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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.

For more information about CCAC, go to

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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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2015 Accomplishments

Year at a Glance 2015 – Accomplishments

Catoosa Citizens for Animal Care


We are very pleased to provide you with a brief summary of our activities in 2015.  In spite of challenges we encounter on a daily basis, we fully believe that we make a difference in the lives of animals, and the overall quality of our community.


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.  As we work to carry out this mission we were successful in accomplishing the following:


Activity Dogs Cats Total
Animals Adopted Out 48 235 283
Animals Spayed/Neutered 92 371 463
TNR Cats (altered, vaccinated and returned where trapped)    




Vet Care for Foster Animals     505
Vet Care for Owned Animals     102
Animals pulled from Catoosa County Shelter resulting in lives saved  






Animals transferred to rescues 485   39 524



We understand that there are far too many animals that never find a home, live in abusive or neglectful situations, or are euthanized because a permanent or foster home cannot be found for them.  We are dedicated to constantly improving those numbers and here are some of the ways to accomplish this mission;


  • The number of dogs adopted out is due to the fact that our dog program has become more of a “rescue” in that we are pulling more from the shelter and transferring to other rescues, providing basic vet care prior to transport.  This number has increased to 524 from the previous year of 474.  We have started a partnership with Humane Educational Society to take shelter dogs to them for transport on Rescue Waggin.  Also, this past year we partnered with the ASPCA in their “Nancy Silverman” project to transfer dogs & cats on their transport van to the Atlanta Humane Society.  We continue to transport animals, as needed, to spay/neuter clinics; to adopters; and to other rescue organizations that have a significant demand for adoptable animals.  This includes Red Bank, Cleveland, Tennessee; Dalton, GA, Atlanta, GA; and occasionally, locations in the north.  All of this is possible because of generous volunteers donating their time and gas costs.


  • Continue to hold adoption events at PetSense (cats). Our animals are fully vetted prior to adoption.  To help cover those costs, our adoption fees include $50 for cats and $100 for dogs.


  • Continue our Help Line where thousands of calls are logged each year with questions about everything imaginable including spay/neuter, financial assistance for medical care, pet surrender, abuse reporting, etc.


  • Continue to work closely with Catoosa County Shelter and pull as many animals as possible. Doing this, we saved 364 lives and accounted for 50% of the shelter’s total adoptions.


We were able to accomplish this, and more, through the selfless hard work and dedication of our volunteers and through the generous grants, donations, sponsorships of our supporters; adoption fees and fundraising events. Our total income for 2015 was $57,954 and total expense totaled $54,675.  Income includes $12,500 in grants from Petco and the Georgia Dept. of Agriculture to spay/neuter animals; approximately $6,000 in sponsorships; $25,406 in donations;  $6,345 in adoption fees; $4,749 in fundraising; and $2,976 in miscellaneous.


As we look toward 2016, we are filled with gratitude for our many caring volunteers, sponsors, donors and supporters.  Possibilities are opening as we look forward to the opening of Petco in the spring.  We hope YOU will get on board to help impact the lives of as many animals as possible.  It will enrich your life!


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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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Bissell Pet Foundation

The Bissell Pet Foundation will award $2,500 to the Catoosa Citizens for Animal Care (CCAC) to support their spay/neuter efforts. Funds will provide at least 83 low-cost spay/neuter surgeries for dogs and cats.

“With literally millions of homeless pets euthanized every year in the U.S., we focus on funding programs that will do the most to change this heartbreaking outcome,” said Cathy Bissell, founder of the foundation. “It brings me and my team so much joy to know we are helping to save the lives of thousands of animals through these grant awards.”

Bissell Pet Foundation addresses the growing problem of displaced, unwanted and homeless pets by providing assistance to shelter and rescue programs, and by creating awareness about pet overpopulation, in the hopes of finding every pet a loving home. Since its inception, the foundation has given more than $1.8 million in support to organizations like CCAC.

CCAC was created to improve animal care awareness in Catoosa County, Georgia. Their 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. By partnering with the foundation, CCAC hopes to prevent animal overpopulation.

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Pygmie Pawlooza – Sunday July 13th

Pygmie Pawlooza

Pygmie Pawlooza comes to Ringgold, Ga on July 13th as the Velcro Pygmies rock the stage to benefit Catoosa Citizens for Animal Care (CCAC) at the Davis Cattle Company located on Ooltewah Ringgold Rd.

Pygmie Pawlooza includes a full day of various activities where there’s truly something for everyone. The fun begins at 3pm on July 13th at the Davis Cattle Company, located at 1242 Ooltewah Ringgold Road in Ringgold, GA. Afternoon activities include a silent auction, approximately 25 vendor booths, a car show, belly dance performances, demonstrations by the Chattanooga Obedience Club, a photo booth and mechanical bull riding. The Velcro Pygmies go onstage at 8pm and take the audience on a journey through the music of mostly 80’s tunes. All proceeds from Pygmie Pawlooza go to benefit Catoosa Citizens for Animal Care’s (501c3) spay/neuter, foster and rescue programs. Afternoon activities are free, general admission for the concert is $10 and VIP stage seating $20. VIP tickets can be purchased by visiting CCAC’s website at Adult beverages will be sold on site.

Pygmie Pawlooza, CCAC’s largest benefit in the group’s 21 year history, will raise funds to benefit the organization, comprised solely of volunteers. The group’s main areas of focus are to reduce animal overpopulation in Catoosa County through low cost spay and neuter programs, help connect animals in need of homes with loving families through adoption and foster programs, to educate the community about the humane treatment of animals and to maintain a 24 hour Help Line for those needing assistance. CCAC helped almost 3500 animals last 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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Spring Fling Adopt-A-Thon

Spring Fling Adopt-A-Thon

Spring Fling Adopt-A-Thon

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