Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Tuesday, September 23

12 million and counting!  Wow---we went over the 12,000,000 mark yesterday evening of total views on our webcam. Simply amazing to me. I am so grateful for what you all do for this Rescue Center. Not only are you all supporters in one way or another, you have becomes friends with us and with each other. Pretty neat FFRCNation!

Because of our 12 million views, we at FFRC wanted to say thank you.  So....we had a special name drawing for various gifts and items from our store! We drew 26 names out! I so enjoyed that! Lynnette and I spent the afternoon gathering up all the names---many, many of them--a huge pile of names!  We gathered up the mods, the admins, volunteers, chatters and the lurkers that we knew of. What fun! Congrats! But, please know that I am sincerely thankful for each and every one of you. 

We have lots of thank yous to give---straight from our heart!
Scott & Cathy D--a donation to FFRC to continue our work
Phil & Judy (Sunday visitors)--misc. paper, paper towels, case Fancy Feast, Lysol and Clorox wipes, Clorox cleaner bottle
Jennifer/jwilli667--eye glass cleaner & wipes (for computer screens and cam lens), laundry HE soap
Meredith M from WA--donation to FFRC, in honor of WarpedinMN/Connie's generous rug donations.
Aunty Fi--donation to help with Trucker's medical bills
Kathy K/justme--donation to help celebrate the 12 M views!!
Robotman--stickers for our Ft. Wayne Hannah, and stamps for FFRC
Anonymous Friend--stone for Pablo te queremos (we love you)
Susan M/macncheesemom--note with donation
Elaine, Allan and LittleKat--card and pictures, gift card for KFC and donation
Tom & Linda C from IL--donation
Anonymous Friend--coupons
Alan C from UT--donation for FFRC
Brody M from PA--feathers
Anonymous Friend--Chief tapes
Nona from NY--coupons and itty bitty feathers!

We had another adoption later on Sunday. Samara went to her new home. Her mom/dad frequently visited her and so she probably had an easy adjustment. She has a cat friend at home. We're thrilled with her healing capabilities!

Slick, also known as Slickerish, is at the vet's office right now for a much needed dental. Our friends, Donna and Larry transported him there and will also bring him home later today. Tomorrow is Gusti's important day.  She is an amazing kitten! Please send good thoughts and prayers for both of these special surgery cats.

The 6 litter of kittens are doing great. Each day they are friendlier and sweeter! Yvette spent a lot of time with them--babying them and sweet talking them. Little Columbus, who came here acting like he didn't like those other cats and kittens, now is a sweetie with them and naps with his new families. Caleb and Dashielle will both have their little legs looked at on Saturday, the day of our surgery. 

Veora is one of the loviest kittens ever. Such a beauty too. Nuffie's tail is healing, although she still has some soreness there. Luige is growing by leaps and bounds. His feet and front legs are quite big. He's going to be a big boy! Mudjie is filling out already and her fur is so much softer. It's amazing what can happen when the fleas are gone. Her hundreds of scabs are also healing and going away. Today is the day that Tim will be arriving at his new home in Washington with Teva and Purrza. So far, so good, on this very long trip. 

Take care, yeah for 12 million, thank you for your friendship and keep on loving those cats! 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

September 21, Sunday

We had 2 adoptions on Friday. Tim, a webcam friend adopted Teva and Purrza. He is a young man traveling to his new home in the state of Washington. His dad is along to help with getting his new home set up. And along with them are our 2 wonderful cats. I've heard from Tim a couple times now--sounds like the traveling is going pretty good. Tim has a heart full of love for cats!

I am in need of telling you about Sadie, with a heavy heart. Sadie has had a very rough week--her behavior episodes have grown worse and worse. We've been trying so hard to work with her--using meds, keeping her calm, etc., to no avail. It hit me hard towards the end of the week that Sadie is not living a quality life. She is just existing in a tormented state. With sadness, Sadie was released from her life on Saturday morning. On this particular cat, I feel a sense of relief for Sadie. I feel her life now is more peaceful than she's been here. Thank you all for caring about this special girl.

