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 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. You will need to submit your entry to us following directions that will be available the second week of August.
Please consider which category you wish to enter from those given above and start shooting now. Then check back on our website to find the latest information.
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 November.
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.
Adopting a kitten or adult cat is a long-term responsibility and commitment. It’s a decision you want to give careful thought to and be prepared for, not one to take lightly or impulsively. Owning a cat is a large financial and emotional responsibility lasting anywhere from 14 to 22 years typically. Your cat will depend on you for its health, happiness, safety and well being, so here are some of the most important considerations before adopting a cat.
Renting Your Home? Check with Your Landlord
If you live in an apartment or rental property be sure to confirm with your landlord beforehand that cats are allowed and whether a pet deposit is required. Avoid adopting a cat and bringing it home, only to find the landlord does not accept pets.
Lifetime of Costs
Getting a cat is exciting, but the reality is there is a lifetime of expenses associated with caring for a cat. Be aware of and ready to commit to spending money for healthy food, litter, toys, a carrier, scratching post or tree, but most of all for needed veterinary costs. These can be annual or recurring, but if your cat gets sick they will need to see a veterinarian. As cats age and become more senior health issues can arise, so it’s important to be prepared for when that time comes. Like people, cats get sick and sometimes develop chronic illnesses as they age.
Preparing For & Cat-Proofing Your Home
There are many potential risks and hazards in the home for cats. To cat-proof your home, be sure to put away and store all medicines, household cleaners, and personal care products in cupboards and cabinets safely out of reach. Cover any outlets and electrical cords that cats can bite and chew. Remove live plants, as many are toxic to cats and can make them sick. Make sure to keep small objects that cats can swallow or ingest off the floor, tables and countertops. Keep string, thread, yarn, and ribbon off the floor and out of reach. Table scraps can make cats sick, so be sure to remove plates with leftover food and remove any leftover food from counters that cats can find and nibble on.
Keeping Cats Inside
Unlike dogs, cats don’t need to go outside. Cats are safest, healthiest and live the longest staying indoors. There are many risks to letting your cat outside—exposure to disease and viruses, poisons and toxins, cars, getting lost, and not returning home. You can make your cat happiest living inside by purchasing tall scratching posts, cat trees, balls, catnip toys, and giving them ample play time.
Microchipping your cat is a good safety measure in case of disaster, emergency, or your cat accidentally gets outside. If your cat is microchipped, you have a much better chance of having them returned to you.
Discuss in advance who will be responsible for daily feedings. Cats do best when fed twice a day, morning and night, so you’ll want to maintain this schedule daily at approximately the same time everyday. Cats are happiest and do the best when there is routine, consistency and predictability. Cats like to be fed good, nutritious food to maintain good health and the best foods are food without meat by-products, meal, grains, and dyes, so always check the ingredients on the label.
Daily Litterbox Cleaning
Litterboxes should be cleaned daily as cats are very finicky about being clean and don’t like stepping into a dirty litterbox. With kittens up to 6 months old, you want to use a non-clumping litter like Johnny Cat; after 6-months you can use a clumping litter. Cats don’t like fragrance so non-fragrant litters are best and if you switch to a new type of litter, do it slowly over several days—again cats like consistency.
Have an area identified for your litterbox that is easily accessible and in a private, quiet area for the cat. If you live in a multilevel home, you will want one litterbox on each floor.
Daily Fresh Water
Cats need plenty of clean, fresh water available in an easily accessible place. If you live in a larger home or with multiple floors, consider multiple water bowls. Using stainless steel and glass are preferable to plastic bowls, as plastic can leach chemicals into the water that can cause chronic illness later. Keep bowls scrubbed and clean using soap and water at least every second day to avoid the build up of germs.
Like people, cats can get sick too. Recognizing when your cat isn’t feeling well or is behaving differently and taking them to the vet is critical. You are their guardians and need to be willing to get veterinary care as often as needed. It’s important to be aware of the financial responsibility you’re making when you adopt a cat, and be committed to them for the cat’s natural lifetime. Be prepared for your cat’s annual checkup with a veterinarian for a routine exam, dental well checks and cleanings, and basic blood and urine tests when needed. Like with people, cats get cavities and need their teeth cleaned under anesthesia, so getting good dental care is important and can prevent much worse problems down the road. Your cat’s happiness and well-being is dependent upon keeping them healthy over the course of their natural lifetime.
When end-of-life does come for your senior or elderly cat, work with your vet on providing good care and always keeping your cat comfortable. Remember the commitment you first made to your cat is caring for them all the way to the end of their natural life.
Cat Health & Grooming
Cats are big groomers and healthy cats will groom themselves daily. Cats do not like to be bathed, and should not be bathed unless instructed to do so by a veterinarian to treat a specific skin disorder.
Never declaw a cat! Declawing is considered amputation of a joint, is extremely painful, causes great suffering and distress, and can alter your cat’s behavior and personality forever making them fearful, timid, lack confidence and feel and be more vulnerable.
