Sandy Hook Elementary Student Adopts Her First Kitties from Kitten Associates & Gives Us a Big Surprise!
Hanna Reps, an 8-yr old student at Sandy Hook Elementary School, recently had her dream come true when her parents, Steven & Hilary Reps surprised her by adopting a mama-cat and her offspring from Kitten Associates.
“Hanna had been asking for a kitten for the past two years.” says Steven Reps. “My wife and I hadn’t planned on adding a cat to our family, but we realized nothing would be better than to make our daughter’s dreams come true. We knew we wanted to adopt a kitten locally, instead of buying one from a pet shop, so we were happy to find Kitten Associates.”
Kitten Associates Founder and President, Robin A.F. Olson, along with her Vice President, Sam Moore, personally delivered the cats to Hanna’s family. Hanna, only knowing she was getting a cat named Mochachino, was shocked to see Mocha’s son, a little gray and white kitten named, Pizzelle, pop out of the cat carrier moments later.
“For the weeks prior to the adoption, we just told Hanna that she’s getting ‘a cat.’ She was totally surprised when she realized she got not one, but two cats.” says Hilary Reps.
Hanna has spent the last few weeks feeding, playing and snuggling with her new family members. As her 8th birthday arrived, Hanna realized the best gift she could get was not one for her. So she asked her friends to bring, instead of presents, donations of food, cat toys and funds to help Kitten Associates continue their life-saving efforts for cats in need.
“Many parents who dropped off their kids for the party provided very positive feedback on this idea. I know many of them will do something similar when their children have birthday parties.” says Steven Reps.
“This adoption was one of the most poignant and meaningful we’ve ever done. It was an honor to be able to be there the moment Hanna saw her cats for the first time.” said Moore. “For her to choose to spend her birthday helping our rescue shows great maturity and compassion for one so young.”
“Steven and Hilary lead by example, showing their daughter how important it is to give back, by volunteering for our local elementary school and now helping us. When they arrived at our home with their arms filled with gifts and food for our foster cats, I couldn’t help but be deeply moved.” Olson explains. “After spending time with her, it was easy to see that Hanna already has what it takes to be a GREAT “cat-mom,” too. She reminds us how one person can make a positive impact on the lives of others and for that reason everyone here at Kitten Associates is truly grateful.”
In 2012 we helped save 60 lives, which for a rescue as young as ours is a pretty good feat. We worked really hard in 2013 to try to reach, at least 75 cats saved. Between our efforts on social networking and increasing the size of our foster home network, we were able to save not 75 cats, but blow way past our goal!
In 2013 we helped save the lives of 94 cats in need!
Not only did we save lives, we helped OTHER rescues raise funds for their cats in need. We also consulted with other rescues on how they can leverage their resources better and with the use of savvy social media marketing, how they can improve their donations and the number of their rescues!
Kitten Associates was founded on the idea that although we can't save every animal who needs us, that we will always do what we can to help other rescues do their job better so collectively we can save more lives.
We hope you'll consider helping keep our rescue efforts going with a donation to our General Fund. We'll use it to buy food, litter, toys and Vet care, to ensure our foster cats are healthy. We can't keep our doors open without your help. Simply visit our DONATE page for your donation options. You can even let us know you'd like to donate in someone's honor for a birthday or anniversary gift and we'll send them a personalized thank you card! If you have any questions, just contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
To all our cherished adopters, friends, volunteers, Vets and rescue-associates: We wish you ALL a safe, happy, love-filled Holiday. We couldn't do our life-saving work without your support and as we approach the end of our third year in business we can say it's been the best, with the most rescues, to date. Stay tuned for our end of the year wrap up!
Until then, we hope you'll enjoy seeing our special holiday image featuring our once teenie-weenie kittens, Lil' Gracey & Confetti Joe, who are both hoping Santa brings them a forever home soon! You can see all our cats available for adoption by following this LINK.