Oh dear---what a hard time we've been having with Ustream. Our admin Rita/Canton said it way better than I could, so here goes, from Canton:

"Ustream, Iscream, we all scream at Ustream….but for now, it is what it is. We’ve expressed our concern to them, hopefully everyone will enter a support ticket with them and express your frustration.
We all want to watch the cats and chat (unless we are lurkers and we just want to watch the cats!) Well meaning people have provided different links to ways to ‘get around’ ustream. These links are to “back doors” where FFRC does not get any ad revenue, cannot promote as it is a violation of ustream rules, putting FFRC in a very difficult position. As a result, until further notice:
Please do not post to other means to access the cam. Please fill out a support ticket with ustream so we can put pressure on them to resolve the difficulties.
Posts with additional links to non-authorized sites will be removed.
The only authorized site is http://www.fofrescue.org/kittycam3.html or thru ustream itself: http://www.ustream.tv/ffrc
As always, we will get through this (we’ve had this happen in the past and come through stronger than ever!)
Thank you for supporting FFRC, we know it’s frustrating and we know we are all here to watch and support our beloved cats. As Sevaun always says “sometimes the litterbox is full and sometimes it isn’t.” We really don’t know what she means by that, but hey, let’s focus on it for a while!"

Thank you, Canton.  And the following is from me!: 
There is a lot of hub-bub about our Petfinders and Ustream. And our chatters are finding ways to access it in different ways. The fact is, right now, we cannot change the chat. We're stuck with whatever Ustream gives us unless, because of complaints filed, they change it. When you access other sites, even though there may be ads, FFRC does not get the revenue from the ads.  Monthly, we normally receive about $2,000 from UStream for the ads. That figure for this month, is already down.  And on some of these sites, we do NOT have permission to use that person's pictures that may be on it.  That happened before and it was not a pleasant experience for FFRC.  Of course, we cannot control this or what our viewers do, but I'd; like you to encourage folks to use the regular chat. Thank you for your help with this. Hopefully, soon, things will straighten out.  So.......let's just deal with it, keep a smile on, hang onto your patience and just enjoy the cats! Yep, that's what Anony and Derecho want you to do too! 

We have lots of thanks to give! You all are just awesome, caring people!
PSW--a donation to help with FFRC's "Helping Hand" Spay & Neuter Fund (this is for spays/neuters OUTSIDE of FFRC
Conii--donation to FFRC
PSW--sends a special thanks to you all for the feathers she's been receiving. Project underway! 
Mary H from Archbold--3 towels, soft and big!
Great Aunt Julie/Tigercat54--2 cases Fancy Feast kitten, 4 boxes Purrfectly Fish, big bag of Purina One
Widdletigger/Elizabeth--note, 8 bags of Party Mix snackers with bacon for Cita and friends
Christine P--case of 9-Lives
LJ323--note, large pck scrubbie sponges, ziploc bags, 8 cans Chicken, pre-cooked bacon for Cita/friends, kitty snackers, 2 bags Sunkist Gems, 4 bags Nutter Butter Bites
Pat our Thursday Vol--set of handwarmers/scarf
Christine & David with Yuki, Anya & Miyu--3 cases Fancy Feast kitten, 2 cases Iams kitten, case of Friskies adult
Vagabond Village--donation from their 50/50 drawing at their Car Show
Shawn--made a very nice BD for all the Covies!
Ellen E--donation to helpwith the "Helping Hand" spay/neuter Fund

We had our RAFFLE Friday night.  What a lot of fun. And I have tons of appreciation for you all--whether you bought a ticket, won, lost, watched---you are all appreciated! Our raffle was worth $3,400. Isn't that just amazing! Many thanks to you. I promise to always use every single penny wisely.
A--afghan and certificate (2 winners)  Aimee R from London & Linda V from USA
B--Candy Stripe Rug--Rainyday28
C--Brocade Afghan--Dava M
D--Laurel Burch bags--Ladydoc
E--Mink soft blanket--Oilsandsgirl
F--Kitty Goard light--JustMe
Donnajb bumped the $3285 by $115 to make it $3,400! Thank you.
Our consolation prizes were won by: Nigel W, Linda V, Ellen, Susan B, Debra M, Pamela T, June K and Carol O.  

