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.
March Kitties of the Month: Taj and Thomas
Thomas and his sister, Taj, were abandoned near dumpsters in a senior complex when they were only about a year old. A nice lady helped to find them an awesome home with their former mom and dad who treated all of their cats like their kids. Sadly, their mom died last year and when their dad went into the hospital with heart problems, Taj and Thomas and their two feline friends were taken to a kill shelter where they were slated to be euthanized.
We were able to pull all four cats and save their lives. Now we are looking for a home together for siblings Taj and Thomas who are about 6-7 years old. The two cats are up-to-date on everything and have been spayed/neutered, and tested negative for feline leukemia/FIV.
Their foster mom reports that they are the biggest love bugs ever and compete for lap time. So if you love lap kitties, you will need two laps for Taj and Thomas. These poor cats have really had a stressful few weeks. We want to ensure that they will be safe together for the rest of their lives.
Thomas is the lighter brown colored tabby with the rounder face. Taj is the darker colored.
There is only one adoption fee of $75 for both cats, but we do want them adopted together.
View previous Kitties of the Month in our photo gallery.
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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