Thank You All for Making Wild Love a Success!

Cheri — Our 2023 Wild Love Sweetheart!

Wild Love 2023 has finished, and once again, it was a big success. Wild Love is our oldest fundraiser—we’ve held it every year since 2012. It is also our favorite because it reminds us of the love that is the foundation of everything we do: the love of our supporters who make our work possible and the love of our volunteers who have improved the lives of so many animals that would have otherwise been lost. Again and again, we have seen their love and patience gentle even the most frightened, wildest of animals.

This year, the winner of the Wild Love drawing was Brenda C. Brenda is a long time supporter—she has even donated gifts to past Wild Love Fundraisers! So we congratulate Brenda, just as we express our deepest gratitude to everyone whose kind donations have supported us in Wild Love 2023, and throughout the years. We also thank the individuals and businesses who have made Wild Love a success and urge you to patronize them!

We regret that all of you could not have won our drawing, but want to remind you that your generosity has made a difference in the lives of so many animals. Each of you has our gratitude, and in our eyes, each of you is a winner in the finest sense of the word!

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Join Us for Wild Love 2023

As our longtime supporters know, when February rolls around, and the groundhogs have returned to their dens, our thoughts turn to Valentine’s Day. That means it is time for our annual Wild Love Fundraiser! Wild Love celebrates the power of love and patience to gentle even the wildest, most frightened animal. This year, our Wild Love Sweetheart is Cheri, returning from her 2019 appearance to ask all of our supporters to join in.

The rules of Wild Love are simple. Donate a total of $35 between January 1 and February 28, and you will be entered into a drawing for a Wild Love gift basket. This year we have a lovely collection of gifts including:

An overnight stay at the beautiful Albuquerque Marriott Uptown. If you’re experiencing cabin fever from this long winter but aren’t quite ready to break out your tent and kayak, how about checking into this lovely hotel, enjoying their amenities, then returning to your room to curl up with room service! The gift certificate is good for a weekend night’s room and tax.

A gift card to Farina Alto. There is nothing like a hot pizza or other Italian dish to warm the body and heart on an early spring evening. These wonderful people have been long-time supporters of Fabulous Felines, and we thank them once more for their generosity!

A beautiful hat hand knitted by our volunteer Jess to keep you warm during early Spring’s chilly nights.

A box of chocolates.

A gift box of Mary Kay skin care products from Katrina Crandall, Mary Kay Beauty Consultant to pamper your skin after going out in the winds of a New Mexico March. The basket includes the following products, all in a rejuvenating White Tea & Citrus spa scent ($96 value):

  • Satin Hands® Pampering Set (3 piece set)
  • Satin Body® Revitalizing Shea Scrub
  • Satin Body® Indulgent Shea Wash
  • Satin Body® Silkening Shea Lotion

And finally, donated by Practical Tales Publishing, a BluRay/DVD of one of our favorite films from the legendary Studio Ghibli. The Cat Returns tells the story of Haru, a school girl whose act of kindness toward a stray cat sets in motion a stream of events that transport her to the magical—and dangerous—Kingdom of Cats. Helped by The Baron (a suave, feline secret agent who works for the mysterious Cat Bureau), Haru must find a way home before she is trapped in the Cat Kingdom forever!

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Enjoy These Handmade Holiday Decorations

Last Sunday, we participated in the Unitarian Church/Animal Advocates Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair, sharing a table with our treasurer, Bill, who was selling his novels. We took a collection of handmade holiday decorations, and our sales will contribute to supporting our foster house. We also met some lovely people who shared our love of cats (and all animals) and wanted to share the blessings of the season with all living creatures.

Bill, our Treasurer, manning the table.

We still have some beautiful items, all handmade by our volunteers, that we are offering for sale. If you would like to add any of these to your holiday celebration, contact us by email and we will arrange to get them to you.

Our most unique item is this handmade heirloom tree skirt. Placed around the base of your tree, it would transform the entire room into something timeless and beautiful. We are asking only $45 for this special decoration.

These “cat proof” ornaments are made of cloth over styrofoam balls covered with hand-quilted cloth, so they will not shatter when your little wildcat knocks them off the tree. $15 each.

These whimsical stuffed fat cats will bring a smile, whether on a shelf in your home or office, or in a child’s room. Each cat is almost eight inches tall, and they would love it if you gave them a home. $25 each.

Finally, these handmade card sets feature beautiful photos of the cats in our foster house, with a simple greeting inside. They can be used all year around to share your love of cats. They come in packets of five for $15.

If you would like to support Fabulous Felines and add the beauty of these handmade decorations to your holiday celebration, please contact us by email.

All the best for a blessed holiday season from the cats and people at Fabulous Felines!

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Thumbelina is home from the Vet!

Thumbelina in the hammock

Little Thumbelina is one of the kitties in our foster house. She went into the hospital on Monday with an upper respiratory problem that made it hard for her to breathe. After some wonderful care from the veterinarian, she is doing better and came home on Thursday afternoon.

When Thumbelina came to us as a kitten, she was in such bad shape, the vet said we should keep her in the foster house where she could receive special care. She was the size and weight of an 8 week kitten but was actually 6 months old. That was 15 years ago. After the vet took care of her immediate needs, she flourished at the foster house.  

Still a Princess

Because of her difficult start, she never fully socialized. Although she became friendly to all our volunteers, she continued to hiss at people who gave her affection. It was just a habit from her early days, and everyone came to love her signature “hiss,” which is her way of meowing.

As many of our supporters know, we have a policy of giving animals the care they need to return to health, no matter how old they may be. We have a number of elderly cats in our foster house, and they are increasingly in need of often costly vet care which does stress our budget. As the holidays approach, we hope you will keep us in your end of year giving plans.

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Join us for our Autumn Food and Supplies Drive

We are currently holding our Autumn Food and Supplies Drive at VCA Montgomery Veterinary Hospital. We have a special need for cat food, litter, puppy pads, and sturdy Paper Plates. Just bring your donation to the basket on the feline side of VCA!

If you prefer to make a financial donation, you can donate through our web site, or send a check to:

Fabulous Felines
P. O. Box 14841
Albuquerque, NM 87191

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