Our Annual General Meeting was held on SUNDAY, 24 FEBRUARY 2019 at 2:00 pm. The meeting was held at the Community Room on the main floor of the Falstaff Family Centre, 35 Waterloo Street North, Stratford. If you were unable to attend the AGM but want to renew / purchase a membership, please click here to see how you can do that.
Thirty-two spay/neuter surgeries (thirty-one cats and one dog) were done by five local clinics who participated in World Spay Day! Many thanks to Avon Pet Hospital, Kirkton Veterinary Clinic, Perth Veterinary Services, Romeo Pet Hospital and St. Marys Veterinary Clinic for accepting our challenge to offer discounts on or around the date of 26 February 2019, and to volunteer, Rachelle Czartorynskyj, for doing such a great job organizing it! The importance of ‘fixing’ our pets cannot be overstated.
Stratford’s 6th Annual ‘Best of the Best’ Feline Film Festival was held Friday, November 9, 2018. For the last five years, FFN has put together a selection of the best of each year’s crop of fantastic feline films. This year, we showed the ‘Best of the Best’! Only top selections from the previous years made the cut for our hour-long compilation. Other Film Fest attractions included a silent auction, beer, wine, alcohol-free beverages, hors d’oeuvres, door prizes. Thanks to all of our sponsors, donors, volunteers and our audience for making it a successful event!
2018 WINE RAFFLE!
Our largest annual fundraiser was once again sold out!
1st prize – Selection of wine + LCBO gift cards (valued at $1,000). Winner : Lisa Masin of Stouffville.
2nd Prize – 2 CRP Chairs/Table in Your Choice of Colour and a Very Nice Bottle of Red Wine (Valued at $992). Winner : Lisa Walsh of Stratford.
3rd Prize – 4 Stratford Festival Theatre tickets; 2 diners at Bijou & Foster's Inn and a selction of 8 bottles of wine (valued at $730). Winner : Lisa Walsh of Stratford.
All proceeds go to FFN spay / neuter programs.
Many thanks to our prize donors :
At Your Service Plumbing | Bijou | Boomers Gourmet Fries | Brokerlink Insurance | The Buzz Stop Covet – The Community Closet | C.R. Plastic Products | Famme & Co. Professional Corporation | Foster’s Inn | Julie Heitbohmer, Sutton Group – First Choice Realty Ltd. | Peter Maranger & Associates Inc. – The Cooperators | Mclean Taylor Construction Ltd. | Mcleods Scottish Shop | Ryan Rhodes, Sales Representative, Realty Executives Platinum Ltd. Brokerage | Cheryl (FFN Founder) & Paul Simpson (Past President) | Stratford Festival | Stephanie Theodoropoulos, Realtor, Sutton Group – First Choice Realty Ltd.
Spay it forward!
World Spay Day is an international day of action to promote the sterilization of pets, community cats and street dogs as a way to save animals’ lives. It takes place each year on the last Tuesday of February. This year World Spay Day was 27 February 2018.
FFN thanks the following Veterinary Clinics, who participated in World Spay Day 2018 by offering discounted spays/neuters on selected dates during the week of February 26th.
- Avon Pet Hospital | February 27 to March 2 | 519-271-7712
- Coventry Animal Hospital | February 28 | 519-273-3471
- Kirkton Veterinary Clinic | February 26 to March 2 | 519-229-8911
- Mitchell Veterinary Clinic | February 27 | 519-348-9711
- Perth Veterinary Services | February 26 to March 2 | 519-271-5171
- Romeo Pet Hospital | February 26, 27 and March 1 | 519-272-2100
- St. Marys Veterinary Clinic | February 26 to March 2 | 519-284-3501
The Feline Friends Network Annual General Meeting was held on SUNDAY, 25 FEBRUARY, 2018, 2pm at the Ritsma meeting room in the Burnside Agriplex Building, located behind the Rotary Complex on McCarthy Road in Stratford. Thank you to all who attended!
Grateful for #GivingTuesday!
Once again, #GivingTuesday proved very successful for FFN. Our six great business partners – Bell’s Winery, Boomer’s Gourmet Fries, BuzzStop, Chocolate Barrs, Nectar, and the Spa Near the Tracks – generously offered discounts or free items to encourage FFN supporters to make a donation to our online Giving Tuesday campaign. In total, #GivingTuesday raised $2,620, making us eligible to receive an additional $1,000 in matching dollars from Mike Vancea, Vancea Financial ($500) and a second anonymous matching partner ($500)! The grand total of $3,620 will help us help more cats in the last quarter of 2017 and into the new year! Thank you to our business partners, our matching partners, the nine businesses (Black Swan Brewing Company, Caledon Tubing, Christine Elizabeth Hair Studio, Coventry Animal Hospital, Inspired by Fitness, Matt Francis – Realtor, Moksha Yoga, Tails Wag Inn, and Your Neighbourhood Credit Union) who each made $100 pledges to FFN, and to all of our donors and supporters who shared our Facebook posts and made their donations on Tuesday, 28 November 2017.
