Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – July 10, 2017

Bow-Tie wants you to guess his age
Dear Everyone,

Guess how old I am.

Look closely at my face and see if you can guess.

I look good for my age, so don’t be fooled.

Give up?

I am 9 1/2 years old.

 

Why have I revealed my age?

Because I am considered a senior cat.

Any cat over the age of 8 (7.5 is close enough) is considered to be a senior.

 

Senior cats are often overlooked in shelters, because of their age.

I’m here to dispel that myth!

 

Bow-Tie in the beginningI was 7 1/2 years old when I came into Cat Depot, and considered a senior.

At that time I didn’t look very good, and I felt even worse.

Someone gave this senior a chance, and now I have a wonderful life.

 

My mission is to help other cats, particularly special needs cats.

But seniors need help too.

So, today I want to introduce some of my senior friends.

My hope is someone will fall in love with each one of them and give them a furever home.

 

 

AslanThis is Aslan.

Aslan came to Cat Depot as a stray.

He had a home at one time.

We don’t know how he ended up a stray.

He is a little shy, because he’s new in the shelter, but an ear rub makes him your best friend.

Aslan is 10 1/2 years young.

 

 

 

GraceThis is Grace.

Grace was surrendered by her family because of allergies.

She is understandably confused and stressed, having lost her home.

She loves attention and would adjust purrfectly into a quiet new home.

Grace is 8 years young.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patty CakesThis is Patty Cakes. Feel free to shorten that to Patty if you wish.

Patty Cake’s purrson had to go to a nursing home, and she came to Cat Depot.

She is sad for her purrson, and sad for herself.

Some of the other cats told her she wouldn’t get a home, because she is 11 years old.

She told them 11 is middle age for a cat, and to hiss off!

Patty Cakes is a sweet old girl.

 

 

 

Torrie DetectiveHere is Torrie the Detective.

Torrie isn’t really a detective, she just played one recently at Critter Camp.

She was a great helper and is a sweet girl who loves a good head rub.

She is special needs.

She doesn’t have a tail and sometimes leaves little treasures outside the litter box.

Torrie is 8 1/2 years young.

 

 

 

 

Mattie with bow tieAnd finally, here is Mattie.

She’s sporting a bow tie in an effort to get adopted.

She’s in the “chubby kitty pod” but that just means there is more of her to love!

Mattie is social and affectionate, and 7 1/2 years young.

(If she gets adopted, I’ll make sure she gets a better looking bow tie. Good try anyway, Mattie.)

 

 

 

 

So, here’s the information on adopting a senior cat:

The event is called the Cat Depot Classic

It happens Friday, July 14 at 11 AM until July 16 at 5 PM.

The reduced adoption fee for senior cats 8 years and older (7 1/2 is close enough) will be $25.00

With each Senior Adoption you will get:

A clinic visit certificate worth $30.00

A gift bag including a bed, bowls, treat, etc worth $40.00

 

Marianne and Bow-TieMiss Marianne helped me with my adoption papers when I was 7 1/2 years old.

We were both very happy I found my furever home.

She and many others are waiting to help YOU adopt a senior cat.

 

Do it for me.

Do it for yourself.

Most of all, do it for a senior cat!

 

Love you!

Bow-Tie
The Dapper Gent

 

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Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – March 6, 2017

Bow-Tie handsome in black tieHi Everyone,

I’m a very tolerant guy.

I’m the only boy amid all these girls.

They bug me on occasion, but I love them.

 

However, sometimes I just have to back away and let them have their day.

Yesterday was one of those days.

 

Here’s Courage.

Courage is ready with pearls and purse

She was all excited, because she was invited to a purse fashion show luncheon.

She got her pearls and purse ready to go.

 

Courage arrives, in a purseAnd since it was a purse event…

…she arrived being carried in a purse.

Everyone thought that was really cute.

 

 

 

 

 

Courage seated by the tableShe got a seat at the table (in her purse, of course.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Courage in a purse, at the tableVery quickly, her nose started working.

She can’t see, but there was something on the table that smelled good.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Courage licks butterAh, there it was.

And she went in for a taste.

Butter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Courage likes butterMmmm!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Courage eats a rollShe was offered a roll and butter.

But who needs the roll when you have butter?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Courage on top of purseShe was a very good girl all day.

She just sat in her purse for the whole lunch and fashion show.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Courage and her collarAt the end of the day she took her sparkly collar off.

It was time to go home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Courage had a good dayWhen it was over, it had been a very good day.

A very good, girlie type of day.

See you next week.

Love,

Bow-Tie
The Dapper Gent

 

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Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – January 9, 2017

Hey Everyone, look at my bow tie…

Bow-Tie wears a golf bow tie

…yep, golf balls!

 

Look into my eyesNow look into my eyes…

…this is my serious look, because I have serious cat business.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cat Depot Golf TournamentAnnouncing the first annual Cat Depot Golf Classic!

It’s February 6, 2017 at the Founder’s Club in Sarasota.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tee Sign for Bow TieGuess who has been asked to be the poster cat for one of the holes?

