Thursday, May 28, 2015

Thursday, May 28

Steve & I had a nice two days. Went by very quickly. We enjoyed it though. We also found a few bits of furniture for The House that Jonah Built. They are made of recycled milk jugs, are permanently colored thru-out the entire furniture and will last forever. The cats can nap on these pieces and people can sit on them too!  They are 2 stands (big enough to nap on), 1 fairly large but short table and 2 benches. They are all different colors! Now we have this furniture and will have 5 Kuranda Towers so I think they will be all set.

Dion has been here this week. All the walls are up inside now! The top cabinets are up. The lower 2 out of 3 cabinets are in. He's today working on the 3rd cabinet, getting the sink in and the plumbing, then putting the countertop on. The outside fence is now all done but 3 panels. We're chomping at the bit--rearing to go! Won't be much longer. The Covies have enjoyed watching everything. 

Ahimsa is doing somewhat better. She's fairly inactive yet. Fever is now gone for 4 days. She's eating some baby food but is not showing a big appetite yet. This morning she received a grooming, a damp wet-down and some syringe feeding. She's right now resting quite comfortably.

The kittens from the back are up in the Main Area again today. They have speedy wheels and love to tumble. Clarissa and her 4 babes are also out with the others. They are forming some good friendships.

Bella loves it outdoors. Her red poof was washed again today--she so enjoys laying in that. I looked at her a bit ago and she was lightly covered in cottonwood fuzzies! So was Fabio. He was stretched out in the sun, on his back, covered in white fuzzies! Didn't bother him at all. 

Cayden and Lorenzo have been in my office for quite a while, playing with AJ, Major and McKaela. So cute! The little long hair black and black tiger kittens are so fluffy--it's so sweet how puffy they are. All are eating good and are displaying good FFRC bellies. 

We had BOXES last night! I am grateful for what you do for FFRC.
Lee Ann E from NC--donation to FFRC, to use wherever needed
Lynne W--donation to FFRC
Maria/snoopybaby--a whole Snoopy Basket for Catathon.  Wow! Filled with many different Snoopy/Peanut items, some of which are--bracelet, pencils, twin size sheet set, 3 stuffed snoopys, t-shirt, scrub top, lunch tote, gift set, mug, tray, back pack, glitter art set, magnets, etc. Also 2 lovely pieces of metal art. One we have hanging already on the walk to Kitty Kastle. The other will be used as a fundraiser! We also received a Snoopy with his own FFRC tag!
Donnajb--2 printer ink cartyridges and One Brother Wireless all in one PRINTER!!!
Vickie B--Catathon, Coke basket--turvis tumbler, pen set, t-shirt, stuffed Coke Polar Bear
Nikka--memorial stone for Beach
Madisonpepper--6 boxes appetizers
Jatcat--a Lasko wall mounted fan for Kitty Kabana!!  Also a microsoft wireless keyboard and mouse! (mine has half the letters/numbers gone!)
Tom G-MI--kitty collars. For Catathon--tea cozie pattern book, shower gel, baby bottles, rainbow loom, activity books, 12 skeins yarn, frame for 4 pics.  For FFRC, broth FF, appetizers and a few medical supplies
Maryann/Merry_Marvin with Peanut--HB Jacci card. Kitty windchimes & t-shirt No More Homeless Cats. Mylar ball/mice. bag of Reeses variety and an arch groomer for Bella & Coralie. For the Catathon--fling a Ring, poopie bags with deanter, clips & 2 towels, cosmetic bag
Marcy C from MI--donation for FFRC and lots of potty bags!
Jackie R--2 kitty beds
Ron C--for Catathon--2 awesome Bug Out Backpacks.  For emergencs for home or camping, etc. Wonderful things--1 month supply of food for 2 people, water purification, solar light that will recharge a cell phone, stove, radio--full of great items! 

