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Sandy…Impact & Aftermath

Thursday, December 13th, 2012
Our hearts go out to all of those affected by Hurricane Sandy which ravaged the East Coast in late October. If you are still displaced and/or still recovering from this horrible storm we wish you all the best – our thoughts are with you as well. Those of you that have helped others in this great time of need – Thank YOU! This is what makes us great especially in times of disaster.

Bobbi and the Strays has pulled through the storm, although our shelter in Freeport has sustained severe damage. We were able to evacuate all of our animals safely prior to the storm – some went into emergency foster homes – and others went to a “Safe House” location away from the threat of flood waters. As for our shelter – it was subjected to 4 (+) feet of flooding.

Our shelter was battered and the roof sustained wind damage. Equipment, furniture, pet food, medicine, and supplies were completely lost. Our boiler, water heater, washers and dryers, heating and air conditioning, and electrical lines were all destroyed and must all be replaced. Even things like our lawn mower and computers – gone – we were not able to salvage almost anything.

Those four feet of salt water that swamped us damaged walls, floors, and doors. Pipes are corroded and rusted. Painful to us was that everything inside our almost completed Clinic Trailer was completely destroyed – medicine, equipment – everything.

Our greatest concern was for our animals. Again – they are all safe. In great part to the many people who opened their homes and hearts to help foster as many dogs and cats as they could. The rest of our animals were safe and well cared for at our Safe House – which lost power for a while due to the storm.

Thank you to all of the wonderful people who have been supporting us with their time, supplies, and donations. We have come a long way – but have so much longer to go as we try to repair and rebuild our shelter – especially in preparation for the coming Winter months. We thank you all so much! Words can not express our gratitude to you. But look into the eyes of any one of our dogs or cats and you will see how much your support means.

Our greatest present need is money. We need to further repair our shelter and contract with professional construction services. We need to purchase and replace materials, equipment, medicine, food, supplies – EVERYTHING. Please help us.

One of the best ways to help is by becoming a monthly donor. Donating on a monthly basis provides funding that our dogs and cats can depend on regularly. Plus it will help provide us with a bit of financial security as we continue to repair and re-supply our shelter too. You can make a secure monthly donation via PayPal or Network for Good by clicking one of the buttons below.

Monthly Network for Good

Recurring Gift via PAYPAL

 

 

 

 

 

Prefer to make a one time donation instead? Why not contribute to our VERY SPECIAL “Hurricane Sandy Fundraising Campaign” by clicking the “indiegogo” button below? We are still a bit off the mark in regards to our fundraising goal…

Hurricane Sandy Fundraiser

Of course if you prefer to make contributions as you normally would either through PayPal, Network for Good, or via Check – your donations are always greatly apreciated. Click the heart for full info:

Thank you again for your continued support. All the best to everyone as we all continue to deal with Sandy’s aftermath. As the Dalai Lama has said, “No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster.”

Are YOU Walking?

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Are you walking at our Walk 4 Paws 2012?  How about mingling then?  Or just hanging out with us at beautiful Alley Pond Park on a lovely Spring day?

Walk 4 Paws 2011

May 5th, 2012 promises to be a great day out for you – and your dog too!  Best yet – all money raised from this Walk helps our organization and the Dogs and Cats that we rescue and care for.

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Jump!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This year’s annual Walk4Paws walk itself is about a mile and a half through a truly wonderful park.  You can walk as an individual or as a “pack” with your dogs on leashes.  You can also join the walk without a dog of course, as many of our supporters do.

Walking through Alley Pond Park

Register for the 2012 Walk 4 Paws through FirstGiving.  See the details here. Then create your own fundraising page and have your friends, family, co-workers and neighbors sponsor you.  Remember all funds raised HELP our CATS and DOGS!

Go Team!

Walking

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Really FABULOUS PRIZES will be awarded to top fundraisers and fundraising packs too.

PLUS there will be so much more for you, your family, and your dogs to enjoy at Walk 4 Paws!  From goody bags, t-shirts, people and pet contests, trivia, dog agility courses and games, low-cost micro-chipping, low-cost spay & neuter, pet portraits, and pet reiki – to a blessing of the animals, trainers and veterinarians on hand to answer your questions and give you tips, and of course adoptable animals from Bobbi and the Strays.

