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!
Family-friendly event to celebrate Art, Theater, and Cats
- Event Name: The Walker Art Center’s Internet Cat Video Festival
- Hosted By: Community Concern for Cats
- Date/Time: September 7th, 3-10pm. Film shows at sunset, approximately 8:00pm
- Location: Heather Farm Park, Walnut Creek, CA
- Cost: $10 for adults, $5 for children 4-12, free for 3 and under
- A raffle and a silent auction will be held throughout the afternoon!
Whether eating cheeseburgers, playing keyboard, or just being grumpy, cats are the stars of the Internet. In honor of our feline friends, Community Concern 4 Cats invites you to The Walker Art Center Internet Cat Video Festival. This internationally famous festival will be shown on a big screen at sunset. Starting at 3PM there will be music, art, children’s activities, food, beer, and wine. Bring a blanket or low chair for the show. Heather Farm Park, September 7th, 3-10pm.
The first Internet Cat Video Film Festival was premiered by The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN, on August 30, 2012. Thousands of the best cat videos were distilled from all over the Internet into 75 minutes of hilarity and over 9,000 people came from across the world, packing the museum lawn to enjoy the event. What began as a crowd-sourced social experiment at a leading art center, resulted in national and international media attention with a global audience.
Now, The Walker Art Center graciously presents the west coast premiere of the 2013 edition of the festival with Community Concern for Cats (CC4C) for their September 7th, 2013 screening at Heather Farm Park
CC4C will share this honor with numerous other local nonprofits and has invited over a dozen other animal rescue groups, as well as local artisans, theatrical performers, and musical groups. Celebrity cats such as Cat Blanchett, Meow Streep, Robert Redfur and Howley Berry will be there to be auditioned for a starring role in your home. Even the sponsors are getting into theme: have you ever seen a Catillac Cadillac?
Entertainment will include music from the band Late for Dinner and many other Northern California performers with cattitude. Great food will be available from local vendors, the Contra Costa Wine Growers Association will be pouring from numerous area wineries, and Pyramid Ale House will provide beer. Children’s activities will include projects by the Walnut Creek Civic Arts Center and the Bedford Gallery at the Dean Lesher Center.
Bring picnic blankets or low chairs for the field screening at sunset. Cat costumes (or Puuurda Gowns) are encouraged to participate in the parade and face painters are available!
For more information, contact event planner: Ann Fox email@example.com.
Our raffle prize, a unique personalized piece of art, the visual representation of any sound, expressing the moment where it hangs in the air, as a beautiful shape printed in rich color ready to be displayed. This image is the visual expression of a cat’s purr and meow.
Tickets will be sold at the event and the raffle prize drawing will be held before the premier of the feature film!
Late for Dinner and numerous other performers will be on stage for the day’s entertainment!
Laurel Burch, famous for her cat designs and who lived right here in the Bay Area, was a remarkable artist whose works are known and loved worldwide for the delights of her imagination, vivid colors and spirit that she brought to our world. We are thrilled and fortunate indeed that her wonderful daughter, Aarin Burch, will be bringing with her, some of Laurel’s fabulous artworks. We are so grateful to everyone at Laurel Burch Inspirations for adding her spirit to this exciting event.
The Laurel Burch inspiration set pieces will add an exciting design to our event.
Just a couple of the featured artists who are coming from fur and wide to be a part of this exciting event!
An Object Lesson in True Caring
Sixteen sad, sweet cats were waiting for help next to their now-vacant house.
All 16 of these once-beautiful Persian and Persian-mix cats were trying to survive outside. The elderly homeowner had been removed to a hospital and would not return. He had obviously been unable to care for them properly for quite some time. Neighbors had tried to help, but 16 is more than even the kindest neighbor can cope with for long. The County Social Services agency called CC4C to rescue these unfortunate cats that were now homeless, despite being longtime loved members of a family.
As each was brought in for veterinary care, the full scope of their need became apparent. They were older cats, ranging from 5 to 11 years. Some needed their coats completely shaved, revealing pathetically skinny bodies. Others only needed clumps of fur clipped to remove the biggest mats. Most had neglected teeth, requiring a number of extractions. One had a severe upper respiratory infection and skin condition that has needed weeks of treatment.
