by Jackie Dale
Jackie is a part of Cat House On The Kings in Parlier and does a monthly column on the Cat House here at KRL.
PLEASE DON’T FORGET TO VOTE DAILY IN THE SHELTER CHALLENGE!
The New Beginnings’ Shelter Challenge runs through July 15 so please remember to vote daily! We could really use that $25,000 first place prize money!
Every Kitten Counts Fundraiser—HELP US RAISE $25,000!
The Cat House on the Kings needs your help! We’ve rescued almost 700 cats and kittens so far this year, many of whom required extra vet care. Kittens with broken legs, eye issues, dangerous infections, burns, and bites. Then there are the cats like the seven adult cats that were recently abandoned at our facility. Five of them are seniors. Every life we save costs us money for food, vet care, litter, and vaccines. Our bank account is dwindling, and we really need cash donations. This fundraiser runs through July 8. We are grateful for your support. Thank You!
You can donate online @ www.cathouseonthekings.com/donate. Checks can be mailed to CHOTK, 7120 S. Kings River Road, Parlier, CA 93648.
All those cute cats and kittens consume a ton of food and use up lots of our supplies. If you’d prefer to send merchandise such as food or supplies, we try to keep our Amazon wish list updated. You can even have the food/supplies donations shipped directly to us. Please remember that if you #StartWithASmile, The Cat House gets that extra donation. Don’t forget, donations, whether cash or merchandise, are tax-deductible so save those receipts!
Clovis Chipotle Fundraiser August 9!
On August 9, the Clovis Chipotle restaurant is holding A Burritos for Purritos fundraiser to benefit The Cat House on the Kings. You can show the flyer, either in print or on your phone, or you can just tell them that you are there to support The Cat House on the Kings and 33% of your order gets donated to us! Save the date and plan to take family and friends out for burritos on Thursday, August 9! 1840 Hearndon Avenue, Clovis 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Are You Following Us?
The easiest way to stay on top of the current Cat House news and goings on is to follow us on Facebook. The daily reminders are also a handy way to remember to vote for the latest challenge or contest. And if you haven’t already, check out all the adorable kitty pictures on The Cat House on the Kings Official Fan Page. Be sure to read the rules for posting. Be nice and try to refrain from making judgements or comments about people who may do things a bit different than you.
And don’t forget about our driveway and kitten cams! You can go to The Cat House website and click on to watch the driveway cam at The Cat House or the kitten room at the Petco adoption center. If you want to see the cats on the driveway cam, you should do it early. The cats are out in force in the cool of the morning. As it gets hot, the cats seek out cool spots in the shade. You can’t go wrong with the Petco kitten cam. If you are feeling down or stressed, there is nothing like watching kittens frolic to improve your outlook. You can even sponsor one of our cams!
Will You Be Coming To Visit Us This Summer?
We hope you have included a trip to The Cat House in your summer travel plans. We love to have visitors. Tours are given at 1 p.m., and it is best if you call ahead to let them know you are coming. When you are there, be sure to sign the guest book and tell us where you are from. If you take a picture and send it to us, you just may see yourself in one of our newsletters. You can sign up to receive our e-newsletter or read any of our past issues on our website. I hope you read the newsletter because I write it, and I work pretty hard on making it informative and interesting.
When you come to visit, you will notice that it is hot here. Bring something to drink and perhaps a hat. If you don’t have a hat, well, we happen to have a mighty fine selection of hats in our gift shop. While you are there, pick up a t-shirt or two because you just have to let everyone know that you visited the largest no-kill cat sanctuary in the country, right?! Grab some magnets for yourself or maybe a gift, pick up a free copy of that fabulous newsletter and maybe drop a little donation in the box before heading over to the adjacent kitten room to be overwhelmed with cuteness. Look forward to seeing you!
No Trapping, Just Kittens
Yesterday twelve kittens left, and my house is a little quieter. They were supposed to leave a week ago, but I was informed that a litter of kittens recently brought to the facility tested positive for feline distemper. I was asked to wait another week while fosters were secured for my babies. This perfectly illustrates the reason why people need to keep their cat’s vaccinations up-to-date, and the domino effect that is created by the failure to do so.
I have three more kittens coming in this week. Found on a woman’s lawn, they have been waiting for an opening. I was very happy that the finder was willing to care for them until then. Another three at the shelter I work with have also been waiting for a spot. This shelter is not equipped to adequately care for small kittens. Although this shelter does not take cats, the law requires them to take kittens. So I try to get them out as soon as I can. The best kitten related item I have ever purchased: a puppy playpen for $36 on Amazon. It is roomy, sturdy and washable. It pops open and folds up flat for easy storage. I absolutely love it. I also bought a couple of pop-up dog kennels that make inexpensive and washable kitten homes.
Until next month, enjoy your summer, and if you can, help out an animal in need. It is up to us to make our little piece of the world a better place for both people and animals. What can you do to make a difference?
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.