July 4th Safety

With the 4th of July and other summer activities coming up, we wanted to remind all pet owners about some important summer safety information.  The 4th of July can be especially dangerous to pets. Many are severely injured or lost during this holiday. Please take some time before then to create a plan to keep your pets as safe and calm as possible. As always, if you have any questions, be sure to contact your veterinarian for advice. The information below comes from the American Veterinary M...
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Community Cats

At this time of year, Sheltering Hands, and all organizations that work with cat rescue, see a huge increase in pregnant cats and people wanting to get cats spayed or neutered. Since we began our  Community Cats Program, we have spayed/neutered over 5000 cats! It seems like a huge number, especially for a small organization such as ours. However, those 5000 cats probably represent somewhere between 5-10% of the feral/community cat numbers in Marion and Levy counties! Working with a small core ...
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Check Out Our New Newsletter

If you have not seen our new format newsletter, we invite you to check it out. Dedicated volunteer Elena, with the help of other volunteers, has revamped our quarterly newsletter. Our new version is visually appealing and full of information. Print editions have been distributed to area vets. The PDF version is found at our news section on the website. Click on this link to view it-  Sheltering Hands Spring 2017  
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Spring 2017 Garage Sale

Sheltering Hands Spring Garage Sale- March 25th from 8-3 Spring is here and it is time for our semi-annual Spring Garage Sale! Our sale will be held on Saturday, March 25th from 8-3 at our Surgical Center on US Highway 27. Come early for the best selection and then come back from 1-3 when all items are half price. All proceeds support the cats of Sheltering Hands. Do you have some items that you could donate to help our cats? We would love to have your new or gently used items. We are not ...
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Upcoming Events

Sheltering Hands has some great events coming up in the next few weeks. The first is the National Adoption Event  February 17th-19th at PetSmart on State Road 200. Stop by our adoption center and meet some of our adoptable cats and kittens. You can view more of our adoptable cats at our Petfinder site. For more information about our available cats, please contact Gail at adoptions@shelteringhands.org or give her a call at (352)840-0663, option #1.   Do you enjoy social media? We are l...
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Volunteer Orientation

Our next volunteer orientation  will be held on Saturday, January 14th from 12:30-1:30 in the Tuxe Center at our Surgical Center on Highway 27. We ask all volunteers to attend a general orientation before beginning their work. At the orientation you will receive your Volunteer Handbook and general information about volunteering. You will also have a chance to ask questions and get information about the various volunteer opportunities. Please join us. You do not need to pre-register or call us,...
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Help Us Get Free Litter

Fresh Step cat litter has a program where you can help our shelter receive free cat litter. Sheltering Hands is a registered shelter in the Fresh Step "Paw Points" program. Now people can donate their Fresh Step cat litter “Paw Points” to help us get litter for our kitties. There is a stamped code on the back of the “Paw Points” cut out on the boxes/bags of Fresh Step products. Go to www.FreshStep.com and under the Paw Points drop down select the donate option. Select Sheltering Hands as th...
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Fall 2016 Raffle Basket- Update

Thanks to the generosity of one of our volunteers, we have added a wonderful gift certificate to our already fantastic raffle basket. Now the lucky winner will receive a 50 minute massage, in their home, from our volunteer who is a licensed massage therapist! Talk about gilding the lily!! Also, we do have a correction to our previous list. The $ 25 gift certificate is to Publix rather than PetSmart. Be sure to get your tickets for this great Fall Raffle Basket. The drawing is December ...
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Fall 2016 Raffle Basket

Sheltering Hands Fall 2016 Raffle Basket   Want to help kitties and  perhaps win a GREAT basket of goodies also? Well, we have just the ticket! Our Fall 2016 Raffle Basket is filled with great things for your beloved fur kids and their parents. FALL RAFFLE BASKET includes a $25 Publix Gift Card There are treats and toys for both dogs and cats. For human friends, you will find 2 bottles of wine, gourmet coffee,  cookies and a 50 minute massage in your home by one of our volunteers who is...
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Upcoming Events-November

We have several events coming up this month. On November 5th we will hold a Care Giver Workshop for families wanting to participate in our Community Cats/TNR program. The program will be held from 3-5pm at the Tuxe Center at our Surgical Center on US Highway 27. For more information or to sign up to attend, please contact Susan at (352)840-0663, option #2 On November 11th-13th, we will be holding our next National Adoption Weekend in conjunction with PetSmart. Come out to our adoption c...
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