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History

Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic's first winter gala, named Chat Amour (roughly translated "cat love"), was held in 2008 at the Fort Collins Senior Center. This successful fundraiser gave way to Chat Amour Deux and Chat Amour III, the latter held at the Drake Centre to accommodate the growing number of guests supporting our cause. In 2010 Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald of Animal Planet's "Emergency Vets" headlined Chat Amour III with his comedy act and helped us raise nearly $39,000 for the kitties in our care.
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In 2011 we gave our gala a new name, Whiskers 'n Wags Jubilee (WWJ), to highlight that we also care for dogs at our spay/neuter clinic - they make up over 40 percent of our clients! As the event had grown even more, we held it at the Hilton Fort Collins and it was attended by nearly 300 supporters. The "Catsablanca" themed jubilee netted our organization $54,000.
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For our 2012 gala, the theme was "The Whiskers of Oz" and we were honored to present guest speaker Dr. Temple Grandin, who spoke about her recent book, "Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals", to a sold-out crowd of 400. Supporters in attendance helped us raise a record $62,000 for our mission!
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We took over 255 guests and 50 volunteers on a trip to "Meowgaritaville" in March 2013, when our Whiskers 'n Wags Jubilee netted us $63,000. The Backline performed live music, our therapy cat Jake helped out at the photo booth, and our first Saving P.A.W.S. employee recognition award was presented.
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In March 2014 our "Diamonds are Furever" gala netted $77,000 for our shelter, clinic, and the temporary satellite adoption center we had opened in Loveland after the 2013 floods. Nearly 300 guests enjoyed the glitz and glamour at the Marriott Fort Collins, and the Dolce Musica String Quartet helped to set the mood.
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With the elegance of a Venetian ball and the mystery of masks, our "Meowsquerade Ball" in March 2015 raised $79,000 for our mission to make every pet a wanted pet! Donning a beautiful array of masks, the 347 guests in attendance were dazzled by dancers and magicians at the Marriott Fort Collins. We also presented our first 40 Mile Compassion Award.
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Nearly 350 guests had a swingin' good time at our "HepCat Jive" in March 2016, featuring the 15-piece WiseAcres Jazz Band. We returned to the Hilton Fort Collins, and the event set a new fundraising record by netting $86,000 for FCCRSNC! Our live auction was led for the first time by Heather Lauren Quiroga of HLQ Events.
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Over 300 guests, 50 volunteers, and three dozen sponsors made our 2017 "Phantom of the Opurra" a success. We danced the night away at the Hilton Fort Collins, breaking the record again by netting over $90,000 for FCCRSNC!
Whiskers 'n Wags Jubilee is a celebration of all the great things FCCRSNC has accomplished since its inception in 2006, with the invaluable help of our volunteers and donors. We sincerely appreciate everyone's support of our mission, making every pet a wanted pet!
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