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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

We really need extra volunteers for the next few weeks - can you help?

We really need extra volunteer help for the next few weeks. Can you help?

Specific needs are:
  •  Adoption center cleaners: Petsmart Capital Boulevard (Raleigh) the week of 12/12
  • Adoption center cleaners: Petsmart Morrsville the weeks of 12/5
  • Adoption center cleaners: Petsmart Morrsville the weeks of 12/12
  • Santa Paws Photo Fundraiser: Petsmart Knightdale on Sunday, 12/11 -- need Santa, photographer and Santa's helper
  • Santa Paws Photo Fundraiser:Petsmart Morrisville on Saturday, 12/17 -- need Santa, photographer and Santa's helper
  • Santa Paws Photo Fundraiser: Petsmart Capital Boulevard (Raleigh) on Sunday, 12/181 -- need Santa, photographer and Santa's helper
Please help if you can -- please sign up on the google docs spreadsheet. We'll use that through the end of the year and then publish the new volunteer software program starting January 1.

If you have questions, please email

THANK YOU, thank you, thank you! 
-Signed, I'm so busy I barely have time to blog about the rescue anymore as I'm currently working on our 2011 Annual Report, the 2012 Operating Budget, and a few other time sensitive rescue related items.  (I sure wish the paying job would just pay me and not expect me to work because I sure could use that time every day for rescue!!)

Monday, November 28, 2011

It's that time of year....Santa Paws Photo Fundraiser

Alley Cat and Angels is participating in PetSmart Charities’ Santa Paws Photos holiday fundraiser to help raise money for our rescue. Bring your family and/or furry four-legged children to one of the below events to have their picture taken with Santa Claus.

Alley Cats and Angels will receive $5 from each photo taken and purchased at the following Santa Paws events. Photos are $10 each and include a digital print and a frame. If you purchase two photos, we will email you the photo .jpg file.

Saturday and Sunday, December 10, 11, 17, and 18
11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Petsmart Capital Boulevard Raleigh (corner of Capital Blvd. & Millbrook Rd.)
2800 Millbrook Road, Raleigh, NC

Sunday, December 10
11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Petsmart Knightdale
220 Hinton Oaks Boulevard, Knightdale, NC

Saturday, December 17
11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Petsmart Morrisville (corner of Cary Pkwy. & Chapel Hill Rd./Highway 54)
3101 Market Center Drive, Morrisville, NC

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Adoption Update

Once again, so busy that I'm behind on posting adoptions.  I'm trying to get caught up on all the paperwork for our spay/neuter assistance program that I'm so behind on (I need to know how many we've done are male, female, pregnant, etc.).  I'm wishing for a data entry volunteer for Christmas!  :-)

We had five adoptions on the weekend of November 19/20: Mona and Izod (together), Veta, Iggy, and Merlin.However, Iggy was returned a couple of days later but it was for his safety as the family dog turned out to be cat aggressive.  Iggy is such a fantastic kitten with the best personality that he'll be adopted again soon, we're sure.

We took a very rare week off from being in the adoption centers and doing adoption events so we could all enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday and also have a much deserved break so there were no adoptions this weekend. 

We move into the Petsmart Knightdale adoption center through Saturday with just an adoption event on Saturday.  We're moving out a day early (Saturday instead of Sunday), as we are having our first annual Volunteer Appreciation Party on Sunday, December 4th. 

Bones had his leg amputated and is recovering well. He's a little pill!  It won't be too long before he's available for adoption.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Adoption Update

A wonderful adoption weekend. Seven adoptions this weekend; the following cats and kittens were adopted: Kupe and Zoya (together), Khloe, Van, Sunflower, Tallulah Rose, and Miracle!

What a wonderful start to the holiday season - seven kitties getting adopted. Congratulations to the cats and their adoptive families.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Godspeed Cinderella

It is with a very heavy and broken heart and a tear stained face that I give the update on Cinderella. She went downhill very fast, she was put to sleep by Dr. Jon not too long ago. She was agonal and went from ok to clearly suffering. We are sending her body for a necropsy.

My heart has a piece missing now. I got my hopes up so high when she did so well Friday and Saturday - and even scaled the bathtub to get out of it Friday, and with no back feet. 

This is what the adorable cutie looked like Friday.

