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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 support and care of our dedicated veterinarians, Mike Evans and the staff at Animal Care Clinic and our new veterinary associates at Mother Lode Veterinary. A thank you to the numerous community businesses such as California Signs and Graphics for our graphics/advertising and Patxi's Pizza. Special thanks to our fund raisers this year, Acme Chinese Foods, Animal Care Clinic and Patxi's Pizza.

We want to sincerely thank our web-tenders: Petfinder.com, Airtight Internet Services, Sean Kleen and Jim Fischer. 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, Danielle & Dale, Kevin & Kathleen, Mary, Hank & Patty, Janda and all those who regularly visit us to lend moral support and share their love with our foster kitties at Sunday adoptions.

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 the love and trust of my beloved , Petunia with all the comedy , love and lessons she has taught me.

May each and every one of you know the gift of trust and unconditional love that a beloved animal family member can bring.

Finally, to my long suffering husband, Charlie, AKA Santa, for sharing his life and home with me and a myriad of kitties coming and going, a heartfelt purr and thank you.

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


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

Safe Thanksgiving




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Community Bulletin Board!




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.


(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 toavoid 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)

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

Our Autumn Critters. . .

Charlotte, Kittens 1, 2, & 3, Esmerelda, Rosie, Sparkle, Stella & William

Thanksgiving Montage

Click on the following links for More Information:


1. Kitten 1

2. Kitten 2

3. Kitten 3

4. Stella

5. Esmerelda

6. Charlotte

7. Sparkle

8. William



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.




Kitten #1

Kitten #1 is a whirlwind of orange tiger energy... curious, mischievous, rambunctious, a feline gymnast who loves to explore and climb to new heights.

When she slows down, she will allow you a quick hug and kiss, reward you with a purr... then be off to explore again! Definitely the leader of the trio!


Kitten #2

Kitten #2  is a soft, fluffy beautiful buff girl that is less rambunctious than her orange sister but still active. She purrs when you pick her up and bestow kisses on her!

She is initially wary of strangers and new situations but warms quickly. She and her orange tiger sister often sleep together.

Kitten #3

Kitten #3 ..a darling tuxedo girl..the " little sister"  of the trio is the follower.

She is active and playful and developing more independence. The smallest of the sisters, she is gaining weight after an initial bout with intestinal issues.






READ the bios for each kitten


SEND your EMAIL name entries to:


PUT "name that kitten "in subject box

to put NUMBER of KITTEN for each name submitted!

ALL ENTRIES should be submitted by

A COMMITTEE of FFF Board members will make the selection
THE WINNERS will be notified by EMAIL
THE WINNERS' FIRST NAMES will be POSTED on our websites next the KITTENS' PHOTOS.
An AMAZON GIFT certificate for $25 will be sent EACH WINNER.

TO HELP our FFF kitties and critters.....you can always
as your designated group to receive 0.5% of your purchases.





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




Cat in the Tissue Box

TAKE HEART FELINE enthusiasts. Your cat's continued indifference toward her new Deluxe Scratch DJ Deck may be disappointing, but there is an object that's pretty much guaranteed to pique her interest. That object, as the Internet has so thoroughly documented, is a box. Any box, really. Big boxes, small boxes, irregularly shaped boxes—it doesn't matter. Place one on the ground, a chair, or a bookshelf and watch as Admiral Snuggles quickly commandeers it.

What's Up With That?

Orange Guy in Shoebox

The box-and-whisker plot:

Understanding the feline mind is notoriously difficult. Cats, after all, tend not to be the easiest test subjects. Still, there's a sizable amount of behavioral research on cats who are, well, used for other kinds of research (i.e., lab cats). These studies—many of which focused on environmental enrichment—have been taking place for more than 50 years and they make one thing abundantly clear: Your fuzzy companion derives comfort and security from enclosed spaces.

This is likely true for a number of reasons, but for cats in these often stressful situations, a box or some other type of separate enclosure (within the enclosures they're already in) can have a profound impact on both their behavior and physiology.

Orange Guy in Shoebox

Ethologist1 Claudia Vinke of Utrecht University in the Netherlands is one of the latest researchers to study stress levels in shelter cats. Working with domestic cats in a Dutch animal shelter, Vinke provided hiding boxes for a group of newly arrived cats while depriving another group of them entirely. She found a significant difference in stress levels between cats that had the boxes and those that didn't. In effect, the cats with boxes got used to their new surroundings faster, were far less stressed early on, and were more interested in interacting with humans.

It makes sense when you consider that the first reaction of nearly all cats to a stressful situation is to withdraw and hide. "Hiding is a behavioral strategy of the species to cope with environmental changes and stressors," Vinke said in an email.

This is as true for cats in the wild as it is for those in your home. Only instead of retreating to tree tops, dens, or caves, yours may find comfort in a shoe box.

Box (anti-)social

Brown Box Cat

It's also important to note that cats really suck at conflict resolution. To quote from The Domestic Cat: The Biology of its Behaviour, "Cats do not appear to develop conflict resolution strategies to the extent that more gregarious species do, so they may attempt to circumvent agonistic encounters by avoiding others or decreasing their activity."

So rather than work things out, cats are more inclined to simply run away from their problems or avoid them altogether. A box, in this sense, can often represent a safe zone, a place where sources of anxiety, hostility, and unwanted attention simply disappear.

Of course the problem with these explanations is that they make box attraction seem like a symptom of a mal-adjusted, stressed out cats. I don't know about you, but to me, Maru does not appear to be suffering from high levels of stress in the video below.


The 'If it fits, I sits' principle

Poppy in Peroni

Astute feline observers will note that in addition to boxes, many cats seem to pick other odd places to relax. Some curl up in a bathroom sink. Others prefer shoesbowlsshopping bagscoffee mugs, empty egg cartons, and other small, confined spaces.

Which brings us to the other reason your cat may like particularly small boxes (and other seemingly uncomfortable places): It's friggin' cold out.

According to a 2006 study by the National Research Council, the thermoneutral zone for a domestic cat is 86 to 97 degrees Fahrenheit. That's the range of temperatures in which cats are "comfortable" and don't have to generate extra heat to keep warm or expend metabolic energy on cooling. That range also happens to be 20 degrees higher than ours, which explains why it's not unusual to see your neighbor's cat sprawled out on the hot asphalt in the middle of a summer day, soaking in the sunlight.

Poppy in Peroni

It also explains why many cats may enjoy curling up in tiny cardboard boxes and other strange places. Corrugated cardboard is a great insulator and confined spaces force the cat to ball up or form some other impossible object, which in turn helps it to preserve body heat.

Indeed the same NRC study found that most cats' housing areas are around 72 degrees Fahrenheit, a good 14 degrees colder than a domestic cat's minimum thermoneutral temperature.

So there you have it: Boxes are insulating, stress-relieving, comfort zones—places where cats can hide, relax, sleep, and occasionally launch a sneak attack against the huge, unpredictable apes they live with.

Original article from: Wired

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

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!


Please make your check payable to: SOCK FIP and send it to:
P.O. Box602
Davis, CA. 95617


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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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