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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.

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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.”

The Final Results are in-2013 was our Best Year Yet!

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 info@kittenassociates.org

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Happy Holidays!

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.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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Honoring the Tragedy. Kitties for Kids Returns

Newtown, Conn. (December 1, 2013) – Kitten Associates, “The New Breed of Cat Rescue,” is a home foster-based non-profit cat rescue group located in Sandy Hook, Conn. In the wake of last December’s Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, Kitten Associates jumped into action, creating the program “Kitties for Kids,” a unique therapeutic play session with their rescue-kittens, designed to help soothe broken hearts. The program was a great success, garnering accolades from the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal and, most recently, highlighted as a feature article in the December 2013 issue of Cat Fancy magazine, a national publication.

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“We know our community will never truly heal from this tragedy and for that reason, beginning on the anniversary of the Sandy Hook Shooting and for two weeks following, we are re-opening our “Kitties for Kids” program for anyone who needs it.” says Kitten Associates Founder, President and Award-Winning cat blogger of CoveredinCatHair.com, Robin A.F. Olson. “Last year we were honored to witness the special healing power that simply petting a cat or watching them leap after a toy brings to young and old alike. For that reason, we decided to invite our fellow residents to return to our cat-filled home again.”

“Kitties for Kids” will run from December 14—28, 2013 from 1pm to 5pm (only closed on Christmas Day). Each kitten visit will last for 30 minutes, with the ability to request longer periods or repeat visits. To ensure the safety of both children and the cats, Kitten Associates can only allow children over the age of 4 to meet their foster cats and kittens. All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

After children visit with the kittens, and for younger kids aged 2-4 who can’t visit the live kitties, the organization will be giving each child a free plush kitty. Those particularly affected will receive a K.T. Cat, a super-soft, cuddly play and sleep mate designed to help children express their feelings. This educational plush toy will also remind them of the comfort of the real animals.

“We were humbled by seeing the joy return to the faces of the families who took part in our program and our kittens loved the attention. We knew that this first anniversary was going to be toughest, so we decided to re-open Kitties For Kids as a way of giving back to our community” says the group’s Vice President, Sam Moore. “We have a house full of kittens who love to play and purr. They are truly a cure for what ails an aching heart.”

“Though our primary mission is rescuing cats and kittens and placing them into loving homes, we’re going to take a break from that and focus on helping soften the pain of what will surely be a difficult time for everyone in Newtown.” Olson explains. “We want to be there for our community in any way we can.”

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For more information about the Kitten Associates, a 501c3 non-profit organization, visit their website at kittenassociates.org. To set up a visit, request a free plush for your child, or to make donation, interested parties should email Kitten Associates at info@kittenassociates.org or call 203-744-9CAT (9228). To learn more about K.T. Cat plush toys, visit http://www.ustimefun.com/kt-cat/ and to learn more about Cat Fancy, visit their web site http://www.catchannel.com/cat-fancy/

We're Featured in the Dec 2013 Issue of Cat Fancy!

We're thrilled, honored and delighted to let you know that our program, Kitties for Kids, has been featured in the December 2013 issue of Cat Fancy magazine, a national publication. This 4-page spread is thoughtfully written by Kellie Gormly and features photos from our special program designed to help heal wounded hearts here in Newtown, CT.

If you'd like to purchase a copy of the December 2013 issue of Cat Fancy, check your local retailers right now or visit Cat Fancy online. Be sure to check out their Cat Channel which has loads of helpful information about cats, their health and behavior issues. Oh, and don't forget to LIKE them on Facebook!

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Celebrate Howl-o-Ween with Kitten Associates!

Kitten Associates has just been invited to attend the Howl-O-Ween Spectacular at Choice Pet Supply on Saturday, October 26th from 11am to 3pm. Not only will some of the foster kittens be in attendance, but there will also be fun events for the whole family!

There will be Face Painting, a Costume Contest, FREE Cider and Donuts, but hopefully only friendly ghosts and goblins!

We hope you'll stop by to learn about all the kitties in our program who are looking for their forever homes or just come over to say hello! See you Saturday!

