Thursday, June 30, 2016

Thursday, July 30

We now have a camouflaged cat---maybe the kitties won't see her!  Thanks  to our friend, Beth for the wonderful Suitical recovery suit.  It resembles the "Milk Bar is Closed" sock that Chloe has been wearing, but with no holes and it fits her perfectly. No way will those rascally kittens find that milk bar now!

We had BOXES last night--love those boxes and we love to give thanks!
Ann & Sean from PA--visitors (Penn/Teller/Pixel)--lighted ceramic pumpkin with kitty on top for Flash Sale. 20 jars baby food, canned kitty food, Fancy Feast, cans of chicken, salmon. Kitty toys, doggie treats, towels, wash cloths, PT, lysol wipes, lint rollers, Tide & Mr. Clean & a box of Goldfish crackers
Cindy from PA/Ann/s friend--glazed ceremic kitty bank for Flash Sale
Eaglewatcher/Beth--Recovery suit/Suitical for mama's & cooling scarves for outside vols.
Faithy MD--4 bags Virbec hygiene chews for the cats (Derecho's favorite!)
Anonymous Friend--Chief tapes
Ronald C--Pet Shop Train/Lionel Train Pet Shop for a raffle
Susan C from OH--donation for FFRC
James H from OH--donation for FFRC
Clark, Jessie & the rest--Happy 1st birthday Elsie with chicken $5
Courtney T/calicomom--note and a donation to FFRC
Neil, our wonderful friend (Sarah's dad)--donation for FFRC
Craig M & family from MI--donation to FFRC
RoseSF6cats--donation to FFRC
Kerswill & Tom--kitty scratchers and bunches of wonderful things
Kay T from Georgia--a beautiful needlepoint of Jacci & daughter Dawn.  Stunning. & I love it!

We have more thanks to give too! 
Donna B from GA--donation for Coralie and in memory of little Nathaniel
Janet M--donation to FFRC
BIllie K--donation to help with Bonnie's medical bills. 
Keiko from CA--donation for FFRC, in memory of Queen Bella
Nigel W from UK--donation for FFRC

We've heard from Sharon who adopted Ozzie. She said it didn't take him long to acclimate to our home and his family! He purrs and plays all the time and they love him. 

Little Woody and Chuckie, Cagney and Livingston are here in the Main Area. We've been bringing them up for several hours a day.  Today though they are up to stay, I hope! We'd like to have them stay in the Main Area and go in Cat's Corner room for night time. That way we can close up the back Thumper's Room for the holiday weekend!  They're all doing good.  Woody and Chuckie are still so small but love to play and eat. Cagney is getting braver. Livingston bottom we are still working on. He's such a sweet boy and is trying very hard to have a healed bum.

Bonnie continues to do better! Still is seizure free since late Monday. She is still a bit foggy-brained but each day seems a bit clearer. Her appetite is good. She's not really playing yet but is content. She's a toughie and we're hoping for a full recovery.

Jones is also in the Main Area and is doing good! What a joy he is. I really think his "cluminess" is diminishing a little bit. He's a hard boy to explain how he moves----you just have to watch him! But the joy "in" him is big. He loves to be loved on and is a happy cat!

We had 2 more adoptions Tuesday evening! Bellissima and Helen went to their new home--to Connie S and Hannah's home! I've seen pictures and they all look ever so happy! That's what it's all about--happy families, happy cats! 

"Real friends are those who, when you've made a fool of yourself, don't believe you've done a permanent job!!   Words from Derecho! 

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Tuesday, June 28

Flat cats---that's what we had yesterday with the Porchies.  Temps in the 90's and very high humidity caused the Porchies to lay flat on the cement to keep cool.  They also received ice in their water bowls. Fabio knows how to do it the best though--belly up!

An update on Bonnie.  As you know, she had major problems after surgery. Sunday she was maintaining her own respirations and heart beat but still critical. Sunday night and Monday early morning was better. Then she began a series of many seizures that went off and on for hours yesterday. Dr. Darcy was consulted and meds were given.  I was so worried about her but tried to stay optimistic.  Last night while being held in the house, she seemed to finally relax naturally. Then she decided she wanted down and proceeded to eat! I was thrilled.  Steve put her to bed in the house late last night and said no more seizures. This morning she ate her own breakfast and has been walking about. No more seizures so far today. She is right now napping alongside Poppy.  So.......we shall see. Oh.......and she purred this morning for me---a beautiful sound!

The "tail" kittens are doing great. Keana is stretched out on my desk napping with her spotty belly showing! Friedricha's tail also looks good.

And an update on Livingston. His anal area abscess is still there (perhaps it's cellulitis), but we have pee!  Sometimes we just have to celebrate these things! He's playing and eating good--both good signs. I haven't noticed any drip-drip-drip from him--he's using the litterbox and is going a proper amount now! 

On Sunday, we had 4 adoptions! Reeves left first--his new mom and dad were so excited to take him home. He's going to be very loved and so welcomed in their home!Reeves is now known as Crochet. A good name!   Ozzie also went to his new home. His new mama couldn't hardly wait to take him home---another super home! And then the family that wanted to adopt Thandi came. They wanted a second cat and after much thought, they decided Abe would be their pick! I'm so happy for this---Abe, an older cat, is such a great boy with lots of love to give. A very good day for these 4 cats.

Monday we had another adoption--Thumper went to his new home! He had been picked out several weeks ago. Such a handsome boy with super soft long fur. He's going to be a well spoiled and happy boy!

We still have more adoptions coming up!

Elsie is now 1 year old. Sure doesn't seem possible! She arrived here in August 2015 when she was just 5 1/2 weeks old. Her eyes had to be removed which we did on 10/31.  That girl secretly has 3 and maybe 5 more eyes hidden that no humans can see!  She goes absolutely everywhere her big heart desires. A very special girl.

Hensley is doing super good. We haven't seen any more seizures since he's been on his PB medication.  Vernon also has been on his bestest behavior.  We all just love how he soaks right in when he is held. I think that Tabitha's starting to work on being adopted---she's been coming out more to be petted by visitors. So nice to see this. And she's a licker--licks everyone's hands! 

The frequent visitors to Bella's Place/doggie outside run are: Trucker, Magic, Vernon, Paddy Purr, Cayden, Franklin Tommy, Gustave, Walter and Hensley. Sometimes they spend hours there with the dogs! 

Speaking of dogs--I've been asked who that little cute sweet dog is. Her name is Joy and she's a oldster Pug. She belongs to our visitor, Donna JB who is visitng FFRC. Two great visitors! 

Thanks to Billie K for her donation to FFRC, in honor of Elsie's birthday.

Pippi has set a record---she is now the fast sprinter cat ever was. I saw her go from the purple office to the Welcome Room in about 4 seconds. She is amazing! Meow still have about 4 weeks here with us at FFRC--her mom/dad are visiting their families in China. That wonderful Chloe is sporting her new "bar is closed" stylish clothes. And she doesn't seem to mind at all.  Cutie is doing great. She likes to take full advantage of any lap available! Lucy Ann was playing this morning with a feathery toy--so nice to see.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Sunday, June 26

What a busy week.  First, I'd like to thank you for caring about Steve.  He's home from the hospital--had a heart procedure done.  Had a bit of complications, but all is well now. He's home , walking about and being ornery already! I'm so glad he's back home. 

