Thursday, August 31, 2017

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Where did this month go?  Oh......I know---feeding kittens and cats.  Doing treatments, checking in more kittens and cats, adoptions, welcoming visitors, scooping boxes, doing the daily mountain of laundry---and the list goes on and on. Oh......and giving chickie treats to everyone!  And we all love every minute of it! 

We have had two more adoptions.
Gretl went to her new home! Happy happy kitten and happy new mama. Her mom already sent an email--"She is a real sweetheart and I am so happy to have the opportunity to give her, her forever home!"

Jefferson went to his new home yesterday. He's going into a home with 2 dogs and another cat. I believe he will just slide right into his new home without a problem!

And now.......Spiker is back at FFRC.  The couple that had adopted him made the very long drive back to FFRC to return him. I respect their decision and understand. They did the right thing to return him.  It appears that Spiker wasn't happy and the resident cats were not happy.  Spiker came back and joined right in, just like always. He cruised about, checked everything out and then napped in his pool and poof.  While we hope to find the perfect home the first time for out cats and kittens, sometimes they have a "practice session".   

We had BOXES Weds. night! We sure love these boxes and appreciate the support.
Lorraine K - 6 cans Bumble Bee Tuna

Robotman - 28 lasers for adoption bags & Laurel Burch Necklace Cat Necklace

Elaine & Alan - FL  Donation in memory of LittleKat, stamps & hand colored card by Elaine

Craig M - T-Shirt order and weight circles

Tracy L - OH  Coupons

Don & Joy D  NY - with Zway, Stitches, Scotty & Comoh  Kitty Card  & donation

Martha C  TX  Thank You Note, 3 reams of copy paper

Joey3100  4 cases Baby Food Beechnut Chicken

Susan C  OH  Donation for FFRC

Anony Friend - Bag of Science Diet Kitten, Case of 32 ct Friskies, 2 cases 12 ct Friskies

VRS/Vaughn our wonderful evening mod--Lots of pretty crocheted blankies  21 acrylic and 9 cotton for all for the kitties of FFRC

Phil & Judy  IN  2 bags Purina, case of Friskies, 10 broths, 10 Appetizers, 10 Friskies
  Case of water & 3 tubs Clorox wipes

Remember our kitten Sergei?  His family sent an email--Sergei continues to be an amazing member of the family. He and his kitty brother enjoy wrestling and cuddling. He loves to greet visitors at the door and everyone who meets him loves him. He's a great ambassador for tri-pods and takes every opportunity to show off how fast he can run and how high he can jump. 

We've also heard from the lady who adopted Denise. All is well. I believe Denise makes her mama happy and the new mama makes Denise happy. Just as it should be!

And we have more thanks to give---so grateful!
Janet M--donation to FFRC
Maite--donation for the Paddy Boys
Jatcat--tshirts, sharpie pens and envelope openers
Margaret/eartheyes--donation for Spiker, with hugs
Shannon S--donation for Victor, Leonard, Markus, Jackson and all of their friends

Are you coming to Catstock?  Here's another treat for you!  Munchkinljs/Lisa S and her hubby will be bringing their guitars and giving us a few songs Friday night, plus a special song for everybody! 

We also took on 2 new kittens. They appear to be brother/sister.  These two kittens were found together on a highway.  They came in with some problems.  Both have an URI, a few fleas, big tummies (wormy) and gunkie eyes.  They have been on antibiotics now for two doses and already look so much better. Their bath also cleaned them up beautifully. They are feeling much better this morning and ready to play!  Their birthday is 7/1/17.
Claude--black and white, male, he has a tail that was injured and part of it simply has fallen off. This will no doubt require surgery to close the end properly.
Cupid--white with 3 grey/black splotches on the forehead, female

The kittens are full of energy here--crazy silly with playing! The cats are wonderful too. All are healthy, although little Lloyd has a bit of a cold. He's on antibiotics.  Little LJ loves to cuddle with the bear and big doggie toy. Julianne and Nsuku are both getting a bit braver, especially Nsuku.  We will probably bring them up to the Cat's Corner Room before too long. 

LJ, Katmandu, Florence and Laverne are already up and about in the Main Area and have now spent two nights in the front.  

Take care and have a wonderful day. The cats are busy making friends with each other!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Sunday, August 27, 2017 & Catstock Info

It's happened!  Our dear, wonderful Spiker has found a home.  I have turned down quite a few applications for him for various reasons. This couple that adopted Spiker, I believe, is the family that he's been waiting for.  They live 3 hours a way and came to see this wonderful cat. We even sent his pool and poof with them. The picture of Spiker that they sent, in his pool poof is wonderful. I do believe he's accomplished it---a great, loving home with a family that loves him. Yes, we will miss him but just think.....he has his very own home!

