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Thanks to Maddie's Fund, we are in the FINAL STRETCH!
We are thrilled to announce that Maddie's Fund has awarded Fix Our Ferals a $50,000 matching grant in support of re-opening and sustainability of our Spay-Neuter Center! 

Maddie's Fund will match every donation we receive up to $50K 
through October 15!
Maddie's Fund recognizes that the East Bay community has depended on Fix Our Ferals since we began in 1998.  And they recognize that all of you loyal Fix Our Ferals supporters have given generously toward our Center's reopening!  This is why they've made this huge and generous commitment that will help us raise the last $100K of our 
$250K goal. 

Thank you for your incredible support and generosity these past four months since the Center closed.  You have made nearly 1,000 individual donations! This is truly a testament to how vital the Center's spay-neuter services are to all who are dedicated to improving the lives of community cats and ending euthanasia in our shelters. 
Please Spread the Word!
Tell everyone! Post it on your social media! Forward this announcement by clicking the button below! Talk to your friends, family, neighbors and colleagues! Help us get to the finish line by sharing this exciting news with everyone you know.  All donations are doubled!

In this final stretch, your participation is simply essential to our success. Thank you again for your commitment to East Bay cats, and your continuing support of our 


Linda McCormick
Founder and President


Maddie's Fund will match your donation at 100%!

For other ways to donate, please visit our website.  

About Maddie's Fund

Maddie's Fund® is a family foundation created in 1994 by Workday co-founder Dave Duffield and his wife, Cheryl, who have endowed the Foundation with more than $300 million. Since then, the Foundation has awarded more than $187.8 million in grants toward increased community lifesaving, shelter medicine education, and pet adoptions across the U.S. The Duffields named Maddie's Fund after their Miniature Schnauzer Maddie, who always made them laugh and gave them great joy. Maddie was with Dave and Cheryl from 1987 - 1997 and continues to inspire them today.
Maddie's Fund is the fulfillment of a promise to an inspirational dog, investing its resources to create a no-kill nation where every dog and cat is guaranteed a healthy home or habitat. #ThanksToMaddie.

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"Professors Black and Gray"      by Lisa Fulton

Fix Our Ferals
PO Box 13083
Berkeley CA 94712-4083
(510) 215-9300

Fix Our Ferals is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as 
a Section 501(c)3 non-profit organization ID# 94-3297241



(Spay Neuter Impact Program)


Our next SNIP spay/neuter clinic is scheduled on Sunday, October 9, 2016. Contra Costa County homeless, free-roaming cats and kittens (5 months old +) will be spayed or neutered, FVRCP and Rabies vaccinated, and surgically ear-tipped for permanent spay/neuter identification (standard procedure for cats released back outside) for only $15. Humane metal traps are required; resources to borrow or purchase traps will be provided.


Required reservations will be accepted beginning Saturday, September 10, after 9:00 a.m. by calling 925-473-5027. Space is limited and reservations are assigned to qualifying cats in the order received. SNIP provides services only to community cats (also known as "feral") being returned outside -- handleable or not -- in an effort to spay/neuter cats who are not accepted at many veterinary clinics, and at a cost that encourages caregivers to Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR). For all other cats, see Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Resources and Organizations Offering Financial Aid below.


Please note our minimum age limit is 5 months old. Younger kittens, generally weighing less than 4 lbs., often require post-operative intensive care and heating equipment to avoid hypothermia, a life-threatening drop in body temperature following anesthesia/surgery, that we cannot provide at a high-volume clinic. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, however, this is necessary for the health and safety of all our patients.


Cats and kittens over 5-6 months of age are old enough to breed and should be spayed or neutered as soon as possible. If any cat under your care is pregnant, please contact one of the low cost resources listed below immediately. Please do not wait for the clinic. It may be too late and you will be faced with a litter of kittens and the possibility of nowhere to take them that can assure they will not be euthanized (killed) as surplus, unwanted animals.

Thank you for everything you do to care for cats in our community.


Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Resources:

  • Contra Costa County Spay/Neuter Clinic, Martinez, 925-335-8320
    (free-roaming cats accepted if handleable)
  • East Bay SPCA Spay & Neuter Centers, Dublin, 925-479-9674 & Oakland, 510-639-7387
    (Additional discount for qualified low-income caregivers)
  • ACT Spay/Neuter Clinic, Stockton, 209-462-SPAY
  • Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) Spay/Neuter Clinic, Walnut Creek, 925-977-7900 ext. 494
    (free-roaming cats accepted if handleable)
  • Abbey Pet Hospital, El Cerrito, 510-529-0777
  • Animal Care Clinic, El Sobrante, 510-222-9966
  • El Cerrito Pet Hospital, El Cerrito, 510-234-4582
  • Evergreen Pet Clinic, San Pablo, 510-215-9980
  • Tail Wag Inn Veterinary Hospital, Oakley, 925-684-2862 (see website for prices)
  • Well-Pet Vet Clinic, Pittsburg, 925-427-4300
  • Alpine Veterinary Hospital, Concord, 925-825-8464
    (free-roaming cats accepted if handleable)
  • Apollo Veterinary Hospital, Walnut Creek, 925-937-8387

Organizations Offering Financial Aid, as Available, for Qualifying Guardians and/or Cats:

  • Cat Support Network - 925-252-5445 (east CC County)
  • Contra Costa Humane Society - 925-279-2247 ext 305 ("pets" only)
  • Community Concern for Cats - 925-938-2287
  • Friends of the Formerly Friendless - 925-808-8364
  • Homeless Animals' Lifeline Organization (HALO) - 925-473-4642 (east CC County)

Upcoming Clinics

SNIP events are held on Sundays several times per year at the Contra Costa County Animal Services facility in Martinez.


2016 Schedule

Sunday, January 31st

Sunday, April 10th

Sunday, July 10th

Sunday, October 9th


Ready to Register?

To participate in the program, cats must first be qualified and registered prior to an event. It is important to register early as openings are limited and fill up quickly due to the popularity of the program.


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Directions | 2016 SNIP Flyer

Angela Davis & Sister Rosa

Our Featured Cats...

Angela Davis

Angela Davis is a black cat with a sleek, plush, short coat and big golden eyes. When she gets tired from playing with toys and her siblings, she likes to cuddle with her head tucked under her foster's chin, purring and kneading.


She and her littermates were rescued at 3 weeks and raised in a multi-cat home, so she is comfortable with other cats. She was also friends with a little dog when it was fostered with her. Angela does not like to be alone and if inadvertently left in a closed room, she will cry until released and then need a period of reassurance. She likes to chase paper wads and carry them around in her mouth. We would like to see her adopted with her sister, Sister Rosa. However, would consider her being placed with a friendly, active other cat or kitten.


She would do best in a home with another friendly, playful cat and a family where she has plenty of attention.


Angela Davis and Sister Rosa are both cuddly and very conversational. Angela especially is a good, snuggly nap partner and likes to be carried around.

Sister Rosa

Sister Rosa was named for an American icon.


She is a beautiful black, medium-haired lady with an active, playful, personality who also loves lap cuddles.


She was rescued at 3 weeks with her littermates and has been raised in a multi-cat home, so she is friendly with other cats. She also befriended a visiting dog when it was fostered in her home. She would do best in a home with another friendly, playful cat. We would like to see her adopted with her sister, Angela Davis. However, would consider her being placed with a friendly, active other cat or kitten. Sister Rosa has big golden eyes, a plush coat, and a sweet heart--a perfect combination for a wonderful pet.


Angela Davis and Sister Rosa are both cuddly and very conversational. Angela especially is a good, snuggly nap partner and likes to be carried around.

If you would like to meet any of the animals listed on the FFF or Petfinder sites,

you can contact Sally.

Ages of our cats and kittens are approximate and may reflect the age
at which the cat entered F.F.F.'s Program.
F.F.F. makes every effort to update the ages of our cats periodically.

When inquiring regarding one of our cats, please ask regarding the current age.


FFF will be holding special SEPTEMBER ADOPTION DAYS ON



1:30 PM - 4:30 PM





Rheem Valley Pet Shoppe


Come join us at the Rheem Valley Pet Shoppe for an Adoption Weekend. The nice people at Rheem Valley Pet Shoppe have invited us to bring our Formerly Friendless Felines to "Meet and Meow" with you, along with our Featured Pet.



BOARDING is available for fish and small animals. Check the store for rates - (925) 376-8399


F.F.F. Policies

Adopting a Friend

An interview, application and home visit is required, followed by a 5-7 day trial visit of the selected pet in the prospective adoptive home. At the end of the trial period, FFF will evaluate the trial visit and determine the suitability for adoption. If deemed necessary by FFF, a final home visit is required. An Animal Care Adoption Contract is required to be signed by the adopter and a legal FFF representative, upon final FFF approval. The adopter(s) must be of legal age to sign a legal contract.

FFF does NOT allow FFF animals to be given as gifts or adopted for third parties.