Adoption update

Adoptions are slowing down some from what they were a month ago, but we are thankful for the adoptions we've had recently.  Below are the adoptins from the past couple of weekends since I'm behind....
  • O'Neil
  • Percy
  • Webster
  • Tutti Fruity
  • Panthro
  • Peter Brady and Twinkleclaws together (they adoptive family is a previous adopter but is in the process of moving so these two are hanging out at their foster mom's house for another week or so)
  • Charlie Chaplin

More members added to the "Wonky Legged Kitty Club"

It is truly the year of the deformed legs:
  • Light Willow originally thought to have been hit by a car had a deformed back leg that had to be amputated
  • Jamie is the kitten with two deformed front legs, but he gets around really well and is totally unstoppable.  The surgeons and specialists have said there is nothing we can do.  But hope his growth has been stunted some because he's fine now but the concern is how his legs will do as he gets bigger.  This boy is the most adorable kitten ever!!  Check out our Facebook page to see pictures and videos of him.
  • Bones, a little white kitten about 11 weeks old who wandered into an Operation Catnip trap but is friendly and had a hurt leg.  He actually does not have a radius on his front right leg and it will have to be amputated once he's over his URI.

And now two more with deformed legs. (Kupe's leg was not deformed, it was amputated because his previous owners let him go outside and he was attacked by something.) We took in six kittens today and of them, two have deformed legs (birth defects). They all have a 10AM appointment at Magnolia tomorrow to get checked out. The kitten with stumps for both back legs is extremely thin but does well with supplemental feedings. Some of the cats are polydactyl. Alexis came by a little bit ago and took some pictures and shot some video and it is posted on our Facebook page.

  • Prince Charming: black and white tuxedo, male, regular toes all 4 paws
  • Pinnochio: white and brown tabby (lots of white), male, polydactyl on all 4 paws, not quite short hair, not quite medium
  • Ariel: black and white "tux-a-cow" lots of white (chin, neck, chest, belly), regular toes and feet, female,
  • Snow White: long haired black, regular toes and feet, but she's a manx!
  • Rumplestilskin:gray/brown tabby with some white, polydactyl on 3 paws, very short stump of a back leg on the other - holds it way up when walking, put it down for balance some.  The vet has recommended it be amputated.
  • Cinderella: medium haired gray/brown tabby with white, polydactyl on both front fee, no foot on one back leg and a stump of a leg on the other. She's extremely emaciated nothing but bones probably wasn't able to make it to the food before everyone else ate it.

Cinderella with stumps for both back legs needs some serious prayers. She is so emaciated but she does well with supplemental feedings.  She's so adorable. But honestly, it wouldn't matter if she were super ugly, we'd still love her!  Two vets said we need to consider euthanasia but I'm not ready for that.  She was doing well over the weekend but late yesterday (Sunday, 10/6), she is now a bit lethargic and not eating as well.  We're headed to the vet again. 

Yard Sale Update

A huge thank you to everyone that helped with the (as Marie put it) Yard Sale Part 2: Electric Boogaloo over the weekend. We sold most of the larger ticket items the first weekend but we made $829.40 Saturday. 

The yard sale/bake sale total from both weekends (Oct. 29 and Nov. 5) is $3,248.75.

Thank you to everyone that helped me our fall yardsale(s) a success.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

URGENT need for foster homes

  • Six 8-week old kittens left in a box on a vet clinic’s doorstep (litter can be split up)
  • Two 12-week old friendly kittens living in a feral colony
  • Three adult cats living outside after their owner moved and cruelly abandoned them (can be split up into several foster homes)
  • Two small 5-6 week old kittens born to a feral mom living in a box on a neighbor’s porch
  • One 8-week old kitten who only wants to snuggle but is currently living outside
  • Two sweet young kittens living in an old barn with feral cats

These are just a few of the many cats and kittens on our wait list that we can help if we had more foster homes. But without foster homes, we cannot take in these cats. It's getting cold outside, we want so much to bring them inside to safety and warmth. If you have a spare room (even a large bathroom), you can help save a life. Even if you do not have a spare room, we need foster homes for cats that have already completed their intake quarantine period and all medical.

Fostering for Alley Cats and Angels is a great experience. We provide all the medical attention and medications; we do not skimp on medical care – the fact that our cats received such great medical care is why so many people adopt from Alley Cats and Angels. We can provide litter boxes and toys. We can even help provide food and litter (if you provide the food and litter, it is considered an in-kind donation and is tax deductible). Alley Cats and Angels foster coordinators can always be reached via email or cell phone for any of our foster homes.

  We have adoption events every weekend, and space in three separate Petsmart adoption centers monthly (Knightdale, Capital Boulevard Raleigh, and the new Morrisville store). All cats get a rotation in the adoption center and we request that cats be made available for at least two events per month (three is optimal). Foster homes do not have to attend the adoption events with their fosters, but if you do it’s a great opportunity to talk about your foster to potential adopters.

Please considering fostering for Alley Cats and Angels today. If you’re worried that you’ll become too attached to your fosters, we also always need short-term foster homes to provide coverage during foster home vacations, etc.

Alley Cats and Angels is not your typical cat rescue….we are a rescue with a personal touch.


Please email if you are interested in fostering.