Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – October 17, 2016

Bow-Tie posing with a cardHi Friends,

I’m special. Did you know that?

Well, someone knows.

Look what I got in the mail.

It says, “Someone as special as you…”

See? I told you I’m special.




Bow-Tie reading his cardThe inside says, “…should have a purr-fectly Happy Halloween.”








Bow-Tie feels specialHalloween?

That isn’t so special.

It’s what was written in the card that makes it so special.







The writing on the inside said,

“Here is a small gift for your Friends Like Me Fund.
Hopefully it will help in small way for all those in need.
I enjoy reading your weekly Bow-Tie Bulletin.
Always gives me something to think about and smile.
Have a good week.”

Signed, “Mike and the Kitties.”


Bow-Tie with his cardIsn’t that sweet?

It really touched my heart.

There is no small gift, because everything counts and everything helps.

I’m not really special, it’s the Friends Like Me Fund that is special.

My special friends need it so much.



So, I give a great big special Thank You to Mike and the Kitties.

And to everyone who cares about special needs cats.

Way to go!

Bow-Tie high fives

High Five to Mike and the Kitties!

With my thanks and my love.

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Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – October 10, 2016

Dear Everyone,

There is always something going on over here.

Usually I’m in the business of promoting special needs cats.

But, this week something kind of special happened.

We got a house guest I didn’t see coming (pun intended, which you will get later.)

Meet Madeline.

Bow-Tie has a house guest

Yes, Madeline is a dog.

Yes, Madeline is giving me a kiss.

Madeline isn’t just any dog.

She is being trained and will grow up to be a guide dog for the blind.

It’s our job to teach her here for 14 months.

When she leaves us she will have a very important life ahead of her.


Madeline and Annie SullivanIn the meantime, she is here and quickly found her favorite feline.

Was it me? No. It’s Annie Sullivan.

Annie Sullivan loved her immediately, and they played continually.






Paw-cleaning in progressAnnie has already taught Madeline how to clean her paws.

Madeline caught onto that one quickly.

I ask you, how sweet is it that a blind cat is training a seeing eye dog?






Bow-Tie instructs the childrenSince Annie was set on being the trainer…

…I lined them up and told them I would be watching their every move.







Madeline and Annie SullivanNothing gets by me.

No matter where they are, I’m watching from afar.







Annie Sullivan pats Madeline on the noseMadeline is very sweet with Annie.

Annie always thanks her with a soft pat on the nose.







Madeline brought a toy for Annie SullivanThis is a lesson for all of us.

Annie has physical limitations, but there are no limitations on love.

Annie is able to express herself, share, and love without eyes.






Madeline watches over Annie SullivanSee, love comes in all shapes and sizes.

And four-legged fur creatures express it the best.

Until next week.


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Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – October 3, 2016

Hi Everyone!

I was out and about town this week.

Courage went with me just for fun.

Bow-Tie and Courage in the car.We get to ride in the front seat, because we’re both such good passengers.

Pets are supposed to be secured in cages or carriers.

But we are very good, we drove very slow, and we only had to go a few blocks.

Anyway, who could put us in a cage when we’re so cute and just sitting here so good?


We went to our favorite little pet supply here in town just to say hi.

They like it when we come in, because there are no other cats who visit.

Only drooly dogs visit.

We’re unique.


Bow-Tie in pet storeAs soon as we got there, I made a beeline for the cat department.

There are plenty of products in here for cats, but not what I’m looking for.







Bow-Tie spotted somethingWait… what’s over there?

Something really attracted my attention.







Bow-Tie found a balloonThere it is up close and purrsonal.

I don’t even know what that is, but it made my bow tie flip over.







Bow-Tie takes a closer lookLet me get a closer look…

…that is just completely fascinating!







Bow-Tie saw something interestingWait!

Now, what’s that over there???







Bow-Tie helped himself to some treatsI reached up on the shelf and pulled some treats down by myself.

I was so fast there is no picture as evidence.







Bow-Tie opened the packageThe package was easy to rip open, so I did.

