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A cat does not scratch an object to sharpen his claws. Rather to rid himself of old claw sheaths, and to exercise the muscles associated with the retracting of the claws. Cats also have scent glands in the paws which communicate to other cats that they have been there.
 
 

upscale book & bake sale | march 9, 2017

feline film festival 2017

Upscale Book & Bake Sale | Thursday, March 9, 2017


THE RESULTS ARE IN!

Thank you to everyone who donated and / or attended this year's Upscale Yardsale. And a huge thanks to Pat Burnell and Larry Baswick for once again opening up their home for this event!

This year's sale raised $1,234 for Feline Friends Network, and the winners of the Penny Raffle Gift Certificates are as follows:
Julia Vryheid
Karen Van Baren
Brenda White
Mary Lu Moyer
Anthea McQuade
Sharon Macdonald
Denise Dunsmore
T., J., and G. Wiseman (!)
Shelley Doucette
Cheryl Simpson

world spay day | february 27, 2017

feline film festival 2017

We are SO pleased with the results of Spay Day 2017! With seven veterinary clinics in Stratford / Perth County offering discounts on spays & neuters during the week of February 27, the total number of spays & neuters was 63, most of which were cats (some dogs were 'fixed' too)! Many thanks to the participating clinics, listed below.

World Spay Day is now in its twenty-seventh year and has gathered participation from over 70 countries around the world. The message is simple: Spay-neuter is necessary to enhance an animal’s health. Spay-neuter is necessary to help reduce overpopulation problems. Spay/neuter is necessary to reduce euthanasia levels.

Feline Friends Network is a charity that tirelessly promotes the value of spay-neuter procedures and its programs reflect that. FFN has sponsored over 1,800 spays & neuters since 2006. Of course, FFN wouldn’t be able to accomplish its goals without the involvement and support of veterinary hospitals whose medical and surgery skills are so vital.

Spay Day participants :

Avon Pet Hospital, 519-271-7712, avonpethospital.com

Coventry Animal Hospital, 519-273-3471, coventryvets.ca

Romeo Pet Hospital, 519-272-2100, romeopethospital.com

Perth Veterinary Services, 519-271-5171, perthvetservices.com

St. Marys Veterinary Clinic, 519-284-3501, stmarysvetclinic.com

Kirkton Veterinary, 519-229-8911, kirktonvetclinic.com

Ilderton Pet Hospital, 519-666-2288, kirktonvetclinic.com

Mitchell Veterinary Services, 519-348-9711, mitchellvets.ca

Pauly Veterinary Clinic, 519-595-8888, coventryvets.ca



wine raffle | october 17, 2016



FFN Annual Wine Raffle!
The winning tickets for our 2016 wine raffle have been drawn! The lucky winner of first prize: 65 bottles of wine, is Joanne Beaudoin of Kitchener (top photo above). Second prize: 4 Stratford Festival Theatre tickets, 8 bottles of wine, plus 2 dinners for 2, goes to Joan Maloney of Stratford (bottom photo above). And third prize: 2 CRP chairs + side table, plus gift basket (1 bottle red wine, glasses, blanket, cheese), belongs to Jeremy Wreford of Stratford. Congratulations to the winners, and many thanks to all of you who donated prizes, bought or sold tickets! The biggest beneficiaries of our wine raffle are the many cats who will be spayed, neutered, provided with medical treatment, or fostered by Feline Friends Network with the $8,900 raised!


Cat show | sun oct 16, 2016




Cat Show
Feline Friends Network's Pat Burnell will be at the Cat Show in London on Sunday, October 16, 2016. Pat's wonderful hand-made Puddy Products will be available, with all proceeds going to Feline Freinds Network's spay & neuter programs. Hope you can join us!


NATIONAL FERAL CAT DAY | october 16, 2016


National Feral Cat Day 2016!
Join Feline Friends Network on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at the Stratford Farmers’ Market, for For Feral’s Sake! We’ll have Pat’s fabulous Puddy Products, kitty-themed apparel and accessories hand-made with love. Also, this is your opportunity to get Wine Raffle Tickets just in time for our October 17 draw. First prize : 65 bottles of wine (yes, that’s 65 bottles)! Second prize : Theatre + Dinner package! Third prize : Patio Furniture + Picnic package! Come talk to our volunteers, find out what Feline Friends Network is all about, and how you can get involved to help cats. We’re not only Feline-Friendly, we’re People-Friendly too!


ONLINE JEWELLERY AUCTION |MAY 4, 2016



Online Jewellery Auction : April 27 to May 4, 2016

Brand new, high quality, costume jewellery up for auction. Will make a perfect Mother's Day gift! Buy a few pieces for yourself, a friend, or start your Christmas shopping early this year all while helping us help more cats!

