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Special Alert...
Schedule Change





ADOPTIONS will be held JANUARY 11th, 2015

New Years Thoughts

As this New Year fast approaches ...
it is a time for remembering family and friends. I can't help remembering the many furry faces that we have been able to save and those that we have lost despite our valiant efforts.

merry christmas

In this season of reflection, I am overcome sometimes with the work we have been able to accomplish with the support of our wonderful and dedicated volunteers, compassionate veterinarians, fosters, community supporters and you.

We have been able to become a "forever friend" for many animals that had no hope and no future. These animals were abandoned, rejected, dumped, or in harm's way. But thanks to F.F.F., our network in the community and public support, we have been able to rescue them from a dire future and/or certain death.

They await a New Beginning ... a rebirth in and new life in a loving, forever home.

Please help us give them the best New Years
gift of all ...a New Beginning in a forever home!


"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened" -- Anatole France

Holiday Reminders

When celebrating the holidays with your furry family, please be aware:

  • Mistletoe, Holly, Poinsettias, Amaryllis and other holiday plants are poisonous to pets.
  • Christmas tree lights, electrical/battery operated decorations and electrical cords can be a choking hazard and cause fatal shocks and/or burns to pets.
  • Other hazards include glass/ceramic ornaments, hung stockings, garland and tinsel, free standing/breakable decorations and pine needles/pieces of the tree.
  • Holiday foods such as chocolate, alcohol, nuts, raisins, candies, bones and spicy sauces can be toxic and/or cause digestive problems.
  • Wrapping paper, ribbon, bows, string, yarn, plastic food wrap, tinsel, tape/glue and miniature ornaments can also be hazardous.
  • New Year's decorations such as streamers and confetti can be choking hazards, while sparklers and fireworks can cause burns and trauma.
  • Keep pets away from candles, fireplaces and any other open flames.
  • Be aware of potential hazards when dressing pets in holiday costumes.
  • Because the holiday activities can cause pets to become confused and/or anxious, we suggest keeping pets safely in a closed room while holiday guests are coming and going to avoid them from bolting. New Year's horns and noise makers are particularly frightening to pets.

new year cat

May you and your pets ...
have a safe and Happy New Year!

Talking Cat





F. F. F. has enrolled in the SAVE MART S.H.A.R.E.S. PROGRAM !

(Supporting Humanities, Arts, Recreation, Education, Sports)




With a swipe of each S.H.A.R.E.S. card issued at any participating supermarket , a portion of the qualified purchases will automatically be donated to FFF in the form of S.H.A.R.E.S. points.

The more points FFF earns, the more FFF earns.! Up to 3% of the qualified purchases made is credited to FFF's account with each swipe.

* (Some exclusions apply; purchases not eligible for points are: postage,gift cards, event tickets, ticket master,BART, lotto, fuel, check cashing fees, liquor discounts , charity icon sales, sales tax. S.H.A.R.E.S. cards cannot be combined with other discount cards i.e. gas cards.)


Just contact FFF and we can issue your S.H.A.R.E.S card .....FREE.

There is NO registering of your personal information, credit card,etc

You can start using your card immediately at the participating stores...

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We will distribute cards at our adoption site on our adoption days...the FIRST and THIRD SUNDAYS at Lafayette Pet Shoppe AND/OR we issue them to you via the mail.
CONTACT Sally at (925) 808-8364.


LOOK for F.F.F. throughout the community for other distribution sites.

P.S. Save your shopping bag, your cat will love you for it! Free instant cat toy!



Petunia Says



PETUNIA, our FFF cat liaison and my kitty soul-mate, finally has her own column!



The idea for this column stemmed from comments my husband, and kitty Santa, made one day when PETUNIA seemed to be more in charge than we did...and we found ourselves" living on Petunia time "!

As he pointed out, PETUNIA has very definite ideas about things...and definitely has a mind of her own...and lets us know about things from a cat perspective. It just made sense to give her a chance to " educate" us humans about " all things CAT".