FFF would appreciate a contribution to help offset our veterinary costs which include:

  • Combo test for FeLV and FIV (feline leukemia and feline AIDS)
  • First FVRCP
  • Spay or Neuter
  • Pain medications for recovery
  • De-worming
  • Flea control
  • Microchip

Special circumstance adoptions are available for eligible adopters.


In an effort to provide our F.F.F. graduates, their families, and our dedicated F.F.F. fosters/staff with peace of mind, we have begun micro chipping all of our adoptees. This will provide a safety net for our formerly friendless felines that go on to their new homes.

F.F.F. is listed as the secondary contact in the event that an emergency or unforeseen circumstance causes them to be lost, stolen or strayed. This should make sure that our F.F.F. adoptees will always have a friend if they are in need and always be "formerly friendless".


We show our cats by appointments in the evenings during the work week, either at our adoption site, or your home. Appointments can be made with Sally through our HAVE CAT WILL TRAVEL Program. Availability of the cats or kittens for appointment depends on the availability of the foster and transportation arrangements. If you see a cat or kitten you are interested in on our website, contact Sally via our email or by phone to check on the availability of that cat or kitten for evening appointments.

Adoption Criteria

As a rule, F.F.F. does not offer kittens below twelve-to-fourteen weeks of age for adoption. All F.F.F. cats and kittens are combo tested for feline AIDS and feline Leukemia prior to adoption. Our veterinarians have advised us that the testing for these diseases is not accurate or dependable below twelve-to-fourteen weeks of age. Therefore, we will not release any cat or kitten for adoption until we can be assured of an accurate test result.

It is F.F.F.'s philosophy that we will not knowingly adopt any cat or kitten into your home that we wouldn't place in our own homes. We appreciate your understanding.

Miss Petunia
Petunia Says
Miss Petunia



Feral and Stray Cats - An Important Difference


Feral, stray, and pet cats are all members of the same species; they are all domestic cats. But stray cats and feral cats are also different from each other in a very important way - in their relationship to and interactions with people.
Whether you are a shelter worker, veterinarian, or feral cat advocate - or you just share your neighborhood with feral cats - knowing how to tell the difference can help inform how best to interact with a cat or what, if any, intervention would be in each cat's best interest.

What is socialization?


We use the term "socialized" to mean cats who are friendly towards people - or cats who enjoy companionship with us in our homes.

Kittens becomes socialized by interacting with people - being held, spoken to, and played with - from an early age. If a kitten does not become accustomed to people holding her and petting her within this crucial window, she will grow up apprehensive of humans and will not be suited to or happy living in homes.


What is the difference between a stray cat and a feral cat?


Pet and stray cats are socialized to people.

Feral cats are not socialized to people. While they are socialized to their colony members and bonded to each other, they do not have that same relationship with people.



  • A stray cat is a cat who has been socialized to people at some point in her life, but has left or lost her domestic home, as well as most human contact and dependence.
  • Over time, a stray cat can become feral as her contact with humans dwindles.
  • Under the right circumstances, however, a stray cat can also become a pet cat once again. Stray cats that are re-introduced to a home after living outdoors may require a period of time to re-acclimate; they may be frightened and wary after spending time outside away from people.
  • Another definition that may help: 
    - "A stray cat is a domestic cat that has been abandoned or has 'strayed' from home and become lost. Stray [cats] were once pets and they can usually be successfully rescued and placed in homes." Stray Cat Handbook


  • A feral cat is a cat who has either never had any contact with humans or her contact with humans has diminished over time. She is fearful of people and survives on her own outdoors. A feral cat is not likely to ever become a lap cat or enjoy living indoors.
  • Kittens born to feral cats can be socialized at an early age and adopted into homes.

Why does it matter?

  • Stray cats can readjust to living with people and can be adopted as companions.
  • Adult feral cats are not socialized to people, which means they cannot be adopted. As a result, they are likely to be killed if picked up by animal control or brought to shelters, so it is in their best interest to continue living outdoors.
  • Stray and feral cats can be difficult to tell apart, especially when they are trapped or frightened. Scared stray cats often need time to relax and show their level of socialization. Learn more.
  • Trap-Neuter-Return takes into account each cat's level (or degree) of socialization to determine the best environment for them. Feral cats are returned to their outdoor home after being trapped and neutered. Socialized cats and kittens can be adopted into homes.

How do I tell the difference when the cats are outdoors?


Since it is difficult to determine each cat's socialization during a stressful event such as trapping, it's a good idea to observe cats on their own outdoors using the guidelines below. Remember that these guidelines are not hard and fast rules and that just one of these traits is probably not enough to draw a conclusion.

