Animal shelters across the country are once again teaming up with NBC and Telemundo stations to find loving homes for pets in need with the Clear The Shelters pet adoption and donation campaign.
The stations’ month-long “Adopt & Donate” effort will feature virtual pet adoptions and make it easy for people to donate online to participating shelters and rescues. The campaign runs from Aug. 23 through Sept.19, 2021.
Clear The Shelters is an annual, nationwide pet adoption campaign that is spearheaded by NBCUniversal Local, a division of NBCUniversal. Every year, NBCUniversal Local’s NBC and Telemundo owned stations, plus affiliated stations, partner with animal shelters and rescues in their communities to host Clear The Shelters events.
In June of 2021, we posted about Hercules on our Facebook page:
This sweet kitty was in pain and needed entropion eye surgery on both his eyes. We added a fundraiser campaign to the post to help cover the expense of his surgery.
Entropion is a genetic condition in which a portion of the eyelid is inverted or folded inward against the eyeball. This results in irritation and scratches to the cornea — the front surface of the eye — leading to corneal ulceration, or corneal perforation. It can also leave dark-colored scar tissue to build up over the wound (pigmentary keratitis). These factors may cause a loss or decrease in vision.
We couldn’t wait, so Hercules got his surgery and by July, he had recovered well enough to finally announce to the world he was ready for his forever home!
Sweet Hercules had a rough start to his life. Found trying to survive on the streets with a painful eye condition, his eyes are now surgically repaired & require no follow-up or medications. He’s such a sweet boy! He’s around 2 yrs old, vetted and ready for a home. He loves attention & would love a home of his own.
Then in August, something magical happened! Hercules got adopted!
Now his name is Yams because he is such a sweet potato. Congratulations Yams, we wish you and your new family happiness and joy!
Drum roll please… the winner of the Twice the 12 days of Christmas holiday raffle is Jennifer Ruby with Thomas K being the cat with the most votes! Congratulations Jennifer! We hope you enjoy the fantastic wine basket.
Beyond Nine Cat Rescue runs solely on donations from generous supporters. To those who participated, we are very grateful for your contributions! We would also like to thank our anonymous sponsor who is graciously matching the donations. Thanks go to everyone involved and we wish you all a happy and healthy New Year!
It’s not too late to give! Click here to go to our donation page.
SPONSOR A HOMELESS CAT THIS HOLIDAY SEASON AND YOUR DONATION IS DOUBLED!!
A very generous donor has agreed to match every sponsorship donation we receive, dollar for dollar!
$25=$50 $50=$100 $100=$200
To celebrate, we are also doubling the 12 days of Christmas. Each day from December 1st through the 24th we’ll be posting photos of our cats and kittens. You will have the opportunity to sponsor the cat of your choice throughout the month, and you may sponsor as many cats as you wish, as many times as you wish.
A sponsorship is a one-time gift made in honor of a homeless cat at Beyond Nine Cat Rescue. When you sponsor a homeless cat, you help that cat in ways that you can’t even imagine. With more than 100 cats currently being cared for at our shelter and in foster homes, you’re sure to find one whose story tugs at your heart.
On Christmas Day we’ll tally up each cat’s donations. Everyone who donated to the cat with the most donations will be entered into a drawing to win a wine basket worth over $100….or a $100 gift card if the winner is a non-local. We’ll announce the lucky winner on Christmas Day.
So, bring twice the joy to homeless cats this holiday season! Make a lifesaving donation today and your gift will be DOUBLED!!
Meet some great cats who need a sponsor today:
We will post updates periodically from now until the end of the program. If you have any questions or need any help, please contact us:
Phone: (833) BEYOND-9 or (833) 239-6639
Please note, our phone number does not receive text messages. We receive a high volume of calls and our volunteers work hard to return each call in a timely manner so we appreciate your patience. Emails tend to be easier for us to manage yet if you do call, leave a detailed message with your name and contact phone number clearly stated. Thank you.
