Sunday, January 31, 2016

Jan. 31, Sunday

Wow---one of the bestest days ever yesterday! Between Lorenzo going to his new home and our Neuter Day, it was truly wonderful!

First, Lorenzo made it to his new home safe and sound. Kelley and husband Chris took him to NJ. From the looks of the first pictures and videos, it was a great reunion between Freemont and Lorenzo. This brings me much joy. I know Andre and Suzaane will keep us up on pictures! You know, we try and provide a homelike atmosphere here for all the cats and give them much love. But to have their very very own home is the ultimate! Kelley and Chris will return today. Huge thanks to them for doing this trip.

Next we had our Neuter Day. We did 33 neuters yesterday. I was thrilled. The 10 missing are accounted for in "couldn't catch them" to "almost caught them but couldn't". Plus we have one loose on the farm property.He slipped out of his carrier enroute to the door. We are determined to catch him. We also have traps set. We've seen him so there's hope to get him caught and returned to his family. 

Here's a bit of low-down on the event: Check ins went from 7:20 to 8:30.  It went pretty smooth. We've already thought of a few changes for next time that will make things flow even better.  All physicals were done by 9:15. Dr. Darcy started on those right away. Surgeries started at 9:25. We did them in groups of 6. We have it designed where each cat/crate/paperwork was marked to keep everything straight. Last surgery was done at 11:50.  Not bad at all! Then it was a process of continuing to check the cats for color, respirations, turning them over and then feeding them. We started check outs about 1;00.  The last cat left at 3:00.  We had pizza lunch provided by Joyce D and surgery drinks supplied by Gusti--thank you both!

While the neutering was free to the cats, if the owner wanted extras, that did have a cost.  We ended up doing: 12 leukemia/FIV tests, giving 18 distemper vaccines, 13 rabie vaccines and 8 flea preventions.  We also dispensed antibiotics to go home, eye ointments and ear medications.

YOU have helped make this event successful and I am deeply grateful. FFRC offered a free Capstar and worming to each cat. And each family received a Cat Comfort Bag. 

Many thanks to so many people who helped: Dr. Darcy, Amber, Megan, Bailey, Lynnette, Sue, Mary Braid, Jackie S., Pat P, Pat & Vickie, Becky M, Dawn E, Pablo, Martha L.  Anthony also helped carry crates in and out and with parking. Denise kept the cats happy in the Main Area. A big effort with such wonderful people. 

Dr. Darcy also did a physical on Bruno since he is new here. All is good and he passed with flying colors. She likes his green eyes!  Dr. Darcy also looked at Vernon. Poor boy has pneumonia.  We already had him on an antibiotic but she suggested we start him on an injectable one also. So, we started that right away. He did eat pretty good late last night. He also ate breakfast. We will keep up with our every 2 hour offerings of food since he's lost a bit of weight. 

I've heard from the mom of our two cats Lucy and Basil. All is good and happy. I've also seen a picture of Bosley and his little boy---they sure look like they are enjoying each other! 

We have had BOXES twice recently! Many thanks given to you---we are appreciative.
Zoolove/Pam--2 boxes of Frontline Plus (6 in each box) & 2 bags of RC BabyCat
MLS--8 cases of baby food
Kris M--three beds for Derecho--soft, cuddly, so nice! He said he will share!
Pat, Thurs vol--2 more handwarmers, small crocheted blankie
Deb C/Lostgirl--8 gallons Odo-Ban
Ann Newberry--visitor--syringes, material for toys
Dave W, our NY friend--donation to FFRC
Needtoretire/Charlotte--donation for our Spay/Neuter program

We also have PayPal thanks to give!
Janet M--donation to FFRC
Dakota O from Canada--donation to FFRC
Shannon S from IL--donation for care of Victor, Leonard, Jackson and friends
Gusti--donation to help with gas for Lorenzo's trip!

I'd also like to say a special thanks to a special friend--Eaglewatcher/Beth. She provided wonderful pictures--2 different sets--that we are using as thank yous to send to people. They are wonderful and Beth is so appreciated. 

Do you order items from Amazon for yourself, FFRC or others?  If you go to our website and click on the Amazon button, FFRC gets a bit of a kick back from that! It's so easy and doesn't cost you anything! We just received a payment of $759.56 today for the month of November! Wow--just wonderful!

Dortohy was seen bathing her kittens on the yellow table. Yes.....those kittens are now young adults and still love their mama! Hensley is playing with Liesl and Everly--so nice to see.  Asha is sitting in my lap rubbing her chin on my chin! A great way to work.  Lucy Ann is napping close by. It's so nice to see her being more "present" with us. And there goes Jester followed by Emmit--two fun boys.Joyful is also doing good. She let people pet her gently yesterday for a couple pets. Sea Turtle demands everyday to go into the PawMart! No, she's not spoiled! Walter loves Tabitha's paper towel nesting cupboard. And she will share it with him too! I so enjoy seeing the friendships that these cats make.   

Tomorrow starts our special Puzzle Raffle! We are so excited about this. There are 19 FFRC cat pictures/puzzles! Check out the fb pages for info! The Raffle will be at 6:00 Thursday evening with the BOXES at 5:30! A very fun Raffle. 

Take care, all and have a great day.  It's a wonderful Sunday! 

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Thursday Jan. 28

Yeah for Soyboy! He's feeling so much better now and was returned to his Cove with the rest of the Covies. His buddies were glad to see him. 

We are getting ready for several things here at FFRC.  We have our annual Volunteer Meeting here at FFRC on 2/21 at 2:00.  This is where we get together, go over policies, what's been happening, our goals, go over safety items, ask for suggestions in regards to FFRC, etc.  

This Saturday is our Neuter Day! We are pumped and so excited! Paperwork is ready, neck tags are made, crate tags are made, all are on board and we are ready! Max that we would expect (if all show up) is 42. We took on an extra 5 in case 5 were no shows. And we have 2 FFRC male cats that need neutered. Check in is from 7:30 am to 8:30. 

We've also been in touch now with HumaneOhio. We are continuing our commitment to make available more spays and neuters for our area. Tomorrow we should receive the voucher information so we can get started on that. And we have our very first date for the Transport for Spays/Neuters. I believe the first Transport will be the first Tuesday of March. We will sign up 30 spay/neuters for cats. More information coming on this!

We had BOXES last night and they were wonderful!  Thanks so much!
Ann/KeikoKat & Sea with Penn, Teller & Pixel--pictures of the kitties!  3 donations in memory of John P (Ann's dad), 36 Meow Mix cups, 18 cans tuna, 36 bags Cheeze Its, 10 canisters Clorox wipes, 16 sponges
Billie K--7 cases appetizers, 7 cases baby food
Judy R from FL--48 cans Sheba & Fancy Feast
Sandy E--case of Alpo dog food (bark, bark says the dogs!!)
ColoEagle--5 beautiful afghans to help with our spay/neuter program.
Gwen & Mike R from FL--6 whiskers from Patches & Angel, donation, box tops, soup labels, pop tabs for Caryn, milk rings for all the kitties!
jatcat--1 " sparkle pom poms for Magic
Vixanna/Bagobear--card with a note and donation
Pam/zoolove from OH--coupons
Dorothy C from MD--donation
Connie from OH--chief tapes 

We also have PayPal donations that we are grateful to:
Ellen H from NY--donation for our spay/neuter program
Lynda S from MN--donation to use where needed
Kelly L--donation to FFRC
Niall M from Ireland--donation to FFRC
Jane W from TN--donation to FFRC
Victoria R from AL--donation to help with Alma and Samson Wolf
Deb11111--donation for reading Dollianna's story

We had three cats returned a few days ago. Pellen (calico), Fatima (torti) and Jester (white/grey tiger). They had all went to the same home. Life styles change sometimes and so they needed to come back. They have only been gone 5 weeks and have rejoined their friends very smoothly. Three wonderful cats. Jester is a clown--plays with everything. Pellen is the loverbug--wants lots of petting. Fatima just enjoys everything!

