Saturday, July 11, 2015

Half-Million There We Go!

When I woke up this morning and checked our Firstgiving page, our all-time fundraising total was just a few hundred dollars shy of the half-million mark. I came down stairs, fed the big cats, and went   to check in on the kittens, feed them their breakfast, and tidy up their quarters.  And while I was in there, a $352 donation from a cat named Lily Marie pushed us over the top!  

If you heard some screams coming from the north end of Tacoma around 6:28 AM - that was me. At the very moment I was processing all of this, several fire trucks drove down a nearby street with sirens blaring. I imagined that these sounds would be followed by balloons dropping, confetti flying, and soon Charlene and Wylla would appear and hand me a giant check for a half-million dollars.  Of course this didn't happen, but it was a nice visual to accompany my glee.    

When I first signed up to do this fundraiser, it really was just on a whim. I received the Dog-A-Thon brochure in the mail one day and decided it might be fun to give it a try.  Here we are, seven years later, and this lovely and awesome community that surrounds the IBKC has generously given a half-million dollars to improve the lives of homeless cats and kittens in Tacoma, Washington.     

I see first-hand this money put to good use. Changes are happening and things truly are improving.  Our shelter cats are healthier, happier, lower in numbers, and adopted faster. This is all a result of the acts of you caring, generous folks. I hope you know how special you are and you understand how much you mean to me. 

Thank you for having such huge hearts and for helping us reach this milestone.  

You all are the BEST. 



  1. What an absolutely AMAZING!!!! milestone to have met! And, this community couldn't have done it without you taking that first step, and putting so much work into coordinating this each year. Treat yo' self - you've earned it!

  2. Congratulations, Laurie! You are such an example of what people can do if they have the love and commitment. I call it the power of one person-one cause. It spreads to become the power of the supportive many, but still stays the one cause. And it works magic! So here we go toward the next half a million- and that is exciting for all of us. Thank you for giving us so much fun and such a great website to brighten our mornings! You are a very special person.

  3. Proof positive of the good work you do! Congratulations!

  4. Congratulations on reaching this milestone! You're doing such great things!

  5. Congratulations to you and to your contributors! It requires vision on both ends, but your efforts to start the organization are so very admirable and worthwhile. On behalf of all cat lovers, thank you!!



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