Monday, December 28, 2015

Feasting For Felines: Cat Care Society Thanks Its 2015 Partner Restaurants!

As we end 2015...one of the most successful fundraising years in the history of Cat Care Society...we want to take time to thank those partner restaurants that sponsored Feasting For Felines events: 

January 2015: Stella Trattoria

February 2015: La Dolce Vita

March 2015: California Pizza Kitchen

April 2015: Mellow Mushroom

May 2015: 730 South

June 2015: ModMarket

July 2015: Native Foods Cafe

August 2015: Jose O'Shea's

September 2015: Piatti Ristorante

November 2015: Beau Jo's

Our appreciation to these restaurants for sponsoring Feasting For Felines in 2015.

Link to our Feasting For Felines Facebook Album.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Cat Care Society’s Year-End Appeal Shares Bella’s Story, Ending In Finding Her Forever Home

The Society’s Expanding Foster Care Program Gives A Young Tabby A Second Chance

“Our latest second-chance story is about a young tabby named Bella,” Cat Care Society (CCS) Board President Gail Tinianow says. Bella’s story is being showcased as the CCS 2015 year-end appeal for both direct mail and online fundraising campaigns.

“Bella came to CCS in June 2015, when her human died suddenly. We examined and spayed her, and after a few days of recovery we moved her into the general shelter population. She was ill at ease at first, and spent extra time in the "stress kennel" (a sort of safe room where cats can be alone while they adjust),” Tinianow recalls.

The CCS team noticed that Bella’s personality was erratic.

“One moment she was happy and cuddly; the next she was acting aggressively toward the other cats. Clearly Bella was mourning the loss of her human; and we thought she was probably hormonal, as a result of being spayed as an adult, and over time her moods would balance out. But after several weeks she was still picking fights. We put her on a mood-stabilizing medication. But she kept fighting, with every cat that came near her,” Tinianow explains.

Bella’s story was full of twists and turns, but CCS had a workable solution: the CCS Foster Care Program.

“The foster home made all the difference for Bella. In the shelter, she had been on a downward spiral, getting more and more aggressive. In one month of foster care, she adjusted fully to living with multiple cats. And, almost three months to the day after Bella first came to CCS, a visitor came in looking for a younger cat. When she met Bella and heard her story, she was sold: Bella was adopted,” Tinianow recounts.

Bella lives with her new “Mom” now, and they have formed a strong bond. Affectionate once more, Bella loves being held, eats heartily and enjoys exploring her new home. Because of the persistent Cat Care Society team, Bella was given a second chance at life in a forever home.

Bella's story shows the lengths CCS goes to, in giving cats second-or third or fourth-chances. The expanding CCS Foster Care Program is an extension of the in-shelter team, which works so hard to achieve positive outcomes like Bella's. Link to read the full appeal: http://bit.ly/1NS91ox.

With just a few more days left in 2015, there is still time to make a tax-deductible, year-end gift to Cat Care Society. Donors may drop off contributions at the CCS shelter, 5787 W. Sixth Avenue, during business hours or handle the process online at: http://bit.ly/1vxKNa6.

For more information about Cat Care Society, visit: http://www.CatCareSociety.org.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Cat Care Society: Santa Paws Festival is Saturday and Sunday, December 5 and 6, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Santa Paws Festival is moving to Saturday and Sunday this year.... December 5 & 6, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day at the Cat Care Society shelter, 5787 W. Sixth Avenue in Lakewood.

Here's the rundown of Santa Paws Festival fun:

FREE! Photos with the Jolly Old Elf Himself, Santa Paws (Adoption Assistant Dave)! With the permission of those being photographed, photos will be posted online in a Cat Care Society Facebook album for downloading and/or tagging to your own Facebook page.

FREE! Refreshments, including cookies, other holiday treats and our famous Cat House Punch (a secret mixture of ginger ale, Hawaiian punch and such...it's simply irresistible and helps you to stay hydrated for the festival!).

FREE! Cat Petting, neck rubbing, tummy patting and head butting. The shelter cats love all the attention during the Santa Paws Festival excitement.

BAKE SALE! Don't miss the awesome annual Santa Paws Festival Bake Sale created by the dedicated CCS volunteers... favorites include fudge, nuts (including yummy Chex Mix blends and more), holiday cookies, pies, cakes and cupcakes. The volunteer "elves" have been baking for months now.

RAFFLE! Tickets will be $10 each this year, up from $5 the past two years, in an effort to raise more money for the cats. Each prize has a bag by it and you put your ticket in the bag of the prize you want to win. You can buy multiple tickets. Drawing is at the end of the day on Sunday -- winners need not be present. Link to look over the prizes.

SHOPPING! Meow Mart store, new stuff for your cats, including:

Cat Mats by Kathy, Cat Beds by Marlene, Lavender Cats by Linda, Knit Mice by Amy, and Wool Loops by Anonymous -- all made in Colorado.

From the Field cat toys, Go Cat, Hot Sox, Yeowwww Bananas, Beastie Band collars by Twin Cat, and Cat Dancer toys, all USA made.

