How To Help Feral Cats This Winter

Winter is a cold and potentially dangerous time of year for feral and homeless cats, whether or not a polar vortex is pushing arctic air into your neighborhood. Here’s some ways to help.

Alley Cat Allies is a national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of feral cats (www.alleycat.org). You may have seen their “I’m an alley cat ally” ads featuring Hollywood personalities including Portia De Rossi. Alley Cat Allies has posted a good article on how to help feral cats during the winter at www.alleycat.org/WinterWeather.

Another way to help is to contact one of your local feral cat organizations. Alley Cat Allies has a posted a contact form at www.alleycat.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=1452 so they can connect you with an organization in your area that is a member of their Feral Friends Network.

You can also find local feral cat assistance groups by doing search via Google for “feral cat (insert your city or area).” Contact your local group and ask how you can help.

One of the best ways to help feral and homeless cats during the winter is to provide shelters to keep them warm and out of the weather. Here’s a great video on how to make a simple low cost shelter from a plastic tote box. It even includes a cute cat helper providing supervision.

So get out there and help feral cats this winter. You may make some new friends – both human and feline.

Financial Aid Support for Animals by State!

It breaks our hearts to hear that many animals are being surrendered during this time because of the financial strain. No one should have to give up something as precious as their furry companions. There is help and Cat Faeries took some time to track down some resources for you!

Everyone’s favorite, Best Friends in Kenab Utah has once again come to the rescue! This link will take you to a page on their website where you can research financial aid to care for your cats or other animal family members if you are needing it.

https://resources.bestfriends.org/article/financial-aid-pets

Another great organization is called Red Rover. Red Rover staff and volunteers provide temporary emergency sheltering, resources, financial assistance, and emotional support when animals and people are in crisis. They also work with educators to help children develop empathy and awareness of animals’ well-being and increase awareness about the importance of the human-animal bond.

https://redrover.org/

This website lists various grants and assistance for animals with specific illnesses or diseases (some of the links don’t work):

http://www.keepyourpet.com/vet-care-assistance/

And because the Bay Area is our neck of the woods here are resources for the SF Bay Area. Thank you, Cheryl Schwartz, DVM and Friend of Cat Faeries for compiling this and being at the forefront of care and compassion, as you always are!

LOCATIONS: Drop-Off/Pick Up sites for 6 Bay Area Counties to pick up cat and dog food.

Alameda County. DONATE – Mail delivery only to Friends of Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) 1590 Fortmann Way Alameda CA 94501. PICK UP – Sat. 10:00a.m. – 12 p.m. at same location. (510) 337 8565 for additional information

San Mateo County. DONATE Drop at door or ship to Peninsula-Humane Society & SPCA 1450 Rollins Road, Burlingame, CA 94010. PICK-UP – Call first to register at 650 988 5280 for Pet Food Bank.

Marin County. DONATE Marin Humane.org website. Go to the Donate page, then Pet Care Assistance Program to donate cat or dog food. “Gift to Ritter Center”. PICK UP Ritter Center 16 Ritter St. San Rafael, CA 94901 M-W-F-10-12 AM, 1-3 PM. SAN Joaquin County DONATE & PICK UP. Salvation Army 1305 E. Weber Ave. Stockton, CA. Mon-Fri 9-12, 1-3 PM

Santa Clara County. DONATE & PICK UP. San Jose Animal Care Center 2750 Monterey Rd. CA 95111 Attn: Lorrance Gomez 7 days 7AM -7PM

Contra Costa-Solano County. DONATE – CCHS 171 Mayhew Way Suite 101 Pleasant Hill CA 94523. Tues, Thurs 1-5 p.m. PICK UP – Call (925) 676-7543 or email info@foodbankccs.org for Food Bank registration, locations, and hours.

San Francisco County. DONATE – The Animal Connection – 2550 Judah St. San Francisco, CA 94122 PICK UP – Email info@animalconnectionsf.net for appointment

This link has more Bay Area resources AND A LINK TO A NATIONAL SERVICE

https://badrapconnect.org/resources/

Other ways to find assistance

Being a good internet hunter/gather of information can unearth many treasures. Play around with words and phrases to find what you are looking for. Start with words like the name of your city or county, then add words like financial aid, disaster relief aid, veterinary aid for cats, free cat food during disasters and so on. Try fresh words and try rearranging them until you find what you need. Last year we stopped using Google because they store your searches – we are using www.ecosia.org instead.

