Community Cat Coalition back with ‘Home for the Holidays’ event

8th annual adoption center runs through Dec. 23
By Brandon Gustafson | Nov 28, 2018
Photo by: Brandon Gustafson Coco, front, and Abigail, are just two of the many kittens available for adoption at the Community Cat Coalition’s “Home for the Holidays Pet Adoption Center.”

For the eighth consecutive year, Snohomish County residents will have the opportunity to help out cats searching for new homes.

The Community Cat Coalition (CCC), a nonprofit based in Mukilteo, is back and hosting its annual “Home for the Holidays Pet Adoption Center.” This is the third year it has been held in Mukilteo.

Volunteers and donations are what keep the event going.

“This is all made up of volunteers,” said Kathleen Shaw, CCC’s Fundraising and events director. “Everything we’re selling here has been donated. This is by far our biggest event of the year.”

They opened up shop this past weekend, starting Friday, Nov. 23, and had its best opening weekend to date, Shaw said.

“We raised over $1,600 just this weekend, and our goal is $8,000 this year,” she said. “All money we raise goes toward de-fleaing, spaying and neutering the cats, as well as our community outreach. It all goes back to the cats.”

The group assists residents statewide who are helping feed cat colonies and strays. The goal is to get as many cats spayed, neutered, fed, and properly medicated as possible. They also give grants to various groups and organizations with a similar mission.

“We teach classes all over the state about TNR (trap-neuter-release), bottle feeding kittens and relocating litters,” Shaw said. “It’s been hard trying to get the word out about what TNR is, but what we’re trying to do is save these cats.”

Shaw said they spay and neuter as many cats as they can so there’s not an abundance of cats that end up abandoned.

This particular event is made up of between 50 and 60 volunteers, on top of roughly 200 “trappers” and rescuers who are trying to get as many stray cats out of the wild and into new homes as they can.

Those cats are then treated for conditions such as fleas and worms, and are properly fed and cared for while CCC and its partner organizations try to help find them forever homes.

“We spend a great amount of time helping cats that would otherwise be euthanized,” Shaw said.

Kittens as young as 7 weeks old are up for adoption, along with older kittens, and older cats as well.

“We have an abundance of kittens,” Shaw said. “We also have older cats, moms with their babies, and kittens who haven’t had any real social interaction, who are warming up to being around humans.”

Shaw said one of her favorite parts of this event is seeing what she calls “big macho men” melt when they see a cute cat.

“I have seen some of the biggest guys go ‘aww’ when they see and hold these kittens,” she said.

The center also has blankets, pillows and knickknacks for sale, as well as gift baskets that can be won through a raffle.

Shaw said that some Mukilteo businesses, namely Mud Bay, QFC and Mukilteo Veterinary Hospital, have been instrumental in CCC’s success.

“We’re very fortunate people here in Mukilteo have stepped forward and helped and donated,” Shaw said.

Other groups and organizations CCC partners with are Joplin’s Sanctuary and Animal Rescue, Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Project, and Artis Photography, which takes Santa pictures at the adoption center for attendees and their pets.

“We’ve had everything from cats to hedgehogs to peacocks come in for photos,” Shaw said. “Artis Photography, they’re just so great with the animals.”

On Dec. 9, all proceeds from Artis Photography’s Santa pictures will go to the CCC.

Additionally, CCC is having cat food drive Dec. 15 and Dec. 16 in partnership with QFC and Mud Bay, and will have a bake sale on Dec. 15 as well.

Shaw encourages everyone to stop by and learn about what CCC does and why it is so crucial.

“Animals are not throwaways – they are family to us,” Shaw said. “We love what we do, and it’s really important.”

The center is open Saturdays and Sundays, starting at 10 a.m., through Dec. 23.

It is located in the Harbour Pointe Shopping Center behind the QFC gas station.

Santa photo packages start at $30 and are available by appointment at 425-892-2495.

For more information on CCC, visit communitycatcoalitionwa.org.

 

 

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