Raise Money for Cat Rescue Groups with T-Shirt Sales!

Kitty Quote by Pam Brown

We have been trying for the past year to set up an event for cats similar to the bi-monthly “Mingle with Our Mutts” adopt-a-thon for dogs. And now we have it!

The very first “Kitty Palooza” will be held on Sunday, June 8 to celebrate “Adopt a Shelter Kitty” month in June.

Kitty Palooza will take place at Capital Area Humane Society the second Sunday of each month from 12 pm to 2 pm in the upstairs training hall.  All cats featured at this event will be spayed and neutered and current on vaccinations.

The groups participating in the very first Kitty Palooza are:

1. A Purrfect Start

2. CHA (Citizens for Humane Action) Animal Shelter

3. Colony Cats

4. Columbus Pet Rescue

5. Cozy Cat Cottage

6. Friends for Life

7. Pet Promise

8. Perfect Pet Adoption Center

Black and Orange and Capital Area will also round out the ten groups that are participating. In the future, as more groups want to join, we will have others involved.

In addition, each of the groups will be selling t-shirts (see below–they come in plum and evergreen) as a fundraiser for Kitty Palooza with the funds distributed evenly between each of the organizations.

The shirts feature a quote from Pam Brown: “One small cat changes coming home to an empty house to Coming Home.” Very sweet. We all know that having a kitty at home to greet you is a wonderful thing!

The t-shirts sell for $28 and the groups get $7 from each sale.

To buy your shirt and support many super cats, please go HERE.

And please join us on Sunday, June 8 to meet many cats who would love to share your home with you.



Posted under Cat News,Events by Black and Orange Cats on Wednesday 2 April 2014 at 6:27 pm

Find “The One” This Valentine’s Day!

The One

As a member of the Best Friends Animal Society Network Partners, we will be participating in “The One,” a national two-week-long promotion that helps companion animals and people find their true love through adoption this Valentine’s Day.

“The One” event runs from February 14-28. From February 14-16, we will be offering $14 adoption fees for our senior adult kitties and special needs cats. We have several FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus) positive cats that are still waiting for their forever homes! Whether you are looking for “dark and mysterious” or “chubby and cuddly,” we have “The One” for you!

To find out more about “The One,” visit Best Friend’s web site HERE.

Here are a few of our selected kitties that we think would be excellent Valentines–and their fees are all reduced to $14 from February 14-16.


1. Taj and Thomas: (Adult Siblings) You’ll need Two Laps for this Pair!

Thomas and his sister, Taj, were abandoned near dumpsters in a senior complex when they were only about a year old. A nice lady helped to find them an awesome home with their former mom and dad who treated all of their cats like their kids. Sadly, their mom died last year and when their dad went into the hospital with heart problems, Taj and Thomas and their two feline friends were taken to a kill shelter where they were slated to be euthanized.

We were able to pull all four cats and save their lives. Now we are looking for a home together for siblings Taj and Thomas who are about 6-7 years old. The two cats are up-to-date on everything and have been spayed/neutered, and tested negative for feline leukemia/FIV.

Their foster mom reports that they are the biggest love bugs ever and compete for lap time. So if you love lap kitties, you will need two laps for Taj and Thomas. These poor cats have really had a stressful few weeks. We want to ensure that they will be safe together for the rest of their lives.

Thomas is the lighter brown colored tabby with the rounder face (above). Taj is the darker colored tabby (below).


There is only one adoption fee of $75 for both cats, but we do want them adopted together. And if you adopt them from February 14-16, the adoption fee is only $14.

Honey Badger

2. Honey Badger: (Special Needs, FIV positive) Tall, dark, and handsome.

Honey Badger is one of our special needs kitties, as he is FIV positive. Honey Badger is so SWEET and will make you more biscuits than Paula Deen! Honey Badger is approximately 5 years old, neutered, and up-to-date on vaccines. If you are interested in meeting him, please call Health and Harmony Animal Hospital in Grandview, where he is residing at 614-360-3941 or stop by!

FIV is not a death sentence. Cats can live very long and happy lives with FIV. The virus can only be spread by a deep bite, so docile FIV positive kitties can live with other non-positive cats, as long as everyone gets along. They can also live with dogs, as it does not get passed from cats to dogs.

