News & Notes Spring 2012
March 1, 2012Dear Friends,
Despite the fact that St. Gertrude’s Day, March 17th, falls right in mid-Lent, we will be celebrating this feast day at Sanctuary House, and remembering St. Patrick as well, of course. But it is St. Gertrude who is the patron of all cats.
I can tell you that the Sanctuary House dogs are not so enthusiastic about all of this attention going to the cats, St. Gertrude’s Day notwithstanding, so I have promised them that our summer issue of News and Notes will have a definite doggy focus. . . . and it’s a good thing that the horses, bunnies, chickens, ducks, and geese are not so demanding.
Blessings for a Holy Lent, a joyous Eastertide.
Sister Mary Winifred
Ascension Hermitage & Sanctuary records with sadness the passing of our friends and benefactors: Evelyn Rittenhouse and Neldon F. Williams in 2011, and Jan Holly Callaway in February 2012 – may they rest in peace, and rise in glory.
Nicholas was adopted!
Although cat adoptions are unusual events at Sanctuary House, we are glad to report that Nicholas, a cat who “appeared” at Christmas time, was adopted just before New Year’s. Before he came in from the winter cold, Nicholas was living under an abandoned building – now he is a happy house cat in Fort Lee, New Jersey!
Spring Wish List
Here are some items that we most need in the next few months:
bath towels & light weight, washable blankets
wild bird seed
canned cat food
waterless hand sanitizer
antibacterial hand/dish soap
Kilz2 stain-blocker latex paint
dollars for vet & other bills
For anyone who lives near Princess Anne, there is a drop off box for Sanctuary House in the narthex at St. Andrew’s Church. Thank you very much!
Mosi’s Diary: a cat’s eye view of what matters
As you probably know, we cats can see very well in the dark; but being a cat, I can assure you that we are thrilled that the days are getting longer and the weather warmer, because we cats love to lie in the sun and dream! The trees outside our window look like they are just about ready to have new green leaves, and every day Eudora and Tally and I jump onto the window sill to see if it might be Spring yet.
Even though this issue of our newsletter is mostly about cats, I think it’s only fair to share one good bit of news about the dogs. Two of our beagles, Zoë and Janie Callaway, have been approved as visitors with Pets-on-Wheels of Delmarva. Now they will be able to visit in nursing homes, schools, libraries, and hospitals. After 50 visits they can become certified therapy dogs!
Zoë and Janie think this is great – we cats say if they like to ride in cars and meet new people, good for them. We’re glad that we can stay at home! But we are proud of them, and know that they will make many people happy by their visits.
Until next time, Mosi
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