It's Trucker's birthday today! He's already had special privileges of going out to Kitty City with me--one of his favorite things! He goes all over checking things out. He's such a happy boy! He's also shared two chicken servings with his friends already! Happy 1st Birthday, Buddy. 

Don't you just love laughter? It's a wonderful thing. Sometimes I sit in one of the rooms and just listen to the chitter chatter of everyone. The laughter is the best! We feel that joy and so do the cats and kittens. The compassion that is shown is so sweet. The tenderness, the holding and cuddling of all the cats is a treasure. Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Tuesday, May 26

Ahimsa has eaten some dry food last night and again a bit this morning. I just gave her a good grooming too and she enjoyed it. She hasn't had a fever now for 36 hours! She is actually looking around now like she has an interest in life. I'm so glad about this. 

Steve and I have decided we are still going on our little Shipshewana visit. We will be back tomorrow later. In the meantime, there is a whole bunch of volunteers that will be here and all will keep an eye on Ahimsa. Connie will give meds and will do breakfast in the morning. Sonja is here and will keep an eye on Ahimsa too. The farmyard is taken care of. Others will check on my house cats. We will be taking off this morning. No worries. 

I want to express my heartfelt thanks to you all. We have all had to deal with a rough week of losses. We could all be down and out, grumpy and "stuck" in our thoughts. But, that's not what we do here at FFRC. I am so so appreciative of your kind thoughts and words of encouragement. You all help me too to stay focused. It is indeed a hard time when we have loss, but look at what is here--lots of joyous cats and kitties that need us! Life is good. There is no way I can even walk thru this rescue center without smiling at these great cats. They love us all. I want to thank you too for your kindness shown in facebook---means a lot to me. 

Right now Corby is acting like a clown--he's upside down, twisting around trying to get a toy out from under a ledge. Camvie and Milo are chasing each other. Franklin is carefully making his way down from atop a Kuranda Tower. Joey has been over by my desk to say hi. Derecho is bopping around, feeling really good. Bender is doing great. Clarrisa and kittens are out and about, just enjoying all the toys. The kittens in the back Thumper's Room are pure joy--happy, happy kittens! And all have nice round FFRC tummies. 

I would like to say thanks too for the following:
Donna/Napa--donation in memory of Ahimsa's sweet babies
Cindy/selkiebluemist--donation to help with Ahimsa's medical care
Jay H--for the new Kuranda Tower for The House that Jonah Built
Eartheyes/Margaret--donation in memory of Tomasina and Ahimsa's babies
Donna/knittinkitten--donation in memory of Ahimsa's wee ones and Tomasina
Mudjie--donation for Feliz Navidad Fund in memory of Thomas & Tomasina
Halo's mom & dad--donation for FFRC in honor of all the cats
Billie K--donation in memory of Tomasina
Fisk Family--visitors--bleach, plates, spoons, sardines

And a big thanks to all of you---just because I appreciate you all!

Well, we will be leaving soon and my computer will be turned off. Have a blessed, happy, peaceful day. See you all back here tomorrow! 

Monday, May 25, 2015

Monday, May 25

I don't even know how to write this blog today. My heart is literally broke and so hurt. As you know, we have been battling something very difficult with Ahimsa and babies. I wrote a blog about it yesterday. Early evening, I had another long conversation with Dr. Darcy. Bless this vet for being so open to talking and discussing anything I need to, with her. The babies of Ahimsa all took a turn for the worse. It was decided in order to try to save mama, we needed to remove the babies from her care. It is with great sadness to tell you that each baby, one after another has passed away.

I have been with this litter most of the night, working with them, trying to save them, but to no avail. Dr. Darcy told me these kittens were likely not going to make it, but we tried. Talking with her, it has become obvious that Ahimsa has a primary viral infection that went septic.. Very bad news. To add to it, she most likely also had a secondary bacterial  septicemia. Double bad news. These kittens had absolutely no immunity yet. She probably arrived with this virus within her. She appeared healthy--ate good, played, gained weight. But with the burden of delivery and the babies, it put her over the edge and has become very sick.

