Black & Orange Cat Foundation (or “B & O”) is named for two very special and very spoiled cats, Butler and Oswald. Butler, the “B” in “B & O” is the black cat in the group, while Oswald, the “O” in “B & O” is our orange feline. Although, we are especially fond of our black and orange cats (and, yes, we love those black and orange tortie mixes, too), we do not just help cats of those colors. We help all cats, no matter their shading.
Both Butler and Oswald were adopted from the Union County Humane Society in Marysville, Ohio. Butler stole our hearts, when, after being released from his cage, he ran up his new mom's arm and perched atop her shoulder.
Oswald, on the other hand, got our attention by screaming his head off until we finally came over and opened his cage door. Whereupon, there was no putting him back inside without suffering permanent hearing loss.
While these two mongrels were adopted from our local shelter, the rest of the cats who have padded into our lives have come looking for us. Like the hobos during the Great Depression who marked “X's” on gates to let other hobos know where a kindly person lived who would give them a meal, these cats seem to have marked our homes to lead other unfortunate felines to our doors.
Stray and abandoned, often very ill or injured, these cats led us to the idea of starting an organization to spay and neuter feral and stray cats in order to decrease the overpopulation problem and help cats who have no other angels looking out for them.
May Kitties of the Month: Cinnamon and Sophie
Cinnamon was a stray who went to a wonderful home last year with another female kitty who looks just like him--her name is Sophie. We just recently learned that his human mom is losing her home and must place both Cinnamon and Sophie.
Cinnamon is a gorgeous Ragdoll. He has the coloring and markings of a seal point Siamese, but with long hair. He has had his hair groomed at the groomer's and he loves to be brushed, which is good, because he does get mats. He also has gorgeous blue eyes.
Cinnamon loves women (and he is good with men, too, but he really loves the ladies). He loves to sit beside you on the couch while you watch television and he really likes to crawl up in your lap and stay as long as you will let him. He has a really loud purr and he is a big boy--solid and hefty.
Cinnamon is about 3-4 years old. He has been neutered, vaccinated, tested negative for feline leukemia, dewormed, microchipped, and treated with flea preventative.
Cinnamon is fine with other cats, only he is so big and plays so rough that he tends to scare smaller cats. He would probably need to be with either another cat who also liked to play rough and could stand up to the big lug or by himself. He likes to chase the other kitties in the household with him. If they stand up to him and let him know they do not want to play, he leaves them alone. But if they take off running, the chase is on. He is not mean. He just is a bit too rough when he tries to play and he doesn't have quite the manners he should have when it comes to playing.
Cinnamon also has many dog-like characteristics and will meet you at the door. He likes to be wherever you are and will follow you around, as well.
Sophie is a gorgeous Ragdoll who is about 7-8 years old. She was adopted by her current mom from a shelter in Michigan. Her mom drove all the way from Ohio to pick her up. Sophie currently lives in a home with another Ragdoll male, Cinnamon, and the two get along great together. Cinnamon is younger, about 3-4 years. Both cats look alike--big blue eyes, light tan bodies and darker face, feet, and tails.
Sophie and Cinnamon's mom is losing her home and needs to find new forever homes for these two. They do not have to be adopted together. Cinnamon loves to play, while Sophie just likes a quiet environment where she can sleep and get lots of love.
Sophie is spayed, vaccinated, tested negative for feline leukemia/FIV, microchipped, and treated with flea preventative.
If you are interested in adopting either Sophie or Cinnamon, please download an application through PetPromise: http://petpromise.org/cats
View previous Kitties of the Month in our photo gallery.
Res Q Threads
Support the Black and Orange Cat Foundation with every purchase from Res Q Threads. Check out the rescue apparel and accessories for you and your pet!
Buy T-shirts and Support Kitty Palooza!!
We are taking part in Kitty Palooza, a giant kitty adoption event that will take place monthly at Capital Area Humane Society with multiple cat rescue groups. Kitty Palooza is the cat equivalent of "Mingle with the Mutts" for dogs.
As part of this event, each of the groups are selling t-shirts which feature a quote from Pam Brown: "One small cat changes coming home to an empty house to Coming Home." The shirts are $28 and the groups get $7 from the sale of each shirt. Help us raise money to help more cats in need and attend the first Kitty Palooza on Sunday, June 8!!
Click on the link below to buy your shirt! It comes in plum and evergreen!