Perhaps your local animal supply store can ask their distributors to donate any cat food or other supplies that have old expiration dates – the foods could still be viable and safe.

If you are one of the fortunate ones whose health is vibrant and who are secure financially and if you can donate to any of the organizations, please do! They need both money and supplies. Cat Faeries donates regularly as we have done historically in a time of serious need.

Would you like to donate Cat Faeries items to an animal organization or a friend who is suffering? It’s so easy. Place the order. Put your name and information in Bill To and put the name of the organization with the address in Ship To. If you wish us to include a note or request for a tax form for your donation use COMMENTS to tell us and we’ll do the rest at no extra charge – it is our pleasure to be of service.
 
 
 
 

“The Cat Rescuers” documentary film

The Cat Rescuers is a new documentary film about the volunteer heroes in New York City who are trying to make a dent in the 500,000+ population of New York’s street cats, because as we know, the humane societies nationwide cannot do it all themselves.

See the 2 minute trailer!

http://catrescuersfilm.com/

Meet some of the city’s rescuers:

http://catrescuersfilm.com/the-rescuers/

Schedule of upcoming screenings:

http://catrescuersfilm.com/screenings/

Learn how you can host a screening in your community:

http://catrescuersfilm.com/host-a-screening/

The film isn’t available on DVD yet, but it will be available for purchase later this year! We’ll put a notice in our newsletter when it’s available (if you aren’t signed up for our newsletter, you can sign up here).

 
 
 
 

Your old mascara wand can help your cat (seriously!)

Two weeks ago, we told you that you can brush your cat with a toothbrush when applying Convivial House Cat or a few drops of one of our flower essences. The reason is that the bristles mimic the feel of a cat mother’s sandpapery tongue with the familiar sensation they loved as kittens, which is still very soothing to adult cats. We feel this maternal sensation benefits the usage of our products from the loving touch of something bristly like a toothbrush, and we just learned that a cleaned/bleached mascara wand has the same feel and purpose!

And because we are zero-wasters (or try to be!) and hope you are too we knew you’d be excited to know that your old mascara wands not only have benefits for your cat, but you can also be a wildlife hero! Wildlife rescue organizations and rehabilitation professionals use them to remove all sort of icky things like oil on a bird’s feathers or fur after a spill, mites, fly eggs and larvae. They love mascara wands for their small size and that the bristles are so close together. And yes, you can follow their lead and use one to remove similar debris from your cat’s fur.

We’d read that mascara wands were ok to use to clean around wounds, but wondered if that information was unsafe so we asked a favorite Friend of Cat Faeries, veterinarian and animal communicator Joy Mason (www.joymason.com) what she thought about using mascara wands to wound clean. This is what she said: “I have been thinking about the mascara brush and cleaning a wound. I would recommend it for brushing the cat, but not for cleaning a wound. If the cat has a wound, I would recommend cleaning it with Chlorhexidene and warm water, put some coconut oil on it or if it is really bad then use a high-quality honey to help it heal.”

Always wash and bleach the mascara wand when it’s time to get a new tube and send the old wand onto its new home! By the way for the health of your eyes, mascara should be discarded every 2 months, 3 months at the most.

Save one or two old mascara wands for your own use and mail the rest after you’ve washed and bleached them. How much bleach? Dr. Mason, also known as Auntie Joy tells us the Clorox bleach needs to be diluted with water. This is how her clinic dilutes it for dogs to prevent Parvo: “In the clinic we recommend that people use a 4:1 dilution of water to Clorox if they want to put a foot bath at their front door to prevent Parvo virus from being spread if there is an outbreak in their neighborhood “ The same dilution would be good for the mascara wand.

How to clean a mascara wand without making a huge mess!

