Saturday, April 23, 2016

How Can I Support DCIN?


There are many ways to support DCIN!

The easiest way is to interact with our Facebook posts - likes, shares, and comments can help the kitties we share find new forever homes or let people who have never heard of us know about a fundraising campaign we have going on.  The more you interact with our posts, the more they get out there - and the more lifesaving work DCIN can do!

People who would like to send us cash donations can do so via PayPal using the address donate@dcin.info. If you choose the "Send money to friends or family" option and pay using your linked bank account, DCIN will get your full donation (no fees will come out).  If you want to use your credit card, please opt to pay the associated fees so DCIN doesn't have to pay them.  We also often have YouCaring fundraisers going on; you can donate to them via the process outlined above - in the optional message box, just let us know which campaign your donation is intended for.

We also have a number of campaigns going on at all times where your purchases lead to a donation for DCIN!  Here are the current events:

Schwan's: When you shop at Schwan's, use our link. 20% of your purchase will come to DCIN. If you'd like to buy an eGift card, that will generate a $10 donation for DCIN.  Get tasty food and help DCIN at the same time - it's a win-win!

Amazon:  Whenever you shop at Amazon, start with our associate link. Your cart needs to be empty when you start, but then everything you add to it will generate a donation to DCIN.  The donation varies by item, but we get some pretty good money from this.  Get cool stuff from Amazon and help DCIN at the same time - it's a win-win!

Some people shop via Amazon Smile, and that's fine (we appreciate donations whatever the source!), but it generates a much smaller donation than does our Amazon Associate link. So we'd prefer it if you used that instead!

Avon: DCIN's Avon Lady Amy Sikes has agreed to provide donations to DCIN from the profits generated by her online store year-round. Simply start at her link, shop as normal, then email her at amy@dcin.info to let her know that you want your shopping to benefit DCIN!  She will also do a dedicated month or two each year for DCIN. This is also a win-win - get great stuff for yourself and your family and help DCIN at the same time!

iGive: For any other online shopping, please consider starting at iGive and shop to support DCIN! We get a different percentage based on the store you're shopping. If you don't have an account, you'll need to register with them, but it only takes a moment.

GoodShop: GoodShop is similar to iGive, so this is another great starting place for your online shopping!  You'll also have to have/create an account here.

GoodSearch is a search engine that generates a donation for DCIN each time you use it. You'll need to have an account for this site, too.

Finally, if you ever have extra diabetic supplies or learn of someone who does, please contact our supplies manager Amy at amy@dcin.info to discuss donating them to DCIN.  In-kind donations are just as precious to us as monetary donations are!

Thanks to all our amazing supporters for sticking with us!  We couldn't do our lifesaving work without you!

~Amy

Saturday, March 5, 2016

So...where does all the money go?

We at DCIN are incredibly grateful for our supporters!  Without your help, we couldn't do our important work of assisting diabetic kitties in need, educating people about Feline Diabetes, and helping to rehome diabetic cats.  Your likes, comments, shares, and donations are what make DCIN's existence possible!

Some people may wonder where their money goes when they donate to our general fund, whether via monthly donations, one-time gifts, or participating in one of our fundraisers, such as the annual auction that just finished.  Our general fund is what pays for our daily operations, which usually consist of sending out "starter kits" and Lantus insulin.  Here's what we send in a starter kit:
  • 1 Arkray glucometer ($5)
  • 100 Arkray test strips ($25)
  • 100 lancets (~$5, sometimes free if they've been donated)
  • 20-30 syringes - sometimes more if the situation is dire ($3-4, sometimes free if they've been donated)
  • 1 rice sock - this helps get the blood flowing in a kitty's ear and makes testing much easier (~$1)
  • 1 catnip toy - because FD kitties deserve to have fun, too! (~$1 - we provide the catnip, and a wonderful woman makes the toys for us)
That's about $40 just for the basic testing kit that every diabetic kitty parent should have.  And that doesn't include shipping!  Even if we're sending just the kit, USPS postage can go up to about $10.  So we're talking $50 per new kitty client.  YOUR contributions make that possible!

If the kitty also needs Lantus or Levemir insulin, we will help with the costs, including shipping, for that.

We've already helped more than 20 kitties this year, and we're just two months in.  Think of all the cats your contributions have helped and will help!

The general fund also covers costs for insulins such as ProZinc and PZI, which we have to order directly from a company and have sent to the client.  ProZinc is about $125 per vial shipped, and PZI is about $60 for U-40 and about $100 for U-100 shipped.  Without YOUR contributions, we couldn't provide this additional insulin service to kitties in need.

Another service the general fund provides is assistance to clients with some vet costs.  When these are relatively small, we pull funds rather than doing a YouCaring fundraiser for them - we reserve those for the larger bills and especially the in-crisis kitties.  YOUR contributions allow us to do this!

