Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Jingle Cats and ‘Christmas Cats Auction’ Debut at Santa Paws Festival Dec 6 & 7

Cat Care Society, 5787 W. 6th Avenue, will hold its annual "Santa Paws Festival" on Friday, December 6 (noon to 5), and Saturday, December 7 (9 to 4:30).

Jane Dorsey, Cat Care Society Volunteer Coordinator, says "The Santa Paws Festival is a holiday tradition at our cat shelter in Lakewood, and the time when our dedicated volunteers show off their amazing baking skills and wreath making talents to help raise funds for our cat residents and community outreach programs.

New to the Festival this year are Jingle Cats created by CCS volunteers and the ‘Christmas Cats Auction.’ Saturday will be Family Day, with face painting and tree ornament crafting for children (9:30 to 12:30), The Original Dickens Carolers (11 to Noon), plus cat petting and free popcorn all day.” 

Jingle Cats are debuting at the Santa Paws Festival this year with a total of 75 darling kitty tchotchkes spray painted ‘pearl mist’ and adorned with red ribbon collars and brass bells. Those spending $100 or more at the Festival will get “pick of the litter” for their ‘free gift’ Jingle Cat, regardless of size. The promotion starts at noon on Friday. Note: Supplies are limited, so the Jingle Cat free offer is first come, first served—limit one per person while supply lasts.

View Jingle Cats YouTube slide show:

Christmas Cats Auction – CCS volunteers have amassed a selection of twenty (20) awesome auction prizes for this year’s debut event. Prizes include: a Pandora Bracelet from Trice Jewelers; irresistible collectibles, including a charming Jim Shore figurine; gift cards from Massage Envy, Blissful Nails, Hallmark Gold Crown stores and Swarovski Boutiques; plus more. Christmas Cats Auction tickets are $5 each or five for $20. Winners will be announced at 4:30 on Saturday. Winners need not be present.

View Auction Items YouTube slide show:
Saturday, Dec 7, is Family Day at Santa Paws Festival: 

* Face Painting and Tree Ornament Crafting for children (9:30 to 12:30)

* The Original Dickens Carolers (11 to Noon)

* Cat petting and free popcorn all day at the shelter

Returning to the Santa Paws Festival are the annual bake sale, this year rebranded as ‘Ellen’s Bakery Shop;’ the ‘Deck The Halls’ Wreath Sale; the gently used cat curio sale, this year rebranded as “Cairo's Bazaar” of Collectible Treasures; Meow Mart shopping for new cat toys and supplies; plus shelter cat petting.

Favorites at ‘Ellen’s Bakery Shop’ are homemade candies, cookies, bar cookies, pies, jams, jellies, boxed cupcakes, Bundt cakes, spiced nuts, and FUDGE—all kinds of fudge. "Our Santa Paws' volunteer bakers are known for their creative and beautiful packaging, and many shoppers use purchases as hostess gifts at holiday parties and potlucks," Dorsey said. "Quite simply it’s the best bake sale in the history of the world—really! Plus, we serve refreshments, including Santa Paw's famous Cathouse Champagne Punch."

Link to the related newswire

Monday, November 25, 2013

Dec 1 Seminar for Cat People: 'The Fun of Clicker Training!'

Monthly Seminar Series Sunday, December 1, 12:30 to 2:30 pm.

The Fun of Clicker Training! (repeated due to popular demand.)

This class is half lecture and half workshop; there will be some hands-on aspects using shelter cats. Presented by Billie Reynolds - Seminar Location: Cat Care Society shelter lower level conference room - $5 (free for platinum members).

Please RSVP via phone (303.239.9680) or email

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Beau Jo's Feasting For Felines is Today [11/20]: Denver Post Calendar and

Denver Post food calendar:

"Nov. 20: Participating Beau Jo's Pizza locations will donate 20 percent of sales to the Cat Care Society that helps abandoned, abused and injured cats. Visit the website for the required flier. Take-out orders included."

Link to the posting

Denver Animal News Examiner:

"FEASTING FOR FELINES - The Cat Care Society's "Feasting for Felines" restaurant fundraiser is heading to Beau Jo's on Wednesday, Nov. 20, for both lunch and dinner. Beau Jo's will make a 20 percent donation to CCS per check at these locations on the front range: Denver, Arvada, Boulder, Evergreen and Idaho Springs. Visit the CCS website to print out a flyer to present to your server."

Link to

Beau Jo's is open until 9 p.m.