Got plans for Black Friday this year? We have a fun activity you can do! Beyond Nine Cat Rescue has been chosen to be a recipient of a donation this holiday season from the #PawsOnBlackFriday campaign!
The Healthy Paws Foundation is encouraging all pet parents to take a pledge to pause and spend extra time with their pets. It’s completely free to take the pledge, and for every pledge, the Foundation will donate $10, up to $30,000. The total donation amount will be divided amongst five rescue organizations and Beyond Nine Cat Rescue was selected to be one of the five! This means our nonprofit will be eligible for up to $6,000 if the campaign reaches the maximum goal of $30,000.
You can also help us reach the maximum donation amount by sharing this campaign with your friends and family. It’s easy! Just share a photo of your pet* using #PawsOnBlackFriday or if you’d like, copy and paste the text below:
The more who take the pledge, the more money we will receive! *If you don’t have a cat, don’t panic! Just call (833) BEYOND-9 or email us at meow@BeyondNineCatRescue.org and we will help you find a fine feline companion to dote upon!
The Healthy Paws Foundation, the charitable arm of Healthy Paws Pet Insurance, is the Foundation is funded by our Every Quote Gives Hope program, where we set aside a small donation for each person who requests a pet insurance quote. The foundation then distributes grants to nonprofit pet rescues and animal shelters to help fund medicine, food, shelter, and operating costs.
The Healthy Paws Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, provides cash grants to no-kill pet adoption nonprofits for life-saving vaccines, spay/neuter surgeries, medical treatments, food, housing and other needs of homeless pets in their care. The foundation is funded by Healthy Paws “Every Quote Gives Hope” and “Refer-A-Friend” programs. Learn more about the mission to save more homeless pets and how you can help.
This promotion is managed by Healthy Paws. Participation in this promotion is subject to the official rules.
Beyond Nine Cat Rescue was made aware of at least 15 cats abandoned in a house in Cooper City, FL. The woman who had kept a few of them as pets had passed away a few years ago and the cats were left in her house.
Someone would stop by to leave them dry food yet they received no medical care, no proper kitty litter or cleaning of the home, and none were spayed or neutered so the number of cats multiplied.
Most of the cats are undernourished, covered in fleas and mange, some have open wounds, some have lost an eye to infection or issues from possible inbreeding in the house.
We were able to bring six of the most in-need cats to our shelter and have been working hard to rehabilitate them medically and mentally.
Some are a bit shy and scared yet we’re socializing them with love and petting and it’s working. They’re responding well and coming back to life.
With a little luck and some patience, we hope they’ll get to a point where they can be adopted into loving homes so they can continue to get the care and attention that they have missed out on all this time!
Vet visits, medications, surgeries, transportation, rehabilitation, food and shelter… it all adds up! We have been really busy (during a pandemic no less!) and our coffers have been depleted. We urgently need your help!
This week we got a frantic call about a mama cat and her kittens needing help. One of the kittens was injured and no other rescues were responding to her calls. Our volunteers went out to assess the situation and what they found made their hearts sink: a colony of cats struggling to survive in Pompano Beach, FL. Some were in dire need of medical attention, others appeared emaciated and hungry.
First up were the kittens. We found five in total, three of them are white, one calico and one black. One of the white kittens appeared to be in worse shape than the others so we couldn’t just leave them in the colony. They were taken to a vet, bathed and fed and they seem to be recovering nicely! Check out this live-action footage:
These tigers in training should be ready for adoption in about 6 more weeks so stay tuned for those announcements! Where’s the mama cat? We found two.
This white mom cat was one of two mom cats we found, she was spayed and vaccinated yet we think she may be adoptable. She’s not acting like a feral cat. We’re going to continue to work with her to see if she’s willing to hang out with people. If we do not return her to the colony, we’ll post information about how to adopt her as soon as she is ready!
We were also able to catch a big white male and a calico kitty. Each was vaccinated yet after an evaluation, we determined they were just too feral to be domesticated pets, so they were returned to the colony.
