Cat Care Society Kitten, "Marvell," Serves As Marvelous Success Story for the Lakewood-based Cat Shelter and Medical Team

Cat Care Society (CCS) launched its Fall Fundraising campaign, focusing on the special success story of the 10-week-old abandoned kitten, fondly named Marvell by CCS staffers. Marvell was brought to the Cat Care Society shelter in July by a woman who had

Lakewood, CO - Cat Care Society (CCS) recently launched its Fall Fundraising direct mail campaign, focusing on the success story of the 10-week-old abandoned kitten, fondly named Marvell by CCS staffers after the Colorado Rapid's player Marvell Wynne. The announcement is made by Clyde Dawson, CCS Interim Executive Director, who says: "Marvell was brought to our shelter in July by a woman who had rescued him from several young boys severely torturing this helpless kitten. The boys were swinging the kitten by its tail and lighting the tips of his ears and whiskers on fire."

Marvell is one kitten who was able to have a second chance at life because of the hard work of the medical team at CCS.

"The staff, volunteers, and Board of Directors have always been extremely proud of being able to go the extra mile for cats and kittens in our shelter by providing extensive medical care. This care enables the cats to have a second chance at a wonderful life. Unfortunately, unlike our shelter, in other animal shelters, cats with severe medical issues are euthanized because of the additional time and medical costs to save one animal's life," Dawson said.

When the kitten arrived at CCS in July, the medical team quickly went to work. During the kitten's initial examination, the CCS vet, Dr. Rooks, discovered he had burns, lung contusions, internal bruising, internal bleeding and severe head trauma, which caused bleeding in his eyes. The staff spent several hours stabilizing the kitten. Marvell then went home with CCS' Admissions and Feline Care Manager for round-the-clock medical care. CCS also put out a media plea, with coverage on several of the area TV stations and daily newspaper, to find the perpetrators, but to no avail. Related news reports are found at the following links:

* CBS4 (with video): http://denver.cbslocal.com/2011/07/27/cat-rescue-society-hopes-to-find-young-animal-abuse-suspects/

* Denver Post: http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_18562617

* 9News: http://www.9news.com/news/local/article/210223/346/Severely-abused-kitten-in-recovery

Dawson explains: "After several days of continuous medical care, Marvell made a surprising recovery and was able to be placed with one of our generous foster care parents to complete his recovery. We are pleased with his rapid recovery and adoption by his wonderful new mom. Our adoption staff was able to educate Marvell's new mom about his injuries; she assured us that she would be able to give him the medical attention he may need in the future. Recently, Marvell's new mom called to say he is very happy and healthy in his new 'forever' home."

About the Cat Care Society

The CCS, founded in 1981 by Linda East, DVM and Lynn Rowe, is a nonprofit organization established to improve the quality of life for homeless, injured and abused cats in the Denver metropolitan area. The Society's goals are:

* To sponsor educational programs that promote responsible pet ownership, humane treatment of all animals, and the elimination of pet overpopulation;
* To shelter cats in a healthy, cage free environment and to find compatible and responsible families for every cat;
* To provide community outreach programs that improve the quality of life for cats and people;
* To be a friend to all cats.

For an overview of the Society's 30th Anniversary Milestones, visit: http://tinyurl.com/CatCareSociety30th.

The CCS' 14,000th cat, Jackpot, was adopted out to his 'forever home' in May of this year. This achievement, on average for CCS, is 467 cat adoptions per year, or 1.25 adoptions per day, every day for the Cat Care Society's first thirty years.

In addition to cash donations, CCS needs in-kind donations of these supplies: clay and clump litter, as the shelter uses over 600 pounds of litter every month and can use both types. Cheap litter is fine; the Wal-Mart brand in the red bag is the cheapest. In addition, CCS could use the following items: bleach, paper towels, 5-inch paper plates, baby food (turkey and chicken), canned cat food (Whiskas, Friskies, Fancy Feast -- preferably no fish flavors), dry cat food (Science Diet, Iams Original), Purina Kitten Chow, hooded cat beds, and trash bags.

The CCS is supported by a number of loyal members and contributors, without whom the shelter could not operate.  CCS receives no government funding.  In addition, CCS volunteers assist with many fundraising activities each year such as Tails of the Painted Cats, book sales, Meow Mart, Cajun's Closet Thrift Store, the holiday gift and bake sale and much more. For more information and to donate online, visit http://www.catcaresociety.org.

Denver's Cat Care Society is also is found on these social media sites (come join in the conversation):

Facebook Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/CatCareSociety
Facebook Community Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cat-Care-Society-Community-Page/126146950760916
Facebook Cajun's Closet Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=100000877155071
Twitter: http://twitter.com/CatCareSociety
Linkedin Group: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?about=&gid=4018890&trk=anet_ug_grppro
News Feed Blog: http://denvercatcare.blogspot.com

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For more information contact:

Suellen Scott, Cat Care Society - http://www.catcaresociety.org - 303-239-9680 x19 - sscott@catcaresociety.org

Maggie Chamberlin Holben, APR, Absolutely PR on behalf of the Cat Care Society - http://www.absolutelypr.com -
303-984-9801, maggie@absolutelypr.com