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SUMMER/2016
Missouri Kitten Rescue

Wild Blue recently rescued 39 kittens during a trip out and back to Grain Valley, Missouri! 20 kittens were associated with the Grain Valley Clinic in Missouri and 18 associated with the Kansas City Pet Project - a no-kill animal rescue that was overfull. Plus, one kitten from just across the Kansas border (friend of National Mill 
Dog Rescue).

Many thanks to NMDR (National Mill Dog Rescue) and Theresa Strader for lending us the transport van. AND to all of the Wild Blue team members, volunteers and fosters who worked beforehand and into the night processing kittens, making charts, giving vaccines and sorting them out to their foster parents.


And a special thanks to Mike Nelson - who despite his cat allergies drove back from Missouri (9 hours) in a van crowded to the roof with loud, meowy kittens! 

One of the rescue volunteers, Lisa Pitman, summed it all up nicely when she said - "The rescue that Lauri and Mike did, driving all those miles and making the hard choices, was amazing! The intake set up by Melinda, Jane and all the helpers-tremendous job that seemed effortless as Melinda & Jane smoothly ran it. OUTSTANDING job! Even Connie, a new helper, donating her barn and yard-so sweet. Shirley giving meds and checking the kitties out.

All the wonderful things everyone did, Lori giving foster supplies out, the guys hosing out the van etc. has renewed my faith that there are good, loving people in this world. Sometimes the world is hard and you wonder. Then this happens and you smile, faith in the people renewed."

To contribute in support of these sweet kittens - please go to our Donation ( www.wbars.org/donate) page. Every dollar counts!

If you are interested in becoming a foster parent or would like to adopt one of these precious bundles - go to our Getting Involved page ( http://wbars.org/get-involved/foster-information) or our Adoption page ( http://wbars.org/adopt-a-cat/adoption-application) for more information!

Thank you for helping us put the animals first and Save Precious Lives!


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Fancy Feast
Join Us for a Fancy Feast in Downtown Colorado Springs on AUGUST 5TH!

Wild Blue's 7th annual fundraiser dinner is coming up soon! Join us on Friday, AUG 5th for a fun evening of music, food, friendship and lots of fantastic silent and live auction items. This year's venue will be The Mining Exchange Hotel, Gold Room annex in downtown Colorado Springs.
 
The evening will be hosted by Jon Carroll, KRDO Channel 13News, and begins at 6pm with a social hour and a silent auction, while enjoying the bluegrass music of award-winning family band 'The Wielands of Mass Destruction'.
 
Tickets are $65. Guests may also purchase 8-person tables at a discount, $500. Purchase tickets here Fancy Feast Tickets ( http://wbars.org/donate) by clicking on the FastTransact link and then choosing either individual tickets, a table of 8 OR you can also purchase a ticket to donate to Wild Blue so that a volunteer of cat foster can attend the event for free!

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE
All sponsorships include a display table for your business, mention is event materials (online and print) and special thanks during the event to more than 150 attendees.
Wine Sponsor - $500 (3 available)
Music Sponsor - $250
Appetizer and Dessert Sponsor - $150 (2 available)
 
Please call us at (719) 650-4089 with any questions about this year's FUNraising dinner or to secure a sponsorship spot. Hope to see you there!

Michelson Found Animals

Wild Blue is participating in the Michelson Found Animals' Saving Pets Challenge 2016. 

This year our goal is to raise $20,000 to go toward paying vet bills for multiple emergency surgeries and medical costs for sick kitties.

The campaign runs from Tuesday, July 5th at 10am through Thursday, August 4th at 12noon and to give back, the organizers will be donating over $150,000 to organizations benefiting animal welfare and dedicated to decreasing shelter pet euthanasia. 

How You Can Help
As a passionate Wild Blue supporter, we know that you want to help out in any way you can. The best thing you can do is set up a fundraiser for our cause. Donating is great, but if you can become a fundraiser and reach out to your entire network, the potential for raising more money increases drastically.  And, it's super easy do, promise. Just Go Here - Wild Blue Saving Pets Challenge ( https://www.crowdrise.com/fundraise-and-volunteer/the-team/wildblue-SP2016 ) - and click 'Join the Team' near the bottom of the page. In seconds, you'll have your own fundraiser to share with your community of family and friends to help us make an even bigger impact.

Once you start your fundraiser, make sure to update it with the story of why you're one of our biggest fans. The more personal and compelling story, the more likely you are to get donations. Also make sure to put pics and even videos on your fundraising page that help to illustrate why this cause means so much to you. Then share it with everyone you know and start raising money.

