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Petunia Says
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Happy Birthday FFF
Happy Birthday FFF


CINCO DE MAYO 2002 marked the beginning of FRIENDS OF THE FORMERLY FRIENDLESS  adoptions!


Since opening our "doors" and our hearts to help needy, homeless, at risk  cats, and  critters, we have been fortunate to find loving, stable forever homes for hundreds of these deserving critters. With the help and support of family, friends, Board members , community supporters, compassionate vets and our dedicated fosters , we have truly begun to make our dream a reality...to be "Friends to Formerly Friendless" critters wherever we can.


It is with great humility that we recognize and thank those that have helped make this possible by their support through out these years and that  continue to support us in our ongoing efforts.


Our Board, Petunia and I ...and all the, "Formerly Friendless" critters past and present , want to express our heartfelt THANK YOU ...and send purrs and head butts!




Zephyr & Evans,
Mother & Son

Featured Easter Trio

Zephyr is a spayed, dilute calico cat. 

This "Street Madonna" was rescued from deplorable conditions. She was very pregnant and ill.

F.F.F. decided, rather than risk her life to end the pregnancy, to let her have her kittens. We are so glad we did! She is ordinarily a petite, little girl, but nursing and eating the kitten food, has temporarily given her a stomach bulge.


After being separated from her four rambunctious kittens, she returned to her svelte self. Her martini-olive, green eyes are quite striking! Come see for yourself. 

She was a wonderful mom and is now ready to shine and be someone's pampered pet.

Evans is one of Zephyr's sons. He is a "shoulder rider" and chooses the people he wants to ride on. Evans would prefer being an only cat but accommodates other cats if he has to. He tends to be possessive of his "chosen" persons. 

He is independent and very loving. Evans does get his feelings hurt when he feels ignored and will sometimes leap on your shoulder to get your attention. He should make a loving, loyal and active companion for some lucky person or family. is one of Zephyr's sons. He is a "shoulder rider" and chooses the people he wants to ride on. Evans would prefer being an only cat but accommodates other cats if he has to. He tends to be possessive of his "chosen" persons. 

He is independent and very loving. Evans does get his feelings hurt when he feels ignored and will sometimes leap on your shoulder to get your attention. He should make a loving, loyal and active companion for some lucky person or family.

If you would like to meet any of the animals listed on the FFF or Petfinder sites,

you can contact Sally.

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day
from FFF

victorian mom cat with kittens
Mother with kittens

With  "Mother's Day fast approaching  it gives me pause to remember my own Mother and her unwavering support of my dream of founding FFF. Her support and encouragement to me was invaluable because of her innate understanding of what animals have always meant to me.


     Mother's Day also gives me an opportunity to thank those Rescue moms and fosters that provide love, guidance and security to our homeless, abandoned, abused animals in our communities. These selfless people provide an invaluable service to the animals they foster and to their communities. Many foster despite ill conceived, ignorant and punitive ordinances etc. that actually penalize or punish those who foster and Rescue!  Thank goodness, for those that rise above those challenges and follow their heart.

   FFF is particularly fortunate to have very special fosters that give of themselves  from their hearts to foster our most damaged , fragile, forgotten, abandoned, or disabled of our  formerly friendless kitties. We salute them on this Mother's Day and thank them for truly embodying what a "Mother" is.
     On behalf of our FFF kitties, we send meows and purrs of appreciation.

Sally.       Petunia sends meows...


Talking Cat

F.F.F. NEWS...


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


How and When to Care for and Socialize Feral Kittens


When you come across outdoor kittens, you may feel the need to immediately pick them up and bring them home with you, but that might not be the best thing for the kittens–or for you. Here are some guidelines on how to decide if kittens in a colony should be removed and socialized for adoption, and how to care for them should you choose to remove them and raise or socialize them yourself. You can find more in-depth information by ordering kitten care products from our online marketplace. These guidelines are just that, and they should not be used as a substitute for veterinary care.

In addition to the information below, consider looking into Feral Friends in your area. These are local individuals, organizations, and veterinarians or clinics that may be able to help with hands-on advice, information about borrowing equipment, and veterinarians or clinics that can spay and neuter feral cats. Request a list of Feral Friends in your area.



1. First Steps When You Find Kittens Outdoors


You've got a decision to make. Your first instinct when you see kittens may be to swoop them up and take them home with you, but that is not always in the best interest of the kittens—or you. Socializing and caring for feral kittens is a time-consuming process which requires devotion, patience, and attention. The decision to bring feral kittens into your home should not be taken lightly.

Some kittens may need intervention if they are not doing well. Remember that early weaning of kittens who seem to be doing well may lead to increased mortality or failure to thrive. Although kittens begin weaning prior to eight weeks of age, if it's safe they should remain with their mother until then to learn proper behavior and socialization.

Ultimately, you have to use your own judgment depending on the kitten's circumstances and your time and resources. The best way to help all of the cats in the colony is to perform Trap-Neuter-Return and not spend all your time socializing kittens. Read our How to Conduct Trap-Neuter-Return guide for help.

Before you move forward, consider:

  1. Time: Do you have the time it takes to socialize kittens? You will have to commit to caring for them one-on-one for at least a couple of hours each day, for a period of a few weeks to a month or longer. If the kittens are neonatal, they will require even more specialized care, including round-the clock bottle-feeding. Make sure you know ahead of time what this entails. Sadly, people often bring feral kittens into their home and then do not take the time to work with them. Weeks, or months, later, they realize that they cannot touch the cat—they have feral cats in their home that cannot be adopted.
  2. Adoption Expertise and Connections: After socializing the kittens, they will need adoptive homes. Do you have the network—friends, acquaintances, organizations—to help you find those homes? Finding and screening homes for kittens takes work. Consider the paperwork required—adoption fees, forms, and contracts—as well as your ability to get the kittens neutered before adoption when deciding whether to socialize them or not. 
    *Note: Alley Cat Allies recommends early-age spay/neuter. A kitten can be neutered as long as it weighs two pounds. Learn more.
  3. Kitten Age: Healthy kittens four months of age or older can stay in their colony, and Alley Cat Allies does not recommend attempting to socialize kittens older than this. These kittens should be neutered, vaccinated, and returned to their outdoor home. 
    • How to Determine Kitten Age 
      See photos of kitten progression week-by-week »
      See photos of kitten progression at-a-glance »
      - Under one week: (3-8 oz) Eyes are shut, ears are folded down, and kittens are unable to walk. They can purr and make tiny noises. The umbilical cord may still be visible. 
      - One-two weeks: (8-11 oz) Eyes start to open (they are blue) and focus. Ears begin to open and movement is improved to crawling, snuggling, and kneading. 
      - Three weeks: (7.5-14.5 oz) Eyes fully open and ears are open and standing up. The kitten will start to respond to noises and movement. The first wobbly steps are taken and baby teeth start to come in. 
      - Four-five weeks: (8-16.75 oz) Running, playing, digging, and pouncing occur often. Kittens will start to wean and will be able to lap up formula, eat soft food, and use the litter box by themselves. Eyes have fully changed from blue to their adult color. 
      - Eight weeks: (2 lbs) Kittens look like little versions of full grown cats. 

Article Reprinted from Alley Cat Allies©



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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