Sunday, October 29, 2017

Sunday, October 29, 2017

I've got some catching up to do! These cats and kittens are keeping us hopping! Lots of things going, let's catch up!

We had a fantastic Flash Sale on Thursday! Many thanks to Mich and Vern for doing the Sale. And thanks to everyone who provided the items for the sale--just wonderful! And to the folks that purchased them!  We have bout 80% of the items out the door already! Also a thanks to the mods for all the awesome work they do for these events. We made $1,527 on this Sale--all of this money will go towards our need to get our medical bills paid on!  Many thanks!

We took on a new cat this week. This is a cat we've had our doors open for, for about a week.  We got a call that this cat had a severe head tilt, was outside at a dentist office.  The day she was to come, a chain saw started up and frightened her and she took off as fast as she could. With her head tilt, that wasn't easy.  It took a lot of people and time but she was finally found and brought to FFRC on  10/25/17. Her name is Shirley Mae. She is white now, medium hair but when she arrived, she was quite dirty. Dr. Darcy looked at her yesterday and she has a severe middle ear infection. We are hitting this hard with meds in hopes that we can get it cleared up.  Those middle ear infections are hard and she still may end up with a head tilt.  She's a sweetie. Her birthday is 4/3/17. 

We had BOXES on Friday evening---another awesome box opening time! Mary must've really spread the word of how low we are/were on many items---you heard our need and have responded.  Many heartfelt thanks!
Judeannlee & Phil  IN  - 4 cases Beechnut Baby Food, 8 jars of Ham Baby Food, 6" foam plates 2 cases broth, 2 cases Fancy Feast, 4 cases Appetizers

RascalBoots - 3 cases Appetizers

Katie L - Case of Gravy Sensations, 9 cases Fancy Feast, 800 spoons, case of Friskies, 2 Tubs Dental Snackers, 2 cases Whiskas Packets 792 Huggies Kitty Wipes & 100 hot/cold 12oz cups 3 lg refills Softsoap

Sissyjeanette/Jeanette P - 12 cans sardines, 6 cases Fancy Feast, 2 cases Salmon

Just me for Vern - 2 boxes Delectable Squeeze Ups

Annie G & Debbie M - Tub of Party Mix & Sleeve of appetizers, 2 12ct Friskies, 1 sleeve Appetizers, Case of Royal Canin Baby Cat, 6 bags Royal Canin Baby Cat

Phlebldy - 5 Tubs of Party Mix

mls/Linda - 8 cases Fancy Feast

LJ - 4 cases Fancy Feast Kitten, 4 cases Fancy Feast adult, 2-30ct. Fancy Feast

Anony 2 cases Fancy Feast

Susan345 - 500 sSpoons

Agostino - 2-32ct Friskies

Conii & Eliott - 2 bags of Holistic food, 2 cases of packets Tiki Cat Velvet Mouse

Deb of the many ones - in memory of Vikki - 25 boxes of Appetizers

Carolyn B - OH  4 cases Fancy Feast

Dr. Danddsinc - Large Cat Tree

Lorraine K/Kittylover - 6 tubs Party Mix, 2 cases Purrfectly Chicken, 24 cans Albacore Tuna

Beth/Eaglewatcher - 8 boxes Appetizers

Ronnie & Marie - 3 bags of Gingersnap cookies & 2 Gift Cards to PetSmart in memory of Gingersnap

Kathy D - CA  Donation for Food

Susan C - OH  Donation to FFRC

CatladyMarie & Hedwig - IA  Sympathy card and Donation in memory of Gingersnap

Schinn w/Cleo & Ralph - Paddy Purr Halloween Card, 2 food weight circles & Donation

Mariln & Bonnie--Donation in Memory of Bob, husband to Cheri who passed away

Elaine & Alan - FL  Hand-colored kitty card by Elaine and Donation in memory of LittleKat

Paulding Putnam Electric Company-- Crew Donation of $200

The Persian mamas are doing good.  We are rotating each mama and her babies desperately 
throughout the days. I noticed yesterday that the kittens are doing a bit better about nibbling a little from the food dishes! I am also supplementing some of the kittens that are a bit small.  But, all seem good, all are healthy. And they are sooooooo cute!  This morning their walking about is turning into scampering about!

Friday was a dental day for Paddy Purr and Farrah. They both had full mouth x-rays (always important).  Farrah's fractured teeth are now gone and her pearly whites are shining!  Paddy Purr had a few teeth extractions too but.....he still has all 4 of his K9's! For those of you that call him PaddyFang, he's still got them!  Both are doing good.  Thanks to Donna and Larry, our transport couple, for taking them and bringing them back home. 

And we have more thanks to give!  Our FFRCNation is awesome in the support--helps us tremendously.
JillR27--donation to FFRC, just because....
Gusti--drinks for surgery day for everyone
Janet K--donation for FFRC
Susan B/missmic--donation to FFRC
Ronnie and Mary H--donation to FFRC
Pablo--gallons of jug water & cases of drinking water
Janet M--donation to FFRC
Maite from Spain--donation for the Paddy Boys
Sandra C--donation for FFRC
Michael M--donation to FFRC
Conii and Elliott--donation in memory of Dandelion Hope

And then yesterday, Saturday was our FFRC surgery date.  A very busy day.  We did 12 males and 9 female cats.  This brings our total count for 2017 to: 753 (439 females & 314 males!!)  Makes me happy!  Spaying and neutering is so important.  It always pleases me that we have volunteers who come to do the post op care. Yesterday the cats and kittens were watched by Pablo,  Mary Braid, Mary E, Becky M, Donnajb and Dawn E. They keep a sharp eye on them as they recover. 