Card board scratchers, litter mats and cat nip toys by Imperial Cat made in the USA. Neko Flies pole toys, Pioneer Pet ceramic & stainless steel fountains, Naturals Miracle high sided litter box, (NOTE: Neko Flies will be demo'd in the Meow Mart by a CCS volunteer)

MORE SHOPPING! Santa Paws Festival Bazaar -- gently used stuff. Lots of Christmasy Cat things and more: This year there's an extensive collection of Lilliput Lane Village collectibles. These are cute little English cottages and such.

The Festival will also have a nice selection of framed cat wall art.

Plus, there will be bookstand books (and more books). The back office at the shelter is being turned into a "Book Nook."

DEBUTING! The Christmas Ornament Donation Drive. Check out all the ornaments crafted by the CCS volunteers.

Link to learn more about the Ornament Drive.

Sponsor Ornaments Online.

Santa Paws Festival...spreading the word:

Link to the Santa Paws Festival Blog Post

Link to the Lakewood Pet Examiner Posting 

Link to the Denver Post YourHub Posting

Link to the Lakewood Sentinel Posting


Link to the Cat Care Society website

Cat Care Society Volunteers To Wrap Gifts At LoDo Tattered Cover Dec. 13-19

Dec. 13-19, Cat Care Society volunteers will again be wrapping gifts 10AM to 4PM at the LoDo location of Denver's Tattered Cover Book Store, 1628 16th Street.

Gift wrapping is free but tips are greatly appreciated and will be donated to the Cat Care Society shelter.

Dec 1-31: Cat Care Society's First Ever Christmas Ornament Donation Drive!

Oh the Weather outside is frightful, but the Ornaments are so Delightful! Good you can sponsor ornaments online or at the shelter! Or both!

Cat Care Society is holding a Christmas Ornament Donation Drive this year. Select a picture-themed CCS Cat Ornament for $5.00. Your ornament sponsorship donation goes toward the care of the cats in our shelter!

The ornament you select will have your name on the back and be displayed in the CCS lobby for the entire month of December. Our goal is to have all of the cats currently in our care with Christmas ornaments this December!

In addition to the shelter cat ornaments, our volunteer elves created these "Golden Circle" ornaments for those who want to make a larger year-end donation to the ornament drive:

Shelter Ornament - $2,500 donation
The Cat Clinic Ornament - $2,000 donation
Kitten Room Ornament - $1,500 donation
Meow Mart Ornament - $1,000 donation
Grand Hall Ornament - $500 donation
Nibbles 'n Kibbles Food Bank Ornament - $250 donation
Cat Room Ornaments (Blue, Orange, Gold, Red, Purple or Green Rooms) - $100 donation each

You can arrange your ornament sponsorship at the front desk of the shelter or you can sponsor ornaments online!

Link to the flyer
Link to sponsor ornaments online
Link to the Facebook album to view ornaments 

Thank you for your support!!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Cat Care Society: October Adoption Tales by Karlyn Mendez, CCS Adoption Assistant

Feather (pictured) - “Molly” fit right in. She is described as affectionate and friendly and resides with a small dog.

Parker - likes to crawl on laps and snuggles between the owners on the bed. Parker shares his home with 2 other older cats and they all tolerate each other.

Elvira “Middie” - went home with an older woman. She snooped into everything and likes mellow music. She also likes to play with the crinkle ball and catnip carrot.

Maggie “Miss Sasha”- loves tummy rubs and wants attention on her terms and is nocturnal.  She doesn’t mind the dog.

Buddy - shares his home with an elderly couple and 2 dogs. He likes the husband and is affectionate and delightful. He enjoys his homemade wand toys.

Bella - gradually warmed up and is getting used to being held and gives love. She lives with a single young woman.

Xena - is healthy and happy. She enjoys pets and rubs behind the ears. A married couple with pre-teen daughters took her home.


Beverly “Alluka”- is confident and adjusted quickly. She likes having lots of attention and went home with a single young man.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Cat Care Society Santa Paws Festival 2015 Moves To Saturday & Sunday

Santa Paws Festival, one of Colorado’s most beloved feline fundraisers, returns for two days only this December: Saturday, Dec. 5, and Sunday, Dec. 6.

Featuring delicious baked goods, handcrafted items, cat toys and much more available for purchase at the CCS Meow Mart, all proceeds from the Santa Paws Festival benefit cats in need. In addition to scoring holiday treats and unique gifts for that special cat lady in their lives, festival-goers can enter a raffle for donated prizes from retailers such as Pandora, Woodhouse Day Spa, area restaurants and more. There will be “Spin The Wheel for Cat Prizes” with every Meow Mart purchase, plus photos with that jolly old elf himself, Santa Paws.

“The Santa Paws Festival is a treasured holiday tradition at our cat shelter,” said Jane Dorsey, Cat Care Society Volunteer Coordinator. “We’re proud to showcase the baking and crafting skills of our amazing volunteer corps, while welcoming the community into our facility to see the important work we’re doing to care for cats in need. Bringing the public into our shelter also helps to encourage cat and kitten adoptions into forever homes, which is our number-one goal at CCS.”

Link to the Santa Paws Festival 2015 News Release

Link to the 2015 Santa Paws Festival Flyer

Monday, November 09, 2015

Cat Care Society: Feasting For Felines Returns to Beau Jo's Nov. 18th


Support Cat Care Society at Beau Jo's (All Five Denver Area Locations) for Feasting For Felines! 

