own -- one that can help him lose weight. 

Tiger loves to play and that can help him get some much needed exercise. Tiger has a sponsored adoption fee.  Here's a personal message from Tiger: I can make you smile.  I can warm your lap.  I can be your confidant.  I can change your life.  And you can change mine.  Please adopt me.

More available cats 

Ongoing/Upcoming Fundraising Efforts

Collecting and recycling aluminum:  We recycle aluminum cans.  $10 here, $23 there really does add up - we have paid for at least five spay/neuter surgeries from the money made by recycling cans.  Please rinse and save your cans for us.

Coins for the Cats: Please s
et aside your unused coins for the cats in our programs. Our program relies on donations to provide necessary vet care, sterilization, and supplies for the cats. Your small change could make a big change in their lives.

Shop for your dog and help the cats!   Order dog chews, bones, and other items from http://usbones.com/ and select Alley Cats and Angels, NC as the recipient organization and US Bones will donate 25% of the sales to us. 

iGive: Shop online with iGive and select Alley Cats and Angels (North Carolina) as your rescue of choice and a portion of the sale will be donated to us.

Wish List

  • Monetary donations to help offset medical bills
  • Sponsors for our Alter an Alley Cat program 
  • Purina One Healthy Kitten dry food
  • Purina One Chicken and Rice dry food (for adults)
  • Purina Cat Chow, Complete Choice to be used for cats in our barn cat program
  • Royal Canin Baby Kat 34 (used for very small kittens)
  • Donations of dry cat food to help local feral cat caregivers feed their feral colonies
  • Cat litter: pine litter (used at adoption events), clay litter, and clumping litter (various litter used depending upon cat's needs)
  • Gift cards to be used for purchase of food and litter (PetSmart, Petco, WalMart, Target, BJ's, etc.)
  • Gas cards to offset fuel costs of barn cat relocations

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A Message from the Vice President
In our January newsletter, we shared with you the exciting milestones we reached and our joy at the number of cats we helped in 2009.  Isn’t it wonderful to see what we’ve been able to accomplish?  Now, take a deep breath and buckle up for this year’s roller coaster...the 2010 kitten season is officially incubating  and will arrive anytime between now and the next 63 days.  The local spay/neuter clinics are already reporting high percentages of females in heat or already pregnant.  The impact of an early and heavy kitten season means our help will be even more critical and our opportunity to save lives will be even more tremendous. 

We've spent 2009 building a solid foundation through our relationships with our veterinary partners, medical suppliers, and adoption venues.  We've trimmed costs everywhere we can, we've extensively researched our medical protocols so that we can provide the best care under budgetary constraints, and we've invested in equipment for our adoption venues in order to present our cats in the most appealing light.  Our hearts are already open and our will to help is strong, but our capacity to help is limited by three major factors:
  • Finances: Every cat and kitten we help costs more to fully vet than we recoup with adoption fees.  Some of these rescues will come to us with medical conditions that will create a higher cost of care.  Therefore, we must rely on individual donations and fundraisers to help care for the cats.  Unfortunately, donations are at an all time low just when we need them most.
  • Foster homes:  It takes a very special heart that can take in cats to love and nurture, and then let them go when they find their forever home.  We lovingly and jokingly refer to our once and done Foster Parents as foster failures, when truly they and their foster cat bond and they become the forever homes we seek.  Some cats take longer than others and some foster homes have other pets, which also affects our fostering capacity.
  • Loving homes to adopt our kitties: We strive to find the best home and match purrsonalities but, sometimes, we just need more people.

We ask that you keep us in mind when contemplating your charitable donations so that we can continue to fulfill our mission to help the forgotten felines.  If you have any friends, family, or coworkers who mention they would be interested in adopting or fostering, please let us know.  In addition, we always need help with fundraising activities and with our adoption events.  Of course, there is always the endless educating regarding the benefits of spay/neuter; only through spay/neuter can we all prevent the cats (and dogs) from being homeless and in need of rescue. 

Every day we think about what new and creative ideas we can come up with to expand our capacities but it always comes back to how well we network.  Through networking, each and every one of us can expand our capacity to help.  We thank you for expanding your hearts and homes to our not-to-be-forgotten felines. 

Spay Day 2010 a Great Success
Alley Cats and Angels (AC&A) and Paw Prints Animal Rescue (PPAR) partnered together to sponsor spay/neuter surgeries and vaccinations for 15 cats and 9 dogs on February 23.  We would very much like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Dr. Barbara Farmer of Greystone Animal Hospital in Raleigh for her wonderful dedication to the animals and for all her hard work. AC&A and PPAR volunteers were on hand to help with admissions, monitoring, discharge, cleanup, etc.  A big thank you to everyone involved for their hard work.  AC&A and PPAR paid for the surgeries, vaccinations, and medical supplies so this was a great way to provide free spay/neuter and vaccinations for those that cannot afford it; many of the applicants had lost their jobs and wanted to make sure they didn't add to the overpopulation problem. AC&A was also able to sponsor several additional spay/neuter surgeries and vaccinations in the month of February through our Alter an Alley Cat Program. 


