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About Us

Friends of the Formerly Friendless, is a recognized California non-profit Animal Rescue organization. We are recognized by the State of California and the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c) (3) non-profit. All contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

The mission of this Organization/Network is:

  • To find stable, responsible and loving homes for companion animals
  • To alleviate the overpopulation problem in our communities by assisting in the current spay/neuter campaign
  • Provide emergency foster care for animals at risk, in danger and/or caught in domestic violence/animal abuse situations
  • Work cooperatively with County Animal Services to assist in placement of shelter animals
  • Establish a mutual support network among rescue organizations and independent community rescuers
  • Maintain an ongoing web site that consists of:
    • Lost and Found site - attempts to link lost/stolen/stray animals with their owners
    • Extra Special Pets Adoption Program (ESP) places pets with special needs in loving, responsible homes
    • Short On Luck Program - provides emergency foster care for animals at risk, and/or victims of domestic violence or animal abuse
  • Mobile Adoptions - provides mobile adoptions throughout the County at convenient scheduled locations
  • Community Education - disseminates humane education materials in our communities

Who are the Friends of the Formerly Friendless

FFF was the culmination of a lifetime of a love for animals by the founder, her family, friends and fellow animal lovers. It received 501c3 status .as of August 9, 2001. The name "Friends of the Formerly Friendless” was chosen as both a recognition of the myriad of friendless animals in our communities, many of them underserved, and chosen as an embodiment of our commitment to those animals in our care that would not be "friendless" again.

The organization, F.F.F. operates as a coalition with community supporters, animal lovers, family, veterinarians and in rescue operations in cooperation with other Rescues throughout California. There are no paid staff from the funds collected. Contributions by community members, personal donations, fund raising etc. are used for the benefit of the animals. There is no comingling of funds

We strive to get sponsors for administrative costs or accept private donations to help cover the necessary costs of filings, vets, insurance, and some supplies. Our commitment is to the animals we serve. As a non profit, we are charged with that duty. As animal lovers and guardians we are committed to that.

We welcome all those interested in working with us to face the often daunting challenges Animal Rescue faces daily.

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened.”
― Anatole France

Currently, our Organization/Network is serving the feline populations in Contra Costa County. Hopefully, with further community support, we will be able to extend these services to other companion animals.

F.F.F. Policies

Adopting a Friend

An interview, application and home visit, followed by a 5-7 day trial visit of the selected pet in the prospective adoptive home. An Animal Care Adoption Contract is required to be signed by the adopter and a FFF representative, and a recovery/adoption fee is tenderedThe 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 FFF graduates, their families, and our dedicated F.F.F. fosters/staff with peace of mind, we are exploring micro chipping all of our adoptees. This will provide a safety net for our formerly friendless felines that go on to their new homes.

If FFF begins microchipping, then FFF will be 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 at your home. Appointments can be made with FFF through our HAVE CAT WILL TRAVEL Program, (925) 808-8364. 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. prefers not to offer kittens that all veterinary test results are normal. All F.F.F. cats and kittens are combo tested for feline AIDS and feline Leukemia prior to adoption. Therefore, we will not release any cat or kitten for adoption until we can be assured of an accurate test result.

FFF's philosophy:

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.

On The Road



We're Moving

FFF will begin private showings/appointments through our HAVE CAT WILL TRAVEL PROGRAM to show our "Formerly Friendless Felines" instead of our monthly adoption site for our "meet and meow" with our public.


CONSULT our WEBSITES, www.fffcatfriends.org and Our Petfinder Sites for our future Public Adoptions/Events. In the van, Let's Go

We look forward to seeing you
and helping you find a new feline family member



F.F.F. Programs & Services

Have Cat, Will Travel

Driving Cat

On The Road

FRIENDS OF THE FORMERLY FRIENDLESS Embarked 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".


Beginning May 17, 2010, FFF began making appointments for this new service. People would make these appointments by contacting FFF at (925) 808-8364 or via [email protected]. 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 sleepover".

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,


* This service is dependent on Covid-19 restrictions

...As always, we hope to serve our "formerly friendless friends"
   ...and our communities
       ...with a sense of humor.

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