We had BOXES Friday afternoon. YOU are appreciated by US!
Kitty Lover (Lorraine from Fla) - 2 cases of Fancy Feast Liver and Chicken, 2 
   cans of tiny shrimp, 6 cans of chicken

Jean's Daughter - Cloth Halter, Leash, and bird feather toy.
Rose ON - 6 Large cans of Swanson Chicken
Vicki B. - 3 boxes of Woolsey's for the dryer.
Carolyn B (Ohio) - Scratch and nap bed in fish shape with interactive toy inside
Annie & Debbie - (for CH kitties and friends) 2 Play mats with hanging toys 

Shawnee, Domino, Tom and Kerswill - scratcher refills, perfume bottle toy, purple fish toy, purple feather toy, catnip mice toys,  kickeroos, 3 large kitty design pillows, Kitty Greeting cards, catnip kisses, 2 2018 Calendars, 3 cat dancer toys, beautiful portrait of  Paddy Cakes, Encyclopedia of Cat Book, Picture frame magnet, 15 cans of 
   Fancy Feast and Iams food (variety).
Anonymous Donor - Large Smart Step Black Floor Cushion Mat without Grippers
Sandra S. (Iowa) - Purina One Weight Circles
Martha C--3 reams of paper

Mypaddyboys--donation to help with the 2 new Persians

We took on a new young adult cat.  She's a cat that we sent to HumaneOhio on Friday to be spayed. She needed a home so FFRC has her now. She's white and grey and has a white tip tail and her chin tip is grey! Her name is Larma, in honor of the two people who rescued her. She's ever so sweet.  You will notice that her left ear is tipped.  This happened during her surgery before she became an FFRC cat.

Seymour has continued his journey and is now placed in his new home at the Rescuer's Rescue. I am told that he has settled in nicely.  I will check again on him in another week. 

Lucie is doing wonderful. She frequently comes into the purple office when I'm at my desk for some lap time. She really gets very comfortable in a lap!  Between Hensley, Zelda and Lucie my computer lap is always full!  Right now I have 6 cats on the desk!

The concrete is dried and looks wonderful!  We have now completed everything on our Catathon list except wanting to insulate the FireHouse yet.

Catstock is just 13 days away!  Here's the info on this event. 
2017 CATSTOCK…a Time for Friends, Fun, Food and Enjoyment!

FOOD:    BBQ—Hamburgers & Hotdogs & Vegetable Packs
     FRONT FIRE RING:     S’Mores

Band   1:00-4:00  Strawberry Hill---the best!
Poster Board/Paint---- We Are The Helpiing Hands of FFRC
FFRC Cat Bingo
Giant Tic/Tac/Toe
Corn Hole
50/50 Drawing
Scavenger Hunt---it’s all about FFRC!
5-6 Guessing Games (doors, farm animals, cans a day, neuters (not spays 2017),
               # of covies, porchies, firecats & barnies)
Rope Maker—cat toy!
Pioneer Toys
Giant Yatzee
Let’s Show ‘Em Off!   (visitors bring pics of their cats—put on board)
World’s Famous Cookies---Wolfpatch Returns!
Chocolate Fountain
Friend’s Exchange Table
Grown Up Chalk Fun on Driveway
Magic Mural—“colorful cat”   4 foot by 4 foot  We get to color it!

Paint a rock and help decorate our entrance sign area!  

A few explanations:  
Friends Exchange Table--Anyone coming can bring something from their home town or something that is special to them.  Place on the Friend's Exchange Table. If you give 1, then you take 1.  If you bring 5, then you take 5.

Chocolate Fountain--enjoy chocolate covered marshmellows, pretzels, angel food cake, etc.

Giant Yatzee--whoever wins get a ticket for a prize!

FFRC cat bingo--whoever wins, gets a ticket for a prize!

Let's Show 'Em Off!  Bring a small picture or a combined bigger picture of your pets with their names and your name on them.  Post on our board!

Grown Up Chalk Fun--design and have fun to your hearts content!  Sidewalks, parking lot, etc---all up for design!

World's Famous Cookies.  Wolfpatch will have his cookies here.  $5 a plate. Get your plate early because they will be gobbled up!

Paint a Rock--we'll supply the rocks, paint and finishing spray. You decorate and when dry, these will be placed under and around our wonderful new FFRC sign!

Dress the part!  Our judges will pick out 3 of the coolest hippie/far out dressed folks for a special prize!

This Catstock is for pure fun---less work and more fun, aimed especially for the volunteers and their families and for the webcam visitors! Come join us. We love our visitors!

A week from today will be the Catstock Fun-Raiser---a chance to have some of your very own famous Wolfpatch cookies!  Tickets are $5.  Winners get to pick their own flavor of cookies from the list. We will draw 8 (yes, eight winners!) during Catstock. 

For those at home, the Catstock will be on the cam for you to watch and enjoy!

Friday, August 25, 2017

Friday, August 25, 2017

Another great HumaneOhio date!  It was an extremely busy check in process this morning---lots of changes at the last minute. But....we loaded up 47 cats onto the spay/neuter truck and that sure made me happy!  Many thanks to Lynnette, Mary Braid, Donnajb and Becky M for their help!  

We checked in 47 cats!  This broke down to 17 males and 30 females. It gives me much joy to see that truck full of cats. And that people CARE and WANT to get their cats/kittens spayed/neutered.  Afterall, they have to be here by 5:30-6:00 in the morning and then pick them back up at 5:30 ish in the evening.  

Our new count for 2017 is: 598 which breaks down to 357 females and 241 males!
For 2016 at this time, we were at: 366.   We are currently 232 more spays/neuters than we were a year ago!  Keep 'em coming! We aim to make a difference!  Our next HumaneOhio surgery date is September 5, which is coming up fast.

