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Are you ready for National Feral Cat Day® on October 16th? Jackson Galaxy, host of Animal Planet's My Cat From Hell, sure is.

This National Feral Cat Day®, Jackson, AKA "The Cat Daddy," is on a mission to spread the word about humane care for outdoor cats. He lends his support for Trap-Neuter-Return and National Feral Cat Day® in this PSA filmed for Alley Cat Allies.

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Community Bulletin Board!

Thanks to Maddie's Fund, we are in the FINAL STRETCH!
We are thrilled to announce that Maddie's Fund has awarded Fix Our Ferals a $50,000 matching grant in support of re-opening and sustainability of our Spay-Neuter Center!

Maddie's Fund will match every donation we receive up to $50K
through October 15!
Maddie's Fund recognizes that the East Bay community has depended on Fix Our Ferals since we began in 1998. And they recognize that all of you loyal Fix Our Ferals supporters have given generously toward our Center's reopening! This is why they've made this huge and generous commitment that will help us raise the last $100K of our $250K goal.

Thank you for your incredible support and generosity these past four months since the Center closed. You have made nearly 1,000 individual donations! This is truly a testament to how vital the Center's spay-neuter services are to all who are dedicated to improving the lives of community cats and ending euthanasia in our shelters.
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Tell everyone! Post it on your social media! Forward this announcement by clicking the button below! Talk to your friends, family, neighbors and colleagues! Help us get to the finish line by sharing this exciting news with everyone you know.
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In this final stretch, your participation is simply essential to our success. Thank you again for your commitment to East Bay cats, and your continuing support of our re-opening.


Linda McCormick
Founder and President

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(510) 215-9300

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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 at 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 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, 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, 925-937-8387

Organizations 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

With the advent of Halloween, unfortunately, there are a few who use this time of "tricks and treats" to perpetrate cruelty/abuse on black cats and other innocent pets. We STRONGLY recommend that for your pet's safety, especially black cats, that you plan to confine him/her to a safe and quiet place. The noise and constant traffic of "trick or treaters", can, even for the most complacent of pets, become a frightening and/or confusing experience.

Also, during the month of October, none of the black cats will be available for adoption. This is for their safety. However, if one of our ebony beauties catches your fancy, please contact Sally (925.808.8364) for a private showing.

Please remember that while CHOCOLATE and other candies are a delicious Halloween treat for people, that they can be TOXIC to pets. Accidental poisonings increase around this time when curious pets decide to "sample" your stash of goodies.

FFF wishes you and your pet(s) A HAPPY & SAFE HALLOWEEN.

P. S. Stop by to visit our "formerly friendless creatures" and sample our complimentary Halloween treats.

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To Our ADOPTION Site Near You

Andy, Charlotte & Stella...

Stella, Andy, Charlotte L-R

Stella, Andy & Charlotte


STELLA is a shy, beautiful tortie girl.  She is at first reticent with strangers, preferring to hide behind sister, Charlotte or her brother, Andy.


She is starting to gain more confidence and becoming more accepting of human affection. She cries when separated from her siblings currently so we would prefer and hope she might be adopted together with one of her siblings. However, depending on the home circumstances, and other pets, we would consider other possibilities.
STELLA is becoming more active and playful as she gains strength and confidence. She was the smallest of the litter but is growing and gaining weight.


With patience and love, STELLA should become a loving feline family member and perhaps companion/ playmate for a friendly, non-aggressive young feline friend.


This kitten is approx 10 weeks of age, negative for Feline Aids and Leukemia, up to date on FVRCP, dewormed and current on flea control.


ANDY is an easy going, affable little guy. He is loving, playful, and a willing follower, preferring to let sister, CHARLOTTE, initiate the "adventure". He is a comforting figure for shy sister, STELLA, but has his own quiet personality. He was named after actor, Andy Griffith, because of his easy going and "good fellow" personality.

He is a "bubba" kitty preferring to observe and amble into things if they interest him.  His beautiful taffy colored fur is a bit fuzzy so he gives the appearance of a rumpled with a perpetual "bad hair day".


ANDY would make a good companion and support for his sister STELLA or another shy kitty who needs brotherly reassurance.


