July Update

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With COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations increasing in Ventura County we continue to watch and wait for a safe time to open the lounge. It would not be considered an essential business and as a non-profit organization, we need to be fiscally responsible. So, we wait. We have had some success with various fundraisers, raising about $300 since our last blog update. It is normal for donations to slow down once our immediate friends and family members have made their donations and our goal now is to grow our base of followers and supporters via Facebook and Instagram. The Facebook account has almost 130 followers and the Instagram account has a little over 170 followers. We’re sharing updates on fosters, thanking donors, showing off our cat-related clothing (#fridayfelinefinery), posting about new fundraisers, and more.

In terms of fundraisers, we have all kinds of handmade items for cats in our shop: bow ties, large kickers, mini kickers, felt toys in the shape of Scottie dogs, ladybugs, squirrels, and even fortune cookies, and more. We have 7 shirt/sweatshirt offerings and a Cassie’s Cats branded mask in the Bonfire storefront. Soon we will have a set of four watercolor notecards. The artwork is courtesy of one of my students from Oak Grove, a rising senior named Anna, and her paintings are beautiful. We can’t wait to get the notecards into the shop!

Thank you as always for your support. If you have any questions or would like to get involved, please feel free to reach out. 🙂

Mini Kickers Now in the Shop

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We’ve added a new toy to the fundraising shop: mini kickers! They measure about 3.5-4″ long and are stuffed with fiberfill and organic catnip. This was a great way to use up remnants from the bow ties! $7.50 each (includes shipping) or a grab bag of 3 for $18 (pattern selections will vary).

Sneak Peek at New Note Cards

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For over 20 years I was a math teacher, and during the last 12 years I added college counselor to my resume. I still work part-time at Oak Grove School in Ojai as their college counselor, and one of my students agreed to paint some pictures of cats for me to use for note cards. Here is a sneak peek at one of Anna’s beautiful pieces:

There are four cats in the series and the cards should be available for purchase in about two weeks. I am excited about this on multiple levels, but mostly I am so proud to work with high school students who are willing to give selflessly of their time. She was even ready to let me keep the original paintings, free of charge, but that was just too much! I encouraged her to sell them herself and earn some money, or donate the funds to a charity of her choice.

Bow Ties for Your Cat

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We’ve added some handmade bow ties in an assortment of prints to our shop, as yet another fundraiser. If your cat wants to be the most dapper cat around, these are the ties to order! Only $9 (includes shipping)

8 prints available, with more coming soon!