Fun for the Whole Family!

Want to see what a great event it is and how much fun people have?  Check out last year’s photos on our Flickr account here.

We hope to see you there!!!!!

Remember to register here!

Facebook to Feline Fostering

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

This story was submitted by Joan Deraval, a Bobbi and the Strays foster mommy.

I have gone through many Facebook “phases.”   There was the find my childhood friend phase, the high school reunion phase, the find an ex phase, and the obsessive game playing phase.  I even played a game called Petville and would wake up early to feed and care for my virtual pets!!

This August Facebook lead me to Bobbi and the Strays and the fostering cats adventure and I now wake up early to care for my many fosters.  It started when I saw a post on Facebook that Bobbi and the Strays had to evacuate their Freeport shelter before Hurricane Irene, and I “dove into” the world of animal foster. A s people were in rushing about, trying to prepare their homes for a possible major storm, the staff and volunteers at Bobbi and the Strays were working to take care of all the dogs and cats that had to be relocated.

The 3 adult cats (Naomi, Lulu and Joey) were chosen by me because they already lived together peacefully, and they seemed to like my partner and I when we entered their space at the shelter.  On the way home – we had 3 howling cats in the back of the car: Naomi, a sweet tabby, and Joey and Lulu, regal black panther looking siblings.

Joey & Lulu

When we got home the adventure really began.  Joey and Lulu had grown up in the shelter, and they were comfortable with us while at the shelter…. but as soon as we got them home we entered into a phase that lasted about 6 weeks… I call it “where in the world are Joey and Lulu?”   The two of them hid for a while in the space in between the 2 parts of our trundle bed (the lower mattress).

Lulu stopped hiding after a few days, but retreated to the cat carrier I had left out for them.  Joey found corners and spots in the room I never knew existed.  He even found his way into the drop ceiling.  Naomi however was relaxed and happy getting all the attention that would have been shared if the other 2 shelter “siblings” had been more social.  Even with all the challenges, I felt they were beautiful, young cats that needed some extra help in finding their way to a forever home.  After the storm I told Bobbi and the Strays that I wanted to foster the 3 cats until they got adopted.

In the weeks to follow, Joey and Lulu had slowly become more social.  For a few minutes during feeding time, they were my best friends, allowing me to pet them.  They slept out in the open and allowed me to get close to them.  They now play with each other, and climb all over the gym equipment that is in their room.  They also play with me using toys on a string!  I don’t think they will ever be lap cats, but they are on their way to being “adoption ready”.  Joey has become more social, but Lulu went though a reclusive phase that recently ended when I found out she loves playing with the laser light from a 99 cent store flashlight and a red feather boa toy.

Naomi is a sweet heart.  She is so sweet and very affectionate.  She loves to play and loves to be petted.  When I met her I knew that she would be the perfect match for my neighbor who’s cat had died a few years ago.  I invited my neighbor over, and she said Naomi even looked like her former cat “Angel”.  After a number of visits, my neighbor announced she wanted to adopt Naomi, and she is now in her furever home!

I immediately started to think about the next cat I could foster!  Hmm, maybe a Mamma cat and her kittens???  We had rescued and raised an orphaned kitten last year, so I was confident we could foster kittens.  I was planning to let other people know I was open to additional fosters in the spring.

But then one Friday after a stressful week at work, I saw Bambi on the “Special Pleas” list on Facebook.  Not only did she have the most beautiful face and the most soulful eyes, but she also looked just like the calico I had as a child.  It wasn’t the best time to take on additional animal responsibilities.  I was busy at work and I had other fosters I wanted to get adopted, but my heart said I had to do it, because I knew she and her kittens had little chance of surviving at Animal and Care Control, and it would only be a matter of time before she ended up sick and/or on the euthanasia list.  I also knew because she was a “New Hope” animal, she needed to be “pulled” by a rescue organization in order for me to foster her.

Bambi

I contacted Laura at Bobbi and the Strays.   She took the info and said she would call and ask about the cat.  She said she could help me with the “pull”.   I was so anxious to hear back from her to hear how Bambi was doing and to hear when I could get her.  The news was a bit of a surprise.  Bambi had already had five kittens!!  I hadn’t really planned to bring home 6 cats, and for a short while I had no idea how I was going to make this work, but I was more committed than ever to saving these cats.  I told Laura I would get Bambi and her kittens the next morning.

