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ADOPTIONS REOPENING ... FFF is SCHEDULING PRIVATE APPOINTMENTS for SHOWINGS of our kitties.

If you see an FFF kitty you would like to know more about or to schedule an appointment to meet, CONTACT FFF by email or at Watch July's Zoom meeting here..


We will be conducting interviews regarding our foster kitties. If you see one of our kitties who steals your heart, contact us either through POSTED PHONE NUMBER or via our EMAIL. We will be glad to tell you more about our fosters. With the current, ongoing restrictions, we are unable to complete our adoption process since it requires a home visit and a "trial visit” period.


Reginald
(Adoptable)


Our Adoptable Pets List

Click here to see our Happy Tails!
(already adopted)


See our other critters available for adoption by
clicking on Our Adoptable Pets List above.

Gypsy
(Adoptable)

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Happy Birthday FFF

HAPPY BIRTHDAY FFF

2001-2022

BATTLING THROUGH 2021 INTO 2022!?

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY FFF!

 

CINCO DE MAYO 2001 marked the beginning of FRIENDS OF THE FORMERLY FRIENDLESS  First 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.Birthday Bash

 

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

 

FFF STAFF

 

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day
from FFF

victorian mom cat with kittens
Mother with kittens

 

With Mother's Day 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.


The FFF staff

 


OUR FEATURED KITTY...
SISTER!



Little Sister Face

Sister Baby Face

Sister is a plucky, energetic, determined, mischievous kitten that entered our Program after being brought to us from a neighboring ranch by a concerned neighbor who she had been "visiting" for several weeks. While leery, she was not feral, and warmed up to his attention ... and free food! Unfortunately, his resident cat was not amused ... and kept chasing her off the property!

Sister made the transition inside nicely.  She was still enjoying her free food, getting lots of attention, and ripping and running with another kitten friend.

Little Sister

Siste, teren-ager


While she gets along with a friendly, playful young friend, she prefers people’s attention!  She is curious and mischievous.  She loves stealing my sandwich off my plate when I foolishly turned my back. 

Little Sister

Younger image of Sister

 

Once settled in and she accepts the attention of people in a new home, she should be a wonderful, entertaining, and affectionate family member.

 

She is spayed and combo tested and has current FVRCP vaccines.  She is also house trained. Sister is currently up for adoption. Should you like to know more information about this plucky, young cat, please contact us at [email protected].




You can see all of our adoptable animals at our adoption pet list here.


Winter cat

FFF's Bart

Sponsor a Kitty...
For 2022!

Winter cat

FFF's Reginald


CAN'T FOSTER?      CAN'T HAVE A CAT WHERE YOU LIVE?
CAN'T ADOPT NOW?      GOT A HOUSEFUL?
ALLERGIC TO CATS BUT LOVE THEM?

YOU CAN STILL HELP OUR KITTIES!



FFF's Martin

You can sponsor a kitty with a donation amount of your choosing to help us with our ongoing maintenance and care of our FFF "formerly friendless felines". Your donation will go to the care and maintenance of the kitty(s) that you choose. Just visit our Adoption List and SELECT a kitty that you want to sponsor.

You may then contribute an amount of your choosing, to the care and maintenance of that chosen kitty. The monies we receive will be applied to food, medical care, and maintenance of that chosen kitty.  Just WRITE THE CHOSEN KITTY(s) name on the bottom of your check.


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FFF's Emily

You can also make a contribution of your choosing that benefits ALL of FFF's needy kitties. Your contribution will be put into our general fund for the benefit of all of our kitties.

Payment can be made directly to FFF via paypal or personal check.

If you wish, you can contact us at 925-808-8364 for updates on your chosen kitty and be a "VIRTUAL FRIEND" to that or all of the FFF “formerly friendless felines”.

ANY and all sponsorships are greatly appreciated and rest assured will be put to good use for the benefits of the kitty(s). We have no paid staff from these funds so it will directly benefit the kitty(s) you have chosen.


THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT FROM FRIENDS OF THE FORMERLY FRIENDLESS!


Announcement

KITTY NEWS
& INFO

 

What First-Time Cat Owners
Should Know Before Adopting


Thinking about adopting a cat? Before you do, think about the financial cost, your lifestyle, and whether you might need more than one new cat.

You’ve always loved meeting and playing with cats—so much so that now you’re wondering whether it’s time to adopt one yourself and being a first time cat owner. There’s plenty to mull over: cost, your lifestyle, choosing a veterinarian, and whether you should think about getting two cats rather than one.

Besides buying all the essential supplies, here’s some first-time cat owner advice from Brett Kruger, the feline team manager at shelter Indyhumane, on how to make sure you're ready to take on the responsibility of cat caretaker.



Read the full article here.



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FFF thanks you for your support.


• 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.

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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 mutually 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 FFF representative, upon final FFF Board 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 atyour home. Appointments can be made with F.F.F. 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.



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