The Catit Playground NYC – May 14-15 & Catit Giveaway

The Catit Playground NYC – May 14-15 & Catit Giveaway

Envision yourself surrounded in cute cuddly balls of fur, being able to take kitten selfies and enjoying cat inspired artwork. We know – it kind of sounds like our idea of heaven!

If you are a cat lover who lives in or around the NYC area on May 14-15, 2016, then the Catit Playground is a must attend event.

Some of the great attractions and activities include:

  • Kittens for cuddling – and adopting from Animal Haven Shelter
  • Cat Art Gallery
  • Shopping for your furry felines
  • Meeting new cat lover friends
  • Author and Cat photographer Lucas De Boeck will be on hand signing his book and offering photography tips
  • Complimentary Catit gift (while supplies last
  • ….and more

Event details:

Event Name: Catit Playground New York
Where: 325 W 38th Street, 1st Floor, New York, NY
When: May 14 — 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
May 15 — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Event Information:
Catit Website:

No pre-registration is required – just show up and feel the love!


In conjunction with the celebration of their first ever NYC event – the Catit company has offered us the opportunity to do a giveaway for one of their great products.

We will be giving 1 lucky SHELTER OR RESCUE a Catit Senses 2.0 Play Circuit!  This incredible toy is so flexible and can provide hours of entertainment for bored shelter kittens. The giveaway is for the base set – but you can add-on to it with additional components at any time and create new layouts and tracks for your feline friends to keep them entertained and stimulated.

Catit Circuit Giveaway

To enter your favorite SHELTER or RESCUE to win leave a comment with their name!

A random winner will be chosen at 12pm EST on Friday – May 13, 2016.

Shelter or rescue noted in the comment will be notified and Catit will send the prize directly to them!

NEW! Pet At Home Emergency Cards!

NEW! Pet At Home Emergency Cards!

We recently heard a story about an elderly woman who was admitted to the hospital unconscious and sadly fell into a coma. Weeks later she awoke – and only then did the nurses learn she had a beloved friend at home – her cat. Unfortunately, it was too late and the cat had passed.

Pet At Home Emergency CardWe imagine that this happens more often than we think. Not everyone has friends or resources to help them if something should happen. Whether they are seniors, singles, students or even families where a lot of travel is involved. You never know when an accident may happen -and as loving pet parents you want to make sure that your pets are cared for!

CharityPaws is proud to announce their new “Pet At Home Emergency Cards”.

Beginning mid – November 2015 – a FREE emergency card will be sent with every order!

These cards are high quality & super thick for durability and features a front where you can note the number of pets in your home and a back where you can list your emergency pet contacts.

An estimated 100,000-500,000 pets are sent to shelters each year after their owners die! Do you… Click To TweetWho will take care of your pet(s) in the event of an emergency?

Leave it in your wallet, purse or glove compartment so if an emergency should arise – you can find solace in knowing that your emergency contacts will be reached.

Sometimes the person we want caring for our pet may be someone outside the family (some family members are the first to take beloved pets to the shelter when owners cannot care for them!) – so while your family may be called on your behalf for your health and well being – this card will allow you to designate a specific pet care provider who can care for your pet in your absence.

List your best friend, a rescue colleague, veterinarian or anyone who cares for your pet as much as you do!

Other Things To Do To Plan For Your Pet

Although we do not like to think about it – there is always a chance you will outlive your pet. Sadly, the statistics for families to take in pets who have lost their owners is not high – a larger majority of families surrender the pet to a shelter to be euthanized. If you love your pet – you of course do not want this to happen!

Here are a few options for you to ensure that your pet lives the life you want he/she to live when you can no longer care for them:

1) Delegate A “Caregiver” – this of course is the best scenario. If you have friends or family who would be willing to take your beloved pet, this is the best option for you both. Be sure to talk about this with your potential caregivers to ensure that they have the means to care for your pet and understand any medical conditions or special needs your pet may have. We recommend a list of several caregivers in the event something happens that prevent your primary choice from caring for your pet.