Let Honey Badger spend this Valentine’s Day making biscuits in your kitchen…and bedroom, and dining room….

Honey Badger’s motto: “Black is Beautiful.” We think so, too!

3. Thomas O’Malley: (Special Needs, FIV positive) Celtic and Cute!

We think the staff at Health and Harmony gave Thomas O’Malley this Irish name, because he is a stunning “ginger” boy with lovely red hair. Thomas O’Malley was found trying to get food near a dumpster and was trapped and taken for vet care. But after arriving for vet care, it was clear that he was not feral, but he was FIV positive. His caregiver did not want to put him back outside, so he is in need of a home. He is neutered, tested, vaccinated, and ready to head home to a castle or cottage where he can always have “smiling Irish eyes.”


If you would like to provide a forever home for any of these kitties, please Download an application. Once you have filled it out, you can email it back to us at bandocats@gmail.com or fax it to 614-873-0972.

Check out all of our other adoptable kitties on Petfinder: www.bandocats.petfinder.com.

Valentine's day

Posted under Cat News,Cats Seeking New Homes,Events by Black and Orange Cats on Thursday 13 February 2014 at 7:42 pm

Several Ways to Show Your Love of Animals This Valentine’s Day.

I realized just a few days ago that I had not posted anything here since the holidays. With some really cold weather in Ohio, I’ve spent most of January worrying about all of the animals that are outside struggling to survive. Additionally, after finding out about the dolphin hunt in Taiji, Japan (and seeing truly gruesome images on Facebook), I’ve felt a bit depressed by all of the sadness that seems to exist in our world.

I always, always try to focus on the positive, so I thought I would use this posting to tell you how you can help chained dogs and dolphins just in time for Valentine’s Day.

The first wonderful project you can take part in will send Valentines to chained dogs.

Have a HeartIf you have never heard of this, I’d like to encourage you to participate in a really neat event that Dogs Deserve Better does each Valentine’s Day. For the Have a Heart for Chained Dogs Valentine Campaign, Dogs Deserve Better (DDB) sends out Valentines to chained and penned dogs. Mailed along with the Valentine is a brochure about bringing dogs into the home and freeing them from their chained existence, as well as a coupon for a dog treat. This is the 12th year that Dogs Deserve Better has been sending out Valentines to neglected canines.

Last year, Dogs Deserve Better, whose mission focuses on freeing dogs from chained and penned lives, sent almost 20,000 Valentines. The goal for 2014 is 21,000 Valentines. In order to do that, DDB needs you!

First of all, they need you to make Valentines for the dogs. If you are a teacher, a student, a group leader (4-H, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts) or someone homeschooling their children, this is a great service project to teach kindness to animals. The Valentines should be no larger than 4″ by 8.5″ so they can fit into an envelope to be mailed. DDB is stressing Quality over Quantity–they want really neat Valentines that will make people think. You can visit their web site to see some of the cool Valentines people made in previous years and also to download high resolution chained dog images to use on your own Valentines. All Valentines must be mailed to Dogs Deserve Better, 1915 Moonlight Road, Smithfield, VA 23430 by February 5–yes, we are running out of time.

Secondly, DDB needs coupons for free or reduced cost treats or dog food. They are aiming at having a coupon to go with every Valentine, so 21,000 coupons. You can mail coupons to the same address: 1915 Moonlight Road, Smithfield, VA 23430.

And finally, DDB needs to know who to send these Valentines to. If you know of a chained or penned dog in your area (we have all seen them–the poor dogs that look miserable in summer heat and bring tears to our eyes when they are covered in drifts of snow), please find the addresses for those dogs and either email them to info@dogsdeservebetter.org, call the info in at 757-357-9292, or go online and fill out the information via a form on the web site: HEREYOU WILL REMAIN ANONYMOUS!

You can also sponsor the cost of sending 21,000 Valentines by making a donation to Dogs Deserve Better online or by mailing a check to the address listed above. You can also purchase really neat Valentine merchandise when you visit the site to learn how to participate in the 2014 Valentine Campaign.

To find out more about the 2014 Valentine Campaign, go HERE.

To read the official press release, go HERE.

Like DDB on Facebook HERE.