Link to the flyer

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

CBSA Commends the State of Colorado For Granting $3.135 Million To Advance Bioscience Research from Bench to Marketplace

Colorado BioScience Association (CBSA) commends the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) for awarding $3.135 Million in Commercialization Infrastructure grants under the Bioscience Discovery Evaluation Grant Program (BDEGP) last week. April Giles, CBSA President and CEO, says "CBSA appreciates the OEDIT for its ongoing commitment to the state’s bioscience industry through the Bioscience Discovery Evaluation Grant Program, which was created in 2006 by the Colorado General Assembly. These key commercialization infrastructure grants funded last week are critical to advancing bioscience research from the bench into the marketplace."

Commercial Infrastructure grantees announced by the OEDIT include:

* The Colorado Institute for Drug, Device and Diagnostic Development (CID4): $1,350,000 
CID4 is managing life science discoveries from Colorado research institutions and Colorado start-ups and early-stage businesses with the goal of creating bioscience jobs in Colorado. Grant funds support operations and the development and management of life-science discoveries. The CID4 has seven early-stage companies under its guidance supporting their operational development and attracting additional investment to meet their needs. Visit:

* Colorado Center for Drug Discovery (C2D2): $750,000 
Based at Colorado State University, C2D2 is a resource to faculty at Colorado research universities, bringing biology and chemistry faculty together to use chemical libraries, computational resources, bioinformatics, cheminformatics, database support, virtual high throughput screening, and Computer Aided Drug Design to pharmacologically validate drug candidates with patent-protected chemical matter and innovative therapeutics for unmet medical needs. C2D2 supports several inter-institutional projects with funding and resources. Further, C2D2 offers compounds to investigators through its screening library and medicinal chemistry services that are critical in the drug discovery process. Visit:

* The Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Colorado: $410,248 
The University of Colorado Skagg's School of Pharmacy at Anschutz developed an HTS/HCS (high throughput/content screening) Core Facility for drug discovery. This resource has been utilized by more than 100 researchers and companies advancing the science and helping to secure intellectual property.

* The BioFrontiers Institute at the University of Colorado: $624,752
The BioFrontiers Institute is a state-of-the art research and education facility that links the basic sciences, engineering, clinical practice, and industry at the University of Colorado's Boulder campus to support breakthrough developments in areas such as engineering human tissues, RNA enzyme and aptamer-based pharmaceutical, biorefining, and genetics. Grant funds support equipment, resources and personnel costs to develop the core facilities of the institute. With grant support, the institute has developed one of the largest repositories of shRNAs in the world at the Functional Genomics Facility. Colorado companies partner with the institute to improve their products. Ventria, a Fort Collins based pharma-biologics company, has used mass spectrometry services to detect oxidation in recombinant protein samples manufactures for human terapeutics. OPX Biotechnologies based in Boulder utilizes mass spectrometry to detect levels of intracellular metabolytes in biofuel molecule samples. Longmont-based Avery Brewing Co. has partnered with the Next-Generation DNA Sequencing Facility to develop an early-detection test for yeast cross-contamination to reduce waste and inefficiencies in their production process. Visit:

Link to the PitchEngine social media news release

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Pet Place: 'Pizza, the purrfect food' + 'Pets go with everything'

Quoting from this morning's posting by Susan Clotfelter:

"Beau Jo's Pizza locations in Denver, Arvada, Boulder, Evergreen and Idaho Springs are hosting a "Feasting for Felines" fundraiser for the Cat Care Society in Lakewood on Nov. 20 — 20 percent of your pre-tax sale will go to the shelter for felines. Go to to print the flier."

Print and bring to your Beau Jo'server on Wednesday, Nov 20 (11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Metro Denver locations listed):

Link to Pet Place

Pets go with everything

Also quoting from the Denver Post. from November 9, by Susan and Vickie Heath:

"For the third year in a row, the Cat Care Society has partnered with Best Friends Animal Society, the megashelter in Kanab, Utah, for the National "Back in Black" pet adoption effort. Based on research from Colorado State University, black pets stay longer in shelters waiting to be adopted, so all black cats will be available on a "Name Your Price" basis from the Cat Care Society in November. Visit the society's website for more details — and Best Friend's site for a list of more participating Colorado shelters and links to their websites; some of them are having adoption specials, as well.," 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

OEDIT: Colorado grants over $3 million to bioscience organizations

Quoting from yesterday's news release:

"The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) today announced grantees for the Commercialization Infrastructure grants under the Bioscience Discovery Evaluation Grant Program (BDEGP). A total of $3,135,000 was awarded to support key industry infrastructure that facilitates drug discovery and lifts new bio-tech, life-science businesses off the ground.

