Wednesday, February 1, 2017

DCIN 2017 Annual Auction - Donations Requested!

Hello, DCIN fans! The DCIN Team is asking for goods and services to be donated for our 4th 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 items in good to excellent condition that are not so fragile 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
  • 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 postage, the approximate mailing costs.
Currently, we plan to start the auction on Sunday, March 5, 2017, at 8 PM Eastern and end on Saturday, March 11, 2017, at 8 pm Eastern. We MUST HAVE your photos and information about your auction donations by Sunday, February 26, 2017.

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

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Show Your DCIN Pride!

Show your DCIN Pride! In addition to our T-shirts, sweatshirts, and totes (sold via dedicated fundraiser twice per year), we now have mugs and magnets available for purchase by our supporters. A generous donor loved our new logo so much that she has provided us with custom mugs and magnets with the DCIN name, logo, and URL for us to sell to support our mission. The mugs are dishwasher safe, as the design - printed on both sides of the mug - is sealed on the mug. The mugs hold 11 ounces. The magnet is made for indoor and outdoor use, so you can use it as a fridge magnet, but also show your DCIN Pride on your vehicle. It's large enough for people to easily see the logo and read the words!

Mugs are $25 each, including shipping to US addresses. (Contact us for international shipping rates.)

Magnets are $10 each, including shipping to US addresses. (Contact us for international shipping rates.)

Want to buy one of each? Send us $34.

Want to buy multiple mugs? The cost is $20 for each additional mug.

Want to buy multiple magnets? The cost is $6 for each additional magnet.

Confused about what you should pay for what you want? Contact us! :)

This is a VERY LIMITED EDITION. We only have about 40 of each item, and when they're gone, they're gone. If there's a continued demand for them, we can see if we can get more, but for now...this is it! First-come, first-served.

Please send the appropriate amount for what you want to order via PayPal to (Ahh, now the spam will start coming in again! LOL) Please use the "Send money to friends or
family" option, then select "friends and family" to avoid fees on cash and checking donations. If you use a credit card, please choose to pay the fee (so DCIN doesn't have to). Include your order details (how many mugs/magnets) and where you'd like them shipped.

I'm sure I don't have to mention that these would make fun gifts for the cat-lovers on your list! :D Thanks for supporting DCIN. 

Monday, October 31, 2016

Order your 2017 DCIN Extra-Sweet Kitties Calendar TODAY!

We are now accepting orders for the 2017 8.5" by 11" twelve-month Extra-Sweet Kitties 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 by choosing the "pay or send money" option, then selecting "send money to friends and 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 "Write a note (Optional)" section, please include your full mailing address or that of the recipient.

If you do not use PayPal, please email with your intent to pay by check and include the number of calendars you're ordering and your/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):

    Mailings to individuals -- $25 per calendar (please pay in US$ if you live internationally)
    New this year!  Orders direct to vets/shelters -- $18 per calendar (please pay in US$ if you live internationally).
                We are pleased to offer a reduced-cost option this year as a trial.  We'd love to get the word out about DCIN and the best ways to treat FD, so please help us by sending a calendar straight to your vet or favorite shelter!

DCIN is accepting orders for the 2017 calendar through November 12, 2016. We want to get the calendars received, shipped, and delivered before the US Thanksgiving holiday on November 24, 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 2017 Extra-Sweet Kitties Calendar!

If you have questions, please contact me at


Sunday, October 2, 2016

2017 Extra-Sweet Kitties Calendar Contest!

DCIN is pleased to announce its third annual Extra-Sweet Kitties Calendar Contest!  Head on over to our site on GoGo to enter.  If you didn't enter a kitty into last year's contest, you'll need to create an account to enter this year.  If you registered last year, your account should still work.

The contest runs from October 1st through October 30th at 11:59:59 PM EDT.  Each entry costs $5, and each vote is $1.  You can also reserve a calendar day for $5 each - first-come, first-served, and please keep your caption request as short as possible (remember that it has to fit legibly on a date square).  Reserving a day is separate from the contest; if you want to see your kitty both on one of the main calendar pages AND on a special date, you need to enter the contest and reserve a date separately. All the contests rules are on the contest site under "Rules".

And of course - there are prizes! The Top Cat gets his/her photo on the cover of the DCIN 2017 Calendar, a comfy and attractive handmade cat mat, a free copy of the calendar, and a cat food mat and keyring set.  The five Runners-Up get a prominent spot in the DCIN 2016 Calendar, a free copy of the calendar, and a cat food mat and keyring set.

This year, we're also offering the option to pre-order a calendar through GoGo for $25 including shipping to all locations. You can find this option under the "Participate" button in the top menu bar.  We'll offer a calendar-ordering option through DCIN later on, as well, including an option to send a calendar to your vet or a shelter at a reduced cost.  More details on that later in October!

