Thursday, November 26, 2009
Good Morning and Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! We're expecting a houseful of dear friends, including three little ones just under two years. As much as I'm missing having kittens around, with all the activity , it's probably best we don't have them underfoot.
I have so much to be thankful for this year, and YOU are a the top of my list. You all are amazing, you're always here for us. I appreciate your support and thoughtfulness. I appreciate all the lovely things you say. I appreciate every single penny you generously gave to our fundraiser. I appreciate how you love our little kittens, Charlene , and Drewey, just like they're your own. I am so thankful you are a part of our lives.
I'm not the only one who appreciates you. All of the folks at the Humane Society do too, and Marguerite, the director of development, wanted me to pass this message along ...
Dear Itty Bitty Kitty Committee Community:
It’s been four months since Dog-A-Thon 2009, our annual fundraising walk for shelter dogs and cats. This was a special year for us here at the shelter, because we’ve never before had a group like you come together with such passion and enthusiasm to help homeless kitties.
It was inspiring and heartwarming for the shelter staff to visit IBKC every day and see the donations coming in from all over Washington, all over the country, and all over the world!
We want you to know that the collective efforts of the Itty Bitty Kitty Committee, which raised more than $23,000 altogether, has already made a difference in the lives of cats and kittens here at the Humane Society, and for that we are truly, and eternally grateful!
The Butterbean Quarantine, which the IBKC funds helped complete, officially began use October 1st. Cats brought in by their owners go there to be quarantined for three days, then vaccinated, spayed or neutered, and placed for adoption in either a lobby cage or at one of our pet store venues. Kittens are quarantined separately, and strays go to the original cat room, where they have more room and are less likely to become ill.
The hope was that more cats will be adopted if people are able to choose from a selection of healthy, acclimated cats and kittens who were already altered and vaccinated, and ready to go home right away.
So how is it working? Well, during the month of October, 53 more cats and kittens were adopted compared to September, reversing the usual fall decline in adoption!
We are excited about the new Butterbean room, and new cat adoption protocol. And we know we owe it all to you, wonderful IBKC community cat lovers! Thank you again so very much, from every single cat here at the shelter, and especially from every kitty whose life is being saved, and every family whose life is enriched by a cat adoption… all because of your generosity and compassion. THANK YOU!!!
Have a glorious day, everyone. I wish my table sat a squillion so I could have you all over for dinner.
We love you.
xoxo Laurie, Craig, Drewey and Charlene