Big news today! Alma again pooed by herself. No enemas need for over a week! Our medicine is helping! What joy! While we have not exactly seen Samson Wolf going poo, we're pretty sure he is. His sides are not all ballooned out like before and he's happy and playing. Such a sweetie! Meds must be doing the trick with him too!

Who likes to be kissed on the nose? (hint...he's a brown tiger)  Emmitt
Who likes to play with the strings on sweatshirts?   Kiara
Who is the cat that sits on the plates for Judy every single Tuesday morning?  Camvie
Who loves the RC baby cat food the best?  Solee
Who bats at the spinning clothes in the dryer? Walter
Who likes the spring toys the best? Paddy Cake, Farrah & Emily
Who likes to jump on shoulders?  Lena
Who climbs one step at a time of the Kuranda Towers and is so proud?  Bender

You ready for some really wonderful news?  Lorenzo has a home! Yes, Lorenzo! And he couldn't be going to a better home in the world. You all know that Andre and Suzanne adopted Freemont (another CH cat). They were here about a year ago and so wanted Lorenzo too. The time is right for this adoption! We have all the plans worked out. Lorenzo will be leaving Friday morning to go to NJ. Kelley (a volunteer) and her husband will be leaving Saturday about 7:30 am and will arrive at their destination about 6;00 pm. Andre and Suzanne are so excited.They've already told Freemont that he will have a brother to play with! This just brings much joy to me, knowing that another special FFRC cat has a truly special home. Iknow you all will be seeing lots of pictures and videos of Freemont and Lorenzo!  

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Sunday, Jan. 24

FFRC received no snow. But, we have been watching and keeping track of that eastern blizzard. Stay safe and warm.  Spring will come!

I want to thank you very much for a successful Flash Sale. Mich was, of course, awesome. But so were you all---our mderators, people who received the items, those joining in for the fun---all of you are important! Thank you!

Here's the big news-----Alma pooed all by herself! Not once, but twice yesterday.  Both she and Samson Wolf had to have an enema on Friday though. I decided to bring Samson Wolf up here to the Main Area although it's not as easy to observe what he does in the litterbox.  But, it's important that he have the company of friends to play with.  We can partly guage his poo success by how round his tummy is. I have to let you know though that Dr. Darcy is a bit concerned about this little guy. It's probably the worse megacolon she has seen, especially in a kitten. There's different options we have and all are being explored. We have high hopes for this boy.

Bruno is doing wonderful. Wow---what a wonderful cat he is. It's amazing to see his fur condition. The very first time I saw him he was a mess--lots of patchy icky sections of fur and skin. And so thin. He's not so thin any more and his coat is becoming much softer and is filling in. He's also a purr-boy galore!

We have some thanks to give!
Mudjie, our moderator--donation to our spay/neuter program
LostGirl--troys and springs for our next set of Cat Comfort Bags
Jennifer O from OR--donation to FFRC
Kittiesmom--donation to our spay/neute program
Judy L--donation to FFRC
Anna-melsmom--donation to FFRC in honor of Anna Marie's 6th birthday. She loves her 2 FFRC cats!

We have Soyboy here in the back Thumper's Room. It appears he picked up a cold. So, he's on twice daily antibiotics. He's eating good today and appears to be much better. The temps this week are to be in the upper 30's, so we will wait another 1-2 days and then let him back out to be with his Covie friends. He's such a good boy!

Felicity has become a big leg-rubber! She's out and about so much these days! Joey is here, there and everywhere now. It's wonderful to see him cruising about. Seymour is also doing good. He's had very good manners! I've also noticed that Walter has drastically decreased his circling! That's nice to see! 

Have you really thought about your cat's litterboxes?  
**Is the litter box big enough? Litterboxes should be huge. Cats like to get in, scratch the litter, turn around and around. So a box that is about 1 and 1/2 the length of your cat, would be great. 
**Is the litterbox clean?  None of us like to smell a stinky litterbox. A cats nose is far superior than ours so think about how your cat must feel if the box is not nice smelling. Cats are very particular to their boxes--they like clean things. A litterbox needs to be kept scooped enough to keep it clean.
**Use litter that is not strong smelling. That "extra fragrance" put in is for people but not really beneficial to the cats. 
**Do you have enough litterboxes? The rule of thumb is 2 boxes for 1 cat, 3 boxes for 3 cats and so on. Keep the boxes not all clumped together. And it's also important to have a litterbox on every level of the house. 
**Is the location good? Pottying is "one of their most vulnerable moments, so they need to feel safe and secure". The litterbox should not be near noisy appliances, in kids playrooms. Pick a quiet, private area. 
**We also recommend a good quality of litter. One that clumps hard and one that is not dusty. 

Lorenzo, Paddy Cake, Bella and Derecho had their special dollop of baby food. Sea Turtle had her tour of the mailroom office---something she likes to do every day. Solee had her extra snacker this morning already. Liesl and Everly found each other for their morning nap. Magic is carrying around his special little sparkly ball. Jersey is napping on top of my desk, as usual. Cutie is sunk down deep in her poof. Kiara and Emily "caught" all the syringes that were tossed into the sink. Elsie has done her morning batting of Coralie. And Coralie was gentle with her! Scooper and Peydon did their laps around the main area. Tabitha has already jumped into June's Room for her morning nap. These are all part of our regular routines--isn't it wonderful how they each have their own personalities! Love these cats. 

Teamwork! We ALL are part of this team. If you are reading this, you are part of our FFRC team. And we appreciate you!
"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much."  Helen Keller
You are all champions to me! Take care and have a great day! 

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Thursday, Jan. 21

It's Flash Day Thursday! Mich is coming! I believe it will be close to 2:30 for the sale. She will be showing a variety of things! Come join the fun. No Vern today but if we need any modeling done, Derecho said he would help! 

Sleepy cats on this cold morning. Breakfast done, tummies full and now it's nap time for most of them. Of course, Elsie, Everly, Liesl and Scooper are zooming around. Janessa was her usual chewer this morning. She also loves to take the sink stoppers and carry them around. This morning she was trying to pull off the rubber parts of the stoppers. And wow, she did a number on the cardboard box. She leaves her signature on them--lots of holes chewed!

