Monday, June 26, 2017

Bring on the Squillions!

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 Today's the day, friends! We're officially kicking off FUNdraising season!! Team Itty Bitty Kitty Committee, for the ninth consecutive year, is participating in Dog-A-Thon, The Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County's fundraising walk for homeless pets.

For those of you who are new to the blog, I think you're going to be surprised by how fun this fundraiser is. It's a really exciting time of year at the IBKC, and so many look forward to this event. During the next three weeks, we will all work very hard raising funds for our shelter, and we will have a great time doing it. We will talk about all of the positive and wonderful things our Humane Society is doing. You'll hear lots of feel-good stories about the cats we have helped.

We want to keep you entertained while we're pestering everyone for donations, so you'll see lots of extra posts and pictures during this stretch. We keep it all very light and try to make it as painless as possibles for all of you!

During this season, you'll see the whole IBKC community rise to support our shelter. You'll witness lots of very kind, generous, and caring kitty-loving people in action. You'll see some pretty magical moments. You'll cheer (and breath a huge sigh of relief) when we meet our many matching donation challenges. It will make you feel warm and fuzzy, and you might just even cry a few happy tears. I know I always do.

You'll see some tense moments -- it can be a nail-biter at times -- but I promise you that in the end, you will always feel uplifted. Seeing so much good can't be anything but positive. And gosh, with all that's going on in our World right now, don't we need a little more positive?

Even though this event is called "DOG"-A-Thon, because we're all about the cats and kittens around here, all of the money we raise goes directly towards helping our feline friends. EVERY single cent of it!

This money will help life-saving projects and programs -- like our foster program. It will help make shelter improvements for the cats. It will buy cuddly beds, toys, scratchers, litter boxes, and cubbies to help make a cat's stay at the shelter more comfortable. It will help reduce the cost of spay and neuter surgeries for pets of lower income families. It will help fill the shelves of the Emergency Pet Food Bank with cat food. It will help fix and vaccinate the feral and free-roaming cats in our community. It will help lost kitties get reunited with their owners. It will fill bellies with nutritious food. It will provide medical care for tiny kittens, adult, senior, and special need cats. It will help make cats healthier and happier while they wait to meet their forever families. It will help save lives. Many lives.

This year, I've set our goal at $100,000. It's a huge amount, but we've set this goal before and have exceeded it every time. It's going to take some hard work to get there, but I have a lot of faith in our community, and I know we can do it.

I just know we can!

In all of these years of fundraising, this little community of ours has donated over $750,000 to help homeless cats and kittens. Can you believe we did that? The Humane Society has put our donations to good use, and I've seen so many positive changes happen for the cats at the shelter because of our community. WE came together and provided them with the resources to make wonderful things happen. We've helped them help more cats. I am so proud of us!

So, what can we expect this season?

There's lots of great stuff on the calendar, and I'll be adding more as we go.We'll have lots of auctions this year. Once our current crew graduates, we'll bring in the next batch of babies and auction off the rights to name those kittens. I also have a very lovely cat-themed quilt that a couple of special people made just for this occasion -- I am so excited to reveal it! We'll be auctioning off some art and other cat-related items, too.

We will be auctioning off the always popular "Tea with the Bean" --- your opportunity to have lunch with us at IBKC headquarters and meet Charlene, Wylla, and kittens. The tea has been a huge success over the years, so of course, we'll do it again. Even if you don't toss your hat in the ring, it's exciting to watch the bidding frenzy!

We will be checking in on some of our IBKC grads, and I'll be posting lots of alumni updates, too!

Thanks to some very generous folks, we will have MANY awesome matching donation challenges to help us read our goal. There's still room on the schedule for more, so if you would like to offer up a match, please send me an email, and we can discuss the details.

We'll have days dedicated to some of your favorite programs and causes: The Senior Cat Medical Fund, Community Cats, Special Need Cats, The Emergency Pet Food Bank, the Foster Program and our Low-Cost Spay and Neuter program. It's a great way to give and have your money go  directly towards something you really care about.

The HS is using trying a new online fundraising platform for Dog-A-Thon, so things look a little bit different this year. The new platform is pretty straightforward and easy to navigate, so I don't think anyone will have issues. But if you do, please let me know. It doesn't have a few features the old system had, but I'm working hard with my techy husband to find ways to provide some of the things that are missing. The big thing is getting a "progress bar" up on the blog.  Hopefully, we'll get that resolved today! In the meantime, you can track our progress on the fundraising page --- maybe even "bookmark" it for your convenience, so it's easy to follow along.

Another thing that's a little different this year is that sadly, I won't be able to walk the Dog-A-Thon walk.  I've got a family wedding in Colorado happening that very same day, so I have to miss it the event.  I can't tell you how heartbroken I am over this -- it makes me so sad that I can't be there to celebrate our victory and the Humane Society, too.   I haven't broken the news to Wylla yet, who always joins us for the walk. I know she'll be disappointed and sad to let down her adoring fans. I am SO SORRY we can't be there.