FFRCNation=One Nation, One Heart=One group of people who have tremendous hearts for each other and for the FFRC cats. I am beholden to you all. 

Our new 6 kittens have a little friend. His name is Columbus and was rescued by our own volunteer, Julie. He's a dandy--so cute and sweet. He's about 6 weeks old, silver, white and black, long hair. And he loves to be held. 

Our little Dashielle will have to have his rear leg looked at soon. He's way too small for surgical repair, so we will have to get the advise of our vets. Doesn't stop him though--he scampers everywhere! I talked to the man that was involved with his rescue yesterday, sounds like he too was stuck in a car motor, like Caleb. Caleb's front leg is involved. We'll see what is recommended for him too.

Saturday is our next surgical date. It's different in that it will be in the afternoon, instead of morning. Will make for a long day, but it's important. We'll get as many spayed/neutered as time permits. 

Do you know who was the first Covie? Jonah. What Porchie cat is it that was named for what he did the first five days he was here? Mew--all he did was talk to us--had a big long story to tell us! What kitten was found on the road, injured and brought in by our carpenter friend? Bella. WHo is the last kitten left of the Werlor kittens? Punita. Who is Karena's sister? Ratchet. Which cat was found between a store outside wall and a cement wall, stuck? Zelda!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Thursday, Sept. 18

Did I say we were cat/kitten overloadeth a few days ago?  Hmmmm, well, we are really overloadeth now.  We took in 6 more kittens last night. This was a situation I felt we really needed to help the person. She has promised to spay two female cats, which we will also offer her help with. There's times when you just have to stretch the limits and we are definitely there. The boat is full. These 6 kittens are 5 boys and 1 girl. They are all a blend of whites, greys and tiger markings.  A tad shy but we can help with that. 

We had BOXES last night and actually didn't get to open quite all of them. The reason is because of the arrival of the 6 kittens.  They needed baths (overloaded with fleas), vaccinations, wormings and capstars. They are now squeaky clean. We will probably move them soon to Cat's Corner Room so they have room to stretch. They are about 6-7 weeks old.

Many thanks for the items that we received last night!
Vicki B--donation for FFRC, to be used as needed
Nona--3 cases KMR, bottle of flea/tick shampoo for cats
Lauren/Clydsdale & Andy from CO--2 bags of Purina One Kitten
Cessna Z--1 big case of paper towels!
Vicki B--6 wonderful bags of Royal Canin baby dry
Mich S--for the "outside the Center" spay and neuters that we help with!
Deb C--for the "outside FFRC" spay and neuter fund!
Nancy/Purple--a donation to FFRC in honor of Dawn E (vol)
Nancy/Purple--a donation to FFRC in honor of Pat (visitor at Catstock)
Nancy/Purple--a donation to FFRC in honor of Beth
Nancy/Purple--a donation to FFRC in honor of svcathy and Scott

Yeah to Ustream!  They just paid to PayPal $1,847.66 for the ad times on our site. It's a wonderful thing! 

Samara had her surgery yesterday. Kelly R (our visitor) was kind enough to transport her there and back. When I put her in her pen to rest upon arriving home, she looked like she was rearing to go! She was convinced to stay in the pen and take a nap. Then she was out and about!  CathyKay is one wonderful mama. Oh my goodness, those babies are chunks (don't know how to say that politely!). But, they are round! I just checked the sex on these 4 and I am tentatively saying there are 3 girls/1 boy.  Why tentatively? How do I say this politely too? There are rolls of chubbiness around their tails that folds the skin up. Hard to get a good visual. Well, anyhow, they sure are cute! 

We have rescheduled Gusti for her surgery for next Weds.  I just felt that we need her weight boosted a bit more for this eye surgery. It's a rather lengthy surgery and we want to play on the side of caution. This morning when I picked her up, she seemed like she gained over night--she's letting us know she's about ready to get this done! 

