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April 2014 Special Announcement

Fix Our Ferals is delighted to welcome our
New Medical Director, Dr. Crystal Heath!

Dr. Crystal Heath is a graduate of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Her passion for helping feral cats began while volunteering at feral cat spay days during veterinary school. Upon graduation, she worked for non-profit organizations throughout Northern California. Crystal began working with Fix Our Ferals in November 2012, just five months after the grand opening of our Spay-Neuter Center.

Crystal Heath
Photo: Michelle Jewell

Crystal Heath grew up in the East Bay towns of Alamo and Clayton, with a variety of friends which included not just dogs and cats, but also chickens, goats, iguanas, snakes, turtles, and horses. Her love of veterinary medicine began while working as “kennel help” in veterinary hospitals in high school. Later, as an avid horsewoman, she observed colonies of feral cats in their role of rodent control at equestrian facilities, and became acutely aware of the positive impact on the health and well-being of feral cats which could be brought about by strong spay-neuter programs.

Dr. Heath brings a tremendous level of passion and expertise to Fix Our Ferals. When she became our Medical Director, she shared her commitment and excitement by saying:  

“Working at Fix Our Ferals is a dream come true for me. I never imagined it would be possible to do what Fix Our Ferals is doing–
providing this high standard of care to so many cats every day.”

And as for working with our volunteers, Crystal loves it:

“Fix Our Ferals has the best volunteer team imaginable and
that makes a huge difference. All of the cats that come here
are treated and cared for as individuals.”

In addition to her exceptional medical skills, Crystal personally has rescued many animals who needed her extra special care. “During vet school, I took in Paisley, a cat with allergic skin disease that caused her to scratch herself until her skin was bald and bleeding. Abandoned by her previous owners at UC Davis when they could no longer manage the disease, I took her and tried a variety of food and medications until I finally found the right combination. Finally, after two years of foster care with me, we were able to find the perfect home.”

Crystal lives with her dog Flash, an adopted terrier mix from the Yolo shelter, her horse Marty, an Arabian gelding, and a constantly changing group of very lucky foster cats.

Warm regards,

Heather Lee signature

Heather Lee
Board President
Fix Our Ferals

“Fix Every Cat You Feed!”

orange kitty
Photo: Marti Baer

This Kitten Season…

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.

 

black kitty
Photo: Lisa Thomas


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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Need a Speaker?

Is your group interested in learning about Fix Our Ferals?
Community/Neighborhood Cats?
Trap/Neuter/Return (T/N/R)?

We have knowledgeable speakers who can talk about outdoor cats in general and address your group’s questions in particular.

Please email speaker@fixourferals.org your name, the name of your group, and a phone number.  We’ll be in touch to work out the details!

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Spring 2014 Newsletter

How You Can Help

Help Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR)

 

Help Manage a Colony

For more information, please contact:

510 433-9446

Wish List
Washer top-loading –

new or gently used, prefer “basic” no frills

Gently used

hand towels

Volunteer Clinic Help

 

“I volunteer at FOF because the work is so meaningful, the impact we make is very tangible, and the people here are truly motivated! Thanks to these great experiences, I’ve decided to get my RVT license and now I am in my first term — loving it!” 

– Charles Graber

Charles Graber
Photo: Michelle Jewell

Be a PAL — Prevent-A-Litter because
Kitten Season 2014 is happening…now!

At the Fix Our Ferals Spay-Neuter Center, now open five days a week, our medical staff is working hard to prevent as many litters as possible.

Today, we are excited to launch our Prevent-A-Litter Campaign, and we urge ALL East Bay community members to bring their pets and their neighborhood cats to our low-cost clinic, BEFORE litters of kittens are born this spring.

If all the cats you feed are already fixed, we thank you! And, we also ask you to join this campaign by supporting our clinic with your donations.

We need your support to help us keep
our rates low enough for
ALL East Bay residents to afford.

Every single spay and neuter that we do makes a world of difference for the lucky cat who will have a happier, healthier life, and will reduce the number of kittens that would overcrowd our public shelters this year.