We had BOXES on Weds. evening. YOU are appreciated!
Lucygoosey--Senses Comfort Zone for kitties. Scratcher, catnip crazy pants, soft leopard print kitty sack bed, case of Friskies, 40 lb bag of litter
Gerri--for store or Flash Sale---a bunch of mini USB fans!
Stinkygreykitty--for Adoption bags: 20 catnip Kickeroos and adoption stickers!
Jaz/Jan and sister Susan from UK--case of Fancy Feast & bag of Royal Canin Adult
Brook--Baza kitty tower with a kitty cave
Anonymous Friend--a memorial stone for "Dear Little Nathaniel"   big thanks
Charlotte L from WI--thank you & donation
Macncheese&doodlesmom--donation for the center & for the S/N fun in memory of macaroni
Barbara from CT--donation in honor of Ron Robares 70th birthday
Betz--yes, our dear Betz--sent by her son, a gift she had for Walter, Dakota & Elsie--furry mice.
Eaglewatcher, our visitor--660 lb carrying capacity hand cart

More thanks!
Heather H (Judy/Phil's daughter)--2 lg kitty snackers, 12 lg cans Friskies, 6 gals vinegar
Judy & Phil--3 x 5 cards, big envelopes, reinforcements, pencils, paper clips, pens, sharpies, shedding comb, tape, post it notes, rubber bands, cat toys, glue sticks, white out tape
Vickey--friend of Jenni C's--cat food, litter, toys
Gloria P from NJ--a friend of LostGirl--donation for FFRC
Ju-in-ji, Ingrid from Netherlands--donation to help with Djaq's surgery
Kelly L--donation to FFRC
Laura S from PA--donation to FFRC

We had a visitor stop by--Betsy. She adopted Pollyanna and Tate about 10 years ago. Both are doing great and look just so happy and healthy! She brought some towels, blanket and a gift card to FFRC.

Big thanks to Joyce D for providing our pizza surgery lunch and to Gusti for providing the drinks.  Much appreciated. 

Yesterday was our surgery day.  It was 100% all FFRC cats. 15 boys and 5 girls
The boys that were done: Djak, Sanford, Wendell, Ozzie, Terry, Dominic, Thumper, Frilly, Keanu, Reeves, Thandi, Hamilton, Sarge, Kevin and Cagney.

The girls that were done: Vivienne, Bonnie, Keana, Bellissima and Freidricha.

Keana had her tail amputated--she has a small bit left which she can wiggle! She's doing great.
Friedricha had her tail done also--because we worked so hard on her tail last week, she had enough healthy tissue to leave a bit of a tail! So happy about that. 

We had some trouble though with Bonnie.  Bonnie went thru the surgery just fine. But within seconds of being on the post-op table,  her breathing stopped and then her heart stopped.  We immediately got her endotrach tube in and had her back on the monitor and oxygen hook up.  We also started CPR on her immediately. Emergency drugs were given. It took 45 minutes to get her heart beating again. Took a bit longer to get her respirations started.  Keep in mind--she was always on oxygen and heart compressions.  After 2 hours, we felt safe enough to take her off of the monitor and oxygen.  To make a long night short, she is still with us.  She is breathing on her own just fine and her heart is beating nicely. She is not out of the woods yet, however. Things are not normal.........yet.  I'm still hoping for a full recovery.  Time will tell.  In the meantime, she is being syringe fed.  We have had much discussion about what happened--it truly is not known what caused this trouble. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers. 

Livingston also was looked at.  His bottom that he had had so much trouble with has flared up again.  He was "good to go" for days and then an abscess formed.  He's on very good meds for this. Our worry --  if the urethra becomes extra swollen, the urine may have trouble passing.  He's such a chipper fella---we want a full recovery from this sweet baby. He's way too small yet to surgically do a permanent repair. 

Soy Boy was also looked at. He's doing good---not a 100% but close! He's been back out at the Cove and is such a sweet boy.  

Because of the time it took to work on Bonnie, we had to cancel 3 of the spays.  We were not able to get to Millie, Blossom or Violet.  Those are the 3 smallest, so those were the 3 to put on the "next time" list. 

To add to the stress of the day, we had a breaker go down but it was quickly restarted. And the surgery light seemed to have "fallen from the ceiling" and clumked Dr. Darcy.  After getting the bolt back in, all is well.  All in all, it was a good day. Now the adoptions can begin!

I had a special surprise yesterday. Dr. Pettigrew came to visit! I was so happy to see him. He has been a part of this rescue center since the very beginning. It was with pure joy to have him here and to show him the Covies Playground and The House that Jonah Built. 

Here's our update on the surgery numbers for 2016. We have now done 267 surgeries--151 females and 116 males! I want to do more and more of these. 

Catathon items are flying out the door! We have about 90% of the items already in the mail and many have already been received!  We're still waiting for a few PayPals!

Please remember to vote at   I sure do appreciate your votes.  You can vote daily. Thank you!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Weds., June 22

We have blossomed!  Our Grand Total for the 2016 Catathon is now at $37,692!! Isn't that just amazing and ever so wonderful!  We are already working on our goals. The new shed is now paid for. The picnic table is here and is being enjoyed by visitors. The load of stones is in place and now paid for. We're working on the replacement sign for the front yard. The new heavy duty yard wagon is put together and is in use. More things will be accomplished as we have time! 

We are keeping Goin' Postal mighty busy. As promised, we started on Monday with packing things up and getting them sent out to the correct homes! Keep an eye on the mail--things are going out the door quickly!

We are still soaking in the wonderfulness of Catathon! It was an absolutely wonderful day, filled with much friendship and great people, both here and you folks "out there"! 

I understand we may have some rough weather coming in this evening. No worries---we have our wonderful Jena Radar/generator ready to kick in! We've also spent some of today making sure things are secure and that the Barnies, Porchies, Firecats and Covies are extra safe. 

Today, we have two cats at the vets for their dentals. Both Mew (a Porchie) and Rowland (a Covie) are there right now. Mew is done and Rowland soon will be. And then we'll bring them home to spend a night inside before returning them to their home areas. 

Saturday is our big spay/neuter day here at FFRC. When these kittens are neutered/spayed, we will then be able to get some of them into their new homes that are waiting for them! We have one public spay coming in, but otherwise we have kept it to FFRC as we have many to do ourselves.  Here is the list along with their weights:: 
Boys: Djak (2.02), Sanford (2.02), Wendell (2.03), Ozzie (2.05), Terry (2.09), Dominic (3.07), Thumper (2.08), Frilly (2.06), Keanu (3.04), Reeves (3.01) Thandi (2.07), Hamilton (2.10), Sarge (3.00), Kevin (3.05).

Girls: Vivienne (6.01), Bonnie (2.03), Milly (2.02), Keana (3.01), Belissima (2.10) and Friedricha (2.02).   We also have two more waiting "in the wings" because of their weight.  They are Violet who weighed 1.14 and Blossom who weighed 1.15.  We will reweigh them Friday.  Keana will also have her tail removed where it is severely fractured at.  Dr. Darcy will make a decision on Friedricha's tail. 

