Sunday, October 20, 2019

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Forgive me for still being behind from our vacation, to give out thank yous.  Let's get that caught up!  Many thanks to these folks for your support while I was gone:
James R--donation to FFRC
Charlotte T--donation to FFRC
Judy and Phil--donation for the Feliz Navidad Fund
Kelly I--donation for FFRC
Shannan W--donation for FFRC
Mary Ann B--donation for the Feliz Navidad Medical Fund
Richard S--donation to FFRC
RIchard P--donation to FFRC
Stephanie M--donation for FFRC
Judy M--donation in memory of Joyce Fletcher
Tracy L--donation to FFRC
Lorene B--donation for FFRC
Kittiesmom--donation for the Feliz Navidad Medical FUnd
Hallie G--donation to FFRC
Harm B--donation to FFRC
Jakesmeomy--donation for the kitties and cats
Sandor M--donation to FFRC from Fanni
Katherine E--donation to FFRC
James M--donation to FFRC
Maite--donation in honor of DIzzy
Jennifer S--donation in memory of sweet little Pizazz--he's been gone for 7 years now.
Cynthia and Tyler S--cornhole bags and bags of aluminum cans to recycle

Beth/eaglewatcher--donation to FFRC in honor of Belltime's birthday for Feliz Navidad fund
Madisonpepper--donation in honor of her best friend's mother celebrating her 90th birthday on 11/2

Another big thanks to Greg and Debbie for visiting yesterday. They made a donation to FFRC. Plus, they brought us wonderful FFRC logo stickers, car stickers and 2 banners.  I really appreciate these items.

Tomorrow is our HumaneOhio spay/neuter day.  Always a great day when we can get more cats spayed and neutered.  It's truly the way to help with the overpopulation problem.  If you are interested in an appointment, please call 419-393-2400 weekdays 9-5.  We'd be happy to answer questions and set up appointments. We do these special days twice a month.

Gemma--she is doing wonderful from her leg amputation.  Running and playing and making friends in the back Thumper's Room.  She's gained a bit of weight.  Is still on soreness meds and antibiotics. A real sweetiepie.

Chardonnay--another black/white kitten!  She is also doing good.  Still a little shy but most definitely progressing in her social skills.  She is a healthy kitten!

Matisse--a white/black kitten. She too is doing well.  Her bad fracture of her left humerous is less swollen. But, as we already know, her radial nerve has been severed so she has no feeling in that leg.  Her amputation surgery is tomorrow, Monday.  She's going to do great.  She purrs as sooon as you talk to her. She arrived on 10/17.

Penny Lane--a long hair black/white kitten.  What a beauty.  In addition to her needing to be spayed, she will have a partial tail amputation. The end of her tail has been degloved--bone is showing and will need to have that shortened up a bit.  She's a good purrer too.

We have a new cat. He simply appeared in someone's yard. The person that found him didn't want him being outside this winter and so brought him in.  He's a lynx point siamese, had fleas and both ears badly infected.  He's an exceptionally handsome boy--has fawn/light brown markings.  He's been tested, bathed, wormed and has his vaccines started.  His name is Dooey which is a Name a Cat name. Dooey is a good boy and friendly.  Won't be long until he is up in main area.

We've had another adoption.  Gunner was adopted on 10/18.  I saw a picture of him already playing in his new home.  He's an exceptionally wonderful kitten, going into a great home!

Pansaroo and Kaze will be adopted together later this week--on Thursday late afternoon! We also have other families visiting to pick out their new kitties!

Lena and her kittens are in Paddy's Place and Main Area.  If it's quiet, such as breakfast time, their door is open and the kitties have run-around time. Lena is actually doing very well and is coming out to explore. She has a favorite catnip kickeroo that she plays with too.

Our Fun-Raiser started today!
This Fun-Raiser Starts Sunday (any time), October 20 runs to Wednesday, October 23rd at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday during boxes starting around 2:00 p.m. we’ll have the drawings right after boxes. .
You can buy as many tickets for as many items as you want! Suggested donation is $5.00.
Pay by paypal, or check. In the instructions line for paypal, be sure to put the Letter of the item (s) you want. There are 8 items, lettered A thru H. You can buy as many tickets you want, for as many items you want. It’s all to help a very worthy cause. Let’s say you want to donate $25 to buy 3 tickets for Letter A and two tickets for Letter C, just state on the instructions just that.
A. AFGHAN 60x80” By Linda S
D, DERECHO BOOK by Darkcat, Mudgie, Justme
E. CANVAS Picture by David & Pat
G, FFRC 2018 KITTY BLANKET by Darkcat, Mudgie, Justme
H. IPAD 128 GB by anony

Many thanks to you all for what you do for this Rescue Center.  Have a wonderful Sunday! 

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Lots of catching up to do!  We are back from vacation. We had a wonderful time, made great memories and best of all, spending time with family.  We are already looking forward to our 2020 vacation!