Because of 5:30 surgery check outs, we will have BOXES today at 4:00.  Come join us!

We had BOXES on Weds evening!   Many, many thanks!
Anonymous donator - box of 40 Top Job tall kitchen bags
Anonymous donator - 2 boxes of Fancy Feast broths

Onecrafty1 - 12 cans Fancy Feast, pack of Lysol Wipes.

Carolyn B (Ohio) - 2 cases of Fancy Feast Turkey Kitten, 2 cases of Fancy 
   Feast Combos, 1 Party Mix, 6 cases of Fancy Feast shrimp &fish, & turrkey and beef,  12 rolls Paper Towels, 3 bags of 40lb Precious Cat Litter, 1 case of Fancy Feast Medley, 4 cases of baby food, 4 cases of Whiskas Perfectly Chicken.

Toya M - 300 8" plates, pack of unscented Kitty Wipes, Large Refill of Softsoap.

Annie and Debby - 12 Catnip Krinkle Toys, 4 packs of 6 interlocking square floor
    tiles for CH kitties--makes for soft landings.

Deborah SB - case of 30 Fancy Feast Gravy Lovers, 2 cases of 12 Fancy
   Feast Medley,  4 Chlorox  Disinfectant Wipes

Stephanie (daughter of Jacci's friend) - 4 Vinegars,  Sponges, Paper towels, 2 cat toys (Spinner and Tunnel), Kitty Water Fountain.

Elaine and Alan - 3 cases of 24 Friskies, 1 case of 32 Friskies, 1 case of Appetizers, 1 case of Fancy Feast, 1 40lb bag of Precious Cat Litter.

Ellen H. - Check for Fun Raiser

June (PaintedDaisy) - Check for Fun Raiser

Marie E (Jabberwocky) - lovely note thanking Jacci & vols for her rescue work.

Onecraftyone--2 cases kitten can food

And more thanks to give:
Kroger's--donation for FFRC in honor of National Cat Day
Kelly L-donation to FFRC
Gusti--donation for Seymour plus a biggydew
Goway Travel--donation to FFRC in honor of SonJa, in memory of her dad
Boud//joanne--donation for Seymour
Elisabeth/widdletigger--donation to help with Seymour's care
Samantha K from Germany--donation for FFRC

Let's talk about Seymour.   I'd like to give you an update about him. Seymour has not been happy. He has been spraying out of control--even towards people. But, worse, has been his increased aggression with many of the other cats. He has even caused bite wounds and ambushing other cats in the litterbox which has led to them not wanting to be on the floor. After much soul searching and hard thinking, I have made a decision. I was put in contact with a Rescuers Rescue. This is a very private organization that helps rescues with difficult cases. They are there solely to help other rescues. I was lead in their direction and after much thought, have decided that this is what we need to do---let Seymour be placed there. He will have his own room--BIG windows, glass door, 6 x 10 size room, kuranda towers, beds and cushies and toys. He will also have exercise time in the main area. I will receive updates and if things are not happy with Seymour, I will have the decision to bring him back. I am asking for you all to trust me on this. This decision was not made lightly by me. It has gotten to the point where we also had to consider the other cats safety and happiness.  Seymour is now on his new journey--one that I feel will give him much peace and let him be the cat that he wants to be.

We now have our concrete work done and checked off the list. The A-frame feeding station (used alot in the winter) has a cement floor and a sidewalk now that leads to the other sidewalk so no more walking in the mud! Also there is a cement deck under the jungle gym inside the playground area--no more mud there either!

Take care and have a wonderful weekend!  See you at 4:00 for BOXES!  Remember, this is the last day to order the Harlequin FFRC t-shirts!  Please try and have your order here by 5:00.  Thanks!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Weds., August 23, 2017

We had a good time viewing the eclipse on Monday. Barb W was kind enough to share the special safety glasses. We had a good time viewing the eclipse together.  And no cats or farm animals looked at the sun---we told them not too and they listened! Of course, we had to bribe with pizza and snackers! 

We had BOXES on Monday evening! Always know we are so appreciative!
Ros and her Mom - Sweet Pink Paw Print blankie for kittens.
Jay/Seattle--Sheba appetizers, lots stamps, Temptation snackers, &  stack of feeding trays.

Annie G.& Debbie M. - Turbo track refills, Puppy bed that can serve as litter box or bed for CHrs   

Peggy H. (Leggygal) - pillow case sets, biggydews, leggydews, and adoption bags.
     Special box for Jacci - Horse head tote bag, 4 soft blankies with horses
Pam (Zoolove) - 6 boxes of large stencils for chalk fun (for Catstock)
Beth A.  (Eaglewatcher) - (2) soft bowl immovable mats for Ramsay and Lucie.
Ssonjamac- our wonderful mod - 2 boxes of Bondi licks for Vernon.
Arlo and Allmans new Mommy and Dad - (2) 16lb bags of Iams Kitten Dry food.  (4) cases of Fancy Feast canned food for Kittens, (2) maroon hand towel,  (2) maroon wash clothes,  (6) large luscious bath towels 

Linda (Mls) - 6,000 6" paper plates

Judy and Phil - (1) case paper towels, stack of 9" paper plates, (3) cannisters of Chlorox wipes.