Short blog--have lots of treatments to do today! Go hug your pet or send hug waves to the FFRC cats thru the cam! They can also feel it! 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Weds., September 17

The raffle is on! This is an extra wonderful raffle.  Tickets are $5 a piece. You can still put in your ticket desires till midnight Thursday night.  The raffle drawing will be at 6:00 Friday and BOXES will be at 5:30 pm.

Wow--we had 3 adoptions yesterday! Sweet Holiday went to her new home. We delivered her to her new home. When we left, she was already sitting on the gentleman's lap---just what we wanted for her! The other two cats----hmmmm, wonder who they are?! Yes, Steve and I have adopted 2 more cats. I wasn't sure if I would pass the adoption process, but I must've! Zertle is now a Moss. Another Z cat that fits right in. She's another bump under all the blankies that are lying around in the house for the Z's! I love it when she takes her forehead and just holds it on my face. It's her "thing"!  The other cat we adopted is Slick. He just kinda slicked his way right into our hearts. I asked Steve about us officially adopting both of these cats and the answer was yes. Slick already told he he wasn't budging from being inside anyway! He's an awesome boy. Yes, he's FIV, but he has such an extreme mellow personality here, he is trustworthy. He is not going to bite (the way that FIV is spread). I feel confident and he is welcome in our home. He's a major leg wrapper--as soon as I go in the house, there he is.....doing figure 8's around my legs!

Remember we want to put together a collection of Catstock pictures.  Feel free to send them to my email address!   fofrescue@gmail.com

CathyKay is dong wonderful. Her weight is good and the 4 babies are little pudgy pies! I don't think I've seen babies with such bellies as they have.  Mudjie, our half bald gold kitten is doing wonderful. Her personality is shining and she craves being petted. Already her skin is improving and fur is coming back. All due to not having fleas now and having good food. Caleb and Cita, the two buddies, are happy kittens. Caleb's leg is still limpy but able to put weight on it. It seems to be in fairly good alignment. He's way too small for a surgical fix, so time will be his treatment. Niffie, the new grey tiger/slight torti has fit right in. Her tail wound is healing and her dressing is now off of her tail. She was so hungry that she's making up for lost time---always eating! Dashielle's leg is also improving. We will have this looked at on the surgery day, but he too is way too small for any surgical fix.

Esmee, Joanne Ellen and Mathias are still good friends. They like everyone, but come naptime they are frequently cuddled in the same round ball of sleep.  Hillsborough is one ornery boy---love it! He's here, there and everywhere, just playing his heart out. Jarvis and Luige have become good playmates. Liberti is sleeping soundly beside me on the desk.

We have some thank you!
Jacqueline NR--kitty litter box & scoop, water/food bowl, fun tunnel, dry cat food (a new chatter, moved to our road Power Dam!)
Zelda Belda and friend!--lots of nuts, cashews, pistachios, Russel Stovers chocolate, BBQ pork jerky, many cans of salmon, sardines, clams and chicken.  All the cats say thanks!
TomP from NJ and Buddy & Ashley--Halloween kitty card, pop tabs for Kellen, box tops for Caryn
Lauren/Clydsdale & Andy from CO (found Holiday)--6 cases of Fancy Feast variety
Joann C/Joco--bag of Old Dutch Puffed Corn Caramel corn---yum
Anonymous Friend--kick toys for Pania, Joey, doggie snackers, 6 blankies, pillow cases, band-aids, triple antibiotic ointment, wall charger surge protector with USB ports, duct tape, 2 boxes K-cup teas, 2 bags Jelly Belly popcorn flavor, chocolate & popcorn candy bar
Carla C/beachcat with kitties--card with donation and feathers
Henry R Peeps & Oh My Guinness--birthday cards with $5 for snackers for LeLe, LaDonna, Honey, Fabio
Jwilli--eye glass cleaner and wipes for cam screen, HE laundry soap
Jean and Neil S from OH--donation for kitty care
Marcia S--donation to be used where most needed
Julie & David P from UK--donation for chicken for Trucker and friends

Just another reminder---if I have not used your Name a Cat name and you paid for one, please let me know.  Remember--we had an "accident" with the name paper (yes, I can honestly blame it on a cat!).