Bottom line: If a cat you don't know approaches you or if you can touch her, she is most likely not feral. Not all stray cats will do this though, especially at first - each cat will act differently in a variety of situations. More monitoring using these guidelines may be necessary to determine if the cat is socialized.





May approach people, houses, porches, or cars

Will not approach and will likely seek hiding places to avoid people


Will likely live alone, not be part of a group

May belong to a colony


Might walk and move like a housecat, such as walking with tail up - a sign of friendliness
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May crawl, crouch, stay low to the ground, and protect body with tail

Will probably look at you, blink, or make eye contact

Unlikely to make eye contact


May be vocal, meow, or "answer" your voice

Won't meow, beg, or purr


Will be visible primarily during the daytime

More likely to be nocturnal; occasionally out during the day


Will probably be dirty or disheveled

Will probably have a clean, well-kept coat. 

A male with a big head and thick neck, muscular body, and/or scars from fighting is more likely to be feral, since these are traits associated with intact males (and only 2% of feral cats are neutered in the U.S.). He may also have a spiky coat from high testosterone levels and less time spent grooming; may also have "stud tail" - hair loss, greasiness, or bumps at the base of the tail due to hormones.

Will not have an eartip

Will likely have an eartip if neutered as part of a TNR program


A female who is pregnant or lactating is more likely to be feral, since only 2% of feral cats are neutered in the U.S.


Alley Cat Allies recognizes that a cat's level of socialization and behavior is not always black and white, particularly for feral cats who recognize their caregiver. They may show signs of familiarity, such as a tail up or hanging out on a caregiver's porch, but these behaviors are usually limited to the cat's interaction with the caregiver and only develop after building a relationship over time. Always remember: this does not mean that the cat is a good candidate for living indoors.


How do I tell feral and stray cats apart once I have trapped them?


When in a frightening or stressful environment - such as a trap or a shelter - a friendly stray cat may act like a feral cat, avoiding people and possibly even showing aggression to avoid being touched. "A lot of cats seem feral in traps but are just afraid," explains Alley Cat Allies Feral Friend Genevieve Van de Merghel. Who can blame them? The cat is in a new and unfamiliar place.

Here are some ways that will help distinguish a feral cat from a scared stray cat when they are frightened, confined, or in a new place.





It may be possible to touch the cat eventually or she may tolerate a small amount of touching with an object

Can not be touched, even by a caregiver


May come to the front of the cage

Will likely stay in the back of the cage and retreat as far back as possible

May eventually rub against the cage in a friendly way

If jolted or frightened, may shake, rattle, or climb the cage, and could become injured banging into the cage


May relax over time

Will remain tense and unsocial


May investigate toys or food placed near the cage

Will likely ignore all people and toys, and possibly even food

May respond to household sounds like cat food cans or bags being opened

Will not show any familiarity or interest in household sounds


May hiss or growl to show anxiety

Will be aggressive and lash out if threatened or cornered (signs of aggression include ears back and eyes dilated)


What do I do next?


Once you have evaluated a cat and feel like you have a sense of the cat's level of socialization, the next step is to get the cat neutered. From there, use your evaluation to do what's in the cat's best interest:


Article Reprinted from Alley Cat Allies©


our very serious boy.

Back to School ...

Do you love to read?

Friends of the Formerly Friendless, since its inception, have been committed to promoting humane education, and pets and wildlife education as part of our Community Outreach mission. Of special importance to FFF, is reaching those that will be making the future decisions and policies about our world's flora and fauna, our children and grandchildren. Toward that end, FFF has incorporated the KIND NEWS newsletters for children, primary, junior and senior editions, into our FREE adoption site materials.

Please drop by to visit us at our adoption site and we will be glad to make these available to children, parents, teachers and community members. (More INFO for kids' materials is available on humanesociety.org/kids.)

In addition, the we are proud to provide the International Literacy Association's Children's and Young Adults book listing. These are books chosen from those who actually read them!

What is the International Literacy Association?

For over 50 years, the International Literacy Association has been the trusted provider of ongoing professional development for teachers. ILA is committed to advancing worldwide literacy by improving reading instructio n, disseminating research and information about reading, and encouraging the lifetime reading habit. Additional information about ILA can be found at www.literacyworldwide.org.

Edward, our very serious boy makes the following suggestions for readers of all ages, including his PURR-SONAL pick!