This kitten is approx 10 weeks of age, negative for Feline Aids and Leukemia, up to date on FVRCP, dewormed and current on flea control.


CHARLOTTE, a beautiful, plucky, adventurous calico, is a natural born leader and " explorer". She was the first to organize a " breakout" of their temporary surroundings to lead brother, ANDY and shy sister, STELLA on an adventure into my closet! ...3 times! In short, CHARLOTTE is the "Norma Rae" of the group.
She is an independent but loving fearless leader that would delight any family and/ or person to welcome into their home and heart(s).
She and siblings were rescued from an at risk situation by a kind workman and his wife, longtime supporters of FFF, who took loving care of them until FFF could take over. It was with heavy hearts that they gave them up for adoption.


We hope to try to adopt at least two of them together, although CHARLOTTE, would most likely adjust the best to a household with a friendly, playful other young cat if not adopted with a sibling.


This kitten is approx 10 weeks of age, negative for Feline Aids and Leukemia, up to date on FVRCP, dewormed and current on flea control.

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

you can contact Sally.

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.





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


Colony Care Guide


All across the world, people are caring for stray and feral cats. Although roles that people choose to assume may vary, one thing remains consistent—people take great satisfaction in helping to improve the quality of life for cats. Some people carry out trapping and ensure that the cats are vetted: they may or may not be the caregivers. Others serve as both the trapper and the colony's caregiver. In circumstances where there are several people involved who work or live in the vicinity, the cats may enjoy a team of caregivers.

If there are caregivers, they provide food and water regularly and sometimes create shelters depending on the environment and if extreme winters or summers require additional protection for the cats. The caregivers provide something else that is critical: They give the cats a voice by educating neighbors and people who work in or near the colony's territory. Education and in some cases, mediation, is an essential aspect of Trap-Neuter-Return and colony care.

Feral cats live in all parts of the country, in about every kind of climate and habitat. They find shelter and a food source because they are opportunists. Feeding and providing shelter for feral cats allows them to peacefully co-habitate in an area. While some people welcome them for rodent control, providing nutritious food keeps them both from roaming in search of a food source and also less susceptible to disease and parasites.

Caring for a feral cat colony has tremendous benefits to caregivers, neighbors, and the cats. Though cats have been living outdoors for over 10,000 years on their own, there are steps that you as a caregiver can take to promote their well-being, make them good neighbors, and assist the people who live nearby in understanding and co-existing with the cats.

Consider sharing the following tips with other people you know who are caring for feral cats so that they too can be informed and supported. They may not be aware of all the resources that exist.

Basic care for feral cats can involve the following:

    1. Conducting ongoing Trap-Neuter-Return as needed.
    2. Providing food and water.
    3. Providing shelter.
    4. Monitoring members of the colony and provide ongoing health care.
    5. Helping cats and people co-exist – what you can do.
    6. Planning for back-up colony care.

Monitoring members of the colony and providing ongoing health care.


Keeping track of members of your colony, their health, new cats who have joined the colony who may need to be neutered and your ongoing Trap-Neuter-Return program allows you to monitor your progress and provides you with back-up evidence that may be needed someday.

  • Health: It is a good idea to keep an eye on the cats for general good health. Common indicators of health problems or injury include: changes in behavior, changes in eating habits, dull eyes or coat, discharge from the nose or eyes, weight loss, fur loss, changes in their gait, and listlessness.

    Have a plan with your veterinarian for how to handle any health problems and for ongoing colony care. When a health problem occurs, speak with your veterinarian first and describe the symptoms so that you can decide together if a sick cat needs to be trapped and examined.

    For ongoing colony care, ask your veterinarian to provide you with deworming medicine and antibiotics to have on hand to care for minor health problems. Have a financial plan in place for any cats that may need veterinary care due to injury or illness.

  • Flea Control: Your veterinarian can apply a long-lasting topical flea control product such as Advantage when the cats are anesthetized for neutering. There are also oral flea medications (such as CAPSTAR) that can be added to the food, but monitoring the dosage can be difficult for feral cats, who share food.