In addition to the surgeries, Dr. Darcy did a few physicals.  
Alma---been a bit under the weather. Gave her a long acting antibiotic inj.
Donovan--we are changing his age to 9! His physical was good.
Miss Muffin--physical good, has gained weight.  Sore on back is healing
Mama Cat--she was a no show, but did come this morning!  We are following Dr. Darcy's recommendations for her middle ear infection. I do believe she will need surgery to get this healing better.  More later.

We also did the necropsy on our Dandelion Hope.  Many tissue samples were taken. Labs will be sent in Monday morning with results in possibly a week.

Sometimes we have "quiet adoptions". And that is fine.  We had one of those yesterday--Paula went to her new home.  Paula has the medium hair, with ear tufts (so cute!). She'll be a happy girl and much spoiled.

This week on Tuesday, Zelda goes up for her large inguinal hernia repair. I KNOW she will be fine---I've promised her 3 treats instead of 2 snackers upon return! 

Take care and have a wonderful Sunday. The friendships, the support, all the people involved---it's just heartwarming to me. I am grateful. And........of course......the cats! Gotta love those kitties and cats! Sevaun says so! 

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Weds., October 25, 2017

It's been like Christmas here---we have been low on many supplies and the last two days have had lots of wonderful, awesome BOXES!  Many thanks for our boxes from yesterday:

Riverlady/Linda SP   In memory of Gingersnap--28" Cheetah Print CAt Tree, 20" Ivory Cat Tree, Catnip Crazy Pants Tunnel,  40 lb bag of Litter, Tub of Party Mix and Toys:  Kong Kickeroo, Kitty Cuddle Pal, Shimmer Balls, Yeoooooow Rainbow

Jeannette P - 3 cases Fancy Feast, 24 cans Tuna and case of baby food, 2 Pumpkin rugs--cute!

Conii & Elliott - Case of KMR, 36 pkts of Weruva and 48 Broth pckts 

Carolyn B - OH - 5 cases Fancy Feast 

Patty K/Buckeybabe - VT  Dooney & Bourke Chelsea Shopper  purse  for Fun Raiser

And more thanks:
Olle the Hooligan & Brenda L--donation for the kittens
Suebird--donation for Ramsay and 4 blankies for the FFRC kitties
Kelly L--donation for FFRC

We released Breeze, the beautiful tiger/torti that we had spayed yesterday thru HumaneOhio, back out to "her spot" on the farmyard. She has taken up housing in one of our winter house units and is safe there. These houses have a second level so the wind, rain and snow stays away.  She ate a good supper and breakfast before her release.

We have a change on Chirper--the deep tiger female.  Turns out she is indeed already spayed and also declawed in the front.  She's a sweetie and will now join the cats here in the Rescue Center.  We have her caught up on vaccines, wormings, etc and so she will soon come into the Main Area.

Jacen (pronounced Jason) is now in the Main Area.  This cat is super sweet, a beautiful silver color and is ever so happy just to be here.  

We will be working on our surgery list for this Saturday.  Need to list everyone and get their weights. Hoping to be able to get alot accomplished.  

We have a special date coming up for the volunteers that are cherished.  On November 5, Sunday in the afternoon, there will be a feast of them and their families! Extra delicious soups to taste, salads to choose from, breads and of course dessert! We love our volunteers!

I'd like to explain a few things that has been bothering me.  
******Yes, I call ALL the people that help here at FFRC our volunteers. FFRC is a MOSTLY volunteer ran rescue center.  We do indeed have some employees. I myself am a volunteer, always have been and always will be---no pay involved.  We have about 5-6 paid staff.  Here's the reason.  I HAVE to have someone in the office to take care of the phones, PawMart, packing orders up --  there's a million things that's done in that office.   This position HAS to be a paid job--it's extremely important to the welfare of this organization.  I would never get someone to work 40 plus hours a week and do the job as well as it's being done now were I not making this a paid job.  It's a big job!  And then comes the cleaning part.  I feel 100% positive, absolutely sure, that this rescue center has to be clean.  And it is.  It takes 5 or so people to do this.  If this were not a paid job, the people cleaning would not have to come in and do the many hours that it's required to keep us clean.  This is important to the health of the cats and kittens and it's a hard job--lots of work done with much compassion and love.  We are fortunate to have people who loves their jobs here. The reason I still call these folks volunteers is because they still put in time here that is not paid for--they give more because they care.   
******We have many volunteers here that do come in on a regular basis and give of themselves, give love, give their time just to be here because they care.  These are the caregivers of the cats and kittens. We have approximately 45 of these wonderful folks.
******I do NOT pay anyone "under the table".  We keep record of all money coming in and out. Not only do we WANT to keep track of every penny, and our accountant insists upon it! 
******FFRC pays taxes, workman's comp and many other taxes that the government requuires. 
******We are NOT a 501c3.  I have chosen not to do this. People sometimes think that by being a 501c3 that the government will give us money.  This is not true.  It basically serves 2 purposes.  For those that give donations to FFRC, that person can claim that as a deduction. The second reason is that there are indeed grants "out there" that can be available for rescues and shelters.  This is true, but it's like 1 grant in the middle of a haystack that actually get these grants.  

In ending this, as I have always said, if you have questions, ASK ME.  Please don't speculate, don't guess the answers.  Answers can be simple and found easily by asking. 

Remember--tomorrow at 2:30ish is our Flash Sale.  These kittens are using many vaccines, wormers, tests, flea preventions and meds.  This Flash Sale will continue to help with this need.  

