Furever Friends Cat Rescue began on September 4th, 2015 out of concern for lost, abandoned and feral cats in the community of Altona, Manitoba.
Their plight is sad. Imagine living in a warm and comfortable home, then suddenly staring at the back of the car as it drives off, leaving you in a strange neighbourhood. Nothing looks familiar, no house, no person. Where do you go now? Where do you find your next meal, water, a warm dry bed? And then there are the other animals who don't want you there...where is safety?
Many more cats are dumped by owners than lost. They are usually not neutered or spayed, which adds dramatically to the overpopulation situation. They are often in poor health and unable to fend for themselves in the dead of winter or the heat of summer. They are voiceless, but their hearts cry out for us.
Furever Friends provides loving foster homes, vet care, and a spay/neuter program. Each cat's medical and social concerns are taken care of before adoption. Potential new owners are screened carefully for compatibility of home life and to the cat's personality and needs.
It is our mission to provide for the adoption and placement of rescued cats and kittens in permanent homes. We are further dedicated to the care and well being of these homeless cats and to educating the public on the need to spay/neuter pets, the prevention of animal cruelty, responsible pet ownership, and actively encouraging members of our community to be involved in the cause.
Tess (foster fail)
Tracy with Cinder
Sasha and Amira
Tracy started the Rescue in 2015. She manages our Facebook page, is in charge of all animal health and vet requirements, along with countless other tasks. She liaisons with the foster homes and feral shelter caretakers, in addition to being a feral shelter caretaker herself. Together with her husband, Stan, she is a two time foster fail*.
Tess (foster fail)
Stan with rescued cat, Gordo
Stan is our fearless lion tamer, trying to pet the rescued cats to see if they are feral, aggressive or tame. He has been a volunteer since the beginning, and is our shelter builder, cat taxi driver, fundraising helper and a feral shelter caretaker. Together with his wife, Tracy, he is a two time foster fail*.
Ryder (foster dog)
Meghan with Katniss
Meghan has been volunteering with FFCR since 2015. She manages our Instagram account, helps with fundraising and is a full-time foster home. Meghan has transformed many feral fosters into loving family pets, with the help of her cat-taming dog, Dion. She is a one time foster fail*. Meghan also fosters dogs for a local breeder.
Rusty (outside feral cat)
Kim with Sox
Sox (foster fail)
Kim has been volunteering with FFCR since 2016. She helps with fundraising events, the adoption process, and is a feral shelter caretaker. Kim has tamed several feral cats, getting them ready for adoption and a life indoors. She is a three time foster fail*.
Cyndi with "Crookshanks"
Buddy (foster fail)
Cyndi has been volunteering with FFCR since 2017. She manages our website, produces marketing material and helps with administrative tasks and fundraising. She is a one time foster fail* (her first and only attempt at fostering) to a partially reformed feral brother and sister pair.
Don is our behind-the-scenes support, urging us to do our best when morale runs low. As a certified accountant, he has the pleasure of completing our taxes. Though Don has no cats of his own, he has fostered a chosen few. He also frequently contributes needed funds when we run low.
* Foster fail is a term we use when a foster home chooses to adopt their foster cat instead of allowing it to be adopted by someone else. While the term sounds negative ("fail"), it is actually a wonderful thing.