By FieldHaven Feline Center
Home 4 the Holidays – Iams Excellence of Execution Award and Grant
FieldHaven participated in the second year of the Home 4 the Holidays adoption campaign, coordinated by the Helen Woodward Animal Center. FieldHaven received the Iams Corporation “Excellence in Execution” 2004 award for the innovative approach used to successfully place over fifty cats and kittens. Our participation at off-site adoption venues made a tremendous difference.
A holiday themed display bay window house three to four felines each day at Il Gardino, a garden decoration business in downtown Lincoln. By far, this location received the most press and foot traffic. Other venues included the Barnes & Noble Bookstore (in conjunction with gift wrapping services by our volunteers) and our regularly scheduled feline showcasing at PetSmart.
Each venue supplied adopters with a gift basket for their new family members. The multi-media exposure of the entire event and our success in meeting our adoption goal resulted in FieldHaven receiving one of just twenty awards in a competition involving 1,700+ organizations on a worldwide basis.
We used the $5,000 grant funds in 2005 to improve our overall organization and challenged ourselves in our third Home 4 the Holidays adoption campaign by increasing our goal to 75 cat and kitten adoptions.
Glide Family Foundation Grant
The Glide Family Foundation awards funds for construction and/or equipment and favors organizations that provide animal welfare services. As FieldHaven expanded services and hired its first part-time employee to act as volunteer coordinator, there was a need to acquire equipment for the incumbent to carry out the administrative duties assigned to the position; therefore, the grant funded the purchase of a projector to aide in creating professional prepared presentations. The funds also allowed for the purchase of traps and carriers used in the transportation of felines for spay/neuter surgeries.
Placer Area Animal Coalition Dinner and Silent Auction – Spring 2005
FieldHaven joined forces with The Auburn Area Animal Rescue Foundation (AARF), Placer County Animal Services, and Friends of Placer County Animal Shelters to form the Placer Area Animal Coalition (PAAC), created to combine efforts to develop programs and initiatives to benefit all animals by stressing responsible pet ownership and controlling pet overpopulation.
The first fundraising event for PAAC was a spaghetti dinner hosted by Daniel Alcantaro, chef and owner of Buonarotti Ristorante in Lincoln, and a silent auction, featuring items donated from businesses and individuals. Over $30,000 was raised and equally divided among the organizations.
A Taste of Placer County Wine Tasting and Silent Auction – Summer 2005
The Pet Gazette sponsored a fundraiser to benefit FieldHaven, the Sacramento Pet Gazette, and Harvey’s Help for Pets in need. It was a wonderful evening featuring live musical entertainment, food, beer, wine tasting, and a silent auction.
Vendors included Mt. Vernon Winery, Fawnridge Winery, Ophir Wines, Pescatore Vineyards, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Lost Coast Brewery, Dos Coyotes, and House of Bread.
Home 4 the Holidays Gift Basket Fundraisers – Fall 2005
FieldHaven entered a third year of competition in the Home 4 the Holidays adoption campaign coordinated by the Helen Woodward Animal Center and sponsored by the Iams Corporation.
Volunteers coordinated two fundraising efforts in order to purchase the items contained in the seventy-five gift baskets that accompanied each adopted feline. Marie Bevilaqua held two craft fairs at local churches, raising over $300. A private fundraiser at the home of Sharon Kurth and Marie Salers themed “Big Cats Helping Little Cats” fundraiser brought in $1,165 by featuring home video and picture displays of their African safari trips to Kenya and Botswana.
Other volunteers contributed by collecting donations from canisters placed near cash registers in local retail establishments, providing gift wrapping services at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore, soliciting businesses to sponsor the campaign, and giving individual donations of money and items.