2) Shelter or Rescue – reach out to rescues, shelters or even sanctuaries that may be able to take your pet and care for them until they can be adopted. If you can pay for their care and make a donation to the group – that would benefit everyone involved! This would be a more difficult arrangement since so many facilities are overwhelmed and underfunded. You also want to be sure they can offer your pet a life that is worth living. If your pet is coming from a loving home with lots of room to roam – living in a cage with minimal human contact may not be the best option for them. Be sure to learn about how their lives will be at the facility and get REFERRALS!!!!

3) Euthanasia – while we do not recommend this option in most cases and most reputable vets will not take this option lightly – in cases where the pet is elderly or has extensive medical issues this may be a more humane option. Elderly pets deserve peace in their later years and the loss of a parent combined with stress of moving and new environments coupled with an existing illness may be more than they can handle.

While there are many things to think about – be sure to follow up with an attorney to create a will and or trust to have a written record of your decisions and to be sure your wishes are carried out!


#GivingTuesday – Time To Get Ready

#GivingTuesday – Time To Get Ready

#GivingTuesday is an alternative to the Black Friday and Cyber Monday trends that we all know and love. It debuted in 2012 and over 10,000 non-profit groups have taken part in this event while tens of millions of dollars have been raised. Pretty impressive in only a few short years.

Blackbaud is a group that helps organizations achieve their missions, they combine technology solutions and expertise to achieve these goals and missions. They have come up with a Giving Tuesday Trends report which offers some great insight into the extreme success of this event.

Some of the key trends regarding #GivingTuesday that are worth noting include:

1) #GivingTuesday has achieved double-digit growth, year over year since their debut in 2012

2) Larger organizations have received the most in terms of donations, but this trend is beginning to shift

3) Faith-based organizations receive the largest amount of online donations

4) Average online donation amount exceeds $100

5) Approximately 17% of online donation form views in 2014 were from a mobile device

The above trends are from data collected and reviewed since 2012. Data received is from more than 4,300 organizations and represents over $55.6 million in donations collected on #GivingTuesday

The one thing we noticed in the report that made us sad was the amount and quantity of donations received for animal groups.

[message_box bg=”#d9a223″]#GivingTuesday average donations for animals is only $64 - let's make that better for 2015! Click To TweetFaith-based donations had the highest amount with an average donation amount of $280. [/message_box]


Another disappointing aspect of their studies are the distribution amount of donations – sadly animals and environment only received 4% of the overall donations received on #GivingTuesday in 2014. The only sectors that received less were arts and culture at 1% and public/society at 3%. Faith based charities received the most at 21%.

Clearly animal welfare groups need to find creative and innovative ways to use this day to their advantage.

Now is the time to really start thinking about how you will promote your group on #GivingTuesday – think about creatives, marketing outreach, contests, videos – start brainstorming on how your group can capture a larger portion of the kindness this day seems to bring.

We will follow up this post with another with some ideas you can use to take advantage of all this event can bring to your animal group!

This year #GivingTuesday takes placed on December 1, 2015 –
be sure to mark it on your calendar and start your planning TODAY!

To download the full #GivingTuseday trend report, visit Blackbaud.

To learn more about #GivingTuesday, visit their website.

Grab A Tissue – Then See What Max The Hero Dog Did!

Grab A Tissue – Then See What Max The Hero Dog Did!

We already know dogs are our best friends – but some dogs just take that friendship further than most.

Imagine the pain and suffering a dog feels when his best friend and partner is tragically killed.

Imagine the sense of loss and abandonment they feel when the only person they have loved is gone forever.