The battle is on to save Ahimsa. She has been receiving fluids, many antibiotics, meds to control her fever and TLC. Now it's a time-game--which will win first--her infection or the meds.

The kittens became weak, swollen feet (from the fluid leaking out of their vessels) and then stopped nursing. Could we have saved them if we had removed them from the beginning?  Maybe.....but we had no idea this was going to happen. Yes, she started showing symptoms of her illness a few days ago. Normally with the meds given, most cats bounce back quickly which was the thought with her. This was not to be. She is still fighting today to survive.

Right now, Steve's and my 2 day off is on hold. I cannot go unless I feel strongly that Ahimsa is out of the woods. Today is a big day for her.

Death is hard. Losing our pets is heartbreaking. People say I am strong because I handle these deaths in a way that I am able to keep on going. To be truthful with you, I am not that strong. They hurt me so very much. I tend to take on the responsibility of their deaths. I value life and it brings much joy.While I may appear to "be ok", many times I am not. I am a private person in so many ways, and this is a category that I deal with privately. My cats in the house and Steve help me with this. And of course prayers.

When a person is surrounded by the happiness, friendships and love that we have here at FFRC, it rejuvenates us all. Grieving is ok--it's alright to grieve. But, I hope and pray, no one ever shuts the door to having another pet or the intake of another cat here, because we don't want to experience grief again. Grief will happen again and again here. It's part of life. But so is joy, purring kittens, happy adoptions, peaceful friendships, sleepy cats in the sun---the list goes on and on. Just look around. Life is all around us to enjoy. Soak it up and be happy.

No one has ever promised that Rescue Work is easy. It's not. It takes hard work, giving much of ourselves, always on alert to how the cats are, watching the kittens for illness, feeding many hungry tummies, working with adoptions, cleaning, educating people how to care for pets---the list goes on and on. If we let ourselves sink into the deep negative ways, then our energy is also there---not able to work for the good that can be done. So, once again, even with a very broken heart, I will, for myself, pick myself up and carry on. There's alot of cats here and "out there" that need our help. And in the meantime, please send good thoughts and prayers for Ahimsa. Thank you.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Sunday, May 24--2nd blog for today

What a day of ups and downs. Tomasina left us way too soon. As I said before, if her death just helps one family to know how chemicals can so affect cats adversely, then her life is honored. 

Ahimsa has been up and down. She did eat some this morning by herself. Since then, she has slacked off of that. We've given her fluids and also syringe feeding her. My big worry is that her milk will dry up. Our vet believes she has a bacterial infection.Her fever continues to go up and down.  She is now on 3 meds (all safe for nursing) for the infection and a different med for the fever. We are keeping a sharp eye on the babies. Our hope is that she continues to nurse them. If at any time we feel they are lagging behind, we will start supplementing them. Such a fine line here.

Here's another update on Ahimsa's kittens. We did lose one of her babies about 3 days ago. He simply stopped eating. Sometimes there is no MAKING them eat. The day before that, we took on a one day old baby--a black and white. Normally I never ever put kittens together unless I can get blood for a leuk/fiv test. In this case, I made an exception. The needles are bigger than the veins so no blood test has been able to be done. He was so so hungry and so, plop---he went in with Ahimsa. She immediately took him and gave him a bath. Most people did not even notice this addition because the kittens have all been lumped together. So....we are now back to 7 babies.

The other kittens are all doing wonderful. They are round-bellied, silly, playful and happy. We continue to give them fun time in the Main Area together. Clarissa is out and about during these times and is doing good. 

