Latest News Items:
Dissolution -- Friday October 25th, 2019
It’s All About the Cats, Inc. (IAATCI) will be dissolving on December 31, 2019. Closing the group was not an easy decision; however, most of our key volunteers are leaving to pursue other endeavors and management by the remaining few is not feasible.
IAATCI was founded in January 2005 with a mission to reduce the population of homeless cats by rescuing, spaying and neutering, fostering and placing cats and kittens in suitable homes. Over the past 15 years, we have done just that by spaying and neutering approximately 800 cats through trap-neuter-return (TNR) and placing over 4,000 cats and kittens in forever homes.
The closing of IAATCI may raise concerns in the community regarding the continuity of this mission. IAATCI director, Carol Sweeney says “Everyone should be reassured that our administrators have been hard at work over the past months to transition our volunteers and resources to other rescue groups. There were few rescue/adoption resources in the Orlando area when we established IAATCI. Now there are multiple options.”
IAATCI President, Carolyn Foster says “We have a great bunch of volunteers that are passionate about what they do and will continue their great volunteer service in this community. IAATCI appreciates the support, donations and adoptions that the Central Florida community has provided over the last 15 years. We are sad to be closing, but know that there are many other capable cat rescues that will carry on the mission.”
For questions, please contact IAATCI through their email at IAATCI.FL@gmail.com
Central Florida Earth Day -- Saturday April 21st, 2018
Join us on Saturday April 21st, for the 2018 Central Florida Earth Day! We will be one of the many vendors at this free event, located at East Eola Park in downtown Orlando. Stop by our booth to cuddle with adoption ready kittens, buy amazing cat toys and supplies, and learn more about how IAATCI helps the felines in our community!
Foster Homes Needed -- Sunday April 1st, 2018
Foster homes are asked to provide care for the kittens and provide transportation to and from veterinary appointments as needed. Once the kittens are old enough and weigh enough to be spayed or neutered (typically two pounds), you'll bring them to the IAATCI Adoption Centers so they can find their forever homes! Please let us know if you have a spare room to foster some kittens and help us save more cats and kittens in our area!
Chipotle Fundraiser 2017 -- Thursday May 4th, 2017
Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser! Come in to the Chipotle at 525 South Orlando Avenue in Winter Park (Fairbanks and 17-92) on Thursday, May 4th between 5:00 pm and 9:00 pm. Just let the cashier know you are with the fundraiser for It's All About the Cats and we will get 50% of the proceeds! Enjoy great food and help our rescue save more lives!
Let's Give our Volunteers a Morale Boost -- Wednesday December 14th, 2016
The holidays are a busy time of year for everyone and our volunteers are no exception. Finding homes for our purr-fectly wonderful kitties is a priority and nerves can get frayed. I am asking all of our adopters (from 2005 to present) to please submit a photo of your kitties as a reminder to all of us of how much difference all the hard work makes in all of our lives.
Please post your photo on our facebook site if possible at https://www.facebook.com/IAATC.inc/ ... or for those who do not have access, please email your photo to IAATCI.FL@gmail.com and we will post it for you!
Thanking everyone for this morale boost and for adopting!
National Feral Cat Day 2014 -- Saturday September 20th, 2014
It's All About the Cats will host a special adoption event on October 16th to help bring attention to National Feral Cat Day - 2014.
Many of out adoptable kittens are rescued from feral cat colonies. This must be done at an early age in order to be able to socialize the kittens to living in homes with families. The rescues are nearly always done in conjunction with the TNR activities that our volunteers carry out in the feral colonies. Please attend our special event to find out more about feral cats and the TNR concept. Or visit the Alley Cat Allies website for more information.
Our event will be held at the East Colonial Petco Store (corner of Hwy 50 and Bumby Ave) in Orlando, FL on Thursday, October 16th from 6 pm to 9 pm.
Select rescued kittens will be available for adoption.
Another Fundraiser -- Saturday January 12th, 2013
We apologize for repeated News Stories about fundraising but this is a critical issue for us at this time. We have listed 3 rings for sale on eBay that were donated to our group. See our home page for more details or use this link http://www.ebay.com/sch/itsallaboutthecats/m.html?item=281047000449&ssPageName=STRK%3AMESELX%3AIT&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2562 and please share with anyone you know who might be interested.
