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 – 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 24, 2015

Dear Whitey,Bow Tie, Cat Depot spokescat

I’m so excited about next week I’m writing my blog a day early.

This is just so big, I had to share it with you and I couldn’t wait.

Look… I’m wearing the bow tie you sent me.

You better get your matching bow tie on and wear it all week, especially Friday.

 

Bow Tie, Cat Depot spokescat

Are you puzzled as to why I’m telling you to wear your bow tie? (Little kitty pun there, and it’s intended.)

Bow Tie, Cat Depot spokescat

 

Yipes!
Stripes!
This announcement is big!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And here it is.

Friday, August 28th is….

Bow Tie, Cat Depot spokescat

….National Bow Tie Day!
It really is!

 

Bow Tie, Cat Depot spokescat

And in honor of National Bow Tie Day, Cat Depot is having a special event. It’s called Bow-Tie’s Overstock Adoption Special!

I had to put my kitty tie on for that big announcement!

From August 28 to September 2, specially selected cats will be available for a $20 adoption fee.

The cats will be identified with bow ties on their cards.

They will also be displayed on poster boards showing their name, photo, and story.

 

 

 

 

Bow Tie, Cat Depot spokescatI’ll be bugging people all week on Facebook to go to Cat Depot on Friday. (Another little kitty pun.)

I’ll tell them to go meet and hopefully adopt those specially selected cats.

You know what else?

I will be there in purrson!

 

 

Bow Tie, Cat Depot spokescat

From 4-7 on Friday, August 28th people can come to Cat Depot and meet me. I’m all ready for it and I have selected my ties from my extensive wardrobe.

 

Bow Tie, Cat Depot spokescat

All of this is in anticipation of the Giving Challenge which will be September 1-2.

I will be at Cat Depot on September 2nd too, but more on that later. This is enough excitement for one blog.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bow Tie, Cat Depot spokescatSo, wear your bow tie this week! And tell your friends to come to Cat Depot on Friday, August 28th to help us celebrate.

People will be able to meet me from 4-7 PM.

I will be there looking dapper and excited!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You have a good week. I’ll have a very busy one.

Bow-Tie, The Dapper Gent

P.S. See this video about me they made at Cat Depot:

#ShowThemTheLove  #GivingChallenge15
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Bow-Tie’s Bulletin – August 17, 2015

Hi Whitey,

This week I attended a very important meeting at Cat Depot. We had to make sure everything is in place for the Giving Challenge. It’s September 1-2, but it takes a lot to get it all ready.

As the spokescat for the event, I was honored to be invited to attend. I was even more excited about what happened when I got there.

Miss Mary was there waiting for me and said she had a treat for me.

Do you know what the crazy lady did?

She made me a Bow-Tie Buffet!

Bow-Tie's buffet!

When she opened and served all those cans my mouth was hanging open.

I was overwhelmed.

But I dove right in…..

Bow-Tie digs in at his Cat Depot  buffet

…..then it was Miss Mary’s turn to have her mouth hanging open.

She was really getting a kick out of me devouring all those delicacies. I couldn’t eat it all so she packed me a nice kitty bag to take home. She’s my new best friend!

TMeeting with Bow-Tie at Cat Depothen it was time for the meeting to start. I got to sit on the table so I could see everything and visit everyone.

That’s miss Linda with the pretty blonde hair. She makes all my bow ties.

Notice my new money tie complete with a real silver dollar!

 

 

 

 

 

Bow Tie and Maria at Cat DepotThe brochure they created is beautiful, isn’t it?

That’s Miss Maria with me. She will be posting our blogs from now on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bow Tie and Beverly at Cat DepotIt’s not often a cat gets some purrsonal time with a co-found of Cat Depot. Miss Beverly was so very tender with me she put me to sleep.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s not wrong to take a little cat nap during a meeting, is it?

Bow-Tie napping at Cat Depot

Anyway, that was my first meeting and I really liked it. Everyone was so nice and we are all geared up for the Giving Challenge.

Here’s to $100,000 for Cat Depot in 24 hours!

The thing that will stick with me though was the Bow-Tie Buffet provided by Miss Mary. Every time I think of it…..

Bow-Tie wagging his cute nub tail

…..I have to wag my little nub!

See you next week.

Bow-Tie, The Dapper Gent

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