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Our President to Speak at Cat Camp NYC!

“After fostering over 500 cats and kittens, one can imagine I have lots of heartwarming stories about their rescue to share.” says Kitten Associates Founder, President and Award-Winning cat blogger of CoveredinCatHair.com, Robin A.F. Olson. “That’s why I’ll be heading up a roundtable storytelling session about some of our favorite rescues.”

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Cat Camp is March 11-12 at the Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street New York, NY 10011, from 11 AM to 7 PM each day. It will bring cat lovers together under one roof to celebrate all things cat and to discuss some of the most important and challenging problems facing cats today. Exhibitors will hail from around the country and there will be several adoption events and fairs taking place throughout the weekend.

There will also be special presentations including a keynote message by The Cat Daddy, Jackson Galaxy (My Cat from Hell and the Jackson Galaxy Foundation); Lil Bub (with a presentation by Bub and Mike Bridavsky); NYC Feral Cat Initiative; Kate Benjamin (Hauspanther); and other notable personalities.

“There are thousands of cat rescues, but few ever write such moving stories as featured on Robin’s blog. It’s a huge thrill for her to be included in such a group of cat-centric celebs.” says the group’s Vice President, Sam Moore. “This is a fun-filled event for any cat lover of any age.”

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©2012 Robin AF Olson. Fred.

 

“This is a great opportunity to inspire and educate people to join our rescue community and I’m incredibly honored to take part.” Olson explains. “I’m also a bit nervous, but my goal is to focus on stories about cats like Fred, who was the Mascot of our Kitties for Kids program, which helped local kids find their smiles after the tragedy here in Newtown; and about Chester, the 21-year old cat I located at the very last minute, after he’d been missing for nearly a week. I warn attendees to have tissues available when they hear some of these stories, but only to dry happy-tears.”

 

For full info on tickets visit the Cat Camp website.

Be Part of Our Rescue Mission: The Feral50.

Kitten Associates was founded to help cats and kittens who are in dire situations, like high-kill shelters on "death row" or facing a tough life on the streets. We're a small organization but we always help cats and people however we can.

Two weeks ago we learned that there was a huge feral cat colony in neighboring Waterbury, CT. There were estimates of it ranging from 43 to over 60 cats. It's winter and we're taking our first "break" from rescue in six years, but with this news we decided not to relax and hope someone else would help these cats.

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©2017 Robin AF Olson. Waterbury1 is now recovering from surgery to remove all of her infected teeth.

We've teamed up with a number of rescues, trappers and other volunteers to help raise funds, trap cats, get injured or sick ones treatment, get them ALL spayed/neutered, and relocate friendly or young cats into rescues to find forever homes.

It's an unbelievably complicated, difficult process run by people who have never worked together before. Everyone is working very hard but we can't do this without the financial support of our community.

 

To date we have already TNR'd (Trap, neutered, returned), 10 cats. Of those 10, 1, nicknamed Waterbury1, was so sick with a horrific gum infection, that she was near death when we rescued her. She got the care she needed and is being adopted into a loving home. Some of the cats appear to be abandoned strays, and others, who are truly feral, will be returned or we will carefully relocate them to barn homes. Every cat will be tended to, vetted and as many as possible will be placed into rescue to find a loving forever home if that's what is best for them.

 

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©2017 Robin AF Olson. Just some of the many Feral50 cats.

What we need:

• Help transporting cats from Waterbury, CT to Stratford, CT to get their vetting done. (on as needed basis)

• Someone strong with a van or pickup truck that can make one trip to deliver feral cat shelters from Newtown, CT to Waterbury, CT (one trip only)

FUNDS to provide Spay/Neuter can be directed to Nutmeg Clinic. Please add a note with your donation that the funds go to "Kitten Associates/Feral50"

FUNDS to provide VET CARE beyond simple spays/neuters. Some cats have upper respiratory tract infections. One has a limp that needs tending to and others may have worse injuries or illness. We just raised $1400 for Waterbury1, but we have nothing left for any other cats who need help.

Use the "DONATE TODAY" button on the right side of our main page or visit our DONATE PAGE. Either way please add a note "Feral50" with your donation so we'll direct the funds appropriately.

You can also mail a check to: Kitten Associates, P.O. Box 354, Newtown, CT 06470-0354 Put a note on the check "Feral50".

Kitten Associates is a 501c3 non-profit so your donation is tax deductible.

If you want to be part of this rescue mission, please contact us at info@kittenassociates.org. THANK YOU!

UPDATE: 2/7/17 to date we have trapped 32 cats. Some were very sick and are getting care. A few are friendly and we're finding homes for those kitties. We still have a long way to go and still are in dire need of help to move two feral shelters from Newtown, CT to Waterbury (just one trip with a pickup). We also need funds and help transporting trapped cats to Nutmeg Clinic in Stratford, CT from either Waterbury or possibly Newtown. Please contact us at the email addrss above if you'd like to be part of our rescue mission! 

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Happy Holidays!

We wish you all a loved, joyful, delightful holiday season.