I love while I'm working at my desk, to catch the chat sometimes.  It gives me great joy to see the friendships there and the love for the cats.  I am appreciative. Sometimes the "things" in our lives seem so very hard and tough. I always hope that we are always that FFRCNation that treats others with kindness and respect. Enjoy this wonderful day! 

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

There's leaping, running, meowing, chirping, scampering, climbing, purrs, chasing, trilling--it's all happening almost 24/7!  It's a busy place here at FFRC! We are trying to take on as many cats as we can,'s always important to balance the resources, space, ratio of kittens to adults, time it takes to update all the cats, constant evaluation of health and the quarantine room times.  It's a great juggling act!  

We had HumaneOhio this morning! We checked in 43 cats--24 females and 19 males! Our total now for 2017 is 732 surgeries!  That breaks down to 430 females and 302 males! This time last year for 2016, we had done 320 surgeries! We have more than doubled that amount! And we have more to go! Check outs are at 5:30 ish this evening.

And we have names!
The "K" litter:    (birthday is 9/11/17)
Kikae--grey tiger, female
Kestrel--brown tiger, male
Kester--grey tiger, male

The "P" litter:   (birthday is 7/14/17)
Paula--brown tiger, DMH, female, 1 scarred eye
Pedro--brown tiger, male
Pilvi--grey tiger, female, 1 eye
Pauly--brown tiger, male

Hensley and Felicity are now doing fine from their dental surgeries.  Felicity still sports her button on her chin. All the newbies that are here in the Main Area seem to be doing good.  Although, we are feeding a gruel mix to them a couple times a day.

There's 8 kittens in the front Thumper's Room.  These are the K litter and the P litter, plus little Pipkin.  They are doing good--hoping to have them in the Main Area soon.  

We took on a new teenager cat yesterday.  His name is Jacen (a Name a Cat name). I believe he may be a littermate to Jude.  Both of these cats were found at the Defiance Middle School  Jude came last Tuesday and Jacen arrived yesterday--same size, same flea dander, same sweet personalities.  Jacen melted my heart yesterday---the sidewalk going to the door is very long. I could see him sitting on the outside, staring inside at the children.  I barely started walking up the sidewalk when I said "Hey Kitty!" and he turned, did the curly friendship tail pose and ran down the sidewalk.  I opened the crate and he headed right for it and got in it!  That was a wonderful thing for me! His birthday is 7/11/17.

We also were thrilled as we trapped 2 cats that were on the property.  One was a new arrival--a dark brown tiger, female, so sweet. Her name is Chirper as she is a big talker.  The other one is named Breeze. She was spotted about 3 weeks ago and is a tiger/slight torti. We've been feeding her by the Cove. Yesterday the trap was set and in she went this morning. She is a feral cat.  Both of these cats went to HumaneOhio for their spays.  That makes 3 cats caught in the last week. Now, all will be spayed/neutered! 

We had BOXES last night! I am so grateful.  We have been so low on so many items. Last night boxes helped alot. Many thanks!
Pawla F - RI   Donation in memory of her kitties. KItty Halloween Card - Bag of Temptation Snackers, lots of KD Science Diet, Medical supplies: syringes, vet wrap, gauze pads, box of insulin syringes. Bag of Resses mini's
Peggy M - Day Visitor - Gallon of bleach, Pinesol & 3 Pkgs of Snackers
Ronnie & Marie  -   8 aqua fluffy rugs,box of 12 oz paper cups w/lids, 100 Hot cups w/sleeves, 2 bags Reeses Mini's
Plee - Kitty Card   Hiney & Head wash cloths, Soft blankie, 3 sheets, 18 pillow cases balls & spool toys, Turbo Trac,  weight circles
Eaglewatcher/Beth - IL  6 cans chicken, 10 cans Tuna, 10 cans chicken, 
2 cases canned Purina 
Judeannlee & Phil - IN  392 Pamper Kitty Wipes, 200 lg foam plates, 2 lg  Softsoap refills , 3 Tubs Clorox Wipes,3 big bags of Precious litter
Justme - Cozy Pink Kitty Bed for Persian babies
MLS - 6 lg Softsoap refills
KKat4441/Barb   32 ct case Friskies , 3 Tubs Party Mix, 12 ct box of Friskies Treasures, 4 bags of litter and a big bag of Purina One, tub of Party Mix
Janet/Jazz & Susan - UK   45 cans Fancy Feast
John & Patty - 2 Chicken $5----Framed print of Nsuku babies, Framed print of Leonard Going Home     Love these pics!
Lannml - 6 cases Fancy Feast
Anony 22 lb bag Purina One, Tub of Party Mix
cj500/Carla  16 lb bag Purina One, Royal Canin Kitten, Case Fancy Feast, Case of Friskies pkts, 4 Tubs Party Mix
Leggygal - 2 large boxes of very pretty & much appreciated leggydews & 6 adoption bags
Elsie Sue - 6 bags Precious Cat Litter
Maryann B - 3 bags Sams catfood
Judy T with Jackson Jr.& Miss Kitty - CA  Kitty card & sponsorship for Jackson
Mr & Mrs Larry E, Mr. and Mrs. James M & Mr. Eric E, Donation in memory of Wilma Pepper of Paulding
Barb W - Sponsorsip for Spiker
Dan & Pam/Sissyp M - PA - Donation in memory of Bubby
June - Kitty Card with Sponsorship for Joyful
Phyllis B/Kittiesmom - MI   Halloween Card and Chicken $5
MacnCheesendoodlesmom - Donation to FFRC
From Clark to his mom Viola  Happy 5th Birthday Card with 6 Chicken $5
Colleen MP  - Box tops & coupons
Diann B - Card with Donation in memory of Zoolove
Happy Birthday to Snappy & mom Jenni with Chicken $5
Alan and Elaine--bag of Precious litter, 3 cases of Friskies, 1 case of Appetizers and 1 case of Fancy Feast

And more thanks too!---
Billie K--donation in memory of Gingersnap & to help care for all the new little kitties
Barb W, volunteer---donation to help winterize the Firehouse
Megan, volunteer--donation to help winterize the Firehouse
Susan A--donation in memory of Gingersnap 
Terry W from New Zealand--donation to FFRC
Beth/eaglewatcher--donation to FFRC, in honor of Pam S's birthday for Feliz Favidad fund

Thursday is our Flash Sale!  Let the fun begin!  See you at 2:30 ish with Mich & Vern!