(Grades K - 2, Ages 5–8)

  • Bubble Trouble. Tom Percival. Bloomsbury USA Childrens.
  • Charlie Plays Ball. Ree Drummond. Ill. Diane deGroat. HarperCollins.
  • *Clark the Shark: Afraid of the Dark. Bruce Hale. Ill. Guy Francis. HarperCollins.
  • Fright Club. Ethan Long. Bloomsbury USA Childrens.
  • Get Out of My Bath! Nosy Crow. Ill. Britta Teckentrup. Candlewick.
  • How Do Dinosaurs Stay Safe? Jane Yolen. Ill. Mark Teague. Blue Sky/Scholastic.
  • I Am Henry Finch. Alexis Deacon. Ill. Viviane Schwarz. Candlewick.
  • If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don't! Elise Parsley. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.
  • I Really Like Slop! Mo Willems. Disney-Hyperion.
  • I Will Take a Nap! Mo Willems. Disney-Hyperion.
  • *The Little Shop of Monsters. R.L. Stine. Ill. Marc Brown. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.
  • Max the Brave. Ed Vere. Sourcebooks Jabberwocky.
  • Monkey and Duck Quack Up! Jennifer Hamburg. Ill. Edwin Fotheringham. Scholastic.
  • Monster Needs a Party. Paul Czajak. Ill. Wendy Grieb. Mighty Media Kids.
  • Must. Push. Buttons! Jason Good. Ill. Jarrett Krosoczka. Bloomsbury USA Childrens.
  • The Nuts: Sing and Dance in Your Polka-Dot Pants. Eric Litwin. Ill. Scott Magoon. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.
  • Pete the Cat and the Bedtime Blues. James Dean and Kimberly Dean. Ill. James Dean. HarperCollins.
  • Please, Mr. Panda. Steve Antony. Scholastic.
  • Ragweed's Farm Dog Handbook. Anne Vittur Kennedy. Candlewick.
  • Rappy the Raptor. Dan Gutman. Ill. Tim Bowers. HarperCollins.
  • The Runaway Tortilla. Eric A. Kimmel. Ill. Erik Brooks. Graphic Arts.
  • *Sick Simon. Dan Krall. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.
  • The Sky Is Falling! Mark Teague. Orchard/Scholastic.
  • *Stick and Stone. Beth Ferry. Ill. Tom Lichtenheld. HMH Books for Young Readers.
  • Ten Pigs: An Epic Bath Adventure. Derek Anderson. Orchard/Scholastic.
  • There's a Lion in My Cornflakes. Michelle Robinson. Ill. Jim Field. Bloomsbury USA Childrens.
  • *To the Sea. Cale Atkinson. Disney-Hyperion.
  • Welcome to the Neighborwood. Shawn Sheehy. Candlewick.
*Books that received the highest Children's Choices team votes.


Edward, our very serious boy, also makes the following suggestions for our Young Readers.


Pete the Cat and the
Bedtime Blues

James Dean and Kimberly Dean. Ill. James Dean. HarperCollins.

Pete the Cat is back again in a bedtime adventure sure to resonate with primary-level students. Pete has a sleepover, but his friends aren't ready to settle down. Pete saves the day and gets everyone to settle down. Children will love the next installment of Pete's adventures.

What is the Children's Choices Project?

Each year 12,500 school children ages 5–12 from different regions of the United States read newly published children's and young adults' trade books and vote for the ones they like best. These Children's Choices, selected from more than 900 titles, can be counted on as books children really enjoy reading. This list, a project of a joint committee supported by ILA and The Children's Book Council (CBC), is designed for use not only by teachers, librarians, administrators, and booksellers but also by parents, grandparents, caregivers, and everyone who wishes to encourage young people to read for pleasure.

(Grades 3 - 4, Ages 8–10)