    Change the bedding in shelters at least twice a year. At that time, spray or dust the floor with a cat-safe flea control product. Or, sprinkle diatomaceous earth beneath the straw to deter fleas. Sprinkling mint or dried pyrethrum flowers beneath the bedding may also help. Fleas are a natural part of life outdoors, so while you can try your best to control them, they are not something you need to be worried about excessively.
  • Tapeworms: It is not uncommon for feral cat colonies to have tapeworms. These can be treated with dewormer when they are taken in for neutering. If you find that your colony of already neutered cats has worms, it is not something you need to worry about a lot. Tapeworms will not harm otherwise healthy cats.

  • Record Keeping: You should hold on to all medical records for each cat in every colony for which you care. A medical record should contain a listing of each vaccination (especially rabies) and any other medical procedures. The record should also include documentation of the cat's neuter and, if the cat was micro-chipped, the manufacturer, and the number of the chip. Include a photo of each cat with his or her record. Make sure to update the photo occasionally as their coloring and size can change with age.

    You should always be prepared for the possibility that someone such as animal control could question the status of your colony. This is why it is important to keep current, accurate health records for all of the cats.

    One way to stay organized is to keep all information for a colony together in a three ring binder. Not only will you be prepared to provide documentation about your cats if needed, you will also represent yourself as well-organized and on top of the situation when conversing with neighbors about the cats.

Article Reprinted from Alley Cat Allies©


our very serious boy.

Back to School ...

Do you love to read?

Friends of the Formerly Friendless, since its inception, have been committed to promoting humane education, and pets and wildlife education as part of our Community Outreach mission. Of special importance to FFF, is reaching those that will be making the future decisions and policies about our world's flora and fauna, our children and grandchildren. Toward that end, FFF has incorporated the KIND NEWS newsletters for children, primary, junior and senior editions, into our FREE adoption site materials.

Please drop by to visit us at our adoption site and we will be glad to make these available to children, parents, teachers and community members. (More INFO for kids' materials is available on humanesociety.org/kids.)

In addition, the we are proud to provide the International Literacy Association's Children's and Young Adults book listing. These are books chosen from those who actually read them!

What is the International Literacy Association?

For over 50 years, the International Literacy Association has been the trusted provider of ongoing professional development for teachers. ILA is committed to advancing worldwide literacy by improving reading instructio n, disseminating research and information about reading, and encouraging the lifetime reading habit. Additional information about ILA can be found at www.literacyworldwide.org.

Edward, our very serious boy makes the following suggestions for readers of all ages, including his PURR-SONAL pick!

(Grades K - 2, Ages 5–8)

  • Bubble Trouble. Tom Percival. Bloomsbury USA Childrens.
  • Charlie Plays Ball. Ree Drummond. Ill. Diane deGroat. HarperCollins.
  • *Clark the Shark: Afraid of the Dark. Bruce Hale. Ill. Guy Francis. HarperCollins.
  • Fright Club. Ethan Long. Bloomsbury USA Childrens.
  • Get Out of My Bath! Nosy Crow. Ill. Britta Teckentrup. Candlewick.
  • How Do Dinosaurs Stay Safe? Jane Yolen. Ill. Mark Teague. Blue Sky/Scholastic.
  • I Am Henry Finch. Alexis Deacon. Ill. Viviane Schwarz. Candlewick.
  • If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don't! Elise Parsley. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.
  • I Really Like Slop! Mo Willems. Disney-Hyperion.
  • I Will Take a Nap! Mo Willems. Disney-Hyperion.
  • *The Little Shop of Monsters. R.L. Stine. Ill. Marc Brown. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.
  • Max the Brave. Ed Vere. Sourcebooks Jabberwocky.
  • Monkey and Duck Quack Up! Jennifer Hamburg. Ill. Edwin Fotheringham. Scholastic.
  • Monster Needs a Party. Paul Czajak. Ill. Wendy Grieb. Mighty Media Kids.
  • Must. Push. Buttons! Jason Good. Ill. Jarrett Krosoczka. Bloomsbury USA Childrens.
  • The Nuts: Sing and Dance in Your Polka-Dot Pants. Eric Litwin. Ill. Scott Magoon. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.
  • Pete the Cat and the Bedtime Blues. James Dean and Kimberly Dean. Ill. James Dean. HarperCollins.
  • Please, Mr. Panda. Steve Antony. Scholastic.
  • Ragweed's Farm Dog Handbook. Anne Vittur Kennedy. Candlewick.
  • Rappy the Raptor. Dan Gutman. Ill. Tim Bowers. HarperCollins.
  • The Runaway Tortilla. Eric A. Kimmel. Ill. Erik Brooks. Graphic Arts.
  • *Sick Simon. Dan Krall. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.
  • The Sky Is Falling! Mark Teague. Orchard/Scholastic.
  • *Stick and Stone. Beth Ferry. Ill. Tom Lichtenheld. HMH Books for Young Readers.
  • Ten Pigs: An Epic Bath Adventure. Derek Anderson. Orchard/Scholastic.
  • There's a Lion in My Cornflakes. Michelle Robinson. Ill. Jim Field. Bloomsbury USA Childrens.
  • *To the Sea. Cale Atkinson. Disney-Hyperion.
  • Welcome to the Neighborwood. Shawn Sheehy. Candlewick.
*Books that received the highest Children's Choices team votes.


