by Jackie Dale
Jackie is a part of Cat House On The Kings in Parlier and will be doing a monthly column on the Cat House here at KRL.
Things are really jumping at the Cat House on the Kings as we are preparing for our big 20th Anniversary Open House next month. Our two annual fundraisers require a lot of planning and preparation. We always need extra hands so feel free to give us call with an offer to volunteer your time. We can use donations for our silent auction too. We are accepting vendor booth applications and interested parties may email Tammy@cathouseonthekings[dot]com. The fundraiser is on October 27th from 10-2, so please mark your calendars now. You do not want to miss this awesome event! Tickets for the raffle of two spectacular, handmade quilts are on sale now! $1 each or 6 for $5. The Cat House will ship the winner’s quilt anywhere in the world. Last years winner was from Canada! (559-638-0030)
We are also busy arranging an exchange of cats with a rescue in Boise, Idaho. The Cat House on the Kings runs a successful feral exchange program. For every feral we accept from a rescue, the other party takes several adoptable cats in return. This exchange program was one of the reasons the Cat House was featured on NatGeoWild’s “The Lady with 700 Cats”. We have a wonderful woman on our team by the name of Bonny Schumaker. Bonny runs a program called “On Wings of Care.”
Bonny flies the country in her Cessna 310, delivering animals to destinations where there are homes waiting for them. She will fly any animal that will fit into her airplane including goats! Bonny fills a very unique niche in the world of animal transport. Transporting animals long distances by motor vehicles can be stressful for them and very time consuming. Logistically it is quicker and easier to fly the animals to their new homes. When total costs are calculated, it is only slightly more expensive to fly than to drive. Donors often step up to help cover the cost of the fuel.
Speaking of donors, the Cat House on the Kings was stunned to take delivery of a $3,000 riding lawn mower from Amazon.com. We hope the as-yet anonymous donor comes forward so we can thank him or her personally. Such generosity is incredibly overwhelming. We also have less expensive items on our Amazon wish list if you care to purchase something (tax-deductible) for the Cat House.
The Petco Foundation has honored the Cat House on the Kings as one of its “100 Celebration” Petco Charitable Partners. This award brought us a check for $1,000 and automatic entry into a contest for $10,000! Please go to The Petco Foundation Facebook page and “Like” the page. Then click on the “100 Celebrations” link and vote for us everyday until October 5th. We can do this! To say that we could really use $10,000 would be a gross understatement. A truer statement would be; “We desperately need $10,000!!” Ask everyone you know to vote for us. Just a few clicks a day, that’s all we ask!!
My family currently has nine cats. We recently adopted two sibling kittens that we have been fostering. The kittens were found in a box near Cricket Hollow in late July and were about 3-4 weeks old. Temps reached 105° degrees that day and they would have died within hours. Kilroy and Natalie are now thriving, playful, lovable kitties. We fell in love with them and just couldn’t give them back. The other day my husband good-naturedly said to me; “I don’t know which is worse, having to feed and clean them every two hours when the were tiny or now having them wreck the house everyday and play on top of us at night!”
Lin Faurie of the Cat House on the Kings and I spent last Sunday morning trapping kittens in the Selma Walmart parking lot. A family had been spotted last week standing on the curb trying to give the kittens away. When their efforts were unsuccessful, they simply left the cats in the bushes. We managed to trap three of the five kittens plus an adult we believe is the mother. It was obvious that someone had been leaving food and water but if left there they would start to breed and the problem would only grow. That is of course, assuming they survived. We will return soon to trap the last two kittens. I plan to leave a sign stating that it is illegal and immoral to abandon animals.
It sickens me that there are people who have so little regard for animals and so little sense of right and wrong. Don’t get a pet just because it is so cute or because your kids want a kitten or puppy to play with. A pet should be a carefully chosen lifetime member of your family. Our pets love us with all their hearts and do not deserve to be discarded when deemed inconvenient.
A special “thank you” goes out to our Facebook administrator whose on-line fundraiser netted us $4,000 to help pay for the medical expenses of “Marmalady.” Marmalady was run over and left for dead in a local apartment complex. Her severely injured front leg had to be amputated. Our own Tammy Barker continues to foster Marmalady and she is doing very well. Thank You to everyone who donated towards Marmalady’s care.
In other exciting news we have teamed up with zazzle.com to market and sell Cat House on the Kings themed items. T-shirts, mugs, tote bags, iphone cases are just a few of the many products available. We get a portion of the proceeds without having to do any of the actual work. www.zazzled.com/cathouseonthekings
Another super easy way to help out the Cat House is to play Meow Trivia. Go to www.freekibble.com and answer trivia questions. Every time you play, 10 pieces of kibble are donated to the rescue group of your choice. (That would be us!) If you think 10 pieces of kibble is nothing, the Cat House on the Kings just received 18,000 pounds of kibble food from freekibble.com. That is no chump change, er, kibble!
We are also trying to raise funds by selling a special Cat House on the Kings Rescue Roast Gourmet Coffee. Just go to the website www.raisemoneyforpets.com and enter order # RR-TCHOTK. A 6-oz bag is only $6 of which we get $3. Coffee always makes a nice gift too!
And don’t forget, if you advertise in Kings River Life Magazine, you can designate 10% of the ad fee to go to The Cat House on the Kings. Every little bit helps! Learn more on KRL’s advertising page.