Saturday, July 23, 2016

Today's the Day We Walk the Walk!!

The day has come! Today we walk the walk!

I dusted off the signs and Wylla's tote is packed. Kittens have been fed, boxes scooped, I just need to get myself ready to go, then we will head over to Ft Steilacoom Park in Lakewood.

If anyone cares to join us on the walk, we are meeting by  the Dog-A-Thon team check-in tent at 9:30 AM.  We'll be easy to spot -- just look for the only cat in the sea of dogs!  And look for our signs, too!


It's an exciting day -- something I look forward to all year long.  Thank you for giving us a reason for walking proud today!

Love, love, love you all!

Friday, July 22, 2016

More Thanks.

It's been long couple of weeks here. Just as long for you, too. I can't tell you how much I appreciate you sticking around while I pushed hard and asked for so much. Our timeline was just so much shorter this year -- only 12 days long --  the only way to get to the goal was to go at that pace.

We didn't have breathing room between the big days, so I know it must have just felt like two solid weeks of  non-stop pressure. I appreciate you being here, and responding so generously.

I hope I didn't push too hard.  

It's just that I've seen so many positive changes for cats and kittens at our shelter because of the money that we raise -- huge changes.   When you give the shelter's forward-thinking and hard-working staff the resources to put new programs into motion and improve upon old ones,  big things happen fast.  

Every year, intake numbers are going down, and they're able to do more for the senior and the special need cats.  They're going into the community and addressing the needs of ferals and free-roaming cats, too. They've even at the point where they can reach out to other cities and states to help other rescues when they are beyond capacity.  We played a huge part in all this -- I hope you feel proud.  

Thank you, dear Itty Bitty Kitty Committee Community, for being so caring and supportive and for putting so many good projects and programs into motion because of you generosity!

Many more thanks yous to come over the next few days! There are some special individuals that I need to thank. I also need to gush on this fine group a little more.  


If you're in/near Tacoma tomorrow,  Dog-A-Thon runs from 9 AM to 2 PM at Ft Steilacoom Park in Lakewood, Wa.  We plan to gather near the Humane Society's  Dog-A-Thon check-in tent at 9:30 and will begin our walk from there. Look for Wylla and the dorks waving the kitty signs.  

We hope you can join us!

and good night.

Sleep well knowing you helped make a difference.

Kitten Mission Accomplished!

OH MY GOODNESS!  We did it!!  Our last big match was met, I threw Cynthia's match money into the kitty, and we just rolled past the $100,000 mark!


It's funny, but this is my 8th FUNdraiser now, and I always know the end is coming and at some point we're going to roll past our goal, but I am never prepared for it.  It always hits me right in the gut and I cry the hardest, happiest tears you can ever imagine.  And then I call a bunch of my friends who are criers, and we cry more happy tears together.

Thanks for the good cries, dear ones.

Your generosity is inspiring. Your hearts are as big as they come. Your love for all the cats and kittens is vast.

I AM FAR FROM DONE THANKING YOU.  I just had to let you know that our kitten mission was accomplished!

Now, I've got to make some more calls, high-five some kittens, high-six some kittens, kiss my patient husband, hug Charlene and Wylla, and get some coffee. I HAVEN'T HAD ANY COFFEE YET TODAY!

NOW,  kick your feet up everyone and relax. You've been working hard. Maybe fall asleep on a deep, shag rug with a tiny magazine.


How does that sound, Tegan?  You earned a nap. WE ALL DID.

I'll be back soon.   Until then, just think about how special you are.  Meditate on the goodness of this group.  Feel all of this kindness.

Huge hugs all around!

Spud and his Bud

All sorts of wiggling and waving  going on!


We've got $1028 left to meet in our match, so we'll rolling it over soon!  Maybe it will be your donation that will take us over the top!!

LIVE from the IBKC FUNdraising Headquarters: Kitten Competition

We have a friendly wager going on here.


The kitten that takes the most donations over the phone during this telethon gets first dibs on every freshly scooped litter box for a whole week.

And all of the fuzzy mice in the entire world.


So far, it's a tie.

This next call will put me over the top. That's all it takes. just one call.


 Because we're all currently tied at "zero".



We're getting close!!  $2113 is all that remains in our very last match of the FUNdraiser.   Click HERE to make your donation and get your dollars doubled by Cynthia's awesome matching donation challenge!!

And don't forget, if you would like to support a specific fund, like the Foster Program, Spay and Neuter Programs, Barn Cats and Back Yard Buddies, Senior Cats or Special Need Cats,  please let us know in the comment section when your make your donation!

WE'RE GETTING THERE! Thanks to all of you!!  xoxoo  ALMOST DONE!


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