(We’ll have to buy this one now.)







Bow-Tie found toonaIt’s pure tuna and it’s made in the USA.








Bow-Tie found a spot to restI relaxed while Courage paid for the purchase.








Courage can't readShe paid in treats.

She couldn’t see the sign she’s standing on.

It says, “Do not put pets on the counter top food is placed here.”

But blind girls don’t read.

And pretty girls do whatever they want to.

See you next week!

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Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – September 26, 2016

Bow-Tie has a boxHello up there!

I’m speaking to you from a new location this week.








Bow-Tie looks out of his boxI put myself in here for a reason.

It’s important that you know what’s important to a cat.

After food, water, litter, and vetting, we have simple needs.

We can do a lot of things with a simple cardboard box.





Bow-Tie closes his boxFor instance, if things get scary…

…we can pull the lid up and hide.








Bow-Tie brought a toy into the boxWe can bring our toys into the box for added fun.








Bow-Tie tries to bite the boxWe can attack the box and bite it.

However, with no teeth it isn’t that effective.

Gumming cardboard isn’t much fun.







Courage visits the boxWe can invite friends over for companionship.

The hairy ones sure take up a lot of room, though.

Smaller ones fit better in these limited accommodations.






Annie Sullivan visits the boxThat’s a much better fit.

Plenty of room left for me with this one.







Bow-Tie might be doing something naughtyWe can do all kinds of things in boxes.

I am not doing what it looks like I’m doing!







Bow-Tie is embarrassedThe fact that you would even think that about me is completely embarrassing.








Bow-Tie is extremely cuteI can’t even make eye contact any more.

Please don’t think I did anything bad.

I love my box.






Bow-Tie waves bye-byeBye bye until next week!

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Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – September 19, 2016

Bow-Tie with a clockHi Everybody,

Time for Bow-Tie’s blog!

You knew that already.

You know why else I have this clock?

Because this is the countdown to the Giving Challenge!







Bow-Tie waits for the Giving ChallengeKnow why it’s set to 12 o’clock?

Because the Giving Challenge starts at noon on Tuesday the 20th and ends at noon on Wednesday the 21st.

That’s when you call in or log in and give your donation.







Bow-Tie has 25 dollars to giveWhy do I have $25 here?

Because if you give a minimum of $25 and you gave last year, Cat Depot will get $50!

If you did not give last year and you give $25, Cat Depot will get $75!

That’s double and triple your money, and it all goes to the cats!


Money is a human thing.

It’s up to you if you want to donate, but if you do, this is a purrfect time to do it!

Let me tell you from purrsonal experience what those dollars mean to me:


This is Hunter.


Hunter was less than a year old, alone, scared, and dying outside.

A lady found him and took him to Cat Depot.

He had neurological problems that were hard to control, and he was failing fast.

Cat Depot’s medical team worked hard to stabilize him and finally did.

The price was he has a permanent wobble to his walk, but yes, he can now walk.

He can run, play, and even climb stairs.

A wonderful man from California flew all the way to Cat Depot to adopt him!

Hunter is now a Valley Boy, living a wonderful life on the other side of the country.


This is Sidney.


Sidney was the longest term resident at Cat Depot.

She was there two years.

People came, people went, cats came, cats went.

Sidney watched it all and thought no one would ever want her.

I posted her picture and story on my Facebook page (Bow-Tie and Friends.)

She captivated the heart of a man way up in Chicago!

Cat Depot approved the adoption and used donated miles to fly her to Chicago.

Of course she had a purrsonal escort; no baggage compartment for Miss Sidney.

Sidney now lives large (no pun intended because of her size) in Chicago.


This is Blueberry.


Blueberry has very limited sight.

She was born in a feral colony, living in the attic of a hoarder’s home.

She had no chance to ever get out of that environment, because she cannot see well enough to navigate.

She would have died up there.

Blueberry was part of the Community Cat program at Cat Depot.

This team goes into feral cat environments, traps the cats, and vaccinates them.

