We have been taking extra precautions during this time while having adopters visit. Everyone wears a mask, lots of handwashing and hand sanitizer. No hugging or shaking hands, disinfecting door handles, and wiping down couches, etc. In spite of all the restrictions, we are having some adoptions and have 6 kittens getting ready for adoption. Below is the 2020 kitten crop.
Even though we are going through an extremely challenging time, rescuing animals does not take a break. Many people are surrendering their pets from fear of contracting the corona virus from them. That is not the case, however. We have had record adoptions during the pandemic so far. Several of our long-term kitties have found forever homes. We have two new kittens arriving today. They are about 9-10 weeks old and are a bonded pair.
The 2019 Kitten Season has rushed in like a lion. All the rescues are full to overflowing with families and kittens. We have accepted several kittens from other rescues and several cats and kittens from the public. Two of our young cats are Butters and Frankie. They are pictured here, along with several of our current kittens.
On August 25, 2017, Hurricane Harvey roared ashore in south Texas. Harvey stalled out over south and southeast Texas dumping over 50" of rain. Hundreds of thousands of homes were flooded. Chemical plants in the Houston area were flooded. Thankfully, only a handful of human deaths were recorded. Unfortunately, thousands of domestic animals were displaced. Dogs and cats were routinely denied evacuation with their human counterparts. Therefore, we are dedicating the rest of the year to rehoming cats that were once someone's pet and rescued from the floods.
As I write this, I am watching Florida evacuate in front of Hurricane Irma - the largest Category 5 hurricane of all time in the Atlantic Ocean. My heart aches for the people and animals that may lose their lives in the impending devastation. There are so many animals in the direct path of this historic storm. Be part of the solution - please spay and neuter your pets. If you are looking to add a member to your family, please adopt and not shop. There will be many adoptable animals available to rescues throughout the affected areas.
Fluffy's Friends has partnered with First Friendly - Operation Forever Home Avsallar to rehome 2 stray cats from the streets of Avsallar, Turkey! Cats in Turkey are treated like vermin. They are killed for their pelts, shot, and stoned. We are proud to announce that Mop and Baron are flying from Istanbul to New York City tonight. Karen and Tim O'Sullivan have graciously offered to foster these kitties while they acclimate to new lives. WOO-HOO!!
Tomorrow August 18, 2017, there is a planned jail break for the kitties of the Laredo Shelter. Several cats will be coming to Fluffy's Friends! Three are already adopted! One needs some noms very badly, so he will be rehabbing at the rescue for a while. We wish these kitties long and happy lives!
WOW! Fluffy's Friends has found homes for over 50 cats so far this year! Just today, five kitties were adopted. This year we have been very fortunate that adoptions have been steady all year long. We have kittens, medical rescues, owner surrenders, and rescues from high kill shelters. We are so proud of the hard work and dedication of the staff at Fluffy's Friends. It literally takes a village to accomplish everything we do. From tagging cats for rescue, transporting cats to the rescue, trips to the vet, cleaning, medicating, feeding, and playing with the kitties, ordering supplies, advertising for adopters, screening adopters, and finally arranging transport for the kitties to their forever homes.
It may be kitten season, but we are busy rescuing lots of adults at Fluffy's Friends. Two senior kitties have been surrendered to us and they are looking for their forever homes.
Maggie is an 11 year old purebred ragdoll. She is a chocolate point ragdoll with piercing blue eyes! Maggie is in great health and full of life. She is front declawed, spayed and current on vaccinations. Maggie is sweet, social, and inquisitive.
Valentino is also 11 years old. He is a huge, gorgeous lilac point ragdoll. Valentino came from a sanctuary and is shy at first, but is inquisitive and social. Valentino is in great health, very playful, and sweet. He is neutered and current on vaccinations.
This month we have 5 kitties going to their furever homes! Molly is going to Conneticut, Ginny is going to Vermont, Heidi and Dakota are going to Ohio, and Maximus is going to a local adopter! This is very unusual for us to have juvenile and adult kitties adopted during kitten season, but we're not looking this gift horse in the mouth! In addition, Peekaboo, Dory, bonded pair Rudy & Gisha, and Nemo were recently adopted. YAY!
I'm sorry that I haven't posted anything this year, but there have been lots of things happening at Fluffy's Friends. In May, Texas suffered a tremendous flood event. Our building was actually shifted by a tornado and we have sustained major damage. All the kitties are fine, but the building is not so happy. We have interior damage, a door, windows, and siding to replace. We were caught at the vet with a kitty and had to stay in a motel for several days. There was no electricity for over a week. So we were shuttling cats, water, food, and litter every day. We are back in operation, but repairs still need to be made.
We have a new staff member! Kelli joined us in July. She is busy playing with kitties, taking pictures and videos. Most of these will show up on our Facebook page!
Lots of kitties have found their forever homes this year! We have updated our Happy Tails page to include almost all of the kitties that have found their forever homes. We have several that are waiting on transport to their forever homes right now!
Nicholas and Prince are waiting for transport! Wishing them a long and happy life!
Fluffy Felton is the founder of Fluffy's Friends, Inc. She has rescued shelter cats since 2001 and feral cats since she was a young girl. She works closely with long-time friend, Dr. Shannon Hicks, a veterinarian, to keep Fluffy's Friends emotionally well and healthy.