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Christmas Thoughts

As this Christmas Season 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 the "miracle" of Christmas... a rebirth and new life in a loving home.

Please help us give them the best Christmas present of all ... a forever home!


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




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.



Charlie and Dog

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!



Charlie and Dog
Charlie and Dog

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


Charlie and Petunia


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


Announcement On The Road


Community Bulletin Board!


(Spay Neuter Impact Program)

Hello SNIPers and Friends of Free-Roaming Cats:


To find out our next SNIP spay/neuter clinic check our upcoming schedule on SNIP  or call 925-473-5027Contra 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




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


Low-Cost Spay/Neuter & Other Resources

for Contra Costa County Cats


Spay/Neuter Clinic for Free-Roaming Community Cats:


(four per year–minimal fee–see website or call for dates):

Spay Neuter Impact Program (SNIP), Martinez, 925-473-5027, www.snipcat.org



Veterinary Hospitals/Clinics Offering Low-Cost Spay/Neuter:


Abbey Pet Hospital, El Cerrito 510-529-0777
Evergreen Pet Clinic, San Pablo 510-215-9980
Fix our Ferals, Richmond 510-215-9300, www.fixourferals.org (ALL cats accepted)

($20 SPECIAL July-Aug-Sept (2019) for CC County free-roaming community cats; schedule appointments online)


Spay the Bay, Berkeley Humane 510-845-7735 ext 203 (pets only)
Tail Wag Inn Veterinary Hospital, Oakley 925-684-2862
Well-Pet Veterinary Hospital, Pittsburg 925-427-4300
ACT Spay/Neuter Clinic, Stockton 209-462-7729
Alpine Veterinary Hospital, Concord 925-825-8464 (For pets. Free-roaming cats accepted if handleable)
Contra Costa County Spay/Neuter Clinic, Martinez   925-608-8420 (For pets - TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE)
(FREE spay/neuter for CC County free-roaming cats is available. See website, ccasd.org, for more information or
call SNIP
ARF Spay/Neuter Clinic, Walnut Creek 925-296-3125 (For pets. Free-roaming cats accepted if handleable)
East Bay SPCA Spay & Neuter Centers, Dublin 925-479-9674 (Additional discount for qualified low-income caregivers)
Oakland  510-639-7387 (Additional discount for qualified
low-income caregivers)
East Bay Feral Fix, Dublin & Oakland (a program of East Bay SPCA)  510-563-4635 (NON-handleable free-roamers only)
Contra Costa County Spay/Neuter Clinic, Martinez   925-608-8420 (For pets - TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE)



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


Cat Support Network 925-252-5445 (east county)
Homeless Animals’ Lifeline Organization (HALO) 925-473-4642 (east county)
Homeless Animals Response Program (HARP) 925-431-8546 (east county, free-roaming cats only)
Hands Helping Paws (Furry Friends Food Relief Program furryfriendsfoodre.wixsite.com/fffr (east county, pets only)
Community Concern for Cats 925-938-2287
Contra Costa Humane Society  925-279-2247 ext. 305 (pets only)





Antioch Animal Services 925-779-6989 (Antioch residents, refundable deposit + daily rental fee)
Contra Costa County Animal Services, Martinez 925-608-8400 (refundable deposit + daily rental fee)
Cat Support Network 925-252-5445 (east county, refundable deposit required)
Homeless Animals’ Lifeline Organization (HALO) 925-473-4642 (east county, refundable deposit required)
Homeless Animals Response Program (HARP) 925-431-8546 (east county; refundable deposit required)
Spay Neuter Impact Program (SNIP)  925-473-5027 (central county, refundable deposit required)
Community Concern for Cats 925-938-2287 (central county, refundable deposit required)
Feral Cat Foundation 925-829-9098 (refundable deposit required)
Fix our Ferals 510-215-9300 (west county, refundable deposit required)
Harbor Freight Tools Pleasant Hill,  925-689-7235
Pittsburg  925-757-8435 (inexpensive light-use traps for sale)

Cat Food Donations for Qualifying Guardians:


Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) FoodShare program 925-256-1273
Furry Friends Food Relief Program, Brentwood 925-240-3178 (pets only)


For helpful information and tips, visit the following websites:
Alley Cat Allies: www.alleycat.org
Fix our Ferals: www.fixourferals.org











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On The Road

On The Road

On The Road


FFF is proud to announce our new veterinary partnership with MOTHER LODE VETERINARY



On The Road

Timothy Van Geem, DVM, PhD/Owner


Dr. Tim Van Geem graduated from Kansas State Veterinary College in 1987. Dr. Van Geem has a Master of Science in Biology and PhD in veterinary/medical entomology but he became frustrated with research and followed his dreams, returning to veterinary school. After graduation, he completed an internship in surgery in Las Vegas.