  • Androcles and the Lion. Carl Sommer. Ill. Jorge Martinez. Advance.
  • Bone Collection: Skulls. Camilla de la Bédoyère and Rob Scott Colson. Ill. Sandra Doyle. Scholastic.
  • Captain Underpants and the Retaliation of the Tyrannical Turbo Toilet 2000. Dav Pilkey. Scholastic.
  • *Claude at the Beach. Alex T. Smith. Peachtree.
  • Color Illusions. DK Publishing.
  • El Deafo. Cece Bell. Amulet.
  • The Emperor's New Clothes. Carl Sommer. Ill. Ignacio Noe. Advance.
  • Flying Beaver Brothers and the Hot-Air Baboons. Maxwell Eaton III. Knopf Books for Young Readers.
  • *The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza. James Kochalka. First Second.
  • *Happy Birthday, Babymouse. Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm. Random House Books for Young Readers.
  • I Love You Just Enough. Robbyn Smith van Frankenhuyzen. Ill. Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen. Sleeping Bear.
  • In New York. Marc Brown. Knopf Books for Young Readers.
  • I Survived the Destruction of Pompeii, AD 79. Lauren Tarshis. Ill. Scott Dawson. Scholastic.
  • *Kali's Story: An Orphaned Polar Bear Rescue. Jennifer Keats Curtis. Ill. John Gomes. Arbordale.
  • Kay Kay's Alphabet Safari. Dana Sullivan. Sleeping Bear.
  • LEGO NINJAGO: The Visual Dictionary (Masters of Spinjitzu). Hannah Dolan. DK Publishing.
  • Little Red Riding Hood. Carl Sommer. Ill. Ignacio Noe. Advance.
  • Lucky Leopards! And More True Stories of Amazing Animal Rescues! (NGK Chapters). Aline Alexander Newman. National Geographic Children's Books.
  • Lunch Lady and the Schoolwide Scuffle. Jarrett J. Krosoczka. Knopf Books for Young Readers.
  • Minecraft: Redstone Handbook: An Official Mojang Book. Scholastic.
  • Mumbet's Declaration of Independence. Gretchen Woelfle. Ill. Alix Delinois. Carolrhoda.
  • Next Time You See the Moon. Emily Morgan. NSTA Kids.
  • 101 Hidden Animals. Melvin Berger and Gilda Berger. Scholastic.
  • Rags, Hero Dog of WWI: A True Story. Margot Theis Raven. Ill. Petra Brown. Sleeping Bear.
  • *Sisters. Raina Telgemeier. Graphix.
  • Squish: Fear the Amoeba. Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm. Random House Books for Young Readers.
  • Starring Jules #3: Starring Jules (super-secret spy girl). Beth Ain. Scholastic.
  • Superstars of History. R.J. Grant. Ill. Simon Basher. Scholastic.
  • Target Practice: Cleopatra in Space, Book One. Mike Maihack. Graphix. True or False? DK Publishing.
  • Whatever After #5: Bad Hair Day. Sarah Mlynowski. Scholastic.
  • The Yeti Files: Meet The Bigfeet. Kevin Sherry. Scholastic.


*Books that received the highest Children's Choices team votes.

* These books that received the highest Children's Choices Project team votes.

(Grades 5–6, Ages 11–14)

  • Baba Yaga's Assistant. Marika McCoola. Ill. Emily Carroll. Candlewick.
  • *Backlash. Sarah Darer Littman. Scholastic.
  • Blackbird Fly. Erin Entrada Kelly. Ill. Betsy Peterschmidt. Greenwillow.
  • Bodie: The Town That Belongs to Ghosts. Kevin Blake. Bearport.
  • The Copper Gauntlet. Holly Black and Cassandra Clare. Scholastic.
  • Creepy Libraries. Troy Taylor. Bearport.
  • DC Superheroes Origami: 46 Folding Projects for Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and More! John Montroll. Ill. Min Sung Ku. Capstone Young Readers.
  • Echo. Pam Muñoz Ryan. Scholastic.
  • The Elementia Chronicles: Quest for Justice. Sean Fay Wolfe. HarperCollins.
  • The Enchanted Files: Diary of a Mad Brownie (Paperback title: The Enchanted Files #1: Cursed). Bruce Coville. Random House Books for Young Readers.
  • Faceless. Alyssa Sheinmel. Scholastic.
  • Flunked (Fairy Tale Reform School). Jen Calonita. Sourcebooks Jabberwocky.
  • Haunted Hollywood. Dinah Williams. Bearport.
  • *Hilo Book 1: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth. Judd Winick. Random House Books for Young Readers.
  • House Arrest. K.A. Holt. Chronicle.
  • How to Speak Cat: A Guide to Decoding Cat Language. Aline Alexander Newman and Gary Weitzman. National Geographic Children's Books.
  • National Geographic Kids Almanac 2016. National Geographic Children's Books.
  • National Geographic Kids Brain Games. Jennifer Swanson. National Geographic Children's Books.
  • A Night Divided. Jennifer A. Nielsen. Scholastic.
  • 100 Things to Make You Happy. Lisa M. Gerry. National Geographic Children's Books.
  • Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes. Rick Riordan. Ill. John Rocco. Disney-Hyperion.
  • Roanoke Island: The Town That Vanished. Kevin Blake. Bearport.
  • *Roller Girl. Victoria Jamieson. Dial.
  • Sanjay and Craig #1: Fight the Future With Flavor. Eric Esquivel. Ills. Ryan Jampole, Sam Spina, and James Kaminski. Papercutz.
  • *Saved by the Bell. Joelle Sellner. Ill. Chynna Clugston-Flores and Tim Fish. Roar Comics.
  • The Secrets to Ruling School (Without Even Trying). Neil Swaab. Harry N. Abrams.
  • SENSEational Illusions. DK Children.
  • Strange but True! DK Children.
  • Super Shark Encyclopedia. DK Children.
  • The Tale of Rescue. Michael J. Rosen. Ill. Stan Fellows. Candlewick.
  • *The Terrible Two. Mac Barentt and Jory John. Ill. Kevin Cornell. Harry N. Abrams.
  • *Tom Gates: Everything's Amazing (Sort Of). Liz Pichon. Candlewick.
  • Untwine. Edwidge Danticat. Scholastic.
  • Voyagers: Project Alpha. D.J. MacHale. Random House Books for Young Readers.
  • What's Up In…The Amazon Rainforest. Ginjer L. Clarke. Grosset & Dunlap.
  • Who Was Steve Irwin? Dina Anastasio. Ill. Jim Eldridge. Grosset & Dunlap.
  • The Worst Class Trip Ever. Dave Barry. Disney-Hyperion.