We are starting to get things ready for winter out on the farm yard and all the cat buildings.  Takes quite a bit of work to get everything done--hoses have to be put away, all the "pretties" put in the winter shed, chairs/benches also in winter shed, supplies put in out at the barn, evespouts cleaned, leaves raked up, bushes trimmed---the list goes on and on. This week we'll be tackling this.

Take care and have a happy day!  Have all the names of the cats memorized?!  lol  It's quite a job right now! 

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Saturday, October 21, 2017

A thousand, million thank yous for the result of our Fun-Raiser this past Thursday evening.  Here's how the drawing went:

A - SA Purse & Larrissa & Ferole  Art             61x5           $305                RoseSF6cats

B - Warped leopard blanket           76x5             380                JudeAnnLee & Phil

C - Fast Cat Wheel                         116x5            580               Luvofanimals

D - Rosemary's Afghan                   52x5             260               Anony

E - Mr & Mrs Kerswill Bed            116x5            580               jznyc

G - Puzzle                                         63x5             315               mab4

H - Poker Kitties Print                   92x5              460   Cantoncat, Stripes & Dave, Jo603 for Vol,
                                                                                        Kittiesmom, mab4 & Bill, Bonnie & Gallant

F - Kuranda Tower (for blankies) 194x5           970                  Laura Sop

                                                                 TOTAL 3850

Matching funds                                                  3060

Bump ups                                                              640       
GRAND TOTAL 7,550   wow, wow, wow, wow, wow!!!!!!!

Bump Uppers:  Contessa & Gary & Sarah & Elizabeth, Mich, Faithy, Romeomom, Keikocat, Pawlapurr, DebbiDear, Sonnykat, EarthEyes, Gusti  

Consolation prizes: Joco, mls, Penelope, KnittinKitten, Ruth Dry, Michelle Mac

Many many thanks to all the people that donated the items that were in the fun-raiser. Many thanks to the mods and admins for helping to PR it.  Many thanks to Pat P and Marcia for counting all the tickets and to Lynnette for mailing the items out.  GIANT thanks to our Matching Fund Anonymous Friend---that helped tremendously! We are a wonderful team, working together for the betterment of FFRC!  I am grateful.

We also had BOXES Thursday evening!  Wonderful items--thanks!
Elaine & Alan - 40 lb bag Precious Litter, 3 - 24 ct. Friskies, 1 - 32 ct  Friskies, Box of Fancy Feast & Box of Appetizers
Brent & Jennie - Canadian branch of FFRC--From Winklin  a bunch of Winky Puff toys for the kitties
Memorial Stone for Leonard
Dottie C - Flash Sale Goodies, 28 Christmas stockings a huge variety, your sure to find one or two that you like! Insirational piece of jewelry, 18 Santa Bear toys, Shower Curtain, Orange Cross Shirt XL, 2 Story books, a kit for 2018 Catathon craft basket, Rings Rings & more Rings for Vern & Friends, bag of 10 mice, bag of balls for Magic, Spools for kitties
2 pkts Kitty Wipes
Anonomous Friend - 2 baby papasan chairs for Persian babies
Mr. Whiskers to Spiker--6 bags of litter  Spiker says he will share!

This Fun-Raiser was especially important to FFRC.  The tickets for the Kuranda Tower (which was bought by Jessie & Clark) will go towards many blankies that these 2 cats always provide for each adoption!    The remainder of this fun-raiser will help us with the many needs of all the kittens and cats--leuk/fiv/heartworm tests, 3 different vaccines, wormers (3 different kinds), flea prevention and antibiotics.  It's a tall list and this Fun-Raiser will be a huge help with this. 

And we have more thanks to give!
Julia R--donation to FFRC
Miau123, our mod--large case of paper towels!
Sarah/romeomom--donation to FFRC, just cuz!
Dasha1072--donation to FFRC
Amy M from PA--donation to FFRC, in memory of Bob Little, husband of Cheri
Eric M, mod--donation in memory of Lynn, in honor of Eddie White & Gia, for our spay/neuter program and for the care of the new kitties

Important!  Don't forget--it's going on right now! Our Lu La Roe fund-raiser is going on right now. Many thanks to Becky Mossoney for doing this and to Angie L for her great help.  Check out our chatters fb page for info.  Here's exciting news:  Lu La Roe is featuring FFRC for the month of November!

One of the hardest things for me to do is to pass on sad news.  Most of you already know that Gingersnap has been struggling.  He is the tan/white kitten of Nsuku's.  Little Gingersnap has passed away.  He's the little one that was born at only 2.5 ounces and we had to resuscitate him at birth.  Things were ok the first couple of weeks and then he stopped gaining weight. We've been syringe feeding him for 2 weeks and at first he seemed to be doing better.  Yesterday though, he lost another 1/2 ounce. He was so very tiny--just a little bit of 5.5 ounces and at 5 weeks of age, this just isn't enough.  But.....Gingersnap knew he was loved and recognized that a hand meant petting and loving and food. I loved this little guy and so wanted him to survive.  The rest of the litter is doing great. 