That is the premise for the movie Max, a film created by the producers of the popular classic Marley and Me. Max is meant to explore the journey of a trained military dog who spent his time on the front lines with his partner and friend, U.S. Marine Kyle Wincott. Sadly, after his partner died in action in Afghanistan, Max could no longer continue with his own military career and ultimately gets shipped back to the US to be adopted by the only family that will take him – Kyle’s.

Kyle’s younger brother Justin is a troubled kid who can related to the troubled pooch and here is where the story truly begins. The journey these two share takes them on a variety of exciting adventures that eventually lead them to the truth of what really happened to Kyle on the front lines that day he was killed.

The movie hits most theaters on June 26th – and we cannot wait!

Here is a sneak peak of the movie trailer:

Here is a video with the theme song by Blake Shelton called “Forever Young”

If you are interested in finding out where Max is playing near you, visit the Max Movie website.

Now -I will admit, I am not a movie person – but this one is a must see in my book! A movie that presents the heroic acts of our military dogs and allows us to see the emotional strain that is placed on them is one that I personally think everyone should see.

FUN NOTE: Did you know the dog starring in this movie is actually a Belgian Malinois? You can learn more about the dogs that are the stars of this movie here


Join the MaxMovie fun by submitting your own pet to be a part of their #HeroPet campaign! If you pet is a hero and you want to let the world know, just share your photos and stories using the hashtag #MaxtheHero –  your hero pet could be featured on the official MAX pages!

Will You Be Seeing This Movie? Let us know your thoughts about the movie….



DonationMatch Contest! Help Us Celebrate Our Upcoming Launch!

DonationMatch Contest! Help Us Celebrate Our Upcoming Launch!

Well, we are getting closer and closer to our website launch and we are so excited we wanted to do a special contest to help not only the Charity Partner we are doing our launch campaign with, but another animal rescue group as well!

donation-matchBasically, whatever we raise in our launch campaign – we will match that donation amount to another animal group as well.

So if we raise $500 in our first week for our charity partner, we will match that to the winner of our DonationMatch contest! There is no limit to what can be raised!

The winning group will receive a minimum of $250!

This is a fun way for your group, no matter how big or small get a little something to help with your specific cause! If you are a registered 501c3 dedicated in some way to helping animals – please visit us on Facebook and ENTER NOW!

Winner will be selected by public voting – the group with the highest amount of votes at 11:59pm on May 7, 2014 will be the winner of our DonationMatch contest.

We wish every group that enters the best of luck!

Are you a charity that would interested in having us host a fundraising campaign on your behalf? Then Apply Now! Don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter for other great promotions, contests and events as well!

Oh – and did we mention YOU CAN WIN TOO!

Simply share this post in any of the ways below! You can earn 1 entry or 4 entries. 3 winners will receive a $100 gift card to CharityPaws.

Use it to purchase our custom apparel, fair trade items, artisan pet products – whatever your heart desires! And as we do with every item, even those purchased with a gift card – will result in a donation to the charity we are working with the week you make  your purchase!

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Happy National Volunteers Week!

Happy National Volunteers Week!

In the world of animal rescue, volunteers are EVERYTHING! Because most rescues are so underfunded and do not typically have a staff to help with the never ending tasks – volunteers are a necessity. From cleaning cages, to working events, to socializing the animals – the duties of the volunteers just seem never ending. No matter how many groups I have worked with or been involved with on some level, it seems there are never enough volunteers to go around, so when a rescue has a good one – they do everything the can to hold on too them! Volunteering with animals is one of the most fulfilling things I personally have ever done. The look on a dogs face when you take them out to play after spending an entire day sitting in cage – PRICELESS. The thrill of watching a brand new kitten who lost their mom grow into a beautiful playful kitten and find a forever home – PRICELESS. Personally, I cannot imagine not volunteering.

Whether you work with wild animals, domestic animals, cleaning the oceans — or however you use your personal talents to help – THANK YOU! Without volunteers – the world of animal rescue would not be the same.

Celebrating National Volunteer Week
April 6-13, 2014


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