We have had 2 sessions of BOXES. I am so so grateful. My time restraints are really pulling at me and so I have gotten behind. I hope that no one is offended if BOXES are not as detailed as usual. I'm just having a bit of trouble keeping up, yet I feel very strongly the need to give thanks. I appreciate your understanding.
Friday evening:
Mary R--Catathon--kitchen grates for kitchen basket
Connie with Elliott & Izabellah--Catathon--a beautiful pink coat/hat with kitty ears. lullaby lamb, Nursery book, soft whit blankie, lamb toy for baby baskets
SVCathy & Scott--Catathon--pink popcorn, M&M's, jelly beans, salt water taffy
Zoolove--Catathon--kitty book, purple heart charm, stuffed siamese kitty, cat face t-shirt for me!
Elaine & ALan with LittleKat--Card, 2 donations in memory of THomas/Ada Jane, stone for Alberts Garden
Pam T--Happy BD May kitties with Famous $5's, for FFRC--serpentine scratcher. Catathon--2 LED peacock lights. Snackers for Vols, lots of odds/ends for Kitty Kastle, 3 stones for the garden
Katie L--Canada--9 Lysol wipes, FF appetizers, kitty snackers, 2 purple bed caves
Vickie L--6 Clorox wipes
Mary from Archbold, vol--2 blue rugs/hand towels, bleach, lots of 9-Lives cans. Special food for Jolene
June/Painteddaisy--lots of items for Catathon. puzzles, dog toys, crayons, play cubes, cosmetic bag, Loopie Doll;. For FFRC--blue & brown blanket  A special item for Raffle/Big Ticket Item--a necklace, bracelet and earrings that match, silver & blue chalcedony stone that she made--absolutely stunning. You are awesome.

Saturday evening:
Annette--Catathon--pokie dot picnic tote, items for sewing and spa basket
Herta B--a drawing by Drew Strouble for Big Ticket Item--it's signed, numbered and awesome!
It's called "HEllo There", a tuxie kitty print 14/950
James M from MD--Catathon--Craftsman tool bag and a Coke tin box
Gusti--Catathon--Disney item, girls socks. also lots of stickers. 2 bags snackers for Sevaun
Anne from UK--lots of charms--sold out at Mich Flash Sale!!, cute items for Baby Catathon Basket
Ichabod & Screeches Mom/Dad--snackers, pipe cleaners & tuna/chicken
Mich & Vern--for the vols--Salt Water Taffy, Russell Stovers, other treats for vols
Angelface--Catathon--books, 2 blankets for kitties. A beautiful afghan, black and white, outline of 2 cats
Brenda R/yarnlover from CA--Catathon--3 kitty & book totes, 2 kitty totes with pockets/zipper. 3 cat pens, kitty magnet, puzzle, Christmas coloring books, kitty hooded bath towels, twisty crayons
Love4cats with kitties--2 big bags of yarn for whoever can use it, kitty bed, FF case, FF broth, snackers, peppermint candy.  Catathon--mini chalkboard clis, orange beach towel, items for Christmas basket
Katie L from Canada--kitty snackers, doggie snackers, FF kitten 2 cuddle tunnels, bag full of microfiber cloths
Brent & Jenny with Montana & Crew & Snappy--our Canada family who has awesome cats! They have sent with Sonja many many items of need, to FFRC. I am truly grateful. Sounds like it was fun stuffing Sonja's car full! 

Many thanks to our friends thru PayPal:
Kathy K--donation to FFRC, paying a gift forward
Mary H from PA--donation to FFRC, in memory of Ada Jane. 
Ingrid/ju-in-ji--donation for Derecho's meds and babyfood
Glynette M from CA--donation in memory of Ada Jane
Fi--stone for Tomasina
Brenda L (adopted 2 of our kittens)--donation in memory of Tomasina
Kelly L--donation for FFRC
Debra/bearmn and Dean--donation in memory of Tomasina
Karen/kaseyann--donation in memory of Tomasina

Just a heads up--Steve and I are suppose to be gone on Tuesday and Weds. for our anniversary. We would enjoy going to Shipshewana. So, if we're gone please know I will not be doing computer checking (emails, etc).  But, if things are kinda shaky yet with Ahimsa, we have already said that we will go at a later time. 