We Need Your "Junk"
Okay, not junk, but we do need items for our spring yard sale, which will be held on April 24.  We count on friends, supporters, and fellow animal lovers to donate items for our yard sales.  Please look through your attic, storage/bonus rooms, etc., for unwanted items you would like to donate to us to sell.  Please email us if you have items you would like to donate and we will arrange pickup, as we do have some space to store items.  Your donations are tax deductible and we will provide you with a receipt for your taxes.  This is one of our major fundraisers for the year and helps pay for medical care for the cats in our program.  We need your help to get enough donated items for our yard sale -- please spread the word to all of your friends.  The following items typically sell especially well:
  • Furniture
  • Lawn/garden accessories and tools
  • Hand tools
  • Pottery
  • Jewelry
  • DVDs and books on tape
  • Antiques
  • Home decor items
  • Pet related items
Luck of the Irish March Adoption Special
We have many wonderful adult cats available.  These cats would love to find their forever home before kitten season is in full swing because unfortunately, the adults are often overlooked in favor of the cute little furbaby.  Adult cats are wonderful; they have already developed their purrsonalities and they won't climb your drapes when you get them home!  In honor of St. Paddy's Day, the adoption fee for all adult cats is reduced by $17 through the end of March (so that's only $78 to adopt a fully vetted healthy and loving adult cat).  So let an adult cat be your pot of gold at the end of the rainbow today!  View our YouTube video to see some of our wonderful adult cats available for adoption: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJenr8wFhZk.

Faces of Rescue, 100 Cats in 100 Days
Love your cat?  Check out the Faces of Rescue project by talented local artist, Olga Wagner. Starting March 15th, she will paint portrait of 1 CAT per DAY for 100 DAYS. Each painting will be done in oils on an 8x8 canvas or panel and will be available for purchase for $75 with 50% of the proceeds donated to Safe Haven for Cats and Alley Cats and Angels. This project is open to any rescued cat. For more information, refer to her website: http://owagner.fineartstudioonline.com/other2.

The Joys of Fostering
Foster parents have the unique opportunity to personally help our rescued cats/kittens heal both emotionally and physically from whatever trauma they have been through.  It's a way to help without making a lifetime commitment.  People who choose to foster do so because they know if they don't, the fate of the cats we cannot take in (due to no available foster homes) is uncertain at best.  Foster parents feel good knowing they are making a difference, every minute and every day in the life of an innocent cat.  Fostering quickly turns into a rewarding, educational,  and fun experience you will never forget.  While it's true that foster parents do get attached to their cats, they also find a special joy in sending a pet into a wonderful new home.  If you have ever considered fostering, we encourage you to take the leap.   We provide training and pay all medical costs.  There are few acts more heartwarming than helping save the life of a loving cat in need.  The cats and kittens need you!  Kitten season is just around the corner and without foster homes, we cannot take in more cats.  This means the cats may end up in a high kill shelter or left to fend for themselves.  Please contact us about fostering. 

Happy Tales

To watch a cat's journey from being no one's loved boy or girl to a cherished family member inspires us and keeps us doing this good work.  Below are just a couple of the wonderful success stories we'd like to share with you.  
  • Vera (now named Coco) - Adult tabby: It's been almost a year now since we adopted Coco (aka Vera).  We can't imagine our lives without her.  She is so loved!!  She adores being on the screen porch when it's sunny and hanging out with the kids wherever they are in the house.  She's gotten used to our lab, although Coco will never be in love with her, much to Marlie's disappointment.  Thank you again for such a wonderful kitty and for all the good you do!
  • Pebbles (now named Maddi) - Shy Calico Kitten: I adopted Pebbles (we now call her Maddi and she knows her new name) in late November/early December.  She has totally become a much loved member of the family with her other furry siblings (Max, Ranger and Moka).  She is a love!  She purrs all the time and loves to be pet and cuddled (except when she wants to play). She'll play with anything that moves and it's quite comical sometimes.  She has the run of the house although her safe place is behind or under the big leather chair.  She hides from Max who just wants to chase and catch her - she's not really fond of that.  I can honestly say she is the best cat ever!  We love her so much.  Thank you for all you do for all the cats and kittens and for rescuing our Maddi!!!