Jan S. from Mn. - donation for the kitties
Sue (MacNCheeseNDoodletoo) - donation to be used where needed.
Ron and Barb W. - donation to sponsor Spiker.
Phyllis ( Kittiesmom) - check for fun raiser and coupons
Michael (sophieandlucysdad) - check for fun raiser
Clark, Jessie and the Crew - Birthday card for Hensley w/chickie $5, and an extra special BD card for their Clark and Joey for their birthdays!

Vicki and Patrick - Special thank you card for Jacci and Steve.

We have had 4 more adoptions! 
Denise went to her new home! What a beauty of a kitten! She has a new mama that has tons of time just to hold, cuddle and play with her!

Guhrid went to her new home too--she's the beautiful calico kitten. Her family has lots of love for her!

Arlo and Allman went to their new home together! I've already heard back from the new family. Arlo likes to snuggle and chew on fingers and Allman is a face licker! Lots of kitty excitement in their new home!

Kukisi went to the vets office yesterday. We were hoping after her chest x-ray that all would be fine and they would be able to get her spayed, using different meds. But, that was not to be. Her x-rays did indeed show congestion in one of her lobes plus her WBC  was elevated. Isn't that just amazing---she is crazy silly, playful, eats good and obviously feels good!That was a good call by Dr. Darcy and Amber on surgery day.  Kukisi will be on antibiotics for 3 weeks, go back in 2 weeks though for a recheck.  In the meantime, she's still acting like a goofy kitten! 

We are accomplishing our Catathon Goals!  This is what we have done so far:
lights under walkway, 4-4 foot resin tables, 5 big recycle containers, window in dog /Camvi room, screened in the porch, liability insurance paid, fence to protect visitors on farm yard, added a bit to our Operating Costs. We still need to do the two cement pads. One under the Covies jungle gym and the other under the feeding station. I checked into this last week and we are still on their schedule. 

Friday is our next spay/neuter date. It's with HumaneOhio!

Remember, our t-shirt sale is still going on. It's a fantastic shirt with Larissa's Harlequin cat design on the front. This ends on 8/25.  Thanks to Megan, our volunteer, for organizing this and designing the shirt. 

The four kittens in the back room are doing really well. Energy level is good, tummies are round and they are happy. These 4 are: Laverne, Katmandu, LJ and Florence.

The 2 new persians are doing so much better! Both are eating good now. Nsuku will now come to us on her own for pettings! Julianne is getting there too. They really are precious.  I have to ask a question.  Why is it so important for some people to ask where they came from?  Does it matter?  No. It truly doesn't matter. They needed a home, they needed FFRC to help them. Their past is of no difference---they are cats that needed help. Plain and simple--and that should be all we need to know. They are here, becoming comfortable and we love them. 

It's here! The newest Giggle video, Scene 12. And it's a great video!  The link is:    Thanks to  Justme, SonJa and Dawnstar and of course Derecho's Production Company!  Enjoy and like the video if you enjoyed it. 

More adoptions are coming up!  Enjoy this wonderful day! 16 more days until Catstock. For those coming and joining in, you are guaranteed to have fun! And the Band Strawberry Hill is revved up for us! It'll be a groovy time!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Sunday, August 20, 2017

It is done. A very long surgery day and now it's over and all are safe. That's the whole goal---safe surgeries!  Dr. Darcy and Amber are superb and our pre and post surgery team is fantastic. Many thanks to them too--Lynnette, Sue B, Becky, Dawn E, Donnajb, Pabl and Mary Braid.   A total wonderful group of people that help us accomplish such a day.

We did 25 surgeries!  15 males and 10 females.  Here's the breakdown:
Males:  Arlo, Brody, Clay, Coco, Billy Boots, Allman, Anchor, Storm, Smitty, Darzin, Valley, Valentine, Satori, Horace and 1 public male kitten

Females:  Brenna, Betty Boots, Estelle, Denise, Shelly, Sheila, Gretl, Gudrid, DJ and 1 public female

Here's our grand 2017 total:  We've done 327 females and 224 males making a total of 541! Our 2016 total at this same time was 354.  We are striving to do more and more spays/neuters. Our next surgery date is this Friday with HumaneOhio!

You might notice that Kukisi was not spayed.  Apparently her body didn't like the kind of drugs we used and her lungs were not fully inflating. So....her surgery was cancelled just for safety. We will get her scheduled soon though because she is spoken for. And different meds will be used.  Even though we use meds here every single day for many different purposes, it's important to always remember---be cautious and be safe with them.

Our tshirt sale is still on! It runs to August 25. Check it out on facebook.  The design is wonderful---it's Larissa's Harlequin cat. The shirt is in a really nice color--a dark teal. Sizes actually come in small to 5xl.  For this sale, we are doing pre-sales!  You can send a paypal at  Prices are $20 with the 2xl to 5xl being $25. 

Thanks to Jatcat for the Magic pom pom's---he's a happy boy!

Once again, we have taken on two new little kittens. They arrived at the door Friday evening, in a box, carried by a little boy. As you can guess, we are very full appears this little guy was told that he could not come home with these kittens. Apparently too, there was a dog involved that wanted to do harm to the kitties. So, we now have 2 more kittens.
Laverne--a calico with a bit of tigerness, white whisker pads.  
Katmandu--a brown tiger with a white chin and white whisker pads
These names are from our Name a Cat list.  They are 6 weeks old and their birthday is 7/7/17. Welcome home, little babies.