That Sunday was the coldest day of the year.  I prepared the carrier with soft blankets, and brought another blanket to put over the carrier.  We got to the Manhattan Animal Care and Control building around 10am.  I walked into an empty waiting room, signed in and was asked to wait.  My partner waited in the car so it could be kept warm for the kittens.  The wait was probably less then 30 minutes, but I was so anxious it felt like a lifetime.

They finally called me and they brought out Bambi and her kittens in a cardboard carrier.  They put a towel in it for her.  The thought of this poor scared cat with her kittens in this cardboard box made me want to cry.  I rushed to get them in the warmth of the car, so we could bring them all to their vet appointment.  I wanted to hold Bambi, but thought she needed to feel safe and she needed to be safely contained.  I opened the box long enough to put a blanket in for her only to find that she really wanted to be stroked.

Bambi and her newborn kittens

When we got to the vet, the waiting room was nice and toasty.  I checked on Bambi in her carrier and she was eager to have human contact.  The startling thing was that this neglected and abandoned cat who just went through the stress of birthing 5 kittens in a cage somehow managed to still trust people.   She allowed the vet and the 2 of us to pet her, and allowed us to handle her kittens.  She trusted us.  I think she knew she and her babies were safe.

The vet’s report was good, Mamma and kitties were healthy, but Mamma was clearly underweight.  When you ran your hand down her side her ribs protruded and you could feel the sharpness of her ribcage.  The vet said a nursing cat her size should be about 9 pounds – she was less then 6 pounds.  So part of our job was to fatten her up!

We brought her home and she and the kittens quickly settled in to the room we felt would best meet her needs - our bathroom.  The bathroom is warm and cozy, and small.  The bathtub was  turned into a cat nursery, with layers of towels and a top layer of wee-wee pads that could be changed when wet or dirty.  Outside the tub was Bambi’s bed and food.  There was barely room for us to move in the bathroom, but it was a sacrifice we are happy to make.

The first few weeks of fostering this feline family was a roller coaster.  We were so happy that Bambi and her kittens came out of ACC healthy, forgetting that it takes time for colds to incubate.  One week after her rescue, Bambi started to sneeze, and then developed the upper respiratory infection she probably caught at ACC.  We nursed her through it, taking everyone out of the tub and running the shower to fill the room with steam.  One night she was very congested so we checked on her throughout the night, making sure she was ok.  One day she seemed totally disinterested with food, so I syringe fed her.  Other days I added tuna liquid and clam juice to make her food “smelly” and sat on the floor playing with her food, putting it in her mouth with my fingers until she would eat.  After about 4 days, she started eating better and breathing better, and she made a full recovery.  The following weeks, one kitten got sick, then another.  More trips to the vet, more medication, and with the kittens, days of bottle-feeding when they didn’t seem to be nursing.  Yes, a lot of work.

Bambi and her kittens

But such a HUGE payoff!  The kittens grew strong, like a family of furry clowns had taken over the bathtub, then the house.  Tumbling, running, all five of them squeezing into a small box I gave them, sleeping one on top of another.  Bambi has gained weight and is growing stronger.

Cali and Creamsicle

As of Saturday, all the kittens have found good homes!  Bambi will be ready for adoption soon.  Naomi has her forever home.  Joey and Lulu welcome me every morning and walk me to their food bowls, and then play with the toy I throw them.

I have become committed to fostering because I believe that everyone must do their part to make the world a better place for animals, and because seeing them grow strong and happy is the biggest gift in the world!

Oh – What a Year!

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

PAST

A little over a year ago, On March 11th 2011 – we became the proud owners of a “new” shelter when Bobbi and the Strays assumed ownership and operational control of a pre-existing animal shelter located in Freeport, NY.  We were extremely excited at the opportunity to help serve the Freeport community, the greater Long Island community, and to be able to serve even more of New York in helping homeless and abused animals.

