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Calling all OC Animal Lovers! – Home for the Holidays – December 3rd

2 Dec

Tomorrow is the 5th Annual ‘Home for the Holidays’ Event at the Irvine Animal Care Center.

This event is something very dear to me, as last year was this was the first event I volunteered at for the Shelter, and it was just after we adopted our kitten from them. I know first hand the number of homeless Animals the Shelter helps each year, and the costs that are involved in being able to do this. This annual event is something alittle bit different. The shelter opens it doors over this holiday season to many local Orange County Rescue Organisations, and vendors to help raise awareness of homeless animals in the county.

Full details of the all the vendors can be found here, however some personal favourites I cant wait to see there are:

Once again this year, they will also be holding a Bake Sale – with all proceeds of the sale going towards the extended care of all the animals in the shelters care.

In previous years, I have always made Puppy and Kitten Cake Pops and Cookies, partly because I loved making them, and partly as they are always a cute addition for all animal lovers.

So this year I decided to go with something alittle more festive, and inspired by Bakerella, I decide to make Christmas Themed Cake Pops.

All made from Red Velvet Cake and Cream Cheese Frosting (Red Velvet always reminds me of the Holidays, I’m not sure why), these are Santa Hats, Snowmen, Christmas Trees and Mini Stockings. This is the first time I’ve actually made non-rounded Cakepops – its not as easy as it first looks!

So these are now all boxed up and ready to go to ‘Home for the Holiday’s’

So if you have some time on your Saturday afternoon, and you are in the Orange County Area, please stop by the Irvine Animal Care Center (map here)and show your support. Entry is only $1 and parking is free!


Shelter Staff Appreciation Week

14 Nov

Last week was all about appreciating those who give time for others. Across the world we remembered our Veterans on Friday. Last week was also National Shelter Staff Apperication Week (Nov 6th – 12th). I have been volunteering for my local Animal Shelter for nearly 18 months now, and have been lucky enough to see first hand the amazing work that the staff at the Irvine Animal Care Center do for the community and all those pets looking for their new forever home.

Both of my kitties have been rescues, one in fact from the Irvine Animal Care Center, and both have been the most loving, cutest pets I could possibly have, and I know this has alot to do with the care and love these animals receive at Shelter organisations. So this week, a group of us volunteers decided to get together and provide some treats for all the staff to show our appreciation. Everyday, one or two volunteers would bring in treats of many varieties.

Aren't they just too cute!?!

So my contribution, of course, Cupcakes!

These started as simple Vanilla and Chocolate Cupcakes.

As I knew I would be making the puppy, kitten and rabbit faces for the tops, I didn’t want to go to over the top with Frosting, so I simply topped them with a Vanilla or Chocolate Fudge frosting.

The idea for the animal faces came from finding a very cute candy mould in Micheals. These were originally made for Candy lolly Pop’s – but perfect are they as CupCake toppers!

So early Saturday morning, I made my delivery down to the IACC, before alot of the staff were at the Shelter, or were out working with the animals. When they came back to the office this is what they would find:

From the feedback I got, the cupcakes, along with all off the treats brought in throughout the week went down really well. Sometimes the staff at animal shelters get over looked for all the hard work they do, especially here at the Irvine Animal Care Center, providing a loving temporary home for these homeless pets whilst they wait for their forever homes. If you are in Irvine over the Holiday Period, you should go and visit the Center for their annual ‘Home for the Holidays‘ Event on Dec 3rd!

So if you happen to be visiting a local Shelter (of any kind, not just animal!), but sure to say Thank you to the staff and volunteers there for all the time they give. If your thinking of a pet for you or your family, please think about Adoption first – there are so many loving pets in shelters and rescues all over the country, just looking to be your new furry best friend.