Bidding ends on Wed. May 4 - 7pm
Cash preferred method of payment. Change can be provided.

To bid, comment on the item you are interested in – Bidding to increase by minimum $2 increments.



giving tuesday | december 1, 2015

THANK YOU!! To everyone who donated on Giving Tuesday! Because of the generosity of our donors and of our two matching partners – CR Plastic Products and Mike Vancea from Vancea Financial – we raised $3,122 on Giving Tuesday 2015! That money will go a LONG, LONG way to helping us to help more cats!

Cheers to all of you who donated, as well as to those of you who donate your time to help out with our programs, drive cats to/from vet appointments, and foster cats for us. Cheers also to everyone who has adopted a cat through our programs … our heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you!

GivingTuesday



feral cat day | fri. october 16, 2015

The winners of our 2015 Wine Raffle were drawn on 1240 CJCS Radio, Friday, October 16. Winner of 1st and 3rd prize (yes, both!) was Dr. Robert Close and Mary Kelleher... Dr. Bob has chosen to keep first prize and offered to donate 3rd prize back to raise more money for FFN. The items will be available in our silent auction at our Annual Feline Film Festival in June 2016.



Our 2nd prize winner was Bill Whittemore!



Congratulations to our lucky winners, and heartfelt thanks to everyone who donated wine and prizes and to all those who bought and sold raffle tickets!



catapawlooza! | sat. aug. 29, 2015



A huge success! A record-breaking 36 cats and kittens were adopted at or immediately after Catapawlooza, held Saturday, August 29!

Thanks to all of the volunteers who made the event happen : from setup and takedown to the BBQ & Treats, to the charming mascot,Will Feral, the Adoption Lounge, displays & vendors, and our CATegory Wheel game-show hosts. Also to SPHS for the $30 Microchipping Clinic.

Special guest speakers included :
Choosing your Feline Friend 
by Erica Merrick, Animal CareKitchener-Waterloo Humane Society

EVAH : A Sustainable Model for Accessible Veterinary Care for At-Risk Pets, by Dr. Martha Harding

Trap-Neuter-Return : Why I Volunteer & You Should, Too
by Jo Ann Whitney, TNR Captain

Thank you to our Sponsors :
Boomers Gourmet Fries
At Your Service Plumbing
Libro Credit Union
Global Pet Foods
Feed-All Pet Centre
Avon Pet Services
Perth Veterinary Services
Stephanie TheodoropoulosSales Representative, Sutton Realty
Stratford Business Centre


feline film festival | Fri June 5, 2015

A good time was had by all at our third Feline Film Fest! The highest-ever number of silent auction items and videos combined with food, wine, beer, Puddy Products, Tarot readings, meeting and mingling to make one very enjoyable evening. In case you missed it, here is a brief snapshot of what happened: 72 minute film screening | 56 cat videos | 140 guests | 63 silent auction items | countless laughs | $3,400 raised to fund Feline Friends Network spay & neuter programs | 1 million thanks to our volunteers, sponsors, hosts at Knox Church, and all who attended!

Feline Film Festival




spring gala winner!

AND THE WINNER of the basket of goodies from the Sears Spring Gala April 29, 2015, is... JoAnn Goodwin of Palmerston, ON! Thanks to everyone who purchased a ticket and attended the event. Also a great big THANK YOU to Alison White from Sears for inviting us to joint your spring gala event. Alison is a very dedicated volunteer / foster mom / adopter and member of Feline Friends Network.





celebrating 1,000 spays & neuters!

We celebrated reaching the major milestone of having spayed / neutered our 1,000th cat! On Sunday, October 26, 2014, an event was held at Optimist Hall in Stratford, and included a presentation, videos, photo displays, shelter and trapping demonstrations, and of course, lots of great goodies baked by Paul and a beautiful cake created by Holly! Here are some videos and photos from that day.



Above, some of the many FFN cats we've known and loved over the years.

paul simpson and eddie mathews

Paul Simpson and Eddie Mathews model their cat ears.

1000th s/n cake by Holly Roulston

It's not a party without a cake! Beautiful and delicious!

Cheryl Simpson, Kristi Mallinson Vogel, Marg Usprech

Cheryl Simpson, Kristi Mallinson Vogel (visiting from Port Colbourne Feline Initiative), and Marg Usprech

Cheryl's speaking

Cheryl Simpson marks the 1000th spay / neuter with a spoken and video presentation.

Charles with shelter display

Charles Riley demonstrates the insulated cat shelters that he and other FFN volunteers build.

Marg with trapping display

Marg Usprech shares her knowledge about Trap-Neuter-Return.