When you donate to us in some way other than a YouCaring fundraiser, you're helping us provide these crucial daily items.  Many of the people we help would have to put their beloved kitties to sleep without our assistance.  A dollar to DCIN is a dollar that directly helps save a life!*

I and the rest of the DCIN Team salute ALL our fans - those who donate and who share, like, and comment on our posts.  You are all life-savers!  Thank you for your neverending support!

~Amy

*No funds go to the people who volunteer for DCIN.  Every dollar we receive goes to support the cats in some way.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Schwan's eCard Naffle!

It's time for a naffle! Thanks to Jack Abraham Resnick and his mom Sue, DCIN has some $25 Schwan's eGift Cards! For $5 per entry, you can have a chance to win TWO $25 eGift Cards - a total of $50 to use at Schwan's online! Help DCIN out and maybe get yourself some tasty food in the bargain! But don't hesitate - this naffle is only open through Saturday, 1/23/16!  (We may keep it open long enough if we haven't gotten enough donations to make it worthwhile yet.)

Because we can no longer use YouCaring for naffles, you'll need to go directly to PayPal and use the send money to friends or family option using donate@dcin.info.  If you use a credit card, please choose to pay the fee to maximize your donation to DCIN.  Be sure to leave us a note in the optional box telling us what your donation is for!


And if you'd just like to shop Schwan's to benefit DCIN, you can start here:
https://www.schwans-cares.com/c/24860
 
What's a naffle? It's not a raffle. Read our blog post for more details.

Best of luck, and thank you for caring! ~Amy

Sunday, January 10, 2016

DCIN 2016 Annual Auction - Donations Requested!



Hello, DCIN supporters! DCIN is asking for goods and services to be donated for its 3rd annual online auction.
Auction items should sell at a reasonable price: $8 to $100, including postage. We are looking for services of any kind that might have international appeal and goods in good to excellent condition that are not so fragile that they might break with mailing through the United States Postal Service. You can see the types of items donated and sold in last year's auction album.

Donors hold their items until there is a successful auction winner who has paid DCIN directly for their items. A DCIN Auction Team member will then contact the donors to let them know that the items are ready to mail and provide them with the name and mailing address of their item's winner.

To list items in the auction, the Auction Team needs the following from the donors emailed to Auction@dcin.info:

  • A clear photo of the individual goods being donated, displayed in an appealing manner. Multiple photos of the same item are welcome, especially those that show different sides of the same item. 
  •  A brief but detailed description of the goods or services being donated, including condition and size.
  • The minimum bid amount for the individual goods or services being donated.
  • If you know the regular retail value or the item, please include that.
  • Whether you also will be donating the cost of postage for the goods mailed within your country.
  • If you will not be donating the cost of domestic postage, the country in which the donated item is located and the approximate boxed weight of the item so that we can estimate mailing costs.
Currently, we plan to start the auction on Sunday, February 21, 2016, at 12 noon Eastern and end on Saturday, February 27, 2016, at 9 pm Eastern. We ask for your photos and information about your auction donations by Monday, February 15, 2016.

Thanks so much to all who are considering donating items for this auction. With your donations, we expect this to be a very successful fundraiser. 

~Amy, DCIN Development Director

Friday, January 1, 2016

Why We Love Our Extra-Sweet Kitties


As the new year begins, I thought it would be nice for us all to reflect on why and how much we love our kitties with diabetes.  The below are excerpts from posts made by DCIN fans about their kitties in honor of Jack Abraham Resnick's 6th Gotcha Day on 12/29/15.

**My angel Maggie was a great talker and had a voice like a Siamese, so she was very loud and always saying something silly. Daphne is my tiniest girl, and I adore her because she has just learned how to sit on my lap after being so timid for almost 16 years. Zoey is my gorgeous calico, who has taken Maggie's place in my bed and cuddles me at night to keep me from being lonely. Pokey George is my sweet timid boy, who has finally allowed me to pick him up and cuddle him for the first time in almost 16 years. Pearle is mama to Daphne, Zoey, and Pokey George and always comes to comfort me when I'm crying by putting her paws on my face and giving me kisses. And last by not least, Sweetie, who's only been with me for just under 2 years and is a great big lug of a lover boy being there for all kinds of hugs and kisses even tho' he's in kidney failure and has FIV.

**To date we have adopted 6 senior male diabetics, and each one has stolen a piece of my heart. Nelson was first in 2012. He was at a shelter in VA. I knew nothing about feline diabetes but I say he taught me everything I know. I found DCIN when we were planning to transport him and I have been a supporter ever since. The next 5 have all come to us because of DCIN and all have been long distance adoptions. Piper and Oscar in 2013, Leo in 2014 and Romeo and Den in 2015. The first three have left us, but we currently have 3 diabetics in the house. I became a case manager for DCIN in Jan of 2015 because of the on-going need for helping people navigate the disease. We adore each that joins our family and I am sure we will welcome more in the future.