We also will have Dr. Darcy do a few physicals: Vivienne, Jones, Soy Boy, Gustave, Hensley, Jessie, Paddy Cake, Polly and Sea Turtle. Some of these are because they are due for their yearly physicals.  

Soy Boy has had a bit of a rough time. He is a Covie. This is his second incident of having Nystagmus--this is an involuntary, rapid and repetitive movement of the eyes. He also has had trouble standing on his feet but that has much improved. There can be many reasons for this. Right now he is doing better and back in the Cove with daily meds being given.

We have several new cats! We'll do a refresher on the last few and 2 introductions! 
Livingston arrived on 6/13 with that very awful swollen hiney where he couldn't potty.  He has gained weight, is a super playful boy and can potty just fine now--the swelling is gone! His birthday is 5/12/16. He is even done with all his medications.

Chuckie and Woody--these two wee babies also arrived on 6/13. They were under a pool in a tunnel that was dug by a woodchuck (hence their names!). Their birthday is 5/20/16. Both are ASH brown tigers--so sweet and both purr so big. Woody is a bit bigger than Chuckie. 

Cagney arrived 6/20/16. His birthday is 4/25/16. This little guy was found 5 days before coming here all alone. A person picked him up and cared for him before bringing him here. He's a black tiger/white. A little shy but likes to purr! He is making friends with Livingston, Chuckie and Woody.  

And then there is Jones. Remember that cat that we were to get a week or so ago that didn't come on that Monday? He's here. Connie D, our vol, went and picked him up on Tuesday.  Well, this boy has us wrapped right around his bushy tail. He's a year old, his birthday is 5/26/15 and he's a long hair gold boy, already neutered. We have him current on his vaccines, tests, etc.  But, he definitely is "different".  I say that in all kindness, but not quite sure how to describe him. He was given to a kind lady when he was 6 months old, being told he was "special". And he is! She had him for 6 months and then relinquished him to FFRC because she knew he needed some medical help. He was thought to be a CH cat, but I don't believe that is true. He possibly may have seizures? We're not sure. He is not an FIP cat. But he definitely has some neurological issues. He sometimes wobbles on his back end. He sometimes flips over and waves his paws in the air. He sometimes stretches way way out and then topples over. He's very unique. Dr. Darcy has seen him already. We have him on meds in case there's a cranial infection or toxo or ???  He does actually seem to be a bit better--time will tell. In the meantime, if you need a cat to hold and hug, he's your boy! He's crazy about being loved on! Such a super sweet cat. 

All of the above mentioned will soon be in the Main Area, including Jones. And, with all this, I think we are caught up!  Steve and I will be gone for the whole day tomorrow--he will have some procedures done. Good thoughts and prayers are welcome.  My daughter Caryn will come and be here to care for my mom the whole day! Sure appreciate this! Have a happy day to you all! 

Monday, June 20, 2016

Monday, June 20

Catathon 2016--our 6th Catathon is now over.  What a whole lot of fun, much friendship, and funds raised for the Rescue Center. This blog is about my thankfulness.

This event took many people to pull it together. I thank all those who were here physically to help make yesterday run smoothly!     

Round 1:  This is a much family affair to me today! I have my husband Steve here, my mom, sister, all 3 daughters and son and many grandchildren. It does my heart good to know I have their support. For Round 1: $2,185

Round 2: We have over 40 people who are volunteering their time to make the Catathon possible. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.     For Round 2: Grand total--$6,835

Round 3: Big thanks to all the people that have beeninvolved in promoting the Catathon to all our viewers. From Jenni taking the pictures and organizing them, to MK and SonJa doing the descriptions, to Dawnstar for all his awesome Catathon videos, to Canton for helping with the Raffle and promoting in FB, to VRS1cats and Clay for all the major hard work coordinating the website, to Dawnstar, Jim & JustMe for making sure all the computer systems work perfectly, to Pat P and Jocelyn for doing the Raffle tickets and to all the mods and admins for promoting it to our web friends.  Grand total:   $9,655

Round 4: On friendship: "When you come to another with love in your heart, asking nothing, only offering that love, you create miraculous relationships!"  Just think of the friendships we have formed thru our webcam with one another---it's just amazing!   Grand total:  $16,575

Round 5: A super special thanks to all the people who made this Catathon possible by providing all the items that are in the Baskets, Big Ticket Items, the Big Big Ticket items and for the Catathon Raffle.  95% of the items were provided by you folks out there in camland. YOU are appreicated! 
Grand total: $22,190

Round 6: Mother Teresa said: "It is not how much you do, but how much love you put in the doing".  Grand total:  $30,240

Round 7:  This is what we are:   FFRCNation/Many Countries/One Heart/One Mission/One Nation. And big thanks for all hte Catribution donations!  Grand total: $34,442

Updates this morning went to $36,822 and then to $37,522 !!!!!

Our goals for the 2016 Catathon---
A permanent electric line for the FireCat’s  FireHouse    $800
A permanent heating system for THTJB                        $4,000
     (includes the new tank, line into THTJB, the furnace)
Replacement window for Kitty Campus Room & little window    $ 1,200
New shed for FFRC                                                                         $2,000
Repair on roof by awning and sunporch                                   $1,250
Picnic Table                                                                                $150
Freezer (ours is 25 yrs old & is thawing)                                   $800
A Kuranda Tower for Bella’s Place                                           $215
Maintenance check on generator                                               $255
Our current vet bill $3,664  (we don’t want to drain Feliz Navidad Fund all the way.
Load of stones for around Shelter House/stone lane            $625
Replacement for 1 of the heavy duty wagons             $225
a replacement FFRC yard sign                                    $700
Cement slab in Bella’s Place, outside of door             $400
 TOTAL   $16,284

IF we are able to meet these needs and have excess funds, we truly need to apply it to our operational weekly needs. Our week to week needs normally amount to $4800.  This covers a huge assortment of needs.    

We had a lot of fun with the Pie in the Face---all good, clean (or not so clean!!) fun. The winning participants were Catopractor, BillyPogo and Connie D. Thanks for being such good sports!  And who was that very strange older lady who kept coming in???!!  And then we had visits from an Antonio too!  All fun times!

These were my thoughts:
To my family, chatters, lurkers, viewers, supporters, friends, mods, admins---all who are involved with FFRC.  This has been the hardest part of this Catathon---knowing how to thank you all properly.  I am a big believer in making sure folks know how grateful we are for the support shown to this Rescue Center.  My parents taught me that long ago and I shall always honor that.

But, how to fully say thanks is difficult. There are not enough words. When we first started our 24/7 cam, people were numbers to us at first, as we didn't know you. As time went on and we could communicate thru the chat and audio, we were able to really talk to you and become friends. Wow--those numbers out there turned into real people who really love our cats. We have now become attached--we know each other even though many we have not met. We hear your voices in your chat and on fb.  We feel the love you give--yes, it comes right thru that cam. I know it may seem weird, but we can"feel" you--your friendship, your love, your compassion. It's quite amazable.

