Monday, February 29, 2016

Second Hand Smoke & Pets!

What Effect Does 
Second Hand Smoke
Have On Your Pets?

Risk Of Second Hand Smoke For Cats and Dogs
by Dr. Jennifer Coates via Pet MD
"Do you smoke? Have you thought about the adverse effect the habit is probably having on your pets’ health?

Research shows just how dangerous second and third hand smoke is to the animals who live with us. Second hand smoke is defined as smoke that is exhaled or otherwise escapes into the air and can be inhaled by non-smokers, including pets. Third hand smoke is the residue that remains on skin, fur, clothing, furniture, etc., even after the air has cleared. Both of these categories can be combined under the term environmental tobacco smoke (ETS)."  Read More:  Click Here

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How Cigarette Smoke Affects Pets
by Jane Harrell, Petfinder.com Associate Producter

"It seems like a no-brainer that smoking around your pet is bad. But how dangerous is secondhand smoke to pets? After all, your pet’s not getting that much exposure to cancer-causing chemicals, right? Wrong."  Read More:  Click Here

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Tobacco, Secondhand Smoke, and Pets
Smokefree Pets: via American's For NonSmokers' Rights

"In recent years, studies have concluded that tobacco and secondhand smoke are not only dangerous to people, but also to pets. Specifically, with respect to secondhand smoke, researchers have found that exposure to tobacco smoke has been associated with certain cancers in dogs and cats; allergies in dogs; and eye and skin diseases and respiratory problems in birds, according to the researchers."
Read More:  Click Here

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How Cigarette Smoke Harms Animals - Hint: It's Not The Way You Think!
via QuitDay.org

> this is a more scientific approach to the information of secondhand smoke.

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We would like to thank one of our rescue supporters: Erica Winters, for this timely subject!


Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Story of Zoe

Our story of Zoe...


Normally, our rescue does not take in private party cats, but the story of Zoe just broke our hearts.

Our rescue was contacted by Julia, the sister of the owner of Zoe, who adopted Zoe as a kitten from the CCSPCA in Fresno. Zoe is now 11 years old. Julia's sister and Zoe had an amazing bond together. 

Julia explained that her sister had terminal cancer at the age of 24, and just before her diagnosis her brother passed away. Both parents stopped working their jobs to be at their daughters side, with what little time they still had with her.

Zoe never left her owners side while she was ill up to her passing in October. The parents told us that Zoe was their daughters world. They were always together since her daughter got Zoe from the shelter. Zoe stayed with their daughter in her bed during her fight with cancer. They would have to force Zoe off the bed to eat, use the bathroom. Once Zoe moved off the bed, she was right back beside their daughter. Zoe went into a depression after her owners passing. Meowing and looking for their daughter.

Now the family was facing losing their home, due to all the time and money put into helping their family during this heart breaking time.

Just before their daughter passed away, she asked her father “Please never let Zoe go to a shelter! Find a non-kill shelter if you have to give her up” Her father told us that this is a promise he gave to his daughter during her last breaths of life.

With losing their home, they are moving in with their daughter. They just don’t have a lot of room in the daughter's home. So they were in search of a non-kill rescue to help with Zoe. The father said to me “My daughter would never forgive me if I kenneled her due to the space we have to work with.”

We welcomed Zoe into our rescue in January. I reached out to Julie Myers, asking if she would foster Zoe for a temporary period of time. After hearing the story of Zoe that left her in tears agreed to foster Zoe. Well, Julie Myers not only welcomed Zoe into her home, but as well has welcomed the family into her home to visit Zoe. They have kept in touch with Julie about how Zoe was doing. She came into our rescue very depressed. Zoe is showing progress with Julie at her home.

I personally went and visited with the family today. I promised them that if we have placement for Zoe they will have input on the possible forever home. Or if they got back on their feet and wanted Zoe back, she would go back to them.

For now the family will visit Zoe on Wednesday every week if they wish to visit her. The family is so excited that they won’t lose contact with Zoe and will be part of what her future holds for her.

This family remains strong and is just amazing in every way. They are so Thankful they will remain part of there daughter's cats life. My heart just breaks every time I visit with the family. They are just amazing and have been dealing with so much loss in their life in such a short period of time.

The most important thing in their life right now, is to know that their daughter's cat Zoe is safe and being cared for!

This family has shown me, personally, so much of what real love is for a special cat like Zoe

Our rescue vet gave Zoe a great health rating, other than being over weight. She's a little chunky, but is very loving. Blessings to this family and Zoe. And a huge thank you to Julie for her wonderful foster care.
 


Donations and Our Rescue

Animal rescue, and in our case: Cat Rescue, is dedicated to pet adoption.

We take unwanted, abandoned, abused, or stray cats and attempt to heal them, either with loving care or medical care. Whatever they need, we provide it to the best of our ability.

Eventually we find suitable safe and loving forever homes for them. It is hard work, and sometimes heartbreaking. But we prevail, each and every day.  We believe that each and every cat deserves a home.

We even have a Senior-to-Senior Program, matching senior kitties with senior (humans) and it has been very effective.

Those kitties that do not find homes, we keep with us and care for them until they cross the rainbow bridge.

Our rescue group is small and completely staffed by volunteers. We are a 501(c)(3) non profit. Each and every donation helps us to help the kitties.

What Your Donation Pays For:
Care: We ensure our cats are clean and well-cared for. Animal Control has verified our rescue.

