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Fix Our Ferals “Sweeten the Kitty” Silent Auction and Wine Tasting Fundraiser

Dear Friends,

Fix Our Ferals is celebrating our 16th year of providing affordable spay/neuter for cats in the East Bay. Our goal is to end the unnecessary euthanizing of healthy cats and kittens in shelters, through affordable spay/neuter.

Our non-profit clinic is the only one of its kind in the East Bay. We are open five days a week, including Saturdays, and we accept reservations for neighborhood strays, ferals and pet cats.

To help support this expansion of services, we will host a fundraiser at the El Cerrito Community Center on Sunday, October 19th, 2014.

Please consider donating a gift certificate, service or item for our auction. Perhaps you would like to be a sponsor for the celebration! Sponsors and donors will be recognized on our web site and in our program. Sponsors at Puma level and above will also get their company logo or the name of their company on a large “Thank You” poster board including their donation levels. You are invited to provide promotional materials with your item to be displayed at the event.

Lion Level Sponsorship ($1000+) includes admission for 4
Tiger Level Sponsorship ($750-$999) includes admission for 3
Jaguar Level Sponsorship ($500-$749) includes admission for 2
Puma Level Sponsorship ($250-$499) includes admission for 1

We would be delighted if you could help in any way to make this a special affair. One of our volunteers would be happy to arrange pickup of your item.

If you would like more information about making a donation or the event, please contact:

Annelise Strader
(510) 809-7616

events@fixourferals.org

Download the 2014 FOF DonorForms.

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Thanks to Our 2014 Community Supporters

Our first sponsor for this year’s Sweeten the Kitty event is Union Bank MUFG. A huge rumble of purrs to them for kicking things off!

UB_logo

 

 

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2014 Sweeten the Kitty Tickets

Purchase Tickets Now!

Join us in celebrating another successful year of spay and neuter at our

“Sweeten the Kitty”

Silent Auction & Wine Tasting Fundraiser!

When: Sunday October 19, 2014, 4-7 pm
Where: El Cerrito Community Center
7007 Moeser Lane, El Cerrito, CA 94530

(Get Directions)

Tickets are Will Call only, $35 in advance, $40 at the door.
The deadline for advance ticket sales is October 4, 2014 .



If you prefer to pay by check, please make your check out to
“Fix Our Ferals” and indicate in the memo line:
“for Sweeten the Kitty tickets.”

Fix Our Ferals
Attn: Sweeten the Kitty
P.O. Box 13083
Berkeley, CA 94712-4083

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Sweeten the Kitty – Silent Auction & Wine Tasting

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!  

August 1, 2014

Join us in celebrating another year of providing low-cost spay-neuter services for East Bay cats at our

“Sweeten the Kitty”  

Silent Auction & Wine Tasting Fundraiser!

When: Sunday October 19, 2014, 4-7 pm  
Where: El Cerrito Community Center
7007 Moeser Lane, El Cerrito, CA 94530
(Get Directions)

Tickets will be available at the door.

$35 in advance (before Oct. 4th)
$40 at the door
Tickets are will call only.
Purchase tickets online here.

Sponsored by:

Union Bank Logo

 

 

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Volunteer!

Join a committee to help with:

  • Publicity/Publications
  • Soliciting donors
  • Food
  • Decorations

For information about joining a committee, please contact:
committees@fixourferal.org
 

Thank You!
We look forward to seeing you and your guests on October 19th

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Save the Date for our Sweeten the Kitty event – October 19th

Be sure to save Sunday October 19th on your calendar!

More details about donating for the auction, volunteering at the event and the event details to come.

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Introducing Our “T” is for Trapping Program!

Our work this summer at the Fix Our Ferals Spay-Neuter Center is meeting with great success thanks to our wonderful staff and volunteers and generous donors!

In June, we fixed our 8,000th kitty
since our Center opened in 2012!  

