24 hours ago
Introducing the Ocrakittens! First, the 'Cookies' 4 1/2 weeks
(these 2 need to stay with us for a couple more weeks but can be reserved!): Snickerdoodle ( white bib, fem.) Oreo ( b.& wh., fem) , and the 'Detectives': Scooby & Shaggy these two orange swirl boys are identical and are at the 7 week age. The orange boys have been de-wormed and had their 1st set of vaccinations. Cookies are a bit young for vacc., but will have them when appropriate. All are eating dry &/or canned kitten food, drinking from a bowl and using the litter box. They love to play! They have the sweetest temperaments and love their hugs and snuggles! If you are interested in adopting an Ocrakitten, please visit our website at www.ocracats.org , click the 'Adopt' link and that will take you to our adoption application. Just fill it out , send it back and we'll get you registered! ...
4 days ago
Okay folks, here we go...we have kittens! These 5 kittens are all available for adoption ( except the all black kitten in 2nd pic). The two orange are almost identical, so we show you the markings. The first pic shows grey tabby/white's sibling playing behind the tub.Both have similar markings. They are absolutely adorable, playful and very healthy. Ages range from 5-7 weeks. Genders being determined 🙃 If you are interested in adopting an Ocrakitten, please go to our web page, fill out an application (found under the 'Adopt' link). send it back to us and we'll get you registered! Very easy! Eight of our kittens have already been adopted this season and we are so grateful for these families! ...
4 weeks ago
Ocracats Daisy and Duke Gingell wanted to see Grandad, but he lives so far away and with social distancing, well, it was tough. But, mom, Paula, figured out a way for them to travel to see Grandad and still keep a safe distance! They love their new stroller! What an awesome act of kindness on mom's part! Ingenious, too! ...
1 month ago
A couple of news items: ** Ocracats' Amazon Smile donations totaled $ 204.23 for the period of Oct. 1, - Dec. 31, 2019. We thank you for shopping through Amazon Smile!! This is a great way to supplement our donations and we are so very grateful for all of you! Happy shopping!
** Facebook donations from the period January 2020 to March 4, 2020 total $ 3560.00 WOW!!! THANK YOU! This feeds about 250 Ocracats for about 3 1/2 months. That gives you an idea of our food bill. This is just part of the monthly expenses. Medical care and supplies ( spay/neuter, rabies immunizations, worm & flea treatments,kittens, carriers, etc) are worked into the budget as well. 100% of your donations go to the care and feeding of the Ocracats. We can't do what we do without YOU!
** We are working on the rescue cat calendar, so those of you who sent us pictures of your rescue kitty for our calendar choices---THANK YOU!! They are all just wonderful! You will be getting an email soon asking for more information on the rescue organization where you adopted your kitty.
** We are also working hard on having T-shirts and note cards for sale sometime soon, either on-island or by mail or both...we'll keep you updated on this.
The kitties are missing all of you and wondering where their human visitor friends are! We keep telling them you all will be here soon! We extend heartfelt gratitude to everyone who supports and loves the Ocracats. And, yes, we do have kittens who have been born recently, but none have been brought out by mommas yet....we'll let you know!
Believe it or not, Ocracoke is still very much in recovery and rebuilding mode since Hurricane Dorian and of course the lovely pandemic threw a wrench into everyone's plans! The cats also react to these situations. But, rest assured we are taking good care of the Ocrakitties and we can't wait to see our friendly visitors back on the island! ...
Kindness is alive and thriving on Ocracoke! Monday afternoon, eight students from Ocracoke School's afterschool program's Kindness Club delivered jars of homemade cat treats for the Ocracats! What a terrific group of eight young people, grades two through five! The children and their teacher, Ms. Molly O'Rourke, found a Youtube video on how to make cat treats and used either tuna or salmon mixed with oatmeal flour ( they ground themselves), eggs and olive oil then baked to perfection! They then gave us their best 'act like a cat' pose! The treats are loved by the Ocracats and they all say a Meowful Thank You!! ...
OCRACATS 2020-2021 CALENDAR CATS SEARCH!!
Ocracats is in search of Rescue Cats to feature in one of our upcoming calendars!
We are so grateful for all the support we receive that we'd like to help share information for other rescue groups.
If you have a rescue cat, we want to know! Rescue cats are those who were found through a rescue organization, from the Humane Society, or another local entity who rescues and homes feral, community, or abandoned cats. No Ocracats, please, we have another calendar for that😎
* Send us your cat(s) pic(s) and include their names, age(s), and the name of the organization (s) where you found your fur baby. We'll feature information on this organization,along with your cat(s) pic, if chosen! You can include a brief story about your kitty if you'd like.
Please send all pictures and information to : firstname.lastname@example.org and note: 'Calendar cat*
Proceeds from the sale of the calendars will go to Ocracats. ...