You share your time with us, your boxes, your gifts, your votes, your thoughts, your friendships---your very selves. And we love it. While we do the work-part here at FFRC and can physically be here in person, we know that you too KNOW these cats and kittens and the volunteers. We have become woven together in this great FFRCNation that we have. We truly have become a Nation that not only shares the love of cats but have encompassed so many friendships. It does my heart good when I see the closeness so many of you have with one another and here with us. We have become like a family.

This is so important to this Rescue Center. You have helped us accomplish things I never thought was possible. It relieves me of the great worry of how can we do this, how can we financially do that, how can we afford to feed these cats---the list goes on and on. Your help and support is superb and so very gratefully received.

I know I may be partial, but I doubt there's another rescue out there with the bestest friends like yourselves, our great mods and admins. And I KNOW the cats here are loved so much, not only by us that are here but by you.....our friends. Never ever doubt that one person can make a difference, as each one of you is important to me and the cats of FFRC.  You and the volunteers are my heroes.  I thank you from the bottom of my heart for being a part of what we do here.  We are indeed all FFRCNation, interwoven with love, compassion and friendship and I am so blessed to be a part of this.  Thank you. 


Thursday, June 16, 2016

Thursday, June 16

Hensley is having his morning nap on my desk. Magic is curled up here too and Kiara  and Paddy Purr are on other cushies on the far part of the desk. Very peaceful!

The Catathon Raffle is now over! You folks are awesome and really made us work, which is wonderful!! I am grateful for each and every vote. We will do the drawings for each item during the Catathon. During Round 6 we will announce the winners of the pie people which will then happen after Round 7 while we are waiting for totals. So......stick around for the fun! 

We had BOXES last night---ever so grateful for your help!
Nona S from NY--silvadine ointment, l-lysine, 2 cans clams, 3 cans salmon, 4 cans chicken, Human vitamins for vols. 
Anonymous Friend--case of Friskies
Anne-in-UK--card made by Anne with Trucker!  4-37 x 74 cat scarves--so beautiful. A bunch of her wonderful key chains!
Eaglewatcher--6 mega tubs of Lysol Wipes
Victoria & Carlos with Abbey, their 19 yr. old cat--32 case of Friskies and a 24 case of Fancy Feast
Vicki B--6 bags of Royal Canin Baby Cat dry
Nancy S from Defiance--donation in memory of Becky M's mom
Alan, Elaine & LittleKat--card with photo of pretty LittleKat & 2 chicken $5's. From Little Kat--her allowance given as a donation to FFRC
MLS--4 pairs of good sharp sissors!
Taylor, Jessie & Shawn--visitors, PT, plates, washcloths, toys, cat bed, kitty food, clorox wipes
JustMe/Kathy, mod--stuff opened off cam as requested! 

We also need to catch up on our thanks from Monday's BOXES! 
Mary from Arch, vol--5 bags Trader Joe's popcorn, 4 rugs, 4 cans 9-Lives, 10 cans Sheba
Joco--12 lg. cans salmon
Napa/Donna, our mod--CCTV Solar Indoor/Outdoor cam
Julie & David from UK--Happy 2nd Birthday to Vernon with his chicken $5
Melissa L from NY--donation to FFRC
Eaglewater/Beth--3 filters for shop vacs
Clark, Jessie & the Rest--Happy 4th BD to Coral, HB to Vern & Bruno and HB to PB--all with their $5 to spend on chicken! 

And we're not done yet! Many thanks--
Shannon S  from IL--donation to be used for the spay/neuter program to cover costs that owners may not be able to!
Lana H--donation to FFRC
Kathy/justme--good "stuff"!
SonJa M/mod--donation to the Chickie Fund in honor of Vern's birthday! (he has to share!)
Alan & Elaine--visitors here from FL for Catathon--they brought a trunk load of "stuff"--many different categories of goodies for us! 

Yesterday we had 3 cats go to the vet's for the day. Oliver, our Covie, had a dental. We had his teeth checked a few weeks ago and knew that he needed some attention. Oliver had 10 teeth pulled and is he ever happy! I can see a difference already! He spent the night inside but will rejoin his friends today. He has a long acting antibiotic in him and this morning was given a 24 hour soreness meds.  Come and visit and he will smile for you!

Then we had little Friedricha had some work done. We were aware that she didn't weigh enough and still didn't yesterday morning, but we wanted Dr. Darcy to see her so she went too! They clipped more of the "dead" tail off. The stub that is left is bandaged temporarily. We've got a plan! We will alternate treatment meds for her tail in hopes of achieving more healthy tissue.  We'll keep track of her weight too.

Charles also went up for a visit. He's a bit worrisome.  His lymph glands are very swollen. His growth in his mouth doesn't look good.  His lab work does not indicate FIP, which is a huge relief.  We want to run a second FIV/Leuk test even though it hasn't been 4 weeks yet.  Will keep you posted.

You still have time to pre-register! You can go to our website  for the directions! It's easy and will make bidding at the Catathon faster!

The kittens have now spent a few nights in the Main Area and they've passed with flying colors. They are all doing super good. And yes....Chloe is sporting a sock.  Those kittens just will not stop nursing so once again I had to raid Steve's sock drawer! That Pippi--wow, she is a little firecracker. She and Elsie have no bounds on their energy level! Two very busy cats.

Oliver just went back to his beloved Cove.  He gladly walked out of the crate and joined his friends! The Covies are doing great. This morning, we had quite a few of the grey barn cats come up for breakfast. It's interesting how they are migrating up for a meal. Annabelle was there, along with Bibby and Middy. And Blake let me do a back scratch on him!

Come join us for the fun of Catathon. This is our main fundraiser for FFRC. This year we will not take on a large building project.  For 2016, we will focus on repairs and maintenance and other needs. 
Here are a few things we hope to raise funds for:

A permanent electric line for the FireCat's FireHouse     $800
A permanent heating system for THTJB. (a gas tank, l;ine into THTJB, the furnace)     $4,000
Replacement windows for Kitty Campus Room & another window in Main Area     $1,200
New shed for FFRC     $2,000
Repair of roof by awning and sunporch     $1250
Picnic Table     $150
Freezer  (ours is at least 25 years old)     $800
A Kuranda Tower for Bella's Place  $215
Maintenance check on generator     $255
Our current vet bill      $3,664  (we don't want to drain our Feliz Navidad Fund all the way)
Load of stones for around Shelter House/stone lane  $625
Replacement for heavy duty wagon   $225

This comes to a total of $15,184. 

If we are able to meet these needs and have excess funds, we truly need to apply it to our operational weekly needs.  Our week to week needs normally amount to $3,000.  This covers a huge assortment of needs. 

You all have a wonderful day!  The cats and I are grateful for your support and friendship!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Monday, June 13

We are now in Catathon Week! 6 more days!  The Catathon Raffle started yesterday and will end on Weds. morning at 9:00 am.  Check out the cam for the video, FB FFRC pages or FFRCNation for info! It's an exciting Raffle! The drawings will be during the Cathon. Here's the schedule for that:
Round 1     Item A and B
Round 2     Item C and D
Round 3     Item E and F
Round 4     Item G and H
Round 5     Item I and J
Round 6     Item K--announce names of 3 pie people! (the people selected are excited!)
Round 7     Consolation Prizes
After Round 7--Pie Time!