Samara's spay is today. She is expected to be adopted this Monday. Her mom/dad comes frequently to visit her which is so nice. Samara already loves them. Cameron is now on hold! He will go later next week!

Who is the only cat that can go outside in the dog kennel?  Bella. Who is our oldest cat here?  Ada Jane (bd 1995)  What cat came to us because of our friend cgcry? Asha. What cat came with Solee, from Columbus, OH?  Cozarelii.  What cat is actually adopted by Gregg by stays here at FFRC? Cutie. Who is our seizure cat that was found in the woods? Farrah.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Monday, September 15

Happy Birthday! Wow--today is a big birthday day.  And they are all Covies. They will get an extra special treat for the whole Covie gang and the Porchies too since they're all friends. LaDonna (torti) is now 7 (she arrived 9/08),  LeLe (torti) is now 10 (she arrived the summer of 2005). Honey (black/white) is now 11 years old (she arrived 6/24/04). Charlie (brown tiger) is now 7 years old (he arrived 3/08). A tuna/chicken feast is going to happen! 

I have some sad news to share. Our little Pablo has gone on to our heavens. He had another "episode" this weekend. That made 3, each progressively worse. In between he would improve but never made it back all the way. After many conversations with our vets, his diagnosis is the Dry form of FIP.  He has the classical symptoms. Remember--the tests for FIP is very complex and never 100% definitive. This last episode this weekend added more confirmation of this diagnosis.  Remember, whether it's the wet or dry form of FIP--it's unpredictable, unpreventable and untreatable. Pablo is in a much better place now, as he was no longer enjoying life. These decisions are extremely hard for me. But, I promise every cat and kitten that comes here a good quality of life--we don't want suffering, We rarely euthanize but when life is in the process of passing, I feel "right" in helping them pass in peace and surrounded by compassion. Please also be assured that what Pablo had is not contagious to the other cats. 

We are in the process of thinking ahead to winter. We want to make sure that all is ready, especially for the Covies and Porchies and Barnies.  The Barnies are pretty easy--they have heater boxes/beds that keep them toasty and they love the hay bale piles. The Covies will go to Kitty City where they are protected against the rains, winds and snows. We usually move them in late November/early December and take them back to Cat's Cove in early April. It all depends on the weather. Now, the Porchies are another matter.  Their sunporch (hence their name) is nice, but Kuranda towers don't offer much snuggle places for winter. Last winter was ok as we only had 6 Porchies and we were able to do heated beds. This year we now have 16 Porchies. Steve and I are hoping to be looking at a different "system" of keeping them warm this winter. More on this later when we have it figured out. 

Do you know all of the Porchie names?  Here they are: Fabio, Cliff, Mew, Hank, Big Al, Olaf, Azar, Zavatar, Whiskers, Shamballie, Jimmy James (JJ), Defi, Austin, Blake, Grady and PB. Notice they are all boys!

We have some thanks to give for donations to FFRC: Sheila/oilsandsgirl, Renee C, Arden & Charmaine, Andrea F, Joanne V and Elskates. You are appreciated! 

Our webmaster, Clay, would like to do something fun in memory of Catstock. If you have pictures of Catstock, feel free to send them to this email:  fofrescue@gmail.com  He will then take them and put them together. When he's done, everyone will be able to view them! If you are sending pics, I won't be taking those specific emails, so don't send anything but pictures (like if you have questions, etc.).  Label them CATSTOCK PICTURES. 

We are going to have a quick Raffle. We're in the process of putting it together right now. Diana is still here for her visit from S. America. She has kindly donated a certificate for a portrait from Wanda. We'd like to have this raffle while Diana is still here.  It will start Tuesday and end Thursday at midnight. The drawing will be Friday evening at 6:00.  BOXES will be at 5:30 that evening.  Come join the fun! 

