During this holiday time, the volunteers at Community Concern for Cats love to review the successes of the past year – the rescues and adoptions that your donations helped make possible in this our 28th year of operation.
This year, we wanted to share with you some of the heartwarming photos that keep us going in the face of cold trapping weather and the cold-hearted abandonment of unfixed cats, adding to the overpopulation cycle.
Some of the CC4C rescued cats pictured here are enjoying the “comfort & joy” of a new home. Others are still hoping to get a home for the holidays – or any day! But all have a warm, comfortable place to be as winter sets in.
Many thanks for your part in making these happy photos happen!
Click here to read the CC4C Holiday News 2014!
Community Concern for Cats would like to thank the following sponsors of our 2014 Donor Party:
We wish to thank our wonderful business sponsors for their kind donations. We hope that you will thank them with your patronage.
A Sweet Affair Bakery
1815 F Ygnacio Valley Rd., Walnut Creek
Phone: (925) 944-1910
35 Lafayette Circle, Lafayette
Phone: (925) 385-0202
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
1685 Mt. Diablo Boulevard, Walnut Creek
Phone: (925) 287-0297
Hamachi Restaurant and Lounge
1523 Giammona Drive, Walnut Creek
Phone: (925) 296-0630
Lark Creek Walnut Creek
1360 Locust Street, Walnut Creek
Phone: (925) 256-1234
Opa! Authentic Greek Cuisine
1532 N. Main Street, Walnut Creek
Phone: (925) 891-4700
Pyramid Alehouse, Brewery & Restaurant
1410 Locust Street, Walnut Creek
Phone: (925) 946-1520
1627 North Broadway, Walnut Creek
Phone: (925) 932-2828
1440 North Main Street, Walnut Creek
Phone: (925) 932-9090
Whole Foods Market
1333 Newell Avenue, Walnut Creek
Phone: (925) 274-9700
Just in the nick of time CC4C volunteer Olivia Cannizzo of Lafayette finishes organizing the literature packets for Community Concern for Cats that were given out at the Moraga Pear and Wine Festival on September 27. THANK YOU, Olivia! It was a huge job! CC4C had helped her with a kitten that she found and she was pleased that she could help us in return.
Congratulations to Teresa Wassmann of Concord, the winner of our huge raffle basket at the Moraga Pear and Wine Festival on September 27. The basket was valued at $200 and included generous donations by the following businesses. THANK YOU ALL for helping CC4C with your gifts.
- Animal House Pet Sitting—Pete Ritter donated 2-days of Pet Sitting in the Lamorinda area
- Moraga Wine and Spirits donated Two Bottles of Wine—Whitehall Lane, Napa Valley, 2011 Merlot and 2012 Sauvignon Blanc.
- The Rheem Valley Pet Shoppe donated Buddy’s Magic Matt—bath mat, pet bed, door mat…so cozy and colorful
- Tuesday Morning donated a large Scratching Post Bed, and cat toys
- Walnut Creek Vacuum donated a Riccar, Gem Micro Vacuum with 15’cord and attachments.
- Rescued Treasures Thrift Shop at 1270-I Newell, W.C., donated the matching dog and cat bowls.
Please shop at the above businesses to show your support for their generosity to CC4C.
The basket generated a lot of interest in our booth and we got to talk to lots of Moragans about what we do in the community. It was great meeting all of you!
Special Thanks to Al for the photo of our volunteers.
CC4C had great fun hosting the CatVidFest last September. Those who braved the heat were rewarded with a spectacularly cute and funny reel of some of the best Internet cat videos on the planet.
We want to celebrate again this year at a local theater. And we want local talent to make up the reel.
We know they’re out there – those crazy, cute, cuddly or courageous cats that you’ve captured on camera or camera/phone.
LOOK OUT Speilberg and Lucas!
10 EXCITING ENTRY CATEGORIES
- Baby Cuteness
- Krazy Kats
- Smart Kats
- Costumed Cats
- Hanging out in strange places
- Black Cats Rule
- Cats ‘n Kids
- Real Men Love Cats
- Senior Moments
- Videographer under age 12
Please consider creating a video for our contest and making your cat a star. We are really excited to see all the clever videos that we know you are out there making.
And we are looking forward to hosting a viewing night at a local theater tentatively scheduled for mid February 2015.
5 Steps to Enter
- Choose a CATegory from the list below and shoot your video (on DVD, CD, Phone or Camera).
- Complete and sign the VIDEO SUBMISSION FORM.
- If there is a person in your video, complete a Model Release form for each person. The person(s) in the video or the guardian of a minor needs to sign the form.
- Mail forms to: Community Concern For Cats, P.O. Box 3795, Walnut Creek, CA 94598
- Submit your video one of two ways: Drop Box: (check our website for more information coming soon) OR mail a CD or DVD to the above address. Please write the title, your name and contact info on the disk.
- If you send your entry on a CD or DVD and wish to have it returned, please include a self-address, postage-paid return envelope, otherwise it will not be returned and will be considered CC4C’s property.
- Deadline: All entries to be considered by our selection committee must be postmarked by midnight November 30, 2014.
- Maximum length of each video submission is 3 minutes (Note: Our selection committee may choose to edit or exclude).
- Videos must be suitable for all ages, including children.
- Any text included on video must be in English.
- Please do not use copyrighted music or images.
- All featured cats must be treated humanely.
- The Premier Show date will be announced after 9/30/14.