Enjoy lunch, dinner or take out Wednesday, November 18th, and 20% of the proceeds benefit Cat Care Society. This offer is also good for gift card purchases. 

An annual favorite, this promotion is again valid at all Denver area Beau Jo's locations: Arvada, Boulder, Evergreen, Idaho Springs and University Hills. Simply download this flyer and bring to Beau Jo's with you on 11/18.  

Link to view the menu.  Thank you, Beau Jo's!

Friday, November 06, 2015

Cat Care Society Santa Paws Festival 2015 Moves To Saturday & Sunday

Santa Paws Festival, one of Colorado’s most beloved feline fundraisers, returns for two days only this December: Saturday, Dec. 5, and Sunday, Dec. 6.

Featuring delicious baked goods, handcrafted items, cat toys and much more available for purchase at the CCS Meow Mart, all proceeds from the Santa Paws Festival benefit cats in need. In addition to scoring holiday treats and unique gifts for that special cat lady in their lives, festival-goers can enter a raffle for donated prizes from retailers such as Pandora, Woodhouse Day Spa, area restaurants and more. There will be “Spin The Wheel for Cat Prizes” with every Meow Mart purchase, plus photos with that jolly old elf himself, Santa Paws.

“The Santa Paws Festival is a treasured holiday tradition at our cat shelter,” said Jane Dorsey, Cat Care Society Volunteer Coordinator. “We’re proud to showcase the baking and crafting skills of our amazing volunteer corps, while welcoming the community into our facility to see the important work we’re doing to care for cats in need. Bringing the public into our shelter also helps to encourage cat and kitten adoptions into forever homes, which is our number-one goal at CCS.”

Link to the Santa Paws Festival 2015 News Release

Link to the 2015 Santa Paws Festival Flyer

Cat Care Society: Feasting For Felines Returns to Beau Jo's Nov. 18th


Support Cat Care Society at Beau Jo's (All Five Denver Area Locations) for Feasting For Felines! 

Enjoy lunch, dinner or take out Wednesday, November 18th, and 20% of the proceeds benefit Cat Care Society. This offer is also good for gift card purchases. 

An annual favorite, this promotion is again valid at all Denver area Beau Jo's locations: Arvada, Boulder, Evergreen, Idaho Springs and University Hills. Simply download this flyer and bring to Beau Jo's with you on 11/18.  

Link to view the menu.  Thank you, Beau Jo's!

Mark Your Calendar: Cat Care Society's 2017 Tails of the Painted Cats - Sat., Sept. 16, 2017

Please mark your calendar for Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. We’ll return to Pinehurst Country Club for the Tails of the Painted Cats 2017 Gala Dinner and Auction…and be celebrating our 6th chapter of the event! You won’t want to miss it! 

If you are interested in being at Tails of the Painted Cats artist or artist sponsor in 2017, contact Jane Dorsey for more information at: jdorsey@catcaresociety.org or 303.239.9680, ext. 16. 

Tails of the Painted Cats through the years: 


Tuesday, October 20, 2015

2015 Tails of the Painted Cats Gala Dinner and Auction Surpasses the $100K Mark

A 'purr-fectly' unprecedented fundraising event for Cat Care Society.

Lakewood, CO – October 20, 2015 – The Cat Care Society (CCS) Tails of the Painted Cats (TOPC) committee members are on Cloud 9 and rightfully so having orchestrated the organization's first benefit dinner raising more than $100,000, Saturday evening, October 10th, at Pinehurst Country Club.

The preliminary estimated total is $106,000 for the evening's itinerary of games, silent and live auctions, paddle raiser donations and new shelter cat-themed donation cards. And, the total will most likely climb higher for the event overall, when all the accounting details are finalized, which -- among other things -- includes donations by mail still coming in from those who were unable to attend the 2015 TOPC Gala Dinner and Auction.

Denver's 'Auctioneer Extraordinaire' Doug Tisdale returned for a third year to run the live auction, serving as a Siamese Savior event sponsor. Joining him on stage was 9News Reporter (and life-long cat lover) Steve Staeger as Master of Ceremonies.

Topping the winning bids for live auction painted cats was Africat by Jane McFadden Dorsey.

After a bidding war of the highest order, TOPC reached a new high for a single painted cat at an amazing $13,000. With the agreement of the winner and Dorsey, the runner up bidder is also going to be able to purchase their own Africat for $13,000 as well, which Dorsey will be creating during the next few months (before the sixth chapter of TOPC 2017 commences shortly after the first of the year).

In addition, Africat received the People's Choice Award (based on voting by the People of Denver during the 2015 TOPC Summer Tour). As the artist, Dorsey, received a gift card to Piatti Ristorante in Cherry Creek. Piatti is a multi-year donor of the People's Choice gift card and a multi-year participant in the CCS Feasting For Felines program. Piatti's owner is an adopter of a CCS shelter kitty.