Bottom line: You can be a great PAL –
Prevent-A-Litter this year!

four cats
Photo: Karen Wecker

Low-cost spay-neuter has always been the key to controlling our neighborhood cat populations. And ever since opening our Center in Fall 2012, we keep expanding our capacity to serve more and more East Bay residents.

We’re off to a very strong start in 2014 by opening our doors a fifth day each week.

And Stay Tuned! We have big plans for how we can help even more cats later this year!

The actual cost for each sterilization we perform is $60-70 per cat. But with support from caring folks like you, we are able to offer rates of $15 for spaying or neutering each free-roaming cat — rates that are affordable to everyone.

Please support our Prevent-A-Litter Campaign with a generous donation!

You will be a real PAL to those neighborhood cats we love!

Warm wishes,

  Heather Lee signature

 
Heather Lee
Board President
Fix Our Ferals

 ”Fix Every Cat You Feed”

cats feeding
Photo: Gillie Perkins

Over 5,000 cats
we fixed in 2013 agree –

“Affordable Spay-Neuter
is the Way to Go!
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.

Can You Help Us Help Them?   

 

cat drinking
Photo: Judy Zelver

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.

 

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.

grey cat
Photo: Gillie Perkins

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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What’s Killing the Birds?

Hint: It’s not cats:

Watch the video for the answer:

More info:
http://news.alleycat.org/2014/02/06/save-the-cats-and-the-birds/

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Cat #7000!

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This cutie wins the honor of being cat #7000 – and demonstrated that we’re not just for ferals by going home with her loving owner.

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Rate Change April 15th!

Feral/Neighborhood cat rates will go up to $20 on April 15th. This will still include everything it did before with the addition of a microchip.

All cats will be microchipped from April 15th on. Register any brand chip for free at Found Animals.

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Newsletter MARCH 2014

It’s that time of year…

Kitten Season 2014 is in full swing. 

That means we really feel the pressure at Fix Our Ferals! Our low-cost spay-neuter services are more critical than ever to curb cat and kitten overpopulation in our East Bay neighborhoods!

You can help! Join our Prevent-A-Litter Campaign! Your donation of just $65 will cover our basic costs for fixing one neighborhood cat at the Fix Our Ferals Spay-Neuter Center. But, any amount you can give will help make a difference in the lives of our neighborhood kitties – and control population growth – through our affordable spay-neuter services.

Did you know…

Eileen McGovern
Photo: Eileen McGovern

Each unfixed cat can give birth to up to eight kittens at a time. In one year, a single cat can produce two litters. And, her kittens themselves will be ready to reproduce by age six months or sooner!

That’s why, at Fix Our Ferals, we are always working to serve more kitties and the people who care for them. Last year, the over 5,000 felines who came through our doors left with hope for a much healthier life. This year, we have added a fifth day of surgeries every week to increase the numbers of cats we can fix.

So please, be a real “PAL” and Prevent-A-Litter this kitten season! Your gift can save many generations of neighborhood kittens from ending up in our public shelters or on our streets!

Warm wishes,

Heather Lee signature

 

 

 

Heather Lee
Board President
Fix Our Ferals

 ”Fix Every Cat You Feed” 

You’ve Got Kittens! 

Here’s What to Do (and Not to Do)

February through September is officially Kitten Season, and calls are steadily

Debby Stanley - mo & kits sm
Photo: Debby Stanley

coming in from people who have discovered a nest of newborns, often in their own backyards.  Sometimes, callers are especially distressed because the mother cat is nowhere to be found.  And while our good-hearted instincts tell us to rush in and rescue the poor, little itty bitty creatures, the best advice, is to leave them alone, unless you are very certain they have been abandoned.

Thankfully, most discoveries of newborn kittens do not call for human assistance, and in fact, no intervention is generally the best thing you can do.