**I love my kitties' way of doing what we call "drive by lovin'." They walk past you, then at the last minute bam! Lean against you hard and then keep walking. I love the good morning pats as Lady gently taps my cheek to wake me up. I love the jealous pacing as they see me pet an outside cat while they are looking thru the window. I love the huge scramble of paws on tile when I shake the food bag at breakfast. I love the way my diabetic kitty gives me such a tolerant look when I say time for your shot. Then she walks over and sits nicely while I give it. I love sitting on the couch to read, then being swarmed by furbabies who are gonna cuddle and help me with those pesky pages.  They all have my heart.

**I love my cat Marvel because she welcomes me when I come home, she lets me give her kisses, she sleeps by or on me sometimes, she lets me pet her, and she brings calmness, joy, happiness. She saved us!

**I love my Bella Donna for way more than six reasons, but here are six:
1. She's a living manifestation of joy -- she purrs all the time and makes me laugh at least once a day.
2. She's a great traveler and made a move across the country with me.
3. She was very patient about her blood tests and insulin shots before she went into remission.
4. She snuggles with me in bed at night.
5. She loves to chit-chat with me.
6. She's so beautiful and shiny, and she glows when she's in the bright sunlight.

**I moved out of the country for college and had to leave my fur-babies with my mom until I return. It's not easy to do, so I've had a lot of time to reflect on what I miss most and love about them. I love my diabetic kitty for opening my eyes and heart to a world of cats I didn't know existed. I love furry alarm clocks that pat my face to let me know it's time for food. I love having to take breaks from homework because my cat is sitting on my book and/or paper. I love never having a hair free shirt because I usually have Boo sitting on my shoulder when home. I love eating my cereal standing up because I'm swarmed by cats wanting the milk. I love when my kitty pushes his face through the broken blinds when I pull up outside the house each night.

**Because they love me without judgement. They are the best testers in the world for my kitty mats. They have shown me that fleece is definitely the fabric of choice for a kitty. If I don't feel good, they know they can make me feel better by warming my lap with their body heat and warming my heart with their purrs. They remind me that that you should live life in the now - Vinny had to have his leg amputated due to cancer and he doesn't care. He shows me every day that Life is still good, and who cares if he is a tripod. They show me who has negative energy and who has healing positive energy. The people they love are the latter. They show me that naps and sun puddles are the Bomb! and that it is OK to take the time to just enjoy things like that.

**I love my extra-sweet kitty because: 1. He decided to come to my front door, knowing I wouldn't turn him away. 2. For being the MOST affectionate cat I've ever had. 3. For enduring the numerous tests, exams, needle pricks and more without ONCE scratching or biting ANYONE! 4. For nuzzling up to me when I"m crying as no one knows what is wrong with him, as well as being diabetic. 5. For having a coat of silk that is wonderful just to touch. 6. For making me realize that he came to me for a reason and just wish I could fix all his problems.

**Reasons why I love my extra-sweet kitty: 1) Jasper--who had been our next-door-neighbor for eight years--is a cuddle bunny. 2) I know that he wouldn't be alive if we hadn't taken him in because the neighbor left him outside with dry food and expected him to go away to die. So, I feel good seeing him shiny coated and happy. 3) He's been so good about using the litter box.

**Sweet Simba, my Florida Orange from Jacksonville, FL via DCIN is a truly handsome boy. He is assertive & sticks up for himself without being aggressive. He loves running water! He gets along with his 13 sister & brother cats of the Hedgenettle Gang. After 10 weeks, he is gradually learning how to cuddle. He is happy in Maine, which is a little cooler than Florida! He takes his insulin like a champ & does well with blood testing. He has a good appetite & loves the chicken his Fur-Daddy makes for him.

Now that you've read how amazing these extra-sweet kitties are, maybe you want one for yourself!  Or if you already have one (or more), maybe you'd like to add another to your clowder!  Regardless, the DCIN Team wishes everyone a very happy 2016! 

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Jazz CDs

In past years, DCIN friend Milan Mowson (stage name), has performed and produced several jazz CDs for animal rescues, including four that now benefit DCIN. Two of them are Christmas music.

We would love to get you a copy of the CDs, but we may not be able to make the cover art from the original CD sales available.

Following are the playlists for the four CDs. If you are interested in buying any of these CDs, send payment to donate@dcin.info, using the personal tab and gift button and please pay the charge if you are using a credit card. Include a message on your PayPal payment telling DCIN which CD(s) you want and your mailing address. And you can follow up by sending an email to Any@dcin.info.