The remaining Live Auction painted cats garnered the following top bids: Route 66 by Wendy M. Luck, $7,000; La Catrina by Amanda S. R. Salazar, $4,000; Lil Ms. Sunshine by Ella Buchholz, $2,500; and Botani-Cat by Jody Rigsby, $2,100. If you're calculating, yes, the TOPC Live Auction cats provided a mind-boggling $41,600 for the CCS shelter cats and community outreach programs. Stopping here, we must mention how grateful we are for this amazing infusion of funds now available to help CCS and its mission helping cats!

The Live Auction also awarded two trips for a South African Photo Safari at the Zulu Nyala luxury resort and a demo painting by Botani-Cat Artist Jody Rigsby. Plus, not to be done yet, five high bidders received $100 gift cards to these beloved area restaurants during the Live Auction: Elway's, ChoLon, Cru Wine Bar, 240 Union and Bonefish Grill.

This year's winner of the Raffle Cat, Dale Cat-Huly by Carla Pawlewicz, was long-time CCS Volunteer Kay Higgins.

In addition to Tisdale & Associates, LLC, event sponsors included: Lakewood Arts Council Gallery, Main Street Fine Art in Evergreen and Art of Life Gallery, LLC. Gala centerpieces were again provided by Dave Barnes of Scenographics in Denver.

The TOPC Gala Dinner and Auction is not returning until 2017 -- the exact date is still pending. Artist recruitment will begin shortly after the first of the year.

If you are interested in being a Tails of the Painted Cats artist in the future, contact Jane Dorsey for more information at: jdorsey@catcaresociety.org or 303.239.9680, ext. 16.

Link to the full release

Link to view the Event Photos by ZebraJellyfish.com LLC/Richard Mauro Ricchiuti

The Cat Care Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for homeless, injured and abused cats in the Denver metropolitan area. In an effort to prevent animal neglect and abuse, CCS offers educational programs that promote responsible pet ownership and humane treatment of all animals; provides shelter for cats in a healthy, cage-free environment; and works to find compatible families for every feline that comes into the facility. The shelter provides a loving, temporary refuge for more than 50 cats at any given time, affordable veterinary services to the general public and a free food and litter bank for cat owners experiencing temporary financial challenges. For more information, please visit www.catcaresociety.org, follow us on Twitter at @CatCareSociety or like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CatCareSociety.

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MEDIA CONTACT: 
Maggie Holben 
Volunteer – Media Relations 
mholben@catcaresociety.org 
303-669-3558

Monday, October 19, 2015

Cat Care Society Hires Manager For Its All-Cats Shelter & Adoption Facility

Heather Allen Joins Cat Care Society As Shelter Manager

Lakewood, CO – October 15, 2015 – The Cat Care Society (CCS) has named Heather Allen as Shelter Manager of its all-cats shelter and adoption center at 5787 W. Sixth Avenue in Lakewood. The announcement is made by CCS Board President Gail Tinianow who says: “We’re thrilled to welcome Heather to our CCS team. She hit the ground running in June and has already led two successful crowd funding campaigns to expand the rescue capabilities of both our receiving and isolation rooms and pay for medical care and rehabilitation of a rescue cat who came to CCS with a fractured leg this past spring. Further, during the short time since Heather joined us, she has also revamped and expanded our Kitten Foster program to help us save more cats through our volunteer network.”

Allen has been involved in cat rescue for more than 20 years. She started her career as a volunteer in adoptions, fundraising, and foster care, later pursuing paid positions within the shelter industry working her way through the ranks as a kennel technician, veterinarian technician, intake manager, and executive director. Whether it was a volunteer position or a paid position (or both at once) over the years, Allen has dedicated her life to helping cats in need.

Prior to joining CCS, Allen was the Resort Manager at the Paradise 4 Paws, the luxury pet boarding facility located near DIA. In the shelter industry, she has served as Executive Director of Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue and Intake Manager at Angels with Paws. Allen has also been employed in the government and sporting goods industries during her career. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from University of Phoenix.

The Cat Care Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for homeless, injured and abused cats in the Denver metropolitan area. In an effort to prevent animal neglect and abuse, CCS offers educational programs that promote responsible pet ownership and humane treatment of all animals; provides shelter for cats in a healthy, cage-free environment; and works to find compatible families for every feline that comes into the facility. The shelter provides a loving, temporary refuge for more than 50 cats at any given time, affordable veterinary services to the general public and a free food and litter bank for cat owners experiencing temporary financial challenges.

For more information, please visit www.catcaresociety.org, follow us on Twitter at @CatCareSociety or like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CatCareSociety.

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MEDIA CONTACT:
Maggie Holben
Volunteer – Media Relations
mholben@catcaresociety.org
303.669.3558

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Purr-fectly Unprecedented for Cat Care Society: 2015 Tails of the Painted Cats Gala Dinner and Auction Passes the $100K Mark!

Cat Care Society's (CCS) Tails of the Painted Cats (TOPC) committee members are on Cloud 9, and rightfully so having orchestrated the organization's first benefit dinner raising more than $100,000, Saturday evening, October 10th, at Pinehurst Country Club.

The preliminary estimated total is $106,000 for the evening's itinerary of games, silent and live auctions, paddle raiser donations and new shelter cat-themed donation cards. And, the total will most likely climb higher for the event overall, when all the accounting details are finalized, which -- among other things -- includes donations by mail still coming in from those who were unable to attend the 2015 TOPC Gala Dinner and Auction.