The past 3 days we have been involved with the Concessions for the Defiance Dance Recital. It's now over and we are happy with the results. We profited approximately $800!!! Wonderful!  Many thanks to the following for giving hours of their time to make this successful:  Steve, Tabby, Tween, Gem, Bill, Angie, Kathy R, Jocie, Anthony and Dawn E. A good weekend!

Many thanks too to Tabby and Tween for their donation this weekend (they stayed the whole weekend to help with the concessions!!)--15 gal. vinegar, 15 broths, 1 ream paper, Blue Buffalo dog food, 3 litters. 
Alex and Heidi--Alex donated some service hours for 4-H--snackers, case of 9-Lives.

I would like to let you know, with a very heavy heart, that our Nathaniel has passed away. I knew he wasn't the best on Friday night. Saturday during the day showed that he was failing. He passed away late Saturday night while being held and given kisses.  I know beyond a doubt that he knew he was loved. I just miss this little one. I had such high hopes for his future here. Thank you all for caring about him.  He will be greatly missed. Sadly too, all 4 kittens in that litter has passed. 

If you're ever here and need a pick-me-up---just reach for a cat. Their purring will soothe you and cause good feelings again.  

We have a "new" kitten! Friedrich is now Friedricha.  Yes, he is a she. I can hear it now---oh no---a mistake!!  lol  In my defense, his, er.....I mean, her hiney was so utterly swollen from his accident, that "parts" looked different than now. The swelling is much better and parts are now visible. And besides, she likes that name--makes her smile and meow!  Friedricha it is!  Her surgery is scheduled for Weds. I will admit I have some worry. The injury extends above the base of the tail. To do a tail amputation, it's important to go beyond the injury site. I'm thankful we have such awesome vets to work on her. Keep her in your good thoughts and prayers for her surgery please. 

We have kitties on hold! As you know, they have to wait until after their spays/neuters to go to their new homes. The kittens that are spoken for already are: Wendell, Ozzie, Thumper, Theron, Thandi, Helen and Bellissima.  Happy, loving homes coming up!

Here's two of our sayings that we have on one of our doors:

"There are potentially wonderful friends all over the world, just waiting to be met".

"This Rescue Center is a place of JOY!  Please..only bring peace, friendship and a good heart within our Rescue Center". 

Take care, everyone! Remember the Raffle! And please add your vote today at    We surely do appreciate that! Have a wonderful day! 

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Saturday, July 11

Wow---lots of "stuff" going on!  Last night, today (twice) and tomorrow afternoon we have our concessions going on for the annual Dance Recital. Lots of work but it's a fundraiser which we are grateful to have! We'll go thru probably 30 cases of bottled water and many candy bars, sandwiches, chips, cheese, crackers, peanuts, etc!  

Here's a few of the happenings for this week:
Saturday--2 concession times at the Dance Recital
Sunday--1 concession time at the Dance Recital and Catathon Raffle begins!
Weds.--Catathon Raffle ends, 2 dental surgeries & 1 tail amputation
Thurs.--Arthur phone company comes and works on phone lines for Catathon,
Friday--Werlor comes to do an extra pick up, double check pizza order for Sunday PM, 
Saturday--big TV comes for Catathon, rearranging of furniture begins, set up for Catathon

And during all of this, treatments for the cats continue, visitors arrive, people coming to look at the cats, making sure the farmyard is tidy, etc.---lots of things happening! 

Big thanks to give:
Gusti--donation to help with Brayer's neutering & meds.
Kris M from MN--donation for Derecho, Nathaniel and Bruno
Kelly I--donation for FFRC
Nikki M--visitor --3-48 pk paper plates, PT, 3 pk Lysol wipes, 2 vinegars, 2 bleach, case of kitty wipes, dz. can cat food, 44 cans cat food, kitchen bags
Lostgirl/Debbie--3 bags lg. foam plates and 4 cases Arnold Palmer Tea

We have also had more donations made in memory of our friend, Betz--Twitch Account, Louise C from IL, Lynda S from MN and Kikimycat.  Thank you. 

Tomorrow morning the Catathon Raffle begins. Wow--the items are just fantastic. All it takes is ONE ticket to win! You can go thru PayPal or if you'd like to send a check, that is fine---we just need to have it here by or on Weds.  You can also email if mailing in a check! We will also have 6 really nice consolation prizes: 2 Bago bear cat pads & spider toy, Larissa Treasure Box, LJ's flat cat Yawn, Oxford Purple Cat Carrier (Beth), Biggiedew/leggydew/pillowcase set and  Coffee/cream Afghan by Rosemary. These consolation prizes will be announced in Round 7. 

Brayer is doing better. His bite wounds are healing. It's amazing how antibiotics can make such a huge difference. Charles also continues his treatments--seems to be a gentle boy. We are continuing our watch on his mouth growth.

The routine for the babies is now "in their head". They know they spend the night in the back Thumper's Room and then after breakfast, they come spilling out!Such smart kitties. Coralie is right now here by my desk, up on a Kuranda Tower overlooking 5 kittens playing below her!

We got the flea prevention applied to all the Covies, Porchies and Barnies over the last 2 days. Still working on the FireCats. It's quite a "job" getting them all done---takes lots of coaxing, chicken and snackers. The second we open the packet of flea prevention---they know and off they go! 

Have a terrific weekend.  Blogs may be fewer/shorter next week! Catathon preparation  in full gear now! 


Thursday, June 9, 2016

Thursday, June 9

The herd of kittens are now in the front Main Area!  Have to do the "kitty shuffle" once again. No picking feet up high!  These 17 kittens (with Nathaniel) and the 3 greys are super sweet--very active and all have nice round tummies! Have to love those FFRC tummies!  We have a few of them on hold but they will have to wait until after their spay/neuter date which is June 25. They still go back in the Thumper's Room for their night time sleep.

