Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Cat Care Society Alumni Story at Painted Cat Gala: Siete the Kitten
"I was able to tour the shelter about a month ago. What a wonderful place. I love the open rooms and the way cats are encouraged to be, well… cats. Not cramped up in cages, but walking and jumping and (as we cat owners know) sitting and sleeping wherever they want. There was one on the counter… one on the window sill, another on the file cabinet…. another little guy living in the Meow Mart store. You get the picture. Cat Care Society is all about cats and has been refining its special brand of cat care during its past 33 year run.
Again tonight, we have a special story to share with you which showcases the important work of our staff and volunteers in saving lives and finding forever homes for our cat residents. But of course, none of it would be possible without the generous support of people like you, who share our love of cats. Because of your generosity, Cat Care Society has been able to give thousands of cats a second chance at a life of quality, in a permanent loving home!
One of our more poignant success stories from last year features little Siete (that’s Spanish for 'seven' and you’ll soon learn why she got that name). Last summer, a man named Dru found a five-week-old kitten in a dumpster on Navajo Street. He cared for her for two days, and then brought her to CCS. When he dropped her off, he gave us all of the money he had with him – about $6.50 – to contribute to her care. Dru is a real hero to all of us at CCS! Not only did he go out of his way to rescue this poor frightened kitten, but he cared for her for two days, and donated all he had on him to take care of her. (If you happen to know Dru, tell him that everyone at CCS says, 'You are our hero – and you are Siete’s hero!'
Siete is a domestic short-haired tortoiseshell (or torti, for short); she is also a seven-toed polydactl (meaning she has two extra toes on each front foot). Hence, the name Siete. When Dru dropped her off on Aug. 1, she weighed 11 oz. and was in surprisingly good health. But because she was still young, we found a foster parent to care for her until she could grow and get a little older. In September, Siete weighed 2 lbs. 2 ounces – enough to move out of foster care and to the shelter. She was spayed by the expert veterinary staff at our clinic, and put up for adoption in the kitten room that Saturday.
The following Tuesday, director of outreach Suellen Scott took Siete to Peterson Air Force Base. The event was a Community Shares nonprofit fair for federal employees who have the option to donate funds to the non-profits of their choice as a payroll deduction. Siete dazzled the group with her playfulness and sweet nature. When it was time to go, she snuggled up in her stroller for the trip back to the shelter. Later that same day, a couple – Stephanie and Mark – who had adopted another cat named Penny from Cat Care Society about a year ago -- came to the shelter looking for a feline companion. They stopped in the kitten room. Siete looked up at Mark and, well, that was all it took. Siete was microchipped, had her nails trimmed, was vaccinated, and went off to her new forever home with Stephanie, Mark and Penny.
We are so grateful to everyone whose financial support has helped Cat Care Society take care of cats all over metro Denver that have been abused or neglected, or abandoned like Siete – and care for them in a loving environment until they can find their forever homes. But there are many more cats like Siete, in need of second chances. And that’s what tonight is all about – raising funds to help Cat Care Society continue its fine work in the community."
Link to Ed Greene's Bio
Link to Information about Cat Care Society's adoptable cats