We've had 5 adoptions in the last two days!
Klaus, BaileyO and Rhulani went to live with Donna our volunteer.  While I was in NC, Rhulani was very sick and Donna fed him every two hours.  Klaus was sooo little and so she fed him too!  And BaileyO had 2 boo-boos that needed tending to. In the process, these 3 kittens bonded with Donna and so home they went with her!

Estelle & Billy Boots left this morning--brother and sister!  These two are part of the Bruce litter that was found in the river, tied up in a bag.  These two are the last of the Bruce litter---they've all found homes now!  They went with a very nice young man who will be so very good to them!

And.......we've taken on a few more kittens.
Pipkin........brought in by a volunteer. This lttle girl had been living in a garden all by herself for 4-5 weeks. And she's only 5 weeks old, weight 1.05.   Pipkin is a beautiful torti. 

The "K" litter--this litter arrived from a friend of FFRC's.  These kittens needed to move on so they could find a permanent home. Their mama is already scheduled to be spayed.  We have 3 of the "K" litter--a brown tiger (male), grey tiger (female), grey tiger (male).  So little, 5 1/2 weeks old. Weights are between 1.01 and 1.03.  Names coming soon.

The "P" litter.  This group of 4 needed some help. They came from a very sad situation and desperately needed to have a new start.  We have 4 in this group: brown tiger (male), brown tiger (female, medium fur with a right eye scar), brown tiger (male) and a solid grey (female, with 1 eye).  These kittens are 14 weeks old. From here on out, I wish them all a happy, healthy and clean way of living. 

The other litters/kittens are all doing good. There's lots of kittens in the Main Area and we definitely have to do the "kitten shuffle". Lots of memory work with the names! 

Thursday, Felicity and Hensley went to the vet's office for their dentals.  They've both been a bit "under the weather" yesterday but today seems a bit better.  Felicity had 12 teeth removed.  Unfortunately, her lower jaw, the mandible was fractured.  This rarely happens during a dental and teeth extraction.  She will be fine--she has her lower jaw wired with that little button on her lower chin.  It'll heal just fine and we'll remove that wire in about 3 weeks.   Hensley had 5 teeth extractions. Because Hensley is Hensley and meds react with him, he's been very very sleepy the last two days. We've stopped his soreness meds and he should be up and about very soon.  We fed him this morning with a syringe but told him not to get too use to this! 

On Tuesday, the 24th, we have the HumaneOhio surgery date with a full schedule.
On Friday, the 27th, we have Farrah and Paddy Purr scheduled for their dentals.
On Saturday, the 28th, we have our FFRC surgery day---will be a very full schedule.
On Tuesday, the 31st, Zelda is scheduled to have her inguinal hernia repaired. She's excited---I've promised her special snackers from the desk drawer. 

A busy place, but peaceful and filled with lots of cats and kittens that love attention. Have a wonderful weekend. 



Thursday, October 19, 2017

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Oh-oh.  It's happened.  The baby Persians have sprouted wings and some of them can get out of the pool! The next phase of development has started--playing and waddling about! And they are ever so cute.  All are gaining weight. Still working hard on little Gingersnap.  Some days he is taking his syringed KMR real good, some days not so good. But, he remains alert and active. They are closing in on being 5 weeks old.  Still not taking holds on these kittens until they are a bit older.

We had BOXES yesterday afternoon!  Many, many thanks to you all!
Miranda - catnip (will give us crazy cats--love it!) 

Debbie M - for a Flash Sale - Dog door stop, wall plaque Cats are like potato chips you can't have just one, Embroidered Dog Coasters & Embroidered Kitty coasters (so beautiful!), 7 cat key hook & 3 Kitty mats   Will see these soon!

Cary & Jean N --   5 bags of Precious Litter

Annie G & Debbie M -- 4 Tubs Party Mix, 20 Fleece Blankies for Outdoor kitties in winter

Anony - 2 Towels, 2 yellow rugs, 2 kitty angel pins 

LurkyLoo - 12of the 35lb buckets of Tidy Cat & 4 boxes of Medley Fancy Feast

Special thanks for all of the litter delivered lately---it made it possible for FFRC not to have to order any for right now! 

Next Thursday, the 26th is our next Flash Sale!  Mich and Vern will be here for this. The start time is 2:30ish. It's guaranteed to have some really awesome items in it, including those special items from Zoolove! 

This evening is our BOXES at 5:30, followed by the Drawing for the Fun-Raiser at 6:00.  This fun-raiser is especially important to FFRC. We have taken on many more kittens to care for and along with that comes major medical needs. Come join the fun! Good luck to everyone! 

We have more thanks to give!
Thomas M from VA---donation to FFRC
Michael JW--donation to FFRC
Canton/Rita--donation in honor of her mom's first birthday in Heaven, given with much love
Brenda R--donation to FFRC
Julia R--donation to FFRC
Alex & Morgan, day visitors--10 cans Friskies 

We've heard from two of our newly adopted kittens! Marilyn and Aimee Crocker are doing great and are much loved!

I want to say a special thanks to Lynnette and Donna for doing BOXES yesterday.  My sister Nancy is in the hospital again, battling her cancer. She is my hero---her persistence and determination is amazing and her ability to stay positive and lifted up.  I told her this morning that she has many prayer warriors going for her.  She said to say thanks for the prayers and to thank the warriors.  She and I would appreciate good thoughts and prayers going her way.  Thank you.