One of the best things that has happened is that little Jeremiah James was born--the son of my granddaughter Ashlyn and her husband Josh.  He was born 10/10/19 at 10:19 am! 

We've had two adoptions already this week!
On 10/14/19, Echo was adopted.  This is another extra sweet kitten.  She picked her new owner and even fell asleep in her arms while we were going over her health papers!

On 10/15/19, Jay Money was adopted.  Thanks to Vaun for helping with his transport to his new home.  He is now with his two real sisters!

On the first Saturday we were gone, Esteem and Dadou were adopted together. Thanks to Connie D for helping with this adoption!  We had recognized these two adoptions right before we left!

On 10/11, we had a HumaneOhio transport! One of our favorite things! 31 cats were sent to HumaneOhio.  That broke down to 18 females and 13 males.  Our total so far for 2019 is now at 927 cats.  A year ago, we were at 868. 

FFRC is planning our first BINGO NIGHT!  Friends of Felines Rescue Center is excited to invite you to a fun night of Bingo. Proceeds go to FFRC. Date:  Friday evening October 25th 7:30-9:30pm at the Defiance Elks Club #147... 1760 Jefferson Ave. ( State Route 66 south) Bingo is open to the public. You can buy food and drink there if you wish.  We have some awesome prizes!  Hope to see you there!

Dates coming up:
October 20-23--Fun-Raiser!!  Ends on the 23rd at 9:00 am
October 23--2:00   BOXES, fun-raiser 
October 21--HumaneOhio   
October 21--Board meeting at FFRC
October 25--Bingo Night!  (see above)
November 4--HumaneOhio
November 9--spay/neuter day at FFRC

Check it out-----2019 FFRC Adoptions Part 3
Kitties adopted from FFRC during the months of July, August and September 2019.  Please click the like/thumbs up button on YouTube as it helps generate more $ for FFRC     Many thanks to KathyK for this video!

We have taken on 3 new kittens this week.
Chardonnay--black/white, 10 weeks, birthday is 8/2/19.  She was found on a road by a family. They had actually kept her for 2 weeks and due to family circumstances could no longer keep her. She arrived 10/11/19. Her name is a Name a Cat name!

Penny Lane--black/white, long hair, 6 months. birthday is 4/17/19. She was found on a road all by herself.  The end of her tail will require a partial tail amputation as it's been degloved by an accident of some sort.  She's a sweetie. She arrived 10/14/19.   Her name is a Name a Cat name! 

Gemma--black tiger and white, 9 weeks old, birthday is 8/9/19.  She was found by a person that had put her on FB. It was posted she had an injury.  A volunteer checked into it and brought her to FFRC.  Her rear left leg had a major fracture.  She arrived on 10/14 and was taken straight to our vets for an x-ray. Steve drove her to the vets.  They confirmed it was a very bad fracture that was non-repairable.  On 10/15, her leg was amputated.  Today, the 16th, she is up in her condo, playing, eating and feeling so very much better. Thanks to Gem/Edna and mama for bringing her back to FFRC from the vet's. She's on antibiotics and pain meds.  What a sweetie. 

Evan, one of the kittens that Auntie Peggy is fostering came back to stay this past Saturday. He's in the Main Area and has made lots of friends. Evan is a brown tiger and is ever so sweet!

Graduation Day!  Lena and her kitties are now in the Paddy's Place room.  They have had access to the main area for several mornings now and have done great. Mama Lena (the Meijer cat) has actually come up to the main area and watched the action by the sink!  But, today, they have graduated to a room in the main area.  We have that door shut but they have lots of visual to all the action. A couple days and we'll open the door! For now, we want Lena to know that this room is her safe room.  Lena has come a long way since her arrival. 

Little Arwen is so funny.  He pushes his chest out and struts about. Avianna is the little prime a donna of the litter. Apple Jack is just plain the cutest. And Aleesha is gentle and kind.

We have thanks to give!  We had BOXES on Monday. It was wondrful to receive these gifts--many thanks!
Jane90125 - 1 - 16 lb bag of Purina One kitten dry food.
Pat L. (Plee) - 4 boxes of Delectable Bisques.

Tweeti Tweet (Diane) - FF (24) Kitten Variety Pate, FF Adult Variety, 6 (4) packs of Delectable Squeezables.

Diana H.  (NC) - 4 Boxes of FF Broth ( 2 classic, 2 creamy), 2 Cases Sheba Perfect Portions, 2 cases of Blue Kitten Pate, 1 Case (30) FF Seafood, 30 oz. Canister of Temptation Snacks.

Mr. and Mrs. Medic - 2 Cases Fancy Feast (24) Seafood/Gravy. 
Mudjie, Darkcat, Justme (3 awesome mods)  - a beautiful Blanket with FFRC Collage. (for fun raiser)

Tigercat (Auntie Julie) -  2 catnip kitty hiney toys,  Large bag of Brach's Peppermint Discs for the horses, 4 large Fish toys.