'Congratulations to our deserving grantees who provide critical services to the bioscience industry and the state,' said Sonya Guram, program manager at OEDIT. 'The organizations provide key assets that we want to make solid for the long-term.'

* The Colorado Institute for Drug, Device and Diagnostic Development: $1,350,000
* Colorado Center for Drug Discovery: $750,000
* The Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the Univ of Colorado: $410,248
* The BioFrontiers Institute at the University of Colorado: $624,752"

Link to the OEDIT news release

Link to a recap by Greg Avery/Denver Business Journal

BCBR: 'Firms, colleges make area a mecca for cancer research'

Quoting from the November 8th article by Beth Potter:

"The Boulder Valley has a reputation as a hub for cancer-treatment drug research — especially targeting lung cancer — according to company representatives and an industry trade group.

Seven companies based in Boulder, Longmont and Louisville focus on cancer-related research, according to a Colorado BioScience Association database. The Denver-based industry trade group identified Boulder BioTechnology Inc., Clovis Oncology Inc., Siva Therapeutics Inc., SuviCa Inc. and Array BioPharma Inc., all in Boulder, as cancer research companies. GlobeImmune Inc. in Louisville and OnKure Inc. in Longmont also made the list...

...Laboratories related to the University of Colorado’s four campuses and veterinary studies at Colorado State University have led to a broad culture of innovation in cancer research, said April Giles, executive director of the Colorado BioScience Association. Several companies in Boulder and Broomfield counties are members of the group."

Link to the full article

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

November 20: Beau Jo's Locations Host Feasting For Felines

Cat Care Society's 'Feasting for Felines' Restaurant Fundraiser is heading to Beau Jo's on Wednesday, November 20, for both Lunch and Dinner.

Beau Jo's will make a 20% donation to CCS per check at these locations on the front range: Denver, Arvada, Boulder, Evergreen and Idaho Springs.

Please print this flyer and present to your server.

Note: this is good on TO GO orders as well.

For more information, visit

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

December 10: Mark Your Calendar To Help Cat Care Society on Colorado Gives Day 2013

Colorado Gives Day 2013 is Tuesday, December 10. Here's how donations help Cat Care Society:

$15,000 provides 6 months’ worth of medicines for our clinic

$10,000 covers the cost of operating our Temporary Care Program for a full year, serving cats of 50 families temporarily made homeless due to foreclosure, fire, flooding or other personal misfortune

$5,000 feeds 60 cats for 9 months

$2,500 provides carrying cases, collars, tags, and starter toys for all cats adopted into their forever homes from our shelter for 1 year

$1,000 provides complete care for 30 kittens, including shots, spaying/neutering, microchips, food, and litter

$500 provides medical care for a senior cat (10+ years) for a year

$250 buys two month’s worth of cat litter for the shelter

$100 provides antibiotics for two sick cats for 2 weeks

One-time donations or recurring donations may be made online at - your Colorado Gives Day donation can be scheduled in advance.

Link here to learn about other ways to give to Cat Care Society, including Workplace Giving, Cars For Cats, Matching Gifts, Memorials and Tributes.

Monday, November 11, 2013

This Saturday's Seminar for Cat People Focuses on 'Golden Oldie' Senior Kitties

When: Saturday, November 16 - 2 pm

Who: Dr. Kerry Muhovich presents “Golden Oldies” cat care and behavior seminar at Cat Care Society.

What: She will cover the unique challenges of caring for a cat in the later years including feline senility, kidney disease, and cancer.

Where: Cat Care Society shelter, 5787 W. 6th Avenue in Lakewood. Lower level conference room.

Cost:  $5 (free for Cat Care Society platinum members)

Please RSVP via phone (303.239.9680) or email

November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month. All senior cats are "name you price" at Cat Care Society. Plus, senior cats qualify for Cat Care Society's Perpet-U-Care program. Learn more at Also learn 'Ten Reasons Why Senior Cats Rule'

Coverage Overview: Cat Care Society Joins National 'Back In Black' Month-Long Promotion

Link to the Denver Animal News Examiner

Link to the Lakewood Pet Examiner

Link to 9News Petline9

Link to Denver Post YourHub

Back in Black lasts for the month of November at Cat Care Society. All black cats and kittens are part of a "name you price" adoption special. Link to the flyer.