Edward, our very serious boy, also makes the following suggestions for our Young Readers.


Pete the Cat and the
Bedtime Blues

James Dean and Kimberly Dean. Ill. James Dean. HarperCollins.

Pete the Cat is back again in a bedtime adventure sure to resonate with primary-level students. Pete has a sleepover, but his friends aren't ready to settle down. Pete saves the day and gets everyone to settle down. Children will love the next installment of Pete's adventures.

What is the Children's Choices Project?

Each year 12,500 school children ages 5–12 from different regions of the United States read newly published children's and young adults' trade books and vote for the ones they like best. These Children's Choices, selected from more than 900 titles, can be counted on as books children really enjoy reading. This list, a project of a joint committee supported by ILA and The Children's Book Council (CBC), is designed for use not only by teachers, librarians, administrators, and booksellers but also by parents, grandparents, caregivers, and everyone who wishes to encourage young people to read for pleasure.

(Grades 3 - 4, Ages 8–10)

  • Androcles and the Lion. Carl Sommer. Ill. Jorge Martinez. Advance.
  • Bone Collection: Skulls. Camilla de la Bédoyère and Rob Scott Colson. Ill. Sandra Doyle. Scholastic.
  • Captain Underpants and the Retaliation of the Tyrannical Turbo Toilet 2000. Dav Pilkey. Scholastic.
  • *Claude at the Beach. Alex T. Smith. Peachtree.
  • Color Illusions. DK Publishing.
  • El Deafo. Cece Bell. Amulet.
  • The Emperor's New Clothes. Carl Sommer. Ill. Ignacio Noe. Advance.
  • Flying Beaver Brothers and the Hot-Air Baboons. Maxwell Eaton III. Knopf Books for Young Readers.
  • *The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza. James Kochalka. First Second.
  • *Happy Birthday, Babymouse. Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm. Random House Books for Young Readers.
  • I Love You Just Enough. Robbyn Smith van Frankenhuyzen. Ill. Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen. Sleeping Bear.
  • In New York. Marc Brown. Knopf Books for Young Readers.
  • I Survived the Destruction of Pompeii, AD 79. Lauren Tarshis. Ill. Scott Dawson. Scholastic.
  • *Kali's Story: An Orphaned Polar Bear Rescue. Jennifer Keats Curtis. Ill. John Gomes. Arbordale.
  • Kay Kay's Alphabet Safari. Dana Sullivan. Sleeping Bear.
  • LEGO NINJAGO: The Visual Dictionary (Masters of Spinjitzu). Hannah Dolan. DK Publishing.
  • Little Red Riding Hood. Carl Sommer. Ill. Ignacio Noe. Advance.
  • Lucky Leopards! And More True Stories of Amazing Animal Rescues! (NGK Chapters). Aline Alexander Newman. National Geographic Children's Books.
  • Lunch Lady and the Schoolwide Scuffle. Jarrett J. Krosoczka. Knopf Books for Young Readers.
  • Minecraft: Redstone Handbook: An Official Mojang Book. Scholastic.
  • Mumbet's Declaration of Independence. Gretchen Woelfle. Ill. Alix Delinois. Carolrhoda.
  • Next Time You See the Moon. Emily Morgan. NSTA Kids.
  • 101 Hidden Animals. Melvin Berger and Gilda Berger. Scholastic.
  • Rags, Hero Dog of WWI: A True Story. Margot Theis Raven. Ill. Petra Brown. Sleeping Bear.
  • *Sisters. Raina Telgemeier. Graphix.
  • Squish: Fear the Amoeba. Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm. Random House Books for Young Readers.
  • Starring Jules #3: Starring Jules (super-secret spy girl). Beth Ain. Scholastic.
  • Superstars of History. R.J. Grant. Ill. Simon Basher. Scholastic.
  • Target Practice: Cleopatra in Space, Book One. Mike Maihack. Graphix. True or False? DK Publishing.
  • Whatever After #5: Bad Hair Day. Sarah Mlynowski. Scholastic.
  • The Yeti Files: Meet The Bigfeet. Kevin Sherry. Scholastic.


