We rely on members of our community to spread the word about the work we do at the Gifford Cat Shelter. Below are the special ways in which people have put in the time and effort to help. If you have a unique idea that you would like to share with us for please give us a holler!
Rescue Chocolate is “the sweetest way to save a life!” From each chocolate purchased, 100% of the net profits are donated to animal rescue organizations around the country. Gifford is a beneficiary of this program. To see current and past beneficiaries just click on the Who We Help link. They were founded in January 2010 and are headquartered in Brooklyn, NY.
The packaging of each vegan flavor of Rescue Chocolate sheds light on a different aspect of the current pet “overpopulation” epidemic. Not only are they interested in raising funds for rescues, but they want to get the word out about these oh-so-fixable issues! Check them out at www.rescuechocolate.com. (September 29, 2015)
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Author Lissa Warren Finds Warmth and Optimism at the Meow Mixer
Earlier this week, I visited Gifford Cat Shelter for the first time—to speak about my book at their “Meow Mixer.” I was a little apprehensive on my way over. To be honest, I was afraid the experience would leave me sad—that seeing so many abandoned cats would break my heart.
But I felt instantly cheered and welcomed at Gifford. And no wonder, because it’s an amazing place. Spend five minutes on their website, and you’ll see what I mean. On their “Meet Our Cats” page, they place the cats that need a little extra TLC—older cats, cats with medical needs—at the top, not the bottom. They make it clear that, when they have cats that have bonded, they find homes to which they can go together. They have a socialization program in place for cats who come to them with shyness issues. And they’re cage-less which, as you’ll see from their kitty cams, means their cats can roam freely and, well, just be cats.
That last point is super important. In addition to the fact that the cats are much happier out in the open where they can play, it’s much easier for prospective adoptees to get a feel for which cat would be right for them when they can observe the cat amusing itself with the plentiful scratching posts and toys, interacting with other cats, bird-watching from the windowsills, even going outside in the fenced-in backyard to bask in the sun and roll in the grass. You can tell who is high-energy and clever and who just likes to snuggle; who is confident and inquisitive, and who is tender and gentle. In short, you can tell who’d be right for you—who’d fit in your life and your home.
Rather than sad, I came away from my time at Gifford hopeful and optimistic. The cats are abandoned but not unwanted. They will find their families (in fact, three of them have in the three days since I’ve been there; yes, I’ve been glued to @GiffordCats for updates). In the meantime, thanks to a small number of hard-working staff members, dedicated board members, generous benefactors, and an army of cat-loving volunteers—many of whom I got to meet that night—they’re being well taken care of. Stacey, Rachel, George, Eric, Dinneen, and new Shelter Director Trisha—thank you for all you do for cats. I’m grateful people like you exist, and floored by how well you know the cats in your care.
I have lots of wonderful memories of my night at Gifford—of stunning and sturdy gray cat Smokey, who fills the room with his presence; of quiet gray and white Misty, who you could overlook but shouldn’t because she’s truly special; of Ginno with the striking looks, who will bat you with his paw until he gets your attention; of orange and white Sinatra with the beautiful voice and direct gaze; of big-boy Boris, who could use his size to bully but, instead, uses it to protect; of black cat Soda, who likes to be where the action is but is always a calm presence; of tolerant Savannah, who let me pet her for a really long time even though I interrupted her nap.
I could go on and on. Like the people who care for them, the cats at Gifford made an impression. Please take time to go and meet them. Please consider adopting.
Author of The Good Luck Cat: How a Cat Saved a Family, and a Family Saved a Cat
(June 13, 2015)
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Purrfect Travels: Supporting Gifford and Good Deeds for Cats
Purrfect Travels is a creatively narrated photography book of cattitude in many countries. Its mission is to bring visibility to organizations who do good deeds for cats including Gifford. Read more about their work at www.purrfecttravels.com. Like their page at www.Facebook.com/purrfecttravels to stay turned for how you and your family can participate in their photo contest which starts this Spring.(February 15, 2015)
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