Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary

Chesterland, Ohio

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Please help us save Smokey

 He is in need of a life saving surgery and we need your help.

Please visit our GoFundMe Campaign, and help us share it.

 https://www.gofundme.com/saving-smokey-fund-2v3dknsc

 

 

 

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The final Phase of Operation Barn Cats is complete!

We are pleased to announce the cats from Phase 1 & 2 are

loving their new home!  Thank you for the warm welcome.

Here are the newest residents.

 

 

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Rosie (dark Calico)

 

 

 

 

Phase 2 of Operation Barn Cats was a success!

Thank you for the warm welcome.

Here are the new residents.

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This was the first phase of Operation Barn Cats.

These happy cats are adjusting well at their new furever home.

Thank you girls for the warm welcome.

 

 

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Adopt-A-Thon

Please join us TODAY from 11a.m. to 2p.m. at:

Pet Supplies Plus

425 Water St. Chardon, Ohio 44024

We would love to see you at the adopt-a-thon! The owner of these great cats has passed on and we need to find loving homes for these well deserving darlings. Please stop up and say Hi and see them for yourself! We will post pictures throughout the day. Please share them so we can find fur-ever homes for them all. Thank you for all your support.

You can always follow us on Facebook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HAPPY TAILS BENEFIT RAISED MORE THAN $6,000

 

Approximately 160 people attended the recent Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary benefit at the American-Croatian Lodge in Eastlake, and more than $6,000 was raised to help our non-profit, mostly cageless sanctuary provide food, kitty litter, veterinary care, and shelter for our furry residents.  Emcee Michelle Brady and several other speakers honored the life and legacy of Happy Tails founder Jeanne Bones (1937-2015), and mentioned that our sanctuary is continuing its work and fulfilling its mission thanks to loyal volunteers and other supporters.  Another speaker was long-time Valley Save-a-Pet board member Dolly Gundersen, who talked about her organization’s 40th anniversary celebration this year as well as the fact that the Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary is one of many animal rescue facilities that has utilized Valley Save-a-Pet’s low-cost spay/neuter program.  The Happy Tails benefit’s attendees enjoyed good food and fellowship, and also had access to a silent auction and several types of raffles.  To further help the sanctuary, tax-deductible contributions can be mailed to: Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary, P.O. Box 581, Chesterland, OH 44026.

 

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Happy Tails volunteer and professional speaker Michelle Brady emceed the cat sanctuary’s recent benefit.

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Volunteer Doreen Lazarus shared some memories about the cat sanctuary’s founder, Jeanne Bones, during the Happy Tails benefit. Also pictured is Michelle Brady, the event’s emcee.

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Board president Tom Vasko and his wife, Kathy (who is also a board member), reminisced during the cat sanctuary’s benefit about how they met Happy Tails founder Jeanne Bones, and how she inspired them to volunteer for the organization.

 

 

 

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Valley Save-a-Pet board member Dolly Gundersen spoke at the Happy Tails benefit about her organization’s 40th anniversary year, and the fact that Happy Tails has participated in Valley Save-a-Pet’s low-cost spay/neuter program.

 

 

 

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Martin (“Marty”) Silverman, photographed at one of the benefit’s silent auction tables, served for many years as a Happy Tails volunteer (including a few years as a board member), and has continued to help support the cat sanctuary’s activities.

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Approximately 160 people attended the recent Happy Tails benefit, which raised more than $6,000 for the cat sanctuary.

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Happy Tails volunteers Mary Treanor (left) and Jean Fisher watched and listened to a presentation honoring the cat sanctuary’s founder, Jeanne Bones (as did other attendees at the recent Happy Tails benefit). Ms. Treanor, a board member of the organization, also spoke during another part of the presentation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary volunteers have become aware of well-meaning, but erroneous, postings about what is happening at the sanctuary. The most disturbing false information is that neighbors have been trapping and drowning the sanctuary’s cats. THIS IS ABSOLUTELY NOT TRUE!!! Our cats are in securely locked buildings (except for certain times each day for some of the cats under the supervision of volunteers). While it’s true that Happy Tails will relocate within the next few months (following the death of the sanctuary’s founder, Jeanne Bones), the Happy Tails organization is NOT shutting down and will continue to help cats in a mostly cageless environment in a new location. We will announce the Happy Tails board members’ choice of a new location when the decision is solidified at a later date.

