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Save the Date!

Monday, Nov. 14 is going to be a great night — and great way to help homeless animals in our area.  Enjoy a gourmet dinner, silent auction,Tricky Tray, 50/50 raffle and more, all at Seasons. Get your tickets now!

Get Smitten with Our Kittens!

Saturday, August 6th and August 20th

Noon to 3:00 pm

Westwood Community Center

55 Jefferson Avenue, Westwood

Meet kittens of all sizes and colors, adults, and “Budda” the long-haired Dachshund.  Come and adopt LOVE!

 

Fostering=FANTASTIC!

You can make a HUGE difference!  Fostering an animal is a simple, direct way to impact the world in a positive way.  C.A.T.S. makes it easy:  we supply the food, medical and anything else you need.  All you have to do is open a room in your home to an animal desperately in need.  The fosters we’ve worked with over the years will tell you that it’s one of the best experiences they’ve ever had.  Contact us at care4strays@optonline.net to learn more.

Kittens Are Here!

We have so many adorable, sweet kittens available for loving, forever homes.  They are all being lovingly cared for in private foster homes, being socialized to make perfect family pets.  If any of our babies catch your eye, our first step is to fill out our online application.  Someone from our group will be in touch right after we get the app — but if you have any questions in the meantime, call our shop at (201) 666-5444 or email us at care4strays@optonline.net.

 

Dash

Dash’s owner had to surrender him, after she was diagnosed with cancer.  He was NOT happy. For months, our foster volunteers worked to understand his aggression, knowing that a sweet boy lurked beneath his unpredictable behavior.  He was a tough case, but we didn’t give up, and finally, we broke through. Dash is now enjoying life with his new family.  He’s found his happiness — and we have too!

Molly

Sweet Molly was moved from pillar to post in her short life.  This loving girl just couldn’t catch a break, being returned to the shelter more than once (because of the adopters, not her). Finally, a woman who had recently lost her kitty companion saw her profile.  The two met and it was love at first sight.  Molly is now enjoying a warm “forever” home and giving her new “mom” lots of love.  The two couldn’t be happier — and neither can we!

Ernest and Daphne

Someone tried to throw these kittens away – literally.  But one of our volunteers heard some pathetic mewing and rescued them, in the nick of time.  After some time spent recuperating and being introduced to other cats (and a dog), Ernest and Daphne found a wonderful new home.  The family had lost one of their beloved cats, and the resident cat was sad.  These two little ones brought her back to life and all three are having a wonderful life together.  She’s taken to them like a mom.  Yay!

Beverly and Spencer

These two little buttons were found in a box, taken in by CATS and given lots of love and care.  After a few months in foster care, a young couple eager to add two fur-babies to their home met them and fell in love.  The couple had never owned cats before, but our trained volunteers walked them through every step, showing them how to trim nails, the best kinds of toys and how kittens love boxes (see the photo).  Beverly and Spencer are now treasured members of the family, having converted two more to being “cat people.”

Raiden

Raiden was picked up off the street by a kind woman who took pity on this tiny, abandoned kitten.  He got wonderful medical care from C.A.T.S. and lots of love in his foster home. Recently, he was adopted by a woman who had lost her cat of many years.  Her husband said she was so depressed, but once Raiden came into their lives, she regained her smile.  This wonderful little man is enjoying big sunny windows, lots of playtime and belly rubs!

C.A.T.S. Marks 20 Years Saving Animals!

Twenty years ago, I took on a mission that would change my life: on March 29, 1995 Caring About The Strays (C.A.T.S.), Inc. was registered as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.  Now, two decades later, I proudly reflect on what C.A.T.S has become!

Looking back, there have been so many high points: thousands of animal rescues and adoptions (including a horse named Tommy). The Resale Shop has grown, helping support our mission. I was honored by an award from the SPCA. And of course, there have been the hundreds of educational and fundraising events which have made C.A.T.S. an organization that changes lives – quite literally.  Naturally, there have been some sad times as well, such as the passing of many key volunteers (who were also dear friends), as well as some very special animals.

The last 20 years have been filled with many challenges,  but C.A.T.S.’ greatest triumph has been our transformation from a small volunteer rescue into a growing animal welfare resource. With our tireless volunteers and year-round resale shop, we’ve become a second chance at life.

In our early years, we quickly saw the need to involve more volunteers with special skills – from medical knowledge to retail experience to web builders –and that has become our strength. Our skilled, dedicated and compassionate volunteers have allowed us to increase our presence in the community, and demonstrate our love for homeless animals in many practical ways. Working with each of you has been a distinct honor.

I thank all of the board members, legal representatives, veterinarians, and hospital staff, sponsors, adopters, and the wonderful volunteers I’ve been privileged to work shoulder-to-shoulder with: each of you have played a significant part in our achievements. You’ve given your time and knowledge so freely, and have been financially generous as well.

There’s no doubt that, without our dedicated supporters and friends, we would not have been able to stay on this mission. Every donation, no matter the size, has made an impact. I do regret that I have not always adequately shown each of you how much your generosity has meant to our work. There are just not enough hours in some days to fit in all that I want to do for the organization. Also, the kind notes you have sent me over the years with expressions of gratitude and encouragement have served to recharge me. I appreciate all your words and support very much.

Together we do make a difference, and I hope to head into our third decade with your support. Our next goal is a new facility, something that can improve our ability to reach a larger population of abused, abandoned, injured and homeless animals.  And –as we have proven in the past 20 years– with a strong circle of support and a good deal of initiative, anything is possible.

Lastly, to our thousands of rescued animals: I thank them the most for their loyalty, appreciation, and willingness to continue to give unconditional love despite the many hardships they’ve faced.

From the bottom of my heart (and on behalf of our animals’ hearts), thank you for helping the C.A.T.S. rescue organization these past 20 years! With your ongoing support, we will continue our mission of animal rescue, welfare, and raising awareness far into the future.

Sincerely and gratefully,

Lynn Cancro