It’s that time of year when we here at Marin Friends of Ferals reflect on our accomplishments for 2012. With your help, we have rescued 287 cats/kittens (so far) for spay/neuter, 92 of which were fostered by volunteers and then adopted with the help of the Marin Humane Society.
Here’s what else happened throughout this year:
• Linda Elder, one of our dedicated volunteers and head of the Foundation for Critical Thinking, wrote a children’s book about her feral cat colony we helped her trap. The book is titled “Fairminded Fran and the Three Small Black Community Cats.” The book is currently being sold at Amazon.com and MFF will receive a portion of the proceeds.
• We were the proud recipients of the Volunteer League of Marin’s Heart Tug Award, presented at Deer Park Villa. We were one of three animal-related charities in Marin to receive this grant.
• We learned that a local documentarian, Stan Minasian of Earth View Productions, will include MFF in his upcoming film about feral community cats. This documentary will address the feral community cat situation from around the world from a pro-TNR perspective.
• Marin Magazine printed an article featuring our organization and our work with ferals in their April issue.
• We received two grants this year; one from the Joseph Drown Foundation and one from the Larry L. Hillblom Foundation, the latter in memory of Salli Miller, who was a big supporter of MFF.
• We participated in the Bay Area Pet Fair at the Marin Civic Center, sponsored by Pet Food Express.
• We were participants in the Santa Rosa Cat Show, where we sold our hand-knitted cat-ear hats, cat and dog toys, beds and supplies.
• Linda Elder sponsored a lavender harvest at her farm in Tomales, where all proceeds were donated to MFF.
• We were featured in the Marin Independent Journal with an article on National Feral Cat Day.
• We were recipients of a holiday fundraiser, sponsored by Woodland Pets in Mill Valley.
• We relocated 30 unadoptable ferals to be “Barn Cats” at Marin farms, ranches, horse barns and residences. These cats will be used for rodent control as well as receive daily food, water and shelter for the rest of their lives.
• We became a member of the Local Independent Charities of America.
These are just some of our many accomplishments this year. In addition, we assisted many residents with cat-related issues, from giving advise on how to thwart negative outdoor behaviors, to helping find lost cats. We receive dozens of calls each week and put hundreds of miles on our vehicles, driving the 800+ square miles of Marin to help feral cats and the people who care for them. We love what we do and with your support, we look forward to continuing to make life easier for Marin’s community cats.
Thank you for your continued support!
Janet, Susan, Linda, Kim and Donna