Denver's 'Auctioneer Extraordinaire' Doug Tisdale returned for a third year to run the live auction, serving as a Siamese Savior event sponsor. Joining him on stage was 9News Reporter (and life-long cat lover) Steve Staeger as Master of Ceremonies.

Topping the winning bids for live auction painted cats was Africat by Jane McFadden Dorsey.

After a bidding war of the highest order, TOPC reached a new high for a single painted cat at an amazing $13,000. With the agreement of the winner and Dorsey, the runner up bidder is also going to be able to purchase their own Africat for $13,000 as well, which Dorsey will be creating during the next few months (before the sixth chapter of TOPC 2017 commences shortly after the first of the year).

Our appreciation to Jane McFadden Dorsey for her dedication to CCS and TOPC. This is the second year in a row that she is creating a duplicate painted cat as top bid Live Auction artist. Last year, the top bid on a painted cat was $5,000 for Richard Parker, also created by Dorsey, and she created a second upon agreement of the winning bidder.

In addition, Africat received the People's Choice Award (based on voting by the People of Denver during the 2015 TOPC Summer Tour). As the artist, Dorsey, received a gift card to Piatti Ristorante in Cherry Creek. Piatti is a multi-year donor of the People's Choice gift card and a multi-year participant in the CCS Feasting For Felines program. Piatti's owner is an adopter of a CCS shelter kitty.

The remaining Live Auction painted cats yielded the following top bids: Route 66 by Wendy M. Luck, $7,000; La Catrina by Amanda S. R. Salazar, $4,000; Lil Ms. Sunshine by Ella Buchholz, $2,500; and Botani-Cat by Jody Rigsby, $2,100. If you're calculating, yes, the TOPC Live Auction cats provided a mind-boggling $41,600 for the CCS shelter cats and community outreach programs. Stopping here, we must mention how grateful we are for this amazing infusion of funds now available to help CCS and its mission helping cats!

The Live Auction also awarded two trips for a South African Photo Safari at the Zulu Nyala luxury resort and a demo painting by Botani-Cat Artist Jody Rigsby. Plus, not to be done yet, five high bidders received $100 gift cards to these beloved area restaurants during the Live Auction: Elway's, ChoLon, Cru Wine Bar, 240 Union and Bonefish Grill.

In the Silent Auction, four painted cats received Buy It Now (BIN) purchases: Cosmos Cat by Barb Benik; Eva Diva, Jane McFadden Dorsey; Cat Scan, Cortnye Rusch; and Typurrgraphy, Amanda S. R. Salazar. Flat cat 'Three Little Kittens' by Shirlee Akemi Miyake received a BIN and these five Clay Cats also received BINs: Black Cat Vase By Barbara Donovan, Raku Cat Moon Bowls By Diane DeBaun, Cat Pasta Bowl By Mara, Big Blue Cat Bowl By Melony Sawyer and Tuxedo Cat Covered Jar By Bette Rehner.

This year's winner of the Raffle Cat, Dale Cat-Huly by Carla Pawlewicz, was long-time CCS Volunteer Kay Higgins.

In addition to Tisdale & Associates, LLC, event sponsors included: Lakewood Arts Council Gallery, Main Street Fine Art in Evergreen and Art of Life Gallery, LLC. Gala centerpieces were again provided by Dave Barnes of Scenographics in Denver.

Working on the event for over a year now, the committee (including, in alphabetical order, CCS Volunteer Marsha Crest, CCS Board VP Clyde Dawson, CCS Volunteer Coordinator and TOPC Program Coordinator and Artist Jane McFadden Dorsey, Helen Hanks, CCS Advisory Board Member Maggie Holben, Committee Chair and CCS Volunteer Kathy Husband, CCS Volunteer Jeannie Menor, CCS Volunteer and TOPC Artist Carla Pawlewicz, CCS Director of Outreach Suellen Scott and Jane Young), plus a bevy talented Denver area artists, event and artist sponsors, and CCS volunteers held the TOPC Gala Dinner and Auction at Pinehurst Country Club for a third year. This was the fifth year for TOPC event, which has now produced 106 of the colorful, uniquely themed fiberglass cats, that the community only seems to grow fonder of as time moves on.

In addition to funds raised surpassing all expectations this year, attendance at the Gala also grew to over 200 guests for the first time.

Supporters for the cause included: Linda and Jack Robinson, Lynn Brevard and Michelle Brevard, Harold & Christina Taylor, Tracey McCullough, Steve Holben, Sheree Reiners, Paul and Victoria Brown, Marty and CCS President Gail Tinianow, Barbara Dawson (who again played the piano during the cocktail reception), Steve and Dayna Drown, Warren Hanks, Stephanie DeGraff Bender, Andria Kennoy, and Melissa and Michael McClure. Other CCS board members attending included Treasurer Marggie Dassler, Director Linda Brandon with husband Mark, Director and Golf Tournament Coordinator Ken Dobrovolny with wife Jackie, Director Michael Gawell and guest Dr. Karen Larson, and Advisory Board Member Kim Sporrer and guest Kat Burns. New CCS Shelter Manager Heather Allen was also in attendance.