A “New” Shelter for our animals…  “New” is in quotations because the building was far from new when we took it over. It was in dire need of a good cleaning, upgrade, repair, and renovation.  Regardless, even then, to us at Bobbi and the Strays, it was NEW and represented hope, possibilities and a bright future for many more animals in need.

When we bought the building we also assumed care for the 18 dogs and over 250 cats that were already residing there.

We were truly tested just a few months later when Hurricane Irene hit the East Coast.  We had to evacuate ALL of the animals located in our new shelter in Freeport.  The ASPCA assisted in transportation.  The Shops at Atlas Park Mall provided empty warehouse space.  Our volunteers – some prior strangers to our organization – worked tirelessly to get our animals out of harms way.  We were also lucky that a few people even volunteered to care for some of our dogs and cats in their own homes until the storm had passed. 

We were also worried about our new shelter itself and almost afraid to return to it after the storm.  Luckily we only sustained minor damage.  Then we had the big job of reversing the evacuation until all of our animals were safely back at the shelter.   

2011 was an EXTREMELY busy year for Bobbi and the Strays!

PRESENT

Celebrating our shelter anniversary, it is hard to believe that it has been an entire year in Freeport already.  If you have not stopped by our newest location yet – please do – 2 Rider Place, Freeport, NY  11520. 

We have made great strides within just one year of taking over this shelter with repairs being made to the roof, sewer, and walls.  We painted.  Security cameras were donated and installed.  We also renovated space for an administrative office.  For the kitties, we installed a giant picture window in our cat room so that they could enjoy more sunlight and become further acclimated to people and activities.  For the dogs, we landscaped our lawns and outdoor space to provide for better exercise, socialization and play.

These are just a few of our projects.  We could go on forever here…   

Our shelter has since become a bright, happy, welcome place for people to visit and our wards to live in until they find their “furever” homes. 

Between both of our shelters, we adopted out over 370 dogs and over 240 cats – more than 600 adoptions for 2011!  And that number does not even take into account other dogs and cats that we assisted in getting into great homes or helped to remain in their homes.

We have always prided ourselves on care for Cats and Dogs.  Our cats get plenty of toys, attention and playtime.  Our dogs get walked four times a day at our shelters plus playtime in outside runs at our shelter in Freeport.

We have a long standing partnership with Pawsative Dog Training to help us rehabilitate our dogs and our dogs have long attended Monday night training classes with Pawsative and always participate on early morning hikes with the trainers and a pack of well socialized dogs in Alley Pond Park.

In the past year we have taken it a step further and Pawsative Dog Training now helps us also train our volunteers and staff to in turn train the shelter dogs in basic commands and good manners.

We have also partnered with the Joseph M. Barry Career and Technical Education Center (part of the Nassau BOCES Educational Consortium).  Students from this school regularly visit our Freeport location and help out by cleaning-up and taking care of our animals with play and socialization.     

We still regularly visit classrooms, schools, and libraries to educate others about the importance of spay & neuter, how to care for Dogs and Cats, and how they can make a difference by becoming part of the solution.  In the last year we have expanded our educational programs beyond New York City to now also include the greater Long Island area as well.

Our very dedicated volunteers have devoted long, hard, hours committed to our cats and dogs, their wellbeing, and hopeful futures in wonderful homes.    

FUTURE

Animal Rescue is tough work – the number of animals that need help is increasing every day – and these animals need all of the help they can get.  

None of our locations is as ideal as we would like – YET – but we continue to concentrate on the future and what our shelters and organization as a whole can further become. 

At our shelter located in Freeport, we still have a LOT of work to do with upgrade, repair, and renovation.  We still hope to have a meet & greet room, on-site vet, low cost spay and neuter clinic, outside agility areas – even more painting – and SO MUCH MORE!  An ambitious goal? Absolutely! But we believe in placing value in what matters most – these precious creatures. Like you we believe that they are more than worth it.

YOU

We are extremely grateful to all of those who have supported us this past year – to all those that have Donated, Adopted, Volunteered, Fostered, and Sponsored – thank you from the bottom of our hearts.  It is because of YOU that we were able to help so many of these precious creatures. 

We truly want to highlight our thanks to our wonderful and caring Volunteers – for all of their efforts and all the love they give our animals – THANK YOU!  

