Sunday, September 11, 2016

Sunday, September 11

9/11---a date we all know.  Nearly 3,000 people were killed, 400 were police offers and firefighters, in the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center in NYC, at the Pentagon building in Washing, D.C., and in a plane crash near Shanksville, PA.  Let us always remember what our country represents and the words "United We Stand, God Bless America.".

Catstock 2016---it's over and I'm still smiling!  The weather was perfect even with the rain. We can't change these things so we just have to go with the flow.  Actually the weather was indeed good---we had 2 little bouts of rain and then it was over and the beautiful sun came out again! We were prepared with 4 big tents, 2 pop up tents, the shelter house and a good attitude by all the people here! The far back parking area was full, the lower corral was full and the big corral had many cars in it too.  I also saw cars parked all along the road.  A very good turn-out. 

Strawberry Hill was again phenomenal.  We love their music. Not only are they are wonderful band but the band members are really such nice people! We were able to give them a donation check for $530---this was from funds that were given in appreciation of their music! 

Also at Catstock, we had an indoor and outdoor store with our items for sale. We made $383 thru these sales!  The Dunk Tank was a big success. We sure did alot of dunking---such a great sound---kersplash! lol  The Tank arrived at noon and the Fire Dept. arrived to fill up the 500 gallon tank.  So nice of them!And the heat of the pump warmed up the water a little!  I even got to have a quick sit inside the truck! When they left, they turned on their sirens! 

We sold close to 1,100 tickets for the games!  That makes me smile---kids had fun playing the carnival games! Lots of prizes were given---all kids playing received a prize, win or lose for each game! And big thanks to all the people who ran the games---that took alot of people. 

The Yum-FunRaiser was a super success! We love our cookies! Wolfpatch baked up a huge amount and we are so very grateful for him. We ended up with 362 tickets sold for the Yum-Raiser which means $1810.  We had a wonderful person who offered to match this, so now that becomes $3,620.  At Catstock, Dave sold cookie plates which made $250.  So.....the cookie business made $3,870 for FFRC.  Big big thanks, Wolfpatch!  

The food was oh, so delicious! Lots of foods, big variety. Yum! It took  Kathy and Dawnstar kept the cams working--I've heard the video streaming was good and the sound of the band was good. So thankful for this! 

The Cove and inside the Main Area had lots of visitors. The cats surely did enjoy all the holding. I saw lots of cats sleeping away in arms of people! That was nice to see. 

One of the things that always worries me is if I neglect to mention names for thank yous. If I ever forget anyone, don't hesitate to let me know.  This weekend we had many visitors who brought items--we tried to keep track!

Ruffles--snackers & 12 cans of Friskies
LJ--baby wipes, styrofoam plates 9 inch, 16 cans chicken
MLS--6 cans of food and a bunch of box tops
Christy & Steve, Lindsay/Mings family--paper towels, case of can food and cleaning wipes
Craig & family & Daisy--cat scratcher, electric water bowl, feral house keeper, toys, outdoor feeder.  Also office supplies, suckers/tattoos/prizes for Catstock.
Deb/mycatcat--bleach, treats, 12 pk Friskies, 6 baby food, 4 packs spoons, 2 pks 8 inch plates,            20 pencils, 24 cat cup holders
Billy S--donation for FFRC
Heather H & family--vinegar, kitty food, baby food, collar and apples for the horses.
Leslie--donation to FFRC, lg bag cat food & a Pumpkin head felted cat (love it)
Suzanne & John--5 cases Fancy Feast, 1 case Iams and 1 case Friskies
Linda/MLS--5 cases baby food & 5 cases Fancy Feast Kitten
Annie S--donation to FFRC

In our donation banks for Catstock, we also received $1100--we are super appreciative. This will help towards the variety of costs for Catstock.  

All in all, the Catstock was wonderful.  There are literally many dozens of people who helped pull this off. I am so very grateful to each and every one of you. And these folks gave their time and effort with big smiles---means so much to me.  And webcam visitors........we had lots of them from all over the US. It thrills me to have people come to visit and enjoy the cats and the friendships that are here. Many are still here! And of course our webcam viewers---we knew you were there, enjoying the event along with us!  Another thing I really enjoy is just listening....I so love to hear the laughter here by all the people. And when our visitors come,  it's great to hear them calling the cats by name. 

We had BOXES on Thursday evening!   You all are awesome and appreciated! 
Anonymous Friend--200 count Dixie spoons, 300 6 inch plates
Mr. & Mrs. Medic--2 cases Fancy Feast
Eaglewatcher--2 cases canned Royal Canin Baby Cat
Plee from SC--tunnel, 2 crochet blankies, soft comfy bed, Feliway dispensers, 2 doggie snackers, 1 kitty dental snacker, 6 Temptation snackers, bagful of Sheba
Zoolove--kitty & dog Fleece blanket for flash sale, 2 tshirts for Jacci
Barbara E from NC--kitty card, 5 lg kitty blankets
Leggygal--4 boxes of Leggy/biggiedews and blankets for adoption (from Clark & Jessie)
Littleonemine--2 Yeowzzer banana toys, 4 cases Fancy Feast
MJ from MI--coupons
Robotman--pretty pair of Laurel Burch earrings for J
Trudy S from OH--donation
Gusti--special blankie for Cayden
Tom W--donation to FFRC
Kelly I--donation to FFRC
Jeff & Glenda F from OH--donation for Quinn (the folks who helped Quinn)
Vicki B--6 bags RC Baby cat food

Check it out---our website has a new tab! Go to     Look for the About Us tab, scroll down to Birthday Calendar and click!  I think you'll like it!  Many thanks to Vaun for all of the hard work on this. 

We had two wonderful adoptions on 9/8.  Dominic left to go home to his new mama who loves him very much. I've already heard back from her and she is just thrilled with Dominic. He seems comfortable already and is exploring his new house.

Cayden was also adopted! Cayden has been here since a baby of 8 weeks. He arrived here on 7/31/14. Cayden is already adjusting to having his own home and own family. It sounds like he too is doing great. If  you'd like to see more about Cayden, check out his new FB page at Caydens Journey.  I think you'll like it! 

So......who is this new little kitten we have?  His name is Quinn, affectionately called The Mighty Quinn. He's a little gold/white baby, about 5 weeks old. His birthday is 7/28/16 and he weighed 13 ounces when he arrived on 9/7.  He was born in a barn. Somewhere his mama and siblings went missing--maybe mama moved the litter as they often times do and left little Quinn behind. Regardless, the family who owns the barn brought little Quinn to us. He appears to have CH but this has not been for sure diagnosed yet.  Time will help us with this. There could be a number of reasons why Quinn is as he is. Whatever his diagnosis will be, we love him already!  We are syringe feeding him but this next week I do believe he will take off on his own eating. He has spent some time with the group of 11 kittens in the back Thumper's Room. This morning he was in the Main Area for 10-15 minutes and moved around a bit on all 4's, while staying on a rug. He is quite the shaky boy but he sure knows how to soak up the love and to look at people with those eyes that shows he's quite a happy boy. Welcome, little Quinn!

Orpha the new torti kitten is doing wonderful. She's very friendly and absolutely loves attention! Phoebe is doing great as well. She certainly loves people. She's on antibiotics and all seems very good healthwise with her. This week she will go for labwork. With all the extra visitors here lately, she is soaking up the love and so enjoying it! 

Take care everyone and have a wonderful week. Also please pause for a minute and just feel the gratitude that we have for you all.  We have such a wonderful positive group of people here at FFRC and for you all involved "out there" with FFRC---truly is important to us.  Big hugs.