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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 wonderful and dedicated veterinarians, Mike Evans and the staff at Animal Care Clinic and our new veterinary associates at Mother Lode Veterinary and Best Friends Veterinary. A big thank you to Lafayette Pet Shoppe, and the numerous other community businesses such as Driving Specialists, M. Ryan who keeps our adoption van running and California Signs and Graphics for our graphics and advertising. Special thanks to our fund raisers this year, Acme Chinese Foods, Animal Care Clinic and Patxi's Pizza. A very special thanks again this year to Caroline Allsbrook and the pet-friendly staff at the John Muir Best Western Inn in Martinez for being an on going friend and supporter and being a pioneer in bringing a pet friendly philosophy to the Martinez John Muir Inn which provides a pet friendly atmosphere to travelers with pets..

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, 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.

This has beeen a difficult year for many and FFF is no exception. To those who have helped us weather the storm, we greatly appreciate it. Honorable mention to Corey and Michael for their advocacy for FFF and myself in helping us to continue to pursue our mission of Rescue.

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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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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...

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.looking in
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 soulmate, 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.

Kitten Progression
Week by Week
Nursing Kittens Mom


Originally presented by Alley Cat Allies©, reference links will open original article outside this site.


Determining a kitten's age can be difficult. Kittens develop at their own speed based on environmental and genetic factors. Observing physical signs, such as how open their eyes are and their weight, as well as behaviors, like when kittens begin venturing from their mother or using a litter box, will help. The photos and descriptions below can help you gauge the age of kittens with an unknown birth date.

Learn more about kitten age and what to do when you encounter kittens outdoors.


Fifth Week

This is when the fun begins. Now that the kittens' sight is fully developed, they are engaging in vigorous and exhaustive play, running around and exploring until they quite literally fall asleep right where they are. While they are experimenting with solid food, Callie, Penguin, and Ruby are still nursing from their mother (or being bottle fed by you) a few times a day.

31 days

Exuberant play means tired kittens! Play—with each other and with you—is an important part of kitten socialization because it helps them bond with each other and build confidence around people.

32 days

The kittens are being handled by people early and often to encourage their social development. Getting love and play from humans helps them connect positive experiences with people—something that will help when they are adopted into new homes.

Five weeks old

Showing their independence, Callie, Penguin, and Ruby are beginning to demonstrate their individual personalities—Callie is shy but cuddly, Penguin is bold and a bit spastic, and Ruby is the love bug of the group.

Sixth Week

Continuing to socialize the kittens only gets more important as they grow. This is the age when the people caring for Callie, Penguin, Ruby, and the rest of their cat family begin teaching the kittens how to play, letting them know that human hands are not for biting or scratching.

37 days

No longer wobbly on their feet, the kittens have found stability using their tails to help balance.

40 days

The kittens are stalking, hiding and pouncing, and digging—instinctual behaviors ingrained in all cats, whether they grow up indoors or outdoors.

Six weeks old

The kittens are now proficient at cleaning themselves, having learned it from birth from their mother. They are also grooming each other, reinforcing the bondbetween siblings. Incorporate grooming into your interactions with the kittens—especially if you have a single kitten, or you are raising a litter without the mother cat.

Seventh Week

The kittens are pretty self-sufficient at this point, though Callie, Penguin, and Ruby still get comfort from mom.

45 days

As part of socialization, the kittens are being introduced to different parts of the house, different objects, different pets and people, and different experiences—all to help them adjust to new situations.

47 days

The kittens have been introduced to scratching posts and had their claws trimmed for the first time. Training the kittens to understand these routines helps prepare them for their new homes.

Seven weeks old

Almost fully weaned from mom, the kittens are growing up! These little girls are hitting their stride and becoming independent.



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, petfriendly 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

was proud to be a part of the presentation of a check by SOCK FIP to Dr. Niels Pedersen DVM for his FIP research. FFF is one of the founding members of SOCK FIP, a fund raising group whose purpose is to raise funds for FIP research at UC Davis, CCAH conducted by Dr. Pedersen. Our Treasurer, Carol Mars is shown with Dr. Pedersen and his research team, presenting a check for $11.000.00 raised by SOCK FIP. Petunia and I were proud to be a part of the endeavor. A reception followed at the Center for Companion Animal Health (CCAH).

The reception included a special treat from our Petunia....each  guest went home  with a box of animal crackers...and of course, KIT Kat candy !

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

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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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