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Buddy’s New Wheels

Thanks to Pound Wishes for helping us in our fundraising efforts to help Buddy get his very own set of wheels!

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Catoosa Citizens for Animal Care receives grant from BISSELL Pet Foundation

Catoosa Citizens for Animal Care (CCAC) was awarded a grant of $3,000 from the BISSELL Pet Foundation, a charity of BISSELL, Inc., which carries a line of products to help clean up after pets.

The grant was awarded in March 2016. “We just got the check,” says CCAC president Kelly Evans. “The money will be used for spaying and neutering, FIV/FEV tests, heartworm tests— basic vet care to prepare animals for adoption.”

BISSELL Pet Foundation said in their letter announcing the award of the grant, “Your compassion and commitment to homeless pets has resonated strongly with us, and it brings us much joy to award Catoosa Citizens for Animal Care, Inc. a BISSELL Pet Foundation Grant.”

BISSELL also donated a vacuum cleaner to CCAC to raffle for fundraising purposes and added the organization to their designated donation program through their web site,

CCAC is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization dedicated to finding homes for abandoned animals, reducing animal overpopulation through low-cost spay/neuter programs and educating the public about the humane treatment of animals.

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ASPCA Awards CCAC grant to attend the HSUS Expo in May!

5722767e3521d.imageThe ASPCA has awarded a grant to Catoosa Citizens for Animal Care so the group can send one of its members to the Animal Care Expo in Las Vegas, Nev., May 11-14.

Staci Schwager will attend, representing CCAC. She is vice-president and dog and cat coordinator for the all-volunteer CCAC. Schwager will have the opportunity to earn certificates in courses taught by professionals in the animal care field, including courses on organization and leadership, community trap-neuter-release programs and networking to improve animal welfare through community engagement, volunteerism and coalition building.

The $1500 grant covers lodging and event expenses

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Nancy Silverman Rescue Ride Continues in 2016!

We are so excited that we are continuing our partnership with the ASPCA team in 2016!  The first rescue ride in 2016 will be on Tuesday January 12th.  Our first ride was in February of 2015 and from February to December over 200 animals were relocated to the Atlanta Humane Society where they could find loving, forever homes!  We are looking forward to working with ASPCA and Atlanta Humane Society to save many more in 2016!  IMG_5591

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Petco Foundation Grant







Contact: Catoosa Citizens For Animal Care
PO Box 838, Ringgold, GA 30736
(706) 937-2287

Petco Foundation Invests In Lifesaving Work of Catoosa Citizens For Animal Care
Grant of $5000.00 will extend efforts to save more animal lives in Ringgold, Georgia

Ringgold Feb 1st, 2015 – Catoosa Citizens for Animal Care of Ringgold, Georgia, today announced it has been awarded a $5,000.00 grant from the Petco Foundation to support its adoption preparation-which includes animal care, vaccinations, necessary medical treatment, spay/neuter.

Catoosa Citizens For Animal Care is a nonprofit organization [brief description of the organization and its purpose] serving [geographical community name]. Since 1993, Catoosa Citizens For Animal Care has been working hard to reduce the number of adoptable animals euthanized in county shelter as well as helping residents in need with low cost spay/neuter assistance.

The Petco Foundation investment will help to save more animals from our local shelter that might have otherwise be euthanized- find loving homes. This grant will pay for necessary vet care each animal needs including: vaccinations, spay/neuter and any other necessary medical treatment.

The Petco Foundation has served as a voice for companion animals across the country since 1999. Today, with more than 8,000 local animal welfare partners across the country, the Petco Foundation donates approximately $15 million a year to make a difference in the lives of millions of animals. The organization is funded through donations raised during fundraisers conducted in Petco’s more than 1,300 stores across the country, as well as from Petco associates, vendors and corporate contributions. Money raised helps fund animal welfare organizations, spay and neuter efforts, animal-assisted therapy programs and humane education. The majority of the funds raised remain in the communities where they were raised, as well as animal welfare efforts nationwide.