More updates later. Know that most things are going good here. Lots of wonderful visitors. The floor of The House that Jonah Built is now dry and looks wonderful. Lots to be done this week. Our sheds on the farmyard are getting painted--they too look very nice. It's cottonwood fuzz time. We have a large grove of cottonwood trees and each is spinning off millions of fuzzies. It looks like snow here!

Sunday, May 24

It is with sadness to tell you that Tomasina has passed away.  I got up this morning at 3;00 am to check on Ahimsa and Tomasina. At that time, Tomasina was unresponsive, but color good, respirations good.  As the morning continued, she seemed to further sink into a coma of sorts. I talked to our vet this morning and really, there was nothing we could give to help her. At 10:30, she passed away, peacefully and quietly in her purple basket that she chose for herself. I'm sorry we couldn't have had her longer, to give her a good long life. It was felt that the chemical she got into probably triggered something  in her already compromised brain. We had her such a short time but we already knew she was a gentle soul. If we learn one thing from this---it's to protect your pets. Never guess about chemicals. By doing this, then Tomasina has served a purpose as a reminder to keep chemicals safely away. Thank you for caring about her.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Friday, May 22

What a beautiful day it is. Sun is shining, blue sky, birds are singing and the air is warm! Love it. So do the cats--they love the windows!

Dr. Bill came early this morning again to check on Derecho and gave him another adjustment. He thought Derecho's alignment was much better. He's still receiving his anti-inflammatory med. And he is walking better--is able to get his feet under him now and is steadier. I'm sure each day will get better! He's enjoying the extra pampering!

The 14 kittens have been enjoying the fun, play time here in the Main Area. A couple times a day, we get the 14 kittens together for exercise and socialization. They run all about, up the palm tree, up and down the Kuranda Towers--just all over! They are healthy, happy and so very sweet!

The Covies are out today running around in the sunshine. They so love being out. The Porchies are doing great and frequently are seen in the playground area playing. The Barnies are also good and stay close to the grey barn and the big red barn. 

We had BOXES last night. I am so very grateful for your support.
Pat, volunteer--wash cloths, kitty blanket, jingle bell balls
Janet B/Scooterkitty--potty bags.  Catathon--butterfly frame, stitch marker, 5 pc scredrivers set (2 sets), kitty buttons, wonder clips
Cathy/svcathy & Scott--Catathon--stash tea gift collection assortment
Linda/MLS--potty bags, po tops for Kellen, milk rings for Pania, Catathon--kitty placemats
Patricia M from CA--Catathon--12 cookbooks! 
Great Aunt Julie/tigercat--1 lg. Purina One adult dry food, 1 case Purrfectly fish packets, 2 cases FF kitten turkey
Katie L from Canada--4 kitty scratchers, 7 boxes of 3 each Clorox wipes
Cheryl from WA--coupons
Susan/macandcheese--donation to FFRC
Clark, Jessie and the family gang--$5 famous BD gift & card for Tabitha
Mommymyrna--Catathon--3 handmade stuffed animals, many beautiful handmade sweaters, dresses, bonnets, booties---wonderful
Vicki B--4 bags of RC babycat dry, 1 big bag adult food
Mich & Vern--Purple stuff for Catathon--Dawn soap, candle, latex gloves also garden stakes, snackers for volunteers, sweatshirt craft book, puzzle, material swaths, kitty shape ice cube tray. Also towels & wash cloths for FFRC
Patricia M--For Catthon--Boyd Bears Basket with many wonderful items, all Boyd named items!  Also for other baskets--3 melon ball scoops, kitty pitcher, candle, oil defuser, shea butter lotion, pasta/veggie steamer pot, fairy home, grille wipes/cookbook/frying pan
Catherine S from PA--donation to FFRC

We have more names! Our new newest arrivals are a sister/brother group. The black male is now called India. The grey female is now called McKaela. Both names are from Name a Cat names. Both are doing great and are now in the back Thumper's Room, with the other 14 kittens. They arrived a bit shy, but are now climbing and playing with all the other kittens. So nice to see. 

