by Harvie Schreiber
Harvie has been with the Cat House for eight years. She coordinates Facebook and Fundraising for The Cat House on the Kings, fosters kittens, and serves as an Adoption Coordinator and on our Board of Directors.
On New Year’s Eve, we received a frantic call about a one-eyed calico kitten who needed help and a home. Because of the date she was rescued we named her “Eve.” After getting her fattened up and stabilized, on January 9 she was spayed and had surgery to remove her injured eye. (We don’t know how her eye became injured. Sometimes we never learn the back story of the cats and kittens we rescue.) Now that she’s had both surgeries and is well on the road to recovery, she’s got a non-stop purr and it’s clear that she’s an absolute sweetheart who loves (and we mean LOVES) getting petted and adored. This colorful, courageous kitten should be available for adoption any time now.
Speaking of New Year’s Eve, we’ve got some end-of-the-year numbers for The Cat House on the Kings. In 2018, we took in 1,331 cats and kittens; we adopted out or sent to other rescues 991 cats and kittens; and we spayed or neutered 3,628 community cats and dogs. WOW! That’s a lot of vet care, a lot of cat food, a lot of cat litter, and a lot of poop to scoop. We hope to makes as big a difference in 2019 with your continued financial support. www.cathouseonthekings.com/donate
When The Cat House on the Kings recently ran low on newspapers—we use them to line carriers and cages for our cats—we put out a request on Facebook asking people to donate some. Answering this call was not one but four employees of The Fresno Bee, Bob Rodriguez, Carmen George, Bethany Clough and Carey Wilson Norton, who gathered an impressive car-full of papers. Carey and Gary Norton generously volunteered to drive the newspapers to The Cat House so they could enjoy some kitty cuddles and petting as their reward for their newspaper delivery service. We can always use donated newspaper; it can be dropped off at The Cat House on the Kings almost any afternoon. Just call first so we know you’re coming: (559) 638-0490.
We just received an $80 donation from Chewy.com, which represents their November donation to us because four new Chewy customers signed up for their first pet supply order with them in November, using a special Cat House on the Kings link. If you’ve never ordered cat or dog food, litter, or other supplies from Chewy and had them delivered directly to your door, please order using this link so that we will receive a $20 donation for your very first order: www.chewy.com/rp/2616. We know from personal experience that their boxes make excellent cat toys, too!
Mark your calendars and save your money because the 3rd Annual Cat House on the Kings/Club One Casino “POKER FOR PAWS” Charity Poker Tournament has been set for Saturday night, February 23, 2019 at the Club One Casino in Downtown Fresno. Your $40 buy-in gets you 3,000 chips, and the event also includes poker lessons, prizes, a raffle, munchies, and the opportunity to show off your “purrfect” poker face to other fans and supporters of The Cat House on the Kings. Proceeds will be matched 1-for-1 by Club One Casino, and there is free parking. Please gamble responsibly.
We’ve ordered more Cat House on the Kings 2019 calendars since the demand has outpaced our on-hand supply (which is a delightful problem to have). They are on re-order and should arrive any moment, so you can still order online: www.cathouseonthekings.com/calendar.
The morning of January 5 was cold and frosty as Kitten Quarters Supervisor Karla Cortez, on her day off, transported carriers containing Cat House on the Kings cats and kittens to meet up with the Rescue Bus so that 11 of our cats could be transported to some of our rescue partners. Five of our cats were headed for Washington in Rescue Bus’s specially-converted school buses, while the remaining six cats were traveling all the way up to Canada! “Partnering with out-of-the-area rescues lets us find great homes for the cats and kittens we’ve had for a while, plus it helps us free up space for the hundreds of cats and kittens that we know we will be taking in this Spring,” explained Karla. The Cat House on the Kings has an ongoing exchange program with other rescues where we accept feral and hard-to-adopt cats who will flourish at our 12-acre sanctuary along the Kings River, in exchange for a certain number of highly adoptable cats and kittens.
Check out more animal rescue & pet related articles, including more Cat House columns, in our Pet Perspective section and remember that if you buy an ad in KRL you can designate 10% of the ad price to go to the Cat House. Join our Pets Facebook group to keep up with all of our pet articles.