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Watch out for Heat Wave!

*** Extra Extra *** Kitties are already going into Heat! If you have not gotten all your kitties trapped & fixed, there is no time to waste. We are getting the females coming in “In Heat” already & a few pregnant as well. Trap them and get them fixed!

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What to Do (and NOT Do) If you Fund a Newborn Kitten

During high kitten season in the spring and summer, it’s not unusual to discover a nest of unattended kittens or a single kitten seemingly abandoned by the mother. You want to help, right? Before jumping to the rescue, consider the recommendations in this article by by Valerie Sicignano of the NYC Feral Cat Initiative. Click on the pdf below to read the article.

What to Do (and NOT Do) if you Find a Newborn Kitten

 

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TNR vs Wildlife

We get asked sometimes about the impact on wildlife (especially birds). It boils down to this: if the choices are to ignore the cats, or go through the effort to trap them just to drop them off to have them killed, most folks will do nothing. If you add TNR as an option, many people will choose that option. TNR helps reduce feral populations. So while it may not be the fastest solution, it is the only current solution that is actually making progress to reduce feral populations which in turn helps protect wildlife.

This is a list of articles from Alley Cat Allies on this particular topic:
http://www.alleycat.org/page.aspx?pid=1027

Here’s a typical article with a lot of scientific references:
http://www.alleycat.org/CatBiology

That site has a list of fast facts, short informative articles about this and similar topics:
http://www.alleycat.org/page.aspx?pid=1286

They also have a large publication and research section, with references to the appropriate science:
http://www.alleycat.org/page.aspx?pid=357

A good summary quote from Huffington Post Green:

The unfortunate result of this headline-grabbing junk science is to divert attention from the true threats to wildlife — habitat destruction, pollution and climate change — in favor of scapegoating cats. As an animal-loving society, we should continue to reject false accusations and instead celebrate the spread of TNR as a compassionate and common-sense approach for cats and communities.

For more info, see also:

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FOF Photo Contest: The Envelope Please…!

Our community photographers have done it again!  

This year we received over 100 stunning entries to our 2014 FOF “Best of the Best” Neighborhood Cat Photo Contest! 

 

Thank you to all you wonderful folks who took the time to send us your photos.  And thank you to everyone who forwarded our People’s Choice Award ballot and broadcasted our contest through social media.  Now, hundreds of people who voted were introduced to the world of community cats, to Fix Our Ferals and our work to help save lives!

 

As you know, we still need more public education — even here in the East Bay — regarding community cats and the issues surrounding them.  For this reason, the 12 finalists for The People’s Choice Award were chosen to show thebigger picture about the lives of our free-roamers, and not just those already-fixed successes.

 

Powerful stories were told through those dozen photos of neighborhood cats in every situation — including fixed cats, kittens and adults not yet neutered, cats living good lives in backyards, and even some kitties who have found forever homes!

You’ll be seeing many of the entries in our newsletters, fundraising projects, and educational materials. We promise to make the very best use of these photos to continue raising public awareness, compassion and support for our neighborhood feral and stray kitties.

 

So pour yourself a cup of tea, sit back and enjoy these photos and stories!  And don’t forget to start taking pictures of your own cats, too!  Our 2015 Photo Contest will be here before you know it!

 

Warm regards,Heather Lee signature

 

 

 

Heather Lee

Board President

Fix Our Ferals


“Fix Every Cat You Feed!”
And the Winners are…! 
 
First Place ($75 gift certificate)
Cary Groner
“It took only a day or two after they (recovered from surgery and) were released before they started coming around for breakfast and dinner again, and since then they’ve forgiven us. Isabel, the mama, who was the fiercest and most vocal critic of domestication at first, now insists on being petted, sometimes quite extensively, before she eats.”
 

Second Place ($50 gift certificate)

Lisa Fulton 

“What do you think is out there, Creamy?”

“I don’t know, Cowboy, but whatever it is we can face it together.”

 

 
 
The People’s Choice Award ($25 gift certificate)
Terry Morinville

“This is Zip.  He, along with his 2 siblings and mother kitty, have become our outside family. We love them and are very grateful for all aspects of TNR support given us by theFOF Snippet Program, which included excellent veterinary care by the doctors at Chabot Veterinary clinic in Hayward.”

 

 

 

 

More About the Finalists… 

Voters for the The People’s Choice Award had 12 outstanding photos

(including our judges’ First and Second Place winners)

from which to select their favorites.

Congratulations, thank you, and a big meow to ALL the finalists!   

kitten in tree
Photo: Sheri Krause
Photo: Mark Decker
“How Can I Help You?”
Photo: Mark Decker
“Big World”
Photo: Renee Krail
Photo: Cary Groner
Photo: Diana Marsh
Photo: Crystal Heath
Photo: Birgitte Krogh
Photo: Birgitte Krogh

Can You Help Us Help Them?    

Photo: Tracy Gondo

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

And there are many kitties who will enjoy healthier living thanks to your contribution to fund our low-cost spay-neuter services!

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.

 

 

 

Please consider making a donation  

or volunteering today!

Click here to find out about our volunteer opportunities!

 

 

DonateNow

or
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.
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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Event to Benefit  Fix Our Ferals & Milo Foundation:

Please Wash All Your Dogs on October 26th, 2014!!!

Dr. Benjamin Otten, of All Creatures Veterinary Clinic in El Cerrito, has kindly organized an event to benefit both Fix Our Ferals and Milo Foundation.

Dog’s Best Friend & The Cat’s Meow,  at  525 San Pablo Avenue Albany CA, has donated their facility.  Open from 10am to 4pm on October 26th.

Get your dogs clean and munch on cookies while you help the animals!

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Newsletter August 25 – Vote Now! 2014 “Best of the Best” Neighborhood Cat Photo Contest is On!

It wasn’t easy!

Over 100 terrific photos were submitted to our 2014 “Best of the Best” Neighborhood Cat Photo Contest!  But finally our panel of FOF judges has selected their 12 favorite images.

Now it’s your turn!  Please cast your vote by Monday, September 22 for The People’s Choice Award!  

LT peek a boo
Photo: Lisa Thomas
2013 Second Place

Stay tuned! We’ll announce our judges’ First and Second Place winners, and the winner of the People’s Choice Award in an upcoming newsletter.

Please forward this email to everyone you know who loves animals, especially our free-roaming kitties!

 

 

Your friends and family will have fun voting!

And you’ll be helping get the word out that FOF’s affordable spay-neuter services are saving lives! 

Click here to vote!

Warm Regards,

Heather Lee signature

 

 

Heather Lee
Fix Our Ferals
Board President

PS:  Have you bought your tickets to our 2014 Sweeten the Kitty fundraiser on Oct 19?  You won’t want to miss this exciting silent auction and wine-tasting event — advance sale tickets are available now!

“Fix Every Cat You Feed!”

Click here to donate!
Click here to buy tickets!          
 
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Can You Help Us Help Them?   

 

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

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

And there are many kitties who will enjoy healthier living thanks to your contribution to fund our affordable spay-neuter services!

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.

Please consider making a donation or volunteering today!

 

Click here to find out about our volunteer opportunities!

DonateNow

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

Vicky Semones cats
Photo: Vicki Semones
2011 First Place

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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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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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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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