News from Sheltering Hands, Fall 2015
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Welcome to Sheltering Hands Fall 2015 Newsletter. We have had lots of excitement since our last newsletter in August. During our Annual Member Meeting, held on August 21st, we shared information about our new surgical center and discussed plans for our Grand Opening. For each Annual Meeting, we provide a report on our activities from the prior year. Our 2014-15 Annual Report can be found at our website. Please click here to view it.

Our long anticipated Grand Opening of the new Surgical Center was held on Saturday, September 26th. Our parking area was filled with friends and well-wishers. Our volunteers did a great job giving tours in our Surgical Center highlighting the steps that take place for cats coming through our spay/neuter program. Knowledgeable volunteers provided a great description of  our intake, anesthesia, surgical prep, surgery (with our 4 operating tables) and recovery areas. Visitors were equally thrilled with the home like setting of CoCo's House, where a few of our adorable cats await their forever homes. Cats lounging on their own sofas or snuggled in great Kuranda beds greeted their visitors. Also in CoCo's House is our Gift Shop where savvy buyers snagged some wonderful bargains during our Open House. Our Raffle Basket was a hit, taking in over $350! All in all, it was a wonderful day for the cats of Sheltering Hands and the many volunteers who care for them. Our new facility will allow us to greatly expand our services and we were delighted to share it with our many friends. members and fellow volunteers. 
Top left- Feeling the love in CoCo's House
Top right- A window into one of the group rooms at CoCo's House
Bottom left- Surgical Prep area
Bottom right- Anesthesia area

In honor of National Feral Cat Day, Sheltering Hands held our Annual Stray Cat Strut at Tuscawilla Park, on Saturday, October 24th. We had a nice turnout of walkers, sponsors and people stopping to ask about our services. The day was beautiful and everyone enjoyed the scenic pathway around the pond. Thanks to everyone who came out or sponsored a walker. We raised $176 for our Community Cats Program.
With the holidays coming up, pet safety takes on some different challenges. Food that we may love can cause extreme upset for your cat. Decorations that we delight in putting up and looking at can be poisonous or dangerous for your kitty.  The frequent coming and going of friends and family fill us with joy, but can also provide stress for your cat, along with the chance for them to bolt out a door left open too long. Take a few minutes before the holidays and be sure you plan a holiday home that will be safe for your family pets as well as a joy for you. For more information, please click here to go to our resources page on the website, where we have articles on holiday safety for your cat.

On the weekend of November 13th-15th, PetSmart will be hosting a National Adoption Weekend. We will have lots of wonderful cats and kittens looking for loving homes for the holidays. If you are considering adding a new member to your family, please stop by and see the delightful cats we have. Whether you are looking for a full of energy kitten or a loving mature cat who will fill your lap and heart with love, we have the cat for you. Do you use Facebook? We regularly showcase our cats and kittens there and many people are falling in love over the internet. Cats are being asked for before they even make it to PetSmart!   Please visit us at our redesigned website and Facebook pages to get helpful news, see our cats awaiting adoption and enjoy the many happy pictures from families who have adopted our cats. It will put a smile on your  face for sure. Click on the links at the bottom of this newsletter to go directly to our website, Facebook and Twitter pages.

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 #3. All volunteers are asked to attend a general orientation prior to beginning their volunteer work. Our next Volunteer Orientation is Saturday, November 21st at 12:30 in the Tuxe Center at our Surgical Center on Highway 27. The orientation lasts about an hour and at the conclusion you will have a chance to meet with the coordinators in our volunteer areas who can answer any specific questions about volunteering in those areas and help you get started. Our final Volunteer Orientation of the year will be Saturday, December 12th at 12:30, also at the Tuxe Center.

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

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