The TOPC Gala Dinner and Auction is not returning until 2017 -- the exact date is still pending. Artist recruitment will begin shortly after the first of the year.

If you are interested in being a Tails of the Painted Cats artist in the future, contact Jane Dorsey for more information at: jdorsey@catcaresociety.org or 303.239.9680, ext. 16.

For links to view the 2011-15 TOPC painted cats, visit http://www.catcaresociety.org/how-to-help/tails-of-the-painted-cats-gala-dinner-and-auction.

Link to view the 2015 Video Gallery Slide Show

Link to view the 2015 Facebook Photo Album

Please note: design of the Tails of the Painted Cats is a trademark of the state of Colorado and all rights associated with this trademark extend until October 18, 2016.

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Cowbell Alert! 'NEW' at the Cat Care Society Tails of the Painted Cats Gala Dinner and Auction

Cat Care Society has one more 'new thing' to share about this year's Tails of the Painted Cats Gala Dinner and Auction and that's the addition of the 'Buy It Now' Cow Bell program in the silent auction rooms at Pinehurst Country Club this Saturday. Gala attendees, don't be surprised when you hear the cow bells ringing. We'd prefer cat bells, but they just aren't loud enough to convey our excitement over attendees who make a BUY IT NOW on one of the cats' wonderful Silent Auction items.

To give you an idea, last year -- once the auction dust settled -- we had two 'Buy It Nows' on Kitten Paintings; two on Flat Cat Paintings; four on Clay Cats; and seven 'Buy It Nows' on painted cats. A 'Buy It Now' not only gets the winning bidder a great piece of feline art, but the CCS REAL cats benefit greatly from the financial boost of a Buy It Now. It's simply a win-win.

Note -- BUY IT NOW on the 18 silent auction painted cats is available in advance of the Gala through tomorrow (Wednesday, Oct. 7) at Noon. So, go take a look and make a 'Buy It Now' if you want to assure your win of your favorite painted cat.... http://bidonacat.blogspot.com

Our new mantra for the Gala is "MORE COWBELL!!!"

Register for the Gala.

Monday, September 28, 2015

New at the Tails of the Painted Cats Gala Dinner & Auction: Auctioneer Doug Tisdale + Tisdale Wines = Feline Fun

Tails of the Painted Cats Auctioneer Doug Tisdale offers the new (and fun) 'Tisdale Wines Bonus' to twelve lucky Gala attendees this year. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early on Oct. 10th and listen carefully to the auctioneer's PA announcements during the cocktail reception to win a Tisdale Cabernet Sauvignon or Chardonnay.

As you see by the photo, the Tisdale Wines are ready to party at the 2015 Tails of the Painted Cats Gala Dinner and Auction. Join us!

Link to Register

Friday, September 18, 2015

Coming Saturday, Sept. 26th at Cat Care Society: Morning Session/Estate Planning Seminar + Afternoon Session/Book Discussion

Seminar: Estate Planning for Pet Owners with Your Pets in Mind, Led By a Denver Attorney 

Saturday, September 26th,
10:30 am to Noon
CCS Conference Room

Erica Johnson, JD, University of Denver School of Law and Associate, Ambler and Keenan, LLC will be presenting on the following:

- Estate planning principles

- Difference between a will and a trust

- Who has the right to care for your children

- Incorporating pets into your estate

- Importance of power of attorney and living wills

Space is limited. RSVP by phone: 303-239-9680 or email: frontdesk@catcaresociety.org

Link to the Registration Form

Book Discussion: 'Purr Prints of the Heart' By Deborah Barnes 

Saturday, September 26th,
1 to 2 p.m.
CCS Conference Room

Book Discussion: "Purr Prints of the Heart" by Deborah Barnes. Discussion questions will be provided. Link to more Information, including how to obtain the book. Note the kitty pictured on the right is the late Jewell Koester whose human, Sierra, brought the Purr Prints project to CCS. Sierra is a CCS volunteer and blogger for our website and Tumblr.

Space is limited. RSVP by phone: 303-239-9680 or email: frontdesk@catcaresociety.org

Link to the Registration Form

Thursday, September 17, 2015

NEW at the 2015 Tails of the Painted Cats Gala Dinner and Auction: Restaurant Gift Cards in the Live Auction

Cat Care Society is adding restaurant gift cards to the Live Auction lineup at the 2015 Tails of the Painted Cats Gala Dinner and Auction, October 10th at Pinehurst Country Club. CCS surveyed event attendees last year and determined a desire from respondents for this new addition. Here are the restaurant cards you could win during the TOPC Live Auction this year:

Elway's Colorado Steakhouse 

ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro 

CrĂș Wine Bar 

240 Union Restaurant 

Bonefish Grill 

In addition to the five restaurant gift cards, the Live Auctioned Painted Cats include Lil Ms. Sunshine, Africat, Route 66, Botani-Cat and La Catrina. CCS will be live auctioning a 6-day/6-night South African Photo Safari package to Zulu Nyala Resort in Northern Kwazulu Natal, South Africa (Value: US $5,950), plus a painting by Botani-Cat Artist Jody Rigsby that she's Demo Painting during the TOPC cocktail reception.