Which Porchie has a clipped left ear? Grady.  Which Porchie is the only long hair cat? Fabio.  Which Covie is the only long hair cat? Oliver. Which Covie is Connie's favorite (shhh, don't tell the others)? Charlie. Which cat in the Rescue Center use to get "stuck" in a corner and couldn't find his way out? Ming (but he's much better now!). Which cat loves dogs? Camvie 

Remember--each and every one of us can make an impact in this world. Choose your "thing" and do something positive for it. No matter how small of an impact you may think you're making, it's still an impact--and that can grow and grow! Makes for a good feeling! 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sunday, September 14

Lucy Ann has arrived. from BENCHES in Minnesota.  She is the girl that became sad and depressed being in a cage. The wonderful thing is that I got to meet Katherine, the director. She herself drove the many hours to bring Lucy Ann here to FFRC.  It was a joy to "talk shop" with her--a real genuinely caring person. Lucy Ann decided on the trip here, that being out of the pen was what she wanted and needed and became at ease. She is already out of her pen in the back Thumper's Room and seems relaxed. She loves head rubs! What a joy! 

The babies of CathyKay are doing great. I love their little fuzzy fur. They are already round!

We have a returned cat. Jatcat is back, but all is well.  Her mom/dad are wonderful and terrific cat owners. In this situation, they realized that they had a resident cat that has been unhappy about another cat in the house and made things uncomfortable for Jatcat.  While they have much love for Jatcat, they have put the needs of Jatcat above their own wants of having her. A very unselfish act for which I am grateful. I thank them for caring so much about Jatcat.

We have some thanks to give! 
Frances J--donation for FFRC
Jack & Tomi--donation for FFRC
Diane D/ruffle--case of Iams chicken kitten can

Let's talk about cat food! I love walking thru the rescue center and petting these cats. You can tell the difference of a newly arrived cat to one that's been here for a while. They are shiny---as they should be! Here's what we do here that I think works just fine. We take the dry cat food that we receive and mix it together. The quality is good, nutritional food. Also remember, Iams is kind enough to donate to us. There may be 4-6 different kinds, but all of good quality. Then when a cat is adopted, a bag of this is sent home with them. Normally, the dry food that the new family has bought is one of the foods that's already in the bag. It's an easy transition with no tummy troubles! The same goes with the dry kitten food. 

There's two things that are especially hard for me. One is never having enough room for all the cats and kittens that want to come here. It's simply impossible. The need far outweighs the number of homes that are out there. I worry. What happens to these cats or kittens? Are they ok? Are they hungry? I have to keep re-focusing myself to the task at hand and continue to encourage spaying and neutering. Such an easy solution--but one that meets with much resistance. The second is the health of the cats and kittens that are here. Oh my goodness---that is a constant worry. We clean, we vaccinate, we worm, we observe, we wash hands, we check and check ourselves--what can we do to help them be and stay healthy. This year we added the Bordetella vaccine which has helped immensely. But, like with any large group of cats, things still happens sometimes. When it does, we tackle it head on. The health of our cats is very important to us.

Let's talk about our adoption fee! Our adoption fee is $90. But, what that includes far outweighs that $90! In using our discounted prices, we still have at least $350 in each cat. What does that cover?! Let me list the ways--a capstar and bath upon arrival, 2-3 distemper vaccinations, 2 leukemia vaccinations, vet physical, 4-5 wormings, a leukemia/fiv/heartworm test upon arrival with a repeat of this test about a month after arrival, the spay/neuter, Bordatella vaccination, monthly flea prevention, ear cleanings. Anything else needed medically is then on top of that. We feel that if we take on the responsibility of a cat or kitten, then we are committed to good medical care. 

Who zips, zooms and goes like the wind? Cayden. Who has the thickest front legs here? Nobbin. Who loves the hammock in Dodger's Pen the best? Teva. Who waits above the door of the purple office each morning for breakfast? Mahogany. Who loves to step on as many breakfast plates as possible? Emma Jo. Who just ate my zucchini muffin that I was saving for breakfast?Jarvis--yes, Jarvis and I just told him he's in trouble, but he just grumbled and kept on eating it. Oh well--I'll have my cereal! 

