Little Ivory was brought to us last week; she and her sister Ebony were found as abandoned young kittens.
Ivory was born with a birth defect known as Cerebellar Hypoplasia (CH)--according to Dr. Katz, Ivory has a MILD case of CH. She will grow up to be a wonderful cat, but she will always be a "wobbly cat".
CH is a non-contagious, non-progressive, non-painful neurological condition that results in walking and balance problems. Ivory is not sick, hurt or weak; she is simply uncoordinated. Her life expectancy is the same as any other cat without CH.
Some people feel bad for CH cats because they look like wobbly drunken sailors. But there really isn't any need to feel that way. Most CH cats don't know they are any different from other cats.
If you have lots of love to give, why not give it to a kitten with CH that needs it the most? Owners of CH cats will tell you that their special needs cats are the sweetest felines they have ever encountered.
For more information about living with a cat with CH, check out this site dedicated to cats with Cerebellar Hypoplasia. http://lifewithchcats.com/
Save the Date! Join us at Petco in Manitowoc, Saturday September 13 from 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM to meet adoptable Free Roaming Felines!
Every year, the Free Roamers create a full-color wall calendar that we sell to our friends and supporters. These calendars feature photos and stories of Free Roaming Felines who are now in their forever homes and also a few waiting in foster care.
We're putting our 2015 calendar together right now and we are offering our supporters (businesses, individuals, or groups of individuals) the opportunity to sponsor a page. The cost to sponsor one month/page is $100, which is a tax deductible donation. You can sponsor as many months as you would like, depending on availability. Your sponsorship fee helps us cover the calendars production costs and allows us to increase our profits--100% of which go to save homeless felines in our community. By sponsoring a page(s) in our calendar, you will be associated with our life-saving mission.
Deadline: September 1, 2014
Call Kathy Beer 920.686.8899 or email Parzival@lsol.net
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
Has one of our homeless felines touched your heart, but you can't provide them with the forever home they need?
Did you fall in love with handsome Oscar who was found as a kitten in the trash compactor behind the Goodwill store in Manitowoc? Or maybe you have been following Julia's story who got caught on a chainlink fence while moving her seven one-week old kittens and has had two surgeries to repair the injury?
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:
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.
barn homes needed
The Free Roaming Feline Program places sterilized feral and semi-feral cats into barns/similar location as non-toxic pest control. These are cats that absolutely must be relocated from their current environment for various reasons (currently in high-risk locations). They are not adoptable as pets and prefer the freedom of a "working life" in a rural area.
Supporting an outdoor Free Roamer cat is a safe and inexpensive way to control the rodent population. There are no poisons for children and pets to get into and no need to set nasty traps. This environmentally friendly pest control saves you money and prevents the horses, livestock, and dogs from being accidentally poisoned.
All cats are spayed/neutered, up-to-date on vaccinations, and ear-tipped.
The tendency of feral cats is to return to their previous location; therefore we must relocate them properly. During the first two to three weeks in their new environment the cats must be confined. During this acclimation period, the cats become accustomed to the sights, sounds and smells of their new surroundings. When the cats are released from their confined area after this time period, they will help resolve your rodent problems. All you have to do is care for the cats while they are confined and then continue to provide food, water, and shelter for them after release.
You will most likely enjoy watching the cats, learning their habits, and communicating with them. It can be tremendously satisfying to know you have saved their lives by giving them their much-needed home. Many people appreciate the cats themselves as well as the work the cats do — keeping rodents away from electrical wires, motor homes, hay, and many other things. There is nothing else quite like having a daily relationship with these Free Roamers.
The Free Roaming Feline Program is seeking garden/barn/shed/outbuildings for these cats. If you own, or manage property and have permission for long-term placement of animals on the property, please call 920-686-8899. We will assist you through the relocation with guidance and support to help the cats settle into their new home.
We are thrilled to announce that the Free Roaming Feline Program has received a grant from the Doris Day Animal Foundation (DDAF). We applied for the grant several months ago, and after review by the DDAF Board of Directors they notified us we had been approved for a grant because we share the same mission as the Doris Day Animal Foundation...helping animals and the people who love them.
Thank you DDAF! Your generosity will help us to save many feline lives in the Manitowoc County area. For more about DDAF and the wonderful work they do, visit DorisDayAnimalFoundation.org