2017 WINE RAFFLE WINNERS ANNOUNCED!
Thanks to all who bought tickets for our largest annual fundraiser : Feline Friends Wine Raffle! And the winners are :
1st prize - 21 bottles of wine (valued at $307.60 and LCBO Gift cards totalling $692.40 | Sylvia Wright, Stratford
2nd Prize - 2 CRP Chairs/Table in Your Choice of Colour and a Very Nice Bottle of Red Wine (Valued at $992) | Jen Emery
3rd Prize - 4 Stratford Festival Theatre tickets; 2 diners at Pazzo's/Okazu and a selction of 8 bottles of wine (valued at $730) | Deb Hirdes, Stratford
Thanks to all of our ticket sellers, including the following businesses :
STRATFORD : Bell’s Winery, Boomers Gourmet Fries, Buzz Stop Fine Coffee & Teas, Coventry Animal Hospital, Nectar, Perth Veterinary Services, Stratford Business Centre, Sutton Group
ST. MARYS : Carpe Vinum, St. Marys Veterinary Clinic
TAVISTOCK : Tavistock Veterinarians
Last but not least, a huge thanks to our prize donors : McLeods Scottish Shop | The Buzz Stop | Boomers Gourmet Fries | Stephanie Theodoropoulos, Realtor, Sutton Group – First Choice Realty Ltd | Ryan Rhodes, Sales Representative, Realty Executives Platinum Ltd, Brokerage | Famme & Co. Professional Corporation | At Your Service Plumbing | Covet – The Community Closet | CR Plastic Products | Okazu | Pazzo Taverna & Pizzeria | Stratford Festival
As always, all proceeds go to FFN spay / neuter programs.
GLOBAL CAT DAY | FREE DRAW WINNERS!
In celebration of Global Cat Day, October 16, 2017, Feline Friends Network held free draws at participating pet supply stores in Stratford : Feed-All Pet Centre, Global Pet Foods & Pet Valu! Each winner took home one of three delicious "clowders" of three chocolate eartipped kittens (white chocolate, milk chocolate & dark chocolate) made for us by Chocolate Barr's Candies.
Lucky winners are Kevin Lalonde, Matthew Maynard, and Jonathan Carson!
Global Cat Day is an annual event reminding us that the cats in our community, including those who call the outdoors their home, need your protection. Please join us in advocating for compassionate policies that protect every cat in our community. Kindness for all catkind!
5th Annual Feline Film Festival | Friday, June 9, 2017
We proudly declare that our 5th Annual Film Festival was a great success! Our audience was larger than ever, and so was the amount raised ($4,900) to support our spay & neuter programs! Huge thanks to everyone who attended the Film Fest, our hard-working volunteers, and of course, our sponsors (listed below)!
Announcing the 2017 Feline Film Fest Audience Favourites. The videos with the most votes are...
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:
Karen Van Baren
Mary Lu Moyer
T., J., and G. Wiseman (!)
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
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!
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 : 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.
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!
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!
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
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!
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.
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 model their cat ears.
It's not a party without a cake! Beautiful and delicious!
Cheryl Simpson, Kristi Mallinson Vogel (visiting from Port Colbourne Feline Initiative), and Marg Usprech
Cheryl Simpson marks the 1000th spay / neuter with a spoken and video presentation.
Charles Riley demonstrates the insulated cat shelters that he and other FFN volunteers build.
Marg Usprech shares her knowledge about Trap-Neuter-Return.
Charlie Vince hams it up with our mascot, Will Feral.
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...
Above, Sharon Poelstra of Stratford was our 1st prize winner : 60 bottles of wine.
Above, Brett Friesen of Guelph was the winner of our 2nd prize : a CPR table & chairs and a wine basket.
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!
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.
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
FFN volunteers Val Pinder, Cheryl Simpson, and guest host, Claire Lautier
Some of the audience in the front row.
Enjoying the films in Knox Church banquet hall.
Checking out the goodies on the silent auction tables.
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.
Young boy enjoying some kitty lovin'.
Our mascot, Will Feral, just fooling around!
Julia Penistan gives a cat massage demonstration on a very willing cat.
One of the adorable kitties looking for a forever home.
Crowd enjoying Catapawlooza activities.
Attentive audience listening to guest speaker.
Just hanging out!