Dr. Van Geem practiced in the San Francisco area for six years, dividing his time between general practice and critical care. During that period, he developed a special interest in dentistry and surgery. He purchased Mother Lode Veterinary Hospital in 1994, and for the next five years he also provided referral dentistry services for Loomis Basin Veterinary Hospital, splitting his time between the two facilities. He has been a member of the American Veterinary Dental Society since 1994 and continues to provide advanced veterinary dentistry for pets.



He enjoys cycling and scuba diving and has spent many years developing his interest in sculpture. Dr. Van Geem’s wife, Erin, is the co-owner and practice manager of Mother Lode Veterinary Hospital. They have three sons: Josh, is currently a veterinary student at UC Davis; his twin brother Brody just completed a degree in economics at Oregon State University; and the youngest son, Cavan, is an anthropology major at the University of Nevada, Reno.


On The Road

Mario Dinucci, DVM/Partner


FFF is proud to announce our Veterinary partner, Doctor Mario Dinucci.


Doctor Mario Dinucci provides competent and caring medical care for our foster kitties in the Grass Valley area. We look forward to working with him 
with him in the future.


Dr. Mario Dinucci studied biology at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and graduated from UC Davis School of Medicine in 2007. After graduation, he spent four years practicing equine medicine in Nevada County, and made a career change to small animal medicine and surgery in the spring of 2011. His professional interests include dentistry, soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, ophthalmology, and ultrasonography. Dr. Mario enjoys fly fishing, photography, camping, backpacking the Sierras, and spending time with his family.


Molly Dinucci, DVM/Partner


Dr. Molly Dinucci completed her undergraduate degree in Animal Science at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 2002 and went on to receive her doctorate degree from the University of California, Davis in 2007. After graduating from veterinary school, she completed a year-long internship in equine medicine at Loomis Basin Equine Medical Center in Loomis, CA.


She stayed on at Loomis Basin as an associate veterinarian in equine ambulatory practice for two and a half years. Although she enjoyed equine practice, she decided to make a career change to small animal practice in the fall of 2010, after the birth of her son, Zachary. Dr. Molly practiced small animal medicine and surgery in Auburn for two years before joining Mother Lode Veterinary Hospital.


Dr. Molly is a lover of the outdoors and enjoys running, hiking, skiing/snowboarding, camping, and backpacking. She and her husband, Mario, have four children; Zachary, Greyson, Harper, and Hudson.


Dr. Molly’s professional interests include preventative and internal medicine, geriatric medicine, ultrasound, and soft tissue surgery.


On The Road

Cameron Thompson, DVM/Associate


Dr. Cameron Thompson studied Microbiology at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, earning his Bachelor’s degree in 2008. He then pursued his veterinary degree at UC Davis, graduating in 2012. During the next three years, he practiced mixed large animal veterinary medicine in the north bay area. With the arrival of his newborn daughter in late 2014, he decided to travel closer to family in the foothills, and joined the team at Mother Lode Veterinary Hospital in April 2015. His professional interests include orthopedic and soft tissue surgery, dentistry, ophthalamology, and advanced imaging.


In is free time, Dr. Cameron enjoys horse training, scuba diving and flying small engine airplanes, along with spending time with his wife Gina and daughter Aubrey.






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.



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!




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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.


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!



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



• 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 : [email protected]
Cell Phone: 510-478-8266




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.


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


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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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 !


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


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..


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.


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.

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 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 !"


On The Road



ARCHIE, is a beautiful, " young senior," kitty that would make a wonderful addition to a loving, quiet home. He loves to sit and watch t.v. ..a couch potato..with his foster.


He is wary but warms to the attention he is very melancholy and missing his special person. Enjoys his climber and looking out his sunny window. He is a pleasure to come home to with his warm greeting. He has completed the FFF protocol, FIV/ FELV negative, senior wellness indicated no problems. If you are interested in ARCHIE to give him a forever home.


He would be best in an adult-only home and seems to prefer a single person that he can call his own.


On The Road



'CHARLES' entered the FFF Program from our local Animal Shelter where he had been dumped by his Family...because they were moving! His personality was so endearing that the staff kept him long past the usual timeline. It took FFF several weeks to stabilize his insulin dosage to control his diabetes. CHARLES has been recently diagnosed with Acromegaly. FFF is working with our vet partner to address this issue.

CHARLES is a big love..low key, laid back guy..., and LOVES HIS FOOD ....a bit jealous of other cats at first ....but learns to adapt. He prefers people to other cats and tends to be solitary. He has made good progress in his health, putting on weight and developing a healthy beautiful ebony coat befitting his panther-like appearance...We call him our " house panther ".



Charles has been diagnosed with acromegaly and is being treated and undergoing monitoring to control his diabetes. He has recently also been diagnosed with FIV positive.

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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