Monthly Archives: September 2012

Join the ZenCat Gallery for their Fall Art Show and Silent Auction on Sunday, September 30 from 5 to 8 pm at Sidebar 122.

The evening will feature awesome appetizers, decadent drinks, and fabulous art. You can meet the artists, buy “art with heart,” and support feline welfare. The show will feature 4 x4″ collage artworks. The proceeds from the sale of all the collages and silent auction items will go to the “Feline Assistance Fund.”

ZenCat Gallery is “dedicated to honoring and increasing the positive visibility of cats.” Their mission includes “providing more avenues for connection in the feline community as well as supporting feline welfare.” For that purpose the Feline Assistance Fund was started with a portion of all proceeds from the gallery going to “improve the lives of cats and those who care for them.”

Sidebar 122 is located at 122 East Main Street in Columbus. Please add this event to your calendar and tell all your art and cat loving friends about it. We know you have a space on your walls that is just calling for a piece of artwork featuring a fabulous kitty!

Come out to The Orchard and Company and vote for Black and Orange’s scarecrow as the best scarecrow in the “Scarecrows for Charity” event. If our scarecrow gets the most votes, we will win $500 for Plain City kitties.

I want to thank Willi Rivenburg and Angie Austin for choosing Black and Orange as the charity they wanted to honor with a scarecrow. This is our super scarecrow team, featured with the B and O scarecrow, in the photo! Thanks so much for this awesome looking cat scarecrow (of course, who better to scare away crows than a giant cat!?).

The Orchard and Company is a family friendly destination that will be open this weekend, September 22 and 23, from 11am-6pm. The Orchard and Company will also be open September 29 and 30, and weekends the entire month of October.

The Orchard and Company features, not only an apple orchard and scarecrows, but also many exciting activities meant to entice visitors from Plain City and across the state. With a gift shop, bakery, and “Pigadeli Café” on site, shoppers and “foodies” alike will find seasonal treasures and edible goodies galore.

For children, there are tons of fun activities that will keep them on the move, including a pedal car track, tire climb, jumping pillow, zip lines, wagon rides, and more. If the kids aren’t tired after a day at The Orchard, they must be robots!

The Orchard and Company is currently hosting “Scarecrows for Charity” as part of their Fall Festival. Scarecrows, created by and for local charitable organizations, will be on display throughout The Orchard. Visitors can vote for their favorite scarecrow after viewing them on a tractor drawn hayride. The winning scarecrow’s charity will receive a monetary prize.

The Orchard and Company is located south of Plain City at 7255 US Highway 42 North, just a short, scenic drive from Columbus, London, Marysville, or Dayton. The Orchard and Company would also like to encourage bicycle aficionados to ride out and drop in for a bowl of chili or a slice of pie. The Orchard and Company is only a few miles from The Heritage Rail Trail’s endpoint on Cemetery Pike in Plain City.

An Orchard day pass is $8.00. The tractor drawn wagon hayride, as well as fishing in The Orchard’s pond, requires an additional $2. To see the scarecrows and vote on them, you have to take the wagon hayride. Children two and under and adults over fifty-five receive free admission.

The Orchard and Company can also accommodate large groups and parties. Contact The Orchard for a place to host school outings, birthday parties, reunions, weddings, company meetings, and other special occasions.

For more information on The Orchard and Company, visit their web site:

Become a fan on Facebook HERE.

Thank you again to Willi and Angie, Ron Winn, and the staff at The Orchard and Company for choosing to make a scarecrow for Black and Orange. When I received the photos of our cool cat scarecrow, I was pleasantly surprised! You guys are great!


Our board member, co-founder, volunteer, and foster, Bobbie Timmons, will be running the Columbus Marathon on Sunday, October 21, 2012. Bobbie has run two half marathons of 13.1 miles, but never the full 26.2 marathon. This will be her first endeavor at a full marathon and she has been practicing for months now to get ready. On Sunday, August 26, she ran the Emerald City Half Marathon in just about 2 hours and 45 minutes. That means, she will be running for around 5-6 hours for the full marathon! Impressive!

