A Swim Marathon Fund Raiser for Cats Inspired by Gracey

Swimming for Cats!

When our  facebook page first began, we gave away The Tiniest Tiger books to new friends when they liked the page and it matched a lucky number.  Often times the lucky number ended cat in bathing capin nine, for nine lives.  Our lucky number 49 is Cathy and she works hard advocating for all animals.  This month Cathy is swimming a marathon (26.2 miles) to raise money for two organizations – Cat Welfare Association, a no kill cat shelter in Columbus, Ohio, and Lions, Tigers & Bears, a big cat and exotic animal sanctuary in Alpine, Calif.

Cathy’s  goal is to raise $2600 – $100 for each mile – with half going to each group.  On her blog Big Cats, Little Cats,  she is keeping track of the miles she swims, talking about issues facing big and small cats, and featuring adoptable cats from Cat Welfare and the big cat residents of Lions, Tigers and Bears.

Cathy told me that Gracey was an inspiration for her swim.

Gracey is part of the inspiration for a project I am doing in June that I wanted to let you know about.  It is a fundraiser called Big Cats Little Cats.  For my 50th birthday, I am swimming a marathon throughout the month to raise money for Cat Welfare Association, a cat shelter in Columbus, and Lions Tigers and Bears sanctuary in California, which helped place so many big cats from Ohio that needed homes when their facilities closed.


I too had been to the Ohio facility that closed and met the big cats and the bear that were located to Lions Tigers and Bears Sanctuary in California.  Every effort is meaningful and we are touched that our Gracey inspired Cathy, aka Lucky #49 , to swim for the cats!

I must tell Cathy that her story inspired me to pack up my bag and head back to the pool myself.  Sadly our city pool didn’t open this summer so this is the first summer in over 20 years that I am not able to swim every morning.  So, I need to plan ahead and get to the Y.

Every Little Bit Makes a Big Difference

If you would like to help support Cathy’s Swim Marathon Fundraiser for Cats you can pounce here:

Donation page for Lions, Tigers & Bears – http://www.razoo.com/story/Big-Cats-Little-Cats1
Donation page for Cat Welfare Association – http://www.razoo.com/story/Big-Cats-Little-Cats2

Thank you so much for your consideration.

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  1. Cathy Cowan says

    Thank you so much for posting this, Joanne! We loved Gracey, and her concern for cats big and small was part of the inspiration for this fundraiser. I hope you are able to get to the swimming pool soon!!

  2. What a tribute to Gracey. I am sharing.