KathyinWVa. - 3 Canisters of Temptation Snacks.
Cait O.T. - 2 Cases of Baby Food.

Snoopybaby (A1 Mod) and Preakie-Gift of 3 boxes of Delectable Squeezables for Vernie.
AprilCatlover - 1 Case (30) FF Grilled Seafood, 2 Cases of FF Appetizers.

Nona - Lots of collect points, Christmas Cards, 1 Pocket and 1 Large 2020 Calendar,  Christmas Stockings, 1 bag of Coffee Beans, Bird Notecards, Crystal Bluebird Statue, 10.1 Android Tablet w/removable keyboard-from Coralie with Nona's assistance.

Anonymous - 2 Lounge Double Sided Scratchers
Karen B. - 1 Case of Canned Chicken, 1 Case Canned Salmon, 2 (12) boxes Sardines, 4 boxes Lil Soups, 1 Case Delectable Squeezables, Alpo T-bone snacks for Janie.

Vrs and Schinn ( Ace Mods) - 10 Cases (24) Fancy Feast Kitten Pate, Bag of Royal Canin Mom and Baby Dry Food, 10 Cases of Fancy Feast Broths.

Anonymous - Case (24) Friskies Wet Food, 2 (32) Friskies Wet Food, Case (40) Friskies can
Dimwit - 2 Cases (24) Fancy Feast Classic Kitten Pate, 2 Cases (24) FF Adult Variety.

Alan and Elaine, in memory of Little Kat--5 cases of 24 Friskies, 1 case of 21 Friskies, 1 case 24 of FF

Barbara E. (NC) - Several Leggydews, 1 Biggiedew,   10 Adoption Bags.
Anonymous - 1 Case of (24) Kitten Collection, 30 oz. Canister of Party Mix.
Katherine K. -  Hotel CATafornia T-shirt.
Jeanne S. - Donation for Feliz Navidad Fund.
Michlynn and Vern - donation for Feliz Navidad Fund.
Tom C. (Illinois) - Donation
Martha C. - Coupons, Box tops, 2 Chickie dollar donation from Whiskers to SpikerDoodle.
Robyn and Dale P. - Donation.

And to add to the above  (super big thanks!!)--
Burgundy--donation for chickie dollars for the kitties and in honor of Jeremiah
Pamela C--donation to FFRC
Diann B--donation for the Feliz Navidad Fund
Colleen P--donation to FFRC
Yvonne--donation in honor of sweet Dizzy
Lynne W--donation to FFRC
Schinn--donation for the Feliz Navidad Fund
Judy & Phil--donation to FFRC
Lu-Little & Benny--donation in memory of Dingie
Caitlin O'T--donation to FFRC
Katherine T--donation in honor of Emmy's 3rd birthday!
Christopher S--donation for FFRC
Michelle V--donation to FFRC
Gusti--donation for the Feliz Navidad Fund
Deborah S--donation to FFRC
Pam S--donation to FFRC in honor of Beth's birthday, for Feliz Navidad Fund
Lana H--donation to FFRC
Faithy--donation to cover a spay/neuter, flea prev and vacc
Marie C--donation to FFRC
BillieK--donation in memory of Dingie and Aleeta
Mich & Vern--donation for the Feliz Navidad Fund

You might see some donations above for the Feliz Navidad Fund.  Just in case this is new to you:


Est. DOB 10/1/2008

Arrived at FFRC 12/17/2009
Passed away in 2013
A very special cat, but aren’t they all? Her real name was Feliz Navidad Grace Rhoda Moss. Feliz Navidad because she arrived around Christmas time. Grace because by the Grace of God she survived. Rhoda because she was found on a road. Moss because she became a Jacci cat.
There had been an ice storm the day before Feliz arrived. She had been seen on the road but left for dead as she was frozen to the road. A person who had already driven by her had just assumed she was dead. When he went by her many hours later, she raised her head ever so slightly and he ever so gently shoveled her to get her unstuck. He took her then to a friends house who wrapped her up in warm towels from the dryer and brought her to FFRC. She was suffering from severe hypothermia and neurological problems.
The first two days was touch and go. Each day was a struggle. Just breathing the first two days was hard. The most wonderful thing though–Feliz purred. For the first days she was non-stop purring. On day 4 she tried to tand and on day 5, she could walk, but in tight circles. Over and over again.
But she did start her real journey back on that day. Her ordeal left her with neurological problems. She had seizures but they were able to be controlled. She was a survivor. Because of her, FFRC started the Feliz Navidad Medical Fund. It was set up to have funds available for those cases where there are extraordinary medical costs.
Feliz became one of Jacci’s house cats which she loved. At times she would become extra excited and she would then start her circling up again. She was a very happy cat and loved to be cuddled. Then in 2013, her seizures came back with a vengeance. They could not be controlled. With much sadness, Feliz Navidad was sent on her way to kitty heaven. She was and is still missed so very much.
Her “job” continues. We still have her Feliz Navidad Medical Fund. It has literally saved many lives. We use this fund for those extra medical needs--leg amputations, tail amputations, dentals, fluids, extra antibiotics and pain meds, etc.

