Sunday, July 4, 2010

Announcing the Cat-Tee Contest!

Have you rescued a cat or kitten in Forest Park and welcomed it into your home? Do you have a fabulous photo of this beautiful feline when you first met? E-mail us with your story and your photo! We'll collect stories and photos and post them (Forest Park cats and kittens only) on our blog. Then we'll ask our Facebook friends and blog followers to vote for their favorite photo and we'll create a design in our new t-shirt shop!

The winning owner will receive one t-shirt featuring their prize feline!

Here are the rules:
1. You need to submit a nice clear photo of your cat that will print well on a t-shirt. We'll let you know if you need to submit another photo. Indicate your cat's name on the entry, as well as your name, address and telephone number. (Your contact information will not be posted on the blog.)
2. All entries need to be submitted to by September 15, 2010.
3. A poll will be posted on September 15 and close on September 30 to solicit votes for the winner. You can vote as many times as you want, but the goal here is to get more visitors to the blog, folks, so ask your friends to visit too, ok?
4. The t-shirt design will be created by C.A.T.S. for Forest Park. The winner is not permitted to review or approve the t-shirt design, but we promise you'll like it, and it will be cat and family friendly!
5. We can have a tie, but C.A.T.S. reserves the right to select the winner!
6. This is all in fun, and to help raise funds for our mission and the mission of the Animal Care League - so thanks for participating and keeping that in mind!

So here's an example of what we're looking for (and no, I can't win!)

The photo above is of my cat Annie!

Annie came to us seven years ago, and this picture was taken of Annie on the back porch of my Forest Park home on Dunlop Street. Annie is pictured here under a table that looks into my kitchen window. She used to climb up on the table and watch our cat Fluffy eat his dinner and meow for food. We didn't know it at first, but Annie was asking to feed a family - she was pregnant! She was very scared of people and she would run away when we came near. She would just look in at Fluffy.

One day she came to our door and gave out a big yowl. She started to give birth! Wow, we had no idea what to do, but our neighbor Terri helped us out. We helped Annie with her kittens and moved her into our upstairs bathroom so that her kittens wouldn't be eaten. We fed Annie and her kittens, and watched the kitties grow. We took them all to the vet, and had Annie spayed. We decided to keep Annie, as she grew to feel more comfortable in our home and had clearly been abandoned because of her pregnancy. We found homes for her kittens (and we know they continue to do to well and are living happy healthy lives).

So now it's your turn! E-mail us with your cute tail! And let's add some great tees to our shop and raise funds to help homeless cats.

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