We're hoping this year's contest is just as fun as it has been the last two years.  Happy voting!


Saturday, September 3, 2016

DCIN's Annual Mismatched Socks Fundraiser - 9/3 - 10/2

Many DCIN Friends LOVE socks - the crazier the better.  What could be better than SolMate's Mismatched Socks to pad around in?

So we bring you our fifth annual mismatched socks fundraiser for DCIN. Through October 2, 2016, DCIN is taking orders for these socks - and more!  That's right - now you can order ANYTHING the Sock Lady offers!

You can choose from adult crew socks, adult ankle socks, adult knee socks, kids' socks (one pair and a spare), and baby socks (two pair and a spare).  And this year, you can also choose from adult hats, baby aviator hats, fingerless mittens, scarves, and fleece-lined mittens.  (Sorry, the boot cuffs are no longer available.)  You can check this brochure for the styles, patterns, and sizes available (the baby hats aren't pictured, but they are available, and you can see them on the website). The items are made from 62% Cotton, 22% Polyester, 15% Nylon, and 1% Lycra.  They are machine washable and dryable.

DCIN will bulk order the socks and mail them to you in the US by mid- to late October. (We'll have a later delivery date for Canada and other international locations, but we'll ship those as soon as possible.)  All shipping will be done by 1st class US Postal Service if possible. (Do not order directly from SolMate; with shipping, it may cost you more - and DCIN won't get a portion of the sale.)

To order, please PayPal the appropriate amount (see list below) to by choosing the "pay or send money" option, then selecting "send money to friends and family".  Next, type in the total amount (including shipping if you're outside the US - see below) for your order.  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, which takes away from your donation amount.)  In the Write a note (optional) section please indicate:
  • Number of items being ordered
  • Style (ankle, kids, scarf, etc.), pattern, and size of each pair/set of socks (other items are one-size)
  • Your mailing address 
  • Your email address (as PayPal no longer provides this)
If you don't use PayPal, you can mail a check along with the order information listed above to

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

If you care to take orders from your workmates/friends, there is a bulk order form as the last page of the brochure. You will have to submit this payment with your order by October 2. If you have questions about this, please email

Pricing information:

Adult crew socks      
Adult ankle socks     
Adult knee socks      
Child & baby socks  
Adult hats                   
Baby aviator hats      
Fleece-lined mittens  
Fingerless mittens      

Please add an additional $5 per order for Canadian mailings and an extra $10 per order for mailings to other international locations.  Please make all payments in US $!

Now the only question is...which patterns and how many pairs are you going to order?!  ~Amy

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The Trials and Triumphs of Saving Extra-Sweet Kitties

I am writing this mostly for my non-rescue friends, to essentially beg them to consider making a tax-deductible donation to Diabetic Cats In Need. Here's the link, and my story follows.

Doing rescue is hard under any circumstances. For those of you who don't rescue, it's really difficult to describe how hard it is. In the overwhelming vast majority of cases, you are working against the clock. And when time's up, the cat dies. Dead. No do-overs. That life is gone. So the first thing I want my non-rescue friends to understand is the enormous amount of stress involved in rescue.

Now - take the date-with-death cat in question and make her older (even harder) and give her a special medical need (harder still). this brings us to today's story, which is about Mittie (pictured).

Because I'm known to do senior and special needs rescue, I immediately get the plea when an older diabetic cat turns up at a public shelter. The first thing you need to know is that from the moment that plea goes out to the rescue community, that cat typically has 48-72 hours to get out of the shelter. Not a lot of time. So the clock is ticking, and there's a short time horizon. That's how it was for Mittie. She was surrendered to the shelter for peeing outside of the box (common with untreated diabetics, but yet another strike against finding rescue). She was diagnosed as diabetic on urinalysis at the shelter. And she was 12 years old at the time of surrender. Strike, strike, strike.

There are a few things that are needed in short order to get a cat like Mittie rescued:

1. A local foster who can pull and hold the cat.
2. A sponsoring rescue to act as a safety net under the cat.
3. A sponsoring rescue who can commit to whatever medical needs the cat encounters - and with an older cat with special needs, this is no small commitment.
4. An adopter, who is often out of state.
5. Transport to the adopter, who is often out of state.

And remember - all of this has to happen in a short time window.

In Mittie's case, she was blessed with #1 and #4 within 24 hours of the plea going out. Kris Northrup, despite having no diabetic experience, agreed to foster her provided she had rescue under her and could be trained to test her and care for her. I committed to the training and supplies needed to care for a diabetic cat, and went over to Kris' and brought her what she needed and showed her what she needed to do two days after Mittie was rescued. Cathy Woods had already stepped up to adopt Mittie (she is out of state, FYI). So our immediate concern was #2 and #3, all while #5 needed to be assembled and addressed.