This pretty orange and white kitty turned out to have a broken pelvis. He was in a lot of pain and we were able to get him into Plantation Midtown Hospital for help. The staff there is extremely helpful and we’re hoping he’s able to recover quickly but his medical needs are going to be expensive.
There was another male limping around the area, we were able to get him vaccinated at Pet Population Control yet he required additional attention for an infection in his leg. He is now at Plantation Midtown Hospital recovering yet he is in rough shape. We’re not sure if he’s going to survive it or not. Keep your fingers crossed!
We are still working our way around and will continue to try to support this colony by getting as many of the cats there spayed and neutered. We’ll also help supply them with clean food and water so they’re not starving to death. We think we may have a local volunteer there to help us with that. If they’re amicable, we’ll see if we can get them into a proper home with loving humans!
These types of desperate calls for help come in every day. There are just too many cats here in South Florida that need our help. Although we can sometimes get discounts and perks from our vet friends, we still receive thousands of dollars in vet bills every month. A single cat’s injury (such as a broken pelvis) can cost hundreds of dollars. Add to that dozens of spay/neuter surgeries, vaccinations, tests and treatments for sickness and disease, it quickly adds up!
We first received Opie and his sister Winkie on July 22nd, 2014. Their human had passed away and his 86 year old mom couldn’t take care of them anymore. At that time they were both five years old so they were still very young! It was a traumatic experience for them both and each was impacted differently.
Opie was able to keep up a happy and outgoing disposition no matter where he went. His sister Winkie was scared and shy; not adjusting to shelter life very well at all. We knew we would need to keep them together. It’s harder to do but we had hoped to find them a home where they could both live happily ever after.
As they waited for a new home, each tried to adjust and adapt to their new situation. Opie met shelter life with an energetic, curious and advernturous spirit. With so many cats and people around, this was his chance to be in the spotlight! He was such a show off, we entered him into the 35th CFA Annual Cat Show back in 2014 at the War Memorial Auditorium in Fort Lauderdale.
Most cats wouldn’t put up with such nonsense but as the judge moved him around and checked out his physique and fur, Opie was cooperative. He loved being in the posing and smiling for the audience! That day, Opie won “Best In Show” for the best household pet category. He even got a beautiful ribbon to play with! From that day forward, we had to introduce him as the “Award Winning Opie” which just added to his swagger. Opie was a rock star among felines!
Other kitties weren’t the only fans of Opie. Volunteers and visitors alike loved him too. Upon your arrival, no matter what time of day or night, Opie would come out to greet you. He loved being outside. He would even hop into your car if you took too long to say hello or weren’t paying attention to him. He loved the attention from all.
At a still young age of only eleven years old, we unexpectedly have to say farewell to Opie. Sadly our welcoming committee kitty has crossed the rainbow bridge. It came as a shock to all who knew him and he will be sorely missed. We wish we could have found you and your sister a forever home of your own but here at our shelter and in our hearts, you will always have a home.
We are very happy to announce we have a new location where we will be able to show our cats and kittens who are up for adoption! Pet Supermarket’s flagship store:
Pet Supermarket 3939 N Federal Hwy Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
We were there for a trial run on Saturday, February 15, 2020. Check out our pictures below! They were so pleased with us that we got invited to come back. While we won’t have our kitties there throughout the week, we are able to show them off on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 4 pm. As you may know, we no longer have a public-facing adoption center so this is very exciting news!
All of the cats and kittens we have there are fully vetted and ready for a new furever home! Even if you’re not adopting right now, please come in to just say hello! Some of our kitties could use some light petting and words of encouragement too! Or snacks. Some of them may just want snacks. Either way, we and the kitties would love to see you there!!
Abby, pictured here, is thriving and is as beautiful inside as she is outside. She is a joy and one of the most loving creatures on God’s earth. She loves to be brushed and held like a baby. When held, she slams her nose into your nose for a big rub.
Ten years ago, who would have thought that the work you are doing would bring so much love into our home? My husband and I feel so blessed to have Abby.