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News from Sheltering Hands, Winter 2016
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Welcome to Sheltering Hands Winter 2016 Newsletter. Since our Grand Opening last September, we have been busy settling into our new Surgical Center. With the help of our dedicated team of veterinarians, staff and volunteers, we have spay/neutered over 4500 cats since we began our Community Cats Program in 2012.  In addition to our very successful TNR program, we also offer low cost spay/neuter vouchers to help cat owners who would like to get their family cat fixed, but need help with the cost. For $50, your cat will be neutered or spayed(no extra cost for female cats) and receive a one year rabies shot. You can purchase the vouchers online at our website or at PetSmart on State Road 200 in our adoption center.
Introducing our new Adoptions Coordinator- Gail Musolino

Sheltering Hands would like to welcome our new adoptions coordinator, Gail Musolino, to our staff. Gail's bio- "My first introduction to Sheltering Hands was about six years ago when I went into Petsmart looking for a Calico kitten because my beloved Cali the Calico had passed away from cancer.  Well, this little Blue Tabby picked me (Grace).  I spoke at length with Dr. Fleck about the "new" TNR program coming up and was very interested.  I bought my house that Christmas and with it came a large number of cats and so I began volunteering.  I forget the original number of cats I "inherited", but through the years I now have 17 cats in my outside colony.   My beloved pets, Grace, Max and DC (deaf cat), plus one "little" 90 pound Boxer named Buzz, share my house with me and make it a home.
 
My work background is as diverse as my cat colony. I graduated college with a degree in CIS (computer information systems). Technology does not scare me though I may grumble a little bit about it!  After college, I worked as a project manager for several companies.  This required me to travel all over the world on business.  I was always so grateful to get back home.  Most recently I worked in the realm of customer service and problem solving.  Now I get to utilize all of these skills I have acquired over my lifetime in an area that is near and dear to my heart.
 
I am very excited to be on board with Sheltering Hands and look forward to a year of support and growth with an amazing team of people that has a passion for these furry babies."
 
 
February 12th-14th, PetSmart will hold a National Adoption Event. We have some beautiful cats and kittens waiting to add some special feline love to your home. 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. Please visit us at our 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 the newsletter to go directly to our website, Facebook and Twitter pages.
To celebrate St. Valentine's Day ( and support our Community Cats Program), Sheltering Hands is offering another feline approved raffle basket, just in time for your favorite kitty's Valentine's Day surprise. The basket is loaded with lots of  fun  toys for your beloved cat and a $25 Publix gift certificate for you! Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. Tickets can be purchased at our Surgical Center Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:30-4. The drawing will be on February 14th. Thanks for your support.

 


Sheltering Hands Annual Garage Sale- March 12th

Our annual garage sale will be held on Saturday, March 12th at our Surgical Center on US Highway 27. Hours are from 8-4. All remaining items will be half price from 2-4. New or gently used donations will be accepted starting February 29th (no clothing, large furniture, appliances or electronics accepted). Donations can be dropped off at our Surgical Center Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:30-4.




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
  • Adoptions at CoCo's House on Wednesdays
  • Adoptions at PetSmart during the National Adoption Weekend- February 12th-14th
  • TNR help on surgery days, training provided
  • Organizing and pricing for our upcoming yard sale on March 12th (need help early part of March)



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

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