Community Concern for Orinda Cats

(Photo Courtesy of Billie Cummings)
Isabella Honeyford of Pleasant Hill holds a litter composed of two sets of twins from Community Concern for Cats. She and her mother, as part of a mother-daughter adventure, are particularly good at socializing kittens so they become loving and gentle. She says that the secret is “Hold them. Hold them. Hold them. Never put them down.”

    Even though it doesn’t have a storefront, Community Concern for Cats (CC4C) has worked tirelessly for 34 years to help cats in Orinda and in other East Bay neighborhoods.  
    Just a few years ago, CC4C rescued 16 once-beautiful Persian cats from an elderly gentleman removed from his Orinda home to a hospital without any hopes of his return to care for them. CC4C saved all 16, most eventually adopted to new loving homes. Others, not in such good conditions, received care from members of CC4C.
    Eric Le Blanc, a Boy Scout and Miramonte graduate, recognizing the suffering of homeless cats, earned his Eagle award by building CC4C 15 deluxe cat houses used all over for formerly homeless cats.
    Orinda residents can follow Eric’s example and be good Samaritans themselves by providing life-saving medical care for homeless and abandoned cats in their neighborhoods through CC4C. The group just finished its annual “Holiday Giving Tree” but will gladly accept additional donations for the new year.
    All funds raised support CC4C’s cat hospital in Clayton, which provides spay and 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, giving the kittens a healthy start to life.
    Donors can also contribute by visiting CC4C’s Facebook page, going to it’s website or by sending a check with all donations tax-deductible.
    As of early December, CC4C has treated 3,326 cats in their hospital and found homes for a whopping 645 cats and kittens. The hospital, currently open four days a week, performs 20-25 spay and neuter surgeries a day, plus numerous exams on ill cats.
    “There is a great need to be open for a fifth day of spay and neuter surgeries and well-pet exams, but that won’t be possible until we increase our funding. So please make donating generously to Community Concern for Cats part of your New Year tradition,” said Gemma Osendorf Boyd, CC4C president. “It will save so many precious lives and prevent a lot of suffering.”
    Community Concern for Cats’ adoptions currently takes place virtually because of COVID-19. Go to the website and look for the list of cats available for adoption. Then, contact indicted sponsors. This will lead you through the next steps in meeting the cats and making them your own.
    Community Concern for Cats’ website is an extremely helpful resource for people looking for information about cats, such as bottle babies, lost pets, what to do when you find kittens, low-cost spaying and neutering options among other great resources.

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