A reminder:  our website is  It's filled with information about FFRC.  Check it out!  The Paw-Mart store will soon be updated with lots of new items! 

Take care!  While our vacation was super wonderful, it's great to be back.  I very much missed the kitties and cats and the volunteers and and and!!  

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Thursday, September 26, 2019

This place has been rocking and rolling today. The energy of this particular bunch of kittens is very high! They run, flip, climb, jump and everything in between! Plus, they are super sweet! 

We had two adoptions yesterday! Our black/white brother/sister kittens were adopted.

Angela--she went to a great home! Such a sweet girl. She has a new cat friend in her new home. 

Angelo--he went to a happy home too! He is his new mom's very first kitten. What a great kitten to break in a new kitty mom! He also has a little boy to grow up with.

These two kittens are extra sweet--they just purr by looking at them!

We had BOXES yesterday afternoon.  YOU are appreciated!

Lisa - N Michigan - Box of Sheba, Tub of Temptation Snackers, Box of Bisque Pkts, Box of Broths, Box 30ct Fancy Feast, 3 Boxes Whiskas
Piperjo - 4 Boxes 24ct Whiskas
Carol B--- 2 cases Baby Food, 2 Boxes 24ct Whiskas, 2 Boxes Fancy Feast Kitten

Anony Friend - 5 cases Baby Food
Jeannette B & The Fur Haven Kitties Note & Donation to Feliz Navidad in Memory of Ricky
A Letter from Ricky to Magic from the Rainbow Bridge and a Donation of Ricky's meds. 

Dianna H & her furry friends NC - 2 Flats of Stamps & a Donation
Rene B - PA  Fresh Step Paw Points
Iowa Catlady Marie & The Magnificent Seven - Card and a Donation to honor Phoenix 15th Birthday along with photos of Phoenix & Jabberwocky

Alan & Elaine - FL  Pretty hand colored card with Flat of Stamps & Donation in memory of Little Kat
Teresa H - OH  Donation
Sue/Macncheesendoodlesmom - Note with a Donation

Dave H -Sponsorship for his FFRC Gang, Hensley, Marilyn, Vernon, Kiara & Coralie
Krista J - Finland - Card with beautiful pop up flowers personalized for Jacci, Lynnette & Donna. & Kitty Stickers
Cindy G -  NH   story for one of her childrens books "The Adventures of Ler" takes place in Franconia Notch, New Hampshire.  Book about FFRC in the future
Anonymous Friend--10 cases of 12 FF kitten can and 4 Whiskas Tender snackers

And more thanks yet!
William M--donation to FFRC
Edna and Calli--donation to FFRC for her pedicure, to be used for kitty's medicines
Janet K--donation for the kitties
Kelly L--donation to FFRC
James W--donation to FFRC

Monday was our Quickie Flash Sale.  Many thanks to all who provided the items that were sold. And to those that bought these items!  I also appreciate our flash sale mods for their help! The amount made by this sale was $559--just amazing and thankfully received.  If you purchased an item and it's not been paid for yet, please try and get it to me by 2:00 Thursday. That way, we can still get it out.  If your payment comes after that, it won't go out until after my return.  

We had some sad news yesterday. Our dear old boy, Dingie passed away.  I found him that morning, curled up on the sunporch, on his top favorite kuranda tower. I thought he was sleeping, but no.  He passed peacefully and quietly while asleep.  And just 2 days ago, he gave me a run. I wanted to give him his antibiotic for his teeth but he wanted nothing to do with it. I know we'll all miss this great cat.  I'm sad to have him gone but in a small way, I'm glad he doesn't have to go thru another winter. He was a pretty frail boy and was totally not happy when brought inside. Now he can be with his mama that he so loved.

I'd like to give a special thanks to our volunteer Peggy S who has fostered kitties for FFRC for many years. Do you know she has fostered 105 (so far!).  Auntie Peggy does a superb job with these wee ones. She gets them from tiny kitties to kittens that are able to be introduced into the kitty-bunches at the rescue center. These fostered kittens are always extra sweet. And the reason is that Auntie Peggy treats like her own kids--lots of love.  Sadly, once in a while, one is lost which is always so hard to handle.  But, knowing any that passes in her care has received super care and tons of love, always makes it a bit better.  Thank you, Peggy for all you do for these kitties. 

Friday morning we will be leaving for our vacation. We are shooting for 6 am.  We will return either 10/12 or 13.  While I'm gone, we will be holding any incoming BOXES.  Please, while I'm gone, hold off on boxes!! But, if some come, they will be happily received.  I will also not be doing any emails during this time off.  While I dearly love FFRC with a passion, I am looking forward to this time with our family! But, I can already feel that I am going to miss these kitties and cats so very much.  

