Abby Is On The Mend!

Abby recovering from surgery in the hospital
Abby recovering from surgery in the hospital

Abby, is very special to us. She was rescued from a feral colony, and is blind in one eye due to an infection she contracted while in her mother’s womb. In spite of her handicap and being born into a feral colony, Abby has turned out to be extremely sweet and affectionate. Although she does not like to be picked up, she loves attention, and always comes up to volunteers to be petted.

On October 13, we saw her vomiting blood, and rushed her to the vet’s. The initial diagnosis was either FIP (Feline Infectious Peritonitis) or intestinal cancer, so we were very worried. The veterinarian recommended exploratory surgery to make a final diagnosis and possibly treat her condition. Happily, the surgeon found that it was neither FIP nor cancer. Apparently, little Abby had eaten something she shouldn’t have (a “linear foreign object,” like string), and its passage through her bowels damaged the side of the intestine, created scar tissue, and caused a hernia. The surgeon repaired the damage, and sent her home with a feeding tube inserted in her neck, and a bag of medicine.

Because we could not return her to the foster house in her condition, Merry brought her home, turning the guest room into a convalescent hospital. The feeding tube was there in case she stopped eating, but Abby ate heartily. We did use the tube to give her her medicines, but were very happy when the Doctor finally removed it, along with all her stitches and bandages. Little Abby is now 100% pure, healthy cat! She is exploring her  surroundings and winning hearts – just like our old Abby.

Abby exploring her new surroundings.
Abby exploring her new surroundings.

Little Abby’s story underscores the importance of proper veterinary care. Although the initial diagnosis was grave, and many people would have chosen euthenasia, we wanted to give her a chance, and are so happy we did. Because of cases like Abby’s, Fabulous Felines has a policy of doing whatever we can to return sick cats to health. Thanks to our wonderful veterinarians, we did get a large charity discount, but costs will still exceed $5,000, a large amount for a small charity.

If you could help with a donation, Abby and we would be so grateful!

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Join Us in Thanking Our Volunteers – and Helping Fabulous Felines

Fabulous Felines is very pleased to announce that Katrina Crandall, a Fabulous Felines supporter and Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant, is hosting a fundraiser and donation drive this month!

Satin Hands Pampering SetOur volunteers (contact us to become one!) are incredibly generous in giving of their time and talents, and we couldn’t do our work without them. Here is an opportunity to help us reward them for their generosity. For $35, you can donate a Mary Kay Satin Hands Set to one of our hard-working volunteers. These sets will be welcome gifts to the caretakers, who need to wash their hands frequently, often causing dry, cracked skin.

In addition to rewarding the people who give selflessly of their time and keep the organization and programs running smoothly, 100% of net proceeds from the purchase will be donated to Fabulous Felines to support our work!

To donate a Satin Hands Set, go to Katrina’s Mary Kay Site before October 31, so we can provide these gifts to volunteers in time for the holidays.  Be sure to specify that the set is for Fabulous Felines in the comment box when you checkout.

Thank you so much for your support and generosity!

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Check out our enhanced Facebook Page!

I’m not sure if it is a function of my age or simply a personal awkwardness where social media are concerned, but your humble web master has long struggled to get the most out of the Fabulous Felines Facebook page. Fortunately, one of our wonderful volunteers, Miranda, has taken on the task of rejuvenating our entire Facebook page – and she has done a wonderful job!

Miranda has added photos, profiles of our adoptable cats, and features like “Lord Greystoke’s Tip of the Day” (Named after one of our personal rescue cats, a handsome grey tuxedo cat).

Check it out, “like us,” and enjoy!

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Fabulous Felines Free Lecture Series: The Three-Legged Stool of Health

All Creatures Healing Arts logo
All Creatures Healing Arts

The final talk in the 2014 Fabulous Felines Free Lecture Series will look at the role of alternative medicine in caring for our feline friends. Our speaker, Dr. Christine Wilson, DVM, is a veterinarian who has spent her career exploring the potential of alternative therapies in veterinary care, and in providing these services to animals.

Dr. Wilson practices holistic traditional Chinese veterinary medicine and chiropractic for animals in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has been providing these unique services at All Creatures Healing Arts since March of 2004.