Love Dophins

The second thing you can do this Valentine’s Day will help the dolphins in Taiji’s Cove. If you have never seen the award winning movie, The Cove, (and, to be honest, I could not watch it), let me explain what happens each year in Taiji, Japan.

From September 1 to March of the following year, fishermen herd dolphins in to a cove where they cannot escape. They then brutally slaughter the dolphins for their meat and capture others for sale to marine mammal parks.

One thing to remember is that dolphins, after humans, are the smartest animals on the planet. They form strong bonds with their families and have been known to commit suicide when they are stressed or unhappy. A mother dolphin did just that when her baby, a rare albino dolphin, was captured during this last hunt in the cove. She went under the water and did not resurface for air after her baby was taken from her. These intelligent beings are subjected to the very, very brutal slaughter of their families as the cove waters run red with blood.

You can read a really good article about the dolphin hunt in a Huffington Post blog by Karen Dawn HERE.

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and Sea Shepherd Cove Guardians are declaring Valentine’s Day to be “World Love for Dolphins” Day. They are asking people to protest the inhumane dolphin hunts in Taiji, Japan by demonstrating at Japanese Embassies and Consulates.

If you cannot join a demonstration, you can send a Valentine for a dolphin to the Japanese Embassy. Print out a dolphin Valentine HERE and mail it to:

Ambassador Kenichiro Sasae

C/O The Embassy of Japan in Washington, D. C.

2520 Massachusetts Avenue, N. W. 

Washington, DC 20008

To find out where and how you can participate in a demonstration on February 14 or to send a Valentine for Dolphin to the Japanese Embassy, go HERE.

You can keep up on all the notifications from the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and their Cove Guardians as they monitor the dolphin hunt in the Cove by liking them on Facebook HERE and HERE.

I would also encourage everyone to make a short and respectful phone call to the Japanese Embassy in Washington. When the phone is answered, tell them you wish to leave your comments on the dolphin hunt. You will then be directed to the fisheries department where you will leave a message. Tell them you do not agree with the hunts and ask them to please discontinue this needless slaughter. While signing petitions is great, tying up the phone lines and making a nuisance for the Embassy will send a very loud message for the dolphins.

To call the Japanese Embassy in Washington, D. C.: 202 238 6700

Have a heart for all animals that suffer at the hands of humans. Do something this Valentine’s Day to make a difference!

Posted under Animal News (other than cats),Events by Black and Orange Cats on Tuesday 4 February 2014 at 8:08 pm

Happy Holidays to All Our Supporters, Volunteers, Adopters, and Fellow Cat Lovers Everywhere!


We want to wish everyone a very, very happy Christmas and hope you will experience many blessings in 2014.

We also want to thank you for all that you do for us, the kitties, and all the other animals who make their way into your lives.


If you are looking for a last minute gift, please consider “Gift a Fix,” through the Fixit Foundation. You can make a donation to have an animal spayed or neutered. The recipient of the “Gift a Fix,” chooses the animal they want to be fixed from the many, many profiles listed on the “Get Your Fix” web site.

To “Gift a Fix,” go HERE

The handsome kitty in this photo is Presto who was adopted by the Forman family and has been showing off his photogenic qualities ever since he crowded his way on to the scene and pushed his brother, Tiger, out of the pictures! Thank you to Monica for always keeping us updated on Presto and Tiger’s antics and sending us so many wonderful photos of both boys.

Posted under Daily Life of a Rescuer by Black and Orange Cats on Tuesday 24 December 2013 at 4:43 pm

Photos with Santa at Health and Harmony Animal Hospital, Saturday, December 14, 2-4 pm.

Chuck with snake.

On Saturday, December 14 from 2 to 4 pm, we will be holding “Photos with Santa” at Health and Harmony Animal Hospital,1117 West First Avenue in Grandview. If you have questions, you can call Health and Harmony: 614-360-3941.

We’re asking people to bring their own cameras and phones to take as many photos as they want of Buddy and/or Fluffy posing on Santa’s lap.

There will be a $5 minimum donation that will benefit Black & Orange Cat Foundation and the Good Samaritan Fund at Health and Harmony – to provide veterinary care to animals in need. You can, of course, donate more – and we will love you for it.