 

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OUR RECENT BENEFIT WILL HELP PAY FOR CARE OF “MIRACLE CAT”

           AND EXTRA EXPENSES FROM ROUGH WINTER

 

The recent Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary benefit (“Happy Tails & Cocktails”) attracted 190 attendees — the most we have ever had at a Happy Tails fund raiser! We were honored that WJW TV-8 meteorologist and devoted animal welfare advocate Dick Goddard was a special guest at the event. (The accompanying photo taken by Chesterland resident Anita Silverman during the benefit shows him with Happy Tails founder/director Jeanne Bones.) The fund raiser was held at The Cabin restaurant in Willowick, and featured appetizers, a silent auction, raffles, and entertainment by singer Bobby Leach. We thank everyone who volunteered their time and effort to make the event a success — and of course we are very grateful to the people who attended and supported our sanctuary’s furry residents!

We are especially grateful to Dick Goddard for making the trek to Willowick to attend our benefit, because he had already spent a few hours for TV-8 at another event in downtown Cleveland. He somehow still had plenty of energy to speak at our fund raiser, sign autographs on his special weather calendars and other material he so generously provided for the event, and willingly helped in every possible way to make the benefit even more successful. He and the three people he brought with him were gracious and friendly, and we will always remember how much he enhanced our event.

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The story behind the “miracle cat” which has cost the cat sanctuary some hefty bills is heart-warming. A Happy Tails volunteer saw her on the Route 615 exit ramp of Interstate 90 in Mentor, where she had apparently been thrown out of a moving vehicle (and was later estimated to have been there for at least eight hours). She was taken by Happy Tails founder/director Jeanne Bones to the nearby Tyler Animal Clinic, where the veterinary staff saved her life with a “warming bed,” medication, etc. They also treated her road-damaged and frost-bitten paws, and she has regained all of her mobility.

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The cat (pictured on this page and named “Elsa” after the princess in the movie “Frozen”) is affectionate, declawed, short-haired, and about 4 or 5-years old.

We are delighted to report that Elsa, who is healthy now, has been adopted!

 

 

 

 

 

MARCH 29TH BENEFIT WILL HELP HAPPY TAILS CAT SANCTUARY PAY FOR CARE OF “MIRACLE CAT” AND EXTRA EXPENSES FROM ROUGH WINTER

                                     “Happy Tails & Cocktails” event from 4-7 pm at The Cabin Restaurant in Willowick

will include appetizers, dessert, cash bar, silent auction items, raffles, and prizes

 

The “Happy Tails & Cocktails” benefit from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 29, 2015, will help the Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary in Chesterland pay for extra heating and snow plowing during the frigid and snowy Winter 2014-15 – along with expenses for the rescue and care of a “miracle cat” who had nearly frozen to death.

 

The fund raiser will take place at The Cabin Restaurant, 28810 Lake Shore Blvd in Willowick. The event is $25 per person if reservations are made by Tuesday, March 24; $30 between March 25-28; and $35 “at the door” on March 29. There will be appetizers, dessert, a cash bar, silent auction items, reverse raffle “sideboards” (no “main board”), a “liquor table” raffle, and door prizes. Entertainment will be by singer Bobby Leach. Sponsors of the event are: Affordable Jewelry, Coins & Loans; Super Mega Pawn; The Cabin Restaurant; Kramer Printing; Wood Fire Catering and Baking; and H/L Communications.

 

The appetizers will consist of antipasto (with assorted Italian meats and cheeses, grilled vegetables, and bruschetta bread; stuffed mushrooms; Swedish meatballs; marinated “chicken on a stick”; and brie and fruit slices. Coffee, tea, and dessert of chocolate and white cakes will also be provided.

 

The story behind the “miracle cat” which has cost the cat sanctuary some hefty bills is heart-warming. A Happy Tails volunteer saw her on the Route 615 exit ramp of Interstate 90 in Mentor, where she had apparently been thrown out of a moving vehicle (and was later estimated to have been there for at least eight hours). She was taken by Happy Tails founder/director Jeanne Bones to the nearby Tyler Animal Clinic, where the veterinary staff saved her life with a “warming bed,” medication, etc. They also treated her road-damaged and frost-bitten paws, and she has regained all of her mobility.

