Love for Feral Kitties!

Hey guys. I know I’ve talked a lot on twitter about how Nikki and I volunteer with a feral cat group. I excitedly tell you about when we have good nights of trapping or how fulfilling it is to know the kitties won’t go hungry today because of you. We posted about our foster kitty, Mika, who finally got her wish – a forever home – on Christmas Eve. Well, we figured that while words are nice, video is even better! When Nikki & I went on our feeding rounds yesterday we brought a video camera and are thrilled to finally be able to share more of what we do with you. The feral cat group that we volunteer for is the Central Texas Feline Rescue. You can read more about them in our last post here. These videos will show you not only how we operate but will also introduce you to some very cute, very deserving kitties. Enjoy!

So are you ready to run out to your nearest feral cat group and sign up? I hope so! Feral cats and strays in general are so misunderstood. If more people would realize that managing feral & stray populations in a humane way such as TNR is not only the right thing to do but also more effective than just killing them, the world would be a better place. If you can ever spare a few nights a month to go trap or take an extra 5 minutes on your way to work to make sure cats don’t go hungry that day, then please contact your local TNR group today! I promise you, the first time you look into the eyes of those appreciative cats, you’ll be hooked for life!

Also, if you would like to help these particular kitties, please help us to win $1000 from the Maddie’s Corner contest. All you have to do is either follow @MaddiesCorner on twitter & then tell them that @RescueAnimals sent you or you can fan Maddie’s Corner on Facebook and post on their wall that Ashley Niels from @RescueAnimals sent you. Super easy, right? We’re such a small group that the money would go a LONG way! Right now, all the food that feeds the over 300 cats we manage, is bought purely by the volunteers, most of all from our group’s founder. We would be incredibly blessed to win this money and would be forever grateful to you! You can find more information about the contest in our last post as well.

Help Central Texas Feline Rescue Win $1000

Ash’s Post about the Contest

Hey guys! I’m trying to win $1000 for the feral group I volunteer for, Central Texas Feline Rescue. It’s a contest being run by Maddie’s Corner. All I have to do is send them the most twitter followers or Facebook fans between now & January 31st. CTFR is a small group run by maybe 20 different people. We’re a Trap-Neuter-Return-Manage (TNRM) group that operates in Central Texas, mainly Round Rock, Austin, Pflugerville & Wells Branch area. We feed roughly 300 cats all 365 days of the year. Since we’re so small, donations are slim to none so it all comes out of the volunteers’ pockets – most from our founder. It would be great to be able to ease the financial burden on the group. As well as feeding different colonies we also trap almost every Tuesday night. The cats we catch are then taken to the Austin Humane Society where they are spayed or neutered & given rabies shots. We then take them back & re-release them into the colonies. Of course, any cats that are strays versus feral, we take in to foster until we can adopt them out. Our foster, Mika, was one such cat.

Anyway, to help us win, you can either follow them on twitter & tell them we sent you or you can fan them on Facebook. Either way, let them know that @RescueAnimals sent you. The official rules can be found here:

So for instance, follow them on twitter & then tweet something like “@MaddiesCorner I’m following you because @RescueAnimals sent me over” or you can fan them on Facebook here & write pretty much the same on their fan page wall.

Thanks guys! The feral kitties appreciate your vote!

Nikki’s Post About the Contest

So, I have a favor to ask of you: there’s this group on Facebook called Maddie’s Corner (also found on twitter @MaddiesCorner), founded by Kristin Chenoweth (Galinda of Wicked, in tons of movies, was on American Idol tonight for those of you who don’t know her). They’re a pretty amazing organization that celebrates animals and the people who love animals. Well they’re holding a contest right now. The person who sends the most fans their way wins $1000 for any non-profit animal organization they want. We want that to be us.

Of course we want to try and get the money for the feral cat group that we volunteer for. It’s called Central Texas Feline Rescue and we’re a Trap-Neuter-Return group. We go out everyday, 365 days a year and feed the feral colonies that live in Austin and the Austin area. Almost every Tuesday we are out there trapping feral cats to have them spayed or neutered and given rabies shots before returning them to their colonies. We’re also an extremely small group, completely volunteer run. Most of everything we do comes out of our own pockets – our founder, Elizabeth spends the most to keep the group running. This year we TNR’d over 300 cats. Ash and I fostered a kitten we found on the streets and named her Mika. On Christmas Eve, she was adopted by some really wonderful people and they tell us she rules the household now. 🙂

$1000 would go far for this group. But we need your help. Here’s what you can do. Go to the Maddie’s Corner fanpage on Facebook and fan the group, or you can start following them on their twitter. Then post a comment/reply and tell them that Ashley Niels of @RescueAnimals sent you (Ash is in charge of the twitter account so they know her name). Make sure you add the RescueAnimals part since that’s the common name we’ve been using (on twitter and facebook). The more people the better so feel free to share this note.

Come on guys! With your help, we can win Central Texas Feline Rescue a much-needed $1000. They really deserve it. Thanks to everyone who helps us out! If you have any questions, please ask us and we’ll get back to you ASAP.

Help the kittens! =^..^=

New Years Resolutions

Hey all! I know, I know, we keep promising to keep up but since move we’ve done practically nothing. Lucky for us, it’s a brand new year! That’s right, we get a fresh start and we’re going to make the best of it! I’ve decided that on top of personal resolutions, I need to make some for I Love Rescue Animals as well. With your help, I know we can achieve all of them!

1. Keep Up With Organization and Shelter/Rescue of the Month spotlights
2. Post At Least Twice Per Month
3. Recruit At Least One Guest Writer Per Month
4. Start the “Rescue Animal of the Week” Section
5. Get Last Chance Pets twitter accounts for all 50 states!
6. Start a Facebook Fan Page for I Love Rescue Animals
7. Start the “Brody Fund” (this one may be the hardest…)
8. Collect Half the Shirts Needed For the 365 Days of Animal Advocacy Project

So there they are, my resolutions for Rescue Animals. Some of them seem small, others are bigger, but I’m hoping I (along with Nikki and all of you) can manage to keep them all. It’ll be a challenge but that’s always something I’m up for!

So what are your animal related resolutions? They can be personal or for your group/organization/rescue/whatever. I’d love to know the hopes and aspirations of the animal rescue community out there so let me know below! Maybe you’ll spark ideas for others!