Christmas 2011 Competition

As Christmas is coming, we have decided to extend our World Animal Week competition until the 28th of December as we know that many of you might consider sponsoring a pet for Christmas.

By sponsoring a pet, you are offering the gift of life and what better gift could you offer for Christmas?

If you help us we can:

Raise enough money to acquire our own property for an animal shelter.

• Save many more lives.

• Run an education program to teach children responsible pet ownership.

• Provide a low cost spay and neuter scheme for people who need help.

• Provide a real animal ambulance service for Cork City.

• Provide a lost and found service for missing pets.

• Provide temporary foster homes for strays and unwanted animals.

• Have our own RSPCA trained animal welfare inspector.

• Break the endless cycle of pain and suffering which affects the strays.

The competition is set up to thank you for sponsoring a pet, but also to spread the word about the sponsorship programme.  Thus, anybody setting up a standing order with us will be entered in a draw.  Furthermore, there is also a prize for the person who recommends us to the most people, and one for the person who manages to raise the most standing orders in amount (we are keeping track and will be adding the amounts).

Here are the rules:

The concept is simple: please recommend us to your friends and encourage them to set up a standing order with us. We will accept any amount and your friend’s contributions will directly save lives.

The referrer who manages to raise the highest sum of monthly standing orders will win a fantastic Glen Muir 1891 Classic golf accessories set if a man OR a Pampering package if a woman (each of a value of approximately €100).

The person who recruits the most donators will receive a dinner voucher for two at the River Lee hotel in Cork (Note that if this person is the same as the previous winner, the prize will go to the next recruiter).

Finally, we will draw a name out of all the people who have signed for a standing order during the period.  The winner will receive a family pass to Leahy’s Open Farm and a photo shoot with Strike a Paws.

You must ensure that your friends write down your name in the referrer section, otherwise it won’t be valid.  Fill the form here: Christmas 2011 competition modified.

The competition will run until the 28th of December midnight (post stamp or time of email will act as proof).  Notifications of standing order from your bank should be received during the following week or your entry will be invalidated.  Winners will be announced on Facebook and this blog during the second week of January.

Prizes are non-refundable.

Remember that any money donated to the ACS goes directly towards the welfare of animals.

I would like to note that the sponsorship programme, if done through standing order, will also count towards the competition: Sponsor a Pet 2011.

Spider can now virtually become your pet

The ACS would like to thank Fusion Hairdresser in Midleton, Solas beauty
salon in Cloyne, the River Lee Hotel in Cork, Leahy’s Open Farm and Diane Cusack at Strike a Paws for their generous contributions in the form of spot prize
donations.

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An update on Little Red

Many of you have been asking for news of Little Red, so I asked Jim to write an update for you.

Li’l Red is still recovering from the effects of his diaphragmatic hernia and the two operations intended to rectify the condition. Following the first op Red was set to be released from Claire Meade’s care at the Cat Hospital but further complications led to a second operation to correct some problems. Red made a good recovery following this second op and was released back into the care of his mum, Maggie, and returned in some triumph to his forever home.

Back home at last!

Here, Red was reunited with his four sisters, the ‘Torties’, who were delighted to see their brother again. Red’s first few days at home were marked by differences of opinion between Red and his dominant tortoise shell sisters over who had ‘dibs’ at the food. In fact Li’l Red had first dibs and a few well aimed paws weren’t long in alerting his pushy sisters that although Li’l Red might be small in stature he was big on courage. Red was happy to be free of cages and confinement and ran about the place playing with everybody and generally enjoying his first taste of freedom in quite a while.

All looked fine with him for a while but Maggie began to notice that Red was starting to get sick after eating and appeared unable to digest normal catfood so an alternative had to be found. This led to the ‘Jamie Oliver’ experience for Red as Maggie began to experiment with different types of food, different textures and various substances, in an effort to make the process of eating easy for Red. It quickly became apparent that Red was unable to digest ordinary food and that everything had to be liquidised for him so Red is now being fed on a specially prepared diet of mushy food somewhat similar to human baby food. His mum, Maggie, is very busy everyday mashing up all sorts of nutritious foods into an easily digestible mash for Red to snack upon. He is still the same lovable, playful kitten, whose eyes are still too big for his head, and who rushes about the house to see what everybody is up to. Nothing goes on in Red’s house without the benefit of his direct supervision and presence and he is well able to play with his very boisterous sisters and all the other kittens that Maggie is currently fostering. It looks like his food will always have to be processed before he can eat it and Clare Meade thinks he probably has a megaesophagus hernia (hernia in his digestive system). Unfortunately it can only be truly diagnosed in
the Royal College of veterinary surgeons in Dublin and there is no guarantee that
he can be cured with another operation.