 

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The cat (named “Elsa” after the princess in the movie “Frozen”) is affectionate, declawed, short-haired, and about 4 or 5-years old. She is currently staying at The Cats’ Inn boarding facility in Newbury, where owner Lynn Tezak continued her medication and other treatment for several weeks. Elsa, who is healthy now, will remain there until she is adopted, thus sparing her from being relocated again.

 

For more information about adopting Elsa or for reservations to the March 29th event, call Doreen at 440.759-0076, or email HappyTailsCatSanctuary@gmail.com. (Ms. Bones often points out that there is no “r” in “Tails”!) Reservations and payments and/or donations can also be mailed to: Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary, P.O. Box 581, Chesterland, OH 44026.

 

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OCT. 19TH BENEFIT WILL HELP REPAIR STORM DAMAGE TO THE ADOPTION BUILDINGhappy tails cat santuary001003happy tails cat santuary001004

The “Happy (Tails) Halloween Benefit” will include Sunday dinner,

beer, wine, soft drinks, auction items, a 50-50 raffle, and prizes

 

The “Happy (Tails) Halloween Benefit” from 1 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, will help us repair storm damage to our Adoption Building.  The fund raiser will take place at The Kirtlander Party Center, 9270 Chillicothe Rd. (Route 306) in Kirtland.  The event is $40 per person and will include a family-style Sunday dinner at 2, silent auction items, a 50-50 raffle, and a “treasure scoop” (a fun game of chance with prizes for all participants).

 

The Sunday dinner will consist of roast beef, Imperial fried chicken, stuffed cabbage, green beans almondine, potatoes au gratin, salad, rolls and butter, and pumpkin squares and apple cobbler for dessert.  Appetizers, coffee, tea, soft drinks, and (for attendees 21 and older) wine and beer are also included at no extra charge.  Reservations are required, and must be made by Friday, Oct. 10.  Tickets won’t be mailed out.  They will be held “at the door” at the event.

 

Explaining why this fund raiser (or donations from people who can’t attend the event, but who want to help) is very important, Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary founder/director Jeanne Bones said, “Along with our usual expenses for cat food, kitty litter, vet care, utilities, etc., we have additional unexpected costs caused by heavy summer storms that damaged the roof and ceiling in the sanctuary’s Adoption Building.  The repairs are costly, but are necessary for the safety of the cats.  The roof has been fixed, but we still have to replace some sections of the ceiling that fell down.  Fortunately, no cats were injured when those sections fell.”

 

The roof over one of the building’s adjoining outdoor fenced-in areas was also damaged.  Ms. Bones explained that these secure, totally fenced-in areas are accessible via small “cat doors” that give the Adoption Building’s cats the option of enjoying a limited, but pleasant, outdoor environment during good weather.

 

She stated, “We are very grateful to Ben Zaremba, the owner of Zaremba Horticultural Services, for donating his time, expertise, and employees to replace the roof over the affected outdoor area.  This is quite a blessing for us, because no one at our facility is paid a salary.  We depend on donations and volunteers.  At this time we still need a great deal more money to pay for the repairs that have already been done, along with the repairs that must be completed to the Adoption Building.”

 

More than 80 cats reside at Happy Tails – some of whom will stay there for the rest of their lives because they are unadoptable due to being physically disabled, old, feral, or distrusting of humans due to prior abuse, neglect or abandonment.

 

Ms. Bones said, “One example of a resident at Happy Tails who would have either been rejected or euthanized by many other facilities is a 3-legged feral cat named Francine.  She couldn’t have survived on her own, and we are happy that she is safe and well fed at the sanctuary, but she will probably never be adoptable as a pet.”

 

For more information about the sanctuary or for reservations to the Oct. 19th event, call Doreen at H/L Communications (the event’s corporate sponsor) at 440.759-0076, or email HappyTailsCatSanctuary@gmail.com.  (Ms. Bones often points out that there is no “r” in “Tails”!)  Reservations and payments and/or donations can also be mailed to: Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary, P.O. Box 581, Chesterland, OH 44026

 

 

 A GEAUGA COUNTY SUNDAY SOCIAL FOR HAPPY TAILS CAT SANCTUARY

 

On Oct. 13, 2013, about 90 supporters of the Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary recently enjoyed a beautiful country setting at Pineview Lake in Munson Township for “A Geauga County Sunday Social.”  The fundraiser in the facility’s clubhouse included lunch and both “hard” and regular beverages as well as a silent auction and a 50-50 raffle.  Several adoptable cats were also on display in an area near the clubhouse.  The event netted nearly $4,000 for the sanctuary, which will help to pay for veterinary bills, heat for the buildings, cat food, kitty litter, and other needed items.