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Meet the Clementines!

One of our goals is to help local cats in need, but this time we just had to go beyond our borders and rescue six precious lives. These 8-week old orange (okay, one is buff colored) tabby kittens have been nicknamed the Clementines. These babies were going to be euthanized because the rural Kentucky shelter they were was overcrowded and had no choice unless a rescue could step forward.

We offered to grant a rescue group $200 to help with their care, hoping someone would step up, but a few days passed and time was "up." We decided that because we were blessed by having a new foster home open up that we could take this family on so we made arrangements to rescue this family.

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A few days ago we picked up the kittens. They were covered in fleas. When we got them home at 1am, we noticed that two had eye infections so the next day we took them to the vet for a check up.

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The kittens are getting the care they need, but because they're underweight we couldn't treat their fleas, other than by giving them a bath. We think the warm water really soothed them because they all fell asleep after getting cleaned up. They're eating well and playing. In a few days we'll have our Squee-TV 24/7 web cam set up in their room so you can watch their antics any time. Watch for a link on our web site or on our Facebook page.

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As with any rescue, we always appreciate donations of food, toys, litter or gift cards to keep the kittens happy. If you'd like to help, please visit our Amazon.com Wishlist or click the icon to the right and you can purchase whatever fits your budget or to make a donation to the Clementines you can click on the "DONATE" tab above or mail a check made out to "Kitten Associates" and send it to, P.O. Box 354, Newtown, CT 06470-0354.

Thank you!

Kitten Associates is the Honored Recipient of Two Donations!

Today Dogtime Media held their annual Pettie Awards Ceremony, which celebrates pet bloggers from around the globe. The winner of each category receives a $1000.00 donation they may give to any non-profit pet rescue of their choice.

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We are more than thrilled to honor the winners, our Founder & President, Robin A.F. Olson, for her blog post, “Dear Fred,” a love letter to an ailing foster kitten on his last day. Fred had FIP, a fatal disease, and passed away in May of this year. Robin will be donating her prize money to Kitten Associates.

Ingrid King, who writes The Conscious Cat blog, won Best Overall Pet blog and she, too, has offered Kitten Associates her $1000.00 donation!

Congratulations to the Winners and THANK YOU so much for the donations. It helps us keep our doors open and save more lives, like Biscotti & Pizzelle, pictured below who were rescued a few days ago.

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If you'd like to see a rebroadcast of the Awards Show, go HERE

MEET THE KITTENS of SQUEE-TV!

Meet our 9-week old kittens, the stars of our 24/7 webcam: Squee-TV! They'll be taking part in our BIG FUNDRAISER on TUESDAY 8/6 at Salon Michele, 6 Queen Street in Newtown, CT. The kittens will be visiting from 12-2pm so make sure you stop by to say hello and get a haircut to support a GREAT CAUSE!

Thanks to Patrick Lomantini and his team, from BarkAID, 100% of the proceeds will go to our cat rescue program! We'll also have yummy goodies from DOrazio Sisters Bakery and some cute cat-centric goodies for sale. Hope to see you there!

CALL 203-426-4247 TO BOOK AN APPOINTMENT. Walk-ins are also welcome!

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$20 HAIR-CUT-A-THON To Raise Money for KA!

SAVE THE DATE!

Mark your calendars and don't miss out on a GREAT WAY to help cats and kittens in need, while freshening up your own look! Patrick Lomantini, a Master Hairstylist and his team from BarkAid, will be making Kitten Associates his ONE CONNECTICUT stop on his 50 States Tour! Patrick will be joined by the talented staff at Salon Michele, to offer $20 haircuts on Tuesday, August 6th.

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100% of the proceeds goes to Kitten Associates!

So if it's time to get a Back-to-School haircut or you want to try a new style, this is your chance to save money and help us save more cats in need!

We're also going to have a Kitty Boutique of fun cat-centric items as well as face painting by JeriAnn! We may have some special goodies available, too, so DO STOP BY and say hello even if you're not ready for a haircut.

Stay tuned for more details!

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