Sunday, May 01, 2011

The Big Day!

The universe seemed to be in alignment yesterday.  I woke up to clear skies and warm weather - perfect for our FIRST adoption event!  

I'm almost too tired today to go into all the details.  We all had so much fun and the the turn out was HUGE!

TWENTY CATS AND KITTENS are now Forever Home thanks to the volunteers and donors that make this event such a huge success. 

Everything was gorgeous - we had tablecloths on our tables, decorations, GORGEOUS vinyl banners and posters that were generously donated.  We certainly had the most BEAUTIFUL hand knitted blankies for the cages too!     We had a donation for our beautiful new cages for the event and  I couldn't have been more proud.   We looked like we had been in business for years instead of months.



 The owner of the pet store put out a HUGE table of toys, carriers, beds, pet snacks, etc:

If you look closely, check out what the sign said:

At the end, the owner gave us $235.00 in donation money too!  The owner of the pet store also had coffee, homemade cupcakes and cookies.  (Don't ask me how many cookies I ate)  It was an amazing event.

The best part for me was having a bunch of people (who read my blog) come by during the day to say "hello" and wish me well.  People that I've never met before!  I was in awe that anyone would take their time to come out and give me hug.  It truly made the event even more special for me. 

(This will forever be the picture that is the inspiration for me to show up on the front doorstep of Weight Watchers tomorrow.  Good Lord, what happened to my Size 6 figure?  *sigh* )

I agonized over every adoption and worried about "my kids" into today. It wasn't until I sat and called every adopter this morning that my mind started to ease a little bit. Everyone who adopted seemed very happy with their new family member and seemed to appreciate the post-adoption call even more.

I'm still really tired and a little bit "high" from the excitement of the day.  I must be blessed with THE BEST volunteers in the cat rescue business.  I've never felt so much love, and support for each other.

21 comments:

Christine Gittings said...

I must confess, I shed some very happy tears over today's blog. I'm so glad that everything went so well and I'm even more glad that so many wonderful people were able to show you how much they appreciate you and all you do for the critters. Congratulations!!!!

Sparkle said...

Congratulations for such a fabulously successful adoption event! That is amazing news!

Debbie said...

I figured you must have had a great day and been very tired, because there was no update earlier on your blog.
Great job to all!!

Josie said...

I am so, so, so, so, SO happy for you! Congratulations on such a wonderful day! :D

Anonymous said...

YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Way to go Beth and ALL the volunteer's and foster parents of FHCR!!!!
Amazing news to hear!

Faith J. said...

That is amazing news! I am so happy everything went smoothly. 20 cats with new homes makes all the work of the event worth it! Great job!

Allison at Novice Life said...

Awesome!

Crystal said...

Congratulations Beth, to you, your amazing volunteers and especially the sweet kitties that found their forever homes yesterday!!

You are such an inspiration:)

Gatita said...

What a happy day for everybody, but most of all for the lucky cats and kittens now comfortably ensconced in their forever homes! So many adoptions in one day is absolutely mind boggling. And, so closely following the spectacular high kill shelter rescues over the Easter week-end. It only goes to show how much goodness a few dedicated and caring people can do when working together for a worthy cause. Congratulations to you and all the wonderful homo sapiens involved in the event. May there be many more as successful a this one!

Zippy, Sadie and Speedy said...

Oh wow! That shop owner is one fabulous lady too. And this means there's room for twenty new lives to be saved...I'm crying happy tears for you.

peewee22 said...

Twenty - that's amazing. The follow-up phone calls you made to the adopters is an important, extra step that will distinguigh FHCR from the others. Congratulations to you, the kitties and the adopters.

Sarah said...

WOW... great news Beth. I am so happy to hear that so many babies got new homes. You and your volunteers did a great job. It seems like the store owner was amazing too. What a perfect event for everyone.

Great job!!!

Kea said...

Wow, congratulations! What a success! And wow, the Global owner really went all out, Beth.

Our local Global has kittens from both KHS and Gan. all the time, for adoption. No one follows up, though, after the adoption. At least no one ever followed up with me, the times I've adopted from both our area shelters. So kudos to you for doing so!

BTW, I think one of my thighs is a size 6. Maybe I was that small when I was 12. LOL.

Caroline said...

Congrats on your successful event Beth!

Random Felines said...

OMC - that is so awesome (mom teared up a little)!!!! We are very proud of your hard work and a big round of purrs to the store owner for their support as well. :)

Robyn said...

Congratulations Beth! What a beautiful setup and amazing so many cats now have a forever home!

Anonymous said...

That is absolutely awesome! :-)

The pictures are brilliant, and the store owner sounds fantastic! If I were any closer to Oakville (or if we had a car), I'd shop there for sure!

Many, many congratulations on your awesome succes Beth, you're doing a terrific job!

Cindy, Bertie, Sammy, Malley and Batman

Anonymous said...

Not really on topic, but you look beautiful in that pic! :)

House of the Discarded said...

Anonymous: I have a feeling this is really "Spam", but I'm going to post it anyway! ((HUGS))

The Hurlster said...

Beth my comment on this Blog is rather late, but I want to say Congratulations on your first adopt-a-thon! 20 "babies" got adopted, and I would like to share also, that we are also one of those new proud parents of one of your brood.

We adopted "Thing 1" from the Oakville Pet Store on April 30, and we could not be happier with this little guy. We have renamed him, as I don't think he would have wanted to remain as a Dr. Seuss character! So welcome to the family "Zachary".

We will send pictures of him to your email address.

Wishing you ALL much success in the future, there will be for sure, many more happy families, just like ours!

House of the Discarded said...

The Hurlster: I remember you guys very well! I love the name "Zachary" - it's certainly more dignified than "Thing 1". Would love to see some pictures of our orange wonder boy!

Beth