We have many Volunteer Opportunities and most definitely need you! We also post our monthly Volunteer Orientation dates on the Events and News page of our website.  Click HERE for more information on VOLUNTEERING.

We are also in Dire Need of Donations. Providing the best care possible to our dogs and cats while undertaking major repairs and renovation is no small task.  PLEASE help us help them by DONATING HERE.  Your generosity and support enables us to continue our work and every little bit will help us with the important work that we do – it truly will. 

In the meantime, we encourage you to stop by our Long Island Adoption Center, or our Adoption Center at The Shops at Atlas Park in Queens, and visit with our adoptable friends then assist us in spreading the word to help them find wonderful forever homes. 

Thank you for your continued support!  We are thrilled to celebrate our Anniversary in Freeport with you!  Stay tuned…more exciting stuff is on the way…

Thank you!!!

Love,

Bobbi and Laura

Bobbi and the Strays

What’s YOUR Story?

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012


 

We are looking for YOU to tell YOUR story on our blog!  So please share your story!

 

We are looking for stories that incorporate Bobbi and the Strays as well as tell your own story.  Here are just a handful of ideas to get you started:

 

*   a “happy tail” – the adoption of your dog or cat from BATS 

 

 your experience as a volunteer with us

 

*   how we helped reunite you with your lost dog or cat

 

*   your experience as a foster parent for one of our animals

 

 a funny story about Bobbi : – )

 

 your experience at one of our events

 

 a rescue you were involved with 

 

Now that you have the idea of what types of stories we are looking for – 

why not submit your story for consideration?  

Please email shelter@bobbicares.org.

 

And if you have some great pictures or even a video to go along with your blog entry – we may be able to post them as well.  Please email us for instructions on how to submit video.

 

Here are just a few great stories that were submitted in the past:

 

Answer to the Nightly Heartbreak

 

Take a Penny, Give a Penny

 

Jesse

 

When Did This Happen

 

 

Thank you for your support!

BIG DONORS for February!

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

There are two very special people/companies to tell you about because they are generously donating proceeds to Bobbi and the Strays.

www.FransFinds.com carries a wonderful selection of antique and vintage items – inlcluding vintage and antique jewelry.  (Some that you will not find anywhere else!)

Fran’s Finds ALWAYS gives BATS supporters a 10% discount AND DONATES another 5% to Bobbi and the Strays.  But Through Valentine’s Day – Fran’s Find’s will DOUBLE the DONATION to BATS.

So shop Fran’s Finds on-line shop, mention that you are a supporter of BATS and get 10% off all regulary priced items – PLUS another 10% goes to help the Dogs and Cats of Bobbi and the Strays!

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Another great site to visit to help our Cats and Dogs is Tastefully Simple.  Lisa Grim, a sales consultant and supporter, is giving Bobbi and the Strays 25% from all purchases through at least the end of February!  Twenty Five Percent – Lisa’s entire profit!

The directions to purchase items from Tastefully Simple while helping us can be found HERE. 

Tastefully Simple has many wonderful – and edible – items ranging from dips to bread mixes, soups, sauces, salsa, frozen drink mixes – and more!

So please treat yourself by supporting these fine business as they support us and our animals!

Business in a Perfect World

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

In a Perfect World all of our furry domesticated friends, such as dogs and cats, would all have a loving family, a full belly, veterinary care, and a home.  But we do not live in a perfect world – far from it actually. 

Animal Rescue is almost a thankless job.  It is overwhelmingly positive each time an animal finds their “furever” home.  Yet at the same time it is just plain overwhelming to get through each day in this “business”. 

Although we are a charity – and animals are our “business” – we experience many expenses that any business might have.  There is insurance that has to be paid for, maybe even rent.  The phone bill, water bill, electricity, and internet all have to be paid for – as does heat and air-conditioning.  How about paying for shelter upkeep – new roof, hot water heater, fencing…  We also need supplies in order to carry-out our work – bleach, paper towels, mops, sponges, pens, paper, binders – not to mention computers, copiers, and printers…

Then we have the very specific needs when it comes to “supplies” for animal rescue – cages, dog beds, traps, cat toys, transportation, kitty litter, dog food, leashes, shampoo, carriers, scratching posts, collars, towels, blankets, litter pans, nail trimmers, brushes, dog coats, water bowls, veterinary bills – surgeries, vaccinations, lab tests, exams, x-rays, medication… 

We rely heavily on our supporters – volunteers and donors.  After all – in the absence of either of these groups – we would not be able to even exist much less carry out the work that we do.  Again we are a charity – a not-for-profit.  We don’t sell coffee, or trade your stocks, clean your pool, manufacture clothing, or park your car.  All we can really offer is a second chance for a dog or a cat.  That is “our business”.