If you don't have 30 seconds to spare, or for some reason aren't able to set up a fundraiser, please Click Here to Donate (https://www.crowdrise.com/fundraise-and-volunteer/the-team/wildblue-SP2016) And, please help us spread the word. If you email a list of your co-workers, family and friends and ask them to help, we can get that much closer to winning the grand prize and raising so much money for our cause. You know the impact that a Challenge like this can have for Wild Blue and we're looking for all the help we can get.

GOOD NEWS!  GRANTS TO WILD BLUE

COLORADO PET OVERPOPULATION FUND
Wild Blue has a received a grant in the amount of $5,000 (via the CPOF Income Tax Checkoff portion of the fund) to help fund a new Wild Blue project, Kats in Our Kommunities, that will assist low-income cat owners with spay/neuter surgery costs.



ASPCA ADOPTION AMBASSADOR PROGRAM GRANT
Wild Blue also recently received a grant in the amount of $2,000 to expand our foster program (transition foster parents into Wild Blue adoption ambassadors) and to promote direct adoptions of cats and kittens from foster homes directly into their new furrever homes - without the cats being transferred to the Sanctuary first. This will mean more space at the Sanctuary to save more kitties!

Kitty Calendar Contest

 
Contest entries are free.
Only one photo per entry please.
Send you favorite WILD BLUE kitty photo along with a quick description to us via email --- wildblueanimalrescue@gmail.com for a chance to have them star in the 2017 Wild Blue Kitty Calendar. Please include your name and phone number with your entry.

Million Cat Challenge
5 key initiatives!
 

Wild Blue is joining animal shelters across North America to save the lives of one million more cats in the next five years. It's all part of a joint campaign of the Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida and the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program.
 
The Million Cat Challenge is based on five key initiatives that offer every shelter, in every community, practical choices to reduce euthanasia and increase live outcomes for shelter cats.

A -Alternatives to intake:
Provide positive alternatives to keep cats in the home or community when admission to a shelter is not the best choice.

B-Managed Admission:
Schedule intake of cats to match the shelter's ability to assure humane care and safe movement through the shelter system to an appropriate outcome for every cat.

C-Capacity for care:
Match the number of cats cared for at any one time with the capacity required to assure the Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare for all cats in the shelter.

D-Removing barriers to adoption:
Expand the pool of adopters by removing barriers to adoption such as cost, process, or location.

E-Return to field:
Sterilize, vaccinate, and return healthy un-owned shelter cats to the location of origin as an alternative to euthanasia.
 
These initiatives were chosen because they have the potential to create major impact and offer choices for shelters of any size, budget, or intake type.
 
Shelters need not implement or embrace all five initiatives to participate in the challenge. Even one initiative can set the foundation for dramatic improvement. Each initiative can also lay the foundation for others, which can be implemented synergistically in any order. They can be implemented for only one cat, for a small pilot project, or in whole. Each step toward implementation, however small, will have value.

The overarching goal of the five key initiatives is to give shelters the tools to evaluate, for each individual cat or kitten, whether intake to the shelter is the best choice now, later, or not at all, given the choices available for that shelter and community at that moment in time. Once a cat is admitted, the goal is to give shelters of any size and budget the tools to assure humane care, provide the Five Freedoms for animal welfare, and match each individual cat with the most appropriate outcome, whether that is being reunited with the owner, adoption into a new home, or sterilization, vaccination, and return to the location of origin.

Upcoming Adoption Campaign and Fundraiser News!
Save The Dates!
 
Best Friends Animal Society's JULY Special Adoption Campaign
Wild Blue will be participating in "Soak up Summer" throughout the entire month of July!
All adult cats 5 years old and older will have a special adoption fee of only $50. Spread the word to help us get these older kitties into their new homes for the Summer.

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SAVE THE DATE!!  Saturday, SEPT 17th, 2016
Wild Blue Catio Tour 


Come out and join us for a tour of several Colorado Springs area catios from 11am-4pm and then stop at the Sanctuary to visit our supporting vendors and love on the kitties!

The motivation behind the tour is to inspire folks to build outdoor cat enclosures so their kitties have a safe place to go for some outdoor time - while keeping backyard wildlife like
 birds  and squirrels safe, too.
 
Plus, we hope that the event will educate tour-goers about this unique and creative way to give their cats some healthy exercise time -- while keeping kitties protected from outdoor 
hazards  like cars, predators and poisons.

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Kitty Donate
Please donate.  Just Pet our Kitty!
 
 
FREE
Offer!
  Great news! Thanks to Dr Elsey's Precious Cat litter - new Wild Blue adopters will now receive a free bag of litter and coupon packs/litter guides. We very much appreciate their support! Find out more about their products at www.preciouscat.com

 

Offer Expires: Once supply has been distributed


Photos Pics--Please Smile!!
Send us a photo of your favorite rescued 4-footed family member to:

wildbluenewsletter@gmail.com.

We will select the best for Facebook.