Charlie and Will Feral

Charlie Vince hams it up with our mascot, Will Feral.



wine raffle 2014

Many thanks to everyone who made our 2014 wine raffle a great success! We raised $7,200, which will help us to spay / neuter, vaccinate and provide additional medical attention (where necessary) to up to 70 cats! The spaying / neutering of those cats will prevent the birth of well over 400 unwanted kittens. We couldn't have done it without the wine donors, the ticket sellers, and the many ticket buyers! And the winners are...

wine raffle 1st prize winner 2014

Above, Sharon Poelstra of Stratford was our 1st prize winner : 60 bottles of wine.

2nd prize winner 2014

Above, Brett Friesen of Guelph was the winner of our 2nd prize : a CPR table & chairs and a wine basket.

Kim Watson

And 3rd prize, a wine and movie package, was won by Kim Watson of Walkerton.

Congratulations to all of our winners! And to those of you who didn't win this time, better luck next year!



19 adoptions at catapawlooza! 2014

It took visionaries and organizers, craftspeople and builders, graphic designers and marketers, bakers and chefs, tattoo artists and a furry mime. Then along came generous sponsors, enthusiastic media supporters, and informative veterinarians.

Finally, a small army of planners, posterers, and staffers stepped up and said “I can help!” Vendors vended, speakers spoke, and educators educated, all about cats. And the end result? Nineteen cats and kittens found forever homes. Ten came from Paws of Perth County, five from Angel Arms, and four from the Stratford-Perth Humane Society.

SPHS microchipped, at a special reduced rate, 14 cats (11 owned and 3 newly adopted) who can now be returned to their homes if they stray. And a lot of fun, food, and learning was enjoyed by the wonderful crowd at the Optimist Halls. The following have asked me to express their joyful appreciation to all of you who contributed so much, to their foster families, and to their new forever parents. They tell me you have changed their lives
forever, and they hate to think of what might have happened without you! Lots of love and purrs from: Oreo and Archie Edwards; Cubby O’Connell; Jake (Giacomo) Beirnes; Condore and Camille Vrooman; Callie Carroll; Momma Pettit; Jess Wong; Ashes Danis; Rocky Agar; Sushi and Pickle Ridley-Hayes; Winston Ford; Tuxi Hanna; Tigger; Pearl; Manny; and Boots.

catapawlooza adoption room

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FELINE FILM FESTIVAL 2014

Thanks to everyone who made our second annual Feline Film Festival a great success! Friday the 13th (June 13, 2014) was a lucky day for cats in Stratford and Perth County, as we were able to raise $3,800 for our spay/neuter programs. We are very grateful to our special celebrity host, Stratford Festival Company Member, Claire Lautier, who did a lovely job despite microphone troubles, wine sponsor Dawn Bell, beer sponsor Joe Tuer of Stratford Brewing Company, and supporters L&M Catering and Global Pet Foods. Thanks also to our small army of volunteers who organized the films, food, drink, silent auction, raffle, puddy products and tarot readings, and to our audience of 138 strong. It was a wonderful evening and we'll plan on doing it again in 2015!

The top three audience-voted favourite films of the festival were :
3rd place : Cats Stealing Dog Beds
2nd place : Little Girl & Her Cat Built This City
and 1st place film of the night was : Dansons la Capucine

Val, Cheryl + Claire
FFN volunteers Val Pinder, Cheryl Simpson, and guest host, Claire Lautier

front row
Some of the audience in the front row.


film screening
Enjoying the films in Knox Church banquet hall.

silent auction
Checking out the goodies on the silent auction tables.

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CATAPAWLOOZA! 2013

FFN ’s fifth annual celebration of all things cat found a new home this year at the Stratford Optimist Hall. The event, held on a purr-fect Saturday in August, was very well attended. Organizer Valerie Pinder reports that donations and new FFN memberships both increased from previous years.

Also new in Catapawlooza 2013 – a guest speakers series. It was standing room only for the three sessions which featured Julia Penistan on pet massage, Dr Jocelyn Maggs, DVM, on solutions for common cat behavioural problems, and Reiki master Christine Smith on pet communication. Vendor sales were also up and the Stratford-Perth Humane Society (SPHSHS) gained several new foster volunteers.

In addition to its longstanding partnership with the SPHSHS, this year FFN welcomed Progressive Animal Welfare Services (PAWSWS London), the organization that is planning to set up a low-cost, high-volume, spay / neuter clinic in the London area.

cat kissing boy's head
Young boy enjoying some kitty lovin'.

mascot
Our mascot, Will Feral, just fooling around!

cat massage
Julia Penistan gives a cat massage demonstration on a very willing cat.

cat playing with ball
One of the adorable kitties looking for a forever home.

catapawlooza crowd
Crowd enjoying Catapawlooza activities.

catapawlooza speaker
Attentive audience listening to guest speaker.

girls holding kittens
Kitten cuddles.

kittens hanging out together
Just hanging out!

 
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