About Fluffy Friends Rescue
About Our Rescue Group...
My name is Tracy and I founded Fluffy Friends Rescue in 2005. My reasoning was simple. I was (and still am) forced to be out of work due to a horrible auto accident that left me disabled. I was an industrial electrician before my accident who was use to working 60-84 hours a week. Let's just say I had a lot of time on my hands. I began to notice the over-abundance of feral cats in Newman, CA. where I started Fluffy Friends Rescue. So, that's when my mission began. I am also deeply involved in feeding several colonies of feral cats & performing TNR on all of them trying to reduce the population & get them to be stable colonies. I am a registered Kitty Caretaker in the county of Stanislaus. I initiated a project of caring for a colony of feral cats at Orestimba High School in Newman. After performing TNR on several cats; I had to reluctantly turn the project over to another trusted caretaker in Newman when I moved 125 miles south.
I have always been an animal lover so this came natural to me. Not to mention my first colony was at my house which made it easy for me. In performing TNR I notice that not all of the cats in the colony are feral. This is where rescuing the tame cats comes in. Not only that but if I trap a feral mom to get spayed & she is pregnant I am not going to allow the vet to abort kittens. So, I quarantine feral mommy until she has her babies. Then I start handling them as soon as possible (around 2 weeks old). By doing this we have tame kittens that can be adopted out instead of more feral cats on the property and in the colony. Before releasing mom back to the colony or adopting the babies, they all get spayed or neutered and vaccinated. The reason to quarantine any new cat being brought in a house with other cats is to make sure she doesn't have any diseases that can be passed on to the other cats. All new cats being brought inside (either feral mommy's or tame rescues) receive a FIV/FeLV combo test. This test will determine if the cat is infected with either feline Aids or Leukemia.
Feral cats don't have a chance at the pound. They are immediately euthanized, killed, just because they don't want to be touched by humans. They have no hope for adoption so that is the only alternative the county chooses to enforce. They could choose TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return). However, their policy has always been Trap and Remove. In other words, they trap and kill. I believe it is an incredibe injustice to kill an animal for the sole reason that it exists. I just want to have a voice for these cats who can't speak for themselves.
Donate to Our Rescue Group...
We accept donations through Paypal with the email address firstname.lastname@example.org
We also accept check/money order, or any animal food or supplies. Please email or call for address.
Come Meet Our Pets...Please call 209-918-0427 and we will keep all adoption events posted on our voicemail. In the meantime, if you are looking for a dog, cat, or kitten & we don't have an event coming up; that doesn't mean we don't have plenty of animals up for adoption. Please leave a message with your name, telephone number, and what type of animal you think you are interested in and I can either email you pictures of what I have available or I can bring them by your house or a park & you can play with them & decide if you and your family are a good fit for the animal AND the animal is a good fit for you .
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Our Adoption Process...
First a potential adopter makes contact with me that they are interested in a dog or cat that I have up for adoption. The very first thing I do is speak with them regarding adoption to try to determine if they are serious and ready for the responsibility of being a pet owner. Then, I have them fill out an adoption questionaire. If this is done in person, while I am looking over the questionaire, I invite the family to play with/hold the cat or dog. I encourage lots of play time & then we sit down & I talk about responsible pet ownership. If it is a cat I tell them cats can live up to 20 years & I ask them if they are prepared to have another family member that relies on them for the next 20 years (and that you can't just give away). I talk a little about the breed but encourage them to go home & do research on their specific breed so they will get to know their animal better & why he does the things he does. Not to mention you need to learn what type of medical issues & possible behavioral issues the animal may have. All in all it's a good learning experience & it will make you feel more prepared. I talk about the financial responsibilities of owning a pet. I remind them that unless they are planning on taking the pet everywhere you go; you need to stop & think about him/her before just taking off. (This is especially true for couples with no kids.)
I also go over all of their vaccination history & show them their certificate of spay / neuter & rabies tag & certificate & when everything is due. I also write it down for them, when their next vaccinations are due. If they like the animal then usually the coming up weekend I come to their house & do a home inspection to make sure it is a safe environment for the pet. This also gives me a chance to see how both the potential adopters & the pet interact with one another in their home environment. If I am completely comfortable with adopting the animal to these people then they pay a specified adoption fee and they sign a contract. Part of the contract, besides saying they will care for the animal, keep it up to date on its vaccinations, and a skew of other important factors in caring for an animal; it also prevents them from ever giving away or selling the animal to someone else. If for any reason, they can no longer keep the animal they must contact me & give me the first opportunity to take the animal back in. This is solely done to prevent those animals from ending up back on the streets, or even worse, in an Animal Control facility. This also gives the adopter peace of mind in knowing the animal will be in good hands in the unfortunate event/ situations that require owner surrenders.