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GJ Community Cat Care

  Trap, Neuter, Return

March 19, 2014 Minutes

Community Cat Care

Community Hospital                    

March 19, 2014

Members present: 

Barb Metsker, Mary Stark, Susan,  Jodie MacTavish

Old Business:

The sale of the Herberger coupons was a success.  Barb, Susan, and Mary worked hard to sell coupons at the store and Jodie sold coupons to her business group.

A special assistant showed up at the store to sell coupons – Laura who works at Sam’s Club brought her beauty Bailey to be loved and admired and we believe helped us make the process a success.

It was mentioned that we had participated in the ‘Peace and Justice’ program in December and still had not received any funds.

Barb and Mark attended the Saturday event at the Fruita Co-op and handed out numerous informational packets to the public.  This was a heroic effort due to the fact that this was outside on a horribly cold and windy day in Fruita.

New Business:

Barb noticed that the Colorado Parks and Wildlife have brochures on animals like cougars, coyotes, and bears – Living with these animals.  It was suggested by Barb that we create a new brochure “Living with Feral Cats” which may create more understanding of the issues that feral cats and their care takers face.

Community Cat Care received generous donations from friends and family of Zelda Montoya who had remembered us generously in her passing. 

It was determined that we have several sheets of City Market customers card numbers that may not have been mailed to them for participation in the customer donation program.  Barb will check on where these need to be mailed.  We had received a check from City Market and recognize that this is a good source of income for our program.

Numerous ideas for raising money for the spay/neuter program were discussed. 

Selling pizza coupons were discussed but members seemed a little reluctant to participate in this program.

Selling candles and air fresheners were also discussed and it was mentioned that it might work well if we partnered with some auto businesses that could sell them car fresheners which would benefit our organization and the business would be recognized as a contributor to a local charity.

Barb is going to look into the donation boxes, Jodie was under the understanding we had boxes and some had actually been set out but no one knows where or who was responsible for them.  I believe we need to contact Aggie on this topic.

Mary and Barb are going to meet on Saturday to work on a request for donations letter.

Mary has written great stories on local cats in businesses.  Her upcoming list of businesses to be highlighted for Cat Of The Month will be:

April – Mesa Feed

May – True Value – 12th Street

June – True Value – Orchard Mesa

Other businesses will be Seasons to Follow with Natasha Watts

Reminder:  Please bring a guest and a fundraiser idea to each meeting!

It was noted that Animal Planet aired a program on TNR – Trap, Neuter, and Return – this gives more attention to the problem and solutions to feral cats in communities.  Educating the public on this topic will raise awareness and possible support for our program.

Related Web content:

Animal Planet’s Jackson Galaxy featured in PSA for National Feral Cat Day

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