We are always on the lookout for more ways our services can have even greater impact. Today, I’m excited to tell you about a new program starting this summer: “T” is for Trapping!  We will provide instruction and support to fit each trapper’s particular situation.  Whether you are new to TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) or a seasoned trapper, we welcome your participation.  And please tell your friends, co-workers, and family who may have a kitty who needs their help.  Check out the details in the article, below! And finally, a huge thank you to everyone who donated to our Margarita’s Challenge!  You really came through by helping us reach our goal.  These contributions will go a long way toward making better lives through spay-neuter for the many cats we are intaking this kitten season!

Warm wishes,

Heather Lee signature

 

 

Heather Lee
Board President
Fix Our Ferals

PS:  Our Prevent-A-Litter Campaign is still going strong.  And so is kitten season!  Large or small, any contribution you can make will support our affordable spay-neuter services.  Your donation will save lives and help reduce future free-roaming populations in our East Bay neighborhoods.

“Fix Every Cat You Feed”

“T” is for Trapping – Come Join Us! Now, the “T” in TNR is not something everybody knows how to do, until they really need it — like when a new cat comes into your neighborhood, and his or her ear is not “tipped.”  And the “T” becomes an emergency when you see a cat who is obviously pregnant. Trapping is easy once you do it, but there are secrets and tips learned over years of experience that will make the process of trapping for spay-neuter easier, quicker, and less stressful for you and the cat.

Fix Our Ferals’ team of skilled trappers would love
to show you
what they have learned!

tabby in cage
Photo: Cathy Farrugia

Sign up at (510) 215-9300 for the next “T” is for Trapping workshop at our Spay-Neuter Center in Richmond, or request a one-on-one demonstration.  Be sure to mention in your message if you have a pregnant cat and need a fast response.  Please leave your name, phone number, and email address, and a trapping coach will call you to set up the time.

Are you an experienced trapper?  Then you know that trapping is part science, part art!  There is a lot of give-and-take and strategy sharing at our sessions. We encourage you to join our workshops to tell us what you know!

Happy Trapping!

 

Our Third “Best of the Best” Free-Roaming Cat Photo Contest is On!

Here’s an easy and fun way to be an active partner in our community that cares about our neighborhood kitties!

We bet you have some photos of a super special feral or stray cat!  Or maybe a couple of outstanding kitty pals?  A pile of adorable kittens? A fantastic cat colony? Fix Our Ferals is seeking high quality images for use in our e-communications, social networking, and fundraising, and for many other publicity purposes. We especially need great photos of cats and kittens showing the telltale “tipped ear!”

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Photo: Faith Schultz Finalist, FOF Photo Contest 2013

 First prize:

$75 gift certificate

Second prize:

$50 gift certificate

People’s Choice award:

$25 gift certificate All three winning photos will receive special attention through our e-communications and at our fundraising events!

Stay tuned!

We’ll feature our favorite ten photos for the People’s Choice Award vote in an upcoming e-newsletter.
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to make your kitty a big star!  

By donating the use of your photos to Fix Our Ferals, you can help make better lives for our local feral and stray cats and kittens.   We are glad to credit you if your photo is featured in any of our communications. Your images will not be used for any other purposes without your permission.

Contest closes Friday July 25.

Please submit up to four of your best shots to:
newsletter@fixourferals.org.

PS: Got a good story to go with your photo? We’d love to hear it!

Can You Help Us Help Them?   

kitten
Photo: Jackie Anderson

There are many ways to help the cats and people living in our communities by volunteering!

Fix Our Ferals and its over 250 active volunteers continue to work every day to make better lives for ALL East Bay cats through Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) assistance, spay-neuter services, and public education.

Click here to find out about our volunteer opportunities!

WHITE CAT
Photo: Wendy Phillips
 
 
“Girlfriends! 
FOF’s Spay Services are 
simply divine!”
– FOF Kitty Patient #7,360
Be a PAL –
Help Prevent-A-Litter
in 2014!

 

Please make a generous donation today! 

DonateNow

Click here for other ways you can donate!
Fix Our Ferals is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service
as a Section 501(c)3 non-profit organization, 
ID# 94-3297241.
3 cats
Photo: Lisa Thomas
 
How to Reach Us

FIX OUR FERALS PO Box 13083 Berkeley CA 94712-4083

hotline 510 433-9446
volunteers@FixOurFerals.org

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Enjoy a Happy Fourth of July – Keep Pets Safe Indoors

July 5th is one of the busiest days for shelters because pets, frightened by July 4th festivities, escape from their homes and get lost. Summertime is a slow adoption time because people are gone on vacation. Add the 4th of July influx and the week after July 4th has some of the highest euthanasia rates for pets as the shelters are overfilled to capacity. Please keep your pet safe and indoors on July 4th!