We had BOXES last night. Much gratitude to you.
Zoolove--Nellies powdered laundry soap, lamb dryerballs, stuffed lamb, Earth Bright natural cleaner and polish. 
Jatcat from CA--Mylar balls, spring toys, 2 weasel & ball toys, glitter pom poms for Magic
Judeanlee--multi color copy paper, 4 rolls 2 inch tape, Sharpies, white out stripes, postie notes
Anonymous Friend--2 cases Alpo for the doggies, 9 bags Old Mother Hubbard doggie snackers
Mayumi--FFRC Tokyo Branch--2 pakgs Bonito Flakes, 2 cases Tullie, gift for Jocey, Waffle snacks for Vols.
Macncheesesmom--card with donation
Sandra E/straycatlady--all kinds of treats for vols, cat!  chips, crackers, K-cups, cookies, tea, Quaker Chews, q-tips, Magic Erasers, Chicken cuts, case of Fancy Feast
Dottie & Nate--for Magic--bag of glitter balls
Caren--bag of glitter balls for Magic
Elaine, Alan & Little Kat--Hobbit Birthday for Elaine--5 chicken $5!! Will get chicken today!
Sara K from OH--donation to FFRC
Gusti--donation to provide drinks for our upcoming surgery day.

That Magic--he is obsessed with those glitter balls. We simply cannot resist those big round eyes staring at us--he knows how to work us and what he wants to tell us! He and Trucker are such good best buds.

Today is the big day. We need to see some action from Alma and Samson Wolf in the poo department! If not, it's the big E day (enema), but we're not telling them that! Hopefully this won't be necessary. I know you're all concerned so will keep you posted!

The first of Feb. we will have a very special Raffle! This will be our PUZZLE Raffle--all those lovely puzzles that was donated by Jacksmom.  As that date gets closer, we will show you pictures of the cats that are on the puzzles. Each also includes a photo of that cat. This will be a special fun Raffle! 

Do you realize how close Spring really is?! How exciting. Snow melting, new life, longer daylight, buds on the trees, flowers blooming. But, please, no more kitties being born. Of course we love those sweet little puffs of fur but there simply is not enough homes. NOW is the time, folks. Make those spay and neuter appointments. Please don't wait. Each of us can be a part of the solution--reach out and help. If each one of us did just one more spay/neuter, it would make a huge difference.Or if you can financially do it, offer help to a family that has a cat in need of their "fix it" surgery. Thank you.

Putter has been on my mind. Wasn't he just the sweetest and bestest hugger boy?! And then it makes me reflect on our cats of FFRC. And then I read these wonderful quotes in a magazine. 

"Every time you feel the need to blame someone for a painful experience, but you choose consciously not to act on that need, you take a step toward love."   By Gary Zukav   When you think about that quote, it sure says alot, doesn't it. 

Here's another one I like:  "I don't know a perfect person. I only know flawed people who are still worth loving."  By John Green.  Love that one too! 

Have a great day, everyone. There's so much out there to do! 

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Weds., Jan. 20

Peymon is playing! And not only playing, he's running and joining in the fun with Liesl and Everly. The three of them are good friends! I feel such a sense of relief--he's acting like a healthy kitten! And ohhhh, does he love to be held. He can turn his purrer on very quickly!

We took in a new kitten. David/Wolfpatch from IN helps a rescue center. Wolfpatch fostered a little orange tiger a few days ago. But, it was confirmed by two vets that this little guy has megacolon (just like Alma). Wolf asked if we would take him and proceed with his medical help. So, little Samson arrived yesterday. His full name is Samson Wolf! We have him in the back Thumper's Room on the floor. We will be monitoring his results in the litterbox. He also is receiving medications twice daily for his condition. Simple line is.......we need him to poo on his own! In the meantime he's playing and running around and having fun! 

There are two things about Megacolon. One is from birth  (congenital) and the other is acquired. Samson Solf has been since birth while Alma is acquired. In most cases it is called idiopathic megacolon--meaning the cause is not known. This condition causes a constipation problem, causing the stool to become dry and hard.  It's a condition in which too much stool accumulates and causes the bowel to enlarge well beyond its normal diameter.  This stool then has difficulty passing through to the large intestine.  X-rays have been done on both Samson Wolf and Alma to confirm this. 

Treatments for Megacolon varies. Severe cases require fluids to keep well hydrated, enemas to completely clear out the intestinal track. Both severe and milder cases may be helped simply by giving Miralax, a laxative gel to soften the stool, a change of diet possibly and encourage drinking of fluids. We will give both of these cats our very best care!

We had BOXES Monday night! Every item is always appreciated!
Ahmed M--note and a case of Fancy Feast
Eaglewatcher/Beth--3 pet carriers for Raffle--pink, blue & purple
Judi Sp--3 of the 40 lb bags of Precious Litter
Pat C, our wonderful Thurs. vol--donation for spay/neuter program
Clark, Jessie & the rest--Happy 13th Birthday to Sevaun with a chicken $5, plus Jessie donated a fiver for the spay/neuter program
Alan, Elaine B & Little Kat from FL--kitty card with note & Little Kat's allowance as donation!
Tiese T--donation to FFRC for a cat named Hannah
Kenna N from CA--donation to FFRC for a cat named Hannah
Diana W from OK--donation to FFRC
Jim & Roberta from Hicksville--dry Friskies food and mouse toys   day visitor
Linda S--donation for our spay/neuter program

Many of you know that Charleston has revisited us this week for 3 days in the mornings. Unfortunately, he picked up the cold that Cleo has. We've treated him and today he is much better. He's eating now and drinking for his new mama. He obviously loves her, and she loves him and Milo both. What a love he is! So happy for him and Milo. 

Cecil also went back to his new home. He had a little bit of a wet eye and his new dad was worried he would scratch it. So Cecil came and stayed with us a few days. Much better on Sunday and went back home. He and Charity are doing great.

Elsie has now graduated to a new height. She has discovered there's cat walks at the very top of the purple office. She so cleverly climbs up. She is still having difficulty getting down but, knowing Elsie, she will figure it out. That girl is one courageous kitten! 

Sea Turtle is doing good. She loves to spend time in the mail Room each day helping Lynnette. For the very most part, Vernon is doing great. Rarely are we seeing his aggression these days. He's so thin so we are working on feeding him more. His quieter state makes Hensley also more relaxed.  Walter, Walter, Walter is also doing a bit better about his circling. Every once in a while he still does this but usually redirecting him helps. Joyful received her annual vaccines today. She was such a good girl!

How's your walking boots doing?! We are still collecting miles for FFRC. Currently we have earned $270.39. Isn't that just wonderful! At this moment, we are in 5th place.  4th place isn't too far ahead of us---can we catch up?!

Camvie is running full speed ahead, chasing Emmitt--they are a good match! Felicity is here in the office playing with a catnip mouse toy. Bruno is settling is just fine. He's been sleeping alot---seems like he has a lot of sleep to catch up on. Pania is doing great--no recent UTI's--that's a good thing! And here comes Merri--aiming for the blue poof. She is so courageous! 

Take care to everyone. Lots of weather stuff going on--stay safe. We will have BOXES this evening at 6:00! 

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Sunday, Jan. 17

We have a new cat. His name is Bruno. He's had an interesting past here. He looks a LOT like PB (Peanut Butter) so I named him BP. Well, that became way too confusing so his name is now Bruno which fits him nicely. He is one of those cats that simply showed up here at FFRC one early morning. He was very thin, hungry, had fleas and a bad case of mange. He has been treated for his problems. His fur is growing in so nice and soft. It's amazing how good food and getting rid of parasites make such a difference! I wonder if he had been an indoor boy as he continually wanted into my mom's Little House. So, he has spent 4-5 days in the back Thumper's Room. He has now graduated to being in the Main Area. He's being such a good cat. Obviously gets along just fine with all the other cats. Welcome, Bruno!