The two white persians, Nsuku and Julianne are doing good. They are now eating and sure enjoy being petted.  We have opened their condo doors and they can now come out into the back Thumper's Room as they please. I would also like to let you know these two Persians are both pregnant and due sometime the middle of September. By that time, I hope they are fully acclimated to the Main Area.  But, close to birthing time will probably go to the back Thumper's Room again. 

All is good.  Kittens are healthy. Cats are very happy. Let's enjoy this wonderful Sunday! 

Friday, August 18, 2017

Friday, August 18, 2017

Meds ready?  check   Blankies ready?  check    Oxygen ready?  check    All the people lined up to help?    check    Pizza ordered for lunch?   check    List made up for surgeries?   check    Anesthetic machine ready?    check     Autoclave ready?    check        Kittens ready?  That I'm not so sure!  We are expecting a busy hopping day tomorrow! What this means is that we will be almost all spayed/neutered group of cats. Not 100% yet but close!  

We have thanks to give since we had BOXES last night! Many thanks to you.
Annie and Debbie (Our_Gang & CrazyCatLady) - Lg Blue Cube Cat Toy, 2 litters

Anonymous friend--3 cases of Friskies, 1 case of 32 of Friskies seafood

Kitty Lover - 5 cases of Gerber Baby Food Chicken with Gravy
Anonymous  Friend--1 case of 24 rolls of Sparkle Select A Size
Judy T--3 bags of Purina One Kitten Dry Food
Nona - 24 Large can of KMR
Anonymous Friend--2 cases of 32 cans of Friskies, 1 case of 32 cans of Friskies, 1 case of 32 cans of Friskies Whitefish.

Anonymous - Treats for Volunteers  We have pretzels, assorted chips/doritos, Crispy treats, cheese crackers, popcorn, granola barns, CheezIts, Fruit snacks!!
Pat (Thursday Night Vol) -- 2 Large Pink Bath Towels, 2 Large Beach Towels, Cat Tracking Toy & 1 box Rachel Rays Dry cat food.
Julie and David - Birthday Card for Hensley with a Chicky $5

We also have more thanks to give:
Newfiedogmom--donation to FFRC
Christine H from Australia--donation to FFRC
Sharon E--donation to FFRC
Joan L--donation to FFRC

We have taken on several new cats and a kitten.
HORACE--a sweet little black kitten with a tiny white bit of fur on his throat. He's 9 weeks old and has been cared for by a lady who cannot keep him due to an extended vacation. His birthday is June 16, 2017.  He's a sweet and friendly kitten. 

NSUKU--pronounced nn-sue-koo, which means gold. And she certainly has beautiful big gold eyes. Nsuku is a full blooded white persian.  She's a little shy but welcomes our pets and sweet talk. Her birthday is 8/1/15

JULIANNE--another beauty! She is a white full blooded persian also. Her birthday is 7/1/15. She's a bit more outgoing and certainly likes attention! 

These two persians were shaved a couple months ago so their fur is not the long lavish persian fur length yet. But....they are so soft and their fur is in the process of growing out. 

We had our Fun-Raiser last night! What an exciting evening that was. 

Here's some of the details:
Item A--Bob Bonn portraits--30 tickets sold  $150
Item B--Wanda's Portrait--64 tickets sold  $320
Item C--Cat Wheel--161 tickets sold   $805
Item D--Keyboard/stand--33 tickets sold   $165
Item E--Kuranda Tower--166 tickets sold   $830
Item F--Walter, Walter, Walter--24 tickets sold   $120
Item G--Bago Quilt--83 tickets sold   $415
Item H--iPad Air 2--171 tickets sold   $855

This total came to $3660.  But........we had some bump ups!  We love those bumps! The total climbed to $4,200!  I am so very deeply grateful for this. These surgeries that we do, although they are much reduced in price, still cost us. And at the numbers we are doing, the total cost climbs!  I am thrilled to say that we have enough money to cover all of the surgeries for tomorrow and then a bit to set aside.  Please.....know how very grateful I am for this.  You, our webcam friends, totally rock! 

Thank you to the mods and admins for promoting the fun-raiser, to all those that purchased the items for the sale, to the ticket buyers and to the encouraging congrat people!  The cats threw a party for you all last night, in your honor---chicken, tuna and sardines galore!  

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Weds., August 16, 2017

Where are these weeks going to?  Going by so fast.  I'm sure it doesn't have anything to do with the mass about of cats and kitties???!  

The 18 kittens that have been in the back Thumper's Room are now up to the Main Area full time.  They spent their first night up last night. They have fit right in and can play full speed with the other kittens. We are definitely doing the kitty-shuffle-walk here. 

We've had 2 more adoptions!  Braewyn was adopted to his new family. I've already heard from his new family--he loves the toys and hair band toys and to cuddle. The pictures are so sweet. He fit right in too! And Olle went to the family that adopted Tucker earlier in the week. This made Tucker very happy to have a kitty friend to play with.  All is good!

We have many kittens on hold. We just have to have their spays/neuters done before they can leave.  Saturday is our FFRC surgery date. This will keep us busy. I don't think we'll make it thru our entire list but we will make sure those that have holds on them get done.  