Cat Depot keeps the cats that are able to be domesticated and adopted, and finds them homes.

The true feral cats are returned to their colony, now unable to produce more unwanted kittens.

Blueberry could not be released because of her eye sight.

She was terrified and hid under blankets while she was at Cat Depot.

She came to live with me, and I got her out of her shell.

Now we love to run and play together, and Blueberry is very happy.


This is Annie Sullivan.

Annie Sullivan

Little Annie Sullivan was born without eyes.

She was found as a tiny kitten all alone under a trailer.

More than likely her mother left her to die since she could not keep up with the family.

A lady found her and took her to Cat Depot.

Cat Depot’s medical team examined her, determined her eyes were not painful, and would be fine.

She is obviously blind, but doesn’t know it.

She went into a foster home until she was old enough to spay and be adopted.

Guess who has Annie Sullivan now?


I love my little Annie Sullivan, and she loves me.

I’m bringing her up to be a confident, playful, and loving little girl.


These stories are purrsonal to me.

I know these cats.

I am a cat.

And I know the good work Cat Depot does for us.

To them, it’s all about us.


So when I talk about money, it’s not because I care about money.

Frankly, I don’t even have pockets for change.

But I do care about the cats.

And so does Cat Depot.


Bow-Tie is hopeful for the Giving ChallengeI know you care about cats.

If you have a heart to give during the Giving Challenge, your money will be doubled or tripled for us.

Oh, on Tuesday the 20th, there will be a Cat’s Pajama Party at Cat Depot!

If you live in the area, come by and sleep with the cats!

The party is on!


Thanks everybody.

I love you!

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Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – September 12, 2016

Bow-Tie with his money bow tieHi Everybody,

I have my money bow tie on again, so you know what that means.

I’m hard at work, preparing for the biggest funding of the year; the Giving Challenge.

It hasn’t even started yet, and guess what I did?

I already won Cat Depot $200!

The Giving Challenge asked non-profits to write a story that touched hearts.

Nearly 400 stories were received.

Guess who wrote one of the top twenty stories and got a $200 award?

You’re looking at him!


Bow-Tie with his donation boxBut I’m not finished yet.

My donation box goes everywhere with me.

Any time I have the opportunity to look into someone’s eyes, they drop in coins and bills.

That makes me purr.






Bow-Tie looks at his pastI love giving back to Cat Depot, because they gave me my life back.

The Giving Challenge is the biggest opportunity for Cat Depot to get the biggest reward.

Donations people make during those 24 hours are doubled or tripled!

The challenge starts at noon on September 20, and ends at noon on September 21.

Every dollar makes a difference.

It is very easy to make that difference.


Bow-Tie has money

Humans are lucky, they have mouths and fingers.

So they can call in, or type in an online donation.

The only thing that is important is to do it during those 24 hours.


Bow-Tie smells successYou know my blog isn’t usually about money.

Generally I entertain you with my pleasing purrsonality.

But this is just too important to the lives of my feline friends.

Cat Depot’s goal is to raise $200,000 during those 24 hours, through the matching funds.

Your single dollar can yield them three dollars!

That smells like success to me!



Bow-Tie wears his good luck charmWouldn’t it be great if Cat Depot passed that $200,000 goal?

They can do it, and we can help them.

We’re on our way.

I’m wearing my good luck piece!


Love you!

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Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – September 6, 2016

Bow-Tie shows off his money bow tieHi Everyone,

This is September.

There will be four blogs in September.

I know that, because I looked at the calendar.

I also know it because this is the month I have a very important job.

See my tie?

Interesting, isn’t it?


It’s a human thing, but this month it becomes a cat thing too.


Bow-Tie in a pile of moneyThis month is the most important event in the life of Cat Depot.

Have you ever heard of the Giving Challenge?

The Giving Challenge is where every dollar donated to Cat Depot is doubled or tripled!

That’s right!

Every $1 you give can turn into $3 for the cats!