Video: Boettcher Foundation Pres/ED Introduces 2013 Boettcher Investigators to Bioscience Community

Tim Schultz, President and Executive Director of Boettcher Foundation, introduced the 2013 Class of Boettcher Investigators to the Colorado bioscience community at the Colorado BioScience Association (CBSA)Tenth Annual Awards Dinner on November 7 at the Marriott City Center in Denver. Video:

The 2013 (fourth) Class of Boettcher Investigators in the Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Program includes:

* Dr. Amrut V. Ambardekar, M.D., University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Assistant Professor of Medicine — Cardiology, Myocardial Recovery After Ventricular Assist Device Implantation

* Dr. Joseph A. Brzezinski, Ph.D., University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, Mechanisms of Retinal Development and Disease

* Dr. Soyeon Park, Ph.D., University of Colorado Boulder, Assistant Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, Molecular Mechanisms of Proteasome Biogenesis

* Dr. Abigail L. Person, Ph.D., University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Assistant Professor of Physiology and Biophysics, Corollary Discharge Pathways Underlying Schizophrenia Symptoms

* Dr. Michael Strong, Ph.D., National Jewish Health, Assistant Professor of Genes, Environment, and Health, Genomics of Respiratory Disease Associated Pathogens

* Dr. Lucas Argueso, Ph.D., Colorado State University, Assistant Professor of Radiation and Cancer Biology, Gene Copy Number Variation

* Dr. Brad Borlee, Ph.D., Colorado State University, Assistant Professor of Bacteriology, Molecular Regulation of Bacterial Pathogenesis

* Dr. Melissa Krebs, Ph.D., Colorado School of Mines, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Controlled Delivery of Therapeutics from Biopolymer Systems

With the addition of the 2013 Class, there are now 22 Boettcher Investigators conducting research in the following Colorado institutions: University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado State University, National Jewish Health and Colorado School of Mines. All grant awards are $225,000.

Link to the related May 30th Business Wire

Sunday, November 10, 2013

DBJ: 'Biotech industry honors founders, companies'

Quoting from the November 8th posting by Greg Avery:

"The Colorado BioScience Association has given special awards to industry players who made the most notable acheivements and contributions during the group’s 10-year history."

Link to the Denver Business Journal

Coverage Overviews: CBSA 10-Year Recognition and 2013 Industry Awards

Link to Yahoo! Finance

Link to BioSpace

Link to Street Insider

Link to Reuters

Link to 4Traders

Link to BioPortfolio

Link to InnovatioNews

CBSA Confers Special Ten-Year Recognition Awards and Announces 2013 Industry Award Winners at Annual Dinner Celebration in Denver

The Colorado BioScience Association (CBSA) unveiled winners of its Special Tenth Anniversary Recognition Awards and 2013 Industry Awards at its Annual Awards Dinner, held November 7 at the Marriott City Center Hotel in Denver.

The announcement is made by April Giles, CBSA President and CEO, who says the following special Recognition Awards were conferred in honor of the Association’s Tenth Anniversary:

Founders Award – Colorado State University, Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority and the University of Colorado.

Pioneering Award – Dr. Larry Gold, CEO and Chairman of the board of SomaLogic and Dr. Chris Christoffersen, General Partner and Head of the Life Science Team for Morgenthaler Ventures and General Partner for Lightstone Ventures.

Visionary Award – David Perez, President and CEO of Terumo BCT.

The CBSA also announced the winners of its 2013 industry awards during the ceremonies, which include:

Company of the Year – Clovis Oncology

Rising Star of the Year – Surefire Medical

Business Partner of the Year – Covidien

Educator of the Year – Professor Keith Neeves, Colorado School of Mines

Volunteer of the Year – Dustin Whistler, Principal, Forte Commercial Real Estate & Chair of CBSA Membership Committee

Institute Leadership Award – Benjamin Noe

The dinner began with Timothy Schultz, President and Executive Director of the Boettcher Foundation, presenting the 2013 Class of Boettcher Investigators of the Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Program, leading into a reflection over the past ten years of the association. The history of the CBSA was highlighted by video vignettes and individual presentations from Dr. Christoffersen, Dr. Gold and Mr. Perez. Steffan Tubbs, Morning Co-Host on 850 KOA News, served as the master of ceremonies for the event.

Link to the Business Wire Release

Link to the PitchEngine Social Media Newswire

Coverage Overview: Finalists 2013 Bioscience Company of the Year and Rising Star Awards

Link to the Coloradoan

Link to Metro Denver News

Link to Yahoo! Finance

Link to BioSpace

Link to InnovatioNews

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Handsome Murphy Celebrates 'Back In Black' Month On 9News Petline9

Cat Care Society Volunteer Kay Higgins escorted handsome 6-year-old Murphy to 9News Petline9 this morning with Meteorologist Becky Ditchfield. Murphy, a black domestic shorthair, came to Cat Care Society in early October just in time to celebrate 'Back in Black' in November at the shelter. #BIB is a national program of the Best Friends Animal Society and CCS became a network partner of the Best Friends organization earlier this year.