We had BOXES last night! So many thanks are given to YOU!
Donna--Coralie's Friend & her kitties--For Coralie & friends--3 cases of appetizers, Friskies Party mix, pet bed for Coralie
Scottycat\mod--For Catathon - Mod basket--note pad and cards, Scotland souvenir plate, tea bag holder, handker chief  Scottydog" gift set
Joco---10 cans of Bumble Bee tuna
Nona-- 4 shop vac dust collection filters & 4 shop vac filter sleeves
Carla C--- bag of K-cups--cider, teas, hot chocolate and coffee packets
Jatcat--snuggle kitty warmer with heartbeat for Nathaniel
Barbara & sister anita\anitabs1--to be used where needed --lots of beautiful Jewlery --made with Swarovski crytal beads, seed beads, sterling silver and gold filled findings--bracelets, earrings, necklaces--all so beautiful!
Justme\Kathy--- Stone for Cleo, cable for sound  system
MLS--- 4 cases of baby food
Eaglewatcher\Beth--- 5 cases of BFF tuna and chicken kitty food
Zoolove-- case of baby food
lannml---4 16# bags of adult Purina One
Plee--- 34 24 packs of Whiskas Purrfectly Chicken
Slight Family (visitors) --dry cat food, - 2 cases of Friskies Pate, 8 hand towles
Pat P\Volunteer---brought in donation of stuff
Smiley and husband Gregg from FL (visitors)--Friskies, cat nip chasers, snackers, milk bones for the doggies, 6 appetizers
Lostgirl---3 packets of micro fiber wash clothes
Seth and Kayla (visitors)- laundry soap, bleach, coupons
Anony--- 2 hand sanitizers, 6 Kleenex, 9 Clorox wipes
Helen N from OH-- onation
Trudi S from Bryant---donation
Tom C from IL---donation
Clark Jessie & The Rest--- Happy Birthday card to Cliff and Kiara and the famous $5 for chicken

Thank you too for these folks--
Michael JW--donation to FFRC
Brendan D--donation to FFRC
Thomas W--donation to FFRC

As most of you already know, our dear friend Betz has passed away on the 7th, in the morning. She was a real treasure to FFRC and will be greatly missed. Always a kind soul who loved the cats and her FFRC friends. We have had some donations made in her memory and to sponsor her to favorite cats Walter, Walter, Walter and Cutie. We will have a leaf for the Tree of Giving made for Betz. 
Many thanks to these folks for your donation for Betz--Fran D frin FL, Kittiesmom, Kikinanz, Snoopymom, Kimkost, Gusti, Jacksmom, Pilvi, lannml, ju-in-ji.

I've heard from the mom that adopted Jinkee, now known as Jinx. She says--Jinx is the perfect fit for the family, loves the kids, belly rubs and the windows to watch the birds! 

Please remember to vote daily
This gives us an opportunity to win funds for FFRC!  A vote a day is appreciated!  We are at 5,431 this morning. 

It's been 2 weeks since Hensley has had a seizure! Hoping this means his medication is working! He's napping here beside me right now, along with Paddy Purr and Gustave.  Nathaniel is right by me on the floor with Shawnee hovering over him! 

We took in a new cat. His name is Brayer, a Name a Cat name. He's a brown tiger boy about 1 1/2 years old. He's a lucky boy---he is at the top of the statistics for having leukemia---an outside, unneutered male with bite wounds. But..his tests show negative. He will be neutered very soon and probably put in the Big Red Barn to have those Barnies as his friends. Brayer will be a nice addition to the farmyard---a real sweetie.  He's on antibiotics for his wounds, which are already healing. He also came in fairly dehydrated--drank, drank and drank some more! 

10 more days to Catathon! Please remember to pre-register--simply go to our website at and follow the link! It will help a lot on the day of the Catathon. As of today, we have 149 pre-registered people!  Check out the information on all the items that will be in for the Catathon--pictures and descriptions in our website! 

And don't forget---this Sunday starts the Catathon Raffle!  Awesome items!  This info will be seen soon on our cam video and the fb pages! The items are really wonderful and Item K is very very interesting! 

Take care, enjoy this beautiful day!  

Monday, June 6, 2016

Monday, June 6

Ohhhh, what a beautiful day.......a great big beautiful day!  And the's a spay/neuter Transport Day!  I am thrilled to be a part of this! We had 27 cats that were loaded up ont he Transport Bus early this morning--22 females and 5 boys. Our total numbers are growing! We are now at 136 females and 109 males making that a total of 245 that FFRC has been involved with. We were hoping for a few more today but sometimes the owners have a difficult time catching the ferals. We understand that. 

Because our next FFRC surgery date (June 25) will be completely full with our own FFRC needs, we won't be able to open that up to the public for this month. With all of our kittens closing in on 2 pounds, we will have plenty of our own to do. 

We are very grateful for these folks and their donations--
Tracy L--donation for FFRC
Hallie G--donation to FFRC
David D--donation to FFRC
Susan G--donation in memory of Adrian & Malcolm's Princess Patch to be used where needed

Cliff, our Porchie is 8 years old today! He arrived when he was just 1 year old. Cliff is our orangie boy with the cleft lip. He is a bit shy but once you start petting him, he loves it! 

The kittens are up in the Main Area! All 16 of them! We have to keep special track of Nathaniel. The rest of them are already exploring every nook and cranny that they can find. We even have Chloe, the protective mama, out. So far, so good.  We will probably take them back to the Back Thumper's Room for bedtime though. It's much bigger than the Cat's Corner Room and that will give them a peaceful night of sleep. Dominick, Reeves and Thumper are definately the big boys running around. We weighed all the kittens this morning and I'm happy to say that they've all gained weight.  A real good recovery for them from when they were under the weather earlier.

Charles is doing great. He's taking his meds like a good boy. He's right now down exploring a bit. Such a very handsome boy---he seems to have some spotty dotties on him!

All is going well with Hensley and his meds. No new seizures. He takes his meds nicely too. Alsie has been retrieved from way up high about 4 times already today. I think she just enjoys seeing us worrying about her!  She's one of those extra sensory girls!

The Covies are doing wonderful. They get their Cove blasted weekly for cleanliness. And The House that Jonah Built is scrubbed several times a week.  Their yard was just mowed and so it looks extra nice! They love to sprawl out on the cement when the sun is there. 

The Barnies are also doing good. They willingly share some of their sleep beds with the chickens. Such a funny site! Maverick and Mercy are out in the large yard today, mowing the grass!

Joey is climbing all around my desk! He's such a doubly handsome boy. Farrah is sound asleep on my desk. Reeves is climbing up my back.....again!  Shawnee is watching the kittens playing here in the office. Vernon seems to be enjoying the kitty commotion from his favorite chair.  All is good.  

Please remember to walk for ResQwalk. And to vote daily for the Eagle Rare Life contest. We are now at 3,548. And you can now pre-register for the Catathon--just go to our website at   Thanks to you all for your support! 

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Sunday, June 5

Two weeks from today is Catathon--it's a moving up closer! Tomorrow is our big Transport Day--I love these special spay/neuter events. I believe we have 35 signed up--more statistics later! We are already working on the July 5th date. For July, it'll be a Tuesday because of the holiday falling on the Monday. 

We had BOXES on Friday evening! We are so grateful for YOU!
Susan345--6 boxes of Bondi Licks--Hensley sends his thanks too!
Annette B with Elsie whose BD is the same as Rory--5/15/2011.  HB Rory!  Gives to share with his Covie Friends--foam plates, pkts of Whiskas, 10 appetizers, Meow Mix tubs, 12 cans Friskies, 12 cans Fancy Feast, lots of snackers and toys--already at the Cove for them!
Diana & Amy from OH--2 bags snackers, tuna, salmon, Juice boxes, Sunkist Fruit Gems, 2 bottles hand soap
Joco--84 pkts of Fancy Feast Broth, chicken & tuna Delectables pkts 
Julie & David P--Happy 2nd birthday to Trucker with 3 chicken $5
Clark, Jessie & Rest--HB Seymour (2), Dorothy (2), Abvey Baby (12)--all with their chicken $5
Keith & Linda C from Scotland--Catathon--Beautiful crochted items by her mum--purple sweaters/red sweaters, 2 blue sweaters, blue hat, peach/white sweater with mitties & hat, White sweater with hat, yellow sweater, white afghan, red pullover sweater/red/white hat.  All so beautifuL!  For humans: Caramel sweetheart chocolates
Anonymous Friend--2 cases Friskies 32 count
Justme/mod--2 Fun run Tunnels for the Covies
Judi Sp--3 bags of Precious Litter
Deb11111--donation for the Paddy Bros & for Friedrich's tail upcoming surgery.
Jakesmeowmy--donation for FFRC

Please keep walking/running/biking for FFRC!  We just received $33.47 for the month of May! It's money we receive just by us exercising! It's a free app--it's good for your heart and for the kitties! If you're not already signed up--the app is ResQwalk! So far, FFRC has received $391.17--thanks so much for this!