Bow-Tie poses with the newsletterIf you’re on the mailing list for Cat Depot’s newsletter you read all about it.

If you’re not on the mailing list for the newsletter, why not?

It’s free, and there are always great articles about cats and cat care.





Bow-Tie sniffs moneyCat Depot participated in the Giving Challenge last year too.

The newsletter says that when the money was all counted they raised over $126,000!

That money provided a lot of cat care.







Bow-Tie is gratefulI was actually one of the cats saved last year with that money.

Had it not been for that funding, I would not be here writing this blog for you.

That is my reality.

I am so thankful to Cat Depot for saving me.

You know who else is thankful to Cat Depot?

Here’s some boring (to a cat) numbers from 2015:

1,648 cats were spayed in the Rose Durham Cat Care Clinic.

6,600 kittens were kept off the streets because of those spays.

1,430 cats and kittens were accepted into Cat Depot for adoption.

1,332 cats and kittens were adopted.


The list of things Cat Depot does with moeny is even longer.

Here’s the most important thing to me…

Bow-Tie thinks about food

…in addition to feeding all of the Cat Depot cats, they provided food for:

2,798 personal cats for people who were having a hard time

5,933 community cats living outside

That is a whopping 19,522 pounds of dry food and 8,757 cans of wet food!

Now, that’s impressive (to me anyway)

Bow-Tie really likes foodAhhh… still thinking about that food!


Stay tuned for my next two blogs.

I’ll help you understand the Giving Challenge and then I’ll challenge you to help me.

It will be fun.

Who doesn’t want to see their $1 turn into $3 just like magic?



Next week I have a big public event and you won’t want to miss the blog.

Don’t run away because I may be asking for your money.

I’ll still entertain you, and you’ll still be glad you know me.


Bow-Tie has a cute noseI’ve got my eye on you!

Until next week,

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Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – August 29, 2016

Bow-Tie is ready to workHi Everyone,

We were out of town last weekend at a cat show.

It was full of those “fancy pants” cats.

So, being shelter cats we needed to do something special to stand out.

That’s what I do best.


Who could resist this face and these eyes?

But you see this paper I’m lying on?

It’s the story and pictures of where I came from.

I pass it out to everyone, and they are so interested.


It’s about the terrible beginning I had, and where I am today.

When they read it, something exciting happens.

Bow-Tie collects money

The dig into their pockets and wallets and give me money!

I love collecting money for the Friends Like Me Fund for special needs cats!


Bow-Tie is popular with the ladiesOf course there is a lot of socializing to do.

People come from all over to see me and hug me.

Ladies I don’t even know want to get some “Bow-Tie time.”

I’m happy to oblige.





Bow-Tie offers a photo opportunityThere were little people there too.

She asked for her picture with me.









Bow-Tie shows his tailThen I found out what she really asked for…

…to “see the kitty with no tail!”

Come on kid, I have other attributes!






Corage ready for the show ringCourage was there too, and she went into the show ring.

She did really good and brought a lot of awareness to special needs cats.








Mary helping outOur favorite Cat Depot Volunteer, Miss Mary, was there to help watch over us.

She was a lot of fun.

Thanks, Friend!








It was a very tiring weekend, but profitable for special needs cats.

We got donations, we got recognition, and…

Bow-Tie and Courage take a nap

…we got tired.

Tired in a good way, though.

We’re working for special needs cats, and that matters!

See you next week, says the “Cat with no tail!”

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Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – Giving Challenge Extra!

Bow-Tie collecting moneyHi Everyone!

My name is Bow-Tie and I want to talk to you.

Have you ever heard of The Giving Challenge?

It’s a wonderful opportunity for humans to help non-profit organizations raise much needed money.

I had the honor of serving as Spokescat for Cat Depot in the 2015 Giving Challenge.





Bow-Tie thinking of the 2016 Giving ChallengeThe most recent newsletter from Cat Depot reminded me it’s that time a year again.

As we go into the 2016 Giving Challenge, I started to reflect on what happened last year.






