2017 has been a great year for our little cat rescue. It is the eleventh year since Fabulous Felines officially incorporated, and we hope it will set the tone for our second decade. It has also reminded us that Fabulous Felines is very much your cat rescue: we could not operate without the help of our supporters, volunteers, and friends in the business community. We are writing to thank you, to let you know what we have done to make best use of your generosity in helping these extraordinary animals who share our homes, our neighborhoods, and our city, and to ask for your continued support in the coming year.
Project Apollo is our oldest project: a long-term effort to help a local neighborhood manage a feral cat colony using TNR (Trap, Neuter, and Return). When we first became involved with this effort, the colony was unmanaged: cats were suffering and dying; abandoned animals and new litters caused continuous population pressures; and the situation was creating stress in the neighborhood. We worked with volunteers in the community to stabilize the population through a responsible TNR program, and we continue to help them manage the colony on a day to day basis by providing shelter, such as winterized huts, food, supplies, and veterinary care. Project Apollo is a wonderful example of how a successful TNR program can improve the lives of community cats, and reduce their impact on the neighborhood they share.
Our second major project of 2017 was our Free Lecture Series. This has become an annual effort to present talks on responsible, loving cat care. Thanks to our sponsors in the business community, VCA Montgomery, VCA West Mesa, and Lexus of Santa Fe, the series is free of charge to the public. This year, we presented talks by Dr. Christa Bernhard on Feline Asthma, Ann Beyke on Anticipating the Loss of a Companion Animal, Dr. Dawn Nolan on Feline Dental Care, and Dr. Erin Deveau on Hospice Care for Pets. We are already starting work on the 2018 Lecture series, and, although it is still early, topics we are considering include: patience, love, and care for elderly cats, and managing feline urination problems. We hope you will join us in 2018, and please, patronize our supporters. When you do, don’t forget to thank them for supporting Fabulous Felines!
Our foster house continues to provide a home for a number of cats that have come into our care. Most of our foster kitties came to us through Project Apollo, and they tend to be older, with some special needs cats. We would like to offer very special thanks to the many volunteers who give of their time on a regular basis to help directly with the care of animals in our foster house. The care and feeding of a large number of cats is not a glamorous job (food dishes and litter boxes do need to be looked after), and the pay is not great (volunteers are paid in purrs and cuddles), but as a labor of love, nothing can match the joy of helping animals, of having a once frightened or feral cat greet you at the door with a rub against your leg, or crawl into your lap for an extra cuddle. If you would like to join this extraordinary group of people, or would be interested in meeting the foster cats, please contact us.
These major projects happen against a backdrop of the countless small needs we serve on a daily basis. These include giving advice, and occasional food and vet support to people who contact us with problems big and small.
We could not have done any of this without the generous support you have given us. Our annual Valentine’s day fundraiser, Wild Love 2017, was very successful: thanks to the generosity of our supporters in the business community, we were able to provide two prizes, making it the best ever! We also tried something new this year: an online silent auction. Although our first effort, the auction was a success, with only a couple items remaining unsold. But, the largest source of income for Fabulous Felines has come from the donations of the people and businesses who have included us in their generosity.
Your donations enabled us not only to feed and care for our foster cats, but also to provide them with much needed veterinary care. We have long had a commitment to provide top quality vet care to all the cats in our system, including dental care and check ups. We also ran into some unexpected health problems this year. Gus began to suffer from severe urinary tract blockages, a potentially fatal condition that we were able to treat with a Perineal Urethrostomy (PU). Twister suffered from a nodule on his thyroid that we were able to treat with Radioactive Iodine therapy. We are happy to say that both Gus and Twister (a particularly cute boy with fluffy feet) are recovering fully. Vet care is one of our largest expenses, but thanks to you, we have been able to meet these health needs.
We hope you will continue your support for our work, and consider us in your year-end giving plans. Your donations will enable us to continue supporting Project Apollo, and caring for the cats in our foster house. They will allow us to further our education and outreach work, and to address the many unforeseen needs that will arise in the coming year. Because we are an all volunteer charity, over 94% of your donations go directly to supporting our mission of helping cats! So thank you for your continuing generosity, and for everyone who has donated, volunteered, encouraged, blessed, helped, cheered, or simply sent good wishes to us, our deepest thanks.
Happy Holidays and Happy Meows, from all the cats and people at Fabulous Felines. And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook.