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F.F.F. Programs and Services

On The Road

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 began making appointments for this new service 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".

If it is preferred, FFF can make an individual appointment at one of our "get acquainted" sites throughout the County. 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 adoptors to visit our SCHEDULED ADOPTION SITES/EVENTS listed on our websites. We will have "Meet and Meow" sites through out our County.

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.


FFF and the FFF Kitties


Short On Luck (S.O.L.)


Short On Luck

...is an emergency foster program for at risk cats and critters.

...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.

If you would like to provide T.L.C. and shelter for a needy cat...Contact: Sally - (925) 808-8364 [email protected]

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S.O.L. RESCUE!

The Tiny Trio ... Redmond, Reginald & Emily
Our Featured S.O.L. Cats!


Redmond

Redmond

Reginald

Reginald

It all began with a phone call, as is often the case.  FFF's hotline received a call from a concerned woman about 3 feral kittens living under her house that were at risk from being killed by her dogs.  She had been feeding Mom and tending to the kittens since their birth but could not keep them. She reached out to FFF for help.

Emily

Emily


We took them in immediately through our S.O L. Program for at risk cases. The trio were scared, underweight, needed weaning and in need of veterinary care. They were transported to our temporary Sanctuary property and are becoming socialized and receiving ongoing veterinary supervision. They have made great progress just with the two weeks FFF has had them!


REDMOND, the burnished "red" boy is the quiet, gentle leader of the trio. He is the most social and inclined to be around people. He is learning to enjoy being with a human and is patterning after some of FFF's affectionate foster "mentors". He is enjoying exploring new rooms in his foster home / sanctuary. He is the most independent of the 3.

Sister EMILY, is still shy but now showing interest in seeing what is on the other side of the door of her and her brothers’ “domain". She is accepting being picked up and getting affection. She is brother Redmond's shadow. She is making good progress and has stopped any hissing when approached or picked up.

REGINALD is the "scaredy-cat" brother. He is frequently hiding behind Redmond. However, he has recently started being more comfortable with his foster mom without hissing and showing a growing but cautious interest in exploring his new domain.

We are confident he will, in his own time, become more socialized to people and accept and give affection like his brother and sister. All 3 kittens are active and playful together ... and now that they are safe are learning to play with toys! They love their new "kitty tunnel" and can be heard thundering through it at night during their nocturnal playtimes!

FFF will keep updating their progress and post on our websites when they are determined to be ready for adoption.


If you would like to provide T.L.C. and shelter for a needy cat, or dog...
Contact FFF - (925) 808-8364 or Email FFF for inquiries

 

Visitor(s) In Fur


Sally and Petunia

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.


Due to Covid-19, we have temporarily placed this program on hold.


It is with great sadness and disbeleif that we announce the passing of our beloved PETUNIA,... our muse and our heart and my life companion. Our Visitors in Fur Program will have a MORATORIUM in loving memory of Petunia.

 

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. in 2001.

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 [email protected], 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 new mobile sites, to be listed on our websites.

FFF

Beloved Petunia, Cat Liason, Emeritus 11/29/2017.


IN MEMORIUM

Sally and Petunia

Lost and Found

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LOST A PET?
FOUND A STRAY?


Please check our
Lost and Found
page here.

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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.


HISTORY OF FIP RESEARCH


After devoting a half century of his life to studying feline infectious peritonitis (FIP), a deadly feline coronavirus, Dr. Niels Pedersen now finds himself in the unusual position of responding to media inquiries about SARS-CoV-2, the human coronavirus that causes COVID-19.


The drug he discovered to be highly effective in curing FIP, known as GS-441524, turns out to be a close antiviral cousin of remdesivir—the first drug found to speed people’s recovery from COVID-19 in clinical trials.


“While coronaviruses are found in most animal species, they don’t attract a lot of attention unless they are particularly virulent or deadly,” said Professor Emeritus Pedersen. “This COVID-19 pandemic has drawn attention to the parallels between human and veterinary medicine that hopefully will help the public LEADING VETERINARY MEDICINE, ADDRESSING SOCIETAL NEEDS understand the critical connections between human and animal health.”


Pedersen has a soft spot for cats after growing up with them on his family’s poultry farm. When he came to UC Davis in the 1960s, FIP was still a mysterious disease with an unknown cause that killed the majority of infected cats. Over the decades, he and other scientists discovered the feline coronavirus behind FIP but finding a vaccine or an effective treatment proved difficult. That’s where Pedersen poured his research endeavors—finding a cure for FIP.


Dr. Brian Murphy joined the UC Davis faculty in 2007 and after Pedersen semi-retired in 2010, took over the feline coronavirus program. Murphy was first author on the groundbreaking 2018 article in Veterinary Microbiology showing GS-441524 had been successful in curing all 10 FIP-infected cats in a small study. A follow-up field trial of 31 cats had a high success rate as well.


The study results seemed to herald the breakthrough that Pedersen had been seeking for decades. But for desperate pet owners seeking a cure, obtaining this new drug would prove elusive. Gilead, the biopharmaceutical company that developed GS-441524, withheld the rights for its use in animals because it might interfere with FDA approval for a prodrug form called remdesivir. The hope is that remdesivir will be approved by the FDA for general use in human viral diseases like COVID-19, thus paving the way for approval and legal use of GS-441524 for animals by veterinarians.


Read the full article here
published by
The Center of Companion Animal Health.


SUPPORT FIP RESEARCH AND SOCK IT TO FIP!


CHECK

Payable to: SOCK FIP
Mail to: SOCK FIP
P.O. Box 602
Davis, CA 95617

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If you would like to make a gift using your credit card,
please call UC Davis at (530) 752-7024.


For more info, please visit the SOCKFIP.org website.

 

WAYS YOU CAN HELP FIGHT F.I.P.

  • Refer friends and family to SOCKFIP.ORG
  • Tell your Veterinarian about SOCKFIP.ORG
  • Distribute SOCKFIP brochures
  • Become a fan of SOCKFIP page on Facebook
  • Contribute to SOCKFIP
  • 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

SOCKFIP PRESENTATION

On The Road

DECEMBER 19,2019, FFF attended a Holiday SOCKFIP meeting at UCDavis Animal Companion Health Center to learn about the ongoing work to conquer FIP.

 

FFF representative, Sally Morgan- Welch, attended the meeting along with our HERO kitty, MEREDITH and FFF new therapy cat trainer, Mr. WHISKERS.

 

Dr. Brian Murphy and graduate student, Sarah Elisabeth Cook, updated SOCKFIP on the current studies being planned and past successes with antiviral drugs.

 

The meeting was particularly poignant as MEREDITH, our HERO kitty was reunited with Dr. Murphy as one of the kitties CURED of wet FIP in their landmark studies on antiviral research.

 

Unfortunately, Dr.Niels Pedersen, the " father of FIP research", was unable to attend due to family emergency. But MEREDITH is due to reunite with Dr.Pedersen soon. It was he who approved the adoption of MEREDITH to FFF founder after her cure from FIP.

 

There is a myriad of antiviral drugs now scheduled for testing and then final FDA approval. Each drug will undergo rigorous testing on private owned cats diagnosed with FIP in the future.

 

 

MEREDITH has become THE FACE OF FIP SUCCESS!

 

SOCK-FIP President, Carol Marshall, and SOCK-FIP Member, Sally Morgan Welch, presented Dr. Murphy and his staff with a donation check of $27,000 along with a personal check from President Carol.

 

 

We are ON THE BRINK OF SUCCESS!


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