*Books that received the highest Children's Choices team votes.

* These books that received the highest Children's Choices Project team votes.

(Grades 5–6, Ages 11–14)

  • Baba Yaga's Assistant. Marika McCoola. Ill. Emily Carroll. Candlewick.
  • *Backlash. Sarah Darer Littman. Scholastic.
  • Blackbird Fly. Erin Entrada Kelly. Ill. Betsy Peterschmidt. Greenwillow.
  • Bodie: The Town That Belongs to Ghosts. Kevin Blake. Bearport.
  • The Copper Gauntlet. Holly Black and Cassandra Clare. Scholastic.
  • Creepy Libraries. Troy Taylor. Bearport.
  • DC Superheroes Origami: 46 Folding Projects for Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and More! John Montroll. Ill. Min Sung Ku. Capstone Young Readers.
  • Echo. Pam Muñoz Ryan. Scholastic.
  • The Elementia Chronicles: Quest for Justice. Sean Fay Wolfe. HarperCollins.
  • The Enchanted Files: Diary of a Mad Brownie (Paperback title: The Enchanted Files #1: Cursed). Bruce Coville. Random House Books for Young Readers.
  • Faceless. Alyssa Sheinmel. Scholastic.
  • Flunked (Fairy Tale Reform School). Jen Calonita. Sourcebooks Jabberwocky.
  • Haunted Hollywood. Dinah Williams. Bearport.
  • *Hilo Book 1: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth. Judd Winick. Random House Books for Young Readers.
  • House Arrest. K.A. Holt. Chronicle.
  • How to Speak Cat: A Guide to Decoding Cat Language. Aline Alexander Newman and Gary Weitzman. National Geographic Children's Books.
  • National Geographic Kids Almanac 2016. National Geographic Children's Books.
  • National Geographic Kids Brain Games. Jennifer Swanson. National Geographic Children's Books.
  • A Night Divided. Jennifer A. Nielsen. Scholastic.
  • 100 Things to Make You Happy. Lisa M. Gerry. National Geographic Children's Books.
  • Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes. Rick Riordan. Ill. John Rocco. Disney-Hyperion.
  • Roanoke Island: The Town That Vanished. Kevin Blake. Bearport.
  • *Roller Girl. Victoria Jamieson. Dial.
  • Sanjay and Craig #1: Fight the Future With Flavor. Eric Esquivel. Ills. Ryan Jampole, Sam Spina, and James Kaminski. Papercutz.
  • *Saved by the Bell. Joelle Sellner. Ill. Chynna Clugston-Flores and Tim Fish. Roar Comics.
  • The Secrets to Ruling School (Without Even Trying). Neil Swaab. Harry N. Abrams.
  • SENSEational Illusions. DK Children.
  • Strange but True! DK Children.
  • Super Shark Encyclopedia. DK Children.
  • The Tale of Rescue. Michael J. Rosen. Ill. Stan Fellows. Candlewick.
  • *The Terrible Two. Mac Barentt and Jory John. Ill. Kevin Cornell. Harry N. Abrams.
  • *Tom Gates: Everything's Amazing (Sort Of). Liz Pichon. Candlewick.
  • Untwine. Edwidge Danticat. Scholastic.
  • Voyagers: Project Alpha. D.J. MacHale. Random House Books for Young Readers.
  • What's Up In…The Amazon Rainforest. Ginjer L. Clarke. Grosset & Dunlap.
  • Who Was Steve Irwin? Dina Anastasio. Ill. Jim Eldridge. Grosset & Dunlap.
  • The Worst Class Trip Ever. Dave Barry. Disney-Hyperion.