Make sure your cat is spayed or neutered. Spaying and neutering will contribute to your cat’s good long-term health, happiness and longevity.
A Loving, Stress-Free Environment
Cats are smart creatures. They are also sociable animals, but it’s important to understand your own cat and when they want to socialize and when they don’t, and respect any personal limits they may have.
Learn to know your cat and keep any stress factors away from them. Stress affects the quality of a cat’s mental and physical health and many medical problems are often caused by underlying stress, so keep your home environment as stress-free as possible for your cat. For some cats stress can be caused by other cats they don’t get along with, a newborn baby, loud voices, or even new furniture may do it. If you find your cat is trying to communicate with you about these stress factors through their behavior or medical problems result, reach out to your vet or local cat rescue group for answers—they are knowledgeable and can provide good suggestions.
Lastly, be sure to make time every day to give your cat the love and attention they look to you for.
Source: Homeless To Housecats, www.homelesstohousecats.com
By Jennie Richards
As Published in East County Today, March 26, 2014
The Antioch City Council voted last Tuesday night to approve a ban on feeding feral cats on public property while also requiring permits on pet owners who exceed the number of pets allowed on a property.
Under the new ordinance, it is now unlawful to feed feral cats off one’s own property while it is also unlawful to keep more than 5-cats without a permit. For dogs, it’s unlawful to keep more than three without a permit.
The City of Antioch in a 4-1 vote in favor of the ban with Councilman Tony Tiscareno being the lone “no” vote. The council argued that the ordinance does not ban the feeding of these cats, people can still feed them on private property or at their own homes—they simply cannot do it on public property.
The council listened to twenty people from the public speak about the proposed ordinance which a majority stating the council should not approve the feeding ban and allow a trap, neuter, and return to work (TNR Program).
The next hearing open to the public and is scheduled for Tuesday, April 8 at 7pm at the City Council Chambers in Antioch.
In 2013, Community Concern for Cats continued our 26-year-long effort to rescue and find homes for homeless cats and kittens in Contra Costa County – along with our ongoing trap-neuter-return work to help control the feral cat population.
For the year ending September 2013, CC4C has adopted out 572 cats and kittens, and has spayed/neutered 750 feral cats… read more below…
Meow cat lovers! Local authors donate 500 books to Animal Charity for Petco cat adoption events
WALNUT CREEK, California—November 6, 2013—, Walnut Creek residents and animal tale authors will donate up to 500 books to The Community Concern for Cats “Meet the Author” Events at the Walnut Creek Petco location on November 9th and December 7th from 1:00-4:00 pm.
The books will be signed and personalized for the first 500 donors as a “Thank You” for any donation to featured charity, Community Concern for Cats, a registered 501-c-3 not-for-profit, based in Walnut Creek dedicated to helping homeless cats. Authored by Todd Friedman and Megan Andrews, Walnut Creek residents, “My Secret Life as Peanut” is based on the true story and shenanigans of Sassy, a next-door neighbor’s calico cat. Peanut, the calico cat featured in the children’s book “My Secret Life as Peanut,” is the star in the true animal tale featuring a curious, covert, and mischievous calico cat living a double life. The animal tale is written for early readers, ages five to nine, but offers just as much fun and entertainment for parents, grandparents, family members and animal lovers. The Five Star rated book by Midwest Book Review is a fun read for all ages and ideal to help children learn and improve reading skills.
“What began as our neighbor’s coy calico cat visiting our house became this touching and unbelievable adventure in writing and pictures,” said Friedman. “Since Sassy, aka Peanut, was originally adopted by our neighbors, we partner with animal support charities and rescues and contribute a portion of all revenues to help animals in need.”
These 1st edition donated books are 96 pages with 39 color photos or illustrations. Written from the cat’s perspective, readers gain insight into Sassy’s secret life as Peanut, while also learning interesting cat facts and figures. The book retails at local bookstores and online for $12.50.
To Community Concern 4 Cats, fur is never in fashion, but at their SFCatVidFest in Heather Farms last Saturday it was so hot that even the kitties would have preferred other attire. Still, they nearly doubled their expected attendance.
A first event for an unknown non-profit organization would be lucky to get 300-attendees. Though temperatures soared into the triple digits, CC4C attracted more than double that with a final count around 1000 people attending. After 26 years, the organization also gained a new level of recognition through free radio, social media, and newspaper promotion. They also found new high-level sponsors, brought together the arts community with animal rescue organizations, and best of all helped cats and kittens find their forever homes.
What made this possible was having acquired the internationally acclaimed Internet cat video phenomenon known as CatVidFest. At sunset, there was a packed ball field watching this hilarious 70 minute video on a large screen.
Laughter and cheering filled the warm night air, and it wasn’t just cat people enjoying the feline humor; young and old were in the audience, families sharing the end of summer through the humorous antics of our feline companions.
A young boy leaving the event was overheard saying, “Ok mom, that was definitely worth it.”
The CatVidFest is now on its world tour, and we look forward to seeing it back in the Bay Area again next year. The cat video obsession seems to have 9 lives!