Bobbie decided to become a marathon runner to raise money for the kitties of Black and Orange. She will be running in a specially made B and O shirt and ball cap with our logo embroidered on both. You can clearly see her coming in her black and orange outfit.

Bobbie is asking all of you to please donate either $0.50, $1, or $2 for every mile she is going to run ($13, $26, or $52 total). Her goal is to raise as much money as possible to help spay and neuter even more kitties in need. We can spay a female cat for around $50 and neuter a male cat for $32. If you donate $0.50 or $1 per mile, we’ll apply those amounts, $13 or $26, toward a cat neuter. If you donate $2 per mile ($52), we’ll spay one female cat. Let’s see how many cats we can spay and neuter using Bobbie’s very capable legs!

You can donate on her Cause Page HERE. You can also donate by clicking on the PayPal button on the B and O home page HERE.

Thank you to John Hedgecock of Needle This Embroidery for making the shirts and hats for us with B and O’s logo embroidered so nicely across them. They turned out great! If you need something embroidered, contact John at or 614-879-5990.

Black and Orange is nominated to participate in the Chase Community Giving campaign where 196 groups will be chosen out of thousands to win cash prizes. The group with the most votes will win $250,000, while runners-up have the chance to win $100,000, $50,000, $20,000, and $10,000.

Check out the rules for voting by going HERE. Chase customers with an online account will receive two votes at You can only use one of those votes for Black and Orange. We would suggest using the other vote for PetPromise, who is also nominated and would like to win the $250,000 to build their cage-less Animal Community Center.

Facebook users who allow access to the Chase Community Giving app will also receive two votes. You can again only use one of those votes for Black and Orange. Facebook users will also have an opportunity to earn one bonus vote on Facebook. According to Chase, this bonus vote may be cast for any Eligible Nominated Charity even if the voter has already cast a vote for the same charity–so you could use your bonus vote again for Black and Orange.

Vote for Black and Orange on Facebook HERE.

Chase Customers who are also Facebook users can vote at and Facebook. If a voter who is a Chase customer casts votes on both and Facebook, the voter may vote for the same charity twice – once on and once on Facebook. The same voter may vote a third time on Facebook if that voter earns a Bonus vote. The bonus vote can be used for Black and Orange, as well.

Earn an extra bonus vote on Facebook by clicking “Like, Send, or Tweet” on the page after you vote. If anyone follows the link and votes, you get an extra bonus vote that can be used for Black and Orange.

Chase Customers could potentially vote five times–and they could vote for Black and Orange three times–once at, once on Facebook, and again on Facebook with a bonus vote!

Vote on Facebook HERE.

If you are a Chase Customer, Vote at HERE.

Please help us win. We would be eternally grateful for just the $10,000 prize!!

Please join Black and Orange for MARS Petcare’s 5th Annual “Adoption on the Lawn” on Sunday, September 9 from noon to 5 pm. The event, which is held on the lawn in front of MARS at 5115 Fisher Road, will feature adoptable dogs and cats (just a note–we do not do same day adoptions–all of our normal adoption policies will stand and no cats will be able to go home with adopters the day of the event), music, kids activities, product giveaways, and prizes.

The adoption event will feature 15 local shelters and rescues including several purebred dog rescues (Columbus Cocker RescueOhio Pug Rescue, and Ohio Rottweiler Rescue). Additionally, there will be several cat groups (Cat WelfareCozy Cat Cottage, as well as B and O), and shelters that feature both dogs and cats (Citizens for Humane Action, Humane Society of Madison CountyHumane Society of Clark County, New Beginnings Animal Shelter, Pets Without ParentsPowell Animal Welfare Society, and Stop the Suffering).

Canine Collective and His Hands Extended Sanctuary will also be among the Elite 15!

This is our third year participating in this event. We LOVE MARS. They are so good to us, donating food to help our caregivers and our Pet Food Pantry, and supporting us in so many other ways.

We hope you will come out and support MARS and us at this fun event.

To print out a flyer please click the link: Columbus KKC Flyer 2012-final


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