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.
April Kitty of the Month: Thomas O'Malley
This is Thomas O'Malley. He is named for one of the kitties in the "Aristocats" movie, but this Irish name fits, because he is a stunning "ginger" boy with lovely red hair. Thomas O'Malley was found trying to get food near a dumpster and was trapped and taken for vet care.
After arriving for vet care, it was clear that he was not feral, but he was FIV positive. His caregiver did not want to put him back outside, so he is in need of a home. He is neutered, tested, vaccinated, and ready to head home to a castle or cottage where he can always have "smiling Irish eyes."
View previous Kitties of the Month in our photo gallery.
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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