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June 2014: Our Third “Best of the Best” Free-Roaming Cat Photo Contest is On!

Our Third “Best of the Best”
Free-Roaming Cat Photo Contest is On!

Here’s an easy and fun way to be an active partner
in our community that cares about our stray and feral kitties!

We bet you have some photos of a super special feral or stray cat!  Or maybe a couple of outstanding kitty pals?  A pile of adorable kittens? A fantastic cat colony?

Fix Our Ferals is seeking high quality images for use in our e-communications, social networking, and fundraising, and for many other publicity purposes. We especially need great photos of cats and kittens showing the telltale “tipped ear!”

LT peek a boo
Photo: Lisa Thomas
Second Place, FOF Photo Contest 2013

First prize:

$75 gift certificate

Second prize:

$50 gift certificate

People’s Choice award:

$25 gift certificate

All three winning photos will receive special attention through our e-communications and at our fundraising events!

Stay tuned!

We’ll feature our favorite ten photos for the People’s Choice Award vote in an upcoming e-newsletter.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to make your kitty a big star!  

By donating the use of your photos to Fix Our Ferals, you can help make better lives for our local feral and stray cats and kittens.   We are glad to credit you if your photo is featured in any of our communications. Your images will not be used for any other purposes without your permission.

Contest closes Friday July 25.

Please submit up to four of your best shots to:
newsletter@fixourferals.org.

PS: Got a good story to go with your photo? We’d love to hear it!

Will You Help Us Help Them?

The Fix Our Ferals Spay-Neuter Center and its over 250 active volunteers continue to work every day to make better lives for our neighborhood cats through affordable sterilization services, Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) assistance, and public education.

MD Gaze
Photo: Mark Decker, 
People’s Choice Award,
FOF Photo Contest 2013

Your support can help thousands

of cats to have healthier lives

through spay-neuter!

 

Please make a generous donation today! 

 

 

DonateNow

Click here for other ways you can donate!

Fix Our Ferals is recognized by 
the Internal Revenue Service as a 
Section 501(c)3 non-profit organization, 
ID# 94-3297241.

And More Ways You Can Help…

Here are some ways you can help the FOF Spay-Neuter Center and keep current with our exciting progress and news:

kitten
Photo: Judy Zelver
Finalist, FOF Photo Contest 2013
Help us get the word out about our Center by clicking the Forward link at the end of this newsletter.  Please send our
e-communications to everyone you know!

 

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Photo: Ruth Heinitz
Finalist, FOF Photo Contest 2013

How to Reach Us

FIX OUR FERALS
PO Box 13083

Berkeley CA 94712-4083

hotline 510 433-9446
volunteers@fixourferals.org

www.FixOurFerals.org

“Fix Every Cat You Feed!

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June 17 2014: How You Can Help Our Community Cats This Summer

Summer!  Who doesn’t look forward to all the pleasures this season brings?  Vacations, long days, warm weather, hanging out with friends!

Davie – Cat #8000! 
Photo: Michelle Jewell

And this summer at the Fix Our Ferals Spay-Neuter Center, our staff and volunteers are looking forward to really making a difference for cats and East Bay residents, too!  We’re on a roll!  We just admitted our 8,000th kitty patient since we opened the Center in fall of 2012!  

Summer is an especially busy and rewarding time at the Center.  Kitten Season is still happening, and we’re working on TWO fronts now.  We’re preventing more litters through spay-neuter for adult cats; and, as this year’s kittens become mature enough to be sterilized, we are preventing litters that would be born next fall or spring.

Would you like a summer vacation that
brings health and happiness to others
as well as yourself?  

We can always use your help at the Center!  Learn about the ways you can volunteer, here.

Summer is also a great time to get the word out about TNR and our affordable spay-neuter services!

You can help!