All is covered over and beyond for while I'm gone.  Just trust the volunteers and do not worry!! All is good!

Take good care.  I'll be sending some pictures of that beautiful ocean and beach! 

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Busy day today!  This morning we will go thru all of the kittens and cats and trim their nails, clean ears, make sure all treatments are up to date and weigh them. 

Then at 11:00, is our Quickie Flash Sale.  Don't miss it......won't take long! 

Yesterday was our HumaneOhio spay/neuter day.  We sent up 48 cats and kittens.  We had 27 females and 21 males.  Ten of those were FFRC kittens. We were hoping to send up 3 because they have adoption dates looming but we had enough that were "no shows" that we could fill it up with 7 more.  The no-shows are mostly those cats that didn't cooperate with being caught or trapped.  Many of the cats we receive for these HumaneOhio days are cats that are strays and people just want to help! Remember, those kittens born in early spring can actually have kittens of their own in the late fall.....let's get them spayed!

We have thanks to give:
Marti W--donation to FFRC
Liane J/Li-German--donation for Derecho and newcomer cats

Love these cats and their personalities! I swear I just saw Vernon and Kiara pass each other and they gave a chin-up-nod to each other in a greeting!

Paw Paw/Bruno has been playing!  It's so nice to see this oldster playing with toys.

Saturday, Dr. Darcy was here. Thanks to her for helping us make sure our outside cats stay healthy. And a thanks to to Donnajb for helping us gather up the cats, one after another! We were able to do most of the Firehouse, Covies, Porchies and Barnies. 

All in all, they are a healthy batch.  We do need to schedule a few dentals--not nearly as many as in years past!  Sevaun did have a big cyst tended to. We are watching it closely. Looks like it's healing now. Dr. Darcy also looked at a few kittens and cats inside too. Other than a few ears that need more attention, we are setting good on their health situations!  Dizzy still has a bit of trouble with severe stomatitis.  She had a dental and had those terribly bad teeth removed--that was a big help.  She is on some continued meds that will help her feel better.  Today she ate a great breakfast and seems pretty perky!

The farm animals are all doing great. It was fun to watch the ducks and geese dip into their fresh water tubs yesterday--splashing water everywhere.  The horses, donkey and goat are also doing good. They love this weather--not too hot. Their corral areas have gotten thru this summer still in a green state which is nice. They love that grass!

We had an advisory meeting yesterday. Many thanks to our board members for all your input.  We went over the just-passed Catstock! And talked about future events. Ideas are always being talked about!

Here's a quiz for you!!
Who are the 2 cats that love the tuna flakes the best?  Pania (of course!) and Derecho
What CH 3 cats love the Princess bed?  Hensley, Lucy and Ramsay
Who is 20?   Jessie
Who is 19?   Dingy (porchie)
Who is the Boss of the Porchies?   Zavatar
Who are the 2 Covies who chase the guineas?  Dollop & Jack--no worries, birds are too fast!
When Alma meows really really loud, what does she want?  Her personal bowl of dry food
Who is the fastest 2 legged cat ever?  Magic!
Who loves to paw-dip the water to get a drink?  Zelda
Who enjoys a morning nap in the towel cabinet?   Coralie
Where are the sweetest cats ever at?   At FFRC!!

We will have BOXES tomorrow, Weds., at 2:00!

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Saturday, September 21, 2019

More adoptions have happened!  This always gives me joy--the homes are wonderful and our kittens and cats will get their very own home with lots of love!

Pepper was adopted 9/19--that sweet boy with the round face and very poofy tail! He has such a heart.  He has a young lady who will be his caretaker. I think they will be wonderful for each other.

Purrbear was adopted 9/19. He went to a special home where he will be heaped with love and attention. This was an adoption done off cam as it was a surprise for a family.  He will have a great home forever! 

Ring was adopted 9/20--he was adopted by a couple who fell for Ring by his picture. When they came to FFRC, Ring was so sweet as he was being held by them. He will have 2 cats in the home to be his friends. He's the first of Belle's kittens to be adopted.

Doris Ann was adopted 9/20---she has a Dad!  He will be home all weekend with her to help her acclimate to her new home. Plus, she has a super cat condo furniture to have fun with. A sweet girl with that great white fur smile!

More adoptions coming up before our vacation!

Today, Dr. Darcy will be coming. It's the outside cats day for physicals!  We do this every fall.  Dr. Darcy will do a physical on the Firecats, the Barnies, the Covies and the Porchies (hoping we can get them all gathered up!).  We also have a few kittens inside that need a physical. 

Monday is our next HumaneOhio surgery day. Hoping for another day full of spays/neuters.  It is also our monthly Advisory Board meeting. Busy day. 