Tomasina had a seizure this morning. While her paws are looking better and are being treated, this morning was hard. We did have a little light shed on the problem. Accidently, a chemical had been spilled in the car she traveled in and it's very possible that she had gotten into it. This was completely unintentional. This would explain some of the trouble we are having with her. Our vet is aware and is looking into it for us. In the meantime, she's being given lots of TLC.

I would like to extend a thank you for the following Ada Jane memorials made--Gill H from UK, Helen D/eaglespirit, Lucy/lu-little, Mary Ann B from SC.  I appreciate this.

I received a bookmark with the following saying, which I love:
Watch your thoughts for they become words.
Choose your words, for they become actions.
Understand our actions, for they become habits.
Study your habits, for they become your character.
Develop your character, for it becomes your destiny. 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Thursday, May 21

I would like to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for the showing of love and compassion in the loss of our Ada Jane. It's kinda a hard thing, isn't it. We are grateful for the years we had her and would never wish her "one more day" if she couldn't handle it. Yet, we are sad  for this loss. And then funny, wonderful memories come and take over the sadness. One minute I'm laughing about things she did and the next I am sad. But I know in my heart, that she is at peace and is just fine. It's just her "presence" that I and all of us miss. Thank you for caring. We indeed have a wonderful compassionate FFRCNation.

You may have noticed that Derecho is having a bit of mobility problems and you would be correct. Dr. Bill checked him over last night and found a cervical vertebrae out of alignment. He treated this and we've started him on anti-inflammatories. This morning, after videoing him and sending to Dr. Darcy, taking his temp, etc, it's been thought he probably has "webbled instead of wobbled"--in other words, with his exaggerated twisty walk, has probably irritated some nerves. So, he's now on stronger anti-inflammatories. Hopefully within a few days he will be better. By the way, Bender is doing so much better!

Tomasina is also showing a few problems. She had arrived with a few red spots on her front pads. These have now erupted into major sores. Why, we do not know that. But, they are being treated. She seemed especially uncomfortable this morning when I had her out, so I put her back in her purple basket that she seems to love. We usually get her out a few times a day, for hours to be on a blanket, bed or the Princess Bed with us. But, today is not a good day to do this for her. We are also on "seizure watch" with her. Some of her actions indicate some minor increased seizure activity. We just want her to be happy within herself.

We took in two new kittens yesterday--a black stripey male and a grey female. They were found when they were one day old--actually 3 of them. They were taken to a foster mama who has decided to keep one. We have had it in our plans to take these on when they were weaned, which they are now. They are about 6 weeks old. Because they've already been to a vet for their first FIV/Leuk test and a worming, they're ahead of the game! Yesterday we caught them up with vaccinations and another worming yesterday. Today they will join Jerusha's group for some rocking and rolling fun!

We have names! For the long hair black and black tiger babies:
Sparkle--LH black tiger, female (peggy s is fostering)
Markle--LH black tiger, male (peggy s is fostering)
Rourke--LH black with white belly, male
Radiance--LH black with white throat/belly, female
Rapture--LH black with white belly, female
All 5 of these babies are now doing much better. There were a few days that we were worried, but they've got living down pat now and are enjoying games, fun and eating! Jete and Amani are also both doing wonderful now--full bellies and full of playfulness. All ten kittens in the back Thumper's Room were rewormed and vaccinated yesterday.