Cecil is doing great. His eye is healing. He is such a great cat. I'm sure he will be leaving soon to go back to his new home. 

Vernon! What a good boy he has been. We haven't had hardly any fussing from him in days now and he's back to spending the nights not in Dodger's Pen. In fact, I don't believe he's been in a pen for days now. Maybe we've finally hit upon the right combo of meds for him. Above all, we wanted him bright and alert and being himself without the aggression. 

Magic has learned if he comes to my desk when I'm working and pat, pat, pat my leg he gets a treat. So, then there's Trucker who accompanies him that expects that extra treat now too. And then there's Coralie who is my desk helper---when she sees the treat bag come out, such excitement! Her ears perk, her whiskers are forward and that look............oh, how happy she is. One snacker is all she gets though but she's happy with that! 

We now have 2 syringe catching cats---Kiara and Emily. I think Emily has been watching Kiara and has realized we enjoy watching her watch the syringes! So, she wanted in on the fun. They both will now sit on the side of the sink. If we toss the syringes in, one or the other will bat at them. Isn't it great all these cats have such different personalities!

We have thanks to give. We are very grateful for your help.
Billy K/FrOg from KY--donation to FFRC
Roberta L from OH--donation to FFRC
Fran D from FL--donation for the Spay/Neuter Project
Ahmed M from MI--donation to FFRC
Johns-Manville, a business here in Defiance--donation to FFRC

Tomorrow we start taking appointments for our 35 male neuter "fix-'em" clinic! This event is 1/30. The first ad is in the paper today. We want to fill all those slots and I do believe we will! Dr. Darcy will be doing these neuters here at FFRC. We are excited to start working on helping to reduce the cat overpopulation problem. 

I've been asked several times recently, what our adoption fee covers.  Basically it is the following: 2 leukemia/FIV/heartworm tests (4 weeks apart), 3-5 wormings, 2 leukemia vaccines, Bordetella vaccine, 2-3 distemper vaccines, Droncit treatment for tapeworms, monthly flea prevention, spay or castration before adoption, physical from our veterinarian before adoption, plus any additional medical care that may be needed. We have a minimum of $350 in each and every cat (at our reduced costs), but the adoption fee is only $90.  We love our cats!

Volunteers! We could not possibly do the work we need to do without the help of our volunteers. The compassion, time and love the volunteers give is truly amazing. They are a vital part of what we do. New volunteers are always welcome! Not only do they get to know the cats personally, but it's a great way to make new friends.

And we are thankful for YOU.  FFRC would not be in existence were it not for everyone who helps us with financial donations and donated supplies. We are truly indebted to all who make this Rescue Center possible. We do not receive government, city or county assistance, so we must rely on private donations for support. We thank you!

All is right with the FFRC cats! Bella ate 3/4 a jar of baby food today--paw dip by paw dip. Solee enjoyed her share of babycat dry food--her very favorite! Paddy Cake has played with his spring toy and then placed it in the water bowl as usual. Lorenzo got to lick his spoonful of babyfood--a treat that he loves. Sea Turtle is happy on her heater pad looking out the window at the snow coming down. Jessie, our oldster, is happy above the desk--she keeps a close eye on things here in the office. Emmitt and Gustav have had their romp in the grooming tub--they think that's their wrestling match pit! They both always win---at having fun! 

Take care and have a wonderful Sunday. 

Friday, January 15, 2016

Friday, Jan. 15

Who is the cat thief?! I just received as a gift a cute pen with 3 jingle bells on it. I know Towanda took it the first time--she confiscated it and took it clear over to where Alma likes to be. It was found (by listening for the jingles) and returned to my desk. After using it again, someone, not sure because he/she was so fast, took it and now it's gone again! I guess I'll have to wait for the jingle sounds! 

January is a good month for us to play catch up on paperwork. My 2 things I'm working on now is to get that Petfinder caught up (added 7 yesterday) and to update the website. We are also updating many other records and documents here this month. Won't be long until we are super busy again with kittens. 

Yes, you might be seeing Cecile here again. He has not been returned to keep. Apparently Cecil did something to one of his eyes and needs a bit of treatment. His new dad needed some help with it to administer the meds. So, he's here but will definitely go back to his home.

I've heard from the new mama of Charleston and Milo. Charleston is insisting on much holding and being carried about. Milo loves to walk step for step with his new mama. She loves both these boys dearly already! 

I also heard from AJ's family--all is good and they love him! We also heard from Joop and Little Bit's new family--he says they are the perfect kitties and they are so loved! Great new homes! 

We also had BOXES last night! Wow--wonderful evening. We are full of gratitude!
Jennifer/Jacksmom from FL--note & ppics of her kitties. Also absolutely wonderful puzzles with our FFRC cat's pictures on them! Zelda, Solee, Tabitha, Sevaun, Derecho, Pania, Alma, Vern, Trucker, Coralie, Magic, The Paddys, Trucker & Magic, Lorenzo, Cayden, Fabio, Jackson, Farrah, Seymour, Jersey, August and Walter. You will see these puzzles again! They are so wonderful! 
Pat, Thurs Volunteer--2 pairs handwarmers & gift card from WalMart
Faithy from Defiance--4 bags CT chews for dental hygiene
KnittenKitten--5 cases Fancy Feast
Billie K--2 beautiful monogrammed FFRC blankets for kitties!
Lostgirl--400-9 and 6 inch foam plates, 4 HE laundry soaps, box of FF broths. 
Zoolove--4 purrpads for FFRC kitties
Debbi & Jim W from GA--lots of goodies--just an awesome 2 boxes! Photos of many FFRC kitties, potty bags, coffee cups,books, napkins, bandaids, DVD kitty party, pens, necklaces, 3 pr socks, 4 kitty plates, cupcake kits, kitty ring toys, dental bones, doggie toys, case of Sheba, 2 fatcat toys, lots of catnip, pet comb, notebooks, folders, ntoe cards, stickers---just lots of wonderful items!!  Plus a happy Unbirthday card & lavender sachets , magazine, chapstick, books, peacock & kitty pin for Jacci
Anonymous Friend--donation for our Spay/Neuter Program
Barbara B--a delicious fruitcake made by monks for my mom
Wingnut/willards grandma--2 scrumptious fruitcakes for my mom  (my mom loves fruitcakes and they are not available in this area except for winter, so now she is all set!!)

A special thanks to Deb11111--as many of you know, she loves those Paddy Brothers. She asked to purchase the Double Paddy Puzzle for a wonderful donation. I told her we'd be more than happy to get that puzzle out to her. It's already on it's way to her in fact! 

More thanks for these paypals!
David W from CO--donation to FFRC
CantonCat--donation for Happy Birthday to Sevaun! Chicken & Treats for everyone! 
Ryan W from FL--donation to FFRC
Jaque/bbsmom--donation in celebration of her 70th b-day, also for Sevaun's b-day and to add to the Spay/Neuter Program.  Happy Birthday to you! 

We would like to put together bags for our upcoming boy neuter day. They would be called Cat Comfort Bags and each cat will receive one. Big thanks to Lostgirl who has helped us with this with donations of a stuffed toy for each bag and a small and large spring toy. We will also add a can of cat food, our FFRC business card, instructions about post-op care, and a few other goodies! We're hoping this will show that we care about their cat!

Our surgery spay  from yesterday is doing great. That would be Liesl! She's so rambunctious. She and her brother Everly knows no end to their energy level! They are now also up on Petfinders.