But of course!

This is the tee sign that will be on one of the holes.

 

You can sponsor a hole and have a tee sign of your own!

Each sign is 18×24 and full color, just like mine.

You can dedicate the hole to a family pet or family member.

Dedicate it to whoever you choose, and we’ll print it on the tee sign.

Each tee sign is available for a $100 donation to Cat Depot.

When the event is over, you can have the sign!

It will be at Cat Depot, waiting for you to take it home.

 

Tee Sign for Mighty LouI am purrsonally purchasing the first tee sign and here it is…

It is my tribute to the great Mighty Lou.

 

There are only 20 tee signs available and they will go fast.

Here’s how you can get one:

Call my friend Tim at Cat Depot, 941-366-2404.

He will take your information and ask you to send him the photo.

If Tim is not available, you can ask for Claudia.

That’s all there is to it, but the deadline to order is January 15.

 

Can you imagine your own fluffy pet out there for everyone to admire?

Or maybe you just want to write something special on your tee sign.

Anything goes, just let Tim know what you want.

I will be there that day, so I want to see all of your tee signs displayed proudly

 

Bow-Tie is grumpyThis is my grumpy face.

I will look like this if you don’t get one.

We don’t want that.

 

Remember, the deadline is January 15, so you have to hurry up.

My man Tim is waiting for your call.

 

By the way, you don’t have to live in Sarasota to get a tee sign.

We’ll make it and when the tournament is over we’ll mail your sign.

Now that’s a good deal.

 

Bow-Tie looking up

Thanks and bye for now.

Bow-Tie
The Dapper Gent

 

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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

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

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

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?

Me!

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!

Bow-Tie,
The Dapper Gent

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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!

Bow-Tie
The Dapper Gent

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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?

Money.

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!

Sorry.

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,

Bow-Tie
The Dapper Gent

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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!”

Bow-Tie
The Dapper Gent

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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!

Love,

Bow-Tie
Cat Depot Spokescat

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Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – August 15, 2016

Bow-Tie wears a black bow tieHi Everybody,

Big week coming up in the cat world!

I’m not sporting this black tie for nothing.

I have an important announcement.

 

August 17th is National Black Cat Appreciation Day!

Cat Depot is making it National Black Cat Week from August 15th to August 21st.

During that week, all adopters of black cats get a $20 gift certificate to Columbia Restaurant… and a feline friend for life.

 

Bow-Tie laughs at humansSometimes it’s a little bit harder for black cats to get adopted.

That’s because people are silly and believe silly things.

It makes me laugh that humans are so silly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black cats are wonderful.

Let me show you some of my special black friends who need homes.

 

Marcus is an adoptable cat at Cat DepotThis is Marcus.

Marcus is a handsome dude who is very gentle and quiet.

He would love a nice, quiet home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rosalita is an adoptable cat at Cat DepotThis is Rosalita.

She’s a pretty little girl, isn’t she?

She would add beauty to any home and family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jade is an adoptable cat at Cat DepotMeet Jade.

She’s a lovely, petite girl who would love to curl up on your lap.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stardust is an adoptable cat at Cat DepotThis is Stardust.

She is a little cutie who loves to give head rubs.

Stardust is FIV positive, but perfectly healthy, and will live a long life.

If you do not know about FIV cats, please talk to the people at Cat Depot.

They will educate you on these cats and prove they are just as wonderful as any other cat.

Stardust will show you herself if you stop in to see her.

 

So these are my black cat friends, and this is my wish…

…that you adopt a black cat during National Black Cat Appreciation Week, August 15-21.

 

And to all those silly humans who think black cats are any less lucky in life, I say…

Bow-Tie makes a goofy face

…take that!

Here’s to black cats, and National Black Cat Week!

Bow-Tie,
The Dapper Gent

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Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – June 13, 2016

Courage dressed up for a weddingHi Everyone,

Just so you don’t think I hog all of the spotlight, I’ll tell you about Courage’s adventure.

She had a big day… a girly thing.

She went to a doggie wedding.

She got dressed up in pearls and everything.

She can’t see how pretty she is, but I tell her.

 

 

 

 

 

The brideThe bride was very fancy.

She had lace, feathers, pearls, and lots of bling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The ClergyThe Clergy was there to perform the ceremony.

Her name is Reverend Betty Lou.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Courage sat on the tableThe ceremony was beautiful and then there was a reception.

Courage got a special place setting.

She sat on the table, but no one seemed to mind.

Everyone loved her and wanted their picture taken with her.

Even the bride’s mother wanted a picture of Courage and the bride.

 

 

 

Courage meets the brideThat’s when things started to go bad.

“Kiss the kitty” is okay once, but then it annoys the cat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Courage wacks the brideCourage whacked the bride right in the face.

And on her wedding day.

Bad Courage.

Bad dog.

Good event.

 

 

 

 

 

See you next week!

Bow-Tie,
The Dapper Gent

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