Who We Are
Calvin's Paws is much more than an animal rescue group. We are an organization that believes the life of every animal is precious and holds tremendous value. Fueled by our passion to extol this value of life, we are committed to ending the legalized killing of cats who simply have no home or loving humans to care for them.
Our Mission Statement
Through rescue and education, Calvin's Paws promotes the adoption of cats, including seniors, disabled and those with special needs while providing leadership to facilitate No Kill communities.
Our Vision and Purpose
Saving the few, the chosen, the most fortunate or adoptable is NOT a solution that reflects a value on life. Calvin's Paws is dedicated to providing leadership that creates a voice for every animal in our community who deserves the opportunity to find a loving caring home. We are committed to finding temporary care and medical provision for these homeless animals, raising community awareness for the love these animals were born to share, educating the community on Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) and the Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) and promoting the benefits of No Kill philosophies while also advocating for Trap, Neuter and Release (TNR) of feral cats.
Equally important is our commitment to change the present day philosophy that allows healthy adoptable cats to be euthanized by Heart Stick or in Gas Chambers simply because their time has run out at the local shelter and room must be made for new animals coming in. The cries of these animals as they're being pulled from their cages are seldom heard beyond the walls of those shelters but our mission is to change that and broadcast their cries throughout the community, touching every ear and heart until we become a No Kill community.
About Our Name
Our organization was started in 2006 under the name Cat Tales. Later that year we partnered with Marley Fund in Greenville, NC and changed our name to Marley's Cat Tales. In 2010 we obtained our own non-profit status and became a completely separate entity. In May 2012 we changed our name to Calvin's Paws. As of May 2012 and forward we are Calvin's Paws.
Please be aware that the name "Marley's Cat Tales" is now being used by Marley Fund of Greenville, NC, to solicit donations. Calvin's Paws is not affiliated with Marley Fund and does not make any representations with respect to their non-profit status.
Our Board of Directors
President: Carol Hazlewood - Morrisville, NC
Vice President: Cheryl Kuntze - Cary, NC
Treasurer: Julia Eckard - Raleigh, NC
Secretary: Stacy McDade - Cary, NC
Tom Eckard: Raleigh, NC
Steve Buchanan: Durham, NC
Calvin’s Paws Loves Local
With our latest GivingTuesday campaign, Calvin’s has once again proven our desire to promote local businesses. The company selected to produce our printed apparel thank you gifts for the campaign is Third Street Screen Print of Wendell. Third Street was chosen from among other local screen printing companies not just because of their competitive pricing but also because of the company’s unique story.
Third Street was created from the ashes of The Cotton Exchange, another apparel printing company located in Wendell. The Cotton Exchange was sold to Delta Apparel, a publicly traded company headquartered in South Carolina, in 2010 who subsequently closed the facility three years later. Ed Morrell, former owner of The Cotton Exchange, became dismayed by the lay off of his former employees and wanted to put their accumulated years of experience in apparel printing back to use. With the investment of three other former employees and their families, Morrell repurchased his equipment and opened Third Street in The Cotton Exchange’s former building. Calvin’s is very excited to partner with a local business that is putting our community’s unemployed and underemployed back to work.
Our promotion of local businesses started last Spring with our online fundraising auction “Enjoy Local + Save Cats” offering tickets, merchandise, and services from Triangle companies and attractions. Triangle based businesses were also chosen to sell our fundraising calendars.