That's where Diabetic Cats in Need (DCIN) came in. Knowing that we had both a foster and an adopter (and that transport could be worked out one way or another), I messaged Jenna Marie Watts and Amy Sikes of DCIN and asked if they could be the sponsoring rescue and commit to Mittie's veterinary needs until she could be transported to the adopter. Without hesitation, Jenna agreed.

Now let me digress here for a moment. When DCIN committed to Mittie, they did so sight unseen. Remember - Mittie is a senior with an unknown health status who showed glucose in her urine. The point here is that most of these shelter diabetics come in without having received proper or appropriate veterinary care for a lengthy period of time. Committing to their veterinary needs financially is a total leap of faith, and one that can get expensive. Yet DCIN didn't hesitate. They knew Mittie's time was short and we had to get her out of the shelter ASAP.

And so, Kris picked her up and I taught her how to test blood glucose. Mittie's blood sugar has been mildly elevated but not at the level where she needs insulin, though we were ready for that - DCIN provides not only veterinary care but also test kits and supplies and insulin, which is wildly expensive. DCIN also provided the funding for Mittie's vet visits once she was out of the shelter. Luckily, Mittie hasn't needed a lot of additional veterinary attention, but that is not always the case.

So on the list, we had items 1-4. Let's talk about #5, transport. In many cases, adopters are WAY out of the area the cat is in. In one example, a different diabetic (from the same shelter) had an adopter all the way in Denver CO. Awesome, right? Only the cat was in Northern Virginia. DCIN picked up the bill to fly that particular cat nonstop to Denver. In cases where ground transport is feasible, DCIN's transport folks will coordinate and monitor ground transportation to get a cat to his or her forever home.

In Mittie's case, we got lucky *again*. My friend Linda Cork - who had fostered Jules, the aforementioned kitty with a forever home in Denver - contacted me and told me she needed a vacation. Since Mittie needed to get up into the northeast to an area Linda loves, she volunteered to take Mittie along the whole way.

Mittie started her journey to her forever loving home this morning at about 9:45am.

So the reason for this lengthy explanation - which really is the anatomy of a special needs rescue - is to make the case for *why* DCIN is deserving of you making a donation. Sight unseen, they committed to Mittie's financial needs. All of them. Hundreds of dollars worth (sometimes thousands if the kitty is in bad shape). There would have been no way to pull Mittie - even though she had a local foster and a forever home lined up - without that crucial piece. DCIN would have further paid to fly Mittie to her forever home if we hadn't been lucky enough to have a single ground transporter who decided to take a vacation close to Mittie's adoptive forever home.

DCIN can't do this without financial support. They can't. Without donations, there's going to come a time when - being responsible - they are going to have to say "no". Look at Mittie's sweet face in the pictures. Imagine that we hadn't had what we needed to break her out. She would have been dead over two weeks ago. She was so worth the effort - but if DCIN can't provide financial commitment because they don't have the donations needed, other equally deserving cats aren't going to have the chance that Mittie did.

So please. It's tax deductible. It's a great cause. You can *SEE* for yourselves below the result. If you can, please donate so that DCIN can continue to save these special lives:

Thanks for reading.

~Rena Fagel

Editor's note: This was originally posted on Rena's Facebook page.  She graciously gave me permission to use it as a guest post here. ~Amy

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Introducing DCIN's New Logo! (Plus T-shirts and More Campaign)

Check it out! As a celebration of the roll-out of our purrfect new logo, we've launched a t-shirt campaign that is so much more than just t-shirts! We do have t-shirts in several colors, but we also have hoodies, crewneck sweatshirts, and tote bags! So you can sport DCIN's new logo while also supporting DCIN! I personally have already ordered 1 of everything, I'm so excited about this amazing new logo! (Thanks again to Dinah Strange for creating it!)

Shipping starts at $3.95, and residents of Wisconsin will have to pay sales tax (sorry). Your items will ship approximately two weeks after the end of the campaign, which is Sunday, June 5th.

Please help us spread the word about DCIN and the amazing work we do to help sugar kitties! And please share this post with your friends!

(Sorry about all the exclamation points. Can you tell I'm excited about this?! :D)

AND - Handsome Jack Abraham Resnick is making his Sue-mom pay up again! We'll be choosing TWO people in a random drawing to have the $22 cost of the basic white t-shirt refunded to them. Even if you've already bought, you're eligible for the drawing! Here's what you need to do to enter:

1) Make a purchase of a DCIN item from
2) Leave a comment ON THIS POST saying, "I purchased!"
3) Include the first name and last initial you made your purchase under.

For example, my comment would read: "I purchased! Amy S."

That's it! At the end of the t-shirt campaign, I'll roll out the RNG and choose two lucky winners! Good luck and happy shopping!  And thanks for supporting DCIN!