Our Valentine hearts are back! This year they will be displayed on the plexiglass facing the main lounge. Each heart is $14 and you can write as much as you’d like on your heart. Our goal is 100 hearts! You can honor a cat (or cats) who is currently at the lounge; a cat (or cats) who has been adopted; your own cats (past and/or present); or any other cherished kitties in your life.
You can stop by the lounge in person or you can donate online and let us know what you’d like written on your heart(s). On the Donate page you can enter a custom amount ($14 per heart). When you check out there is a box for comments where you can let us know how to personalize your heart(s). You can also use Venmo (username is cassies-cats).
Adoptions: One more cat found their home since our last newsletter. Congratulations to Tofu! You can see all of the lucky adopted kitties on our Success Stories page. We have had 47 adoptions this year so far.
Featured Cat: Pepper is about 6 months old. She spent some time in a foster home where she warmed up to her foster mom, but the lounge has been overwhelming at times and she has had a harder time being appreciated by visitors. She presents as timid and cautious but we know once she’s finally home she’ll be a sweetheart to her chosen person. She rolls over for tummy rubs and purrs away! She plays with the other kittens and loves to cuddle with Spice and Sizzle.
You can learn more about Pepper and the other cats and kittens we’re housing at the lounge on our Available Cats page.
Fundraising and Events: Last month we launched our holiday market in our lobby shop for holiday shopping so please keep us in mind for unique and handmade gifts this year.
The lounge will have some modified hours as we look ahead to the holidays. We will have extended hours on Friday, December 22nd, from 10am – 5pm. We will be closed on Saturday and Sunday, December 23-24.
Adoptions have slowed down over the past few months which means income has also been a little bit lower. We are proud to care for the lounge cats as we would care for our very own and we hope you will consider Cassie’s Cats for a contribution. All donations are tax-deductible (Tax ID 84-4170318) and we are 100% volunteer-based. All money raised goes back to caring for the cats and maintaining their space.
It is because of generosity that we can help cats like Fabienne and Princess as well as underage kittens who need to be spayed/neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, dewormed, etc., and keep all of the lounge cats safe, healthy, and happy, too! Visits to the lounge help fund some of what we do but those visits don’t cover everything. Donations of food and litter also help; we use at least 200 pounds of cat litter every month and easily go through a case of wet kitten food every 4 days or so.
Every donation helps and we are grateful for the support and love from our community of cat lovers. If you would like to donate, please check out our Donate page.
We also have Amazon and Chewy wishlists for in-kind donations of food, litter, etc.
Can you believe it’s already November? The year is flying by! Here are some things that are going on at the lounge this month to help us raise money for the cats…
Kitty Town Coffee Fundraiser: We are again partnering with Kitty Town Coffee and selling coffee. We earn between $5-$6 on each bag sold! To see the cat along and place your order please visit this form. Note that orders must be picked up at the lounge in Ventura and that orders must be paid for in advance.
Gratitude Tree Leaves: We have a beautiful wrought iron tree in our lobby and are filling it up with leaves to express our gratitude this season. Leaves are $2 each and can be purchased in the lobby or online. If you would like to purchase online visit our Donate page, make your donation, and include in the notes what you would like us to write on your leaves.
Holiday Market: Once again we are expanding what we have for sale in our lobby shop to help raise additional funds. As you think about holiday shopping for friends, family, teachers, and so forth please keep us in mind for unique, often handmade, gifts. We have items for humans and pets. Your purchases help support our mission!
All month long we will be selling raffle tickets for 4 items: 2 handmade quilts made just for us, an automatic pet feeder plus a $25 Sailor & Friends gift certificate, and a set of wall-mounted scratchers. You can buy tickets online or in person at the lounge, and the items are all on display in our lobby.
On Saturday, October 21st, we are offering two sessions of our pumpkin painting fundraiser. We provide the supplies, you bring your creativity! You’ll have 90 minutes to paint, enjoy some fall-themed snacks, and, of course, enjoy the cats. Sign up online now to reserve your space.
Additionally, our cats will paint for you on October 21st! If you’ve ever wanted your very own PiCATsso piece of art now is your chance. You can see all of the details here and reserve your artist now. We will be limiting the number of paintings done that day out of respect for the cats and their workforce demands.
Finally, on Sunday, October 29th, our friend Denise will be in the lounge for tarot readings. You can receive a 15-minute reading for yourself or for one of your pets. This is a fun way to gain insight and clarity. No reservations are needed specifically for readings but they will be first come, first served so we do encourage reservations for your lounge visit. We will be open until 5pm that day as well to accommodate a few extra visits, and you can reserve time from 4-5pm with the reading donation included on our Events page. Readings will be done for a suggested donation of $8.