For the month of November, all CCS black cats are part of the "Name Your Price" adoption special. Murphy is neutered, microchipped, vaccinated, and tests negative for Fiv / FeLV. He is a large boy (17 lbs) and loves constant attention. He is a head butter and loves his head rubbed. Plus, he needs a lot of play to start losing some weight, but right now he just wants love.

This cutie has been traveling all month to promote his buddies at CAT CARE SOCIETY who are also looking for homes. He has a lot to say in the car on the way to Community Shares off-site expos, but has been very comfortable in every situation presented. Last week he saw a small yippie dog while visiting an Air Force base and simply retreated to a corner.

Murphy would like to be the star in his new indoor forever home. Please come in soon to meet Murphy and all his lucky black cat buddies at Cat Care Society.

Link to learn more about 'Back In Black'

Link to view all of the CCS Adoptable Cats

Friday, November 01, 2013

November 1-30: Cat Care Society Joins Forces with Best Friends for National 'Back In Black' Adoption Event

Earlier this year, Cat Care Society was accepted as a Best Friends 'No More Homeless Pets' network partner and for the first time is participating in Best Friends' national 'Back In Black' adoption event, held annually in November.

Adoption special: all Cat Care Society black cats will be "Name Your Price" for the month of November.

Quoting from the Back in Black backgrounder: "Although they’re every bit as adorable and sweet as other animals, pets in black often wait longer for homes than their lighter-colored pals. So Best Friends created the Back in Black campaign to shine a spotlight on these often-overlooked pets and help them find good homes."

Most recently, researchers at Colorado State University, led by Dr. Lori Kogan, examined color-coded adoption data, and verified a long-held belief that cats with black coats stay longer in shelters.

Link to related overviews of the recent CSU study:

CSU News and Information:

Denver Animal News Examiner:

Fort Collins Journal:

Meet Cat Care Society's black cat cuties, patiently waiting for their forever homes:















Link to the CCS Back In Black flyer:

Link to the Cat Care Society website: 

Celebrating Back In Black at Cat Care Society: Background Information

Cat Care Society is participating in Best Friends national 'Back In Black' promotion November 1-30.

Adoption special: all Cat Care Society black cats will be "Name Your Price" for the month of November.

What: Back in Black is a national, month-long adoption campaign dedicated to increasing awareness and adoptions of black cats and dogs.

Why: Although they’re every bit as adorable and sweet as other animals, pets in black often wait longer for homes than their lighter-colored pals. So Best Friends created the Back in Black campaign to shine a spotlight on these often-overlooked pets and help them find good homes.

Who: Cat Care Society is among about 130 Best Friends’ No More Homeless Pets Network partners who will be participating in this year’s Back in Black event.

When: November 1–30, 2013 Where: All across the country!

Visit: for list of participating Network partners. Link to Cat Care Society's Network Partner Profile.

Website: To learn more about this lifesaving campaign, please visit and

How you can help: Please tell everyone you know about Back in Black and our adoptable black pets, and help spread the word through social media. 2012 adoption results: A total of 1,251 black dogs and cats were adopted during last year’s Back in Black adoption event. Thank you for anything you can do to help give homeless pets a second chance at happy lives. Together, we can Save Them All™.

More Happy Cats: October Forever Home Updates from Cat Care Society

Bailey - is your typical lap cat and likes to follow his owner around to see what he is up to and loves to play with shiny objects like a toddler. 

Boss - definitely lives up to his name. He jumped out of the carrier the first day and took over the house. This sounds like a dictatorship not a democracy. Boss and his owner are very bonded. He will listen for the garage door to open up and knows when his owner arrives and likes to ride on his owner’s shoulders. This cat is the real master of his domain.

Chewy - goes by “Jerome” and likes to be approached slowly for pets. He is a little bit timid but is coming around.

Teva - Her new name is Hel (pronounced heel) which comes from a Norse god who rules the underworld realm. After exploring the whole house in thirty minutes she made herself comfortable. She enjoys chasing fast moving objects, shoe laces, and posters. She dreams of being a feline pin up.

Joki - goes by Smokey. He hid for a couple days then came out and was found sitting on the back of the couch. He likes gentle contact and stroking along his face and then finally worked his way up to his owner’s lap for more affection. His toy collection includes furry mice and a teaser for active play.

Many thanks to Karlyn Mendez, CCS Adoption Desk, for the great news!