  • Talk to your neighbors about TNR (check out our Top Tips article, below), and

Like to “talk cats?”  We’ll be celebrating Independence Day by promoting TNR and our spay-neuter services from the FOF booth at the El Cerrito WorldOne Fourth of July festival!  Volunteer for a shift — you’ll have a simply meow-valous time hanging out with us!   And you’ll meet lots of cat-loving event-goers who want to know all about strays and ferals and what they can do to help.

As we gear up for summer, I want to extend aHUGE thank to all who have donated to our Prevent-A-Litter (PAL) campaign.  The Margarita Challenge PART TWO will continue to match contributions at 100% through June 20!  We have just a few more dollars to raise to take full advantage of our generous donor’s offer to support our spay-neuter services.  Please consider making a donation that will have twice the impact!

Thank you for helping us help our community cats and kittens in whatever way you can this summer!

Warm wishes,

Heather Lee signature

 

 
Heather Lee
Board President
Fix Our Ferals   

Top Tips for Talking TNR with Neighbors

In a purrfect world, we would all be on the same page when it comes to taking care of our neighborhood cats.  But people who have no knowledge aboutTrap-Neuter-Return (TNR) often want to remove cats to decrease cat numbers.  When talking to your neighbors, be calm, positive, respectful and well-prepared to respond to their questions and concerns.

Here are some of our best recommendations:

1.  Clarify that TNR resolves most unwelcome cat behavior.

Screeching at night, cat fights, and spraying to mark territory are all related to mating, and unfixed cats will quickly overpopulate an area with kittens.  Spay-neuter will bring peace and quiet to your neighborhood.

2.  Explain why simply removing cats will not work. 

Research supports that removing cats creates a “vacuum effect.”  Making space by removing cats will allow other, often unfixed, cats to move in to take advantage of the available food source.   To learn more about the “vacuum effect,” click here.

3.  Stress that TNR works! 

Case studies nationally (and internationally) verify that TNR successfully

AM Ross cats on steps
Photo: Ann Marie Ross

controls the growth of colonies and steadily decreases population size through attrition.

4.  Emphasize how good colony management is good for your neighborhood.  Fixed cats roam less, are healthier, and serve as excellent deterrents to rodents. If your neighbor is concerned about effect on wildlife, simply point out that fewer cats means greatly decreased predation.

5.  Communicate that TNR is the compassionate solution.  Not only will fixed cats live healthier happier lives without outgrowing their ecological niche, but children will learn a kinder way to treat animals.  TNR teaches children to care about all living creatures.

 

 

Carla Paniagua
Photo by Michelle Jewell
“The reason I began volunteering was to help cats, stray or not, have  better lives. Being a volunteer at FOF is the best feeling I’ve had doing something I love.”

– Carla Paniagua, Volunteer

Wish List
Washer top-loading —  new or gently used, prefer “basic” no frills
Gently used  hand towels
Volunteer Clinic Help

Can You Help Us Help Them?    

cat on wall
Photo: Cathy Farrugia

There are many ways to help the cats and people living in our communities by volunteering!

Fix Our Ferals and its over 250 active volunteers continue to work every day to make better lives for ALL East Bay cats through Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) assistance, spay-neuter services, and public education.

Click here to find out about our volunteer opportunities!

 

tabby
Photo: Kerry Mehling
 Affordable spay-neuter?  Awesome!”
– 2013 FOF Kitty Patient #4,972

Be a PAL –
Help Prevent-A-Litter
in 2014!

 

Please make a generous donation today! 

 

DonateNow

Click here for other ways you can donate!

Fix Our Ferals is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service
as a Section 501(c)3 non-profit organization, 
ID# 94-3297241.
grey kitty
Photo: Jackie Anderson
 
 
How to Reach Us
FIX OUR FERALS
PO Box 13083
Berkeley CA 94712-4083
hotline 510 433-9446
volunteers@FixOurFerals.org

www.FixOurFerals.org
 
 
“Fix Every Cat You Feed!”

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We’ve Spayed/Neutered over 8,000 Cats at our Spay-Neuter Center!

We sterilized cat #8000 on June 7, 2014, and this cute lucky guy was it!

#8000

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