For more information about Catoosa Citizens For Animal Care or the Petco Foundation, visit or Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or by using the hashtag #PetcoFoundation.


About Catoosa Citizens For Animal Care
CCAC, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) Organization comprised of volunteers. We operate on the financial support of donations, memberships, grants and corporate sponsors.
Mission of Catoosa Citizens for Animal Care (CCAC), Inc: Reduce the number of adoptable animals euthanized in county shelter and promote the humane treatment of animals through responsible pet ownership.

About Petco & the Petco Foundation
Petco is a leading pet specialty retailer that focuses on nurturing the powerful relationship between people and pets. We do this by providing the products, services, advice and experiences that keep pets physically fit, mentally alert, socially engaged and emotionally happy. Everything we do is guided by our vision for Healthier Pets. Happier People. Better World. We operate more than 1,300 Petco locations across the U.S., Mexico and Puerto Rico, including more than 100 Unleashed by Petco locations, a smaller format neighborhood shop; nine Pooch Hotel destinations for pet daycare, boarding and spa services; and The Petco Foundation, an independent nonprofit organization, has raised more than $125 million since it was created in 1999 to help promote and improve the welfare of companion animals. In conjunction with the Foundation, we work with and support thousands of local animal welfare groups across the country and, through in-store adoption events, help find homes for more than 350,000 animals every year.


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May 25th, 2014 Update

May 25th 2014- 

Well another 1890’s Day came and went.  Thanks to all who came out to our booth to show your support for our dog park effort!   This year we provided a kennel service to those that brought their dog to event.  We also had some great bags one of our volunteer makes for us out of pet food bags!  Our president also made some amazing smelling bath scrub as well.  We sold some beautiful paintings, purses and other great goodies!  If you donated any items for us to sell this year….thank you again!!!  Our Yard sale is also coming up on June 9th so mark your calendar for that and if you have anything to donate- Please let us know.  Also June 22nd is our HUGE concert event and fundraiser at the Davis Cattle Company!  Come ready to have a blast as the Velcro Pygmies are going to put on an amazing show to benefit all our animals!   So start spreading the word about this upcoming event…We are going to have a BLAST!

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Year At A Glance- 2013 Accomplishments

Year at a Glance – Our Accomplishments

Our mission is to:  Reduce the number of adoptable animals euthanized at the county shelter and promote the humane treatment of animals through responsible pet ownership.

We paid for 886 spay/neuters (688 cats/198 dogs)

The CCAC TNR program trapped 112 free-roaming cats that were altered, vaccinated and returned where trapped.

We handle thousand of phone calls throughout the year

We pulled 356 dogs and 281 cats from the Catoosa County Shelter – Total of 637 lives saved.  The number we pulled accounted for 57% of the shelter’s adoptions.  We have made a genuine effort to pull more animals from the county shelter this past year.  The shelter’s total number of dogs adopted out was 717—of that number we pulled 356 which was 50% of their adoption number.  The shelter’s number of cats adopted was 218—of that number we pulled 179.  (We actually had a total of 281 once we included all the kittens from the pregnant cats that were pulled.)

All total for 2013 we adopted out 505 cats and 226 dogs (731 total); transferred 146 animals to other rescues.

Provided vet care for 997 foster animals and 131 owned animals.

Our goal for 2014 is to help as many as we possibly can.  

We received $23k in grants to spay/neuter animals; 10k from Best Friends; $3k from ASPCA and $10k from Two Mauds.

We received approx. $30k from sponsorship and donations.  The balance of our income is from adoptions and fundraising.

We hold adoption events @ PetSmart, Tractor Supply & WalMart.  Cats and kittens are available at all times @ PetSmart.  Our animals are fully vetted prior to adoption.  Our adoption fee for cats is $40 and $75 for dogs.