And remember, Tuesday is our Quickie Flash Sale.  It's at 11:00 am.  This will help us with the purchase of another fiv/leukemia/heartworm test kit of 30.

Have you visited our website lately?  We are continuously trying to keep things updated!  Check it out at

Lena and her kittens are doing wonderful.  Yesterday, the 5 kittens received their first distemper vaccine.  The 4 black and white kittens are ever so cute. The 5th one is Avianna and she is all black. Her fur seems to grow a bit longer each day. They LOVE attention and will roll over on their backs for tummy rubs.  Mama Lena is being more relaxed and she too loves attention, especially back scratches!  After we are back from vacation, we will start moving these kitties up to main area.

Auntie Peggy's 3 foster kittens, Evans, TImex and Fio are doing great. They come every Thursday with her. They get their weights done and whatever treatments may be needed.  Happy kittens!

Cardi and Cas are doing better and better. Cas is really growing--he sure has unique "fur design" , as I tell him!  Their eyes are clear and bright although both still have a bit of drainage. 

All is good here. All in all, we have a healthy group of kittens and cats.  They really are an exceptionally great bunch--fun personalities, so sweet and ornery! 

The morning birds are singing and the crickets are in full swing of chirping. The tree frogs too have been singing to us every morning. These morning sounds are always so nice.  Have a wonderful weekend. 

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Ten kittens on my desk.  Ten kittens playing with the tape dispenser, pulling paper coming out of the copier, ripping off sheets of postie-notes, running off with my pens, jumping on the keyboard.  What energy they have! So, when you see mistakes on things that I do, please know when I say it's the cats fault, it really is!

We had our fun-raiser yesterday. I am so grateful for these.....they always help us pay on our bills.  Yesterdays was to help with our utility bills.  Here's the scoop on that event---
A  Air Fryer  donated by Anony               $305             LJ
B Slow Cooker donated by Flymom       $100             Anony for Jody J
C FFRC CH Book Justne, Dark & Mudjie $305           Anony gifted to Gusti
D Keyboard                                                $155            Lostgirl
E What Good Shall I Do FFRC Pkg         $ 105            Flymom
F Farrah Items LJ Farrah fur picture       $135           Cyllw
G FFRC Balnket & Photo                          $315           Jo603
H 10" Android Tablet                                $450            NYCbird
TTL   $1870

Bump Ups
Gusti, Schlee, Jo603, Mich & Vern, Gisoms, Nuthatches, Burgundy     Grand TTL 2515

Consolation Gifts: Stripey & Dave, Joann Pa, Faithy, DKWeiler, Burgundy, Joco, Davszy for a Volunteer

Big thanks to Marcia and Lynnette for doing all of the tickets! And also to the mods for doing the PR for us. And to Mudjie for getting it all written down for me!
Do you realize that all the items in the fun-raiser were donated?  This makes for a wonderful fun-raiser.  
And we also had BOXES to open!  We are always so so thankful for these!
Kathy in WV with Donnie & Zoo - 12 Fancy Feast Appetizers
Marco from Germany - Kitty PostCard - Grooming Mitt, 2 Glove Dangly toys, Beef, Chicken & Turkey Sticks a Gazillion of them, 20 Mini Sticks, 10 Boxes Licky Stick variety, Kitten Paste: Vitamin, Calcium & Snacker, 3 Lil Soups, Creamy Snacks, Box of Pate & Gravy Pouches, 2 Pkg Tooth Cleaner Snackers

Anony - Happy 12th Birthday Janie - 2 Bags Old Mother Hubbard, 6 Bags of Snackers Variety  She likes them!
Sue B & Socks - Australia Large Bag  265 pieces of candy Variety, Tub of Greenies, Squeeze-ups, 2 30ct Cases Fancy Feast. Postie Notes, Batteries AA & AAA
Peter Arthur F - Lg 22 lb Friskies, and other wonder things for the FFRC kitties

Anony - For Cutie - 2 cases Beef & Gravy Baby Food
Elaine & Alan FL - In memory of LittleKat - 2 Bags of Litter, 1 Box Appetizers, 5 24ct Friskies, 1 Box Appetizers, 1 Case 32ct Friskies
Dianna DS - Tow Pretty Rugs, Blue & Cream
Barb W/Pleeb - For Spiker - In honor of Spiker and Sheet of Military Dog Forever Stamps

Judy & Phil IN - Donation
Joy & Don - Donation
And on top of this, we still have thanks to give!
Robert Muldoon--donation for our 20 years
Michelle V--donation to be used where needed
David T--donation to FFRC
Fran D--donation for Janiecat's birthday!
Deborah S--donation to FFRC
Christopher S--donation to FFRC
Andrea W--donation for happy birthday to Janie-Cat from Camvie

Remember Kubu and Desi? I've received pictures of them and they are doing wonderful. "Both of them absolutely love to run around the apartment. They are best of friends and wrestle with each other frequently. Favorite toys are springs and anything with a feather. " Sounds like happy cats!