Here’s what to do if you find a nest of newborn kittens:

  1. Remember that Mom knows best. The goal is to keep the mother and kittens together to ensure their best chances for the kittens’ survival.  In the first weeks of their lives, kittens need their mother’s care and antibodies from her milk.  And as they grow, the mother will begin to give her kittens the critical training they will need to survive outdoors, on their own.
     
  2. Determine the age of the kittens:

    • Under one week: Eyes shut, ears flat to head, skin pinkish. Part of umbilical cord may be attached. Scooting on belly.
    • 10-14 days: Eyes begin to open, ears flat. Smaller than your hand. Still scoot.
    • Three weeks: Eyes fully open – blue in color, ears erect, tooth buds visible. Walking but wobbly.

    For descriptions of kittens older than 3 weeks,  click here.

  3. Quietly observe the nest from a safe distance to determine if Mama Cat is present.  Though the mother stays continually with her litter for the first day or two after giving birth, she will need to leave the nest for short periods of time in order to find food for herself. If the kittens are clean and sleeping in a heap, mom is most likely out scouting for something to eat.  Also, it is instinctual for the mother to move her kittens one at a time to a new “safer” location, especially in the first few weeks of their lives.If after four hours, she has not returned, you may have to conclude she has abandoned her kittens.  As tiny kittens easily become chilled and dehydrated, this would be the time we recommend human intervention.For information on caring for kittens, click here.
     
  4. Above all, do not interfere with the kittens or the nest.  It is essential to their survival that you do not handle them, or try to create a shelter, keep them warm, or feed them, as long as the mother is around.  These interventions may stress the mother and cause her to abandon her family.
     
  5. You can help Mama Cat by providing food and water.  Be sure to place the dishes far enough away from the nest that you do not disturb mom and her kittens, or draw predators such as raccoons to the nest area.  And of course, keep dogs and children far away.
     
  6. Mama Cat needs to be trapped and spayed, but not now.  If you happen to trap a female with enlarged nipples, you must search for the kittens.  Inform the vet that the mother has kittens.  Return her to nurse her kittens within 12 hours of trapping.For more information, please check our website.
     
Neighborhood Cats and the News
Tina Tworek 4
Photo: Tina Tworek

Already this year, we’ve seen some fantastic local media coverage of caretakers helping neighborhood cats, and trappers working to curb  overpopulation through TNR!

Our thanks to everyone who is raising public awareness of community cats, the need for help,  and the work of Fix Our Ferals and our fabulous volunteers.

Public education, interest and compassion are essential to making a better world for our neighborhood cats and everyone who lives and works in the East Bay. As media attention helps more residents learn about caring for neighborhood cats, our community’s demand for low-cost spay-neuter is bound to increase.  And Fix Our Ferals pledges to keep expanding to meet this growing demand.

Please share these articles with your friends and family!

Oakland Trib, Contra Costa Times, San Jose Mercury News

Oakland woman keeps homeless cats fixed and well-fed

East Bay Express

The Oakland Cat Trappers 

Volunteers attempt to humanely manage the city’s feral cat population by capturing strays at night.

East Bay Express

Local musician Adam Myatt teams up with Cat Town to create a “playland for cats.”

cats
Photo: Eileen McGovern

Over 5,000 cats
we fixed in 2013 agree –

“Affordable Spay-Neuter
is the Way to Go!
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.

 

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February 2014 Newsletter

Happy Valentine’s Day!  I know that, like me, you care very much about our community cats. Whether we feed, TNR, foster, support them through donations of time and money, all of the above, or in a hundred other ways –

We do it because we LOVE them!

Valentine’s Day is a great reminder to all of us of the power of love and the importance to us of those we love.

orange & black friends
Photo: Caitlin Costello

This Valentine’s Day, share your love with our neighborhood kitties!

You can help make all the difference in the life of a stray or feral cat through a gift of spay/neuter.

 

 

“All You Need is Love” — The Beatles

Warm regards,

Heather Lee signature

Heather Lee
Board President
Fix Our Ferals

PS: February is Spay/Neuter Awareness Month! And Tuesday the 25th is the 20th anniversary of World Spay Day — both, a call for action and a cause for celebration!

