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).
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.
She is an advocate of raw grain-free companion diets. She will be speaking to you about the “Three Legged Stool” of health.
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)
You 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.
We 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.
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.
Even though the community cats we help to support through our Project Apollo are spayed and neutered through our TNR (Trap/Neuter/Return) efforts, new cats continue to show up looking for help: for food, safety, and a way to survive. Where do they come from? All too often they are abandoned by the people who are supposed to care for them.
This is the case with the cat we are calling Harlequin, who recently came to the Project Apollo colony. Harlequin had belonged to a family that was living with their grandmother in Project Apollo’s neighborhood. Rather than find an apartment where they could keep their cat, they moved and left her behind with the grandmother who neither wanted her, nor cared about her well being. The woman put her outside without food, water, or love. Even so, she remained near what she thought was her home – hopeful. An elderly neighbor, who saw what was going on, put out food and water for her, but she was also moving away.
Harlequin’s family never came back for her, not even for a visit. She was a discarded and forgotten cat.
In recent months, we have heard people in the Albuquerque media complain that people and groups who provide food and care for community cats are encouraging the growth of their population. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The population of unwanted cats grows because people neglect or abandon them. We are only trying to mitigate this ever-expanding tragedy by stopping the birth of more homeless kittens through neutering, and by providing shelter and food for the cats that remain.
Fortunately, Harlequin’s story has a happy ending. A cat angel in the neighborhood recently rescued her. However, because she has been neglected for a long time, she needs medical attention, including an extensive dental. If you are able to contribute something toward Harlequin’s medical care to help her and other cats like her, please donate using the button below. We hope to provide her with blood-work, dental care, shots, a good check-up, and whatever else she needs to be restored to health.
Once Harlequin has received the medical care she needs, and has taken some time to recover from the trauma of her abandonment, she will be looking for a permanent home! If you would like to adopt this lovely animal, and help finish writing the happy ending to her story, please contact us.
Our summer event took place on July 13 (see the event posting), and it was a huge success. Special thanks to Ray Hernandez-Duran who gave an exciting talk on the way these animals we love have served as symbols for aspects of our own art, nature, and spirit; to Michael Anthony, who played some world-class jazz; to the individuals and merchants who donated items for our silent auction and snacks for everyone; to the staff at the Jewish Community Center who made the room so comfortable; and to our volunteers, supporters, and everyone who made this our most successful event ever!
Not only was it a financial success (a good thing, since several of the cats in our foster house need dental care), but also it was the best attended event we ever had. Perhaps the most rewarding part of the event was a chance to spend time with the wonderful community that has grown up around our little cat rescue. Through the afternoon, we had the opportunity to talk with many of our supporters, and also watched people come together around the tables, over food, and at the auction tables for conversation. It made us realize what an extraordinary group of people we have to thank for making all we do possible.