Have a great day. Please....it's still officially summer. Reach out and grab a kitten or cat and hustle to a vet's office for a spay/neuter. Remember....those kittens that were born in March and April are possible baby-makers this fall. Please help...spay and neuter. 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Saturday, Sept. 13

We are cat and kitten over-runneth. Somehow we've had a bit of a cat population explosion here this week. Here's an explanation:
Holiday--long hair gold torti/tiger. Some folks driving to Colorado was at a Holiday Inn near Bryan. . Holiday had been there for a week and was hungry. A real nice cat! She arrived 9/7.

Annette--a short hair black female, 3 years old. She has a big white splotch on her tummy. She was left in a crate by our dumpster on 9/12.  Her crate had a message on it that her owners died, the family put her out and neighbors brought her here. She weighs 11.04.

Mudjie--a gold/buff female, about 1 year old.  She only weighs 5.05 and was completely covered in fleas to the point that she probably only has 50% of her fur. She was on the hood of Peggy S's car, trying to stay warm. She's now flea free and cannot get enough pettings. 

Caleb--a grey tiger/white kitten, about 5 weeks old. Arrived 9/12. My daughter in law, Dina was at Verizon when she kept hearing a lion size meow. After some searching, she realized it was coming from inside the motor of a car parked there. Beth came upon the scene too and helped. When the hood was opened, it was realized they needed help. A fella with long arms came along and was able to extract Caleb. He has a very sore front left leg that we will be keeping track of. He weighs 1.03.

Cita--a muted calico, about 4 weeks old. She was found along some woods, by a road by 2 men who were very worried that she may be eaten by coyotes. She only weighs 14 ounces. She is gorgeous and has become friends with Caleb. She was meowing so so loud, that's how the guys found her. She has a bit of a raspy throat.                                                                                                                                 
CathyKay--a grey tiger/white cat about 11 months old, arrived very pregnant on 9/6. Yesterday she weighed 9.06. It was noted that her abdomen was a bit hard and babies were asquirmin'. This morning at 2;00 am, Mary H from Arch knocked on the door to tell me we had kittens! I moved her to a pen where she is quite content. We have 4 babies and they are big! They weigh 4 ounces each and appear to have some fuzzy fur. One is grey tiger/white and three are black with white toes/feet, chins and tummies. CathyKay and babies are doing great. 
                                                                                                                                                                    Our Lina Precious cat is now with our Toledo friend who is babying Lina up big time! Lina needs lots of TLC and self-confidence building. She's not happy with the other cats here at all so it was hard to convince her that she was ok. I'm keeping in touch with the situation. This is the cat that our friend Xenomolina asked us to take. Rita from Wisconsin brought her with her when she came for Catstock. 

Zertyle is still visiting in the house with my other Z's.  See the real story is.....she was lonesome for some naked cats and found out that I have some in the house. She had a need to cuddle with them. So, when she's done cuddling, she'll probably make her way out here to the Rescue Center! 

Slick is doing awesome. Oh my goodness, there couldn't be very many cats nicer than him. He's symptom free of FIV right now, is eating good, his fur is growing and I swear he knows how to smile! 

The 3 kittens that came in close together are doing wonderful. They are Joanne Ellen, Esmee and Mathias. They seem to find each other for play and nap time. They are up in main area during the day but still go in the back Thumper's Room for night time. I had a talk with Joanne Ellen and she's quite happy with her full name being used---so Joanne Ellen it is! 

Gusti--our little sweetie girl is in the main area also during the day. Her bad eye has shrunk a little bit. I weighed her this morning and she weighs 2.01. I am hoping that she will gain a few more ounces before Weds. when her eye removal is scheduled.  If not, then her surgery will be postponed. 

