In the photo are Cindy Knowles (at right), Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary director Jeanne Bones (at left), and Our Town Café owner Karen Himes.
Happy Tails founder Jeanne Bones and Colonial Beverage owner Bob Eppich are shown standing near several silent auction items offered during the event.
3 CAT RESCUE GROUPS IN LAKE, GEAUGA AND CUYAHOGA COUNTIES JOINED FORCES AGAIN FOR AN AFFORDABLE FUND RAISER ON SUNDAY, NOV. 18, 2012
The three groups have many decades of experience with helping both domestic and feral cats by providing food, shelter, vaccinating,
other veterinary procedures, medications (when necessary), spaying/neutering, adoptions to good homes, etc. A major source of
fund raising at the event was from silent auction items.
There were several “firsts” involved with the event. It’s the first time that Save Our Strays has ever taken part in a benefit, and it took pride in honoring the legacy of the late Dorothy Max of Euclid, founder and long-time head of Save Our Strays, who passed away in February. It was also the first public announcement of the pending merger of Save Our Strays and the Mentor-based Abandoned Animal Welfare. It’s was also the first time that three small non-profit cat rescue organizations from Geauga, Cuyahoga and Lake Counties held a joint fund raiser together.
The leaders of all three participating cat rescue organizations want to express their gratitude to Mark Paluckas, owner of Wickliffe-based Wood Fire Catering & Baking, who donated his services, pizza, and flat bread for the event. He also donated the wine, beer and champagne. Mark and his assistants say they are pleased to help the event be affordable for individuals, couples and families to attend.
The Furry Friends Animal Clinic at 33290 Bainbridge Rd. in Solon held an adopt-a-thon for rescued cats and two “special-needs” female dogs on Saturday, March 2, 2013. Chagrin Falls-based Halle Ladd Photography set up a “mini-studio” for people to bring in their pets for professional photo sessions. One hundred percent of the money collected from the adoptions and photos was donated to the Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary.
“Our adopt-a-thon resulted in pets finding permanent, loving homes,” said Furry Friends Animal Clinic owner and chief veterinarian Dr. Bharat Khemsara.
For more information about professional pet photo sessions, visit www.HalleLadd.com.
ADOPT-A-THON AND PET PHOTO SESSIONS AT FURRY FRIENDS ANIMAL CLINIC
ABOUT 90 ATTENDEES ENJOYED “A GEAUGA COUNTY SUNDAY SOCIAL,”
WHICH RAISED NEARLY $4,000 FOR THE HAPPY TAILS CAT SANCTUARY
On Oct. 13, 2013, about 90 supporters of the Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary recently enjoyed a beautiful country setting at Pineview Lake in Munson Township for “A Geauga County Sunday Social.” The fundraiser in the facility’s clubhouse included lunch and both “hard” and regular beverages as well as a silent auction and a 50-50 raffle. Several adoptable cats were also on display in an area near the clubhouse. The event netted nearly $4,000 for the sanctuary, which will help to pay for veterinary bills, heat for the buildings, cat food, kitty litter, and other needed items.
Jeanne Bones, the sanctuary’s founder and director, said, “Pineview Lake’s club house was a very comfortable place, and the surrounding picturesque property was a perfect location for an enjoyable autumn afternoon event. The food was very good and everyone seemed to have a great time at the benefit. We’re delighted that the fund raiser was a success – and with winter just around the corner, we’re happy that we were able to raise some money for the increased utility bills required during the upcoming colder months.”
A potential adopter looks at a few cats at the benefit at Pineview Lake. At left are other photos from the event.
“SECOND ROUND” OF “WINE, BEER, & WHISKERS” RAISED
OVER $4,000 FOR THE HAPPY TAILS CAT SANCTUARY
The “second round” of “Wine, Beer & Whiskers” on June 22, 2013, raised over $4,000 for the Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary. More than 80 attendees enjoyed wine and beer tasting, a buffet dinner, a silent auction, and a 50-50 raffle at Colonial Beverage in Chesterland. “Designated drivers” at the event limited their beverages to “soft drinks.”
Jeanne Bones, the sanctuary’s founder and director, said, “Many folks at the Wine, Beer & Whiskers fund raiser we held a few years ago had a great time, and they requested that we do it again. So, this was the ‘second round’ of Wine, Beer & Whiskers. Colonial Beverage enabled us to raise extra money by giving Happy Tails a portion of the sales of bottles of wine purchased by attendees to take home that evening, and we greatly appreciate it.”