Shop at this website and B&O receives 15% of net sales!
The site contains loads of pet-related products from unique to useful: apparel, jewelry, solutions to pet problems, gifts for pets and pet lovers, home accents, and more.
On the check-out page, you will be able to select a shelter to benefit from your purchase.
Just select Ohio - and Black and Orange Cat Foundation for the shelter.
The Black and Orange Cat Foundation blog has been chosen a finalist in the 2013 Petties in the category of Best Cat Blog. Voting for finalists is now open through July 31, 2013.
From July 5 to July 31, you can vote every day, once a day for our blog, which is listed under "Best Cause Blog" and "B and O Cats."
To Vote for Black and Orange's Blog as the "Best Cause Blog," go HERE. Click on "Vote Now." Remember, we are listed as "B and O Cats" on the ballot.
The winner in each blog category will win a $1,000 donation to the rescue or shelter of choice. The winners will be announced in an online ceremony in September.
Kuranda Cat and Dog Beds
Our cats love to sleep on Kuranda Cat beds, but we don't have enough for everyone. If you would like to donate a bed at a special wholesale price for another cat to sleep in comfort, please donate a Kuranda cat bed.
H&R Block Tax Fundraiser
Help us raise money just by having your taxes done. This only works for new H&R Block clients, however.
When you go to have your taxes done, take a copy of this flyer. Our information is printed on the flyer to ensure that we will get credit.
For every new H&R Block client who takes this referral form when they have their taxes done, Black and Orange will receive $20.
Collars by Katie
Everyone please check out the wonderful "Collars by Katie." Katie is currently an employee at East Hilliard Vet Services and a vet student at Ohio State. Katie is offering to donate $2 per item sold (cat collars, dog collars, leashes, harnesses) to B&O through January and $1 per item thereafter.
There is a spot on her ordering window online that asks "who referred you" so she'll know where the credit is due! So if you do order something, write in that you found out about Katie's wonderful items from B and O! And please support Katie!
Stretch & Scratch - Scratch Pads for Caged Cats
Every caged cat deserves a scratcher! Relieves stress and keeps cats exercised and entertained.
You can order 6, 12, 25 or 50 scratchers per box and donate them to the Black & Orange Cat Foundation!
Order from Stretchandscratch.com
Only $4.95 shipping for any size box!
Best Writing Winner in the BlogPaws Awards
The Black and Orange Cat Foundation blog won the Best Writing Category in the BlogPaws awards? Halo, Purely for Pets and FreeKibble.com donated 5,000 meals of Halo's Spot's Stew to our kitties for winning!
Black and Orange Logo Merchandise
Buy Black and Orange Logo merchandise, as well as stamps featuring rescued kitties on our online store at Zazzle.
Search Dogtime Media's extensive database of over 70,000 dogs and cats available for adoption. Data filtering options by location, breed, age, and other search features. Updated every 15 minutes!
We at SimplyCatBreeds.org are pleased to present the Black and Orange Cat Foundation with a Cat Rescue Award for excellence in helping needy cats who need a warm home and some love.
Simply Cat Breeds takes pride in acknowledging the best organizations around the country with our special award, recognizing them for their outstanding work â€“ the Black and Orange Cat Foundation is absolutely an organization we place among those that need recognition.
Thank you for all the work you and your organization provide for cats in need. We know exactly how difficult and thankless a task it can be.
Black and Orange Cat Foundation T-Shirts
We have discovered the perfect attire to wear with anything, even a kilt----your very own Black and Orange Cat Foundation t-shirt. You can buy one for $15 or two for $25 and if you send us a picture of yourself wearing the shirt, in combination with any ensemble, we promise to post the photo on our web site. Thanks to Brian for supporting us!!
B & O Cats is enrolled in Kroger's Community Rewards Program. Kroger will distribute up to $1.25 million dollars per quarter to the organizations enrolled in the program. The amount earned will be based on the percentage of spending credited to each organization.
You can help by registering for the program on the Kroger website. You will need your Kroger Plus Card number or phone number to register and must use the card/phone number when making purchases.
The number you will need to use in order to designate your purchases toward The Black and Orange Cat Foundation is 84918
Shelter Stories - Mutts Comics
To read about Fannie's continued story, search for the cartoons dated April 28 to May 2, 2009 on the Mutts Comics website.
Click comic below to enlarge
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