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 (above) 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.”
She added, “This event celebrated the ‘tail end’ – pardon the pun! – of our 30th full year of helping ‘cats in need.’ In 2005, we were granted non-profit, charitable status, and officially became known as the Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary. We have about 70 cats now, and are filled to capacity, but since September of 1982, we have literally provided tons of food, kitty litter, and other essentials for more than 1,000 cats who otherwise would not have survived.”
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.
A 50-50 RAFFLE, PLUS CAT FOOD AND KITTY LITTER DONATIONS
BROUGHT TO A WICKLIFFE STORE, WILL AID HAPPY TAILS
The Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary will benefit from a 50-50 raffle at the Affordable Jewelry, Coins & Loans store, a “pawn shop” primarily geared toward higher-end jewelry, furs and rare coins. In addition, the store’s owner, Gail Linda Kopp, requests that people – whether or not they are her shop’s customers – bring dry or canned cat food and kitty litter to donate to our non-profit cat sanctuary. Raffle tickets are available at the store for $5 each or five for $20. Half of the money will go to the raffle’s winner, and the other half will go to the sanctuary.
Ms. Kopp will give the donated items and the proceeds from the raffle to Jeanne Bones, the sanctuary’s founder and director, shortly after the 50-50 raffle drawing at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014. Raffle tickets are available at the store, 30133 Euclid Ave. (Route 20) in Wickliffe. Business hours are Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Additional tax-deductible donations to the sanctuary can either be taken to the store or mailed to: Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary, P.O. Box 581, Chesterland, OH 44026.
Ms. Kopp said, “We hope a lot of people will come into our store to donate items to the sanctuary and/or to buy raffle tickets. Even if they don’t win the raffle drawing, they will have the satisfaction of knowing that they have helped a very dedicated cat rescue facility that has saved and enhanced the lives of thousands of adoptable, as well as feral, cats.”
For more information about the raffle drawing and/or bringing in cat food and kitty litter donations, call Affordable Jewelry, Coins & Loans at 440.944-8000. For inquiries about the cat sanctuary, call Doreen at 440.759-0076 or email us at HappyTailsCatSanctuary@gmail.com.