Alma is doing a bit better. Per Dr. Darcy, we sedated her, gave her another enema and got her all cleared out again. Three days ago we started her on a medication to keep those stools loose. Now, hopefully, she's back on track and things will move smoothly!  

Vernon seems to be on a better level right now. No serious problems in the last few days. It's been difficult to get to this stage. What we want is a happy Vernon, alert and not sleepy. I do believe we are getting there. Time will tell. In the meantime, we will continue watching him.

Guess who!  COVIE trivia!
Who are the 2 cats that we took after being told the owner would drown them? Markie/Barkey
Which cat did Dr. Cindy bring after finding on the horse racetrack?    Lele
What 2 cats arrived different times but brought by same family? Leonard & Victor
Which cat disappeared for several months & then returned to us?  Leonard
Which cat arrived with deep severe bite wounds?   Oliver
Which cat has the name that means "from the woods"?   Sylvan
Which 2 cats came from Hollywood, Fl?  August & Jackson
Which cat came from Long Island, NY?  Jersey
How many Covies do we have?  18

I am simply in awe of our webcam friends. I remember long ago you said you had our backs here at FFRC and I truly know and can feel that. Your trust in what we do here is much appreciated. I promise to always do my very best for this Rescue Center. FFRC, over the years, has taken a few different turns. It's all in the name of progress and in good will of the cats. Your trust in our decision making gives me such a lift to continue on. I thank you for that. 

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Weds., Jan. 13

Two more inches of snow yesterday with the wind. It's cold out there this morning. Only 4 Porchies came up to the porch area for breakfast. The rest were all snug in either the Porchie Haven or the sunporch. The Covies are snug too as are the Barnies and FireCats.  I'm sure they will all be ready to see some bright, warm sunshine. They get a warm breakfast in the mornings! 

It is always amazing to me how the cold never seems to effect the chickens, guineas, peacocks, ducks and geese. They just mosey about like it's a "just fine" day. The horses were in the big main yard yesterday running around---looked so pretty. And then there was Milly the donkey, keeping up with them! 

We had two wonderful adoptions yesterday. A lovely lady returned and adopted Charleston and Milo, two of our cats with CH. Her house is safe for these two boys and she has much love to give. She's already called. She said Charleston (Charley) won't let her put him down and Milo is following her around step for step! I will miss these two boys very much but am thrilled that they made it---they have their very own home!

We had BOXES/ENVELOPES on Monday evening! Many thanks to you all! We are grateful.
Deb11111--a whole case of Kleenex, for those tears of joy! thanks!
mls9690--3 books of stamps & box tops for Caryn
Lostgirl--coupons & English stamps for my mom
Trudy S from OH--donation to FFRC
Don & Joy--card and donation to FFRC
Melissa L from NY--donation to FFRC
Cecily & Ron R from CT--Christmas card with note, giftcard from Rite Aid, Reeses Clusters
Jatcat--2 big poofs (great sale, we will store for future use!!)
LostGirl/Debbie--2 big stacks of foam plates and a box of FF broths

We also have these PayPal donations to give our thanks to:
Betty/BJR from VA--donation for the needs of our outdoor cats in memory of her Puff.  Hugs
Krista F from IL--donation to FFRC
Diane C from RI--donation in honor of Coralie
Pat/beadheadsdad--donation to cover 6 blankies for the past 6 adoptions. 
Insun S from S. Korea--donation to FFRC
Bifllie K from TX--donation for Happy Birthday to Sevaun (snackers delivered!)

Yeah for our ResQwalk joggers, bikers and walkers! We have now made $247.42 for those miles! I am so grateful! I know there's a few quirks to the system yet at ResQwalk, but they are working on these things. We know our miles are honest miles and that's what matters......and you are improving your heart while helping our kitties and cats! And it's fun! Thank you for every single mile. They are running a special right now. For every new person we get signed up for the rest of January, FFRC will get an extra $1 donated to us! So......keep talking to your friends and family--ask them to add the ResQwalk app and log at least one mile for us to receive the extra donation! Thank you. 

We continue to get organized for our new 2016 Spay/Neuter Program. We also have a few more donors for which we are thankful:
Jackie S, volunteer
Jan/farmgirl/Charlie from IL   
Yesterday, we spent time working on the check in and check out papers for our upcoming Neuter Day. It's Jan. 30 and we are planning on neutering 35 male cats FREE for our community and area. They will also be offered vaccines, leukemia/FIV testing (at a cost). FFRC will give each cat a free Capstar (this is actually to offer protection to our FFRC cats!).  There will be 3 ads in the paper--this coming Sunday, Monday and Weds.  We are very grateful to be able to do this.

From Pawlapurr:   SNIP   Thanks!
S for spay
N for neuter
I for incentive
P for program

Alma and Jersey had their dentals on Monday. Both had to have 2 fractured k-9's removed--very typical of cats with CH. These are two extra special cats and I was a bit worried. But, they did beautifully. The staff there at the vet clinic are wonderful with our cats. Jersey has spent the last 2 nights here in the back Thumper's Room but he's getting ansy. I'm sure he's ready to go back and be with his friends in the Cove. Alma also had an x-ray--she's been having trouble being constipated. The x-rays showed what we thought---full of poo! So, she received an enema yesterday--two very large hard poos later, she's feeling much better! She will now receive medicine once daily to help her "keep clear". And she likes it! 

Please....always remember---if I've forgotten something, made an error or whatever, never hesitate to email me and let me know. Things are so busy here all the time, that I sometimes slip up on these important things. 

Yes, you can now tell our Rescue Center is lower on cats. This is a very important time of year when the teenagers and adults get a chance to be adopted. Sometimes these are the more difficult ones to help find a home for. Remember though (I feel like I need to say this again), this year we will be bringing our numbers down a bit so that I have more time to work on our spay/neuter program. We are committed to help reduce that overpopulation problem and neglect. 

Felicity is coming out more and was even wrapping herself around our legs yesterday! Nice to see.  Bella has finally decided it's too cold to go outside with the dogs. She spends much time in her cave bed or her pink poof.  Jessie is also out and about more. And Dorothy.....she is turning into a kitten. Has been playing with toys and tossing balls in the air and chasing them! Cutie is doing great. She loves to look out the Kitty Kabana windows. Lucy Ann has picked a new spot for her special breakfast plate and sure enjoys that food! It's so nice to see her enjoying her meal. Wonder who will next be adopted!!

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Sunday, Jan. 10

It snowed! Yes....just about an inch is all. In all honesty, I was wanting to see a little snow. Now, it can all go away!  And in case you've noticed it, yes, we have a leak (again) in the Kitty Kabana. Dion was here two days ago and saw it in action leaking. He took a little part off above the window inside to start figuring out the problem. Weather permitting, he will be back tomorrow to put new shingles up on the roof.  He'll get it figured out. 

We had another two adoptions yesterday. Cecil and Charity both went to the same home with a nice young man. He really fell for Cecil earlier in the week and wanted a friend for him, so Charity was picked! They are good friends.

We also had another adoption the day before that. AJ went to his new home, with a young lady looking for a friend. I think he will do really good there in his new home.  I do believe we will have a couple more adoptions this week! 

