We hope the Fabulous Felines 2013 Year End Letter finds you well and enjoying what has been a beautiful autumn, and the coming winter weather that brings the holidays. As is our tradition, we would like to take this time to reflect on the events of the past year. As is always the case for small charities like ours, the year has been filled with successes and challenges, and with your help, we have faced them all with a positive outlook. In particular, we have lost the services of Merry Stubblefield, our Executive Director and primary Fundraiser, to medical problems until early spring, and hope you will help us through this difficulty by including us in your year-end giving, and by passing the word to others who may wish to help the kitties.
So, we hope you will enjoy this letter and the opportunity to learn of the work we have done with your support, and will continue to help us as we move into 2014.
We knew the talk was going to be special when we saw how Kelly McEwen and the VCA staff had set up the conference room at VCA Montgomery, and learned that Dr. Breslin had put together several dozen take-away bags with feline dental-friendly treats and literature on feline dental care. Still, as we waited for people to arrive, we must confess to a case of opening-night jitters. But as the time for the talk approached, and people started coming in, the seats quickly filled, and we sound found ourselves hustling to set up added chairs.
Fortunately, Dr. Breslin had made enough gift bags, and although they were all used up, everyone got to take treats home to their feline companions. Of course, the real take-away was the knowledge about caring for our cats’ teeth that Dr. Breslin shared. A specialist in feline dental care, Dr. Breslin showed us what the symptoms of various feline dental diseases looked like, and discussed the treatment options for all of them. We also learned about routine feline dental care, and came away with the knowledge and confidence to do our part in protecting our cats’ oral health.
Thanks to Dr. Breslin and all the staff at VCA Montgomery for making this possible, and most of all, thanks to everyone who came and supported this latest talk in the Fabulous Felines Free Lecture Series. We have always known that our community of friends and supporters is the best, and we and the cats thank you.
We hope you will all join us in December to hear Jess Langer speak on socializing cats in multi-cat households. This will be the last talk in the 2013 lecture series, and a great way to start the holidays. Check this web site soon for details!
Thanks again to everyone who has made this series possible.
The fourth installment of the Fabulous Felines Free Lecture Series proudly presents Dr. Carol Breslin of VCA Montgomery speaking on Common Feline Oral Diseases. Just like their human companions, cats need proper dental care to preserve their overall well-being. Like us, cats are subject to tooth loss and gum disease, as well as many dental problems that are unique to their species. Insuring our pet’s dental health requires both regular veterinary dental care, and our own close attention to our cats’ dental health. Dr. Breslin will be sharing her knowledge of what we can do to protect our cats’ dental health, and will also talk about special problems such as oral cancers, feline stomatitis, feline periodontal disease, and feline tooth resorption.
Dr. Breslin earned her veterinary degree from Colorado State University after receiving a bachelor’s degree in biology from our own University of New Mexico. She worked for six years in private practice with a special interest in dentistry, before completing one year of residency in dental and oral surgery at the Animal Dental Center in Baltimore. She joined VCA in 2008, and provides skill in general veterinary dentistry, maxilla & facial surgery, orthodontics, root canals, crowns, bridges, and implants. We are fortunate have this opportunity to spend a beautiful October Sunday afternoon with Dr. Breslin and learn how we can help to insure the dental health of our feline friends.
Date: Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 2:00 PM
Location: VCA Montgomery Lecture Room (enter on west side of hospital)
9901 Montgomery Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM (map)
Admission: Free!! Also, if you send an email to let us know in advance that you will be coming, you will be entered in a drawing for a special prize! (you must be present to win)
Please download the event flyer (once again, courtesy of volunteer Jess), share it with friends, post it in your workplace, church, or other public place, and help us to bring people to this wonderful talk.
The Fabulous Felines Free Lecture Series would not be possible without the support of our sponsors: VCA Montgomery, VCA West Mesa, and Clark’s Pet Emporium. Please patronize them, and when you do, thank them for supporting Fabulous Felines!
Fluffy Cat was one of our rescues who happily found a new family just over a year ago. He must have been feeling nostalgic, because (with the help of his new family) he recently sent us this photo of him enjoying his new life.
Nothing gives us more joy than seeing this kind of happy ending to a lost animal’s quest for a loving, secure home. If you are thinking of opening your home to a feline companion, please keep us in mind. Many of Fluffy Cat’s old friends are still hoping that they will get their chance at a real home!
Regular readers will remember reading about the ongoing refurbishment of our foster house. So far, we have pulled up an old, very sad carpet, repaired the cement slab beneath it, and painted almost all of the house – all with the insistent help of the cats who live there. The latest phase of the project has been the addition of an aerial environment for the kitties.
Cats love being up high. Whether it is a cat tree, a special aerial environment, or the shelves where your favorite china is stored, any elevated surface will quickly become a favorite place for them. This is particularly important in a group living situation like the foster house, since it gives shy cats a place where they can feel safe.