Thankfully, 10 of the 16 have been adopted. But this is a major project for a small group like CC4C. Can you please help? Veterinary expenses have totaled about $3500. Financial support would be gratefully appreciated. And please share this story with friends who love the Persian or Exotic Shorthair look. These soft, gentle seniors deserve to feel secure and loved again.
OUR CATS ARE PAMPERED FAMILY
Plan For Their Future Care Too
The homeless experience of these 16 cats is preventable. All it takes is some advance planning on the part of the people who love them.
We all consider our cats as family. We spare no expense to make them happy, safe, healthy and comfortable. But we should spend more – more time and thought to put in place the means to care for our cats if we are unable to, due to serious illness, hospitalization, residence in a care facility, or death.
Here are a few basic steps you can take now – and can pass along to other cat owners – to ensure your cat’s future:
- Put it in writing: Create a written record of your cat (or dog) including photo, description, food preferences, special treats and toys, favorite hiding places. Provide details about behavior that would help her adjust to a new environment (shy, dogs/no dogs, kids OK or what ages OK, etc.). Indicate the cat’s veterinarian, any medication or treatment received or receiving, including written permission to share their medical records. Note if the cat is microchipped, including the number and name of the monitoring agency.
- Get a commitment: Note the contact information of the friend or family member who has agreed to take in and care for the cat. Give him/her a copy of the written info above. Have a backup in place, in case it becomes impossible for that person to take the cat as planned.
- Formalize it: Include the plan for your cat in your will, perhaps with a reasonable bequest to the person taking the cat.
Complete this exercise for all your pets, and you’ll sleep better knowing someone will be there for them if you can’t.
Thanks for “being there” for CC4C over the years.
Your donations have helped us ensure a better future for hundreds of feral and homeless adoptable cats this year – and for years to come.
Community Concern for Cats joins
for FREE CAT ADOPTIONS!
Saturday, June 1, 12 noon – 5 pm
Sunday, June 2, 12 noon – 4 pm
Community Concern for Cats (CC4C) is participating in a gigantic weekend adoption event to find qualified homes for our many rescue cats and kittens. Free CC4C adoptions will be offered throughout the weekend at the following locations:
- Walnut Creek PETCO, 1301 S. California, Walnut Creek (Map)
- Pleasant Hill Pet Food Express, 2158 Contra Costa Blvd., Pleasant Hill (Map)
- Lafayette Pet Food Express, 3610 Mount Diablo Blvd., Lafayette (Map)
This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and we will be featuring cats of all ages—senior cats, adults, kittens, even special needs cats that are looking for a great home. The goal of Maddie’s Fund® is to find loving homes for every cat and dog in Alameda, Contra Costa, and San Francisco County’s shelters and rescue groups. The event marks the largest collaboration of animal shelters and rescue groups in the three counties coming together for a two-day pet adoption event. Maddie’s Fund has set aside $4 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 shelter animals, boost adoptions, and support the shelters and rescue organizations in the eight participating communities. The event honors the memory of the foundation’s namesake, a miniature schnauzer named Maddie.
* Maddie’s Fund will pay organizations $500 for each young and healthy animal, $1,000 for each adoption involving a dog or cat who is 7 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 7 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®
Maddie’s Fund® is a family foundation endowed by the founder of Workday® and PeopleSoft, Dave Duffield and his wife, Cheryl. 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 through Maddie’s® Grant Giving and Maddie’s Institute SM. Maddie’s Fund is named after the family’s beloved Miniature Schnauzer who passed away in 1997.
ADOPTION UPDATE – 74 CATS AND KITTENS ADOPTED!!!
CC4C adopted out 74 cats and kittens over the weekend thanks to Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days. We had a lot of kittens adopted, older kittens, some adults, some seniors, and even some special needs kittens. Thank you, Maddie’s Fund, for the $57,000 donation for the adoptions we did this weekend!
These poor kitties once had a good life but now have lost it all. Their elderly owner fell ill and was moved into a care facility in early April. Unfortunately, he made no provisions for his sixteen cats… and they were all booted from his house. They are very sweet and loving and have cute personalities and like each other. Knowing these housecats couldn’t survive on their own for long in the backyard, CC4C was asked to help with the situation.
