News from Sheltering Hands, Spring 2016
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Welcome to Sheltering Hands' Spring 2016 Newsletter. Our Volunteer Orientations have introduced several new people to Sheltering Hands and we know the cats are enjoying the wonderful care provided by them. These dedicated individuals are helping cats find forever families at PetSmart and CoCo's House. While the cats are waiting, volunteers care for them and help keep them happy with play time and grooming. We know the cats would love to meet some new friends! If you have a couple of hours to share with our sweet cats, we would love to talk with you. For volunteer opportunities, please email Gina at or call 352-840-0663, option #5.

Feeling the love at CoCo's House

National Adoption Weekend at PetSmart- May 13th-15th

Sheltering Hands is proud to partner with PetSmart in the upcoming National Adoption Weekend, May 13th-15th at the PetSmart on State Road 200, Ocala. We will have many wonderful cats and kittens looking for homes. Our Adoption Coordinator, Gail, has some fun events planned for this special adoption weekend. If you are looking for a new feline member for your family, please visit with us during this special weekend. In addition to the cats we will have at PetSmart, we also have many more in loving foster families and at CoCo's House at our Surgical Center. Give Gail a call at 352-840-0663, option #1 and she will help you find that special furry friend to add to your family.
1st Quarter Adoption Numbers- From January- March of this year, we have placed 31 kittens, 6 adults, and 2 seniors in loving homes.  From initial conversations and application, through the required background check and home visit, our volunteers work hard to create loving, safe placements for our cats. We listen carefully to interested adopters to help create a match that will work for both them and the cat. Thank you to our dedicated adoptions counselors who work so hard to help make these placements.

To learn all about our efforts, please join us at our next Board meeting on Friday, May 20th at 5:30. We hold our Board meetings in the Tuxe Center at our Surgical Center on US Highway 27. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Garage Sale Success!!- Our first garage sale at our Surgical Center was a big success! Our one day sale brought in over $1600!! Left over items were donated to another animal rescue group to help them raise funds. Thank you to all the shoppers and to those who donated their items.

Join us at our Pinterest page. We have many informative links for you to browse. Click on the Pinterest link at the bottom of this newsletter to go to our account.

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Sheltering Hands Volunteer Orientation June 4th

Our next Volunteer Orientation will be held on Saturday, June 4th from 12:30-1:30. We ask all interested volunteers to attend a Volunteer Orientation before they begin volunteering. At this orientation you will receive your volunteer handbook and have a chance to meet with coordinators in the different volunteer areas to answer questions and help you get signed up to start helping cats! You do not need to register for this orientation, just come on out. The Volunteer Orientation will be held in the Tuxe Center at our Surgical Center on US Highway 27. For more information, please email Gina at

Do You Have Some Time to Share with a Cat in Need?


We invite you to join us in our mission. Whether you have an hour or several hours, we have a place for you and would love to speak with you about our many volunteer opportunities. To reach our volunteer coordinator, please call 352-840-0663 and press option #5. Here are a few places we could really use some help-

  • Staffing of our gift shop at our surgical center- Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
  • Socializing at CoCo's House, any week day
  • Cat Care at CoCo's House on weekends
  • Adoptions at PetSmart during the National Adoption Weekend- May 13th-15th
  • TNR help on surgery days, training provided (especially Fridays and Saturday or Sunday)
  • Volunteer Coordinator- use your administrative skills to develop and improve our volunteer efforts

Our mission statement- “Improving the lives of cats through humane care, spay/neuter, adoptions, education and support services.”

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