IMPORTANT CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

This is a challenging time for everyone, including rescue organizations like Friends of Felines.
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Dear Friends:
I want to provide an update on how the coronavirus is affecting our organization.

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, we critically need TEMPORARY FOSTER HOMES for our cats boarded at Just Cats. For the safety of the Just Cats staff and our volunteers, we are no longer able to visit these cats. Until today, volunteers visited our cats on a daily basis to monitor their health, provide socialization, and gather input for their adoption profiles. We currently have over 20 cats boarding at Just Cats. We are looking to move as many as possible into temporary foster homes.
If you have fostered for us in the past, please email us at cats@fofct.org. If you are a new foster, please complete our online adoption application (click here) and indicate you are interested in fostering. To foster, you will need a closed room in your home (separated from other animals in the house), time to spend with them, and your own transportation. We will cover all medical costs and can provide supplies and food, if needed.
In addition to fosters, we are asking for DONATIONS. We expect that adoptions will drop off dramatically as people are focused on other important issues and sheltering in their homes. The need for Friends of Felines’ services in the community is on-going. In order to continue to provide critical care to community cats and to help us meet our obligations, please consider donating if you can.
You can make a monetary donation via the Paypal button in the upper right corner of this page or click here for a donation form, our Facebook page can be accessed here, or our Instagram page at fof_cats (mobile app only). For food, toy and other supply donations, please use our Amazon Wish List (click here).

Thank you for your understanding and support during this challenging time. While we spend more time at home for the health of our community, let's use this opportunity to give our cats some extra hugs, kisses and playtime. Stay safe.

Janine Paton
Executive Director

SHELBY UPDATE!

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Shelby is recuperating nicely after surgery to repair his broken ankle. His activity is limited and he is on medication to manage the pain during this delicate period. He is tolerating the cone well and loves it when volunteers scratch his neck and help with grooming.

To see a two minute video about Shelby, click HERE
To read more about Shelby, click here.

Find out about cats and kittens in our Cats for Adoption section.

SHELBY'S STORY ON CONNECTICUT NEWS 12

Click HERE to view the coverage from January 28th.

The Costs of Caring for Homeless & Forgotten Cats

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Rescue is an expensive endeavor. We hope this chart gives you an idea of how your dollars are used. Friends of Felines is an all-volunteer organization. Almost every dollar donated goes directly to the cats to cover these types of expenses.

Your financial support made it possible for us to help almost 250 cats in 2019. Please consider a donation or volunteer with us!

JOIN OUR "TNR" TEAM

Want to make a difference in the lives of homeless and forgotten cats in the Stamford community? Consider volunteering on our Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) team.
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TNR is a humane solution to the problem of feline overpopulation. Train side-by-side with our experts. All you need is a love for cats, with a respect for their natures and the people who care for them. To read about our latest TNR success, click on West Side Story.

Email us at cats@fofct.org to volunteer or get more information.

WHY FOF? WHY TRAP-NEUTER-RETURN?

For over 15 years, Friends of Felines (FOF) has been helping homeless, forgotten, abandoned, and feral cats to have better lives. FOF finds loving homes for those cats who are adoptable; especially feral kittens and abandoned pets. FOF also improves the lives of feral cats that are not adoptable by providing spay and neuter services, other medical care, and food as part of colony care-taking. This approach is called Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR).

FOF volunteers have fostered hundreds of cats and enabled their transition to forever homes. Volunteers have trapped feral cats living in harsh or dangerous locations, rescued cats from overcrowding situations, and responded to calls about "found cats" from local community members. And FOF has been a partner with Stamford Animal Control and other pet rescue organizations to help save as many of our feline friends as possible.

"TNR is is a method for attempting to humanely and effectively manage free-roaming domestic cats. The process involves live-trapping the cats, having them spayed or neutered (aka: desexed), ear-tipped for identification and, if possible, vaccinated, then releasing them back into their territory. Ideally, friendly adults and kittens young enough to be easily socialized are retained and placed for adoption."
Source: "Neighborhood Cats TNR Handbook: The Guide to Trap-Neuter-Return for the Feral Cat Caretaker (2nd edition)" by Bryan Kortis (2013)

TNR is supported by the ASPCA, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), and the American Humane Society. "The ASPCA endorses Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) as the only proven humane and effective method to manage community cat colonies." ("Feral Cats FAQ" ASPCA)

To read more about FOF and TNR click to read our West Side Story.

LOST CAT? HERE ARE SOME HELPFUL TIPS

Seeing "lost cat" posters on poles and signs is very sad. We try to keep our cats safe, and hope it never happens to us, but sometimes a cat gets outside and becomes "lost." Here is a helpful website with steps to take when you have a lost cat. Click on lost cat to learn more.

EVERY DAY IS AN ADOPTION EVENT AT FOF!

Our recently-rescued cats and kittens prefer the intimate venues of Just Cats Veterinary Hospital and their current foster homes. So instead of a drop-in, you can have a special one-on-one adoption event experience!

Just fill out an application (here). Once it is approved, an appointment can be made to meet our wonderful and loving kitties.

Don't delay, apply today!

Visit FOF Cats for Adoption in person at Just Cats Veterinary Hospital

justcatslogo (1).jpgFriends of Felines is proud to be partners with Just Cats Veterinary Hospital. Just Cats has been providing veterinary care in our area since 1991. Their custom, cat-friendly facility at 1029 East Main Street in Stamford has an adoption area inside the Just Cats Store on the first level. Come in and visit some of the Friends of Felines cats and kittens that are waiting for adoption. The Just Cats store and adoption area are open from 8am Monday through Saturday. To visit the Just Cats website click justcatsonline.com

Friends of Felines presented with Cat Rescue Award!

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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 Felines 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."

Friends of Felines is thrilled to get recognition for our efforts to care for forgotten and homeless cats. Financial contributions are also critical to continuing our work. Friends of Felines is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, so donations are tax deductible. Click here for more information.

ONLINE SHOPPING to help Friends of Felines

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Online shopping has dramatically changed the way we purchase goods and services. Now you can "change online shopping for good" and help Friends of Felines by making online purchases through iGive.com

Everytime you purchase something from one of iGive's over 600 merchants, iGive will donate a percentage of the purchase amount to Friends of Felines. All you have to do is join iGive and start shopping! Membership is free.

You'll save money too, through the purchasing power of iGive's hundreds of thousands of shoppers. With your free iGive membership, you get access to the brand-name merchants like Barnes & Noble, Eddie Bauer, Lands’ End and PETsMART… super savings and deals every day … and of course, free donations to Friends of Felines!

DONATE TO FRIENDS OF FELINES ... ONLINE!

You can donate to Friends of Felines and charge it to your credit card or your Paypal account.

Just click on the PAYPAL Button in the upper right corner of our homepage.

Thanks for your generous support. You help us help the forgotten felines in your neighborhood.

Friends of Felines - Adoptions in Westchester County, New York

Friends of Felines, Inc. is recognized by the State of Connecticut to be a 501c3 nonprofit organization - your donation is tax deductible.

Please be aware that we are located in lower Fairfield County, Connecticut and prefer to place our cats close to home. We adopt to families in nearby Westchester County: including the towns of: Bedford, Blind Brook, Byram Hills, Harrison, Katonah-Lewisboro, Mamaroneck, New Rochelle, Pound Ridge, Portchester, Rye, Rye Brook, Scarsdale, and White Plains.

You can email us at cats@fofct.org or go to Contact Us for more information.

Friends of Felines - Adoptions in Fairfield County, Connecticut

Friends of Felines, Inc. is recognized by the State of Connecticut to be a 501c3 nonprofit organization - your donation is tax deductible.

Please be aware that we are located in lower Fairfield County, Connecticut and prefer to place our cats close to home. Fairfield County includes the towns of: Bethel, Bridgeport, Brookfield, Danbury, Darien, Easton, Fairfield, Greenwich, Monroe, New Canaan, New Fairfield, Newtown, Norwalk, Redding, Ridgefield, Shelton, Sherman, Stamford, Stratford, Trumbull, Weston, Westport and Wilton.

You can email us at cats@fofct.org or go to Contact Us for more information.

 
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