Tuesday is our next flash sale---it'll be a quickie one and will be at 11:00.  It'll be with Biggeydoos, crate pads and Catnap Blankies (the ones with the cat button!).  This will go to pay for another box of 30 FIV/Leukemia/Heartworm test kit.

We've had a few more adoptions!
9/16/19--it's official.  Biggby, Basil and Brandon were neutered and then adopted by a close person involved in their neuterings!  She took them home the weekend of the 14th to see how things would work out.  And it was wonderful.  They are keepers. 

9/19/19--Tinora was adopted this morning.  She went to a couple that we've known for quite some time.  Tinora was the lucky kitten to claim them and their home!  She will have 2 other cats in the home but 1 in particular will be her friend!

More adoptions coming up!  Later today, sweet Pepper will be adopted--about 3:45.  
Tomorrow, Doris Ann will be adopted in the morning. Ring will also go tomorrow, about 4:45. 
And then we have Angela being adopted 9/25 in early morning. Angelo, the brother, will be adopted also on 9/25, about 10:00.  Dadou will leave on 9/28 about 10:00.  Busy times!

Remember, we are now trying not to take on any new kittens or cats. And there's a very good reason.  My vacation is in a week.  If we took in a new cat now and it broke out in a virus during my vacation (due to incubation time), it would be hard for me to work on them. We have to always protect what we already have. 

Monday is our next HumaneOhio.  We will be sending Angela and Dadou for their spay/neuter so they can go next week. 

Have a great day.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Fall is upon us.  The days are already becoming a bit shorter.  The leaves are just starting to lose their green lustery summer color.  Manny of the flowers are starting to fade. And still, the kitties are being born.  Our next HumaneOhio spay/neuter day is Sept. 23. We hope to have a full truck again to send up.

Some interesting facts:
Cats are induced ovulators, which means that the act of breeding stimulates the release of eggs from the ovaries. Most females require three to four matings within a 24-hour period for ovulation to occur. It only takes a minute or two for cats to mate, and cats may mate multiple times in a very short period. 

There are no valid reasons for letting a cat have a heat cycle or have a litter of kittens before being spayed.  Females can actually have their first heat cycle as young as 4-5 months and can become pregnant on their very first heat.  It is a myth that female cats become more friendly if they are allowed to have a litter of kittens.  This is not true and it serves to contribute further to the serious problem of cat overpopulation.

Some female cats will urinate more frequently or even spray urine when they are in heat. Unneutered males learn how to spray early in their lives. 

Unspayed females run the risk of mammary cancer and/or pyometra (when the uterus becomes infected)---both conditions  can kill a cat.

Unneutered males run the risk of prostate cancer.  Also unneutered males are at high risk of fighting which is how FIV and leukemia are spread. 

A female cat can easily give birth to 3 litters of kittens per year, with an average of 4 kittens per litter, in an average lifetime of 15 years--this could result up to 180 kittens for ONE unspayed cat.  And the web of overpopulation continues with each kitten as they start having litters of their own.

Did you know that 71% of cats that enter shelters are euthanized? Approximately  (minimally) 860,000 cats are euthanized in the US annually.  

And the answer to all of this is simple---spaying and neutering.  That's such a simple answer and it prevents so much suffering.  

People sometimes become upset with FFRC because we cannot take on all the unwanted kittens and cats that need a home.  It's absolutely impossible to do that.  Some days we receive 25-35 calls a DAY to take more on.  
It's a space problem (sometimes we simple do not have any quarantine condos/rooms left)
It's a money problem (we sink in at least $350 in each and every cat and kitten)
It's a time problem (there's only so many hours in a day to care for all of the cats that are already here).

But, there is a solution.  If everyone helped get even ONE cat spayed or neutered, it would drastically decrease the problem.  Many people wait until the problem of too many cats on their property is overwhelming and then ask for help.  How much easier is it to spay that first cat than to have a whole litter to take care of?

****  FFRC is only one rescue and we try and do our very best. We do this rescue because of our love for the cats, our dedication to helping them and our desire to bring the overpopulation problem down. Please.....when calling us or stopping by, don't become angry with us if we cannot take on anymore cats or kittens. We're the ones trying to help!  We did not create the problems (as many of you have not either)--we are simply trying to help as many as we can. ****

We offer low cost spay/neuter events twice a month, with the help of HumaneOhio.  Call us weekdays 9-5 to ask questions, to set up an appointment.  

Outside cats are $30--they receive a vet physical, their surgery, 24 hour soreness med, rabies vaccine and an ear tip.

Inside cats are $45--they receive a vet physical, their surgery and 24 hour soreness med.
ALL cats have the option of receiving a flea treatment and vaccines. 