We had BOXES last night--wow, did we have boxes!  I am in awe of the support we have been receiving for Catathon! Our Baskets and Big Ticket Items are all shaping up into something wonderful for Catathon! Many thanks to you all for this support and for the supplies for FFRC!
Butterflyclass from Belgium  w/note    For Derecho's Birthday  in a Box With Love,   6 origami kitties
  Caterpillars that turn into Butterflies, Caterpillars made using the students footprints,   All lovingly made by the Butterfly Class of Belgium and  Snackers for the kitties
Keiko--  Catathon--  Kitchen - Wilton Cookware:  Heart cake pans, Heart Bundt pan, nesting Heart cookie cutters 
  12 count purple silicone baking cups and   Hello Kitty Wind Chimes
Billie K--for Jacci & Steve--Strawberry Hill Breads: Walnut, Poppy seed, Apple Cranberry & Chocolate
FaithyMD-- Bag of Iams Kitten Day
Anony Friend-- Catathon Buttered popcorn jelly beans, Leashes for Camie and Janie, Jimmy - Jerky,  Family - Lawn Darts/Bocce Ball, 2 Frisbees, Disney Pink Cheshire Cat, Pink: 2 Crystal Light Lemonade, Jolly Rancher water flavoring, 2 bags Ghirardelli Raspberry Chocolate, Spa: Nail dryer with nail accessories, Pink shavers, Pink shaving cream, Pink Lip Gloss, Pink Nail Polish, nail polish remover pen,  2 - Light up Balloons, Boys: Batman Fleece, 3 T-Shirts - Batman, Superman & Spiderman, Blue shirt w/Batman Swim trunks, light up balloons, Glow in the dark Lollipop kit, Sand Art kit
Patricia M/himmichgal--  Doggies, Janie & Cammie: Key chain Best in Show 
Joann B - NH--Catathon--Tools & Gadgets - Stanley Hand Saw, 9" magnetic torpedo level   Dog: Toys,  Kitty snackers
Karen C w/ Sunny - KS  Kitty Card    Donation for medical   Catathon-- Made by Jan R from Marion OH
    Cat Purse and a Flower Purse
Mary R--Catathon--Kitchen: Set of Red locking stacking storage bowls
Ruffles/Diane D - MI Catathon-- Dog:  Doggie dental sticks, Snackers, Labrador food scoop, Rawhide chew, Retractable leash
DiBme Catathon--  Kitty: 2 Kitty toys, Kitty collars, 3 bags Snackers, pink Kitty bowels,   Dog socks, 3 Doggie toys, Pink: Square storage cube, Bucket, and bag of pink stuff,  Sewing: Kitty Buttons  Kitchen: Watermelon knife w/sheath, Boys: horses and other figures
  Gadgets: 2 Glow in the dark flashlights,  Bags & Bags & Bags of kitty toys and catnip made by DiBme
FloppyJan Catathon--  Coke: straw dispenser, clock, metal sign
LostGirl Catathon-- Gadget - Multi purpose tool/gadget, 3-D Laser cut Mars Rover model
  Hover Kraft, Sewing: Sewing machine trinket box,  Pokie Dots: 2 Boot planters, Dog: Dog planter
Cheryl L - WA  Much for Catathon, many baskets! Book: Mental Pause, 2 book lights
  Spa: Gel mask, Terry head band, lotion & scrubber, Chicken Soup word find
  Boy:  Kite, Spiderman toothpaste & scrubber, noise maker, 2 laser finger gloves, grow a towel, grow capsules
  Shrink art, Spiderman shrink & reveal, Soap, towel, stickers   Kitty: snackers, DVD and Stickers,   Pokie Dots: Flip Flops   Girl: Kite, Princess tooth paste & scrubber, 100 piece puzzle, Frozen bubble pendant, mini sparkle & shine,   Dog: Leash w/matching collar, tennis ball type toy, towel, stickers, learning cards,   Baby: Story books,  Family/Summer fun: 2 bubble sticks, toss rings, Baby Boy: socks, 2 outfits,  Girls Garden: tools, seeds in pots, watering can, pink sun hat  Kitchen: 2 Cookbooks,  Hello Kitty: carry bag, stickers, erasers, 2-word find books, color foam, velvet art, 2 Hello Kitty pillowcases,  Orange ya Glad: pool toys, 2 beach balls, water balloons,  Disney: Puzzle, games,  journal, confetti crayons, musical recorder, coloring book,  Garden: Worm stake
Linda  pile of blankies for Flash Sale
Jennifer M -- Catathon---  Pink: Kitty back pack,  Puzzle: Kitties in a bowl
KatnBuster one of our marvelous mods For FFRC:  16 lb bag Purina One,  4 lg cans Lysol wipes
Kerswill--Catathon-- Puzzle:  Unexpected Company, Garden, Kitty on library shelf, Winding Down, Soft Spot
Jeannette B  Coupons Catathon--  Book:  Lydias Charm, Looking  for a Miracle, Hunters Field Notes, Billy Graham and 2 others,   Hello Kitty: Headphones, Camping: Watermelon knife w/sheath,  Watches with lots of colorful accessories,  Dog: Pet Bowl Cleaner,  Kitty: postie notes,  Purple & Pink:  Votive candle holders?
  Lodge (Big Ticket) small iron sauce pan, Garden: Cat Scat protection from digging, 
SVcathy another marvelous mod & Mr SV  Jacci & Steve: Los Angeles CA t-shirts.  Catathon--Movie: Stickers
  Wisconsin basket: Chocolate Macadamia Coffee, Black mug white kitty, White mug black kitty, Pink: Ghirardelli Raspberry Chocolate,   LA T-Shirt, Pink stuffed kitty, Supergirl tumbler,  Dog - Bag clips, Kitty: Stickers,  Disney: Tie Dye Minnie Mouse
Linda   8 cases FF kitten
Timberwolfpup    Pink/purple small storage container
Conii G--donation thru PayPal to cover the name plate for The House that Jonah Built
Wanda, our artist friend--donation to cover another portrait that she did.