Lucky 2013 Pet Contest -- Friday January 11th, 2013
Please consider entering your lucky adopted cat in the Lucky 2013 contest currently being held by Petfinder.com. You could win a $500 gift certificate to Petco and we could win a $5,000 donation to further support our cat rescue activities. For more information, please visit our home page. Or visit http://www.petfinder.com/luckiestpetcontest and be sure to designate It's All About the Cats as your shelter. Our shelter ID is FL512. Thanks!
Group Updates -- Monday September 3rd, 2012
We are excited to announce that we have our website back up and running. All your favorite cats and kittens are now accessible online once again!
In addition, we have an updated report on our cover kitty, Sereana. Although the news is not good regarding her mobility issues, we have decided to try to raise money to purchase her a moblity cart and so we are asking for anyone who can spare a dollar or two to please do so. The cart will cost about $250. That is a lot, but it only takes 250 people to donate $1 for us to reach our goal. So please spread the word. Thank You.
Adoption Event -- Thursday May 26th, 2011
Canes's Crossing is a non-profit animal rescue group affiliated with Hiawassee Veterinary Clinic. We have referred quite a few cats to them since our group stopped accepting new cats and kittens into our program.
Now Cane's Crossing is planning to hold an adoption event to try to place some of the many cats and kittens they have available for adoption. We would like to help them by advertising their event to as many people in the community as possible. So, if you have a place to post a flyer, please print the flyer shown on our website (www.itsallaboutthecats.org) and put it out there.
Also, if you are looking for a new cat or kitten, please stop by the event to check out the available kitties. You can also just stop by to say hello and give us moral support - some of the old It's All About the Cats volunteers will be helping at the event and this would be a chance for you to say hello.
IAATC is Closing Soon -- Tuesday April 5th, 2011
The Board of Directors greatly regrets to announce the closing of our rescue mission. However, the time has come that we are no longer able to operate a first-class rescue operation and we have chosen to close rather than to continue at a reduced capacity that might endanger the very lives of the cats and kittens we have always tried to help.
Many people have asked us to continue but we have lost too many volunteers and those that remain no longer have the energy to continue. We ask our many supporters to understand our situation and to accept our decision.
From this day forward, we no longer will accept any new cats or kittens into our program. We will do everything in our power to place the remaining cats and kittens in loving homes. In some cases, we will work with our foster parents to transfer them to another rescue group.
Saturday, April 9, 2011 will be our last adoption event at the Petco at the Loop Shopping Center. We will continue to do adoptions by appointment and also hope to hold adoption events at the Petco at FL Mall (corner of Sandlake Rd and Orange Blossom Trail). Please watch our website for more information.
Memorial Service for Lee -- Wednesday December 22nd, 2010
A memorial service will be held for Lee Crawford on Wednesday, December 29th from 5 to 7 pm at Family Funeral Care - Hunters Creek. The address is 13001 S. John Young Parkway, Orlando, FL 32837. This is the SE corner of John Young Parkway and Town Loop Blvd. Please call 407-812-4200 if you need directions.
As a reminder, the family has asked that people make a donation to It's All About the Cats in lieu of sending flowers to the memorial service. Thank-You to those who have already made donations. Your generosity will help us to continue the important rescue mission that was so dear to Lee's heart.
Lee Crawford, In Memoriam -- Thursday December 16th, 2010
It’s All About the Cats is saddened to announce the death of one of our most dedicated volunteers, Lee Crawford, who died in his sleep last night.
Lee and his wife Marty joined our rescue effort in 2006, serving as a foster home to countless kittens and cats over the years. Lee joined our Board of Directors in 2007 and has been serving as Vice President since 2008.
Lee was an exceptional volunteer. He had a wealth of knowledge and skills which he applied freely to helping our organization run smoothly. He was a joy to watch with his gentle handling of our homeless cats and kittens and he was a calm influence throughout the long hours of our weekly adoption events. Everyone who worked with Lee knows his compassion, generosity of spirit and enthusiasm for living. His passing is a terrible loss to his family and to our rescue mission.
IAATC is Expanding -- Wednesday November 17th, 2010
It's All About the Cats is expanding to a second location - the Petco store at Florida Mall (located at the corner of Sandlake Road and Orange Blossom Trail in South Orlando). This expansion will take a few weeks to complete so watch this space for an announcement of our Grand Opening!