Our volunteers transport the animals to spay/neuter clinics; to other rescues, etc.  These trips are usually to Red Bank, Cleveland, Tn., Atlanta, Ga., and on occasion other areas in order to meet a transport or adopter.  This is done all through people volunteering their time and gas.  We had one volunteer transport 53 dogs/puppies to a rescue up North in December.

We hope to be able to continue to maintain our work at the level we did this past year—which our numbers have grown greatly from the previous year.  We need many more volunteers and funding in order to accomplish larger goals and have a greater impact.  We are doing all we do with very few active volunteers.  We plan to involve the schools in project/fundraisers.  This is a goal we are working on as a group.

We are planning a big concert fundraiser (all day event) on June 22, 2014 at the Davis farm.

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GEORGE REUNITED with family in Alabama!!!

sharpeiGeorgeBeforeGeorge at the shelter












George Before he was lost at his home.




George After he is reunited with his owner in Alabama!

George Reunited with Owner after 2 Years thanks to Dedicated Volunteers

George is a Shar-Pei/Pit-bull mix who disappeared from his owner’s home a week before Christmas in 2011.   Rusty Greesham, George’s owner, lives in Alabama, about two hours south of Ringgold, Georgia where George was found.  The Catoosa Citizens for Animal Care, a local rescue group, had received numerous messages and calls from concerned people who spotted George at local businesses and neighborhoods, but nobody was able to catch him.  George was on a mission, and stopping to socialize was not on the agenda.  We aren’t sure how George made the journey from Alabama to Georgia, but we do know how he found his way home, and his story is nothing short of a miracle.
On September 22, a Catoosa County Animal Shelter employee was finally able to catch George, and the volunteers with Catoosa Citizens for Animal Care immediately went to work trying to find a foster home.  Part of this process includes reaching out to breed specific rescue organizations to increase the chances of a dog being placed with a loving home.  George’s picture and information was emailed to a long list of folks including Mary Weeks who is with a Shar-Pei rescue in New York.  Mary was somehow able to remember the picture of Mr. Greesham’s lost Shar-Pei from nearly two years ago and sent a message letting him know that his dog might be in Catoosa County, Georgia.   He immediately made the trip to Ringgold to see if George had been found.  Upon seeing Mr. Greesham, the skittish dog immediately came to him and licked his hand.
When asked how things are going now that George is home, Mr. Greesham said, “I cannot explain how happy I am, and how thankful I am for your rescue, your shelter there, and the lady from NY who kept the offline scrapbook to make the connection. I’m thankful for his improving health, and that I am the one who gets to spend time with him now! I wish people really knew how much a dog really doesn’t look like the dog they had when he has been through a lot”.
George’s reunion with his owner would never have been possible if people didn’t volunteer their time, energy, and money to help CCAC make a difference in the lives of so many animals. Thanks to the dedicated rescue volunteers’ networking and determination, George and Rusty can now live happily ever after.
Catoosa Citizens for Animal Care is in need of volunteers and donations.  For more information, please visit or call 706-937-2287.


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Dogs For Dogs To Benefit Catoosa Citizens For Animal Care Sept. 6

Check Out this Article on The Chattanoogan!  Thanks to North Georgia Bank for hosting this event and The Chattanoogan for putting together this story!


Dogs For Dogs To Benefit Catoosa Citizens For Animal Care Sept. 6 

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Northwest Georgia Bank Navigators at the Battlefield Financial Centre are hosting Dogs for Dogs on Sept. 6 to raise money and awareness for Catoosa Citizens for Animal Care.

For a $5 donation to CCAC, participants will received a grilled hotdog, chips and a Coca-Cola soft drink. Desserts will also be available for purchase on the bake sale table. CCAC will have a few pets there available for adoption.

“We hope to be able to continue to maintain our level of assistance to the community,” said Sara DeBerry, CCAC president. “We would like to grow even more, but we need many more volunteers and funding in order to do that. We are carrying our work with very few active volunteers and we need a lot of support from the community.”

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Our Christmas in July Wish List


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