We will also have a photographer on hand who can take photos if you don’t have your phone or camera with you. The photos can either be printed out on site or emailed to you.

You can take photos of four-legged and two-legged kiddos – or even add a few adults to the mix. Anyone you want can pose with Santa.

We’ll also have some gift items and bakery goods (doggie treats and people treats) available to purchase. There will also be someone set up to do gift wrapping for a donation.

We look forward to seeing you then!


Chuck and Mrs. Claus

Posted under Events,Holiday Gift Giving Ideas by Black and Orange Cats on Tuesday 10 December 2013 at 4:23 pm

Giving Tuesday is December 3!!


After several days of crazy shopping sprees, Tuesday, December 3 has been designated as Giving Tuesday. On this day, people are asked to help all those charities who do so much good in their daily lives.

We are participating in Giving Tuesday with a campaign to help raise funds for a colony of cats in Buckeye Lake we’ve been trying to help for the past several months. Dr. Kim West and all of the staff at Health and Harmony Animal Hospital have been working with us on this project. When I was a bit overwhelmed to learn that there were over 40 cats in need of help, Dr. West told me we’d figure out something and help them. She then set up a Good Samaritan Fund through Health and Harmony and did a microchipping fundraiser to get the effort started.

To date, we have spayed and neutered 13 cats using the Good Sam fund–Dr. West has not charged us a penny for the surgeries or vaccines. And these cats really needed our help. We’ve also taken eleven kittens to be adopted. We have four remaining, all siblings–Winkin and Blinkin, TJ and Buff (who are currently at the PetSmart on Sawmill Road looking for their forever home). We’ve also taken three adult cats from this colony for a total of 14 cats that have been pulled to go to new lives.

One of those cats was Scruffy, who came to the Dr. West’s office looking a complete mess (see the before and after photos below). We thought he would lose an eye. His ear was infected, fur matted, and he was FIV positive. But with a lot of love and care, this special boy blossomed and even found a home! A lady who lives just down the street from Health and Harmony saw Scruffy’s profile on Facebook. A kind supporter had written that they hoped Scruffy’s home was “just around the corner.” The lady who adopted him took that as a sign–because she did live just around the corner. So she came in, met Scruffy, and took him home! And now this sweet boy is living the life of a King Cat–which he is!


Scruffy before he came to Health and Harmony.

Scruffy after lots of love and care.

Scruffy after lots of love and care.

We think there are approximately 23 cats left that need our help. We set up a special Giving Tuesday fund to help get these final cats fixed before kitten season arrives in February/March.

You can make a donation to this special Giving Tuesday project and help the remaining cats by going HERE.

We will also be fundraising for these kitties when we do our Santa Photos on Saturday, December 14 from 2-4 pm at Health and Harmony, 1117 West First Avenue in Grandview. Our wonderful Santa (Chuck Gaul) will be available for photos with two-legged and four-legged babies. Bring your own camera or phone and take as many pictures as you want for a $5 donation to our fund to help these kitties. We will also be holding a bake sale and someone will be on hand to wrap gifts for a donation.

Here are photos of some of the other kitties we helped from this colony.

Winkin and Blinkin snuggling in their bed.

Winkin and Blinkin snuggling in their bed.


TJ and Buff are ready for their forever home!

TJ and Buff are ready for their forever home!


Posted under Events,Holiday Gift Giving Ideas by Black and Orange Cats on Friday 29 November 2013 at 2:04 pm

The Holidays are Coming!


The holidays are just around the corner. We will be participating in several holiday fundraisers, but there are also ways you can support us and other rescue groups from your computer by shopping online or by making donations that can be matched. Check out the ideas below.

Here is also a list of where you can come visit us during the holiday season and support our spay and neuter efforts.

1. On Saturday, December 14, from 2-4 pm, we will be taking photos with Santa at Health and Harmony Animal Hospital, 1117 West First Avenue in Grandview.