We will still be holding our weekly adoptions at our original location - the Petco store at the Loop (located at the corner of John Young Pkwy and Osceola Pkwy). These are very popular events in he community and we will not scale back in any way.
What this means is that we will be needing for volunteers to help at the new location. Specifically, we will need help during the week to help care for the kitties who will be in the display spaces. If you are interested in helping, please contact us. Be sure to provide your email address and/or phone number so that we can get in touch with you. In addition, any information you have about previous experience will be appreciated.
"Garage Sale" Fundraiser -- Wednesday September 29th, 2010
One of our foster homes will be participating in a community garage sale this coming weekend. All proceeds from the charity tables will be donated to It's All About the Cats. The sale is Saturday, October 2nd, from 9-2 at the Taft Community Center (9450 S. Orange Ave, Orlando, 32824). Items for sale include miscellaneous odds and ends donated to our organization, ranging from electronics to useless doodahs. Other vendors will have tables at the sale and snacks will be available. So if you are passing that way, stop in and see if there is something you just can't live without.
More Great News! -- Friday September 3rd, 2010
More Great News!
Little Mommie was adopted on Saturday!
Now we are Seeking Homes for All the other Little Abandoned Cats
The desperate story of the three calico 'Mommie" cats and their brother/son "Boy" has turned out well with the final adoption of Little Mommie on August 28th by a very fine and caring family in Poinciana. Of course, as things will go, we took in a dozen other kittens in the meantime. While the foster homes caring for all these babies are more permanent, they are still Temporary Foster Homes and we will be putting more kittens on the available list as they prove healthy and grow big enough for vaccinations and surgery. Please keep checking - and keep fingers crossed for all these wonderful kittens.
Calico Mommie Adopted! -- Sunday August 15th, 2010
Great News! Calico Mommie was adopted on Saturday. However, we are becoming even more desperate to find a home for the remaining 2 adult cats abandoned in Kissimmee. The caretaker is moving any day now and cannot take the cats with him. If you know anyone who could adopt these cats, please have them contact Ves Roach at 407-569-6802 or email email@example.com - Thanks So Much
Update on 3 Cats -- Wednesday August 4th, 2010
Time is running out for these little cats - their caretakers have gotten an extension on their move but are anticipating the call from their new job to come at any time - they will not be able to take the cats with them. Please see our website for details at www.ItsAllAboutTheCats.org and thank you for caring.
Desperately Seeking Home -- Tuesday July 27th, 2010
Desperately Seeking Home for 3 Abandoned Cats
Three cats were rescued by our volunteers after having being abandoned by the neighbors. Volunteers are relocating to California within the next few weeks and cannot take the cats with them. They have been working with It's All About the Cats to place these cats in loving homes and are now desperate to find homes before they have to move.
The cats have been living inside/outside but would easily adjust to being inside only cats since they were inside cats before they were abandoned.
All three cats are spayed, have a current rabies vaccine and have tested negative for FeLV/FIV. Mommie is outgoing and playful. Calico Mommie and Little Mommie are a bit shy with strangers but will warm up quickly once they get settled in their new home.
Please contact the volunteer directly for more information: Ves Roach at 407-569-6802 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Pledge to Help FeLV+ Cats -- Wednesday July 21st, 2010
One of our adopters contacted us recently with the following message. I wanted to share it with all of our wonderful adopters, rescuers and friends in the hopes that someone will be interested in pledging to help the Feline Leukemia positive (FeLV+) cats out there. I know that I can spare $5 and I hope you can too.
Hello family & friends: I will be participating (for the 3rd year) in the 2010 Blogathon. This year, like in the past, I will be blogging to raise funds for The Marley Fund. The Marley Fund is a non-profit organization that helps to spread education and
awareness on feline leukemia and other immunodeficiency viruses. What's more is that The Marley Fund also provide shelter and care for positive cats as a means to avoid immediate euthanasia. This is a charity especially close to my heart as three years ago now, we lost our baby kitten Hadley to feline leukemia.
The blogathon takes place on July 31st, 2010. It begins at 9:00 a.m. Eastern time and runs for 24 hours straight. Basically, I will have to update my blog every 30 minutes for 24 hours. All of the pledges from you will then be given directly to The Marley Fund to continue bettering the lives of those positively infected cats and kittens around the country.