We have some more adoptions happening soon!  There's one in particular that I want to let you know about, as it's an extra special one. Elsie!!  And Elsie is thrilled!  She will be adopted in mid November.  Yes, I know we designated her as a resident, but I cannot refuse this awesome home. It's one of those perfect opportunities. Her new mama already has a blind cat and so is experienced in this. Plus, she has a wheel already that Elsie will love.  Her new mama has already visited her and she is wonderful. Elsie spent a ton of time just laying in her lap.  Elsie has been floating in happiness since she was told about this!

We have thanks to give:
Lynne W--donation to FFRC
Marie C--donation to FFRC
Laura H--donation for FFRC
Judy & Phil L--donation for FFRC
Mary LF--donation to FFRC, in honor of daughter Michelle's birthday
Anonymous--donation in memory of Timothy
BillieK--donation in memory of Timothy
Pamela C--donation to FFRC
Faithy--donation to help with a spay!
Mo--a friend of Beth's--donation for FFRC

A special thanks to Megan--she brought FFRC a donation last night.  At her business, Goin' Postal, she keeps out a donation jar!  Many thanks Megan for doing this for FFRC!

We also had BOXES on Thursday!  We love boxes and are always so very grateful!
Lollymop - Baby Ball Pool with 50 colorful balls  Gunnar found it first!
Cindy & Linda G - 24ct AA & AAA Batteries, Lady Bug Arch toy for Ramsay, Banana Bed, 2- Purr Pillow Kitties, 30 oz Tub Temptation Snackers
AprilCatlover - 30 ct Fancy Feast 2 Boxes Appetizers

Alan G - GA  Note & Lenox figurine Kitty Sweethearts   So pretty!
Paul B & kitties Smokey, Pepper, Zaney & Angel Kitty Cozy with photos, Books: Why We Love Cats, Sorry I Barfed on Your Bed, In the Company of Cats and 17 more, a wonderful variety of great books about kitties
FFRC Kitty who will remain anonymous - 6 Boxes Whiskas Purrrfectly Fish!!

Jane 09125 - 16lb Bag Purina One Kitten
Robin R/Penelope - Mesh Food Covers for kitties to play with--it's fun!
Katherine M - 2 12ct Cases Meow Mix Double Cups, 2 cases Baby Food, 2 boxes Squeeze-Ups, Case 40ct Friskies

Anony - 9-12ct Cases of 9-Lives
RascalBoots - 10 Boxes Purrrrfectly Chicken, 30oz Temptation Snackers
Tweeti Tweet/Diane N - 2 Cases Fancy Feast Kitten, 2 Cases Fancy Feast

Nona - Case of KMR
Sharon  G & Lena - 4 large Cartons of Juice
Elaine & Alan FL  In memory of LittleKat Case 32ct Friskies, 6-24ct Cases Friskies, Case Fancy Feast, Bag of Elsies Litter

Marilyn & Terry - Kiity Card with Chickie $5
Ashley & Neal (adopted Mitz) 2 Donations in honor of Mitz now known as Phoebe Puffay & a Note that had pictures of Mitz.  She is happy!
Realty 5 - Defiance  $96.60 Donation from sale of a house.. A wonderful program they have to give back to the community

Melissa L - NY  Donation
James & Anne M with kitties Skippy & Rusty - Kitty Card with Note and Donation for 20th Anniversary
Susan345 - NY   7 2020 Calandersand Box Tops for Caryn

Fresh Step - 2 Coupons for 25lb litter from the Points off the boxes (thanks senders and Connie D for keeping them up to date)
Jody J Remembrance card for her dog Lucy who died in the house fire.  A big thanks for all the items you brought for FFRC, during Catstock

As many of you know, my family and Steve and I love the Outer Banks of NC.  We have gone there in the fall for a week for the past 3 years.  Our next OBX trip is coming up.  This year is a bit different.  The house that we are renting had still been available the week after our week.  For the past 2 months, I have checked it daily to see if it was rented yet.  It was not, is now!  Yes, our family is renting it now for 2 weeks.  Let me make one thing clear as I've already heard this twice---this is a 100% family vacation, not FFRC and has been paid by all of us in the family together.  Enough said on that!  I have never left FFRC for this length of time before.  I have complete faith in my volunteers.  And the kittens and cats have promised on a catnip patch, that they will be very good, not get hurt, not get sick!  This year, I NEED this vacation. We are all looking forward to being together as a family. We will be leaving on Friday, September 27th and be back on October 12 or 13. The volunteers, mods and admins know how to get in touch with me if needed.  I will be in daily contact with people here, just checking in on things. During this time, we will not have adoptions (except for Dadou who is leaving on the 28th--more on this later), or Boxes.  I'm asking in advance to please hold off on boxes as much as possible during that time!  And I will not be doing emails during this time either.  We will also not be taking in any kittens or cats during this time.  As I said, I very much need this time to get refreshed. I love this FFRC with a passion, but need a bit of time to relax, unwind and enjoy my family. All will be fine--the volunteers have this covered!

You all take care and have a great day!