We have thanks to give and we sure are grateful for your help!
Domingo F--donation to FFRC
Thomas W from MI--donation to FFRC
Jack Z from CA--donation to FFRC

We have some more Fix It Followers!  Yes, we've had some more donations come in to help with our upcoming Spay/Neuter program! Many thanks to the following:
Shannon S from IL, Nona from NY, Brent & Jenny from Canada, Gisa Z, Amy C from IL, Judeanlee.  Many thanks. Plans will continue to be made for this these new goals. We've already confirmed the date of 1/30 for our Neuter Day with Dr. Darcy.

We also want to give great thanks to Connie S/Conii .
Conii with Elliott & Izabellah--donation to FFRC and then a whole lot of wonderful items! 4 snuggly blankies, kitty pad for Alma, 2-3 tier tower tracks, scratcher pad, 3 scratcher bowls, cat dancer, catnip toys, lots of spring toys, Christmas stockings full of cat toys, mylar balls, 5 cave beds, 2 Snuggles Safes, kitty snackers, doggie snackers, vol snackers, 2 kitty totes--so many really great items! It was Christmas all over again! Thank you.

Warped/Connie--Warped is a great giver of the products that she makes. She shares with FFRC and we are grateful. Her items are in our PawMart store and are in many of our Flash Sales. She just sent us: 12 spider toys, 12 centipede toys, 36 Valentine toys, 36 carrier pads & 72 warpies. So so appreciative. Thank you.

I always tell everyone, for years, to enjoy this time of winter. Our numbers are going down and it's before kitten season. Now is the time to enjoy this slower period. Once kitten season begins again, the pace will pick up. But....remember, this year we will go lighter on our numbers so I have more time to work on spay/neuter projects.

I went into the FireHouse this morning to put their warm breakfast in there and there were lots of cats in there! It was so nice to know they will take advantage of this warm and dry building that is for them. The big red barn has 3 nice warm redlights that give alot of heat off, onto 3 bed areas. These spots are always busy! And we have a heat light also in the grey barn--they happily share that and stay snug. The Porchie Haven has 1 heat light. Whiskers is the biggest user of that one! He extra likes his warmth. 

Little Peymon is doing a bit better. He's had some health issues but seems to be feeling better now. We are keeping a sharp eye on him. He spent 3 days in a pen in the front Thumper's Room for extra observation. 

Tomorrow is dental day for Jersey and Alma. I'm hoping for the least amount of stress possible for both of them. I'm grateful that the staff at our vet's office is so extra careful about our CH cats. They'll come back with a few less teeth and sparkly white teeth! Maybe Alma will smile for us! 

Joline is still ruler of her Kuranda Tower in the Welcome Room--I think she just enjoys all the action there! Neemu continues to help me at breakfast--she's the official taster of all foods on the plates! Pania remains the bench boss--that's her bench but she will share it with Joline. Tabitha can usually still be found in her paper towel cabinet. If not there, she's jumped over the open window of the door to June's Room. Sea Turtle is still the holder of the window shelf in the front Thumper's Room--that is HERS and don't anyone try to tell her differently! Love that old girl. Walter is doing great. He's a boy that cannot get enough petting--he gets on the counter in the back Thumper's Room and reaches out for everyone to pet and pet him. 

Isn't it wonderful how our FFRCNation has friends all over the world? And many of us have never met in person, yet can feel that friendship. I love that. We can share our woes, our cats, our families, our worries.  Thank you for being a friend to FFRC.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Friday, January 8

Wow---our Raffle was spectacular!  We had 3 goals for this particular Raffle:  
**we need to order major amounts of vaccines as many of our residents/long term cats are in need of annuals.
** our operational costs needs a bit of a boost for this past week and this coming week
**to help our new Spay/Neuter program  (more in blog)

First, we have thanks to give!  We had BOXES last night before the Raffle. Big thanks!
Bet/eaglewater--10 bags of spring toys for the cats
Mayumi--Tokyo Branch, aunt to CHoco kitty with note, lots of food that Choco is not fond of, bonito flakes
Deb11111--Synology back up for computers on network!!  So excited!
Gossamer--Bonito flakes, 4 broth packs, 3 snackers, can of KMR & 3 cat milks 
Medic--2 cases Fancy Feast
Cool Penquin--pink poof!
Memorial stone for Aloha--will go in Angel Garden
Pat, our Thursday vol--4 sets of very pretty handwarmers
Kathleen M--card with donation in honor of Janessa
Tom & Linda C from IL--donation to FFRC

Then we had the Raffle! I am so extremely grateful for you all.  The support of these Raffles is huge for me. It spreads out widely--to the people who made the items in the Raffle, to all the people who sent in payments for tickets,to the people who help promote the raffles, to all the well wishers too! You are all so appreciated. 

Here's the winners of each item:
A--Cream afghan     49 tickets sold=$245, winner Abby Clo
B--Cat Carrier/blanket     75 tickets sold=$375, winner Joco
C--Warped Blanket     77 tickets sold=$385, winner Pawlapurr
D--Fitbit     81 tickets sold=$405, winner Dianne
E--Laptop     219 tickets sold=$1,095, winner Jinkie
F--Grape Ripple afghan     86 tickets sold=$430, winner Canton & Chance
G--Fi Fi's memorial afghan     94 tickets sold=$470, winner Echomist
H--iPadAir     246 tickets sold=$1230, winner Luvtheanimals

The total of that came to $4,635.  Then we had a bunch of "bump ups"--you all are quite amazing! Many thanks to the following for the bumps: Joco, Eaglewatcher, Eartheyes, Lewbeth, MaryMort, Lewbus, Pawlapurr and Donnajb.

This bump up resulted in our total for the Raffle to be $5,145!!!!! Just awesome!  We will get those vaccines ordered, drop in money to help with the operating costs for those 2 weeks and then the rest will go in our Spay/Neuter Program!

Consolation prizes were won by: Jon Fi, Joey, Kittiemom, Needtoretire, Jackie S, Susan345, Lori Giu, Catopractor, Littleonemine, Pckrbckr, Kate Ho, Ladydoc, Macncheese, Newfiedogmom, Nancy Par, Ferole, Hencass for Angie M. And one final one--Leisl & Everly won a soft blankie for their Uncle Hershey!

Many thanks to you all.  These Raffles are huge to FFRC. Truly means a lot to us.

Now, I'd like to explain a bit about our 2016 Spay/Neuter Program.  This is something that's been going around in my head for 2 years. We love our adoptions and every cat/kitten is spayed or neutered before adoption.  While adoptions are wonderful, it's only a small part of the answer to the overpopulation problem. Last year we were able to help with quite a few (but under 40) spays/neuters to the community. It's not enough. 

It's time for FFRC to step it up--to be more responsible, to be more willing to help more cats get spayed and neutered, to be a part of the answer. Spaying and Neutering is the true answer to cat overpopulation. There's only so many homes available to take on a new cat. We routinely turn down in the winter, about 5 calls a day (for adults) that we have to say no.  In the spring, summer and fall, we can easily receive 30-40 calls each and every day with wanting us to take on more kittens.

People sometimes ask me what the hardest part of doing this rescue is. The answer to that, for me, is having to say no. I worry and worry about all those homeless cats and kittens. Too many means neglect and more babies. Do we love kittens? Oh my yes!  Do we enjoy having a large load of kittens--you bet! But, knowing there are so many "out there" with no homes weighs heavy on my heart.'s time. We need to step up and help with this problem.