Link to view the 2015 Painted Cats and Bid In Advance

Link to register for the TOOC Gala Dinner and Auction

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

RETURNING to the 2015 TOPC Gala: The Tower of Wine is Back, Expanding to 64 Bottles

Generous patrons have yet again opened their wine cellars to Cat Care Society to make an expanded Tower of Wine possible at the 2015 Tails of the Painted Cats Gala Dinner and Auction at Pinehurst Country Club, October 10th. Topping the tower list are these French Bordeaux wines:
1990 Chateau La Conseillante ($457)
1989 Chateau Lynche-Bages ($425)
1990 Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande ($323)
1985 Chateau L'Evangile ($268)
1986 Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande ($252)
1986 Chateau Gruaud-Larose ($231)
1990 Chateau Rauzan-Segla ($220)
1990 Chateau Rauzan-Segla ($159)
1990 Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou ($156)
1995 Chateau Leoville Barton ($148)
1995 Chateau Troplong Mondot ($105)
1994 Chateau Troplong Mondot ($72)
The remainder of the tower is a selection 2007 Balistreri Vineyards wines, including Colorado Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot varietals.
The way it works, each bottle in the tower is tagged and numbered. Those playing draw a numbered card and then win the corresponding numbered bottle of wine. This is the fourth year we’ve had the tower and it usually sells out early in the evening during the cocktail reception, so make sure to come at 5 p.m. so you don’t miss out on the opportunity to win a wonderful wine for your own cellar (and help the CCS cats and community outreach programs).
If you don’t have your tickets yet, link to register for the TOPC Gala Dinner and Auction 
CCS sincerely appreciates both Donna & Rick Albin and Lynn Amsbury for their generous support of our 2015 Tower of Wine!

Monday, September 14, 2015

New at the Cat Care Society's 2015 Tails of the Painted Cats Gala Dinner and Auction: Photo Safari Vacation Package

Cat Care Society will be auctioning a 6-day/6-night South African Photo Safari package to Zulu Nayla Resort in Northern Kwazulu Natal, South Africa. Value: US $5,950.

Details:

* Luxury accommodations for 6 days and 6 nights for two people at the Zulu Nyala Luxurious Hemmingway Tented Safari Camp or Heritage Safari Lodge.

* Full board -- three delicious meals per day, prepared by top class chefs - with an African flavor of course.

* Two game viewing activities per day guided by professional game rangers in open game viewing vehicles. 

* The certificate is valid for two years.

* Experience the Magic of Africa!

Link to learn more about Zulu Nyala

Link to register for the 2015 Tails of the Painted Cats Gala Dinner and Auction

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Tails of the Painted Cats 2015: the Cat Care Society Kitten Artists Have Been Hard at Work

Cloud, Margaret, Chris, Craig, Carla and Cora have been busy little kittens the past few months preparing their works of art for the Tails of the Painted Cats Silent Auction.

Here's the rundown of the ten new creations: 

1. Star Wars By Cloud

2. Dance of the Pink Mice By Margaret

3. Rose Garden By Margaret

4. The South of France By Chris

5. Pasture By Craig

6. Let's Party! By Craig

7. Country Lane By Carla

8. A Walk in the Park By Cora

9. First Frost By Carla

10. Moonlit Garden By Cora

View the video gallery of the new Kitten Paintings:



https://youtu.be/DGgLvL7Dud4

The Kittens were assisted this year by their human assistants: Carla Pawlewicz, Jeannie Menor and Jane Dorsey.

Register for the Tails of the Painted Cats Gala Dinner & Auction

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Cat Care Society Sept. News: Special Needs September, Painted Cats Move to Arts District at Santa Fe + Piatti Ristorante Hosts Feasting For Felines to Benefit CCS

Today is September 1st and Cat Care Society is announcing these upcoming events to kick off the new month:

ADOPTION SPECIAL FEATURES UNIQUE TO THE INDUSTRY PERPET-U-CARE

During September CCS is offering the Special Needs September promotion for all CCS senior cats (age 10+) and adult cats having chronic health problems with these reduced fees:

$40 adoption fee for Senior and Special Needs cats.

$20 adoption fee for the disabled (disability discount) and senior adopters age 60+ of these Senior and Special Needs Cats in the promotion.

For all cats in the Special Needs September promotion, our 'unique to the industry' CCS Perpet-U-Care program applies. Perpet-U-Care covers $250 in medical services at the CCS Cat Clinic annually for cats 10+ years and cats with special chronic health problems (note: it does not include wellness exams, vaccines and cremation).

Learn more about Perpet-U-Care

Link to view the Information Flyer

Link to view the Facebook Album of our Senior and Special Needs Cats

Please note: as with all reduced fee adoption promotions, our standard screening process applies.

TAILS OF THE PAINTED CATS SUMMER TOUR LAST STOP



To kick off the Labor Day weekend this Friday, September 4th, Art of Life Gallery, 200 Santa Fe Drive, is hosting a Wine & Cheese Event, 6:30 to 8 p.m., celebrating the 2015 Tails of the Painted Cats.

Enjoy wonderful wines and delicious cheeses (thank you Grande Cheese), while viewing all of the 2015 Painted Cats and other art on display at the gallery. Several of the CCS painted cat artists will exhibiting other of their works that evening.

