Archive for June, 2012

A thank you to “Susan’s Sitting Service”

This blog post is a “two-fer” – a combination “Why I Volunteer” and a spotlight on a supporting business.  Susan Bowling submitted the following when I put out a call on the Good Mews Facebook page for folks to tell me why they support Good Mews.  Take it away Susan…

By way of introduction, my name is Susan Bowling, and I am the owner of Susan’s Sitting Service.  Susan’s Sitting Service is a locally operated pet sitting service serving the Powers Ferry Corridor (E. Marietta and Vinings Area).  We provide pet owners with the peace of mind and satisfaction by providing quality and professional care for their pets and homes while they’re away.  Knowing that your precious possessions are being cared for by a loving and trustworthy sitter is our mission and focus.

Since August, I have supplied your organization with various supplies, such as:  fluids, pet food, cat beds and litter.  My husband and I attended the “Kitty Kegger” this past October and “Susan’s Sitting Service” provided a gift certificate for the auction from Houston’s Restaurants.  The event was a lot of fun and we enjoyed meeting other feline pet owners.

During Christmas, “Susan’s Sitting Service” contacted several of its business clients to fill the “Kitty Christmas List.”  We were able to provide various office supplies and paper.   Instead of supplies, a few of our clients opted to donate $200 worth of cash donations for Good Mews to go towards their new facility.

My late kitty, “Luey” is featured on the Good Mews 2012 Calendar – he’s the big black kitty for January!  We had our boy for 19 years when he passed away and we’ve recently adopted another kitty, “Moo Moo.”  She is a “cow cat” with a lot of character!  We’re hoping that she will one day have her photo on a Good Mews future calendar – she’s a cutie!

As you can see, I am enjoying my involvement with Good Mews.  Being involved in the community is very important to me.  Good Mews provides a much needed service for our area and is a well-run organization.  I am happy to be part of your mission which is to “find good homes for good kitties.”  Sincerely yours,

Susan Bowling

www.susansits.com (Website)

www.facebook.com/susanssittingservice (Facebook)

And we are very pleased to announce that “Susan’s Sitting Service” will be a sponsor for this year’s bowling fundraiser – Pins for Purrs.  Thank you Susan!

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Our grant committee

We’ve made mention of the fine work of the grant committee previously so I thought it was time to spotlight them.

The grant committee is headed by Sandy Napoleon-Hudson who has been volunteering with Good Mews since February of 2005.  Sandy and her committee have had a lot of success helping to gain much needed funds for Good Mews‘ ongoing programs including:

  • Two grants from the Eleanor Patterson Baker Fund for new cages and for a back up generator
  • A $7500 grant from PetsMart Charities in support of our foster care program
  • Two grants received through our work with the ASPCA – $5000 each to help with medical expenses incurred from the cats taken after the Kentucky floods and those taken in from the Pennsylvania sanctuary.

As Sandy says it can be discouraging work because, by nature, a grant committee receives many more rejections than grants themselves.  But when you get a grant it is very rewarding because you know the impact those funds will have.

She has her committee broken into several sub-committees:

Research – searching for grant opportunities that Good Mews may be eligible for

Writers – Those who write the letters of inquiry or applications.  Over the years the committee has been able to create a database of past approaches so the writers of a wealth of examples to call upon.

Data gatherers – many grant applications call for a great many numbers or statistics.  These are the people that keep track of how many cats have come into and been adopted from Good Mews in a given period of time, the source of each of those cats, how many cats are in the HALO program and how would expenditures are associated with them, etc.

Editors – a new set of eyes to check for completion and accuracy

Recently the work of the grant committee has doubled as they’ve added searching and applying for capital grants in support of our new building to their ongoing work of funding for our operating expenses.  If this sounds like interesting work to you, leave  a comment and we’ll see if Sandy can put your talents to use.

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The Petties!

We’ve made some new friends since joining the blogosphere.  We’ve enjoyed meeting Hey It’s Jet Here, Texas a Cat in New York, Puppy in Training and Basset Momma, to name a few.  The blogging community is well represented by pets, shelters and rescue groups to be sure.  In fact, there is even an award to recognize the best of the pet bloggers in 10 different categories.   The Petties are awarded by DogTime Media and the nomination period is upon us.


Click on the link below to fill out your ballot.  You do not need to complete an entry in each of the 10 categories in order to submit.


You can vote once a day until the nominations are closed at midnight PST on Friday, June 29th.

And with each category you can vote for a shelter to win in the Pre-Petties $10k donation contest.  The shelter or rescue that receives the most nominations during the nomination phase of the 2012 Petties will receive a $10,000 donation from DogTime.

Please remember Good Mews Animal Foundation as you cast your ballot!  The kitties surely do thank you.

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“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” ~ Winston Churchill

I once heard it said that it’s easier to donate money than time because you can always make more money but you can never make more time.  It is truly a special person who gives of their time.  Good Mews is very lucky to have a large group of dedicated volunteers who give freely of their time and energy.  In fact, Good Mews has only three full-time employees which should give you a hint as to exactly how much is done by volunteers.

Clean & Feed, Meds, Adoptions, Kitty Cab, Disaster Recovery, Communications, Maintenance and Fundraising are just a sampling of ways that people give of their time in support of the shelter.  To see a description of these volunteer opportunities, check out the volunteer tab on our website.  If you are an animal lover and are looking for a way to meet some like-minded people, why not spend some time at the shelter! In addition to supporting a good cause, you’ll meet a few people who are bound to become lifelong friends.

We recently celebrated our volunteers with an appreciation pic-nic.  As one volunteer commented it was good to take some downtime with folks you normally see while busy.  It was nice afternoon but back to work we must go!

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