*Books that received the highest Children's Choices team votes.



  • All the Bright Places. Jennifer Niven. Knopf Books for Young Readers.
  • The Amazing Book Is Not on Fire: The World of Dan and Phil. Dan Howell and Phil Lester. Random House Books for Young Readers.
  • Apple and Rain. Sarah Crossan. Bloomsbury USA Childrens.
  • Backlash. Sarah Darer Littman. Scholastic.
  • Believarexic. J.J. Johnson. Peachtree.
  • Code of Honor. Alan Gratz. Scholastic.
  • The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall. Katie Alender. Scholastic.
  • The Dead House. Dawn Kurtagich. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.
  • The Detour. S.A. Bodeen. Feiwel & Friends.
  • Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans. Don Brown. HMH Books for Young Readers.
  • *Everything, Everything. Nicola Yoon. Delacorte.
  • *Fairest: The Lunar Chronicles: Levana's Story. Marissa Meyer. Square Fish.
  • The Game of Love and Death. Martha Brockenbrough. Arthur A. Levine.
  • House Arrest. K.A. Holt. Chronicle.
  • Hunter. Mercedes Lackey. Disney-Hyperion
  • I Am Princess X. Cherie Priest. Ill. Kali Ciesemier. Arthur A. Levine.
  • Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War. Steve Sheinkin. Roaring Brook.
  • Nimona. Noelle Stevenson. HarperTeen.
  • *Orbiting Jupiter. Gary D. Schmidt. Clarion.
  • P.S. I Still Love You. Jenny Han. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.
  • Read Between the Lines. Jo Knowles. Candlewick.
  • Red Queen. Victoria Aveyard. HarperTeen.
  • The Remedy. Suzanne Young. Simon Pulse.
  • Roller Girl. Victoria Jamieson. Dial.
  • The Rose Society. Marie Lu. G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers.
  • Saint Anything. Sarah Dessen. Viking Books for Young Readers.
  • Six of Crows. Leigh Bardugo. Henry Holt.
  • srsly Hamlet. William Shakespeare and Courtney
  • Carbone. Random House Books for Young Readers.
  • Until Friday Night. Abbi Glines. Simon Pulse.
  • When. Victoria Laurie. Disney-Hyperion.


*Books that received the highest Children's Choices team votes.



Drop by the FFF Adoption Site and pick up a copy of this reading list.



Edward, our very serious boy, also makes the following suggestions for our Advanced Readers.


100 Things To Do Before You Grow Up

Everything, Everything
Nicola Yoon. Delacorte.

Madeline Whitter has SCID, a disease that makes her, basically, allergic to the world. She is happy in the bubble of her home with her mom and her nurse, Carla. When she strikes up a relationship with Olly, the boy next door, everything changes. Everything, everything.


What Is the Young Adults' Choices Project?

The Young Adults' Choices project began in 1986, funded by a special grant given to the International Literacy Association, and was supervised by the Association's Literature for Young Adults Committee. The goals of the project are to encourage young people ages 13–18 to read; to make teens, teachers, librarians, and parents aware of new literature for young adults; and to provide middle and secondary school students with an opportunity to voice their opinions about books being written for them. The value of young adult literature is certainly not something new, but it is true that it's more popular than ever, thanks in part to blockbuster trilogies inspired by their novel predecessors. And we believe it's safe to say the books included on this enclosed list are going to keep those stats high.