We are doing things a bit differently than we have done in the past at PetSmart. We’ll still have our wonderful Santa Chuck with us, but this year, we’re asking people to bring their own cameras and phones to take as many photos as they want of Buddy or Fluffy posing on Santa’s lap. There will be a $5 minimum donation that will benefit Black and Orange and the Good Samaritan fund at Health and Harmony (to provide vet care to animals in need). You can, of course, donate more–and we will love you for it. We will also have a photographer on hand who can take photos if you don’t have your phone or camera with you. We’ll get your email address and email those photos to you. You can take photos of four-legged and two-legged kiddos–or even add a few adults to the mix–anyone you want to pose with Santa.

We’ll also have some gift items and bakery goods (doggie treats and people treats) available to purchase. There will also be someone set up to do gift wrapping for a donation.

2. Saturday, November 30 is Small Business Saturday. We will be set up in Plain City Druggist, 480 South Jefferson Avenue in Plain City, from 10 am to noon wrapping all those presents you bought on Black Friday. So bring them in to us and let us wrap them for you. We are just asking for a donation to benefit Black and Orange in exchange for our wrapping expertise. We’ll provide the tape, paper, and ribbons. You provide the boxes to wrap.

3. We’ll also be wrapping presents on Saturday, December 7 from 5:30 to 9 pm during Christmas Under the Clock in Plain City. We’ll be hanging out in Plain City Druggist with all our wrapping gear. So bring in the presents you buy while shopping in downtown Plain City or even in the drugstore and we’ll send them home with you all tied up neatly in a bow (and disguised from the holiday snoops in your house).

Other ways to help without facing the holiday crowds:

1. Please make every gift count this holiday season. More than 1,300 top stores including Amazon, Toys R Us, Best Buy, Apple, Gap, and more will donate a percentage of virtually every sale to Black and Orange Cat Foundation. Just go to GoodShop.com, designate us as the cause you support and then click over to your favorite store. You pay nothing extra–and you can even save money as GoodShop lists thousands of money-saving coupons and free shipping offers. Or, add our toolbar to your browser at http://www.goodsearch.com/toolbar –and your purchase will count even if you forget to go to GoodShop first! There’s no easier way to support us this holiday season! Please spread the word.

Sign up now for Gooddining and every time you eat out with a registered credit card, B and O will get 6%! Find out more by going HERE.

And don’t forget to use GoodSearch each time you look something up online. When you choose us as your charity, we get a penny back each time you do an online search. GoodSearch now by going HERE.

2. We have a shop where you can purchase B and O logo items online at Zazzle.com. You can make your own Black and Orange logo t-shirts, shirts for your pampered pooch, or buy stamps and cards that feature rescued cats. Many of the photos we received in past calendar contests have now been made into really, really cool stamps. Buy those now and you can put them on your holiday cards and know that we are getting a portion back from that purchase, too–we get part of the proceeds!! Show your support for B and O in the coming year by wearing our logo!

3. AmazonSmile allows you to shop and give back to a favorite charity at the same time. Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charity you pick. Black and Orange is signed up with AmazonSmile, so you can choose us when you shop on Amazon by starting on the Smile.Amazon.com web site. For more info or to start shopping, go HERE.

Inline Image4. Hooray for the Underdog cards, journals, and notepads all feature rescued animals. On the backs of the cards, the animal’s story is told–abandoned in boxes, left alone on doorsteps–these animals all had unhappy past lives before becoming a star on the covers of Hooray for the Underdog cards. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of all Hooray for the Underdog items goes back to support rescues and shelters.

Inline Image5. Rescue Chocolate donates 100% of their net profits to animal rescue organizations nationwide. With flavor names that draw attention to many pet issues, the packaging is as creative as the candy is delicious. From Peanut Butter Pit Bull to Mission Feral Fig (our favorite as it highlights the importance of Trap-Neuter-Return), these 100% Vegan products are sure to make nice stocking stuffers this holiday season.

6. B and O is enrolled in the Kroger Community Rewards Program. As you know, Kroger will give us money based upon the percentage spent by participating members who designate B and O as their charity of choice. If you are shopping at Kroger this holiday season for all the fixings for your family dinners or even for gifts for those on your “nice list,” make sure you are signed up to designate B and O to receive a percentage of what you spend this year on holiday must haves.

The number you need to use to designate your purchases for Black and Orange is 84918. 

You can sign up for the Kroger Community Rewards Program by clicking HERE.