As you might imagine cleaning off a mascara wand is messy! Auntie Cat Faerie using her Virgo logic came up with this easy method! While she hates throwing things away she hates wasting water more so grab some paper towels. While wearing disposable gloves use your paper towels to wipe off as much mascara as you can, otherwise your hands will be very stained. Using a few damp Qtips scoop out as much mascara as you can from where the wand in attached to the cap. An empty narrow glass jam jar the height of your wand with 1 part Clorox and 4 parts water will allow the wand to stand up straight making removing it easy for you. The bleach will most likely remove any traces of mascara that you couldn’t rub off. Rinse in hot water when finished.

If you don’t have a wildlife group near you here are organizations that want them:

Wildlife Wands
PO Box 1586
Southwick MA 01077
https://www.facebook.com/wildlifewands/

Appalachian Wildlife Refuge
P.O. Box 1211
Skyland, NC 28776
https://www.appalachianwild.org/wands-for-wildlife.html

Here’s a video from Appalachian Wildlife Refuge where you can see the wands in action (grab a hanky!)

Mascara wands can also “go where no brush has gone before” for use around the house in any small crevice where dust and gunk settles. Use one on your sewing machine, your computer keyboard, clean jewelry, clearing the lint catcher in your blow-dryer, even the little oxygenating vent in your faucet tap where the water passes through and gunk can build up (let the floodgates open!). They also gently clean off mushrooms!
 
 
 
 

Where to Donate Money for the Victims of the Sonoma/Napa Wildfires

We’ve gotten emails from many of our readers and customers asking us where to donate money for the victims (furry and otherwise) of the Sonoma/Napa wild fires. Since this is our ‘hood and we know most of these organizations personally you can feel assured that your money will go where you intend it to go. This cannot be said of the American Red Cross – sadly, stories of squandering money have been circulating for many years.

For cats and dogs, and other small animals:
Sonoma Humane Society
5345 Highway 12
Santa Rosa, CA 95407

You can watch videos and see photos on their Facebook page. Many animals are already re-united with their families. They gave shelter to a personal friend’s two dogs when he and his family had to evacuate (they are all back home now)
https://www.facebook.com/SonomaHumane/

For wildlife rescue and rehabilitation:
WildCare
76 Albert Park Lane
San Rafael, CA 94901

Their Facebook page isn’t being updated very often due to the high demand to help wild birds and animals. Our own bunny vet, Dr. Deborah Scheenstra is one of WildCare’s volunteer veterinarians and Auntie Cat Faerie’s chiropractor is on their Squirrel Team.
https://www.facebook.com/WildCareBayArea/

To help farms and farmers who have lost everything or who’s land is being fouled by the toxins and ash falling from the sky:
CAFF (Community Alliance with Family Farmers)
PO Box 363
Davis, CA 956616
http://www.caff.org/north-bay-fires/

Of special interest – the USDA offers assistance to farms who have been affected by disaster anywhere in the US.
https://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/disaster-assistance-program/index

 
 
 
 

The Heartbreaking Napa and Sonoma Fires

As you know we are in San Francisco, just a wine bottle’s throw away from the fires. As our skies are full of smoky air we are following this horror closely. In particular we are tracking how it’s effecting animals – and donating. If you’d like to follow the Sonoma Humane Society’s effects to rescue and reunite. Here’s their Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/SonomaHumane/

Sonoma and Napa counties are very dear to us in so many ways. We have many friends and business partners there, and friends of friends, so many memories, and so much more. The scenery and the people are like no place else. So many memories and beautiful experiences.

We are so painfully aware of all every tragic event this year and how each of these crises are affecting all of us, including the animals that have been harmed directly or indirectly. Remember, every single action, every single thought has either a positive effect or a negative one. Love. Remember to love. It’s a choice and you can easily make it even on those rough days when it’s so easy to go down the negative road. Don’t do it. Take the high road, persist and be kind. And help others and animals in any way that you can.

 

FOUND CAT 10/9/17: Stray Neutered Male Tabby with white chest. No collar. This sweet cat was found under a car in the Sutter Santa Rosa Hospital lot. He is currently safe at Sonoma Humane Society 707-542-0882. Please spread the word. #LOSTPETSsonomacountyfire2017