Thursday, March 7, 2013

Paws with a Cause Fundraiser Day #7 - Desiree Holt

Three Little Kittens who Lost Their Way

I think one of the saddest days in my life was the day our seventeen-year-old cat, Nefertiti, had to leave us to go to cat heaven. My late husband and I sat in the parking lot at the vet’s and bawled like babies. Our hearts were broken. And for weeks after that the house was so incredibly empty. It was very depressing.

Finally we couldn’t stand it any more so we decided to go to the local animal rescue shelter and adopt another kitty. On the way onto town we discussed the possibility of getting two cats instead of one, so they’d be able to play with each other. Black cats, just like Nefertiti. My husband dropped me off at the grocery store and went to scope out the shelter. When he came back to pick me up he said, “What would you think about one white cat and one black one?”

“I’m open to suggestions,” I told him.

Back at the shelter they ladies handed us the two kittens he’d been so taken with, the white one and the black one. I was hold the white one kin my arms and just off my right shoulder a little torty was perched on a shelf. With the flick of a whisker she umped into my arms, right on tip of the white kitty, and began licking my chin. How could I leave her? I mean, really.

So home we went, with three tiny kittens, six weeks old, mewing in our ears. And from that day on they have ruled the house. Grace, Blanca and Bast definitely have their own way here. Grace gets special snacks twice a day to clean her teeth and if I’m late putting them out she parks herself right by my desk chair and scolds me until I get her treat. Bast loves to sit at my computer with me while I write (she’s the smallest one) and sometimes even drapes herself over my arms.

At night when I get into bed they hop up with me and cuddle around me, providing me the comfort I need since my husband passed away. They are my friends, my companions and the babies of my heart. And this year two of them even made it into Morris the Cat’s calendar.

I can’t say enough good things about the animal shelter. We don’t have nearly enough no-kill shelters. If you have one in your town, please support it. And check out their guests. You might find some cuddly heart stoppers just like I did.

by Desiree Holt

Main Giveaway:

Hello Everyone! We have a lot of blogs that have gotten together to help raise money for a great cause. There are going to be some awesome prizes up for grabs for people that donate money to the cause. Here is a little about the company that we are raising the money for:

Paws With A Cause® enhances the independence and quality of life for people with disabilities nationally through custom-trained Assistance Dogs. 

PAWS® increases awareness of the rights and roles of Assistance Dog teams through education and advocacy.  Founded in 1979, Paws With A Cause is dedicated to helping its clients who are challenged by many disabilities, such as Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Seizure Disorders, and Hearing Disorders to name just some.  Each of our dogs are trained to meet the specific needs of our clients. Tasks may include opening and closing doors, picking up objects, pulling a wheelchair, turning lights on and off, and alerting a person to particular sounds like a telephone, doorbell, smoke detector and many others. Our dogs change lives by enhancing the independence of our clients. By just opening a door, a dog opens up the world for a person with a disability and your donations will go to making that happen.  PAWS thanks you so much for your donation and allowing us to open more doors.

Paws With A Cause

4646 South Division

Wayland, MI 49348

How to donate:
2. Click on "Make a Donation"
3. Enter a amount you wish to donate. Everibbon will add a small fee to your donation for processing. My fee for donating $5.00 was .49 cents. So keep this in mind when deciding your donation amount. You will receive 1 entry into the giveaway for every $1 you donate. 
4. In the box that says "on the behalf of" please put your name. This is the name that will be listed on the everibbon website so put a name you do not mind being visible to everyone. Do not check the box to make a anonymous donation because I will not be able to track your donation to enter you into the giveaways.
5. Next it will ask you for your credit or debit card information.
6. Then it will ask for your email address to send you a receipt. This is so that you can submit it for tax purposes.
7. Ta Da! Your all done making your donation. Now you need to contact Danielle to enter the giveaway.
8. Please email Danielle at with the name you used to donate your money. For example the name I used to donate on behalf of was Romance Book Junkies. Do not send me your name off your credit or debit card because I will not be able to see this. Along with the name you used please tell me how much you donated and if you live in the US or are International.
9. Your all done. Thank you for donating!

Warning: Do not try to email Danielle the name and donation amount of another person that is not yourself. If Danielle receives more than one email with the same persons name and donation amount she will have to ask for your copy of the receipt from Everibbon to verify that you are the correct winner. Thank you.

We will have 4 winners for the main giveaway.
We have 2 $65 gift certificates to any online book store.
Also we have a huge box of books and swag from Romance Book Junkies and Bitten by Paranormal Romance for US residents only.

Good luck to all and thank you for helping make this fundraiser a success.


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