We can summarize 2013 for Marin Friends of Ferals by quoting Charles Dickens:
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”
Here are our best of times:
* We continue to trap and rescue feral community cats in Marin County. This year, as of 12/4/2013, we have rescued 278 cats and were able to socialize and adopt out 73. Our efforts continue to decrease cat overpopulation, decrease unwanted behaviors and limit the spread of disease.
* With our trapping efforts, we obtained 105 additional clients this year.
* We also had the good fortune of receiving two grants to assist in our purchase of traps, cat shelters and food.
* We have volunteer feeders, plus we support many people in our community who need assistance receiving cat food for the ferals they care for.
* One small kitten we rescued at one week of age, named Tennessee, was fostered and adopted and has become a therapy cat for veterans and children. Tennessee is now featured in a children’s book titled, Tennessee the Therapy Cat. It’s currently available through Amazon.
Our work would not be successful without our volunteers, the veterinarians that provide low cost spay/neuter services, the Marin Humane Society, and the pet stores that provide us with food and allow us to place donation canisters at their stores to receive additional funds.
The worst of times occurred in October when brain cancer took our beloved Vice President, Susan Johnston. An avid rescuer, foster parent and fundraiser, Susan was an integral part of our organization both administratively as well as being physically active on the “front line.” Susan always said there was nothing she would rather do than trap cats to ensure they had a better quality of life. Her presence is missed terribly by us, the community, her family and friends.
In Susan’s memory, we continue with our mission of TNR (trap-neuter-return). There is one less voice on our Board, one less rescuer in Marin County and one less huge presence who impacted the lives of so many individuals and cats. We request your continued support in Susan’s memory and for the feral community cats of Marin County.
We wish you happiness and good health in the coming year.
Janet, Linda, Donna and Kim
PS…Susan’s idea for selling our knitted cat-ear beanies has been our most successful fundraiser. They can be purchased for $20 at the Marin Humane Society, Cat Clinic in Mill Valley and Alto Tiburon Veterinary Hospital.