“Fix Every Cat You Feed!”

Mom and newborn

 

Please consider making a 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.

Duke & Lulu stay connected
Photo: Ellen Sasaki


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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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT October 29 2013

“Wow!” This year we received over 130 incredible entries in response to our FOF Photo Contest!

There were black cats, white cats, ginger cats, tuxedos, and tabbies; piles of kittens, frisky teens, grand dames, hunky toms, elderly gentlemen. How lucky we are to have so many talented photographers in our own communities to capture the beauty and dignity of these neighborhood kitties; and who are generously sharing their work to help Fix Our Ferals continue to provide affordable spay-neuter services!

From all entries, our panel of judges agreed on their top 11 picks — no easy task. Our judges then awarded First and Second Prizes, and put all top images to a popular vote for the People’s Choice Award.

Photographers really did come to the rescue for Fix Our Ferals!

Our thanks to everyone who submitted photos to our 2013 photo contest. You’ll be seeing many of the entries in our newsletters, fundraising projects, and educational materials. We’ll make the very best use of these photos to help raise public awareness of the plight (and, of course, “delight”) of our neighborhood feral and stray kitties.

I hope you enjoy these winning images and the stories behind them as much as I do!  And starting now, remember to capture your own cats’ wonderful poses for next year’s contest!

Warm regards,

Heather Lee signature

Heather Lee
Board President
Fix Our Ferals

 

Introducing Our 2014 Calendar!
Photo: Lisa Thomas

 

PS: Have you checked out our gorgeous new 2014 calendar, “Neighborhood Cats We Love?”  The calendar features Photo Contest entries and lots of smart, helpful tips about cat care from our local experts, which you can enjoy — all year long!  All proceeds from calendar sales will help support our low-cost spay-neuter services! Click here for all the details!  

 

 

“Fix Every Cat You Feed!”

The Envelope, please! 
First Prize ($75 gift certificate)
Cary Groner — Untitled
CG IMG 1287 

“It’s a kick to watch them all cavorting around, and their presence has had salubrious effects on the garden… But mainly they lie around and admire the birds. For Christmas I’m getting them binoculars.”

 

Second Prize ($50 gift certificate)

Lisa Thomas — Peek-a-Boo
Lisa Thomas
FOF 2014 Calendar: February

“After half an hour of coaxing, asking her to please pose for me, and hoping that she’d not do another boring demonstration of location and position, Little One situated herself behind a particularly green shrub and peeked over the top. She was a good sport, staying still in order for me to get a photograph not marred by motion blur. She was very, very pleased with herself.

“When’s my next session?” she asked me.”

People’s Choice Award ($25 gift certificate)
Mark Decker — Gaze
Mark Decker Gaze

This is Dot.  She was born feral, and went through TNR.  Some months after we released her, she started hanging around the yard more and more, and eventually just moved in and adopted us.”

 

More About the Finalists…

 

Voters for the PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD had 11 outstanding photos from which to select their favorites. We want to extend our congratulations and deepest appreciation to ALL the finalists!

Photo: Ruth Heinitz
MD In Step
Photo: Mark Decker
FOF 2014 Calendar: August
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Photo: Kerry Mehling
KW Boys at Breakfast
Photo: Karen Wecker
JZ SP Colony 4
Photo: Judy Zelver
FS DSCN3950
Photo: Faith Schultz
FOF 2014 Calendar: June
Eileen McGovern
Photo: Eileen McGovern
FOF 2014 Calendar: July
JA Silki ear
Photo: Jackie Anderson
FOF 2014 Calendar: September

Can You Help Us Help Them?   

 

Add a description
Photo: Birgitte Krogh
FOF 2014 Calendar: November

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: Caitlin Costello
FOF 2014 Calendar: May


How to Reach Us

FIX OUR FERALS
PO Box 13083
Berkeley CA 94712-4083

hotline 510 433-9446
“Fix Every Cat You Feed!”

