UPDATE: Three kittens have been adopted. An incredibly generous donor who wishes to remain anonymous has offered to cover the cost of food and litter for these kittens as long as they remain in a foster home. The Free Roaming Feline Program covers all medical costs, so in this case if you are able to foster the remaining 4 kittens, all you provide is the love and a safe indoor home. If you want to see these tiny playful kittens, stop by the Silver Lake Country Store, 5814 Calumet Ave. Monday - Saturday.
The kittens are very young; they are from two outdoor feral barn cats on a horse farm where the owner shoots the kittens once they start to venture out of their nesting spot.
If you are interested in fostering for us please call Kathy Beer at 920.686.8899 or email: FreeRoamingFelineProgram@gmail.com
Every year we create a beautiful wall calendar for our friends and supporters featuring Free Roaming Felines as models. Some are currently in foster homes, and the rest have been fortunate enough to find their forever homes.
Our 2015 Calendar is complete and will be available for purchase from several of the Roamer volunteers as well as retail outlets in the next week. Cost is $12.95 and 100% of the proceeds benefit the Free Roamer Program. We print them just once each year, so get one for yourself before they are gone! And of course, our calendar makes a great gift for the animal lovers in your life.
If you would like to purchase online and have it shipped the cost for postage is $1.66. Just send us an email and we'll send you an electronic invoice through PayPal (you don't need to have a PayPal account).
Retail outlets carrying the 2015 Calendar:
The mission of the Free Roaming Feline Group is to assist felines in need when they are in life-threatening situations. We have been in contact with BARC & Fur Angels, non-profit groups that network with other rescue groups to find homes for animals that are in kill facilities. They reach out to as many rescues as possible to save the lives of the felines currently in possession of the City of Chicago. Before felines arrive at Animal Control they are facing a life of homelessness, starvation, cruelty, disease and unimaginable suffering. Our contacts have explained to us the gravity of the situation—cats and kittens that come into the city’s animal control facility are on a 5-day hold and then their fate is ‘to be determined’. In 2013, the facility took in over 9,000 felines—more than 2,000 of them were euthanized (only 110 felines were returned to their owners). So on an average day, 25 felines come in, and more than 5 per day are killed. The good news is that last year about 6,000 cats were saved from euthanasia by being transferred to rescue groups—and that’s where we come in!
On September 22, nine felines (ranging in age from 4 weeks to 5 years) were rescued from the Chicago Animal Care & Control (CACC) facility and transported to the Two Rivers Veterinary Clinic for check-ups before going to their foster homes. The Free Roaming Feline Program has provided all of them with a safe place to live, medical attention, sterilization surgery, vaccinations, microchipping and most importantly, the love they deserve and a much better life here in Wisconsin. The medical care and boarding of these kittens (until they are ready to be adopted to indoor forever homes) is estimated to cost in excess of $600, so we are asking for help from our Free Roamer supporters.
In urgent cases such as this every donation counts. Please consider making a tax-deductible gift of any amount to our program to help us cover the cost of the treatment these little victims so desperately need. TOGETHER WE SAVE LIVES!
See photos of the new Roamer arrivals Tyler, Maddie, Bonnie & Clyde, Coalton, Greta, Dorothy, Sonny and Mia...follow their progress on our Facebook page, PetFinder and on our website.
What can you do to help these kittens?
· Donate—every dollar donated for these kittens will go directly to the Two Rivers Veterinary Clinic to help offset the cost of medical care
· Foster—we need foster homes for these little ones
· Adopt--each of these felines needs a lifelong, loving home
· Spread the word--share this information with your family, friends, neighbors and coworkers. The more exposure these kittens get, the faster they will be adopted and make room for another feline in need.
There are a lot of Free Roamer supporters out there…
What if every one of us sent in a $5.00 donation?
To make a donation, please send a check to:
Free Roaming Feline Program, 3215 Simon Rd., Manitowoc, WI 54220
or drop off at Two Rivers Veterinary Hospital, 2339 Roosevelt Ave., Two Rivers, WI 54241
She is the homeless mama kitty that dragged herself and 7 young kittens into a yard in Reedsville--she had a huge gash on the side of her body from (best guess by Dr. Katz) getting caught on a chain-link fence and struggling to free herself. She made it through two major surgeries to repair her injury and was a doting mother through it all.
(See photos of Julia and her kittens on the "Help Me Heal" fund page of our website)
All of her kittens have been adopted but Julia is still patiently waiting for her forever home. A wonderful couple who adopted one of Julia's kittens would really like to see this sweet girl find a loving home, so they have generously made a donation to cover the cost of Julia's adoption fee. Of course, if you would like to adopt Julia you will still need to fill out an adoption form. But the $60 you save on adoption fees could be spent on toys, a cozy bed and treats for Julia!
Even though she has had a litter of kittens, Julia herself is a very young girl. She gets along well with other cats, but likes to play a little rough sometimes. She will need a human parent to teach her how to play nice and give her lots of attention. In return, this beautiful brown tabby will love you forever.
Has one of our homeless felines touched your heart, but you can't provide them with the forever home they need?
The PetFinder Foundation has a program that gives you an opportunity to help any of our felines. If you can't adopt a Free Roamer right now, but still want to help...you can! Simply make a one-time tax-deductible donation toward the care of the feline of your choice through the PetFinder Foundation's Sponsor A Pet program. Choose any one of our 20+ adoptable felines on Petfinder.com and click on the "Sponsor Me" tab in the information page. Your monetary donation will be processed through the PetFinder secure payment system. The PetFinder Foundation will keep 10% of your donation as an administrative fee and the rest will be sent directly to our organization. If you wish to stay anonymous, you can check that option when making your donation, otherwise your contact information (but obviously not your credit card info) will be shared with us.
Even a small contribution can give one of our felines in foster care the chance they deserve. See our adoptable felines on PetFinder:
All adoptable cats and kittens in the Free Roaming Feline Program can also be viewed on Petfinder.com. Check out updated photos and most of our adoptable Roamers also star in a short video.
Save two lives...When you adopt a Free Roamer you are helping to make room for another feline in need of a foster home.
Click on the Petfinder logo to see Free Roamer cats and kittens currently in foster care seeking their forever homes:
If you are searching for your lost cat, please look at photos on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Official-Free-Roaming-Feline-Program-Ltd/448857808553503?sk=timeline and on PetFinder.com https://www.petfinder.com/pet-search?shelterid=WI453
Or call Kathy Beer, 920.686.8899 or email a photo of your missing feline to: Parzival@lsol.net
All Free Roamer felines are covered by petfirst pet insurance when adopted. Just call 855-740-PETS(7387) to activate when you get your new kitty home. For the first 30 days after you activate, your new best friend is covered for any accident or illness (does not cover pre-existing conditions).
In the event of an accident or illness, take your feline to the vet, specialist or emergency clinic of your choice. Pay the vet bill, file a claim with PetFirst and within two weeks you will receive 100% reimbursement, less a $50 deductible.
Your pet is covered up to $500 per incident.