She has always walked on the other side of the line of convention, and alternative medicine was a natural choice. She grew up in Brooklyn, NY, and enjoyed an extremely interesting education from the start. She attended a bilingual grammar school becoming fluent in French, then graduated from the LaGuardia High School of Music and Art in 1985 and The Fashion Institute of Technology in 1987. She took a turn away from the art world in 1988 and started out toward her undergraduate coursework at Hunter College in NY with the intent of going to Veterinary school someday. In an effort to find some peace in a crazy life she decided to join her mother on her yearly trek to NM in 1989, and stayed in NM.

Here she volunteered at the Bosque del Apache wildlife refuge. Then she attended the University of New Mexico and finished in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Chemistry. She graduated in 1999 from Tufts Cummings Veterinary School where her interest in complementary and alternative therapies sparked. She enjoyed small animal practice for 4 years before embarking on an alternative postgraduate education by taking the International Veterinary Acupuncture course in 2002. She then completed extensive private study of Chinese herbs with a leading herbal master. In early 2005 she completed a course in Veterinary Spinal Manipulation at the Healing Oasis Wellness Center in Wisconsin. In 2007 she took a prolotherapy course. She continues advanced study of Chinese Medicine at the Chi Institute in Florida.

herbalShelfShe is an advocate of raw grain-free companion diets. She will be speaking to you about the “Three Legged Stool” of health.

Date & Time: Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Location: VCA Montgomery Conference Room
9901 Montgomery Blvd
Albuquerque, NM (map . . .)

Admission: Free!! Also, if you email us at fabulousFelines@comcast.net 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)

LectureSeries2014OctYou can help us greatly by downloading the event flyer (courtesy of Jess Langer), and sharing it with friends, or posting it in your workplace, church, or other public place.

The Fabulous Felines Free Lecture Series would not be possible without the support of our 2014 sponsors. These include VCA Montgomery, Best Friends Pet Cremation, VCA West Mesa, Shelton Jewelers, Steward’s Plumbing, and Clark’s Pet Emporium. Please patronize them, and when you do, thank them for supporting Fabulous Felines!

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Don’t be shy! Supporting Fabulous Felines is Easy!

Gigi_PeekabooWe are still enjoying the wonderful feelings of community, generosity, and joy that we experienced in our recent summer party! Not only was it our most successful event ever, but also it reminded us of the extraordinary community that has grown around our little cat rescue. Thank you all!

As we enter the autumn season, we wanted to remind you of many ways you can support our work. In addition to direct donations, you can participate in charitable giving programs at work, shop with our partners in the business world, and we always need volunteers to help care for beautiful cats like Gigi (above). Some of these opportunities are:

  •  United Way. If you participate in the United Way, either personally or through your employer, you can make part of all of your annual donations a gift to Fabulous Felines – be sure to select Fabulous Felines of Albuquerque. Employee signups happen in the fall for many companies, so don’t forget us!
  • Combined Federal Campaign. Federal Government Employees may be eligible to participate in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). Signups will be coming up this fall, and you can designate Fabulous Felines using our CFC Number: 83472.
  • Shaklee. If you sign up for Shaklee through Fabulous Felines, a portion of every purchase of these wonderful health and cleaning products will go to the kitties.
  • Amazon Smile. If you order from Amazon (who doesn’t?), consider using the Amazon Smile portal (http://smile.amazon.com), and designating Fabulous Felines of Albuquerque as your charity. This program lets you buy Amazon products at the same prices, and using the same interface you are used to, but Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase amount to us. You can learn more at http://smile.amazon.com/about.
  • Kim Jew Photography has introduced a program where people who donate $99 to Fabulous Felines will receive a $500 certificate for portraits (download their flyer for more info). Please email us at fabulousFelines@comcast.net if you would like to take advantage of this offer.
  • We always need cat food and supplies (paper plates, litter, paper towels, etc) for our foster house, and you can drop them off on the feline side of VCA Montgomery.

And we are always looking for people who would like to volunteer to help us with our work. Just drop us a line at fabulousFelines@comcast.net and we can give you more information about volunteer opportunities.

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