On Jan. 30th, Dr. Darcy and Amber will be coming to FFRC. We will be having a NEUTER DAY (males) for approximately 35 cats. Remember--we use to have our Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic (Earth Angels) and did 15,000 surgeries in the years that we were here. We will simply apply what we learned from that to this Neuter Day. We will be advertising for this soon and I have no doubt we will fill those 35 slots very quickly. The cost to these folks will be $10, with FFRC's spay/neuter fund kicking in the rest. 

Next, we will participate in a Voucher Program--this is where we use the services of Humane Ohio in Perrysburg. We will encourage spays/neuters to those that cannot afford it and offer them a voucher for their cat.  When the voucher is turned in to Humane Ohio, the low cost surgery price will be deducted from our account with them. We are still working out details on the cost but it will be an encouragement to the owners to get their cats done. 

The third way we will hit this is with their Transport Truck. We preplan a date with Humane Ohio to come to FFRC. They can do approximately 35 spays/neuters. We pre-sign up the cats, they arrive early in the morning, owners get them signed in, then they are taken to Perrysburg for their surgeries. In the early evening, the Transport Truck returns and the owners pick them up.  This too will be done with help from FFRC. 

I know there are lots of questions about all of this, but I am 100% determined to make this work. Because of the load of work this will be, we will probably need to decrease our numbers here slightly at FFRC--to not take in as many as we have in previous years. My greatest goal and dream is that FFRC didn't have to be here! The reason that that would happen is that every cat and kitten had a home! That would be just wonderful. In the meantime, we are devoted to reducing the overpopulation problem. There's lots of details to work out yet. As we get things ironed out, I'll be happy to share the info with you all.

I mentioned all of this last night after the Raffle. We have already been donated money that is specifically reserved for the spay/neuter program.  Many thanks to: Mich & Vern, Pat C/volunteer, Mudjie, Joco, Eartheyes, Farmgirl, LJ, Mnsnowy, Zoolove, Floppy, Freckles, Donnajb, Pat P, Lannml, Maime, Cinder, Yarnlover and Susan F.  Our fund is already growing and I promise to use every single cent to it's best use!  If you are interested in helping us, we'd be very honored to accept. Simply use PayPal or send a check or money order and please be sure to mark Spay/Neuter Program on it.  Thank you ever so much. We're going to do this--we want to be a part of making a big dent in the overpopulation problem. Thank you! 

Thursday, January 7, 2016

January 7, Thursday

A week into the New Year already. Have any plans for this 2016?  FFRC does! More about this soon! We'll probably touch on it after the Raffle tonight. And yes.....the Raffle is this evening at 6:00 with BOXES being at 5:30. We are so excited about this particular Raffle. The first one of the year! We are also grateful for each and every ticket that has been placed on the items.  

We had BOXES Monday evening. We are very grateful for you! 
Vicki B--6 bags of Royal Canin Baby cat
Hannah, our special friend from IN with her mom/dad--Christmas card with note and design by Hannah. Snowman made by Hannah for the 2016 FFRC Christmas Tree & photo of Hannah. candy, vol snackers, kitty snackers & kitty toys, 2cases of baby food, 8 cans Friskies
Justme from IA--For her hobbit b-day and 1st anniversary of Niffies adoption--it's changed! More info coming soon! 
Cessna & Wayne from CA--because of Emily!  3 of 6 packs of Lysol wipes
Kerswill/Nancy & Tom & Domino from MI--Christmas card with donation
Tom & Barb C from FL--donation
Victoria O from WI--donation
Mike C/McPurr from CA--donation
Richard & Joan with Carnie/Karne from MD--Christmas card with donation in honor of Karne and in memory of Chessie, Abby & Bunny Haggis
Contessa--CD of El Divo!

Stephanie/contessa's daughter--note with drawing of kitties!
Stephanie/granddaughter of Phil & JUdeanlee--a bound story of and adventure of Cutie and crew to bring Jacci a Christmas Kitty named Daniel, which was awesome!
S Family from OH--day visitors--PT, vinegar, cloth towels, foam/paper plates, rubbing alcohol
Nona--3 cases KMR
Beth/eaglewatcher--donation for the spay/neuter program

And we also give special thanks to the following:
Brendan D--donation to FFRC
David D--donation to FFRC
Gusti--donation for Steve's birthday--for the movies & popcorn
Hallie G--donation for FFRC
Deb11111--donation for the Paddy Boys
Needtoretire--donation for FFRC
Christine C from WV--donation for FFRC
Becky M, Monday night volunteer--donation to FFRC in memory of sweet Pansy Mae
Pat C/bedheadsdad--chicken, chicken, chicken for everyone in honor of Snappy's BD!

Are you walking? Putting in jogging miles? Riding your bike?  Don't forget to continue doing miles for FFRC! We have been doing very well.  We just received $126.75 for December. Our total so far though is $220.79.  I received an email from ResQwalk--it said:  "You guys crushed it with your walking! Awesome job!".  Thank you for each and every mile. 

Jinkee is doing wonderful. I've heard from his new family and they say all is well! 

We had an adoption this past Monday. Purrdelurps went to her new home! Such a great cat. She really connected with her new family!  We have a few possible adoptions yet coming up too!

Cyruss is doing great. Boot Camp Success so far. I have a possibility of a home for him, but not yet. Cyruss has to be 100% using the litterbox for another week or so, but things are looking good. He's such a great cat! 

Rooney and Kit are out and about and doing good. Kit's personality is a little shy but she's getting more and more confident. Rooney is so puffy--her fur is long and gorgeous and she loves attention. Sometimes they go up to their mama Cleo and touch noses! 

Montana and crews mom and dad (Jenny & Brent) sent me this saying long ago. One of my favorites now:  "Not to hurt the creatures brethren is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough. We have a higher mission--to be of service to them wherever they require it."   By St. Francis of Assisi   This saying fits perfectly with our 2016 new goals! 

Monday, January 4, 2016

Monday, Jan. 4

Yeah for happy cats!  Alma continues to do good. No more constipation problems. She's been all over the  "far side" of the Rescue Center. She simply amazes me with her mobility and the way she figures things out. She has such good communication ways of letting us know what her needs are.  She's doing great.  Also Vernon is doing good. He's now spent the last 2 nights out in the Main Area (not in Dodger's Pen) and has been just fine. His new meds are working! And he's playing lots! Bella loves her poof. Magic has a supply of his special balls that he loves. Towanda is relaxed and is so sweet and playful. Merri's mouth feels better and she and Lucy Ann are both eating just fine now. 

Cayden had a happy day yesterday. His favorite thing to do is to kick out a good amount of litter onto the floor. Then he invites his friends over for a sand-playing date! They roll and roll and roll in it. He's always the instigator in this! Then he'll roll on his back in the middle of his created sand design and nap! 

Last night Farrah had a small seizures. Unfortunately she fell off of the counter but was not hurt. It was a very short seizures. This is the first known one for a couple years. This doesn't mean we have to change anything on her meds but to just keep an extra watch on her. Seizure cats can indeed have break thru seizures.  As always, when she has had a seizures, she is super lovey-dovey for a day afterwards. Needs extra petting and holding and shoulder-rides. 

Peggy misses kitty-care in her home. Leisl and Everly both needed a little extra TLC, so Auntie Peggy to the rescue again! She's going to keep the two grey tiger babies at her home for a little bit just to booster them! Good for Peggy and good for the kitties! 

