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The Big Give is a 26-hour online giving event hosted by The Columbus Foundation beginning October 10 at 10 am and ending October 11 at 12 pm (10/10 at 10 to start and 10/11 at 12 to end–see the cool number pattern) that allows our supporters to help us help tons of central Ohio kitties. Every dollar donated goes to help cats.

The Columbus Foundation will pay all credit card fees and they will also provide a $1.3 million plus bonus pool of money that we are eligible to get donations from. The minimum donation is only $20 via credit card. We’ll keep reminding you as the day gets closer!

Below is our link to The Giving Store. You will go here the day of The Big Give, so take a look now.

If you would like to see what other groups are participating in The Big Give, go to The Giving Store page and click on the “Explore by Category” button in the middle of the page. You can choose “Animal Welfare” to see everyone in that category, including us. Or if you can’t find our direct link, just put in Black and Orange Cat Foundation at the top of the page under “Explore the Giving Store” and you will find our page–where you will go the day of The Big Give!

This is the first year that Black and Orange Cat Foundation has been eligible to participate in The Big Give, as they added nonprofits from Union and Madison County to the pool of charitable groups. The Big Give works with organizations in 10 counties this year.


March 12 CPR Cat

On Saturday, March 12 from 9:30 am to noon, join Ohio Animal Companion at Capital Area Humane Society, 3015 Scioto Darby Executive Court in Hilliard for “Pet First Aid and CPR.”

You will learn about many different health issues and ways to help your pet in emergencies. Some of the items to be covered include:

  • Poisoning
  • Seizures
  • Burns
  • Choking
  • Fractures
  • Sprains
  • Heat Stroke
  • And much, much more!!

The workshop is being facilitated by Rita DiPaolo, licensed veterinary technician. There will be hands on CPR instruction for both dogs and cats with a mannequin provided.

All participants will receive a certificate of completion.

Seating is limited and you must pre-register for the workshop. There is a registration fee of $25.

You can LIKE Ohio Animal Companion on Facebook HERE.

To find out more about this event, go to the Ohio Animal Companion events page on Facebook HERE.

You can also register for the workshop on Eventbrite HERE.

LIKE Capital Area Humane Society on Facebook HERE.




For fifteen years, Alley Cat Allies has been hosting National Feral Cat Day and asking rescue groups nationwide to celebrate with them. This year, National Feral Cat Day and cat rescuers are trying to make Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) a Revolution–and they want you to join!

There will be lots of events on October 16 to celebrate National Feral Cat Day. Find one in your area by going HERE and get involved.

For more information on National Feral Cat Day, visit the web site HERE.


On Saturday, May 9, join Central Ohio rescue groups and tons of vendors for the first Fetch A Friend Adopt-A-Thon at the Lausche Building located at the Ohio State Fairgrounds Expo Center in Columbus.

The event will run from 10 am to 7 pm and takes place the Saturday of Mother’s Day weekend, encouraging mothers to bring a new furry baby home. And if you are not currently a mother, become one by adopting on this Saturday!

Volunteers are needed to help with the event. If you would like to find out about volunteering, please go HERE.

Additionally, vendors and sponsors are also needed.

To sign up as a sponsor, go HERE.

To set up the day of the event as a vendor, go HERE.

If you know of a rescue group or shelter that would like to attend, please pass this information on to them and ask them to sign up HERE.

And finally, you can help make this event AMAZING by donating HERE.

To find out more about this mega-adoption day, which we hope will occur annually, visit the Fetch A Friend web site HERE.

To Like Fetch A Friend on Facebook, go HERE. You’ll be updated on all the exciting news if you are a Fetch A Friend Facebook Friend (wow, say that three times fast!).

We’ll have more news about this first of its kind event in Columbus as May 9 gets closer. So check back often.




Since 1992, the International Society for Animal Rights (ISAR) has been celebrating International Homeless Animals’ Day with candlelight vigils around the world. The thought behind these vigils is to “bring people all over the world together to shed light on pet overpopulation and the spay/neuter solution.”

This year, International Homeless Animals’ Day will fall on Saturday, August 16.

Cat Welfare will be celebrating International Homeless Animals’ Day with a candlelight vigil on Saturday from 6:30-7:30 pm. The vigil will take place at their shelter, 741 Wetmore Road, Columbus, OH 43214.

Besides the vigil to focus on the plight of homeless animals, there will also be guest speakers. Kerry Manion, chief humane agent at Capital Area Humane Society will speak, as will Paula and Jay Mathew, feral cat experts.

To find out more about the event, go HERE.

To find out more about ISAR’s International Homeless Animals’ Day, go HERE.

For more information on ISAR, go HERE.




Join the awesome SOS (Shelter Outreach Services) of Ohio this coming Saturday, July 26 for their Open House from 11:30 am to 3 pm to celebrate the Grand Opening of their new location on the Hilltop at 3121 West Broad Street in Columbus.

When you stop in, you can take a tour of the facility and learn more about the veterinary services that SOS offers to the community. SOS is a non-profit organization that provides low cost, high volume spay and neuter services for cats and dogs, as well as feral cats in traps (you can take cats in traps in without an appointment between 7:30 am to 2 pm, Monday through Friday!).

There will also be kids’ crafts and light refreshments during the Open House. Make sure to find out more about the services they offer for free roaming and feral cats. You’ll be glad you did!

Like SOS of Ohio on Facebook HERE and keep updated on all their events and activities.



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The event you have been waiting for is finally here: Kitty Palooza! Where else can you find love, lots of furry faces, and good companionship all in one place!?

To celebrate “Adopt a Shelter Kitty” in the month of June, the very first Kitty Palooza will take place at Capital Area Humane Society on Sunday, June 8 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.

You can also buy t-shirts at Kitty Palooza that are being sold by the groups as a fundraiser. The shirts, created by Outfit Good, feature a quote from Pam Brown: “One small cat changes coming home to an empty house to Coming Home.”

The t-shirts sell for $28 and the groups get $7 from each sale. Outfit Good will be joining us at Kitty Palooza on Sunday, so you can pick up your own shirt while you are there!

And take home a kitty to love, too!



Health and Harmony Staff

Alley Cat Rescue in Maryland started Free Feral Cat Spay Day (FFCSD) in 2010. This is their fifth year of asking vets to provide two FREE spays or neuters of feral cats to the public. In 2012, FFCSD went international. Not only did vets in the United States participate, but also those in South Africa and Canada, as well.

Over 700 vet clinics in the United States provided free or reduced cost sterilization services to 5,100 feral cats in 2013. Free Feral Cat Spay Day is meant to build and strengthen relationships between the public and the veterinary community. Sadly, many vets still do not provide low cost options for feral cats, a population that desperately needs all of us working on their behalf.

Last year, the wonderful staff at Health and Harmony Animal Hospital in Grandview participated in Free Feral Cat Spay Day and spayed two feral kitties for us for FREE.

To find out more about Free Feral Cat Spay Day, visit Alley Cat Rescue’s web site HERE.

To find vets in your area who will provide free or discounted services on May 27, go HERE. If you scroll down until you find Ohio (or just click the OH link at the top of the page), you will see that, so far, there are eleven vet clinics that are willing to provide surgeries on Free Feral Cat Spay Day. The clinic closest to us here in Columbus is Grove City Vet Hospital. There are also participating clinics in Pataskala, Heath, Newark, Chillicothe, Warren, Georgetown, Cleveland, and Gallipolis. Check out the site and call the vet offices to find out more.

To LIKE Alley Cat Rescue on Facebook, go HERE.

To read the official press release below, click on it to enlarge it.

FFCSD 2014 Press Release


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.



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