The Oxbow litter of kittens now have names!
Boni-- female, black.  Pronounced Boun-ee
Bibs--female, black, with big white on chest
Brilliance--male, black/white with dots on nose

Purrkins--female, grey
Purrceval--male, grey
Purrdony--male, grey
Purrzie--female, grey

All of the above names are from the Name a Cat List (except for one!).  Good luck remembering these names! 

Chesterfield and Cariad are a bit shy but coming around. We have been putting all the newbie kittens in the Kitty Campus Room for night time and some during the day to make sure all are healthy, eating good and feeling good.  

We have taken on 3 more kittens.
Delight--white calico, female, calico head & tail, gold dot between shoulders, found on a doorstep, crying, all by self.  Her birthday is 7/10/17 and is 14 weeks old. Such a sweetie and very friendly.  She had fleas but no URI.  Her birthday is 7/10/17.  Think D for Delight for being found on a doorstep. 

Tracker--tiger/white, ASH, female, large white ring around neck, was up in a Buckeye tree for a couple days and then came down by herself.  Her birthday is 8/1/17. She is 11 weeks old. She was very dirty, had fleas and was so hungry. Think TR for Tracker for being found in a tree.

Jude--calico/tiger, female with 4 white feet.  Jocie is our hero!  She saw this kitten at her school and called me, alerted the school about the kitten and gave them our number.  We were called, went up to the school and brought Jude home. She is 14 weeks old, birthday of 7/11/17. She's such a beautiful cat, long fur.  Think J for Jude for Jocie finding her. 

These names are also from the Name a Cat list. 

I've lost a message and barely started reading it when it disappeared into thin air.  I believe it was connected with a fb message perhaps?  I've spent much time trying to retrieve it but it's being stubborn. I do know CH was mentioned but that's all I know.  If you sent me a message a couple days ago and have not heard back from me, that's why!  Please resend your message to my email at    Thank you! 

Take care to everyone. Have a super great day and know that you are all appreciated by FFRC!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Busy, busy times! Lots going on and keeping us very busy.  

Yesterday, 4 of us went to Dayton, Ohio for a Kitten educational seminar.  The morning was on pregnant cats, birthing, newborns and their care whether it be from the mama or fostering.  The afternoon was more medical---vaccines, wormings, proper cleaning/disinfecting, cat diseases, tests, etc.  Lots of good information.  Lynnette, Donna and Barb went with me! We had a good time.

FFRC has some thanks to give!
Renita J--donation to FFRC and in memory of Thor 
Billie K--donation to help with Maya and Graciella's medical expenses and in memory of Leonard
Linda S--donation to FFRC in memory of Leonard
William K--donation because he saw the kittycam!
Gusti--donation to help with meds for the new kitties
Ben H from Iowa--donation in honor of Derecho and the Ch cats.
Lana H--donation to FFRC
Shannon S--donation to FFRC in memory of Leonard (who brought him to FFRC)
Pam S from IL--donation in honor of Beth/eaglewatcher's birthday for the Feliz Navidad Fund

Sure love these FFRC Giggle shows! We now have Scene #15. Production by FFRC Captures and Captions, directed by Derecho. Thanks to JustMe and SonJa and of course, the cats!

Mamas Nsuku and Julianne's kittens are doing great. Which ever mama is out, her kittens are too. We put them in the pool.  Yesterday, Moana was the first that ventured up and over the edge of the pool! And then proceeded to waddle around on the floor before she started wailing for her mama to put her back in the pool!  So curious yet reserved!  It won't be long before more of them start venturing further.  We weighed them all today.  Some are at 10 ounces, some at 14 ounces. 
I know many of you have noticed that one of the Persian babies is struggling. That would be Gingersnap. He's the one that was extra tiny at birth--2.5.  He's also the one that stopped breathing right after being born. With a little "work", we were able to get him breathing again. He has always been very tiny. But.....he is not growing or eating well.  Rest assured, we are on top of things. He is being supplemented as much as he will let us. Please keep him in your prayers and good thoughts. Thank you. 
Today, we gave the Persian babies their first wormer and their Bordetella vaccine. Hard to believe they are 4 weeks old now!

We had BOXES Thursday afternoon! Always know that you are appreciated! 
Rosalea S. - 16 large cans of KMR (Kitty Replacement Milk)
Catlvr14 (Gina) - bunches of potty bags, 6 beautiful handmade shawls in:  Yellow,  Honey Taupe, Ivory, Burgundy, Forest Green and Walnut. You will see these in a Flash Sale!
Linda S. - 3 handmade winter snow caps.  (for a Flash Sale)
Stella and Chewys - Duck Duck Goose snackers, 1 Case of Fancy Feast Seafood.
A friend of Sevaun's (or Sevaun herself) - 2 kitty 2 pizza laying pad.
Annie G./Debbie M. - 20 oz Canister of Party Mix, Case of Gravy Sensations, bag of Royal Canin dry kitty and momma food, 2 Cases of Royal Canin Babycat, 40 lb bag of Dr. Elsey's Litter.
Barbara E. -  6 lovely Barbie Doo fleece blankies.
Ronnie and Marie - 8 dozen chocolate kitty suckers, 400 pumpkin paper plates.
Alex the Baby Lion and family - 2 blankets, 2 towels, 4 packs of sponges, 3 boxes of Perfectly Fish, 3 bottles of glass cleaner, 120 styrofoam  plates, 3 pcks Kitty Wipes, Lysol wipes, 5 jars of baby food, 1 box of  13 gallon trash bags.
Ronda F. - donation in memory of Pam/Zoolove
Anonymous - donation to FFRC
Hannah and her parents, Jennifer and Andy - 2 containers of Temptations, 1 baby wipes, Austen Crackers, 12 cans of 9 Lives wet food, 4 huge cans of flaked chicken, 100 large garbage bags. 
John and Patty - Photo of Paddy Brother Sheriffs/copies for Flash Sale,  copies of farm animals/Jacci 

Tomorrow is the first day of the October Fun-Raiser. It's over at 9 am on Thursday.  The items are all wonderful, of course! We will have BOXES at 5:30 Thursday and the Drawing at 6:00. I appreciate all the items donated! This Fun-Raiser will help us with our operational needs plus with kitty help.  We have had many many kittens for check ins and the supply of wormer, vaccines, tests are depleted. 