Health: We provide vaccinations and vet care for our cats.

Nutrition: We feed our animals high-quality foods.

Spay/Neuter: We spay/neuter all cats in our care.

Micro Chip:  We chip all cats in our care.

Maintenance: We must provide electricity, heat, etc., at our facility(s).

Love: Toys, treats, and sometimes we receive really great cat trees (the kitties love 'em), along with blankets and beds, and carriers. See our Amazon WishList


If a monetary donation isn't possible, then think outside the box with our many different kinds of fundraising options:  CLICK HERE 

As always...thank you for your continued support of Feral Paws Rescue Group
We couldn't do it without you!



Amazing Story of A Special Kitty: Narla!


On 2/2 our rescue was contacted by CCSPCA High Kill Shelter in Fresno. We were informed about a Siamese/Ragdoll 5 months old in the shelter hospital, and that the kitty may have been injured and could have a possible broken pelvis.

On 2/3 while at CCSPCA shelter visiting the list of kitties that were being signed off to be put down, I was asked, once again, if I wanted to see the Siamese/Ragdoll kitty in the shelter hospital.

When I went to see the kitty in the CCSPCA shelter hospital, I was amazed at how beautiful kitty is. It was around 2pm when I visited this kitty in the hospital, and I was informed the kitty was signed off to be put down at 4:45p, in just a few hours.

I was asked if our rescue wanted to pull this kitty. As I stood there holding this kitty, my heart just broke knowing that if I said No! this kitty would die in a few hours. As I was holding her she was looking up at me with those beautiful blue eyes, and I was thinking to myself how could I not save this kitty's life. Unsure at the time of the injuries this kitty was dealing with, I agreed that our rescue would pull this kitty, and I walked out of the shelter hospital with her in my arms.

Later that day I got a text from the shelter asking me questions regarding this kitty. I was asked to take photos of her face and her back colors of her fur. I was later informed that there was a lady had been at the shelter. Looking for her Siamese kitty that animal control had picked up on Friday 1/30

On 2/4 I was sent a text with the woman's information, and to contact her if I wanted to make sure this wasn’t her kitty. The shelter didn’t think this was her kitty, but I could follow up on contacting her.

On 2/4 I made contact with Judith regarding the kitty. After talking with Judith I felt in my heart that every thing she was telling me about the kitty, now knowing the name was Narla, was matching up with the kitty I had rescued.

Judith was telling me that she had been at the shelter twice a day every since the kitty was picked up by animal control on 1/30. The circumstances relayed to her, was that animal control was called out to pick up the kitty, and that someone thought the kitty had gotten into some rat poison a neighbor had.

Judith went on to tell me that her kitty was about a year old not 5 months like the shelter paper work stated. That she was very small in size and looked like she was a kitten, but she wasn’t. She found Narla after neighbors moved out leaving her about a year ago.

I explained that our rescue vet didn’t find any signs of her having a broken pelvis. I agreed for Judith to meet the kitty I had pulled from the shelter, to be sure if this kitty was the kitty she has been searching for.

I met with Judith at 2:30p for her to see the kitty that I had in a carrier. Judith walked up the carrier and called out her name Narla!

OMG! Narla came to the front of the carrier and was trying to reach out of the carrier with her paws to Judith. It was so clear in the reaction of Narla and Judith that this was her missing kitty. Judith broke down crying and saying, "OMG that is my Narla."

When Judith open the carrier Narla couldn’t get into her arms fast enough. It made me cry as well, to see the bond between Narla and Judith!

Judith told me that the shelter told her that Narla was to be put down that day she was rescued, and that Judith wouldn’t have been there in time to save her, because the kitty would of already been put down at 4:45 pm and Judith was at the shelter at 5pm.

Judith couldn’t thank our rescue enough for saving her babies life! We love to see happy endings like the story of Narla! This why I love rescue so much! Narla had many angels watching over her. Now Narla is at home with her family that loves her very much. Narla is now microchipped as well!


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

February 2016: Cat of the Month!


Well, Hi There...My Name Is Fred!

I'm a fully vetted 5 year old love bug.
Yes, I absolutely love being loved,
and I love giving back lots of love, too.
I also purr when I'm brushed.
I love kids and other kitty cats.
I'm what's considered a large size cat,
but that just means there's more of me to love.

If you've fallen in love with Fred, please Contact Us


Monday, February 1, 2016

Feral Cat Care at Wintertime

How to care for feral cats during the winter

Outdoor cats often live in colonies, and while they may be resourceful, they need help to survive the winter.Here’s what you can do to help feral cats in your community...read more 

Cats Crave Warmth...

Why do cats crave warmth?

Cat's Purr...

Why Do Cats Purr? It’s Not Just Because They’re Happy

by Danielle Venton

 Curling up with your favorite ball of fur as she purrs away is pretty close to heaven, at least for cat folk... read more

  

Scooter the Neutered...

You will really enjoy this cat video:


Please remember to Spay and Neuter your pets!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iw1V--rp3ng&feature=youtu.be

Kings River Life Magazine Article!

We would like to thank Kings River Life Magazine for interviewing Feral Paws Rescue Group and posting such a wonderful article.

http://kingsriverlife.com/01/23/feral-paws-rescue-group/

It isn't often that rescues are noticed and given the chance to speak up about the work they do. We are very fortunate that Lorie Lewis Ham, Editor-In-Chief was kind enough to contact us in December for an article in their January online magazine. Again, thank you.