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Our Thanksgiving Message


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"At this time of year, we stop to celebrate our good fortune, family and friends. It is a time to be thankful for what we have...to share with good friends and family...both "people" and "critter" family. We at FFF want to take this time to extend our best wishes to you, our supporters and friends, and our sincere thanks for your support and friendship throughout the year. We appreciate the care of our veterinarians, Mike Evans, formerly of Animal Care Clinic and our new veterinary associates at Mother Lode Veterinary.


We want to sincerely thank our web-tenders: Petfinder.com, Airtight Internet Services, Former Webmaster, Sean Kleen and others. Specially thankful for our Webmaster - Kha Creation, Sandeepa Nayak.


Without their invaluable help...this screen would be blank ... literally!

It is also that time of year for me to ponder how far FFF has come from hand-lettered poster signs, portable tables and folding cages, hand-drawn graphics and initially, no web presence at all! With the help of dedicated people who shared my vision, FFF evolved into a community resource and all of those who helped it happen should take pride in knowing their contribution made a difference. Last, but not least, a sincere thanks to all of our loyal supporters, fosters, and adopters who, year after year, support us in our adoption and fundraising efforts. Thanks, Cathy, Karin & Bret, Kathie, Claudia, Paula, Sheila, Trish, Terry, Valerie, Susan, Caroline, Kevin & Kathleen, Mary, Hank & Patty and all those who regularly lend us moral support.

cat and turkeyThanksgiving is a time of reflection and memories.
For me, I am full of memories and thankful for the myriad of furry faces that have shared my life and became members of the FFF family.


Each and every one brought love, laughter and life's lessons to my life and to all whose lives were touched by them. Some have gone to the Rainbow Bridge to await reunion, many were adopted to loving, stable and forever homes, and some remain with us until a home can be found but still experience the security of knowing they are loved and will always be taken care of by those who love them. I truly am very fortunate to have shared and continue to share my life with committed people who foster our furry charges, and with the furry faces that still greet me at my door.

 

I give special thanks for having had the love and trust of my beloved, Petunia with all the comedy, love and lessons she has taught me over 17 plus years. 2017 had been a particularly difficult year for my beloved Petunia with her ongoing and worsening health issues and advancing age… but still her indomitable spirit kept her going.  I am so thankful to have had her with me thru  Thanksgiving 2017. Her presence kept me going in the face of our tragic loss of my beloved, Charlie, Petunia’s Dad. This will be our second Thanksgiving without him ..and while I find it hard to be thankful..I remember the fond memories and stories that she and I shared with him.

 

November 29th 2017 I lost my beloved Petunia but I know that she and Charlie await me at the Rainbow Bridge.


May each and every one of you know the gift of trust and unconditional love that a beloved animal family member can bring. I remain thankful for all those years we shared together.

My beloved Charlie, left us suddenly Oct. 2, 2017 and I find it hard to be thankful for the life Petunia and I had without him. But I just have to remember the many happy and loving moments we all had together and his unconditional love and understanding for me, Petunia and our FFF kitties. I am so thankful to have had him in my life for those 40 + years. He is now waiting at the Rainbow Bridge and with all who love him. We will meet again.

We at FFF, both feline and people, wish you and yours, people and critters, a Happy and Restful Thanksgiving ... and a joyous Holiday.


Sally,

P. S. Petunia sends her "purrs" and wishes, too.


 



IN MEMORIUM



Goodbye Nemo.  Fair Winds and Following Seas...

Friends of the Formerly Friendless his family, and friends have lost a compassionate, gentle and loving man upon the sudden and unexpected death of Charlie Welch JR., Oct 2nd, 2017. Charlie was a founding member of Friends of the Formerly Friendless, beloved husband of 33 years to founder, Sally Morgan Welch and Petunia's Dad. His accepting good nature, natural kindness, and loving encouragement enabled Sally and FFF to continue its Mission of life saving and life changing for a multitude of formerly friendless creatures. His unwavering support and loyalty helped FFF through some of the roughest and trying times.


Goodbye Nemo.  Fair Winds and Following Seas...

Friends and supporters will always remember his jovial, good nature and sense of humor and his willingness to do whatever it took to help our rescued animals. He was a good sport and good-naturedly donned a Santa Suit for our Annual Santa Photos Fundraiser, enjoying his role and meeting new people and pets year after year. His portrayal of Santa brought back several families year after year to have their Christmas photos taken with Charlie Santa! He never seemed to meet a stranger. Charlie was the quintessential Santa... year round!


Goodbye Nemo.  Fair Winds and Following Seas...

His patience, gentle and reassuring nature was a gift not only to friends and supporters but also to our often frightened, bewildered and traumatized rescues. Whether it was hauling litter and food, helping with cat-box duty, administering medications or fluids or just providing a quiet, loving, gentle presence, Charlie was always willing to be there.






Goodbye Nemo.  Fair Winds and Following Seas...