*Books that received the highest Children's Choices team votes.



  • All the Bright Places. Jennifer Niven. Knopf Books for Young Readers.
  • The Amazing Book Is Not on Fire: The World of Dan and Phil. Dan Howell and Phil Lester. Random House Books for Young Readers.
  • Apple and Rain. Sarah Crossan. Bloomsbury USA Childrens.
  • Backlash. Sarah Darer Littman. Scholastic.
  • Believarexic. J.J. Johnson. Peachtree.
  • Code of Honor. Alan Gratz. Scholastic.
  • The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall. Katie Alender. Scholastic.
  • The Dead House. Dawn Kurtagich. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.
  • The Detour. S.A. Bodeen. Feiwel & Friends.
  • Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans. Don Brown. HMH Books for Young Readers.
  • *Everything, Everything. Nicola Yoon. Delacorte.
  • *Fairest: The Lunar Chronicles: Levana's Story. Marissa Meyer. Square Fish.
  • The Game of Love and Death. Martha Brockenbrough. Arthur A. Levine.
  • House Arrest. K.A. Holt. Chronicle.
  • Hunter. Mercedes Lackey. Disney-Hyperion
  • I Am Princess X. Cherie Priest. Ill. Kali Ciesemier. Arthur A. Levine.
  • Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War. Steve Sheinkin. Roaring Brook.
  • Nimona. Noelle Stevenson. HarperTeen.
  • *Orbiting Jupiter. Gary D. Schmidt. Clarion.
  • P.S. I Still Love You. Jenny Han. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.
  • Read Between the Lines. Jo Knowles. Candlewick.
  • Red Queen. Victoria Aveyard. HarperTeen.
  • The Remedy. Suzanne Young. Simon Pulse.
  • Roller Girl. Victoria Jamieson. Dial.
  • The Rose Society. Marie Lu. G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers.
  • Saint Anything. Sarah Dessen. Viking Books for Young Readers.
  • Six of Crows. Leigh Bardugo. Henry Holt.
  • srsly Hamlet. William Shakespeare and Courtney
  • Carbone. Random House Books for Young Readers.
  • Until Friday Night. Abbi Glines. Simon Pulse.
  • When. Victoria Laurie. Disney-Hyperion.


*Books that received the highest Children's Choices team votes.



Drop by the FFF Adoption Site and pick up a copy of this reading list.



Edward, our very serious boy, also makes the following suggestions for our Advanced Readers.


100 Things To Do Before You Grow Up

Everything, Everything
Nicola Yoon. Delacorte.

Madeline Whitter has SCID, a disease that makes her, basically, allergic to the world. She is happy in the bubble of her home with her mom and her nurse, Carla. When she strikes up a relationship with Olly, the boy next door, everything changes. Everything, everything.


What Is the Young Adults' Choices Project?

The Young Adults' Choices project began in 1986, funded by a special grant given to the International Literacy Association, and was supervised by the Association's Literature for Young Adults Committee. The goals of the project are to encourage young people ages 13–18 to read; to make teens, teachers, librarians, and parents aware of new literature for young adults; and to provide middle and secondary school students with an opportunity to voice their opinions about books being written for them. The value of young adult literature is certainly not something new, but it is true that it's more popular than ever, thanks in part to blockbuster trilogies inspired by their novel predecessors. And we believe it's safe to say the books included on this enclosed list are going to keep those stats high.


Many of the suggested books above can be previewed at Children's Choice Project.

For alternative children's book lists, please visit TeachersFirst.com, The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), The National Humane Education Society's CHILDREN'S EARLY READER/PICTURE BOOKS or The National Humane Education Society's YOUNG ADULT READING LIST

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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!


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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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