The CDs are $20 each, which includes media mail postage to US addresses. If you are outside the US, the CDs are $22 each for the extra postage cost. You also could just purchase a license for $10, which means that DCIN would send you a link to the music for you to download.

These are the playlists.

A Sunny Christmas

1. What Child is This?
2. Santa Claus is Coming To Town
3. Variations on 'We Three Kings'
4. Sleigh Ride
5. Frosty the Snowman
6. God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
7. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
8. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (listen on YouTube)
9. O Little Town of Bethlehem
10. The Twelve Days of Christmas
11. Winter Wonderland
12. Silent Night
13. O Come, All Ye Faithful
14. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
15. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting By An Open Fire)
16. Christmas Medley
17. Jingle Bells
18. White Christmas

Musical Mayhem

1. It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas (listen on YouTube)
2. The Alleluia Chorus
3. What Child Is This
4. Winter Wonderland (listen on YouTube)
5. Ave Maria
6. Carol Of The Bells
7. Christmas Fantasy For Wind Band
8. In The Bleak Midwinter
9. Charlie Brown's Christmas
10. Remembering You At Christmas
11. Christmas Medley (From a Liberace Piano Roll)
12. Jingle Bells
13. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
14. Trepak (From The Nutcracker Suite)
15. Sleigh Ride
16. Silent Night
17. The Wonder Of Christmas
18. White Christmas (listen on YouTube)
19. We Wish You A Merry Christmas
20. The Christmas Song (Solo Arrangement)

Sounds Familiar

1. Autumn Leaves
2. Blackbird
3. Have You Met Miss Jones?
4. We Will Meet Again
5. The More I See You (listen on YouTube)
6. Old Man Rover
7. Someday My Prince Will Come
8. Oklahoma! Medley
9. Israel
10. Girl From Ipanema
11. Invitation
12. My Funny Valentine
13. Memphis Stomp

Maintaining Standards

1. St. Thomas (Sonny Rollins)
2. Our Love is Here to Stay (George Gershwin)
3. Stormy Weather (Harold Arlen) (listen on YouTube)
4. Spain (Chick Corea)
5. Pick Yourself Up (Jerome Kern)
6. I Remember Clifford (Benny Golson)
7. A Night in Tunisia (Dizzy Gillespie)
8. The More I See You (Harry Warren)
9. Misty (Erroll Garner)
10. The Peanut Vendor (Moises Simons)
11. Caravan (Duke Ellington)
12. Seven Steps to Heaven (Victor Feldman)
13. Danny Boy (Traditional)



Milan also created a jazz CD to benefit another animal rescue. Please contact that rescue for its CD.

Something Old, Something New, benefiting Our Lady of Mercy's Catnip Cottage

1. Cop Movie
2. I Won't Dance
3. Blues for Baxter
4. Stormy Weather
5. A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
6. Sidewalk Strut
7. R's Groove
8. Take Five
9. Fascinating Rhythm
10. Raindrops
11. How Deep is the Ocean?
12. Take the 'A' Train
13. Never Again
14. Motive Force
15. The Journey
16. Chim Chim Cheree
17. The Kings Are Back
18. Winelight
19. Can't Help Falling in Love
20. Just the Way you Look Tonight

Friday, October 16, 2015

2016 Extra-Sweet Kitties Calendar Ordering Now Open!

For the last two weeks, DCIN has been holding its annual Extra-Sweet Kitties Calendar Contest.  We still have plenty of room for kitties in the calendar, so please consider entering.

We are now accepting orders for the 2016 8.5" by 11" twelve-month wall calendar. The prices listed below include mailing costs. To order, please PayPal the appropriate amount for the number of calendars you wish to order and the location where they will be sent to calendar@dcin.info by choosing the "pay or send money" option, then selecting "send money to friends or family." If you fund your payment with a credit card, please also pay the credit card fee on the final PayPal screen. (If you don't, DCIN will have to make that payment.) In the Email to recipient: message section, please include your full mailing address or that of the recipient.

If you do not use PayPal, please email calendar@dcin.info with your intent to pay by check and include the number of calendars you're ordering and your/recipient's mailing address. Then send your full payment to

Diabetic Cats in Need
P.O. Box 21
Minot, ME  04258-0021

Pricing (includes postage):
  • US mailings --$25 per calendar
  • Canadian mailings -- $30 per calendar - please pay in US$!
  • Other international mailings -- $35 per calendar - please pay in US$!
The higher costs for Canada and other international locations are because of the higher mailing costs to those places.

DCIN is accepting orders the 2016 calendar through November 8, 2015. We want to get the calendars received, shipped, and delivered before the US Thanksgiving holiday on November 26, in case you are gifting calendars to friends/family. It may take longer for international locations.

Thank you all so much for supporting DCIN's 2016 Extra-Sweet Kitties Calendar!

If you have questions, please contact me at calendar@dcin.info.

~Amy