Today is Kiara's birthday!She is now 9 years old. Doesn't seem possible. She arrived here when she was 7 weeks old, just a little baby. She's such a happy girl!

We are now involved with the Eagle Rare Life contest.  It goes by votes, is free to help us and we are very appreciative. You can vote every day. The contest ends on Jan. 4. Right now we have 2,698 votes! We are in the "Devotion" section. Here is the link:

We had an adoption on Friday! Little Dakota went to his new home. He is going to be one much loved kitten with alot of human love going on! I do believe he had this lady pegged from the moment she came into the Rescue Center!

Let's talk shoes! I know that sounds weird but I'm being asked about this. So.....let's go over it.  It was suggested that everyone that comes here should remove shoes before entering the Rescue Center.  I can say with assuredly, that that won't happen.  I have been to so many Rescues/Shelters over the years and have not ever been asked once about removing my shoes. There is no way on earth that any rescue can be 100% clean, but we do rank up there are a healthy clean rescue. And think about this---we WANT our cats/kittens to be subjected to some of the germs of the world. Otherwise, their immune systems would never be enough to meet the need. I've done research on this also. No place in all the well known places have requested shoe removal. Or footbaths for that matter. "Footbaths are inadequate to prevent infectious disease spread and should not be relied on for this purpose. Poorly maintained footbaths may even contribute to the spread of disease and is impractical as contact time with the disinfectant is 10 minutes (for the shoes in the disinfectant)".  And from another source--"If the basic environmental cleaning program is effective, the risk of transmitting disease via footwear is probably not all that high".  A person could as easily spread germs by basic contact.  We do not want our cats and kittens to grow up without contact---so we will continue to clean as we do which has a high standard and love on the cats. I'm sure there are some that disagree with this but our procedures are not going to include removing shoes for the volunteers or visitors. And here's a couple thoughtful thinks---what about hospitals---they do not require shoe removals. Or vet offices. If we were to remove all  germs, we would setting our cats (and humans) up for contracting more diseases.  We can go a long way in preventing contagious germs from spreading with good hand washing, reducing stress, good quality food, good vaccines and our daily cleaning. 

Pippi is doing just fine from her spay. Because she was in heat, it will still take another week for her hormone level to decrease. She sure loves to play! Little Friedrich is doing so much better. The soreness of the tail injury is easing somewhat. His surgery is still scheduled for 6/15. Charles is also doing great. He's still sleeping alot, on his 2 antibiotics and no more ticks! He looks so much like Azar. Charles is becoming a purr-boy! And he sure likes his cozie bed!

Check out the website! It's  Lots of information about our upcoming Catathon! Just click on the Catathon 2016 link! You can see the entire schedule now--what baskets and big ticket items are in what round. Then if you click on the picture, it'll enlarge for a good look-see! The date is June 19th and starts at 1:00.

A week from today starts the Catathon Raffle! Soon there will be information/descriptions on the Raffle in facebook, FFRCNation and a video on our cam. We have 11 items. The raffle ends on Weds. at 9 am.  The winners of the raffle will be pulled during the Catathon itself! The items for the Raffle are:  
A--3 Sweet Kitties Painting
B-Xbox One 360
C-Cat Wheel 48 inches
D-Knox Smoker Propane
E-Troyer Country Amish Basket/2 aprons
F-BBQ Alex Charcoal Grill
G-Laptop & Printer/keyboard
H-Kindle Fire HD 10
I-iPad Air 16 gb
J-Samsung Smart TV 50"
K-Cream Pie in the Face!  Yes, this is a fun extra event. Vote for the person(s) you want to be selected.  It'll happen after Round 7 of Catathon.  You will be able to place a vote(s) on 9 pre-selected FFRC people! 

Please.........if you ever have questions for me, feel free to email.  Or if I've missed something--it's fine to contact me. And as you go thru the Catathon schedule/categories, if you see something amiss, please let me know! I will try my hardest to make things right. 

Friday, June 3, 2016

Friday, June 3

Vivienne is running so fast--her leg is healing nicely. She and Magic love to chase those sparkly balls. Hensley is in my lap.  Asha is close by all curled up in a sleepy ball.  Kiara is stretched out in a sun beam. Trucker is napping with his chin on my foot! Franklin is trying to figure out what toy in the pile he wants. Life is good!

We had BOXES Weds. evening. We are grateful for you!
Boudicca--ceramic kitty measuring cups
Kris M--for Nathaniel, a purring Purple Cuddle Pillow & a Snuggle mama (uses these at night) 
Cita & Scotty--Catathon: Mod Basket--cheese round & Stroopwaffles in a Dutch tin. For Moss family--stroopwaffles, cheese round & meat roll
WiddleTigger/admin for fb--for Poppi & Friends--bag of 100 mylar balls, box of mice, spring toys, balls with bells. Now Poppi has lots of toys! 
Billypogo/mod & Bonnie, Gallant & the other Pogos--Catathon: Mod Basket--flip flop sign, Virginia peanuts, Sea Shell candles, Peacock magnet, kitty magnet, 2 kitty travel mugs, 2 books, Cardinal garden spinner
Great Aunt Julie from IA--Reese white PB cups, Lindt candy, rice cereal, greeting cards, Knitting machine for Catathon
Aunt of Clark, Jessie & the Rest--Memorial day card with Chicken $5, in memory of Kenneth, Jimmie, Kurtis and Charles
Dan and Joy D--card and donation to FFRC, with hugs to Joyful, Asha & all!

Also thanks to:
Donna B from GA--donation for Coralie
Kathy M from MN--donation in memory of our beautiful, brave, loving Cleo
fMaryAnn from SC--donation in honor of Seymour's BD and in memory of sweet Cleo
Helina/Pilvi--donation in memory of sweet Cleo

Check out the website and keep a close eye on it!  Catathon info by the truckload is coming in! You can already pre-register. The purpose of pre-registering is so when you call in for a bid, all you have to do is give your name. If not pre-registered, lots more info will be needed. Much quicker if you are pre-registered. It doesn't mean you have to bid, just means you might make a bid!  Just go to our website, click on the gold bar on Catathon 2016 and then click on the "Click here to preregister online now"!  Also, very very soon you will be able to see close up and personal--all the baskets, big ticket items and the big big ticket items. Plus a detailed list of what is in each basket. Plus you'll be able to click on the pics for a close up view!  Many thanks to Jenni, Vaun and Clay for making this be possible. 