Many of the suggested books above can be previewed at Children's Choice Project.

For alternative children's book lists, please visit TeachersFirst.com, The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), The National Humane Education Society's CHILDREN'S EARLY READER/PICTURE BOOKS or The National Humane Education Society's YOUNG ADULT READING LIST

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SOCKFIP Presentation

EXCITING NEWS... PETUNIA and I recently attended the SOCKFIP meeting to receive an update on the battle vs. FIP.


A promising new trial study is now underway at UC Davis Companion Health, to test the effectiveness of antiviral drug(s), that could stop FIP from replicating! The study is a two-year study of 40 selected cats with naturally occurring FIP. The study has begun, and we await, with great excitement and promise, the possibility of DEFEATING FIP...


FIP is the scourge of the 21st Century in the feline world of medicine. A victory against this disease would be a landmark breakthrough that would save and change the lives of countless cats and their families!


SOCKFIP Presentation

As well, a breakthrough in this field could translate to major knowledge and progress in human studies and other corona virus studies!


We fervently support Dr. Niels Pedersen and Dr. Brian Murphy in their quest to defeat one of the most insidious and complex viruses of our time!





Calling all cat lovers... Save the Date! Sunday NOVEMBER 6, 2016. UC Davis is hosting a Feline Forum - featuring two tracks. One for breeders and fanciers, and a second track for rescues and shelters. This will be held at Gladys Valley Hall at the UC Davis Vet School Campus in Davis, CA. A live webinair will also be available. Dr. Pedersen and nine other top feline researchers will be speaking in the day-long event. Here's a link to the roster of speakers and registration.
UC Davis 2016 Feline Forum

VISIT SOCKFIP for ongoing progress and updates on this, and other SOCKFIP News.






We are very grateful for your loyal support to 'Save Our Cats and Kittens from Feline Infectious Peritonitis (SOCK FIP) - funding for FIP Research at UC Davis. PLEASE REMEMBER SOCK FIP in your YEAR END GIFTING and MATCHING GIFT PROGRAMS WITH YOUR EMPLOYER I SOCK FIP is matching gift eligible - 501(c)(3) -#27-1523038.

FIP IS NOT A RARE DISEASE: One in 300 cats seen at veterinary institutions in the US die of FIP and hundreds of thousands of cats die globally each year. Dr. Niels Pedersen has devoted much of his renowned career to FIP research. He has published over 50 scientific papers and reviews on FIP alone. All this hard work is paying off, as great strides have been made in the past few years. There is· much to celebrate in 2015 as Dr. Pedersen nears one of the most important studies to date. SOCK FIP is extremely hopeful that Dr. Pedersen is on the path to frontier the first effective and proven treatment specifically for Feline Infectious Peritonitis.
NEXT MONTH: Dr. Pedersen embarks upon one of the most important studies to date - a field trial commences in January 2016 with protease inhibitors that have proven great promise in the Pedersen lab in arresting FIP. Now it is time to prove efficacy in the field with natural FIP cases. Much arduous and difficult research· has taken place to get to this juncture. Yet there are still more milestones and sizable costs related to proving and clearing a drug treatment for market. If the field trails correlate efficacy, the compounds will then progress to a rigorous and very expensive drug approval process.
Your continued support is needed to ensure there is funding to move this process along, until FIP is eradicated. No amount is too small. FIGHT FIP TO THE FINISH!

Goodbye Nemo.  Fair Winds and Following Seas...

Saying goodbye to beloved Nemo.
Lost to wet FIP 1/16/16.

Together we will SOCK IT TO FIP!


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We at SimplyCatBreeds.org are pleased to present you with a Cat Rescue Award for excellence in helping needy cats who just need a warm home and some love. We take pride in acknowledging the best organizations around the country with our special award emblem, recognizing them for their outstanding work - Friends of the Formerly Friendless is absolutely an organization we place among those that need recognition.

Thank you for all the work you and your organization provides for cats in need. We know exactly how difficult and thankless a task it can be, so we hope this little token helps even a little bit.

While we are honored to have received this recognition, our work and story would not be possible without our dedicated and hard working, fosters, community support, compassionate veterinarians and excellent web master/website designer. We will display the award medallion proudly on our websites in recognition of all their efforts to help Friends of the Formerly Friendless in their Rescue mission.


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