Help Shelter Cats for Christmas

$400 of $250 goal

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Grace Allison  PORTLAND, OR
For the last several years, I've made donations to cat shelters around Christmastime. Last year, however, I was able to do a bit more!

My boyfriend and I went to a shelter and brought home a wonderful seven year-old black cat named Westley. He was friendly, well-adjusted, neutered, and had all his vaccinations, so there was nothing stopping up from bringing him straight to his forever home.




However, not all kitties have such an easy time finding a home! Shelters cats frequently need to be spayed/neutered and vaccinated before they can be adopted, particularly by families with other pets. Additionally, placing beds or scratching posts in their cages can help them feel more secure, promoting calm and friendly behavior that will win over people's hearts!

This year, I'd like to raise some extra money for my donation so that I can not only help shelters afford to feed and care for kitties, but get them in prime shape for adoption! Every penny I receive here will go to The Animal Rescue Site. If I achieve my goal, here's the breakdown of what it'd go to:

$100 to provide shelter room/board
$84 to spay/neuter 12 cats
$50 to vaccinate 25 cats
$20 to help 20 cats feel safe with scratchers and beds

(And of course, these numbers will go up if the goal is surpassed!)

With these donations, I'm hoping to prepare many cats for a Christmas adoption, just like Westley! As good as it will feel to give to such a (literally) warm and fuzzy cause, I have a few incentives to offer the particularly generous. I will be doing five professional quality sketch commissions for donations of $15+ and three color ones for donations of $50+! Here are some examples of what they will look like:



The drawings will either be waist up for humans or full body of an animal. They are digitally done and will be e-mailed to you in time for Christmas if you pledge for them by the 18th! They'd make a great gift for a loved one, especially if coupled with the story of how it was paid for with a contribution to helping kitties in need.

The campaign will run through December 20th, shortly after which I'll make sure all contributors see any commissions I draw for backers and a receipt for all the donations I'm able to give this year.

Please help me in this endeavor, so shelter kitties nationwide can get a home for the holidays, just like Wes! Thank you for your support.

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Update 7
Posted by Grace Allison
40 months ago
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I was able to make a donation of $400 to help my favorite cause this year! Thank everyone for the support, both in donations and in sharing.

I've attached images of my receipts from the two places I donated, but here's a breakdown of just what your generosity means for shelter cats:

$50 went to the Cat Adoption Team, a local organization that runs a shelter as well as a cat food bank and a low cost spay/neuter program. They also support the community by fostering, helping find lost pets, and rehoming.

$45 went to programs that provide cats with scratching posts, beds, and similar items in their cages. This keeps them feeling secure and happy, and gives them an easier transition to their forever home.

$50 went to vaccinating shelter cats, protecting them from preventable diseases and increasing their odds of being adopted.

$25 went to help rebuild or update animal shelters and their facilities.

$30 went to Adopt-a-Pet.com, the largest non-profit search engine for adoptable pets. The money will cover the cost of uploading, displaying, and publicizing 40 cats for a month to over 3 million potential adopters.

$100 went to a spay/neuter program for shelter cats.

$100 went to the Cats R Cool program, which gives much-needed grants to animal shelters, focuses on getting cats vaccinated and spay/neutered, and helps win the hearts of people who are on the fence about adopting a cat.

Again, a huge thank you to all that supported this project. We've done a lot of good for kitties in need of help! I'll be posting more commissions over the next couple weeks, so stay tuned.
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Update 6
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40 months ago
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The last two of my "Sketch Reward Level" that was guaranteed for Christmas! One of Archie (with his girls, of course) and one of Tinkerbell.

Next I'll be getting to the three color commissions. Please be patient if you're waiting for a sketch, I promise to get to them as fast as possible!
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Update 5
Posted by Grace Allison
40 months ago
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My third sketch commission! Emmeline Frost, a steampunk variant of Emma from X-Men.
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Update 4
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40 months ago
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Yesterday, a box was delivered to my house. When I went to retrieve it, I found the box ripped open and the contents (which happened to be my cats' Christmas present) stolen!

I was super angry and upset about this. Who would steal a cat toy? I seethed for a while, trying to figure out what to do, and in the meantime, my cat Cleo curled up in the empty box, and Westley sat down next to her. Seeing that, I had a How the Grinch Stole Christmas-style epiphany.

My cats really don't care about getting presents! They have a home, where they are sheltered, fed, and loved. The money from this fundraiser will go straight to helping shelter cats find a home of their own, which is worth more than all the toys and treats in the world.

And so, I'll be extending my commissions. I can only guarantee the eight "reward level" ones in time for Christmas, but any pledge of $15+ made before the 20th will get a sketch commission, or $50+ for a color one.

I'll be posting a few more sketch commissions later today. In the meantime, please share this project around! I'd love to reach $350!
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$400 of $250 goal

Raised by 21 people in 41 months
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Created December 4, 2013
MR
$5
Maile Reyes
40 months ago
LM
$15
Lynne Allison (for Kathy Marx)
40 months ago

>^_^

DO
$20
DAVENA OAKS
40 months ago
JH
$15
Jenifer Hurd
40 months ago

More kitty love!!

JH
$15
Jenifer Hurd
40 months ago

Yay for kitties!

SP
$15
Sarah & Nico Pacetti
40 months ago

Grace and Kitty Cats. Keeping the true meaning of Christmas alive!

AL
$15
Arron Lorenz
41 months ago

Love it.

GR
$5
Gillian Renk
41 months ago
JZ
$50
Justin Zimmerman
41 months ago

GO GRACE ALLISON!

LB
$5
Lucy Bellwood
41 months ago

It ain't much, but I have to chip in *something*! This is such a sweet idea.

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