Thank you to everyone who has volunteered, adopted and donated (or all three) to our 100% volunteer, home-foster network, cat and kitten rescue. We couldn't save lives without each and every one of you doing your part and for that we're very grateful.

 

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For the first time since we opened in 2010, and after giving up our holiday each year, to help our community heal after the tragedy in our town, we've decided that this year we need to take time for ourselves to rest and renew our love for what we do.

 

With that in mind, we will be CLOSED from Friday, December 23, 2016 to January 1, 2017. We will NOT be responding to e-mails or calls during that time. Of course, if you've adopted from us and have any behavioral difficulties or other non-life-threatening issues with your cat, you can always reach us. Any vet-related emergency, as always, please contact your vet or local emergency vet hospital directly.

 

Any adoption inquiries will be handled after the first of the New Year.

Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to saving more lives in 2017!

Saving Sweet Annie

Annie may be one of the sweetest, cutest kittens we've ever rescued, but now she needs your help. Two months ago Annie had to have emergency surgery to repair an intussusception, which is a life-threatening blockage of the intestinal tract. Annie did really well post-surgery and we thought all we had to do was focus on finding her, and her brother, Andy, their forever home.

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But something wasn't quite right with Annie. She was low energy, though she ate well and didn't show any outward signs of illness. Just to be sure, we took Annie to the Vet to find out she is both anemic and has high white blood cells, which means there is some sort of infectious process going on.

Annie requires a lot more vet care and most urgently, an ultrasound of her abdomen to find out if this problem is related to her surgery or something entirely different.

 

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Regardless of what it is, we are committed to making sure Annie gets the care she needs, but we can't do that without YOU. We are 100% Volunteer organization and run entirely by donations from people like you.

 

 

Please consider making a gift to help our little calico by using the "DONATE TODAY" button to the right side of the page. Your gift will do directly to Annie's Fund and anything over our urgent need will be set aside for anything else she or her foster kittens buddies might need.

 

You can also share your love using these quick links:

To donate $5: https://www.paypal.me/kittenassociates/5

To donate $10: https://www.paypal.me/kittenassociates/10

To donate $25: https://www.paypal.me/kittenassociates/25

To donate whatever you wish: https://www.paypal.me/kittenassociates/

Our goal is to raise $1500 by Thursday, Dec 15th. Every dollar counts and if you can't provide a donation, please consider sharing Annie's story. That helps, too.

To mail a check, make it out to: Kitten Associates, P.O. Box 354, Newtown, CT 06470-0354

Your gift is tax deductible. Kitten Associates is a 501c3 non-profit. Our EIN Tax ID is 27-3597692. Thank you for helping Annie!

If you have any questions about Annie or any of our foster cats and kittens, just contact us at info@kittenassociates.org

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#GivingTuesday • Help Us Stay Afloat!

Join us as we celebrate the global phenomenon that brings people together to support their favorite charities. It's called #GivingTuesday and TODAY IS THE DAY!

 

Help us stay afloat with a tax deductible gift so we can continue our life-saving efforts. To date, we've saved over 400 cats and kittens and ensured our foster kitties get the best homes possible. We never get a day off, but we love what we do. The problem is we can't keep our doors open if we don't have funds to provide food, vet care, and more to our foster cats.

 

Join us with a donation. Just click the DONATE TODAY button to the right or use one of this quick links:

To donate $5: https://www.paypal.me/kittenassociates/5

To donate $10: https://www.paypal.me/kittenassociates/10

To donate $25: https://www.paypal.me/kittenassociates/25

To donate whatever you wish: https://www.paypal.me/kittenassociates/

To mail a check, make it out to: Kitten Associates, P.O. Box 354, Newtown, CT 06470-0354

Rather keep our cats fed? We are in DIRE need of cat food (again!) Pop over to our wishlist (or use the button on the right) and choose anything you like. We love cat food!

Thank you for being part of our rescue family!

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Now We Are Six

When we opened Kitten Associates in 2010, we had no idea that one day we'd be able to say that our little rescue has helped save over 400 lives, most of them, the most fragile of all-kittens.

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We haven't had a day off, taken a vacation or had a quiet home since. It's a lot of work to keep the doors open and to keep bellies full, but somehow with the grace, compassion and love of our many supporters, it all comes together.

 

Helping people is also a big part of what we do. We've recently opened our Cat Behavior Counseling service to help keep cats with behavior issues from losing their homes. Through our certified Counselor, we can provide answers to those tough questions of why our cats do what they do (especially when they do "it" on the rug instead of in the litter pan). It's a free service and if you need help you can contact us at info@kittenassociates.org

 

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©2016 Robin AF Olson. Mr Peabody, Slinky and his sister, Beanie were in a kill shelter, but today they love life in the safety of their foster home at K.A.

We also aid other rescues or people who have fallen on hard times provide for their cat's care. While our resources are limited, we always do our best to find a solution, including getting help for 22 unsprayed cats in one home.

