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VALENTINE MESSAGE


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Once again we celebrate Valentine's Day and those we love and hold dear. We celebrate and recognize that LOVE comes in all shapes and sizes. If you are considering adding a new feline member to your, we will be glad to introduce you to our wonderful, "formerly friendless" feline friends. There is truly no substitute for the unconditional love the right loving kitty can bring to you and to your home. As with human relationships, matching the right kitty that will bond with you and your home, takes time and thought. For that reason, we do not encourage giving cats or pets for gifts. Rather we would encourage you to contact us to come and meet with the kitty(s) of your choice. Since this is one of the rare times in your life that you can choose your "family member(s)"! We are glad to help find just the right "match" for you and yours.

Red Pillow Cat

During this time of the year, we also want to take this opportunity to remind everyone that CHOCOLATE, and other edible and FLORAL tokens of Love, can be FATAL to pets. During this time of year, the danger of poisonings, especially by chocolate, is very high. Please make sure that all edible gifts and flowers are out of reach so that the LOVE they express does not turn into a tragedy.

WE would like to invite you to BRING YOUR SWEETHEART(S) to meet OUR SWEETHEARTS this PRE-VALENTINES' DAY WEEKEND. We will be there SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11th and 12th, 2017 at Rheem Valley Pet Shoppe, 1:30- 4:30. Drop by and meet our "sweeties" and grab a valentine snack, compliments of FFF and Petunia.

Announcement

ANNOUNCEMENT...

 

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

 

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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!

 

NOTE: AS OF APRIL 1ST, 2016, THE SHARES CARD WILL NO LONGER BE NEEDED. TO BENEFIT FFF

OUR SUPPORTERS WILL NEED TO REGISTER WITH E-SCRIP.

 


Community Bulletin Board!



GOOD NEWS!!!

GOOD SAMARITAN BILL HAS BEEN SIGNED INTO LAW!!!

 

New legislation dubbed the "Right to Rescue Law" signed into law by Governor Brown September 26th. 2016.

    (b) (1) This section does not prevent a person from taking reasonable steps that are necessary to remove an animal from a motor vehicle if the person holds a reasonable belief that the animal's safety is in immediate danger from heat, cold, lack of adequate ventilation, lack of food or water, or other circumstances that could reasonably be expected to cause suffering, disability, or death to the animal.
    (2) A person who removes an animal from a vehicle in accordance with paragraph (1) is not criminally liable for actions taken reasonably and in good faith if the person does all of the following:
    (A) Determines the vehicle is locked or there is otherwise no reasonable manner for the animal to be removed from the vehicle.
    (B) Has a good faith belief that forcible entry into the vehicle is necessary because the animal is in imminent danger of suffering harm if it is not immediately removed from the vehicle, and, based upon the circumstances known to the person a the time, the belief is a reasonable one.
    (C) Has contacted a local law enforcement agency, the fire department, animal control, or the "911" emergency service prior to forcibly entering the vehicle.
    (D) Remains with the animal in a safe location, out of the elements but reasonably close to the vehicle, until a peace officer, humane officer, animal control officer, or another emergency responder arrives.
    (E) Used no more force to enter the vehicle and remove the animal from the vehicle than was necessary under the circumstances.

    (F) Immediately turns the animal over to a representative from law enforcement, animal control, or another emergency responder who responds to the scene.

This proposed law updates have not been prepared and posted on the Legal Reference sites yet. For the full AB-797 and it's history can be read at the California Legislative Information Site.


SNIP

(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, 925-937-8387Organizations 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)

 

2017 Schedule

Sunday, April 9th
Sunday, July 9th
Sunday, October 8th

 

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.

 

Get Started

 

Directions | 2016 SNIP Flyer



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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 : bonniedanes@windermere.cm
Cell Phone: 510-478-8266


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.



FEBRUARY ADOPTION DAYS


 

FFF will be holding FEBRUARY ADOPTION DAYS ON


SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11th,
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12th,

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RHEEM VALLEY PET SHOPPE

 

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.

