Monday, July 23, 2012

From our Friends at the Humane Society



Dear Itty Bitty Kitty Committee Community:

How can we begin to tell you how amazing you are?! Your compassion and generosity has filled us with awe, and has been an inspiration to all the volunteers, staff, adopters, visitors… everyone!

You can’t imagine what it means to have funding that is just for cats – to give them what they need to find a loving home. It is big. We know that cats need special treatment if they are to thrive, and find homes. They need to be housed in small numbers, in large enclosures. They need thick beds, a place to hide, and a place to perch. They need natural light, good food, affection, and respect. They need to be taken to businesses and pet supply stores, where they can snare innocent shoppers with their charm. If they are very young, they need to be nurtured in a foster home. If they are very old, they need blood work, dental cleaning, and special care. If they are injured, they need treatment or surgery. And because of you, they can get what they need.

 At this very moment:

Five week old Stash is in the Kitten Room, gobbling canned food. Purchased by you.

Ten year old Zoe is eating dry food – because she can. Her teeth were cleaned and an infected molar removed. She feels great now. Because of you.

Tony is splayed on the ledge of his cage, flipping his tail lazily and purring. You provided that cage. In Butterbean Quarantine,

Wally is tilting his face toward the skylight, waiting to be taken to PetSmart, where he will find the perfect owner. You built that room. You are providing the transportation.

 The Petunia Louise Community Cat Room is being cleaned, because all those cats were adopted on Saturday. Six more are waiting to enter. You created that space.

There is no better feeling than seeing a frightened, hungry, stressed cat start to relax, and purr, and ask to be petted. And then leave the shelter with a loving new owner. 

Your generosity makes that happen.

You see the magic that Laurie works with her foster kittens. And here at the shelter, hundreds more are helped every day. Because of you.

So thank you! Even though it isn’t adequate. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

 - The staff and volunteers at the Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County

42 comments:

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    1. Me too! Wiping them away at work.

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  2. Dang it, it's not fair making me tear up on a Monday!

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  3. I'm with Ruth. Shoulda worn the waterproof mascara today!

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  4. Aw, geeeez, make me cry, go on.

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  5. Dear Humane Society,
    You definitely squeezed a tear right out of me.
    Love, Mr. Whiskers

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  6. What a lovely thank you letter! It's great to have a concrete idea of the way in which our donations help those kitties we love so dearly.

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  7. "They need to be taken to businesses and pet supply stores, where they can snare innocent shoppers with their charm."

    One of my kitties was a humane society kitten who I spied at a pet store and I literally waited for over an hour for another adoption to be finalised, just so I could cuddle him and apply to adopt him. I'm so thankful that some of our money helps more cats get homes this way.

    So many wonderful happy tears :)

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  8. I just cried. I wish more animal shelters were as amazing as this one.

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    1. This shelter is amazing, it is. But I think that the financial support that they get from this yearly fundraiser is one of the things that allows them to do amazing things, things that other shelters may have thought of doing but may or may not have the resources to do.

      I think that supporting local shelters with money and/or manpower allows them to do amazing things, too.

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  9. YEAH!!! Mom is kinda choked up now....

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  10. Oh my goodness, happy tears all around! So amazing.

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  11. Now I'm crying... :)

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  12. I can't see because my glasses are fogged up because I'm crying so hard.

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  13. That was awfully nice. *snerfle* Anybody have a hanky?

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  14. I'm with the rest, sitting here with a tear or two. But happy, happy tears!

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  15. I am thankful for IBKC, Tacoma Humane Society and kleenex.

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  16. Happy tears here too.
    So glad the kitties are being well cared for until they find their forever homes

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  17. Kodiak and Kenai's momJuly 23, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    O.K., NOW I'm crying.

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  18. Oh for crying out loud - WHO IS CUTTING ONIONS IN HERE?!

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  19. Ok, crying in the middle of an audit!

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  20. Isn't this why we do what we do? I'm off to volunteer. Thanks, gang!

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  21. That is the nicest, most well written and thoughtful thank you note ever!....

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  22. ...and yes, my eyes are "leaking" too.

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  23. You deserve a medal! Or a raise! ;)

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  24. Damn all these onions!!!

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  25. Now I really do have tears. That was a lovely letter. What a wonderful place the Humane shelter is. *hugs* to all of them, and especially to the kitties, from my three boy cats.

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  26. Yep, joined the "crying at work brigade". But now I challenge ourselves to make the same dollar donation we made to Laurie to our local shelter, Hunmane Society or other. I did.

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    1. Me too. I highly recommend it :)

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    2. Great idea. I contribute monthly to my local humane society and volunteer/do walk-a-thons for my local cat rescue. :)

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  27. Happy tears too, too often the cats and kittens don't get the attention they deserve...the stories of the kitties that we helped at the Humane Society are inspiring. I will take up the challenge above from SAM. I already volunteer at an AWESOME kitty shelter (Furkids in ATL, GA ;=) but I will be making a donation to our transportation fundraiser too! This is the best site on the internet, bar none!!

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  28. Oh, this is so wonderful! Thank you for sharing, Laurie!

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  29. "They need to be taken to businesses and pet supply stores, where they can snare innocent shoppers with their charm."

    I'm giggling & tearing up at the same time.

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  30. This post gave me a serious happy cry. Hugs to you all!

    xoxo,
    Isa

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  31. Thank YOU for caring so much about the kitties, and for making our donations go so far to help so many. You guys are the real heroes!

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  32. More happy tears! God, I love visting the IBKC every day.

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  33. Awww now I'm bawling again.
    Thank you for letting us know. And THANK YOU for caring for all these angels day in and day out.

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