So that’s the story with Little Red so far. He’s a little cat with a lot of people rooting for him and his full recovery but it is down to the determination of Maggie and her patience and hard work in literally spoon-feeding him, day in and night out, that will decide Little Red’s future. Red has many friends in his life from the people who contributed towards his initial operations to his Mum, Maggie, who has worked ceaselessly to find food he can digest. Although Red has ongoing medical problems that may never be totally resolved none of them have dented his unfailing playfulness and mischievousness or his utter enjoyment of, and appreciation for, life. Red has had to fight for survival from the moment of
his birth but this experience has not soured him in any way. He is a delicate little creature, small in stature, but a giant in courage. On behalf of Li’l Red
I would like to thank all his supporters, and there are many from all over the
world, who have helped the little cat with the big courage to survive.

Little Red is now part of our “Sponsor a Pet” programme.  You can also take responsibility for his well-being by sponsoring him and thus helping us with his daily care.

Sponsor a Stray

To celebrate National Feral Cat Awareness Week and all the ferals out there, we have decided to lauch a new sponsorship programme!

You might already be aware of our “Sponsor a Pet” programme, whereby you can donate one euro a week (or more) to sponsor one of our pets who are long-term residents with us?  Incidentally, this amount covers the spaying of a female cat.  So by donating a euro a week, you could get a female cat spayed every year.

Usually, with the “Sponsor a Pet” programme, you receive updates on your pet three times a year.  However, this might be difficult to do with feral cats, so we will send you updates of all the TNR projects we are doing.

One female cat and her offspring can be responsible for the birth of 420000 kittens in seven years!  Imagine the difference you could make in the animal world by donating just a euro a week.

I would also like to remind you that if you set up a standing order with us this month, you will be entered in a draw to win a Family Pass to Leahy’s Open Farm, as well as a photo shoot of your pet with Diane Cusack.  Moreover, if you refer us to your friends you could also win more prizes.  Please, find more details about the competition here.

World Animal Week 2011 Competition

World Animal Week might be officially finished, but we are still celebrating.  We started a competition at the beginning of this month and were giving information about it in the past couple of weeks.  However, I never took the time to write a post about it.

We thought “what better way to celebrate World Animal Week than to
donate in order to help saving the lives of the many animals in Ireland?”

Setting up a standing order (no matter how small the amount is) with us enables us to take on more because we know we can count on this source of income…

If you help us we can:

Raise enough money to acquire our own property for an animal shelter.

• Save many more lives.

• Run an education program to teach children responsible pet ownership.

• Provide a low cost spay and neuter scheme for people who need help.

• Provide a real animal ambulance service for Cork City.

• Provide a lost and found service for missing pets.

• Provide temporary foster homes for strays and unwanted animals.

• Have our own RSPCA trained animal welfare inspector.

• Break the endless cycle of pain and suffering which affects the strays.

In order to thank you for your support, we have decided to run a competition with great prizes to win.

The concept is simple: please recommend us to your friends and encourage them to set up a standing order with us. We will accept any amount and your friend’s contributions will directly save lives.

The referrer who manages to raise the highest sum of monthly standing orders will win a fantastic Glen Muir 1891 Classic golf accessories set if a man OR a Pampering package if a woman (each of a value of approximately €100).

The person who recruits the most donators will receive a dinner voucher for two at the River Lee hotel in Cork (Note that if this person is the same as the previous winner, the prize will go to the next recruiter).

Finally, we will draw a name out of all the people who have signed for a standing order during the period.  The winner will receive a family pass to Leahy’s Open Farm and a photo shoot with Strike a Paws.

You must ensure that your friends write down your name in the referrer section, otherwise it won’t be valid.  Fill the form here: World Animal Week 2011 competition modified.

The competition will run until the 28th of October midnight (post stamp or time of email will act as proof).  Notifications of standing order from your bank should be received during the following week or your entry will be invalidated.  Winners will be announced on Facebook and this blog during the second week of November.  The competition has been extended until the 30th of November!

Prizes are non-refundable.

Remember that any money donated to the ACS goes directly towards the welfare of animals.

I would like to note that the sponsorship programme, if done through standing order, will also count towards the competition: Sponsor a Pet 2011.

Spider can now virtually become your pet

The ACS would like to thank Fusion Hairdresser in Midleton, Solas beauty
salon in Cloyne, the River Lee Hotel in Cork, Leahy’s Open Farm and Diane Cusack at Strike a Paws for their generous contributions in the form of spot prize
donations.