FRIENDS OF THE FORMERLY FRIENDLESS is embarking upon a new
and unique part of its Mobile Adoptions Program (M.A.P.) ... HAVE CAT WILL TRAVEL.
This unique program expands the opportunities for adopters to
meet and get acquainted with cats/kittens that they see on our
websites and/or adoption site(s) in the privacy of their own
homes. Since most of us these days live increasingly mobile
lives, it made sense for FFF to become more mobile to provide
opportunities to meet and get to know our "formerly friendless
felines". What better place than in the prospective home where
they might live!
This unique opportunity gives FFF and the prospective adopter
the benefit of seeing the potential new, furry, family member
in their "home environment".
HERE'S HOW IT WORKS...
Beginning May 17, 2010, FFF will begin making appointments
for this new service by contacting SALLY at 925 808-8364 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A prior interview is required to mutually select the best match
for the living situation, client's preferences and prospective
cat/kittens' personality and needs. FFF will then bring up to
two cats/kittens for selection and a "home visit" to the prospective
home. Then a kitty "trial sleepover" is usually scheduled for
5-7 days, after which it will be determined by the client &
FFF to proceed with adoption or to make another selection. All
FFF cats/kittens are spayed/neutered, current on their vaccines
and have been combo tested. All FFF cats/kittens on "trial sleepovers"
will need to be kept inside ONLY for safety purposes. For the
health of all, resident cats in the prospective homes will need
to be current on vaccinations and tested also prior to the "trial
If it is preferred, FFF can make an individual appointment at
one of our "get acquainted" sites either in Lafayette, or El
Sobrante. Cats/kittens selected at our "get acquainted" site(s)
will then be scheduled for their "home visit" and "trial sleepover"
by mutual agreement. Afternoon and evening appointments are
available during the week by contacting SALLY.
If a larger selection of cats/kittens is requested, we would
invite prospective adopters to visit our scheduled adoption
site at the Lafayette Pet Shoppe, 3517 Mount Diablo Boulevard,
Lafayette. We will be holding adoptions EVERY FIRST & THIRD SUNDAY at that site, unless otherwise indicated.
We look forward to meeting you and helping you find that new,
furry, feline family member(s) that melts your heart!
Hope to meet you soon.
Visitor(s) In Fur
Sally, founder of F.F.F., with her cat, Petunia.
Petunia helps with humane education in schools and serves
as a therapy kitty in the Visitor(s) In Fur Program
Petunia is also an official staff member, holding the title
of cat liaison.
As any animal lover can attest to, the unconditional
love that an animal can give provides a unique type of therapy
and support that "modern medicine" is only just now learning.
At its inception, F.F.F. has been committed to helping provide
this type of unique therapy and support to those in need
via our "therapy cat", Petunia. Petunia has been visiting
home and hospital students, Alzheimer's homes, nursing homes,
schools and preschools, FREE of charge as part of F.F.F.'s
commitment to Community Service since the inception of F.F.F.
If you know someone or a facility that could benefit from
a "Visitor(s) in Fur", please contact us. We usually conduct
a preliminary visit to plan for the best possible introduction
experience. Our "visitor(s) in fur" are current on their
vaccines, have been combo tested for feline AIDS and Leukemia,
temperament tested, and have current flea control. They
are not declawed.
Appointments for Petunia's visits can be booked through
our VISITOR(S) IN FUR Program by contacting SALLY via phone
at 925 808-8364 OR email sally@F.F.F.catfriends.org,
type in VISITOR(S) IN FUR in the subject line. Please make
sure that you leave a contact person's name and phone number.
F.F.F. is continuing to expand this Program by inducting
more "visitor(s) in fur" ambassadors. We have at least one
other "cat in training" that was rescued from euthanasia
from a "high kill" Shelter. You can meet our "ambassadors
in training" periodically at our adoption site, at LAFAYETTE PET SHOPPE, between the hours of
1:30 - 4:30.
Sally and Petunia
FELINE INFECTIOUS PERITONITIS
F. I. P.
The worst three letters a cat-lover could ever hear.
FRIENDS OF THE FORMERLY FRIENDLESS is proud and excited
to be a founding member of the new S.O.C.K. FIP research project. S.O.C. K. is the acronym for Save Our Cats and Kittens. SOCKFIP is a group of cat-lovers, breeders, rescuers,
shelters and vets working together to generate essential funding for
FIP research at the UC Davis Center for Companion Animal Health. Virtually
100% fatal, FIP strikes 1 in 100 of all cats. We know that most cats
acquire the FIP virus early in life, though actual disease signs may
not occur until weeks, months or even years later.
Right now, there's no prevention and no cure for FIP.
It's time to change all that - and it can be done! Through the very
exciting and promising work at UC Davis, we hope to learn how to prevent
FIP or find suitable treatments, and spare future generations of cats
and cat-lovers this nightmare. Because very little government funding
is available for companion animal studies, we are relying on the vast
community of cat-lovers to help.
Neils Pederson, DVM, of the University of California, Davis,continues his work with feline infectious peritonitis (FIP), this time a pharmacokinetic and toxicity testing of novel feline coronavirus protease inhibitors in laboratory cats. This study aims to initiate testing of first-generation anti-corona viral drugs in cats to determine optimal dosage, routes of administration, duration of action, and acute and chronic toxicity.Ultimately, the goal is to identify safe and effective compounds with which to treat cats with FIP.The grant amount is $22,464.
SUPPORT FIP RESEARCH AND SOCK IT TO FIP!
P.O. Box 602
Davis, CA 95617
would like to make a gift using your credit card,
please call UC Davis at (530) 752-7024.
Ask your club to support F.I.P. Research through donations
Ask your employer to match funds to F.I.P. Research donations
Hold a fundraiser for F.I.P. Research
Short On Luck (S.O.L.)
...is an emergency foster program
for needy cats.
...working in cooperation with
community rescue groups
and Animal Services Departments.
A new phase of the Short on Luck Program was launched
in January of 2004. The Safe Place component of the S. O.
L. is being developed to provide a temporarily safe place
for cats that are caught up in a domestic violence situation
and/or at risk of violence from their environment. The concept
is to provide a temporary sanctuary through a network of
emergency foster homes.
We hope to work cooperatively with local law enforcement,
Animal Services and battered women's organizations. If you
would like to participate in this new and unique program,
please contact us via our website or at (925) 808-8364.