As of May 6th, three have been adopted (two males and the female Himalayan). There are still 11 females and 2 males that need homes. All are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, combo tested (two tested FIVFeline Immunodeficiency Virus, FIV, is commonly known as Feline AIDS and is a lentivirus that affects domesticated housecats worldwide. FeLV and FIV are in the same biological family, and are sometimes mistaken for one another. However, the viruses differ in many ways. Although many of the diseases caused by FeLV and FIV are similar, the specific ways in which they are caused also differs.+), and given any other meds they need. Half are about 4 years old, the others are about 10-12 years old. Six of the older cats are having dental work done. And six require professional grooming due to severe matting. These cats are wonderful companions very sweet, a few are shy but they do come out for petting and brushing.
If you can help foster or are interested in adopting, please contact me! These sweet kitties need a new home urgently! Thank you to the Lamorinda Patch for posting for them! Thank you to several of our Facebook friends for sending in donations– the kitties thank you!
And a very BIG thank you to Dr. Laurie of Theater View Vet in Orinda– her assistance in this rescue operation has been invaluable!
There’s a wonderful website launched called Be the Change for Animals, or BTC4Animals.com about encouraging people to stand up and be a voice for the animal community. The website encourages bloggers to get more involved in improving the lives of animals, by getting involved in an animal cause, and blogging for change for them.
One of these bloggers who is doing just that is Savannah, whose blog can be found at Savannah’s Paw Tracks. In her blog she says, “I hope I Can Be The Change For Animals every day of my life.” Savannah has also started working with and supporting us at CC4C. Thank you Savannah for your support and mentioning us on your blog! In Savannah’s blog post she highlights the debate about feral cats killing wildlife. It’s a contentious debate with many recent articles published demonizing stray and feral cats for killing birds and other wildlife.
This is one reason why we at CC4C are such staunch advocates for always keeping cats indoors, and why we spend so much time trapping, spaying and neutering, and feeding stray and feral cats–to reduce their population and breeding. But killing them does not solve the problem. Killing one animal or species to save another animal is not rational thinking in this case, nor a moral solution. And killing them doesn’t make the problem go away. It’s only cruel, inhumane, and unethical. But a good trap-neuter-release policy presents a sound, humane solution, and when coupled with daily feeding, provides long-term care and support while reducing the potential cat population.
Love comes in all sizes — and when considering a cat to adopt, often the best things come in big packages. CC4C has an endearing collection of adult cats and older kittens, waiting anxiously to become the cat of someone’s dreams.
Sure, little kittens are cute, but they outgrow that phase quickly. With adults and older kittens, what you see is what you get. No surprises (well, not many. We are dealing with cats here, after all!) Real satisfaction comes when your cat is old enough to relate to you as a companion, not a chew toy or human cat climber.
CC4C has many warm armfuls of love that have been overlooked for months while the kittens bounced around our adoption sites. These cats have been passed by through no fault of their own — only because they weren’t little and cute. But kittenA young cat under 1 year of age. season is over (for a while). Now is the adults’ time to shine!
Is your ideal companion playful or peaceful? Lap-sitting and bed-snuggling? Decorative and independent? Sedentary, speedy, funny or fearless? Sleek or super-fluffy?
CC4C’s current stock of adults and older kittens is sure to include the right fit that will have you saying “yes to the cat!”
If you can’t adopt a cat yourself, you can help the waiting adults get the loving homes they deserve, in several ways:
Foster an adult or older kittenA young cat under 1 year of age. — or two — or encourage a friend or family member to do so. Some adults blossom better when away from the multiple cats in CC4C member homes.
Spread the word about the positives of adult cat adoption, and the excellent examples waiting at our adoption sites.
Financially support the expenses involved in spaying/neutering, vaccinating, testing, treating and healing these rescued cats — as well as the costs of our ongoing efforts to find and save the ones still out there looking for a second chance.
SAVE THE DATE! Sept 7, 2013 for our first-ever Internet Cat Video Film Festival!