 I am so happy when someone has a question about a cat or kitten of FFRC's and they ask me! I would rather be asked, then to speculate or to wonder about it or to get wrong information.  The question was: is it really necessary to amputate Trucker's rear legs?  Please know that this is always a last resort. If we can save a leg, we are happy to do so. But, in Trucker's case, those legs are truly a hindrance to him. As his body grows, so do the legs. They are completely stiff and now project clear up to his ears when he lays them up over his body. His legs cannot go behind him. This makes it hard to get up on things and to get around and over things. Those stiff sticks push against him many times a day. The other real concern is the thinness of the skin on the legs where he rubs on the floor. His skin is thinner and thinner and has had a few red marks at times. We do not want a lesion to form. When he has his surgery, the tiny tiny bit of muscle that he has on his legs will be used to build a pad. His surgery will be similar to Coralie's--midshaft femur. I have a feeling that as fast as he can go now, he will be flying later! We will do one leg, wait a couple weeks and then do the other. That is the tentative plan right now. He weighs 3.01 this morning. We'd love to get him closer to 4 pounds if his skin holds up on his legs. Thank you for caring about this amazing boy. 

We have thanks to give! We had BOXES Thursday evening!
SVCathy and Scott--Trader Joe's products, so the yumminess factor is high! 4 bags popcorn, 1 bag Africa chips, 6 chocolate covered pretzels, 4 bags Cowgirl Bark, 8 bags Chocolate Potato Chips, Chocolate Chip Dunkers, 2 boxes Kona Coffee Shortbread, 24 bags trail mix, 4 bags salted peanuts, 2 JoJo's chocolate vanilla cream cookies, Reeses PB cups, 2 dozen jars babyfood, 2 boxes Kurig, 6 bags gummie goodies, 6 boxes cookie things, lemon & buttered almond, 28 bags kitty snackers
Pat, our Thursday volunteer--white afghan with yellow flowers, 2 sets handwarmers
Conii--2 boxes purrfectly chicken, bag of Royal Canin dry food
Andrea F from CA--48 skeins of yarn--blues, purples, yellows, pinks, beiges to be given to people who help make yarn items for us!
Nona--a veteran, a 3 x 5 US flag (thank you)
Wanda--2 garden Memorial stones of Magenta & Putter--just beautiful
Kelly R--coffee, coffee cups, paper plates, 2 bags Purina One dry food
Linda C from Iowa--7 cases  of Wellness large can cat food (the cats love this!)
Margaret/eartheyes & Shamballie--4 cases Fancy Feast, 1 bag Purina One, 1 bag Precious kitty litter
Arden & CHarmaine--7 cases Fancy Feast kitten food
Trudy S from Bryan--card & donation
Ann S from NJ--card and donation
Carolyn B from Defiance--card and donation
Melissa L from NY--card and donation
Hannah, Jennifer & Andy from IN--card, newspaper article about Hannah & donation
Independence Education Center/Dr. Joel S--letter and school newspaper about ffrc project
Mike G from MI--coupons
Montana & crew from Canada (!)--a card and an Air iPad for raffle--what an awesome gift! All you kitties get an extra big hug from your mom and dad!
Catlvr14/Gina--4 beautiful handmade Shawls that we will use for a raffle or day sale
Alison B from NY--donation in memory of Payton's Aunt Maryann from her friend Elsa on Payton's birthday
Wanda, our portrait maker--donation thru PayPal for orders she has done!

I'd also like to say a special thanks to Lisa K who provided FFRC with some really nice deserts for our Catstock. She brought over a good supply of colorful cakes and also brownies. Thanks, Lisa. 

Also thanks to the following for their donations to FFRC: Judy & Phil L, Ju-in-ji, SKcatmomma, Wobblybobsmamma, Andrea F, Yarnlover, Aunty Fi. 

Please remember, in the hub-bub of busy-iness that happens here, sometimes I may forget to put in a thank you or I may have an error. Please never hesitate to send an email to let me know! 

Want to smile? Just think about Alma. She is sheer pleasure, the way she gets around now and thoroughly enjoys her life! Think about Camvi--as soon as the dogs come out of their room, she's at their side! Think about Derecho--how he is friends with all his little buddies. Think about Joey--he's out and about now! Life is great--enjoy each day and have a wonderful weekend.