Jeanne Bones, the sanctuary’s founder and director, said, “Pineview Lake’s club house was a very comfortable place, and the surrounding picturesque property was a perfect location for an enjoyable autumn afternoon event.  The food was very good and everyone seemed to have a great time at the benefit.

 

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“SECOND ROUND” OF “WINE, BEER, & WHISKERS” RAISED

OVER $4,000 FOR THE HAPPY TAILS CAT SANCTUARY

 

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The “second round” of “Wine, Beer & Whiskers” on June 22, 2013, raised over $4,000 for the Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary.  More than 80 attendees enjoyed wine and beer tasting, a buffet dinner, a silent auction, and a 50-50 raffle at Colonial Beverage in Chesterland.  “Designated drivers” at the event limited their beverages to “soft drinks.”

 

Jeanne Bones, the sanctuary’s founder and director, said, “Many folks at the Wine, Beer & Whiskers fund raiser we held a few years ago had a great time, and they requested that we do it again. So, this was the ‘second round’ of Wine, Beer & Whiskers.  Colonial Beverage enabled us to raise extra money by giving Happy Tails a portion of the sales of bottles of wine purchased by attendees to take home that evening, and we greatly appreciate it.”

 

 

Michelle Brady emceeing in front of shelves of wine

 

Michelle Brady of Euclid emceed the “Wine, Beer & Whiskers” fund raiser at Colonial Beverage in Chesterland in June. The microphone was set up in front of some of the store’s shelves, most of which were filled with numerous varieties of wine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Chesterland residents Martin Silverman and Amber Slane were among the more than 80 attendees who enjoyed wine and beer tasting as well as a buffet dinner.

 

 

 

 

 

ADOPT-A-THON AND PET PHOTO SESSIONS AT FURRY FRIENDS ANIMAL CLINIC ABOUT 90 ATTENDEES ENJOYED “A GEAUGA COUNTY SUNDAY SOCIAL, ”WHICH RAISED NEARLY $4,000 FOR THE HAPPY TAILS CAT SANCTUARY

 

Halle Ladd cat photo_2The Furry Friends Animal Clinic at 33290 Bainbridge Rd. in Solon held an adopt-a-thon for rescued cats and two “special-needs” female dogs on Saturday, March 2, 2013. Chagrin Falls-based Halle Ladd Photography set up a “mini-studio” for people to bring in their pets for professional photo sessions.  One hundred percent of the money collected from the adoptions and photos was donated to the Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary.

“Our adopt-a-thon resulted in pets finding permanent, loving homes,” said Furry Friends Animal Clinic owner and chief veterinarian Dr. Bharat Khemsara.

For more information about  professional pet photo sessions, visit www.HalleLadd.com.

 

 

 

 

3 CAT RESCUE GROUPS  IN LAKE, GEAUGA AND CUYAHOGA COUNTIES JOINED FORCES AGAIN FOR AN AFFORDABLE FUND RAISER ON SUNDAY, NOV. 18, 2012

 

Gail with silent auction itemsLong-time cat rescue groups Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary, Abandoned Animal Welfare, and Save Our Strays held, for the second time in 2012, an affordable benefit together.  This event, titled “Decades of Cat Rescue: Part 2,” took place on Sunday, Nov. 18,  2012 at Andaloro’s Ristorante, 30610 Lake Shore Blvd., Willowick.

The groups expressed gratitude to Gail Linda Kopp, pictured at left, the owner of Affordable Jewelry, Coins & Loans (located in Wickliffe), and her husband, Richard, for their generous support as the event’s primary sponsor.

 

 

 

 

 

3 non-profit cat rescue organizations combined their efforts to hold the “Decades of Cat Rescue” benefit on Aug. 2,  2012 at the Orchard Hills Center.