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.




SHOPPING FOR THE HOLIDAYS?


HELP F.F.F. WHILE YOU SHOP!

 

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

 

Smile with Halloween shopping

 

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!

 

Nursing Kittens
Petunia Says
 

Caring for Community Cats in Cold Weather

by Kristen

 

The arrival of winter brings freezing temperatures for many of us. While we are usually able to keep the pets we care for indoors, community cats and feral cat colonies can use some extra help during these cold winter months. Whether you help with a few cats or are currently manage a colony, here are some tips for keeping our feline friends healthy and safe during the winter months.

 

Food and Water

 

Keeping food and water from freezing in very cold temperatures can sometimes be a challenge and there are several options you can try.  Choose a food and water dish made of thick plastic (think Tupperware type material) as it will take longer for the bowl's contents to freeze than bowls made of stainless steel or other materials. You can place the bowls in a Styrofoam cooler to help further insulate them from the elements and change the water often. There are also heated and solar powered dishes on the market that can help prevent food and water from freezing in colder temperatures. For more on how to prevent water from freezing, please visit our blog post.

 

Creating a feeding station

 

Even a quick, simple set-up that provides something that acts as a roof and sides can serve as a feeding station.  A plastic storage bin turned on its side can be a good option, be sure that it large enough to accommodate the food, water and at least one cat. Providing a feeding set up with a roof and sides will help protect the cats' food and water from the elements.  Be sure to set any feeding stations up in a safe area and preferably out of sight.

 

Feed on a schedule

 

While we are often pressed for time, a feeding schedule can be really helpful during the winter months.  If the cats you care for know when to come around for food, they'll spend less time out in the elements.

 

Shelter

 

Lonely One

Shelter is essential. There a many options for building your own cat shelter, from simply re-purposing existing items to building from a design.  To quickly build an easy cat shelter, simply take a foam bin and elevate it slightly off the ground, making sure that the bin is weighted down enough to withstand the winter elements. Then cut a small, cat-sized hole (about 6 to 8 inches wide) and fill with straw! Check out the ASPCA Pro site more information on making winter shelter bins.  For those interested in building feral cat houses, a video and great step-by-step plans (including measurements) are available in our blog post, How To Build Feral Cat Shelters.

 

For those who would prefer not to build or make a cat shelter, there are several feral cat houses available for purchase through various retailers. Regardless of what type of shelter you choose, be sure that they are placed in an area safe from predators, such as behind a fence.

 

Replace the straw for any currently managed feral cats. Winter is a good time to make sure that the cats in your care are staying as warm as possible. It is important to make sure that straw (and not hay) is being used, as it is the best insulated bedding for these types of cat shelters. Using hay may attract unwanted or hungry wildlife, and like towels or blankets, will retain more moisture.  Straw is moisture resistant and will provide better insulation.


Keep the feeding and shelter area shoveled or clear as possible so that cats have easier access to shelter and food.

 

Always check underneath car, hood, and tires before starting your vehicle in the winter.  Cats will sometimes crawl near a car's engine or above the tires seeking warmth.

 

Article reprinted from Petfinder©

 

 

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S.O.C.K.F.I.P. SEASONAL APPEAL!


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SUPPORT FIP RESEARCH  AT UC DAVIS-SOCK FIP!

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!

 

YES! I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A DONATION TO SOCK FIP RESEARCH!
Please make your check payable to: SOCK FIP and send it to:
SOCKFIP
P.O. Box602
Davis, CA. 95617

OR:

Donate with your Credit Card (Amex, Visa, Mastercard) via PAY PAL – on the SOCKFIP.org website, URL: http://www.sockfip.org/donations and click "Donate" Pay Pal link.

 

F.F.F. Recognition...

We are humbled and honored to have received the Rescue Award from SimplyCatBreeds.org for recognition of our efforts to provide rescue services to needy "formerly friendless felines". We have shared their commendation below.


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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