The complete list is:
Females:  Betty Boots, Estelle, Kukisi, Denise, Shelly, Sheila, Gretl, Gudrid.
Males: Ramsay, Valentine, Valley, Darzin, Smitty, Storm, Anchor, Allman, Billy Boots, Coco, Clay, Brody and Arlo.

We will also have quite a few public cats that we committed to spaying and neutering. These we must do per our commitment

We had BOXES on Monday evening.  Your support is always very important to us. Thanks!
Annie G/crazycatlady & Debbie M/our_gang--  2 wedge scratchers, a W scratcher, Bowl scratcher, Couch scratcher, 9 crinkle fish toys, 2 Tunnels & Precious Litter

Anonymous Friend--- 24 ct. Planters Peanuts Variety, Snack Survival Kit with a variety of goodies

Mr & Mrs Medic  Case of Fancy Feast

Plee - Purina Weight Circles & Fresh Step Paw Points

Anonymous friend----24 rolls of paper towels

Zoolove---a very cute wood carved kitty stool

Plus, more thanks!
Debra E--donation to FFRC
Jean C--donation to FFRC, loves watching the ustream!
Anne L--donation to cover two kitten spay/neuter & a treat for Magic
DiAnna A--donation to FFRC (adopted Sparkey and Friskey)
Lana H--donation to FFRC
The kind person who brought Ramsay here: gift card for Pet Smart, kitty snackers, plates, trash bags, PT, Clorox wipes, copy paper, can food

Ramsay the new Ch kitten is doing wonderful. He's figuring things out! We have been putting him in Cat's Corner Room though for nighttime. 

I'd like to put this out there---a super big giant thanks to our volunteers.  They are superb and the best in the world. The care they give, the compassion, the time and all that they do---it's just wonderful. We would not be able to function without them. 

We took on two new kittens. 
LJ--for Lloyd Jr.  He is a tiny brown tiger, 3 1/2 weeks old, just 13 ounces but is eating by himself!  He was found by himself and brought to FFRC. His birthday is 7/21/17. He's a happy boy and sure can purr. He loves his stuffed white goose that's in his pen with him to snuggle with.  He and Lloyd will be good friends, I'm sure. 

Florence--female, longhair grey tiger.  This little girl should be called Lucky Florence. She's 6 1/2 weeks old, weighs 1.08. Her birthday is 7/1/17.  She was on a busy street when a semi truck drove right over her (not ON her, but over the top of her).  The wind force rolled her into the other lane where another vehicle did the same thing. This driver saw her then in his rearview mirror all huddled along the side and so he stopped. Her only injuries is a very sore hip area. That should be better in a couple days. Such a pretty little girl.

LJ and Florence are "housing" together in the top pen of the front Thumper's Room.  We'll keep them there until Florence feels better and LJ is a bit bigger. we come!  Only 24 more days! I just talked to the band Strawberry Hill and they are ready to join us! 

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Ramsay is his name and sweetness is his game. This cutie just arrived yesterday. He's a siamese CH kitten and his birthday is 5/19/17.  He's just 12 weeks old. He arrived from Zanesville, OH where a lady has been caring for him. Right now we are putting him as a moderate Ch. We have him in the front Thumper's Room in a pen for just a little while. We want to give his vaccines a day or two yet (which he's now received) before we put him down. Such a friendly boy with super determination! He will fit right in and add his excitement to the kitty clan!

Like to laugh?  The newest Giggle Video is ready for your viewing! And you will extra love the music! It's from Mike C who came to Catstock years ago and sang to us. One of my favorite songs of his is Putter! The link is:    Enjoy!   It's directed by Derecho and he'd appreciate if you'd "like" the video if you enjoyed it!

We had BOXES Thursday evening. You all are so wonderful and much appreciated!
nycbird/Nona - 50 jars Beechnut Baby Food

mls9690 - 1,000 potty bags, 2 books of stamps, Box Tops, Purina weight circles, about 12 kitty whiskers

Julie C with Anna Marie & Mellow  - Lg & Sm cans of Friskies, Nutrish cups, Broths

Anony - 16 bottles Mr. Clean

Betty & Kirk R - 2 cases Science Diet KD

Vicki B - 6 bags Royal Canin Baby Cat

Barbi D & Kitties -Donation and homemade brownies and coffeecake for Vols in honor of Lucie

Melissa L  NY - Donation

Theresa H - IN  Donation

Roberta  S - OH Donation in memory of Asseenta G from PA

Painteddaisy/June - Sponsorship for Joyful

Plus, we have more!
Susan B--donation for Spiker
Rita & Eddie--a special thanks for their help with their donation, from UK
Katrina S from FL--donation to FFRC
BillieK--donation to help with medical expenses for Marilyn & GoldieDots & David Morgan
Gusti--donation in honor of her Little Dot and his brother Double Dot
Kelly I--donation to FFRC

We've had two more adoptions! Love these adoptions. 
 Little PATRICK, our white male kitten was adopted by Dennis who was a past volunteer for us. Dennis always took care of the Covies and he still comes back to visit. He visited quite a few times before the adoption to make sure Patrick knew him before taking him home.
TUCKER also was adopted by a wonderful new mama. Her entire family has been a part of FFRC in the past and we've adopted several kittens to this family.  Tucker will be super loved!