 

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January 2014 Newsletter

2013 was a remarkable year for Fix Our Ferals and our Spay-Neuter Center!

Bottom line?

We fixed over 5,000 cats!!

And believe me, it took one big village to do it, including:

Our wonderful sister organizations, Community Concern for Cats, Feral Cat Foundation, ICRA (Island Cat Rescue and Adoption), Cat Support Network, Cat Town Oakland, and Sunshine Rescue Group –  week-after-week, their volunteers trapped and brought cats to the Center from all over Contra Costa and Alameda counties;

Our incredible Center volunteers who donated their time and skills to get cats sterilized and keep our Center running efficiently, and our organization viable;

Those amazing folks who care for cats in the community (and especially those who are out in the cold, dark trenches, trapping cats to bring to the Center);

Everyone who so generously participated in our 15-for-15 Campaign and our Sweeten the Kitty fundraising event, and, of course,

All you terrific donors who have already responded to our winter holiday mailer!

THANK YOU for helping make our Center’s first  calendar year of operation such a success!

What’s Coming Up for 2014?

We pledge to make better lives for thousands more cats through our affordable spay-neuter services in this coming year! And we’re off to a great start with a six-month grant that will keep the Center open for business one more day a week on Fridays!

With your continuing support of volunteer time and contributions, together we will make a huge difference in controlling the numbers of unowned felines in East Bay neighborhoods.

Please join us in making 2014 another great year in the lives of our neighborhood cats and kittens!

Warm regards,

  Heather Lee signature

 
Heather Lee
Board President
Fix Our Ferals

 ”Fix Every Cat You Feed”

We’re Fixing Dogs and Rabbits, Too!

Have you heard the news? Our Spay-Neuter Center is benefiting dogs and rabbits through animal sterilization partnership programs with the San Francisco SPCA (“Fix Our Perros”) and the House Rabbit Society!
Photo: freedigitalphotos.net

One day a month, we are donating the use of our Center to each sister organization’s surgical staff to help reduce local small dog and bunny populations. These spay-neuter services are free and on a first-come, first-served basis.

Serving these animals in need demonstrates the significant value our brick-and-mortar Center is having to the East Bay — a community that cares about the welfare of ALL animals!

 

More information about spay-neuter for:

Photo: House Rabbit Society

Small dogs, click here

Rabbits, click here or call (510) 970-7575

A Call for Volunteers!    

“I like the camaraderie with others involved in cat rescue and
Fix our Ferals has the best veterinarians around.”

– Julie Rasmussen


On behalf of the Cat Support Network, Julie brings in 10 cats a week from  Brentwood neighborhoods, and stays to work as part of the “Recovery Team” on Wednesdays.  
Gracie
Photo: Jackie Anderson

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

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

 Click here to find out about our volunteer opportunities!

 

 

You Can Help Prevent a Litter!    

 

Rosie Sorenson
Photo: Rosie Sorenson

 Kitten Season 2014 is upon us, and with your support, we can continue to provide low-cost sterilization services for many more cats…

…and prevent many more litters
in the coming months.

Please consider
making a donation today!   

 

 

 

 

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.

It’s Not Too Late
to Meet Twelve Amazing Ferals!

Our first-ever Fix Our Ferals calendar (“Neighborhood Cats We Love”) features stunning images of our East Bay free-roaming kitties, as well as smart tips for cat care, special cat holidays, the exciting history of Fix Our Ferals, and a showcase of our community of Partner Organizations — who are helping us market our calendar!

This important project is a fundraiser and will bring in dollars
we critically need to continue providing low-cost spay-neuter
for ALL East Bay cats.

Calendar cover
Introducing Our 2014 Calendar!

Photo: Lisa Thomas

By displaying our calendar in your home or workplace, you can really help us get the word out about FOF,  TNR, and our free-roaming cats.

Start the new year right!

Order now!

 Click here for more information. Or stop by the  FOF Spay-Neuter Center, if you’d like to see the calendar and purchase in person!

Photo: Mark Decker
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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