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The “Thursday Nite Cruise-In,”  at Our Town Café (formerly Towne House Restaurant) in Chesterland, on June 30th  benefitted the Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary. The Thursday evening events took place both outside and inside the restaurant at 12650 Chillicothe Rd. (State Route 306) in the West Geauga Plaza (just north of State Route 322).

In the photo are Cindy Knowles (at right), Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary director Jeanne Bones (at left), and Our Town Café owner Karen Himes.

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"Wine, Beer & Whiskers,” a wine, beer and appetizer-tasting event held on Nov. 13, 2010, attracted a capacity crowd, and the 105 attendees at Colonial Beverage in Chesterland circulated between three different rooms to eat, drink, bid on silent auction items, and visit with old and new friends.  More than $6,000 was raised to benefit the Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary.

Happy Tails founder Jeanne Bones and Colonial Beverage owner Bob Eppich are shown standing near several silent auction items offered during the event.

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Attendees Anita and Martin Silverman have done volunteer work for the sanctuary during the past several years.
 
Geauga County Recorder Sharon Gingerich  is shown looking at one of the event’s silent auction items.
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“KIDDIES” CAME TO AN EVENT FOR “KITTIES”!
 
Painesville resident Dawn Petrowski held her great-niece, Alexandria Compton (also of Painesville), and was accompanied by seven of her eight children at the “Happy Halloween Tails” benefit for the Chesterland-based Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary.
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HAVING A HAPPY TIME AT THE “HAPPY HALLOWEEN TAILS” EVENT
 
Mentor residents Frank and Georgene Bosich (at left) and Bratenahl resident Phyllis Donnelly-Ingold (at right) were among the attendees at the “Happy Halloween Tails” benefit for the Chesterland-based Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary. 
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MEETING CATS AND EATING PIZZA HIGHLIGHTED
HAPPY TAILS BENEFIT FOR AUBURN RESIDENTS
 
Auburn residents Wendi Biggin (at left) and her daughter, Lexi, were among the attendees at the “Happy Halloween Tails” benefit for the Chesterland-based Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary. 

PAST EVENTS

FAMILY-FRIENDLY “HAPPY HALLOWEEN TAILS" EVENT
RAISED $3,500 FOR THE HAPPY TAILS CAT SANCTUARY
 
The “Happy Halloween Tails” event on Oct. 29, 2011, raised a net total of $3,500 for the Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary, a non-profit, mostly cageless facility.  Some attendees also donated cat food and kitty litter.  The benefit (which was not affiliated with any specific religion) was held in the auditorium of the Kirtland Community of Christ.
The family-friendly fundraiser included pizzas, (donated and made on-site by Wickliffe-based Wood Fire Catering & Baking), salads, cake, Halloween candy, cider, coffee, a silent auction, raffles, a playroom for young children, and a room with some cats available for adoption.
Happy Tails Founder/Director Jeanne Bones said attending the benefit was very affordable due to the generosity of Wood Fire  Catering & Baking owner Mark Paluckas.
 

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. 


 

3 non-profit cat rescue organizations combined their efforts to hold the “Decades of Cat Rescue” benefit on Aug. 2,  2012 at the Orchard Hills Center.

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. 

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.

OCT. 19TH BENEFIT WILL HELP REPAIR STORM DAMAGE TO THE ADOPTION BUILDING

The “Happy (Tails) Halloween Benefit” will include Sunday dinner,

beer, wine, soft drinks, auction items, a 50-50 raffle, and prizes

 

The “Happy (Tails) Halloween Benefit” from 1 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, will help us repair storm damage to our Adoption Building.  The fund raiser will take place at The Kirtlander Party Center, 9270 Chillicothe Rd. (Route 306) in Kirtland.  The event is $40 per person and will include a family-style Sunday dinner at 2, silent auction items, a 50-50 raffle, and a “treasure scoop” (a fun game of chance with prizes for all participants).

 

The Sunday dinner will consist of roast beef, Imperial fried chicken, stuffed cabbage, green beans almondine, potatoes au gratin, salad, rolls and butter, and pumpkin squares and apple cobbler for dessert.  Appetizers, coffee, tea, soft drinks, and (for attendees 21 and older) wine and beer are also included at no extra charge.  Reservations are required, and must be made by Friday, Oct. 10.  Tickets won’t be mailed out.  They will be held “at the door” at the event.

 

Explaining why this fund raiser (or donations from people who can’t attend the event, but who want to help) is very important, Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary founder/director Jeanne Bones said, “Along with our usual expenses for cat food, kitty litter, vet care, utilities, etc., we have additional unexpected costs caused by heavy summer storms that damaged the roof and ceiling in the sanctuary’s Adoption Building.  The repairs are costly, but are necessary for the safety of the cats.  The roof has been fixed, but we still have to replace some sections of the ceiling that fell down.  Fortunately, no cats were injured when those sections fell.” 

 

The roof over one of the building’s adjoining outdoor fenced-in areas was also damaged.  Ms. Bones explained that these secure, totally fenced-in areas are accessible via small “cat doors” that give the Adoption Building’s cats the option of enjoying a limited, but pleasant, outdoor environment during good weather. 

 

She stated, “We are very grateful to Ben Zaremba, the owner of Zaremba Horticultural Services, for donating his time, expertise, and employees to replace the roof over the affected outdoor area.  This is quite a blessing for us, because no one at our facility is paid a salary.  We depend on donations and volunteers.  At this time we still need a great deal more money to pay for the repairs that have already been done, along with the repairs that must be completed to the Adoption Building.”

 

More than 80 cats reside at Happy Tails – some of whom will stay there 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.

  

Ms. Bones said, “One example of a resident at Happy Tails who would have either been rejected or euthanized by many other facilities is a 3-legged feral cat named Francine.  She couldn’t have survived on her own, and we are happy that she is safe and well fed at the sanctuary, but she will probably never be adoptable as a pet.”

 

For more information about the sanctuary or for reservations to the Oct. 19th event, call Doreen at H/L Communications (the event’s corporate sponsor) at 440.759-0076, or email 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.