We have more kittens on hold, others being looked at. Sometimes I think as I'm looking at all the kittens and cats, how hard that would be to just pick one or two. They are all so fun, so friendly and playful.  I love it when the kitten or cat picks the owner!

When you come to FFRC next, check out the cast iron bell!  It''s right by the welcome signs by the entrance door.  I love it and always have to give it a ring once a day! Thanks to our donor friend who gave this to us!

Farm news:  the horses are doing great.  Benny, the rescue, looks like a "normal" horse now. His fur is great, his attitude is awesome, his feet look good and his wounds are healed. The baby ducks are now as big as their mama. The guinea hen still hangs out with the duck family! The Barnie cats are happy and healthy.

On Monday, we have our next Fun-Raiser, the first one since Catathon. There are 8 items, begins early on Monday and ends on Thursday at 9:00 am.  The drawing will be Thursday evening at 6:00 with BOXES at 5:30 pm.   Watch for the video on chat and the pics on facebook!  Lots of great items!  This fun-raiser will go to help us with the many many surgeries coming up.  We have a heap of kittens to get spayed and neutered!!

A week from today is the FFRC surgery day. This coming week we will work on the list of who will be spayed/neutered.  We will start with those that have holds on them already so we can get them into their new homes.  The list will be coming next week!

Take care and have a wonderful weekend!  And..........grab a cat that isn't spayed or neutered yet and help resolve that! YOU can help make a huge difference in the cat overpopulation problem.  There are so many low cost spay/neuter clinics!  

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Kitties here..kitties there.....kitties everywhere. All are healthy, very active, much orneriness and of course full of love and purrs.  The back Thumper's Room kitties have now progressed to including the front Thumper's Room.  When that back door is opened, they literally zoom out! 

We've heard back from Zorro and Della's family. They are doing very well and both the people and the kittens are happy!  We also saw Paisley and Helga yesterday---oh my goodness, they look wonderful and so very happy!  We talked to the new dad of Buddy Bubbles and had all good stories to tell about him! They are calling him Buddy. And Finn---I've talked to the new mama---she dearly loves this boy. Finn fit in immediately, sleeps with her and follows her around all day!  

We had BOXES Monday night.  So many thanks sent your way!

Anony - Case of Fancy Feast

Anony - 5 Tubs Clorox Wipes

Tigercat54/Great Aunt Julie - Trucker Tie Dye Shirt ❤

Nancy J/StarAngel - Thank You card with donation

Mary D - CT - Kitty Card with donation in memory of TinyToe

Kelly S MD - Purina weight circles

Plee - case of Purrrfectly Chicken

Gusti  Germany - 36 cans 9-Lives, Case of Friskies, 6 Tubs Clorox Wipes, 2 Wellness Puppy Bites

Annie G & Debbie M - TX  4 pretty bath towels, 4 comfy cat beds & 4 beach towels

Jenny & Brent - Canada Branch - 600 9" plates, 12 tubs Clorox wipes, 24 rolls paper towels.

Janet K -- donation to FFRC

Tom W--donation to FFRC 

We have a new kitten! He's a very little guy--about 5 weeks old now.  He arrived 8/7 at 1.01 lbs. Just a tiny boy.  But, he's active and eating good. He was found all by his lonesome in a yard. He had a slight URI, has been on antibiotics and is so very much better. Lloyd is a happy kitten!

Have you seen Spiker playing with the track ball toy?  His concentration and aiming power is wonderful! He has so much fun doing this. Pania's remaining eye is staying stable now and she hasn't had anymore of of those activity "things" she was doing. Such a happy girl! Lucie sure makes us smile. She so loves her plates of food, gets very excited, even "walks" towards us with a happy face. We sure do appreciate her happy attitude. My buddy Magic is here right beside my desk--his usual morning spot!

We had two kittens go to the vet's office on Tuesday.  Little Marilyn went up for her spay and hernia repair. But....things changed. Remember when she first arrived we were told it sounded like she had a heart murmur. Her heart was checked upon arrival on Tuesday and it's even more pronounced. Now a probable 4 out of 6 heart murmur is heard.  An echo was done. It appears she has a hole/defect in her heart wall which allows for the blood to mix inappropriately from one chamber to another. Her right side of the heart is bigger. Bottom line is her heart will never be normal. What do we do now?  Let her enjoy her life to the fullest! We will take her back in about 2 months for another echo.  Her hernia repair and spay is not right now, top priority.  Her heart is. Whatever happens, her life is full of fun, activity and being happy. 

I had mentioned earlier that GoldieDots had a rectal prolapse.  After reinserting it on Friday morning, it stayed in just fine........until Tuesday morning. It prolapsed again and this time she had to have surgery to reinsert and have a "purse string" suture around the anal area to keep all intact.  Now we have another problem today.....her "purse string" apparently is a bit too small as she is unable to poo.  After receiving meds to help with softening the stool to no avail, she will be going back to vet's today. She'll be sedated and receive a new temporary bigger opening! After all of this, in 2 weeks, that suture will be removed and hopefully all stays put. GoldieDots is such a wonderful kitten. Her mama is Kismit.  GoldieDots just wants to get this all over and done so we can find her a super home! She's a happy girl that easily purrs and so enjoys people.  Please keep her in your good thoughts and prayers today. She will be returning today. 