He often could be found sound asleep with a needy cat, or occasional dog, sharing his bed, or snuggled up next to him.










Goodbye Nemo.  Fair Winds and Following Seas...

His world, his family, friends and our Petunia are bereft at his loss.

Announcement

ANNOUNCEMENT...

 

Friends of the Formerly Friendless is excited to participate in the AmazonSmile Program.  Now when we all shop at Amazon.com, FFF can receive much needed funds to continue our lifesaving rescue work.

 

 

FFF will receive .5 percent of purchase amount directly to our FFF account.  We feel that it is a win-win proposition for all.  WE SHOP… FFF CRITTERS BENEFIT!

 



Community Bulletin Board!


SNIP

(Spay Neuter Impact Program)

Hello SNIPers and Friends of Free-Roaming Cats:

 

Our next SNIP spay/neuterclinic is scheduled on see upcoming scheduleContra Costa County free-roaming cats and kittens (5 months and older) will be spayed or neutered, FVRCP and Rabies vaccinated, treated for fleas, 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 see upcoming schedule by calling 925-473-5027. Space is limited and reservations are assigned to qualifying cats in the order received. SNIP provides services only to free-roaming, community cats (also known as feral), handleable or not, in an effort to spay/neuter cats who are not accepted at many veterinary clinics, and at a cost that encourages the community to Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR). For all other cats, visit our website for a list of other affordable services.

 

Please note: minimum age is 5 months old. Younger kittens 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, contact us immediately about other affordable services. Do not wait for the clinic. It may be too late and you will be faced with a litter of unwanted kittens and the possibility of nowhere to take them that can assure they will not be euthanized (killed). There are not enough homes available for all the kittens born every year. 

 

Future SNIP Dates

October 11, 2018

 

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

 


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Real EstateOur pet friendly supporter / Realtor, Bonnie Andrews, has extended a generous offer to FFF referrals! For every FFF referral that results in a finalized contract with her, she will DONATE 10% of her commission to FFF!


A win win situation for all... a dedicated, pet-friendly Realtor, to work with you to meet your needs, and. you can help our FFF Medical Fund that helps needy FFF fosters and community animals. You can contact Bonnie Andrews at:

 

Bonnie Andrews

Windermere Realty
Email : [email protected]
Cell Phone: 510-478-8266

RECOGNITION CEREMONY

ITALIAN CATHOLIC FEDERATION


HONORS

Sally Morgan Welch

2017 Pope Saint John XXIII

Award Recipient


I am honored and humbled to be considered for this prestigeous Award. I accept this Award not just for myself but for all who Rescue. For me, Rescue was a natural progression that grew out of my childhood love for animals as companions and siblings for an only child.

It became my avocation and developed into what is my Life's work and Mission.


But I learned early, that Rescue is not always easy and not often kind!


Those who Rescue face a myriad of challenges.


We face a daunting overpopulation problem with the comcommittant problems of stray, feral and / or abandoned animals...especially cats.


STILL WE RESCUE......


We face heartbreaking cases of animal neglect, abandonment and abuse......


STILL WE RESCUE.....


We face overburdoned or the absence of community resources to help animals of owners with limited resources or owners who are ill, disabled, or indigent with injured or sick animals.


STILL WE RESCUE....

 

We face the absence of any resources to help " good Samaritans" in our Communities who open their homes and hearts to the strays, abandoned , feral or ill and neglected animals.


STILL WE RESCUE.....


We face feline illnesses for which there is NO prevention, NO treatment and NO cure...such as FIP, feline infectious peritonitis, which once contracted is 100% fatal.


STILL WE RESCUE.....


We face the absence of education about compassion and humane education in our Schools...yet it is our children and children's children who will become the stewards of the animals and the Earth.


STILL WE RESCUE....


We see the sick, the elderly, the recovering and the challenged in pubic and private facilities that long for companionship and unconditional acceptance that only an animal can give.


STILL WE RESCUE..........


We face the refusal by some Courts and jurists to honor and enforce our foster contracts rather allowing undocumented claims of oral agreements to override our written contracts thus allowing unscrupulous persons to illegally keep our foster animals. .... It is a practice that in other field would not go unchallenged !


STILL WE RESCUE....


We face perhaps well intentioned but ill conceived limitations/restraints in our Communities that actual punish those who Rescue...


STILL WE RESCUE....

 

We face the absence or very limited resources for petfriendly housing in our Communities. Thus we see increasing numbers of abandoned or surrendered animals.



 STILL WE RESCUE.....


Knowing this, it was to address these issues that I founded Friends of the Formerly Friendless with the support of like minded Rescuers and family.


To address the problems of overpopuation, our Community Aid Program assists with spays/neuters of feral, and owned cats with limited resources.


As well, we assist on a case by case basis, the animals that need medical attention whose owners cannot afford it.


