Holiday Giving Tree staging Fundraiser for local cat hospital

Contra Costa residents can be good Samaritans by providing life-saving medical care for homeless and abandoned cats in their neighborhoods through the 7th annual “Holiday Giving Tree” fundraiser sponsored by Community Concern for Cats, a local 35-year-old-cat rescue organization.

All funds raised will support CC4C’s cat hospital in Clayton which provides spay/neuter surgery to help prevent cat overpopulation. It also provides routine medical services and surgeries needed to heal broken bones, injured eyes and other maladies which cause pain, and suffering to so many helpless cats and kittens. They also give kittens a healthy start to life.

Martinez resident Marilyn Lapicola carefully watches a kitten who has just been spayed come out from anesthesia at Community Concern for Cats Clayton Hospital.

Currently, the “Holiday Giving Tree” is decorating the window of Rescued Treasures Thrift Shop, their delightful upscale thrift store in Walnut Creek located at 1270 Newell Ave. in the San Miguel Shopping Center.

From now until December 31, shoppers may purchase an ornament from their little tree on their checkout counter. Add their name or their pet’s name to the ornament. Then have it hung with gratitude on the big tree in the window filling the tree with signs of community compassion for homeless and abandoned cats and kittens.

Can’t make it in?
Donors can also contribute to CC4C’s “Holiday Giving Tree” by going to or by sending a check to them at P.O. Box 3795, Walnut Creek, 94598. All donations are tax-deductible.

CC4C is funded by donations from the public, legacy gifts, profits from their thrift shop and occasionally by grants.

Through October, CC4C has treated 2,360 felines in their hospital and found homes for a whopping 775 cats and kittens. The hospital is back to being open four days a week, performing 20-25 spay/neuter surgeries a day plus numerous exams on ill cats.

“We need more Registered Veterinary Technicians in order to stay open that many days. So we are looking for RVT’s that we can schedule to fill in,” stressed Gemma Osendorf Boyd, CC4C president. “It will save so many precious lives and prevent a lot of suffering to continue to be open four days per week.”

Community Concern for Cats now has an adoption site of their own at 1750 San Miguel open Saturdays and Sundays 1-4pm. Some Saturdays they are also at Pet Food Express in Martinez. Or go to their website and look for the list of cats available for adoption then contact their sponsors. They will lead you through the next steps in meeting the cats and making them your own.

The CC4C website is an extremely helpful resource for people who are looking for information on cats, such as bottle babies, lost pets, what to do when you find kittens, low-cost spay and neutering options for pets and much more.

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