With this “business” comes great joy, of course.  It also brings daily heartbreak since there is an endless number of animals that are in need – many of which we are not able to help.  EVERY DAY both of our locations get at least 100 requests for help – someone just found a cat, a neighbor is abusing their dog, they can no longer afford medical care for their cat, their mother just died and she had three dogs, a cat was just hit by a car, a wonderful dog is set to be euthanized at a kill shelter, they just found a bunch of kittens…  very sadly, the requests are infinite.  The help we are able to provide is, very sadly, relatively limited.           

In a Semi-Perfect World dogs and cats would have the law on their side, veterinary care would be free to all, and our shelter would be so huge that we would have a space for every single animal that needed our help – oh, and kibble would rain from the sky.  But again – that is not reality. 

We are a no-kill shelter.  Even Kill-Shelters have their own issues with over-crowding where even they cannot take in every animal that they may come across.  But with that type of shelter – new space is created to take in more animals on a daily basis.  They do this by euthanizing those dogs and cats that may have any type of medical condition, be a bit older, may be a bit less trusting due to years of abuse – and any dog or cat who has not been adopted in the three days they have been at the shelter – maybe in a week – maybe they give them up to a month sometimes.           

Again – Bobbi and the Strays IS A NO-KILL SHELTER. That means that once an animal comes into our care – they are in our care until they get adopted – sometimes for years – sometimes for life.  We have a set amount of space and resources for dogs and cats – and space cannot be freed or created to take in a new dog or cat until one actually gets adopted. 

We also may literally be a last chance for a dog who is otherwise very healthy but needs a simple surgery or a cat who simply needs daily medication.  We also get more than our fair share of animals that have been through years of abuse – ranging from simply being ignored their whole life, surviving on the rough streets of New York, used in dog-fighting, or are very sick because their medical condition was never properly treated – or much worse abuse.  These dogs and cats require extra care, funds, and attention and because of that may take even longer to be adopted. 

We do what we can.  To some – well, they know it is a lot.  To others – it may not seem like enough.  We understand someone’s frustration when they are only trying to help a stray they found or an animal they can no longer afford to keep.  We have all been there ourselves.  While one person may be trying to help one animal one day we, as an organization, are experiencing that frustration multiplied many times over on an every-day basis as we try to help as many animals as we can. 

While many people join us in celebrating our joy and happy tears when one of our wards is adopted into a loving home, it is disheartening when a few do not understand our frustrations, sadness, expenses, legal limits, and space restrictions…  They may scream at us and call us names, bad mouth us, and try to get others to stop volunteering for us or donating to our cause.  This is especially heartbreaking since it only further hurts the very dogs and cats they would like us to help as well as the animals that are already in our care.

We help as many animals that we are able to with the limited resources we have.  All we can do is try to remain positive and push through another day and then another and another.  The intelligent and beautiful dogs and cats that we open our hearts to keep us concentrated on our purpose – to find them loving homes for life.  So we keep pushing forward in a world that always seems to push back.  Ah – “business” in a world far from perfect…

Bad Gifts Can Help BATS

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

Did you get a new cell-phone – what are you going to do with the old one?

Maybe you received a Holiday gift that you don’t need (or don’t really want)… : – )

 

And don’t throw out your used ink cartridges either…

 

Did you know that your cast-offs can equal support for our dogs and cats? 

 

CELL PHONES – Don’t throw away your old cell phone – even if it is not working!  Donate it to Bobbi and the Strays – your old phone equals cash for our dogs & cats. You can drop off phones at our Adoption Center – or even mail them to us.  Click here for more info.  

 

DONATING through EBAYNeed to get rid of some gifts you don’t really need – why not make some money for yourself and give to a great cause at the same time? 