We had TWO adoptions yesterday! Love these teenager adoptions! The family that adopted Gandolf and Rios came back for a third cat. They adopted Amaryllis Pocket. The older daughter really loved her already and was so happy to have this cat as hers. Very sweet. Then we had an adoption to a family with 4 older kids. It was a unanimous decision--Jinkee was their pick! Such a beautiful girl with gold eyes. Another good home.

We have thanks to give! This Rescue Center is grateful to you--
Doubleydibleydoouk--donation to sponsor Magic & extra for all the kitties
Katie L--2 wonderful purple cat carriers (will see in a future raffle)!
Lynne J W--donation to FFRC
LJ--more kitty scarves! That's right--13 of them. You will also see these in an upcoming Flash Sale. Plus candy for volunteers and 2 cushy rugs. 

Yes, that's right---we will be having a Flash Sale on Friday! Not sure of the time yet, but it'll be the Mich and Vern show! Guaranteed to have great items and a fun time! 

We've started our first Raffle of the New Year. It's on right now and will continue till 9 am on Thursday.  BOXES will be that night at 5:30 pm with the Raffle at 6:00.  Check out the 2 FFRC facebook pages for info, also on FFRCNation and our Twitter.  Come join us for some fun!

Get your thinking cap on!
Who's the bl/wh cat with dots on his nose that was born to Clarissa?   A.J.
Who's the dusty gold cat that came from Staton Island?      Cayden
Who is the mom to Kit & Rooney?      Cleo
What gold/white cat came with a severe leg wound that resulted in an amputation?  Gustave
What bl/wh cat was dumped on driveway with severe ear infection & plugged?   Lena
Who is the oldest cat here?    Sea Turtle
Which cat arrived thirsty, had fleas, fx. tail, sore paws, found in Defiance, CH?   Charleston
Which cat came from Steinbach Vet Clinic in PA with CH?      Alma

Take care all.  Please remember to vote for FFRC these last two days at    Our second interview will be coming up! And remember to walk, jog, bike for FFRC on ResQwalk! We have earned $231.51 so far!  Thanks to you all!  

Friday, January 1, 2016

Jan. 1, Friday

Happy New Year to all of our FFRC friends! The kitties had a party last night! At the bringing in of the New Year, a lighted ball went from the ceiling and was lowered. At the right moment, it was opened up and treats fell down for the cats! Plus we had the bubble machine sprewing tons of bubbles out! And 2 fun lights that threw out colored lights in every direction!  Chicken was passed out in the evening earlier. Plus delicious snackers for the humans that were here! We all wish for you a Happy New Year, one filled with joy, laughter, good health and peace. And of course, lots of kitty lovings!

Yesterday we had 2 adoptions! Shiloh and her housemate Sage (who we called Byron) went to their new home together! I believe this will be a very good home for these two extra nice adult cats!

We also sent Cyrus to "kitty potty boot camp". Remember, we did this two other times before and met with success.  Sometimes, here, we will have a cat that wants to spray--of course, we cannot adopt them out if they spray. Cyrus hasn't been doing this long and so, because he was probably doing this due to his environment, he went to boot camp! He'll be with only a couple other cats, and a family that is willing to help us with this. The other two cats were adopted out successfully. Sometimes getting these cats away from this environment with so many cats is all it takes to encourage them to go back to using the box. He has to show 100% use of litterbox for a couple weeks, then we'll find that perfect home for him!  It's a good thing we can offer to cats like Cyrus. This doesn't happen often.

We had BOXES Weds. evening. We are very grateful to you.
Keith & Tammy/bellabell with their kitties--big bag of Purina One, box of appetizers, kitty snackers, case of Friskies and Fancy Feast, 2 big cases of Friskies
Wendilyn & Henry B with kitties--12 wonderful Cat On A Fence handbags--so pretty! Flash Sale items!
Kitty Christmas--7 Mega bags of snackers
Gale & Sue K from Defiance--donation to FFRC
Wallace & Soren A--donation in memory of Virlyn R
Mary S from OH--article about inmate & kitties in Columbus
Austin from Pldg--Christmas card & donation
Jan (Beth's sister)--Christmas card, donation in honor of Beth for Christmas
Lou & Jennifer/jacksmom with their kitties--Christmas card with donation
Ayako M from Japan--lots of fun items and lots of yummy human snacks to shre, plus a keyboard, 4 masks, flower hot pad, 2 roller massage pens, a Funassyi Jacket, a giant Hello Kitty Christmas Boot for the kitties, scarf, flower jacket & skirt, red flower jacket, kitty calendar, seasonings---such fun items!

We also have many thanks to give for these PayPal donations:
Eric W from OH--donation for FFRC
Floppy Jan--donation towards Vernon's meds from Bigwig
Mark S from MD--donation for my mom for something fun!
Gusti--donation to help with generator's care
Tracey B--donation for FFRC
Judy & Phil L--donation for Happy New Year to use wherever needed
Mary B--donation for FFRC
Kevin F--donation for FFRC
Jane Z from CA--donation to help FFRC continue it's work for the New Year
Deb Y from MI--donation for FFRC
Eartheyes--donation for Steve/Jacci to do something fun & to get chicken/turkey for all the cats
Carla S--donation for FFRC
Stacy G from TX--donation for FFRC

The surgeries from Weds are doing good. The two boys are completely recovered. Lucy Ann ate a good breakfast and Merri even ate. Both have today yet to be on soreness meds. They are getting up and cruising around a bit today. Merri's was a tougher dental.

Rooney and Kit are starting to think about coming up to the Main Area. They now come up to the door that looks into the Main Area and peeks thru the door. Won't be long! Their confidence is building. Yesterday Abe and Bender were sniffing noses--they look so much alike!

Milo is part-nut! Yes--he really is. He loves to play with all the toys, he prances all over and he loves to play with the kitties. One of these days he's going to attempt the climbing pole in the purple office. He will sit there and look up at it over and over again like he's thinking of it. Right now he's tossing fresh catnip into the air!

Alma is doing much better. Poor little girl got constipated to the point where an enema was required. It's taken a few days, but now things are "moving along" and she's feeling much better. That cat amazes me. Her different meow tones lets us know what she wants--it might be a quick help to the litterbox, or to lift her to the upper bed that she likes or maybe to refill her dry food bowl. She's simply amazable for sure!

Janessa is caring for her teeth! She uses the cardboard boxes that arrive to gnaw on. We have had countless boxes that are chewed up from her. She starts at a corner and works her way along the edge. Must be fun for her!

Vernon has started his new med. We have high hopes for this. This particular med was an injection. The last oral meds we gave him wasn't working as it was simply making him sleepy. We didn't like that for a couple reasons--he couldn't be himself when he was so sleepy and it also made him unsafe to be up high. Plus he was still being aggressive. Yesterday he only had two very minor squabbles with Hensley. Today none so far! One injection should last 3 months. Keep your paws crossed for good results. We want an alert, happy Vernon. Love this boy!

We actually only have a few of the kitten size cats that haven't gotten adopted yet. This is the extra exciting time of the year. This is the time when the adults have a higher chance of being adopted!
We are rooting for all of them but especially Tabitha, Neemu, Clarissa, Dorothy, Emily, AJ, and Emmit.  Actually, we're rooting for all of them! They all deserve their very own home where they will be loved and appreciated.

Keep an eye open for an upcoming raffle! It'll be a dandy one too!