 For the good Samaritans, we help provide medical check ups, screening, testing and vaccines. It was through our Community Assistance Program for Good


 Samaritans, that I met a compassionate lady named, Patty Jarrett, who opened up her heart and home to a neglected, neighborhood cat, who later became a beloved family member, named Copy Cat.


Our Short on Luck Program (S. O. L ) helps animals that are caught up in domestic violence or are at immediate risk for euthanasia or acts of violence.


We have worked with referrals from local agencies to provide emergency sanctuary in cooperation with our compassionate vets for animals from domestic violence or drug violence.


 This Program grew out of a galvanizing early  experience when a frantic woman and her children, were seeking a safety for their remaining cat after a violent husband in an attempt to intimidate her, had killed the other family cat !


  Our Visitors in Furs Program provides  visits to schools, nursing homes, hospitals and rehabilitation centers by our cat liasion, Petunia. Petunia helps teach humane education and animal care to our next generation.


 To  address  the scourge of F. I. P, among cats in our Communities, FFF , and Petunia as cat liason, became a founding member of S.O.C.K. , Save Our Cats and Kittens,a fund raising group that raises funds for the life saving work of Dr. Niels Pedersen , at U. C Davis. His groundbreaking research may lead to a cure and /or prevention of F. I. P. Recently, S.O.C.K. presented Dr. Pedersen and his team with a check for $60, 000 to continue his work.


I spent our time together this evening detailing the litany of challenges and how FFF and I are addressing these, to assure you that your generous donation to our Mission will be put to good use.


In keeping with the teachings of Pope Paul and the philosophy of St. Francis of Assisi, I will close with the following thoughts..


                   

WE NEED ANOTHER AND A WISER AND PERHAPS A MORE MYSTICAL CONCEPT OF ANIMALS


Remote from universal nature, and living by complicated artifice, man in civilization surveys the creature throught the glass of his knowledge and sees thereby a feather magnifield and the whole image in distortion. We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein we err, and greatly err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings, they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth.


 

― Henry Beston, The Outermost House: A Year of Life On The Great Beach of Cape Cod


Thank you again for this Honor. Bless the Animals each and every one.



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.

Micro-Chipping

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".

Appointments

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.




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.


SOCKFIP PRESENTATION


SOCKFIP Presentation

SOCKFIP President , Carol Marshall and SOCKFIP Board Member, Sally Morgan Welch,and Petunia, the feline SOCKFIP cat liaison, presented Dr Niels Pedersen with a $60,000 check for his ongoing research efforts toward conquering FIP. Thanks to the fundraising efforts spearheaded by SOCKFIP President , Carol Marshal, the funds will be available for Dr. Pedersen's ongoing drug research trials to test and develop promising antiviral drugs to defeat the deadly F.I.P. , Feline Infectious Peritonitis.


Dr. Petersen has completed a collborative effort with Kansas State in a series of trials on a promising antiviral drug and is working on recording and publishing his findings.

There potentially are more drugs to test and possibly develop that could be the answer to unlocking the complex enigma of FIP.


Dr. Pedersen

These are exciting and hopeful times! If anyone can find the weapon to destroy FIP ...it will be Dr. Pedersen ! Dr. Pedersen is responsible for developing the feline leukemia vaccine that now protects our beloved feline family members from feline leukemia . During the 1970's , feline leukemia was the scourge of cat health , and was defeated by Dr. Pederesen, with the financial efforts of the original SOCKFIP, which successfully raised funds to defeat feline leukemia.


The current SOCKFIP , was graciously allowed to resurrect the name , and now directs its efforts to defeating FIP. Please join us in this fight. ! " FFF and PETUNIA is proud to be a founding member of SOCKFIP and ongoing supporter of Dr. Pedersen and his collaborative colleagues' ongoing research to end FIP !"


S.O.L RESCUE!

Edie Thumb

FFF received a call ON our hotline ...etc... from a worried and compassionate young man regarding an obviously injured kitten in his neighborhood that he had taken over feeding along with its siblings when their previous Feeders went on vacation and left them to fend for themselves! One sibling had already been killed by a car and the others were in grave danger of the same fate!

 

The young man brought the injured kitten to FFF's vet and turned her over to FFF. She had a fractured leg, was full of worms and fleas and seriously underweight at just 1 pound 4 ounces !,

 

With our vet's intervention and continued supportive care in one of our dedicated FFF foster care homes, she, now named EDIE, began to slowly improve. Her leg seemed to heal and be functioning almost normally and she began to put on weight and gain energy and confidence.

 

Given time and patience, we are hoping our Edie, female form of Eddie, short for EDWARD. , will lose her skitterish side and emulate our Edward who she seems to adore, and become an affectionate, plucky but gentle young kitty who will win someone's heart and find a forever home.

 

If you would like to provide T.L.C. and shelter for a needy cat, or dog... Contact: Sally - (925) 808-8364 [email protected]

 




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