We've had NINE, yes 9 adoptions on Thursday and Friday!  Makes me happy to know that they have succeeded in finding their new homes. While always a bit sad and them leaving, I feel good about that "home" feeling for them! 
LJ and Katmandu went to their new home together! Two wonderful kittens going into a super great home!
Cupid & Valentine went to their new home to PA! We have already heard back from the family and said they are doing great. They have been exploring and playing and chasing each other! Two super kittens!
Aimee Crocker & Marilyn were adopted together! This one in particular made me smile. Marilyn, even with her possible heart problems, found a home that loves her. And she has her best friend to play with--Aimee!

Brody was adopted into his new home. This extra wonderful kitten with that ornery side found his new family
Coco also was adopted and we've now heard from his new family! His new name is Sullivan and he slept with the family dog already! And he's discovered the big "mom/dad" bed! He loves the kids there too!
Sheila was adopted! She went to a home where her new family has lots of time to pet and love on her! She has a special young girl that will be her special cat! 

And then came more kittens! Some have names already, some do not yet.
Ransom: --arrived 10/10 at 7 weeks of age.  The Ransom name was to be given to a cat that needed a strong name.  He arrived here very dehydrated, big tummy yet very thin. His birthday is 8/21/17.  This kitten is a sweetie and so loves to be cuddled. 

Shema Anne--arrived 10/28 but has been with Auntie Peggy for a few weeks. She is now 1.06 lbs and ready to rock and roll.  Shema Anne is a calico kitten. Ornery yet very sweet!

Cariad and Chesterfield --the  Cornfield 2 kittens.  They arrived on 10/12 at 8 weeks old.  Their birthday is 8/17/17.  They were found in a row of a cornfield next to a cemetary.  Cariad is black, male with a bit of white on his neck and armpit and a tiny white on his tummy.  The other is Chesterfield, black and white, male, 4 white paws and is white from his chin to his bum.  Both are yet a little shy but are improving each day. 

And then there's 7 more, known as the Oxbow Litter.  These 7 were found on the road at Oxbow Lake. Severe earmites and extreme fleas. Literally hundreds on each kitten. 5 of these kittens arrived on 10/12 and the other 2 arrived this morning.  Definitely from the same litter.  They are 9 weeks old with a birthday of 8/11/17. They arrived on 10/12/17.  These kittens are extra sweet and took a major amount of work to remove all the fleas and to get the ears cleaned. I cannot imagine how itchy they were.  All are doing great now and loved to be loved on!  These Oxbow kittens consist of 4 silver/grey, 2 blacks and 1 black/white. Names coming soon.

Maya and Graciella are doing good.  Maya is learning how to get around and I think she's rather proud of herself! Graciella loves to play. She's a busy little girl in the Cat's Corner Room.  Won't be long until these 2, Ransom an Shema Anne will be out and about. 

Next week on Thursday, Hensley and Felicity are scheduled for their dental work. The staff at Dr. P's are aware that they are both CH cats. They are super attentive.  The 24th is our next HumaneOhio surgery date--it's a full schedule. 

Hoping everyone will have a wonderful week.  Fall is definitely coming. Won't be long until we start getting the outside ready for winter.  Know that each of you are appreciated by the cats, kittens and myself! 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

We are back from vacation. While thoroughly 100% enjoying my time on the Outer Banks with my family, I missed the cats and kitties very much.  Sunday and Monday were catch-up days and now it's time to do a blog!

We got caught up on BOXES Monday--I am grateful to each of you for your help.

LurkyLoo - 10 cans KMR, 2 bags Natures Choice, 4 - 12ct cases Natures Recipe tubs, 12 Fancy Feast appetizers, 2 cases Fancy Feast, 3 tubs Temptation Snackers, 1 giant tub Temptation snackers, Trixie cat tree (it's put together and will be used for Persian babies!)

Jean T - Case of Fancy Feast & 30 pk of Lays Chips

Wendy & Joe Vistiors - PA -  18 pks of water, Case of Friskies, Cat toys, Dog Snackers, Pop Tabs Band-Aids, Sticky Notes, Lint Rollers, Volunteer Snackers, 2 Kits Crochet Dish Sets

Gusti - Germany - Gift for Gem, Sherri & Jacci  Kitty Cookie Cutter, Guardian Angel Book Mark, Horse Pillow  (love it!)

