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Welcome to the season of raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens. Oops, this time of year in Nebraska, we have snowflakes on roadways instead of raindrops on roses! Lucky for you, however, The Cat House (TCH) has plenty of whiskers and lots of kittens to brighten the holidays!

As the year winds down and time speeds up, we want to thank all of our supporters. Without our volunteers, TCH could not continue to provide safe and healthy housing for Lincoln's homeless cats and kittens. Our adopters make it possible for us to fulfill our mission of finding forever homes, and our generous donors' support helps provide food and medical care for TCH residents.

Outside the shelter, TCH can provide care and shelter for the feral cat population in Lincoln thanks to our trap/neuter/return volunteers and caretakers. To everyone who helped the shelter in 2018, from buying to stuffing catnip sticks and from cleaning cat rooms at the shelter to making room for a new kitten at home, we say thank you! You made a difference, and we are grateful.

Don't forget to bring your festive furry family members to see Santa at Petco. The Cat House Santa will be at both Petco locations from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 and 15, and Sunday, Dec. 16. Visit us at Petco South, 5450 S. 56th St., or at the O Street Petco, 4701 O St., and have your pet's picture taken with Santa. Photos will be sent digitally again this year. All pets are welcome; in past years we have seen snakes and guinea pigs as well as all makes and models of dogs and cats.

If you still want to buy something special for your furry family member or for a pet parent on your list, TCH has many gift options. Stop in during open hours at the shelter, 3633 O St., and check out our retail area. We have catnip sticks in two sizes. The small sticks can be purchased for $3 each or two for $5, and the larger sticks are $8 each. We also have handmade pet beds in two sizes made of high-quality fleece, as well as carrier liners.

For the humans on your list, we have handmade necklaces and our classic T-shirts. TCH is open from 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and from 1:30-4 p.m. Sundays.

If you're shopping online, go to smile.amazon.com and indicate that you want to help The Cat House in Lincoln, Nebraska. We receive hundreds of dollars in donations through the Amazon Smile program every year, thanks to all of your shopping!

Don’t forget to “Like” us on Facebook. We are always posting pictures of new adoptable cats and kittens, updates on our recent adoptions, and fun cat facts and pictures to brighten your day. Follow us on Instagram for more candid pictures and fun facts. To receive updates directly to your inbox, email info@thecathouse.org and ask to be added to the mailing list.

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