Long-time cat rescue groups Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary, Abandoned Animal Welfare, and Save Our Strays held, for the second time in 2012, an affordable benefit together. This event, titled “Decades of Cat Rescue: Part 2,” took place on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012 at Andaloro’s Ristorante, 30610 Lake Shore Blvd., Willowick.
The groups expressed gratitude to Gail Linda Kopp, pictured at left, the owner of Affordable Jewelry, Coins & Loans (located in Wickliffe), and her husband, Richard, for their generous support as the event’s primary sponsor.
Michelle Brady of Euclid emceed the “Wine, Beer & Whiskers” fund raiser at Colonial Beverage in Chesterland in June. The microphone was set up in front of some of the store’s shelves, most of which were filled with numerous varieties of wine.
Chesterland residents Martin Silverman and Amber Slane were among the more than 80 attendees who enjoyed wine and beer tasting as well as a buffet dinner.
“SPRINGTIME FOR CATS” ON APRIL 13 WILL BENEFIT
THE CHESTERLAND-BASED HAPPY TAILS CAT SANCTUARY
The event will include a 1:30 p.m. family-style Sunday dinner, beer, wine,
soft drinks, a reverse raffle with a $1,000 jackpot, side boards, and auction items
“Springtime for Cats,” from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 13, 2014, will benefit the Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary in Chesterland. It will take place at the E.O.U.V Hall in Gottscheer Club Park, 8636 Pekin Rd. (a little east of Route 306) in Novelty (part of Russell Township). The event is $40 per person and will include appetizers at 1, a family-style Sunday dinner at 1:30, and a free ticket for a reverse raffle with a $1,000 jackpot. There will also be side boards, auction items, and a “treasure scoop” (a fun game of chance with prizes for all participants).
The dinner will consist of chicken schnitzel, roast beef, pasta, green beans almondine, mashed potatoes, salad, rolls and butter, coffee, and tea, with mini-pastries for dessert. There will be no extra charge for beer, wine, and soft drinks. Reservations are required, and must be made by Tuesday, April 8. Tickets won’t be mailed out. They will be held “at the door” at the event.
Jeanne Bones, the sanctuary’s founder and director, said, “We are delighted that the benefit will be held in this spacious and very charming venue.”
Noting that the fund raiser is very important for the mostly cageless cat sanctuary, she said, “No one at our facility is paid a salary. We depend on donations and volunteers. However, we still have to provide food, kitty litter, vet care, and other necessities for more than 70 cats – some of whom will stay at Happy Tails for the rest of their lives because they are unadoptable due to being physically disabled, old, feral, or distrusting of humans due to prior abuse, neglect or abandonment. Along with our usual expenses, some of our older cats need dental work and other special vet care. People who don’t attend the event can still assist the sanctuary with a donation.”
Ms. Bones continued, “A tabby who has especially touched our hearts is ‘Jeepers.’ All four of her paws are declawed, she has only a few tiny teeth, and she was abandoned in the midst of this winter’s heavy snowfall and arctic temperatures. A Chardon policeman named James Klima rescued Jeepers, who was on the verge of starvation. Officer Klima and his fiancée, Stefanie Mach, helped Jeepers a great deal, but couldn’t keep her, so he contacted Happy Tails. The sanctuary is full, but we have sometimes partnered with the Chardon Veterinary Hospital for medical care for cats in need, and we are happy to say that Jeepers has recovered nicely and is eating a lot! Now she is ready to get out of her cage and into a loving adoptive home.”
She said if people are interested in adopting, or getting more information about, Jeepers, they can go to the Chardon Veterinary Hospital at 12807 G.A.R. Hwy. or call there at 440.286-1611. Jeepers’ $40 adoption fee will be donated by the veterinary practice to Happy Tails. Click on Adoptable Cats to learn more about Jeepers.
For more information about the sanctuary or for reservations to the April 13th event, call Doreen at H/L Communications (the event’s corporate sponsor) at 440.759-0076, or send an email message to HappyTailsCatSanctuary@gmail.com. (Ms. Bones often points out that there is no “r” in “Tails”!) Reservations and payments and/or donations can also be mailed to: Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary, P.O. Box 581, Chesterland, OH 44026.