Not long after Hurricane Dorian struck, folks starting picking up the pieces and finding new ways to help out. One lucky recipient of this change was Spencer—the adorable mascot of Spencer’s Market. She’s been a wee bit spoiled and is now living her best life INDOORS! Chances are she ll remain an indoor kitty for her golden years — pretty sure she’s enjoying every minute of it. ...
To say that Ocracats has had an unpredictable year would be an understatement. As we contemplate and reflect on all that has occurred within and outside of our organization in 2019, we are left with a myriad of feelings. The beginning months of the year were filled with colony feedings and maintaining our healthy populations.
February brought a $1000.00 award from the Outer Banks Community Foundation for a video submitted in a contest held for previous grant recipients. This,supplemented with your additional donations kept the food flowing for the kitties.
What a surprising Spring and early Summer we had! Kittens and more kittens! Ocracats brought in a 'record' 35 kittens this year and all were adopted to wonderful families. Seven of these were post-Dorian. Your donations and support allowed us to be able to care for these kittens and secure them all safe and loving homes. We are more than grateful for all the adoptive families and those who have expressed an interest. These kittens were saved from the wrath of Hurricane Dorian.
We were gifted with a spectacular original charcoal sketch, 'Scooter', by East Coast artist Bruce Tarkington which will be raffled this spring! Tickets are still available...check out our FB page!
September 6, 2019 will be a day never forgotten. As the seven foot surge inundated the island, residents and animals alike sought higher ground. Considering the force and level of the water that suddenly covered the island, we are amazed that any Ocracat survived. But they did. and with a determination that is a lesson for all of us. Old friends eventually returned to their feeding areas. new friends have shown up. We lost many. Last estimates were at 150+ throughout the village. Feeding areas were devastated- wiped out and away so the familiar places for our colonies were gone. Enter our angels in disguise: OBAH S&R and ADRC.
Just a few days after the storm, volunteers with the Organization to Bring Animals Home Search & Rescue and the Animal Disaster Relief Coalition came to Ocracoke ( all on their own!) and reconstructed many of our destroyed feeding areas. They built us 10 new feeding stations ( all are placed and well used by the colonies), brought us food and medical supplies, and helped to treat island cats, dogs, and pelicans while they were here. These people, along with all of you , who through your donations of food, supplies, shelters, blankets, beds and so much more,have kept us going and given us the sense of hope we have needed all these months.
The checks you send us buy food. We're feeding 25-30+ bags of Purina dry each month for our colonies. Our elderly, ill, and young cats are able to have more appropriate canned food when needed, thanks to your donations. You make this possible. Your Facebook donations have totaled over $8000.00 and you have responded to our pleas for help with such generosity and compassion it can bring us to tears. We are still recovering. Cats are still displaced and showing up in strange places.
We received a grant from The Greater Good Foundation for $3000.00 in response to Hurricane Dorian's damage. This enables us to secure food, medicines and shelters during these winter months. It will also allow us to get ready for another kitten season! Eagle Scouts are bringing us 5 new feeding stations, a project started in response to our need after the storm. This type of generosity has occurred over and over and our gratitude is immeasurable.
Our September TNR clinic had to be cancelled, due to Dorian, and we are looking forward to having Dr. Johnson and his awesome crew here in the spring for an early clinic.
Along with the good wishes for the cats, you have sent your prayers to us, the humans behind the scenes, and we thank you! Most of the Ocracat volunteers are still rebuilding their homes and businesses. It has been a tumultuous end of the season, that's for sure!
The love and support all of you have shown Ocracats is a beacon that shines brightly for us as we move into 2020. We have much to look forward to as we await kittens, a new retail space and an on-line store!
Thank you, we love you , and Happiest of New Years to all of you and your furry friends! Much love, Rita-Ocracats v.p. ...
Two days left to go in our fundraiser, and we’re just $220 short of our goal.
All donors will be entered into the drawing for Brooks Tarkington’s artwork.
Please help us close out 2019 on a high note, and thanks for all you do to support us! ...
Ocracats would like to extend gratitude-filled greetings to all of our furry feline friends and their families this holiday season. We are truly blessed to have so many loving, generous people supporting our mission and our furry friends. Thanks to all of you, our Ocracats will have Christmas dinner. We hope you and your families have a blessed New Year and we hope to see you on the island real soon! Merry Christmas! Love, The Ocracats and their 'Team' ( Gael, Melinda, Dr. Trent, Anna, Connie, Ellen, Rita and all the rest of our behind- the- scenes volunteers!) ...
Just a reminder that our fundraiser (link at the top of the page) is still ongoing and that anyone who donates between now and the end of the year will be entered in the drawing to win Bruce Tarkington's beautiful artwork next spring! And a huge thank you to everyone who has already contributed! ...