 

If you sell on eBay and help support our cause through ‘eBay’s GivingWorks’ you can receive some great benefits such as fee credits, added search & visibility of your items to the public, and a tax-deductible receipt for your donation!  Click here for more info.

 

DONATING GOODSWe will also directly accept almost any type of saleable item in NEW or VERY GOOD condition to sell, auction, or raffle for fundraising purposes.  You can also receive a tax-deductible receipt for eligible items that you donate.  Please follow this link to see what we are most in need of and for further information.

 

DONATE used ink CARTRIDGES – Don’t throw your used ink cartridges in the trash.  Did you get a new printer and have no use for your old ink cartidges?  Donate them to us instead.  We recycle them which helps the planet and we get money for recycling too – which helps our dogs and cats!  You can drop off cartridges at our Adoption Center – or even mail them to us. Please click here for further information..

Holiday Help for Cats & Dogs

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Happy Holidays!  We want to THANK YOU – so much – for your support this past year – we could not have continued our work without your help.

There are also some great ways that you can enjoy the season and help support Bobbi and the Strays at the same time.

Photos with Santa - Saturday, December 10th & Sunday, December 11th

Your pet gets to meet and greet Santa and maybe even whisper in Santa’s ear what he or she wants for Christmas. (Remember, Santa speaks all languages.) Atlantic Nursery is kind enough to host this event to benefit Bobbi and the Strays. 

Shop on-line using www.GoodShop.com      Shop at your favorite retailers on-line through GoodShop and those retailers will donate up to 30% of your purchase price to Bobbi and the Strays! Best yet – THE DONATION WILL NOT COST YOU A THING! Over 1,000 retailers participate including Macy’s, Best Buy, Amazon, Toys R Us, Gap, and so many more! Just go to www.GoodShop.com and select “Bobbi and the Strays” under ‘who do you good search for” before you shop, select your retailer – and SHOP! It is that easy – AND FREE – just make sure that you always start at GoodShop.com.

Buy your gifts on eBay   Just visit the Bobbi and the Strays eBay Giving Works page where for any designated purchase you make a percentage of your purchase price gets donated to our dogs and cats!

Give a BATS Gift Donation     to family, friends, co-workers – anyone who loves dogs and/or cats! By giving this meaningful gift to a loved one you will be helping an animal in need at the same time. We will mail an event appropriate card acknowledging your gift to the recipient of your choice. Perfect even for Birthdays, Anniversaries, Graduations, Mother’s Day, CHRISTMAS – and more! 

Shop at www.FransFinds.com Mention Bobbi and the Strays and receive 10% off any regularly priced items (excluding shipping and insurance) and best yet – another 5% will get donated to Bobbi and the Strays. Collectibles, antiques, fine and costume jewelry – there is something for everyone – including the 5% TO OUR DOGS AND CATS. Check it out!

And don’t forget to keep checking our website for upcoming events!   www.BobbiAndTheStrays.org

We at Bobbi and the Strays want to Thank You for your continued support and wish you and your furry family a Wonderful, Happy, Healthy, and Safe Holiday Season!

Do THIS for Halloween!

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Zombie Bride and Groom

Like to dance? Enjoy a good meal? How do you feel about UNLIMITED Beer, Wine, and Soda?

Do you like Halloween? How about costumes?

Blast from the Past

Avatar Couple

Need to impress a date?  Want to meet some eligible singles? Isn’t it finally time your spouse took you out some place nice?

How about having some Halloween fun with your friends and family?

Captain America

Lady Gaga

Pirate and Parrot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you have answered yes to ANY of these questions – then please join Bobbi and
the Strays for the PARTY OF THE YEAR!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best yet – all proceeds benefit the many animals helped and cared for by Bobbi and
the Strays.

 

 

So come and PARTY FOR A CAUSE on Thursday night, October 27th!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Costumes are always optional at our Annual Halloween Masquerade Ball but there are multiple prizes awarded for GREAT costumes!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are the details – http://www.bobbiandthestrays.org/EventDetail.aspx?id=133

Call Bobbi now to purchase your tickets or tables at 718-845-0779 or 917-213-9840.

PLEASE HURRY – there is still time to fit a few more people!

We hope to see you there – and THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!!