Normally, we wrap up the fundraising the day before the Dog-A-Thon walk, but because of my traveling, we'll be ending it a couple of days earlier on Wednesday, July 19th.

We wanted to have a really awesome first day, so we're starting this show with a huge $5000 matching donation challenge. Our Awesome Anonymous Donor is back this year, and she will be matching every single dollar we donate today until we reach the $5000 cap.

I know it's a big challenge to meet on our very first day, but to hit our big goal, we're going to have to keep things going a pretty good clip. It's going to take big matches like this along the way to get us there!

Just in case you forgot how the matches work, here goes:

For every dollar we give, our Awesome Anonymous Donor will do the same until we hit the $5000 max. SO, if we're able to meet the match, our $5000 will turn into $10,000! Of course, even if we don't complete the match, our dollars will still be doubled, but when someone offers up a challenge, we hate to leave a single dollar on the table, so we work hard to max it out.

To jump in on this match, get your dollars doubled by our donor, and make a tax-deductible donation to our campaign, please visit our FUNdraising page. This matching donation challenge ends at 7:00 PM (Pacific Time) tonight.

Thank you Awesome Anonymous Donor for this very generous match to kick things off!

Our shelter has provided us with so many wonderful kittens over the years. These kittens have made us smile, they've brightened many days, they've warmed our hearts -- especially during these troubling times. Here's our chance to give something back - we can honor all those itty-bitty kitties and say "thanks" by supporting the organization that gave them their start in life - The Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County.

Thank you for listening, friends. It will be an exciting and emotional stretch, and I can hardly wait to see how much we can raise to improve the lives of our precious shelter cats and kittens. We appreciate every dollar you give! No matter what the size of the donation, it helps because when we put it all together, we make BIG things happen for our little friends.

100 Squillion! HERE WE COME!!

OK, I'll be back with lots more today! As I mentioned before, I post a lot during the FUNdriaser, so do stay close! We've got LOTS of cuteness coming your way!!!

THANK YOU for being here. Thank you for caring. We love you!!  Wheeeeeee!  Here we go!!!!!

OK, Robin! You've got the fist shift on the phones, are you ready?  Yoohooo, Robin, are you ready?

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Don't worry, blog land. I've got this. 

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Please click HERE to learn a little bit more about Dog-A-Thon and make your donation!

PS I know that not everyone is in a position to make a donation - you can always help by spreading the word! Sharing on Facebook, Twitter or via email doesn't cost a cent, and it helps tremendously! Thanks!!!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

The Moment the Tabbies got Tired

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This crew plays at 200%, then stops, drops, and naps.  This is the exact moment the tabbies got tired.  

"I can go no further, Emmet. I have hit the wall."


Saturday, June 24, 2017

Marvelous!

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I always try to give equal amounts of blog time to the kittens we're hosting, but since Maurice spent many of his early days dashing off or hiding in dark corners, it was tricky to catch him with the camera and get photos to share.

I'm so happy he's out and about so much more and gaining confidence.  I just love that seeing that handsome guy.  That chocolate face with those beautiful blue eyes are such a wonderful color combination, don't you think?


He's still hard to catch when he's in kitten crazy-pants mode, but when Maurice is settling down it's easy to scoop him up and give him love, which he willingly accepts now.  His body used to get so tense when I held him -- his ears would go down, his eyes got big, and he would clench every muscle in his tiny body. Those days have passed.

He purrs like crazy, too.  He's got a low, low rumble, and if he's napping on you, you can feel it to your core!  



Maurie, you are marvelous!


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Friday, June 23, 2017

Five Fellows and a Box

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Yesterday, I gave the Fellows the greatest gift they ever received -- an empty Le Croix box. It kept them busy for most of the morning, and you can see a clip of the fun HERE on Instagram.

Robin loved being inside the box and stayed in there until it was weakened by the weight of his siblings and collapsed on top of him.  He climbed out to safety, I fluffed to box back up, and he went back in again.

First in the box, then out, then on the box --- again, and again, and again. Kitten heads peeked out. Fuzzy paws reached through the holes to grab those passing by. A toy mouse joined them inside, and they all had a tussle with it.

Good fun.

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Once the box was completely flattened, they all moved on and found other things to do.  Like taking a roll with a catnip carrot.

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The big FUNdriaser will be kicking off on Monday!!  As you may remember, I post 7 days a week during the fundraiser, and I thought I might go ahead and start that tradition up early, so I'll be posting on the blog tomorrow and Sunday, too.  Please stop by and see what we're up to!

I'm getting close to the completion of the set, and once it's all done, I'll be sharing a preview. I did a few test photos last night with the boys see how the set colors work with their coloring and they all look marvelous on it!  I'm so excited to finish it up so they can start answering the phones!!

OK, have a great Friday! We'll see you all tomorrow!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Sweetness That is Seymour

Be still, my heart.

How precious is this sleeping Seymour in the gentle hands of our friend?

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He woke for a just a moment then fell asleep before he was able to complete a stretch.

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Sigh.  Sweet Seymour.




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