This year we expanded our foster home network so we can do more. Our hope is that one day soon to be able to make over our very worn down foster room. We want to turn it into an enriched environment that's easier to maintain and can hold more kittens, safely. We hope you'll stay tuned for more news about our foster room makeover and take part in making our next dream come true. SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER (to the right) so you don't miss a thing!

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©2016 Robin AF Olson. Emma, just 3 years old, learns how to be gentle with foster kitten, Mr Peabody.

 

To our foster families, our volunteers, our adopters, and donors: THANK YOU for being part of our life-saving team. What we do is truly a team effort and for that we are most grateful.

 

To our next 400 rescues...we're coming for you!

Robin AF Olson, President & Founder, Kitten Associates

Two Kittens, Twenty-One Toes!

Born on April Fools Day 2016, Annie Jones & her brother, Andy aren't joking about their massive paws. They each have 21 total toes! Most cats only have 18. Having extra toes is called, Polydactyl. We call it CUTE! ANdy paws
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Annie and Andy are available for adoption RIGHT NOW so hurry and put in your adoption application because these two cuties are going to get adopted fast. They're friendly, confident, affectionate, playful, curious and adorable. They've even lived with and bossed around two big dogs!

 

We realize it's asking a lot, but we're determined to find ONE home for BOTH kittens. If you're an approved adopter, we'll drop their adoption fee to just $200 for BOTH kittens. They're fully vetted, have their vaccinations done, and have been spayed, neutered and microchipped.

 

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If you'd like to apply to adopt these kittens just fill out our Pre-Adoption Application HERE.

14 Kittens...and Counting!

These cuties, Aunt Bee and Mrs. Beasley are just two of the 14 kittens we've rescued in the past week! We are in DIRE need of funds to provide for these sweet babies as well as FOOD FOOD FOOD (okay, and FOOD).

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©2016 Robin AF Olson. New arrivals Aunt Bee (right) and Mrs Beasyley (left) are settling in to their new foster home after being rescued from a Kill Shelter.

 

If you'd like to help keep bellies full click on our Amazon.com Wishlist or make a donation by clicking the DONATE TODAY button to the right. You can also share your gift HERE. We also need gift cards for Target to purchase cleaning supplies and other items for the kitties.

 

You can also send us your donation via mail at Kitten Associates, P.O. Box 354, Newtown, CT 06470-0354.

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©2016 Robin AF Olson. Doodles, Toodles, Noodles and Oodles McFarland who were born under a house in a area where it often floods. Now they're safe, along with their mom, Izzy, and loving life with our foster family!

 

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©2016 Robin AF Olson. Noodles McFarland our super-model!

Meet our Newest Family & Help Us Name the Kittens!

Izzy was thrown away by her family and left to fend for herself. Pregnant, with no safe place to give birth, Izzy frantically clawed at a wooden grate until she cleared it away to access the underside of a family's home. At least it was away from the tidal marsh that was prone to flooding and filled with predators. Maybe her kittens wouldn't drown right away, but how long would they all survive?

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Thanks to the kindness of the family who found her and our friends at Animals in Distress for trapping Izzy and gathering up her kittens, when we were called in to help we jumped at the chance. Now Izzy and her 4, 4-week old kittens need you to make their rescue dreams fully realized.

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We're hoping to raise funds to cover Vet care and food costs for both Izzy and her growing family. Since the kittens don't have names yet, we thought it would be fun for every $10 donation towards their care, YOU CAN GIVE US YOUR NAME SUGGESTIONS! We'll choose our favorites from the list and maybe one of them will be yours?

Rescue takes a community where we all do our part. I hope you'll be able to share your love for this little family, who would have perished if someone didn't step up and say YES, I'll help.

 

I hope you'll step up and say YES, I'll help, too, by making a DONATION TODAY or by choosing any items you like from our Amazon WishList. That way you can share a special gift for our kittens to enjoy.

 

Thank you for sharing our passion and love for cats and kittens!

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Come see us at the Cat Show!

Freya & I have been invited to be special guests of the Cat Fanciers' Federation Cat Show in Auburn, MA!
Details below. Hope to see you all this weekend! http://www.socialweb.net/Events/199663.lasso

 

 

Cat Fanciers' Federation allbreed cat show -- theme: "Peace, Love, & Cats". Mixed-breed household pets will be judged on Saturday and Sunday along with purebred cats including the Abyssinian, Ragdoll, Persian, Maine Coon, Scottish Fold, Exotic Shorthair, and some newer breeds such as the Napoleon cat. Several animal rescue groups will be there with adoptable cats. Take a chance on our raffle tables, and buy some locally made crafts. Meet Robin A.F. Olson, award-winning author of the blog "Covered in Cat Hair" and founder of Kitten Associates cat rescue in Connecticut, with her special feline guest and Facebook favorite, Freya (https://www.facebook.com/forFreya). Robin will also be a guest judge for our Household Pet class.

 

 


More Information:
Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/1542785276017032/
E-mail: m.j.towler@gmail.com 
Entered by: Melissa Jean Towler (eeyore@wpi.edu)

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