This year, I've had some great sponsors who have selflessly donated several great prizes -- like a $50 AmEx gift card and several Starbucks gift cards -- to give away as raffle prizes. For every $5 donation you pledge, your name will be entered into a drawing to win one of these great prizes. Even if it's just some pocket change, every little bit really DOES help. Please visit my blog to learn more as well as see how to make a pledge. www.positivelylovedblog.com
Thank you so much for your support, Lindsay
Sanctuary Closed -- Monday December 14th, 2009
Cat Sanctuary Closed - Cats Need Rescue
As many people already know, the 10th Life No-Kill Cat Sanctuary closed recently. At the time of closing, there were approximately 450 cats in residence. In the past three weeks, 15 rescue groups, animal shelters and individuals transferred nearly 300 cats. This took care of all the friendly cats, including those infected with FeLV or FIV.
There are approximately 150 cats remaining that need to be relocated. These are feral or very shy cats, but they deserve a chance to live anyway and require very little maintenance. The University of Florida is offering to arrange transportation if anyone can provide one or more of these cats with an enriched outdoor habitat, colony or barn to live out their days. If you think you can help, we encourage you to sumbit an animal transfer request asap.
The url for the request form is http://www.ufsheltermedicine.com/documents/TransferRequestForm.pdf
Less Adoptable Cats -- Friday July 31st, 2009
It's All About The Cats, Inc is pleased to announce their participation in the nationwide Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet Day
sponsored by Petfinder.com.
We will be celebrating for the entire week of August 9 to 15, 2009,
culminating in two special adoption events on Friday and Saturday of that week.
For the purpose of this event, we have classified certain cats in our program as "less adoptable" not because they are less loving or deserving of a home but because they are less likely to be adopted by the general public.
These "less adoptable" include cats with physical imperfections such as Bart and Bessie who have hazy eyes due to a previous eye infection, cats with medical disabilities such as Adelle who is FIV+, cats who do not show well at adoption events due to being nervous around large crowds, and plain black cats who always have a harder time getting placed (see our menu item "WHY Adopt a Black Cat?" on our website).
Our board of directors is currently considering offering incentives for qualified families to adopt one of our 'less adoptable cats' so please check our website for further updates.
Special Adoption Event -- Wednesday June 24th, 2009
It’s All About the Cats will be participating in a community/art exhibition hosted by HG Designs on June 26th (5-9 pm) & June 27th (12-5 pm). Internationally acclaimed artist, Ivaldo, will be giving a live art demonstration and other artists will be showing their work. Please join us at Foreign Accents Home & Decor Showroom, located at the corner of Orange Avenue and Page Street - across from the new SODO Plaza in Orlando (2301 S Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32806). There will be kittens available for adoption as well as information about our organization and other rescue resources. Please call 407-701-3877 for more information.
We need Foster Homes! -- Monday May 11th, 2009
Kitten season has arrived in full swing. We are over capacity and we are still turning cats/kittens away. It's All About the cats is in desparate need of foster homes. If you or someone you know think they might be interested in fostering please let us know. We have a section on our website explaining our fostering process: http://www.itsallaboutthecats.org/info/display?PageID=2878
Low-Cost Spay/Neuter -- Tuesday April 14th, 2009
The following is an excerpt from the website of Rep. Scott Randolph (FL House of Representatives, District 36):
HB 451 (Low-Cost Spaying/Neutering) Passes House Agriculture Committee
Our bill to expand the use of a surcharge to provide low-cost sterilizations for dogs and cats has just passed another hurdle in the House. HB 451 passed the Agriculture and Natural Resources & Policy Committee with nary a whimper. The bill would save Florida counties millions of dollars each year by reducing the numbers of animals euthanized in Florida each year, which currently stands at 300,000 (with over 17,000 in Orange County in 2008). HB 451 is now slated to be heard by the Military & Local Affairs Policy Committee, then the Public Safety & Domestic Security Policy Committee, and then by the General Government Policy Council. However, Rep. Randolph will attempt to have the bill heard directly by the Council next, so that it may reach a floor vote sooner.
Use this link to read more about HB 451: http://www.randolphreport.com/hb0451.html