We took in 2 cats on Weds.  On that evening, we took in a cat and a kitten, both in need. The first is a young cat, 10 months old, grey tiger with white. He came in thin and had many ticks--at least 30 full ticks on him.  Those were removed. A scrubbing bath felt good to him. He was started on special antibiotics because of a tick-causing disease, just as a precaution. He also has a growth in his mouth that we have already talked to our vet about. We are hoping it's a flammatory response and not a mouth cancer.  His birthday is 8/2/15 and his name is Charles (a Name a Cat name).

The second one is a 7 week old kitten. His birthday is 4/13/16. He weighs just 1.09. His tail has been degloved (where skin/fur has been stripped off), probably from a tire or something heavy on his tail. Kitty went one way, tail didn't follow and so was degloved. It's very painful and red. He is on antibiotics and soreness meds. His injury extends to the very base of his tail which is a worry but he is aware when he has to poo or pee---that is good.  His surgery to remove the remaining bony tail is June 15. His name is Friedrich (a Name a Cat name). 

Pippi is at the vets office today for her spay. She will be coming back late afternoon. The kittens in the back Thumper's Room are lively and ornery. They are raring to come out of that room!  I'd like to try and keep them in there until the first of the week---that gets us thru the weekend and a few more days post-illness to be sure all are good. If their huge appetites and high energy level is an indicator, then all is good!

We did lose one of the 16 babies though in the back Thumper's Room yesterday. It's Genevieve. She just never recovered from that illness.  Her littermate, Ozzie was also very sick but he recovered just fine. It was too hard for Genevieve. Her body just couldn't recover. She was held, kissed a bunch and was told it was ok to let go.  She was a beauty and much loved. I thank you for caring for her. 

You know, this rescue work is sure hard on the heart. We love with a deep passion. We have to have patience and an open heart and a drive to do this. These loses are hard.  But........that is the really neat thing about love.  It's a renewable resource! Love can always be replaced or replenished--love is abundant!  That word love can cover so many things--devotion, unselfish loyalty, affection, acceptance among a few things. I always tell people--rescue work is not easy, but I do know for a fact that it's worth it, despite the hard things that happen. on!

More Catathon info:
Rounds 5 & 6
BT 214     Travel to FFRC & more!
BT 215     Frozen Ice Castle  
BT 216     Vintage Book of Cats 
BT 217     Cat Needlepoint--2 beautiful pictures
BT 218     Past Friends, FFRC Plaque  
BT 219     Hello Kitty Quilt & 2 matching pillowcases

Round 4
BAS 119     Bathroom Goodies
BAS 120     Cat for Cat
BAS 121     Ferole Arts
BAS 122     Kitchen
BAS 123     Mickey Mouse
BAS 124     Vera Bradley

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Weds., June 1

Happy June..........a very very busy month for FFRC. But, we are ready and willing and ready to tackle things!

Our little Nathaniel has been spending some fun things in the back Thumper's Room with his new friends. It's good for him to have this socialization time with other kittens. He's eating good and he's a happy boy. Has a good set of lungs too--very loud when he's hungry!

Our sweet Cleo has passed over to The Rainbow Bridge. Her time here was so precious and she was loved deeply. It's a balancing act to know when to "let them go" but yesterday, Cleo showed that she was ready. She was held, kissed and told that we would see her again. Thank you all for caring about this extra sweet girl. She was so comfortable here and always gave her love. She will be missed.

Big thanks to these folks!
Brenda L--from Corby (our FFRC)--sends a donation to be used wherever needed. 
Shannon S from IL--For Victor, Jackson 2, Leonard and all of their friends. 
Janice & Don H--visitors--lg. jug litter, 9 inch paper plates, 3 packages toys, 2 bags dry cat food, 15 cans Friskies. 
Rita/wiscat--visitor--4 cases water, 4 cases paper towels
SonJa--week visitor--sm/lg plates, kitty toys, goodies for vols, case water, 9 cases Whiskas pouches, 12 cans salmon. SonJa also gave a donation in honor of Montana & Crew/family and the Lorenz family.
Mary & Bill from Minnesota/lurkers--visitor--cake for Seymour's birthday!, 13 cans salmon, 40 cans tuna, 11 sardines, lots of Fancy Feast can, Catathon: 2 books, TP, vinegar, bleach, lg. plates, hand lotion

Today is Seymour's birthday! He is now 3 years old. He came from MN when he was just 6 months old. What a great boy who zips around like he has 6 workable legs! 

Remember last year when we voted for the Eagle Rare Life event?  It's on again and FFRC would greatly appreciate your daily votes. The site is:
The cats thank you! 

At the end of voting, the top 5 finalists to receive the most votes in each separate category will be considered for the category prize, while the top 30 nominees to receive the most votes overall, regardless of category, will be considered for Grand Prize and the 2016 Eagle Rare Life Award.  $50,000 donated by Eagle Rare in his/her name to the charity of his/her choice (thanks to Jenni C for submitting FFRC). Eagle Rare will also award $5,000 to each of the six category winner's charity of choice, to be donated in his/her name.  A vote a day will greatly help FFRC!

The kittens in the back Thumper's Room continue to improve, except for Genevieve. She is still struggling. I am syringe feeding her but so far we haven't made much headway with her. We don't give up easy and are still hoping for a recovery for her.  Soon Reeves, Keanu and Keana will be coming up to play in the Main Area. 

We have 2 weeks off of doing dentals. A phone call will go in today though to see if we can get Pippi spayed (sooner is better than later!).  She is in heat and would greatly appreciate being spayed. What a sweet girl she is--truly a cat that enjoys playing!

18 days to Catathon! Oh my---that sounds really close!  Check out our website at for the information on how to pre-register and to view the Baskets, Big Ticket items and the Big Big Ticket items! It's all coming together! Many thanks to so many already who have helped with this. 

Here's more info on items for the Catathon:
ROUNDS 3 & 4 Big Ticket Items
BT 207    Warped Rugs--7 total!
BT 208     Stain-Glass Kitty lamp-Tiffany Type
BT 209     Artsie Farts Treasures
BT 210     Derecho Plaque  12 x 12
BT 211     Great Wolf Lodge Amusement Park & Accessories

ROUND 3 Baskets
BAS 113     Baby Girl
BAS 114     Cat Desk Accessories
BAS 115     Dog Fun
BAS 116     Kitty Hineys
BAS 117     Laurel Burch #1
BAS 118     Snoopy

If you'd like to see the article that was in our local Crescent-News yesterday, here is the link (sorry--it's a long one!).  It's about visitors coming to FFRC!  We love our visitors!  Can just copy & paste it!

All is going good on the farmyard. The horses, goat, donkey love the green grass. The ducks and geese are so loud and talkative! The rooster is always crowing and the peacocks strut all over the place! The Barnies and Firecats are enjoying chasing the cottonwood fuzzies! 

Take care, everyone. I love seeing the friendships formed between you all. You ALL are important to FFRC. The cats tell me that every single day!