- Assignment of Rights
- By submitting video images to Community Concern For Cats (CC4C), you grant CC4C, a perpetual, royalty-free license to use, reproduce, modify, publish, distribute, and otherwise exercise all copyright and publicity rights with respect to those video images at its sole discretion, including storing it on CC4C servers and incorporating it in other works in any media now known or later developed including, without limitation, published books. If you do not wish to grant Community Concern For Cats these rights, it is suggested that you do not submit a video. CC4C reserves the right to select, edit, and arrange submissions, and to remove images from the CC4C website at any time at its sole discretion.
- Entrants warrant they own all rights to the photos, music and have permission from any models/persons used in the making of the video that is submitted. Entrants will indemnify and hold Community Concern For Cats harmless from and against any and all loss, damage, costs and other expense arising out of claims, whatever their nature, resulting directly or indirectly from breach of this warranty.
CC4C thanks all those that participated in last years event and is appreciative to all twelve who have signed up for this years Thrift Shop Capers! This year’s Community Service Day through the City of Walnut Creek is Saturday, September 27.
Schedule for the day:
- 7:30 a.m. Check-in and free pancake breakfast at Heather Farm Community Center
- 8:45 a.m. Meet at project site
- 9 a.m. Work begins!
Here are some pictures from last year’s event.
CC4C would like to thank and congratulation Girl Scout Troup 30546 for their professional, supportive, and fabulous video about CC4C– and they won an award for it! We are so proud of them and so pleased to have their support.
The 5th grade Girl Scouts of Troop 30546 earned their Bronze Award in Spring 2014. After brainstorming and narrowing ideas, their chosen project was to partner with Community Concern for Cats (CC4C) who’s mission is to help homeless and feral cats and educate the community on the importance of spaying and neutering to control the homeless cat population. The girls interviewed volunteers, assisted CC4C at their booth at a local public event and handed out fliers during cookie sales. This video was made possible with a lot of help from some videographer friends.
Amazing Cat Trapping Tails!
As we enter into summer, the feral moms and kittens emerge in increasing numbers, and CC4C’s year-round humane trapping efforts ramp up.
Our goal: to round up the kittens while they’re young enough to tame, and to spay/neuter the reproducing adults to stop the overpopulation cycle. Trapping is also sometimes necessary to rescue homeless tame cats that that are too frightened and mistrustful to be handled. But the following are unique trapping events, demonstrating some of the extremes involved in trying to catch the hard-to-catch. Enjoy these glimpses of the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat among CC4C’s intrepid trappers.
Every trapping project has its particular difficulties:
- Trapping “stakeouts” in cold, wet weather (prime trapping time is winter).
- Police suspicious of someone sitting in a dark car with binoculars.
- Difficult terrain and unfriendly neighborhoods or neighbors.
But the following are unique trapping events, demonstrating some of the extremes involved in trying to catch the hard-to-catch. Enjoy these glimpses of the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat among CC4C’s intrepid trappers.
CC4C completed 170 adoptions including 26 with a qualifying medical conditions and 4 senior cats with medical conditions. The requested amount was $104,000. Thank you, Maddie’s Fund, for your generous sponsorship!
FREE PET ADOPTIONS May 31 AND June 1
Community Concern for Cats Joins Maddie’s® Pet Adoption Days to Find Homes for All Our Cats
Community Concern for Cats is participating in a gigantic weekend adoption event to place all of our cats in qualified homes. Free adoptions will be offered throughout the weekend at the following locations and times:
Extended Hours: Saturday 12-5pm and Sunday 12-4pm
PetCo, 1301 S California, Walnut Creek
PetFood Express, 2158 Contra Costa Blvd, Pleasant Hill
PetFood Express, 3610 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
More than 200 shelters and rescues in 14 communities throughout the United States are participating in the fifth annual Maddie’s® Pet Adoption Days sponsored by the Pleasanton, CA based Maddie’s Fund®. Maddie’s Fund has set aside $10 million to provide shelters and rescue groups with an adoption stipend per pet adopted during the event. Stipends range from $500 to $2,000.*
Maddie’s® Pet Adoption Days is being held to increase awareness of homeless animals, boost adoptions, and support the shelters and rescue organizations in the 14 participating communities.
The event honors the memory of the foundation’s namesake, a Miniature Schnauzer named Maddie. Maddie was a little dog who made a big impact on the Duffield family, and they want every homeless dog and cat to have what she had – a loving home.
To learn more about Maddie’s® Pet Adoption days and the participating organizations and locations, visit their website (http://adopt.maddiesfund.org). They’re also on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram!
* Maddie’s Fund will pay organizations $500 for each healthy animal under the age of seven, $1,000 for each adoption involving a dog or cat who is seven years of age or older or who has been treated for one or more treatable medical conditions, and $2,000 for each adoption involving a dog or cat who is seven years of age or older and who has been treated with one or more treatable medical conditions (list is available at http://adopt.maddiesfund.org).
ABOUT MADDIE’S FUND®
Twenty years ago, the love of a little dog inspired a $300 million legacy to revolutionize the status and well-being of companion animals. Maddie’s Fund® (www.maddiesfund.org) is the family foundation endowed by the founder of Workday® and PeopleSoft, Dave Duffield and his wife, Cheryl. It is named in honor of Maddie, their beloved Miniature Schnauzer who passed away in 1997. Today, through its grant giving, hands-on animal care, research and education, Maddie’s Fund is helping to achieve and sustain a no-kill nation by providing solutions to the most challenging issues facing the animal welfare community.