Bow-Tie raised a lot of moneyWhen all the money from the 2015 Giving Challenge was counted, Cat Depot raised over $128,000!










Bow-Tie makes a shout-outHere’s my big shout-out to every single donor for their overwhelming support, whether they gave $1 or $1,000! Every dollar translates into saved lives at Cat Depot, and here are the feline facts:

* 1,648 cats were spayed in the Rose Durham Cat Care Clinic

* 1,430 cats and kittens were accepted into Cat Depot to be placed for adoption/fostering

* 1,332 cats and kittens were adopted – an 11% increase over the 2015 goal!

* 6,600 kittens were kept off the streets because of the spaying/neutering done at the Rose Durham Cat Care Clinic!

* 93 active fosters helped care for the kitties with dedication and love

* 400+ volunteers donated 21,888 hours of service to care for cats and kittens on-site

* 19,522 pounds of dry food and 8,757 cans of wet food were distributed through Cat Depot’s Food Ban, and that served 562 customers, fed 2,798 personal cats, and 5,933 community cats.

On a purrsonal note, I’d like to “paws” for a moment and think about that last number… the food.

Bow-Tie thinks of food

Ahhh… that’s better.

Now back to business…

The 2016 Giving Challenge is going to be bigger than ever, because our goal this year is to raise $200,000!

We have wonderful donors and are looking forward to new donors joining us to help make a difference.

Every person can Be The One to make a difference.

Everyone has the opportunity to make a difference in the life of a cat like me.


Bow-Tie is gratefulWhen I think about the difference donors make at Cat Depot and how they changed my life, I am so thankful.

It warms my heart and makes me blush that donors care that much about the cats at Cat Depot.

You see, I have a keen interest in what happens at Cat Depot.

I was in really dire straits in life when Cat Depot swooped in to save me.

The highlights of last year are amazing.

The donors make it happen, and each one of them is amazing.



Bow-Tie thanks the donorsI may only be a cat to some people, but to Cat Depot my life mattered, and I’m a success story.

So many people helped save my life, and it all starts with generous donors.


I promise to do my part to spread the word about Cat Depot.

I challenge existing donors and new donors to gear up to give generously during the 2016 Giving Challenge.

It’s an exciting time of the year for non-profit organizations and Cat Depot is my purrsonal choice!


Bow-Ties cute noseCan we count on you?

Here’s to the success of the 2015 Giving Challenge!

Here’s to even greater success in the 2016 Giving Challenge!


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Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – August 22, 2016

Hi Everyone,

What a fun week I’ve had!

I’m feeling great, and I got a new toy.

Usually I don’t play with toys, but this one has me hooked.

We have the garage all set up as a kitty playroom.

Sometimes I go out there to see what the youngsters are all excited about.

There it was, dangling from the scratching post.

I was intrigued.

It’s not much to look at, but I gave it a whack just to entertain Mixie and Annie.Bow-Tie playing

(Please pardon the view you’re getting in this photo. It’s somewhat embarrassing.)


Bow-Tie and a new toyWhen I hit it, it spun out of control and the chase was on.

It’s just a wire with some doodads on the ends, but it flies like the wind.






Annie Sullivan playingAnnie Sullivan heard it flying around and wanted to check it out.










Courage and Bow-Tie playingCourage heard it too and she caught it in mid-air.










Courage and Annie Sullivan playingThe girls took over for a little while.

It was cute that they could both hear it, and they played together with it.






Bow-Tie and Annie Sullivan sneaking on the toyAnnie and I hid and stalked it.







Bow-Tie and Annie Sullivan conquered the toyAnd the victory was ours.

I love it.

It’s a Cat Dancer Interactive Cat Toy.

If you don’t have one, tell your humans to go out right now and get you one.

Check the Cat Depot Gift Shop first!

If they don’t have them yet, tell them it has the Bow-Tie paw of approval and to get some!



Bow-Tie is tired from playingIt uses a lot of energy, is good exercise…

…and wears a guy out.

It’s a good thing.

See you next week!


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