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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!

Sally




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



IN MEMORIUM



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.


Goodbye Nemo.  Fair Winds and Following Seas...

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!


Goodbye Nemo.  Fair Winds and Following Seas...

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.






Goodbye Nemo.  Fair Winds and Following Seas...

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










Goodbye Nemo.  Fair Winds and Following Seas...

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

Announcement

ANNOUNCEMENT...

 

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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, January 28, 2018.Contra Costa County free-roaming cats and kittens (5 months old +) 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 are now being accepted; call 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, see the attached 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 that are born every year.

 

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

 


• 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

RECOGNITION CEREMONY

ITALIAN CATHOLIC FEDERATION


HONORS

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.


STILL WE RESCUE......


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


STILL WE RESCUE.....


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.


STILL WE RESCUE....

 

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.


STILL WE RESCUE.....


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.


STILL WE RESCUE.....


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.


STILL WE RESCUE....


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.


STILL WE RESCUE..........


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 !


STILL WE RESCUE....


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


STILL WE 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.



 STILL WE RESCUE.....


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..


                   

WE NEED ANOTHER AND A WISER AND PERHAPS A MORE MYSTICAL CONCEPT OF ANIMALS


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.

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.




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.



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


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NEW YEARS END APPEAL TO 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...

Together we will SOCK IT TO FIP!

YES! I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A NEW YEARS END 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.

 

SOCKFIP PRESENTATION


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 !"


S.O.L RESCUE!

 

Bekki Thumb

"It started with a phone call from a good Samaritan The caller claimed there was a small few days old kitten left on a pile of wood in her back yard. She had monitored it to see if Mama cat returned for it She never returned !


The kitten had been without nursing for over 24 hours !!!!


FFF immediately arranged for the kitten to be brought to us and get immediate vet care.It didn't look good ...and the odds were against her.!


Bekki Thumb

Our wonderful foster specialist , Susan, immediately took over the round the clock bottle feeding of this kitten.

Slowly, despite all odds and with emergency medical interventions , the kitten began to stabilize and then to grow.....and then to walk ! Today , she continues to nurse voraciously , roll around with a foster brother.. .and RISE! We named her after MAYA ANGELOU,..because despite all odds , she RISES !


We expect our MAYA to continue her Rise ....and continue her progress until she can become a healthy , and active kitten.....and be ready for that special home who can appreciate her struggle and give her a forever home .

 

ABANDONMENT IS AGAINST THE LAW...

REPORT IT TO YOUR LOCAL AUTHORITIES!

IN CONTRA COSTA COUNTY...

 

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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