Donate and buy goods at our well-stocked thrift store — Rescued Treasures – in its new, larger Walnut Creek location. Please visit our newly relocated thrift store:
1270 Newell Avenue, Walnut Creek (the San Miguel Center, one block east of Whole Foods), 925-937-3201
The proceeds from the clothes, furniture, collectibles and décor items you donate (or purchase) will increase our ability to help homeless cats.
Or, visit www.communityconcernforcats.org for photos and stories of some of the wonderful pets we have available.
Or, come to our weekend adoption sites at these locations:
- Lafayette Pet Food Express, Sat. & Sun., 12 – 4
- Pleasant Hill Pet Food Express, Sat. & Sun., 1 – 4
- Walnut Creek Petco, Sat. & Sun., 1 – 4
Thank you for your steadfast support of CC4C. We take seriously the confidence you show in our ability to prevent cat homelessness in Contra Costa County — as we have for more than 25 years. With your help, we’ve placed many thousands of cats and kittens in loving homes. And with your continued aid, we’ll help many thousands more in the years ahead.
P.O. Box 3795, Walnut Creek, CA 94598 (925) 938-CATS Tax I.D. 94-3037122
This article was published in the Lamorinda Weekly, on August 29, 2012
By Julie Schmoll
An adult cat waits for a new family at a recent adoption event KittenA young cat under 1 year of age. season is upon us once again, bringing an abundance of wiggly kittens vying for new homes. Sounds great, right?What could be so bad about kittens?
Maybe more than most of us realize.
Due to Lamorinda’s mild climate, kittens are born year-round and an un-spayed cat may have up to four litters of kittens a year, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ (ASPCA) website. The organization estimates the number of kittens an unspayed cat and her offspring could produce in seven years could reach more than 91 million.
Local rescue groups such as Community Concern for Cats (CC4C) focus on adoption and trap-neuter-return programs for feral cats to keep the population down. “Lamorinda is a dangerous place for kittens in the wild. Coyotes, hawks, owls and raccoons all prey upon them day and night,” says Moraga resident Candace Olsen, long time CC4C volunteer.
CC4C sometimes get dozens of calls to their hotline each week, says CC4C Board of Directors member Jennie Richards. “We usually get between three to ten calls a day. We never want to turn away cats in need, but we just don’t have enough people available to foster.”
Overcrowding in shelters sometimes results in adoptable pets being euthanized, but like many rescue
foundations, CC4C never euthanizes animals, except in extreme medical situations, says Richards. “When the cat is suffering and dying, there’s no question that it is the best thing to do.”
When kittens flood the shelters, older cats are overlooked in favor of the new kittens. “We are able to adopt out one adult cat a week,” says Richards. “Families just like to start new with kittens.”
Richards recommends becoming a foster family, or adopting a pet. “It’s a great way to help out if you aren’t ready or willing to make a 20-year commitment to a pet. It’s fun for the family to have a kittenA young cat under 1 year of age. or two in the home and it allows the cat to grow before being adopted. We try to pair people with a cat that fits their household’s needs. People with young children should get a slightly older kittenA young cat under 1 year of age. because they are less vulnerable and fragile,” Richards added.
“Many Lamorindans have adopted these homeless little ones,” says Olsen. “It’s fun to drive around Orinda, Moraga and Lafayette and remember: ‘An adopted cat lives there’ or ‘I placed two kittens in that home.’ It’s a great feeling to know I’ve helped turn around the lives of these animals and added a loving presence in these homes.”
The main way people can help is to spay and neuter their pets, says Richards.
Olsen says a situation in Orinda got out of control because one female cat was left un-spayed. “When we were called to help the yard was overrun with that female’s offspring: three adult females and ten kittens,” she says. “Community Concern for Cats trapped and fixed the adults and found homes for all the kittens.”
If you’re interested in adopting a cat or kittenA young cat under 1 year of age., the rescue holds adoptions in three locations every Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. at Petfood Express in Lafayette and Pleasant Hill, and at Petco in Walnut Creek, or you can contact the organization directly.
“I personally don’t mind people coming to visit a cat in my home,” says Richards. “Our number one goal is to find every cat a loving home.”
Copyright: Lamorinda Weekly, Moraga CA
Beginning November 3rd, our Lafayette adoption site will change their hours to 12-noon to 3pm on Saturdays & Sundays.