PETUNIA SAYS... will give us an opportunity to share and learn about a variety of topics that can benefit both human and kitty. She hopes to share information on kitty health issues, entertaining , enrichment, alternative medicine and vet care, emergency preparedness, problem solving and many more.

If you have a topic you would like for her to cover, please feel free to email her
in care of sally@fffcatfriends.org. Indicate " Petunia Says" in the subject box.

FFF, and PETUNIA hope that you enjoy this new resource. See her new page at
Petunia Says...


P.S.    PETUNIA sends her regards.

Nursing Kittens Petunia Says Mom
Happy Dance!

This is the time of year we often reflect on memories we have made, and people that we have met.  Our FFF Thanksgiving message, acknowledged those that have made a difference in FFF and the lives of our kitties. Old friends and supporters are an important part of who we are. With the "magic" of the Internet, FFF has learned that we have made new "virtual friends"... We have had virtual "visits" from our neighbors in Antioch, Walnut Creek, Concord, Alamo, Brentwood, Oakland, San Francisco, San Leandro, Hayward, and Berkeley. Sacramento, Richmond, Santa Rosa, Menlo Park, Pleasanton, Stockton, Folsom, Pacifica, Ukiah, Union City, Monterey, and San Mateo checked in with us too. More virtual visitors came from Virginia, New Jersey, Ohio, Tennessee, Washington, Indiana, Illinois, New York, Canada, Iowa, Kansas, Texas, Massachusetts, Arizona, and multiple visitors from Missouri!


We welcome all our virtual visitors and friends and hope they visit us again ! If you get to California, come and visit us! Petunia and I would love to meet you!


Petunia and I were amazed to know that we had even garnered virtual visitors from the U.K, Bangladesh, India, Ireland, Germany, Taiwan, Italy, Turkey, Japan, Brazil, Vanuatu, France, Egypt,Australia,Serbia,Algeria, China and Poland! We send a world of welcome and meows to all of our virtual visitors from around the world.


We wish all our virtual visitors and new friends HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND A PEACEFUL NEW YEAR.



Petunia sends meows and purrs to all....


Selling your house?
Buying a new one?
Know someone who is?

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.com
Cell Phone: 510-478-8266


SOCKFIP Presentation
The SOCKFIP Executive Board met with Dr. Niels Pedersen in a holiday meeting to present him with a check for $11,000 to contribute to his promising ongoing research on F.I.P.


Dr. Pedersen updated the Board on his current ongoing research and his partnership with University...


P.S. Petunia, in her Santa cape, attended to give us a festive flair and feline approval. However, she was nonplussed with the picture taking, preferring to attend to the admirers off camera... always the diva .


Dr. Pedersen's UPDATE:

Dr. Pedersen believes that a vaccine for FIP is not possible. Husbandry practices that can reduce the incidence of the disease have been implemented by many catteries and shelters, but will only have a limited effect. Therefore, his laboratory has concentrated on identifying anti-viral drugs that may prolong life, or hopefully bring about a cure.


Collaborations have been underway with researchers at Kansas State University on testing the first generation of protease inhibitors. Protease inhibitors inhibit virus replication and are part of the drug cocktail currently used to treat HIV/AIDS.  Preliminary testing of first generation protease inhibitors with activity against FIP virus appear hopeful. Dr. Pedersen is also negotiating with a large pharmaceutical company and researchers at another University to help screen and test a number of compounds that show activity against related viruses that cause SARS and MERS in humans. The goal is to identify several safe and effective drugs that will attack the FIP virus by different mechanisms, mimicking the approach that has been so successful for HIV infection.


His research team will also continue to study the nature of FIP immunity and the mechanisms by which the FIP virus is able to evade a cat's defense mechanisms and cause disease. This latter research may identify additional targets for drug therapy.



For more info, please visit the SOCKFIP.org website.


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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