We also had memorial gifts given to FFRC, in memory of our Ada Jane. Many thanks to the following:
Geremy & Gloria from WI, ABQcat from NM, Fran D from FL, Sandy DE from Ontario, Zoolove from OH, David P from Netherlands, AuntyFi, Janet A from NZ, Conii G from FL, Eartheyes from NC, Felinetoyz from WA, Ajpritting from WA, Knittinkitten from PA, Billie K from TX, Kimkost from MI, Minnkitty from MN, Lann from IA, Sus H from OR, Canton from MA, Gusti from Germany, Ju-in-ji from Netherlands

A big thanks to our volunteer, Megan who runs Goin' Postal here in Defiance. She did a fundraiser for FFRC, thru her store and brought to us $360!  Megan--you are awesome! Thank you.

Franklin is really settling in now--he has such an interesting gate--like a "dog trot", back legs off centered from his front. But, he gets where he's going and with a good attitude. Milo has decided he's Uncle Milo to some of the kittens--he likes to give them baths! Ahimsa's kittens are round and so sweet and warm! Lucy Ann enjoys watching the birds out the back window. Bella is still going out many times daily in the dog's fenced area. Sometimes she stays there all day long. Felicity enjoys watching the birds also. She has discovered "the loft" in the Kitty Campus Room--loves to nap there.

Remember our dear friend, Hannah, in Fort Wayne, that visited us? She frequently is an FFRC cam viewer. She has recently written a short article about overpopulation--it was an assignment for school. I would love to share Hannah's own words with you all:
"More than 50,000 kittens and puppies are born each day in the United States alone. Each year, approximately 2.7 million animals are euthanized (1.2 million dogs and 1.4 million cats). I believe it is important to spay and neuter pets.
Spay and neuter of pets helps in reducing the number of unwanted pets.  Prior research studies suggest that 7 to 20 percent of pets entering a home are no longer in that home six months after getting them. Animal shelters cost a lot to run.
 I believe it is important to spay and neuter pets. Don't allow them to breed and add to the pet overpopulation problem. Go spay and neuter your pets today."  Well said, Hannah!