Everything is good here.  We're hopping busy but that's what makes this Rescue Center click! More adoptions coming up too! 

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Sunday August 6, 2017 & Catstock Info!

A zillion thank yous for such a successful Flash Sale on Friday afternoon, by Mich and Vern! Big thanks to the mods for their help, for the supporters of this sale, for the people who provided items for the sale and to all of you who have cheer for all the goings-on for the Flash Sale! This Sale produced $1,720 for FFRC--and will be applied to our operational needs. Much appreciated! Items will be going out the door the very beginning of the week! 

We had two more adoptions! Zorro and sister Della (now called Zoey) went to their new home together on Saturday! Two wonderful kittens. The little girl of the family was so very happy! 

We had BOXES on Saturday evening! YOU are appreciated! 
Zoolove - Cute Kitty T-Shirt
Tom & Linda C - IL  Donation
Gusti - 5 Yeowwwww Bananas  Coralie and Zelda made sure they got theirs!  
Annie G & Debbie M - 6 pk lg cans Chicken, Box of baby food, Case of Royal Canin Baby Cat, Bag of Royal Canin Adult, Case of Friskies, & Tub of Temptations snackers
Tigercat54/Great Aunt Julie - 2 Medium Cat in a Back Pack Shirts, 2 blue bath towels
Tabbycat - Locked money box
Andre & Suzanne with Freemont & Lorenzo - 900 kitty wipes & case of Appetizers
Joanie & Nieces  - 4 Buckets of Tidy Cat
Justme - Just Stuff!
Visitors - Hawkins Family - Whiskas pkts, Case of Friskies, 2 Snackers, Kitty Magnets
Leggygal - Adoption bags, Leggydews & Biggiedews

More thanks too!
Michael JW--donation to FFRC
Tracy L--donation to FFRC
Hallie G--donation to FFRC
David D--donation to FFRC
Melvin S--donation to FFRC

The kittens in the back Thumper's Room are growing very quickly.  We are going to wait an additional 1-2 days before "the running of the Thumper's Room kittens" up to the Main area.  We've been having them on the second cam quite a bit. This particular group of kittens are going to make your mind whirl---remembering their names! So many twins! All so cute, of course! 

A few dates coming up:
August 8, Tuesday--Marilyn goes to vets for spay/hernia repair
August 19, Saturday--FFRC surgery date (no public as we need every spot we can get!)
August 25, Friday--HumaneOhio Transport 
September 5, Tuesday--HumaneOhio Transport
September 9, Saturday--CATSTOCK

I'd like to explain Catstock to you all.  We're due for a change! And that comes with Catstock.  To put it simply--I'm trying to find a bit more time. My mom needs a bit more of my time and so I need to widdle down my busy-iness a tad bit. But........have no fear--2017 Catstock is going to be better than ever!  The planning is different in that it doesn't really involve all the children's games--we are cutting back on that. That will mean less organizing those games and less money as we will only need one tent. 

Here's what is happening. We always have a lot of adults attending--many are our very own volunteers and cam friends! So things are centered on:

2017 Catstock...a Time for Friends, Fun, Food and Enjoyment! That is the theme and here are the fun things planned!

BBQ--hamburgers/hotdogs & vegetable packs and lots more!
Front Fire Ring:   s'mores
Popcorn Machine

BAND---of course we have STRAWBERRY HILL-- will be here from 1:00 to 4:00!
POSTER BOARD/PAINT--"We are The Helping Hands of FFRC"--add your painted hands on the poster along with your name!
FFRC CAT BINGO--the whole bingo board is full of FFRC cats--winners receive prizes!
GIANT TIC/TAC/TOE--2 sets of this fun game for anyone to play!
CORN HOLE--2-3 games can be played anytime
HORSESHOES--the pits are ready for some horseshoeing!
50/50 DRAWING--hope you'll be the lucky winner
SCAVENGER HUNT--it's all about FFRC places! Fun and some very interesting things to find out about FFRC! Fun and easy & learn out some things about FFRC!
5-6 GUESSING GAMES--do at your leisure--winners get a prize
ROPE MAKER-- We have 2 sets of old-fashiooned rope makes--can make your cat a toy!
PIONEER/OLDSTER TOYS--have fun with these items! 
GIANT YAHTZEE--who can get that Yahtzee?  Prizes to high winners!
LET'S SHOW 'EM OFF---bring a wallet size or small picture of your pets to go on our poster!
CHOCOLATE FOUNTAIN--who can resist that yummy chocolate?
FRIEND'S EXCHANGE TABLE--bring something from home that represents something about you---put on table to share.  If you bring an item, can take an item (or can bring 5, take 5!) 
GROWN UP CHALK FUN--we get to "scribble" designs on the parkiing lot by the shelter house!   We have chalk spray, sparkles and giant chalk!
MAGIC MURAL--it's a 4' x 4' mural of a cat---everyone can pitch in to color it! 

And of course, we still need to dress the part (if you'd like) and be a far-out "hippie" for the day!  We will have a committee to decide the coolest outfit, for a special prize! 

Come for the day, come for the whole weekend, just come and have fun! This is all about YOU and enjoying yourself and FFRC!