 

News_Pizza_1The three groups have many decades of experience with helping both domestic and feral cats by providing food, shelter,  vaccinating, other veterinary procedures, medications (when necessary), spaying/neutering, adoptions to good homes, etc. A major  source of fund raising at the event was from silent auction items.
There were several “firsts” involved with the event.  It’s the first time that Save Our Strays has ever taken part in a  benefit, and it took pride in honoring the legacy of the late Dorothy Max of Euclid, founder and long-time head of Save Our  Strays, who passed away in February.  It was also the first public announcement of the pending merger of  Save Our Strays and the  Mentor-based Abandoned Animal Welfare.  It’s was also the first time that three small non-profit cat rescue organizations from Geauga, Cuyahoga and Lake Counties held a joint fund raiser together.

The leaders of all three participating cat rescue organizations want to express their gratitude to Mark Paluckas, owner of  Wickliffe-based Wood Fire Catering & Baking, who donated his services, pizza, and flat bread for the event.  He also  donated the wine, beer and champagne. Mark and his assistants say they are pleased to help the event be affordable for individuals, couples and families to attend.

 

 

 

FAMILY-FRIENDLY “HAPPY HALLOWEEN TAILS” EVENT
RAISED $3,500 FOR THE HAPPY TAILS CAT SANCTUARY

 

The “Happy Halloween Tails” event on Oct. 29, 2011, raised a net total of $3,500 for the Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary, a non-profit, mostly cageless facility.  Some attendees also donated cat food and kitty litter.  The benefit (which was not affiliated with any specific religion) was held in the auditorium of the Kirtland Community of Christ.

The family-friendly fundraiser included pizzas, (donated and made on-site by Wickliffe-based Wood Fire Catering & Baking), salads, cake, Halloween candy, cider, coffee, a silent auction, raffles, a playroom for young children, and a room with some cats available for adoption.

Happy Tails Founder/Director Jeanne Bones said attending the benefit was very affordable due to the generosity of Wood Fire  Catering & Baking owner Mark Paluckas.

 

 

 

 

News_Dawn Petrowski_children“KIDDIES” CAME TO AN EVENT FOR “KITTIES”!

 

Painesville resident Dawn Petrowski held her great-niece, Alexandria Compton (also of Painesville), and was accompanied by seven of her eight children at the “Happy Halloween Tails” benefit for the Chesterland-based Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mentor residents Frank and Georgene Bosich (at left) and Bratenahl resident Phyllis Donnelly-Ingold (at right) were among the attendees at the “Happy Halloween Tails” benefit for the Chesterland-based Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary.

 

 

 

 

 

MEETING CATS AND EATING PIZZA HIGHLIGHTED

HAPPY TAILS BENEFIT FOR AUBURN RESIDENTS

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Auburn residents Wendi Biggin (at left) and her daughter, Lexi,were among the attendees at the “Happy Halloween Tails” benefit for the Chesterland-based Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The “Thursday  happy tails cat santuary004014 Nite Cruise-In,”  at Our Town Café (formerly Towne House Restaurant) in Chesterland, on June 30th  benefited the Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary. The Thursday evening events took place both outside and inside the restaurant at 12650 Chillicothe Rd. (State Route 306) in the West Geauga Plaza (just north of State Route 322).

In the photo are Cindy Knowles (at right), Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary director Jeanne Bones (at left), and Our Town Café owner Karen Himes.

 

 

 

WINE BEER & WHISKERS BENEFIT FOR HAPPY TAILS CAT SANCTUARY

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“Wine, Beer & Whiskers,” a wine, beer and appetizer-tasting event held on Nov. 13, 2010, attracted a capacity crowd, and the 105 attendees at Colonial Beverage in Chesterland circulated between three different rooms to eat, drink, bid on silent auction items, and visit with old and new friends.  More than $6,000 was raised to benefit the Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary.

Happy Tails founder Jeanne Bones and Colonial Beverage owner Bob Eppich are shown standing near several silent auction items offered during the event.

 

 

Anita and Martin

 

 

Attendees Anita and Martin Silverman have done volunteer

work for the sanctuary during the past several years.

Geauga County Recorder Sharon Gingerich is shown looking at one of the event’s silent auction items.

Geauga County Recorder Sharon Gingerich

is shown looking at one of the event’s silent auction items.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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