Mr Whiskers for Spiker - Bonito Flakes & AA Batteries

Arden & Charmaine - KItty bird toy, Meooow Catnip, Yeoooow Banana, 3 mice, Cat Scratcher

Robin - Turtle pecan & Chocolate Almond Biscotti, Tub of Party Mix, Case of Friskies

Ronnie & Marie - In Memory of Lucas - 12 writing tablets, 1500 sheets printer paper, case of Posties,  3 Tubs Clorox Wipes, 6 Lint Rollers, 12 Rolls Bounty, 2 cases 13 gal Trash Bags, 24 Rolls TP, 3 - Suave Lotion, 1000 6" paper plates, 2000 6" styrofoam plates, 2000 9" styrofoam plates, 800 6" plastic plates, 2 Halloween Kits with napkins & plates,  2 cases Kitty Wipes, 2 cases Nutrish, case of 32 Friskies, case of Friskies, case of Purffectly Chicken

Plee - 2 cases appetizers

Carrie & Eric M  2 cases Friskies, 80 6" & 200 9" styrofoam plates, Pop Tabs

Vickie B - 6 bags Royal Canin Baby Cat

Wolfpatch cookies for FFRC and all the winners cookies were mailed out

Wendy & Dawn - a 2018 FFRC Calendar!  Awesome!

Jose NY - a Fast Cat Wheel  (will be put together very soon!)

Zoolove/PamT - Box full of beautiful fall & kitties decorations --  You will see these soon for a special tribute to Pam.  Pam passed away 7/27 and she ordered these for FFRC the day before. 

Marilyn & Terry - UK  Kitty Card, Chicken $5
Jeanne S  - FL  Donation
Phyliss B/Kittiesmom - Card & Donation in memory of Zoolove/Pam T
Mark & Holly R - Donation in memory of Zoolove
Tom & LInda C - IL  Donation
Aline W - OH - Donation
Melissa L - NY - Donation

And here's some more thanks!  Yep, I've gotten behind from last week! Many thanks---

Msaster/Val, Whiskers, Shangel, Pebbles & Layla--doonation in memory of Zoolove
2 Anonymous Friends--donation in memory of Zoolove
Toomanytoes--donation in memory of Zoolove
Thomas W--donation to FFRC
Gusti--donation in memory of Zoolove for the Felliz Navidad Fund
David D--donation to FFRC
Tracy L--donation to FFRC
Hallie G--donation to FFRC
Andrew P--donation in memory of Zoolove
Jakesmeowmy--donation to FFRC
Kerswill--donation for Nyla
Kelly I--donation to FFRC

You know all those BOXES that we get from Amazon?  Remember---if you go to our website at and click on that Amazon button when you order anything (to FFRC, yourself or anyone!), FFRC gets a little kick back from it! For the month of August, we received $365.53!  That's a great help!  

We had an adoption yesterday! Our sweet Kukisi went to her new home with a wonderful mama that wants to have a lap cat. I think Kukisi will fill that need just fine! More adoptions coming up!

We also had an adoption the morning that I left for vacation--wonderful Buster! He went into a home where he is the only cat--he's able to be king of his own home!

Sad news that I must pass on.  This kind of news always saddens me to my depth. Our wonderful Leonard has passed away. I have cried a zillion tears on this.  He was hit by a car--just an hour after I left for vacation. You remember how he wouldn't stay inside the Cove--always finding ways to get out. We were resigned to him being a Porchie--free to come and go which he absolutely loved. He wandered around as only Leonard could--with happiness and a free heart. He was fascinated by the river, across the road and would always zoom across to investigate everything. What a free spirit he was. He was gone instantly, so I feel that he had no pain whatsoever. He is deeply missed. Thank you all for caring about him.

We took on 2 new kittens that needed some extra help.
MAYA--torti female--so beautiful! She's 11 weeks old with a birthday of 7/24/17. She was born 10/9/17.  Little Maya (pronounced My-Ah) was born outside, at a farmyard.  She is a moderate CH kitten with lots of gumption! The lady that lived there made sure she received enough food but outside living is no place for this CH kitty.  So....she's here at FFRC.  She's a sweetie and loves everything---cushies, food, playing!

GRACIELLA--brown tiger--ever so sweet. She arrived at 7 weeks old. She was found by a family when she was about 3-4 weeks old, very sick. A wonderful thing happened---this family took her in to see Dr. Darcy!  She's been under her treatment! Both of her eyes have been affected by a virus. One eye is totally blind. I believe she MIGHT have a tiny ray of vision in the other eye--time will tell. She was very thin upon finding her but she is doing much better now and loves her food. 

Graciella and Maya have been bunking together the last couple of days and are good friends. They will progress up to the Main Area soon. 

All is good here. Kittens are healthy. Cats are happy (and think the kittens are crazy!).  Rhulani had a bit of a cold but is doing much better now and is zooming around like crazy! I love watching Aimee Crocker and Marilyn play together--they love to play chase, tackle and run some more games! They will seek each other out to play.  Estelle has grown quite a bit--such a sweet tiger/slight torti girl. She loves to purr.  Gia is wonderful, as always. She loves being out in Bella's Place/dog run. She will purr the second you pet her! 

Mama Julianne and Nsuku are doing great. Their weights are good.  All 9 kittens are doing good. There are two that are bit tiny so they are being supplemented with KMR. Both have already gained .5 to 1 ounce already. All are active, have their eyes open and are ever so cute. When each mama (individually) is on the floor in the back Thumper's Room, we put those kittens in the blue pool on the floor.  They are switched back and forth often during the day. It won't be long though until they are able to scoot out of the pool---a couple are already trying it!  No holds will be put on these kittens yet---we need them to be a bit bigger first. 

The ABC kittens are still unspoken for. That just seems incredible to me---all are awesome, ever so sweet and super friendly. Oh.......and super ornery!  I'm saying......if I had room for 4 kittens, they'd all be in my house!  Such a wonderful group. Needs some homes for these special kitties. 

Take care to everyone! In this Fall time, please double check for fleas. Their population is still building. Cats cannot get rid of these pesky bugs without help.  Help those outside cats too--no fleas allowed! And remember........spaying and neutering---this is the real answer to the cat overpopulation problem.