Archive for November, 2019

The 2019 Subaru Share the Love® Event

November 26th, 2019

Rescue Village is proud to partner with Adventure Subaru during the 2019 Subaru Share the Love Event!

Join us Saturday, December 7th from 12pm to 3pm for an adoption event at Adventure Subaru (1991 Mentor Ave, Painesville, OH 44077).  In addition to adoptions, this Celebration of Pets includes Pictures with Santa (for you and your pets), Face Painting and a meet and greet with Farrah Pawcett, Ohio’s Celebrity Sphynx.

Then through January 2, 2020, get a great vehicle and support a great cause. With every new Subaru purchased or leased, Adventure Subaru will donate $250 to your choice of charities*. Adventure Subaru will donate an additional $50 to Rescue Village here in our community, for each sold or leased vehicle. Additionally, for every Subaru vehicle routine service visit during the Subaru Share the Love Event Adventure Subaru will donate $5 to our Hometown Charity.

When you share the love, you change lives.

Over the last 11 years, through the Share the Love Event, Subaru of America and its participating retailers have donated more than $145 million to charity, with customers choosing between four national and over 1,170 hometown charities. In this, our 12th year, Subaru is on track to bring that total to over $170 million, proving there’s no limit to the amount of love we can all share.



Learn More About Short-Term Fostering

November 22nd, 2019


Not sure you are ready to adopt? Try fostering!

Rescue Village is thrilled to be participating in Maddie’s Fund Foster Express Challenge. With your help, we will coordinate at least 25 short-term foster care experiences for our adult dogs and cats during the challenge which launches Friday, November 22 and ends on Friday, January 10, 2020.

The Foster Express Challenge is designed to help shelters get more dogs and cats out of the shelter during the hectic holiday season, get them more exposure, as well as attract new foster caregivers. Throughout the holiday season Rescue Village will be encouraging all of our friends, supporters, volunteers and anyone who is curious about adopting, to try short-term foster care.  For the Foster Express Challenge, “short-term fostering” is defined as stays in foster care of more than two hours and less than two weeks.

What are examples of short-term foster care?

  • Stop by Rescue Village and take a pup for a winter walk at nearby West Woods or Affelder Park.
  • Take a dog or cat home with you for a sleepover or up to two weeks for a mini-vacation away from shelter living.*

This holiday season, give a homeless dog or cat a fun and loving experience away from the shelter and warm your heart and even your home as only a rescue can!

For more information or questions, please contact Andrea Giorgio at shelterprograms@resceuvillage.org or 440-338-4819 ext. 14

*Rescue Village will provide you with all of the supplies: food, toys, treats, bedding and tips for overnight care.


Tips for Cold Weather Community Cat Care

November 20th, 2019

The cold weather months are upon us and it is a great time to start thinking about the best way to care for community cats throughout the winter. Community cats are those who are feral, stray, and/or free-roaming without an indoor home.

When the cold winter months start approaching, caretakers from all over bundle up to brave the cold in order to care for these cats. The following tips will provide useful information to those who care for or come across community cats in need of a caretaker.

And don’t forget, community cats who have not been spayed or neutered can still be safely trapped throughout the winter months. This will aid in the prevention of homeless kittens being born come spring!


  • Feed the cats on a regular schedule. The cats will know when to come around, and both the food and the cats will spend less time exposed to the weather.
  • If you can keep it from freezing, feed wet food—it’s easier to digest, so cats save more energy for keeping warm. Consider warming canned food prior to feeding.
  • On average, you can expect an adult cat to eat roughly 5.5 ounces of wet (canned) cat food and 2 ounces of dry food daily in temperate weather (add a half cup to that amount if only feeding dry food). In colder weather, make sure to feed larger portions than you usually do for an extra caloric boost.
  • Since wet food is also quicker to freeze, make sure you put out dry food too, or if you think the food is very likely to freeze, you may want to feed only dry food.


  • Change a water bowl twice daily to keep water from freezing. Use deep bowls rather than wide ones. Avoid filling bowls with hot or warm water, as the water will evaporate more quickly from the steam.
  • Keep the water in the sun and use dark colored bowls that will absorb the sun’s heat.
  • Use double-layered bowls—they have an insulated air layer between the surface the water touches and the surface against the ground.
  • Shield the water dish from wind by placing it inside a small Styrofoam cooler or surround the top and sides of the feeding area with plexiglass to create a greenhouse environment for the water.
  • Add a pinch of sugar to the water to keep it from freezing as quickly and to provide an energy boost for the cats.


Rubbermaid has a website with instructions & discounts for a quick and easy shelter: https://www.erubbermaid.com/roughneck-homes

(Note: Make sure to use straw, NOT hay when building a shelter as hay will absorb water and freeze. See below for further info on insulation.)

Another great list of options can be found at: https://www.alleycat.org/ShelterGallery


  • Loose and dry insulating material works best for burrowing and will be the warmest!
  • Straw is best, while shredded newspaper will also work.
  • Avoid using blankets, towels or folded newspaper. The reason is because cats can only lie on top of these materials so they actually draw out body heat and defeat the purpose.
  • Avoid hay, because it’s moist, can become moldy and some cats are reportedly allergic to hay and can develop nasal sores.
  • Keep in mind, if you use insulating materials, you must be able to change them regularly in order to ensure they stay dry.

Winter Safety Tips

In addition to providing food, water, and shelter for cats in your neighborhood, observe these winter precautions to keep cats safe:

  • Before starting your car, give the hood a tap and check between the tires—cats will sometimes crawl into the engine or hide underneath the car for warmth.
  • Winter is also the time of year for antifreeze, which often tastes irresistible to cats and other animals, but is toxic and deadly. Keep it out of reach and clean up any spills!
  • Remember to shovel out cat shelters when you’re shoveling your own driveway. Cats in shelters can get snowed in, so keep entrances clear and shovel an exit for cats who may be taking refuge under bushes, porches, or other hiding spots.
  • Stay away from salt and chemical melting products. These products can be toxic to animals and harmful to their natural snowshoes—paws!

For information on our TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) program, please visit this link.

You can also e-mail Andrea Giorgio, Shelter Programs Coordinator, at shelterprograms@rescuevillage.org  or call her at 440-338-4819 ext. 14 for more information.

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