Cost: $10 donation per person requested to help the Cat Care Society cats, payable at the wine bar that evening.

There's street parking available along Santa Fe, plus these nearby lots: The Bolt Factory at 2nd and Kalamath St; Image Complete Lighting Gallery, Kalamath and 2nd Avenue; and Su Teatro lot at Santa Fe Drive and 2nd Avenue. The District's First Friday Art Walk will be going on concurrently, complete with a Shuttle Coach running from 5:30 to 10 p.m. throughout the District.

The painted cats will remain on display at Art of Life through September 29th.

Art of Life Gallery website

Arts District On Santa Fe website

RESTAURANT FUNDRAISER

September Feasting For Felines: 20% of Piatti's Lunch & Dinner Sales Benefit Cat Care Society Wednesday, September 16th. 

Feasting For Felines returns to Piatti Ristorante in Cherry Creek, 191 St. Paul St (valet parking provided). Dine either for lunch or dinner and Piatti will donate 20% to CCS! Reservations are requested online or by calling 303.321.1919.

Cat food and litter donations are also greatly appreciated. Bring them to the restaurant with you.

Link to the information flyer

Link to the Piatti Denver Website

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Free Family Event at Cat Care Society: Festival of Felines Celebrates Shelter Cats and 2015 Painted Cats

Cat Care Society's Festival of Felines is returning Saturday, August 29, 2015, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the CCS shelter, 5787 W. Sixth Avenue. The announcement is made by CCS President Gail Tinianow who says these free, family-oriented activities will be available for Festival attendees:

• Pet and play with the CCS shelter cats and kittens

• See all the 2015 Painted Cats

• Tour The CCS Cat Clinic

• Enjoy free refreshments: Ice Cream Bars, Cake, Punch and Pop Corn 

• Face Painting

• Kids Crafts and Give-Aways (including Spin The Wheel)

• New this year: ‘Photo Man Richard’ will take 5x7 photos with your favorite Painted Cat or Real Cat (photos will be printed on-site for guests to take home with them)

The public is welcome to come and celebrate the Cat Care Society shelter cats and 2015 Painted Cats.

Link to the news release

Link to the Cat Care Society website

This week at Cat Care Society: Black Cat Adoption Special + Jose O'Shea's Fundraiser + Seminar For Senior Cat Owners

Tuesday, August 18 - Sunday, August 23: in celebration of Black Cat Appreciation Day (which was Monday Aug 17 when CCS was closed), the shelter is offering a Black Cat Adoption Special all week (for all black cats and cats with 'some' black fur, age 1 and up). The standard adoption screening process applies. Adopters can name their price or spin the wheel to determine the adoption fee on adult black kitties, and those with "some" black fur: light or dark blue: fee waived; purple, green or yellow, $8; and red, $17.

Flyer: http://goo.gl/ZWA8A2 + link to view the CCS cats available for adoption: http://goo.gl/lOKEDE

Feasting For Felines Fundraiser at Jose O'Shea's Mexican Cantina in Lakewood: Dine Wednesday, August 19, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at Jose O'Shea's, 385 Union Blvd in Lakewood.

Print and bring this flyer and 20% of proceeds will go to Cat Care Society.


August Seminar, Your Cat's Golden Years: Saturday, August 22nd - 10:30 to noon at the shelter: "Your Cat's Golden Years." by Christine Stanton, District Manager, Chuck and Don's Pet Food & Supplies. Learn about exercise, play, dental care, hearing, vision + more. Space limited. Please RSVP to frontdesk@catcaresociety.org or call 303.239.9680.

Link for more information.

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

This week at Cat Care Society: International Cat Day Adoption Special + August Book Fundraiser Kicks Off

International Cat Day is this Saturday, August 8th, and the perfect day for adopting a CCS adult kitty (age 1 and older).

Cat Care Society's adoption fee is reduced...August 8th day only...to $8.80 per cat age 1 and older. The standard adoption screening policy applies.

Link to the flyer

Link to view the CCS cats available for adoption



During August, Author Deb Barnes is generously donating 10% of all "Purr Prints of the Heart" book sales to Cat Cat Society. She's doing this at the request of CCS Volunteer Sierra M. Koester (thank you Sierra for selecting Cat Care Society to receive these funds) in memory of her late kitty Jewel, whose anniversary of passing is in August. The book is available for purchase at Amazon.com and other online book purchasing sites.

Link to purchase on Amazon (note: the paperback version is eligible for an additional donation to Cat Care Society via the Amazon Smile program)

Quoting Sierra Koester's Fur Everywhere blog: "If you'd like an autographed copy of the book, you can order one directly from Deb [the author] by emailing her at: info@zzppublishing.com. Each book ordered directly from Deb also includes a beautiful keepsake bookmark and tissue paper wrapping."

Link to the Fur Everywhere review of 'Purr Prints of the Heart' 

Link to the "Cat Chat" blog review of 'Purr Prints of the Heart'

Link to the flyer

Coming in Sept: Buy and read the book in August, then make plans to attend first ever CCS book discussion meeting: Sat. Sept 26th, 1 p.m. in the CCS Conference Room.