7. Many people work for companies that will match their donations. For a list of over 100 companies that will match donations, go HERE and look for your employer on the list. You will need to scroll down to see the list. Don’t see your company on the list? Stop in your human resources department and ask them if your workplace has a matching program. If they do, you can help the charity of your choice even more!

8. This holiday season help prevent animal homelessness. Millions of cats and dogs are lost every year in U.S. shelters due to companion animal overpopulation. This year “Gift a Fix” and help prevent animal homelessness.

Many kind hearted people bring abandoned animals into their homes and families, but find even a low cost spay or neuter beyond their budget during a period of economic hardship. GetYourFix.org provides them with the hope that they will not contribute to the population of unwanted animals.

Why you should Gift a Fix?

1. Reduce the homeless animal population. – Expense is one of the top reasons why caregivers fail to spay or neuter their animals. FiXiT’s solution for assisting those going through hard times prevents new litters from contributing to the homeless animal population.
2. Great last minute gift.
3. Fits every budget. – Gift a Fix donations start as low as $25. For $100, you will receive a personal letter describing the animal benefactor, profiled on GetYourFix, and ongoing updates about the cat or dog’s spay or neuter.

Gift a Fix this holiday season and make a difference for our best friends. You can Gift a Fix by going HERE

Posted under Holiday Gift Giving Ideas by Black and Orange Cats on Monday 18 November 2013 at 8:22 pm

Join Sunrise Sanctuary for Their 5th Annual Thanksgiving FOR the Turkeys on Sunday, November 17 from 1 to 3 pm.


Sunrise Sanctuary, for those of you who don’t know, is an awesome long term home for those animals that normally are considered “food” in our society. Sunrise Sanctuary, however, considers these animals to be their duty to protect and love. They provide them with shelter, food, and a lifelong place to live lives free from the fears these animals normally face in our world.

Therefore, this Thanksgiving, rather than sitting down to a turkey dinner, the kind hearted people at Sunrise Sanctuary will be holding a compassionate Thanksgiving FOR the Turkeys and are asking everyone to join them in donating food to keep these lovely birds from going hungry. The turkeys don’t want their friends, the sheep, cows, pigs, horses, chickens, and ducks from going hungry either, so they are also asking for donations of food for their other buddies.

Join the animals and everyone at the Sanctuary on Sunday, November 17, from 1 to 3 pm for a Thanksgiving celebration you will never forget.

For this special event, Sunrise Sanctuary is partnering with ASE Feed & Supply, (who provides the quality food and supplies for the sanctuary animals at discounted price), to fill up the barns and bins with lots of yummy treats for the everyone living at the Sanctuary.

ASE is putting together a truck full of items that Sunrise needs for the animals. The truck will contain food, treats, and other necessities and will be parked at the Sanctuary during the Thanksgiving event. Pricing for the items in the truck will start at just $5. You can purchase food to help keep these wonderful beings happy and fed over the next few months. Credit cards will be accepted at the event. All purchases are also tax deductible!

You can also bring things that Sunrise needs to the event. To pick out items, visit their Wish List HERE.


There will also be lots of great treats from the vegan bakery, Pattycake Bakery. Additionally, there will be other gift items available for the holiday season. Check out book markers, art, and pendants by Tina Lowery. The book “Journey to Gentle Barn” by Natasha McKeon will also be featured for only $14.99. And Sunrise Sanctuary t-shirts will be on sale for $10.

Please RSVP for the Thanksgiving event by November 11 by going HERE.

Make sure you check the weather forecast and dress appropriately. This is a working farm, so wear boots and old clothes to muck around.

And if you can’t make it to the Thanksgiving FOR the Turkeys event, consider adopting a turkey for only $7.50 a month. The Support-A-Buddy Program makes you a hero for the animals all Year long! Find out more HERE.

Sunrise Sanctuary is located just a short distance from Columbus and Plain City at 16730 Martin Welch Road in Marysville, Ohio.  Please consider taking a trip to visit the animals and enjoy a compassionate and gentle Thanksgiving.

And Please LIKE Sunrise Sanctuary on Facebook by going HERE.


Posted under Animal News (other than cats),Events,Holiday Gift Giving Ideas by Black and Orange Cats on Thursday 24 October 2013 at 4:14 pm

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