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The Scratching Post
Volume 7, Issue 2 • Autumn 2003 In This Issue…
e Scratching Post is the biannual newsletter of the Fancy Cats 1 A Letter from our President
Rescue Team. Issues are printed in February and September. 2 Rescue Me
Submissions should be sent to Newsletter Editor, P O Box 182, 2 In Memoriam: Bernie and Bianca
Herndon, VA 20172-0182, or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. 3 Ask Aggy
3 Sabrina, A Fancy Cats Success Story
Fancy Cats Rescue Team is a (c) () non-profit organization 4 Volunteer Opportunities
founded in August by Catherine McCullough-Awad and 4 The Youth Volunteer Program
incorporated in February in the Commonwealth of Virginia. 4 Fundraiser: Cat Paintings by Mary Reilly
Fancy Cats Rescue Team is an all-volunteer organization with no
5 Success Story: Taylor
paid staff. Most volunteers have full-time jobs or are students and
donate their non-working hours to help save cats from needless
A Letter from our President
“Our Mission is to end needless euthanasia by having our is Spring and Summer have flown by for Fancy Cats, with the
cats spayed and neutered…to find suitable lifetime homes much-anticipated advent of kitten season. Our volunteers and
for our cats with loving adopters… to educate potential foster homes have all been overwhelmed with the need to provide
adopters on issues such as sterilization, declawing, and shelter and tender loving care to the full range of needy felines.
behavioral problems.” We have had many orphaned bottle babies, pregnant cats, cats
with young kittens, and litters of just about weaned kittens. In ad-
A copy of the latest financial report and registration filed by dition, we have continued to focus on hundreds of adult cats who
Fancy Cats Rescue Team may be obtained by contacting the State have needed to be rescued and placed in loving homes.
Division of Consumer Affairs, Department of Agriculture and
Consumer Affairs, P O Box 1163, Richmond, VA 23209. e wonderful news is that this year, as of the end of June, we had
found homes for more cats and kittens than during the first
Donations to Fancy Cats Rescue Team are tax deductible. six months of . We are on track to far exceed our totals
We are an approved United Way/CFC organization, United of rescued cats and kittens. We have accomplished this while still
Way . You can also donate online through our Web site, providing a quarantine home for our cats during the first two
www.fancycats.org. weeks they are with us and ensuring that they are provided with
all basic medical care and tons of love and attention before mov-
Fancy Cats Rescue Team Board of Directors: ing to our PETsMART adoption center to seek forever homes.
Rose McKinney, President It is through the tireless dedication and unstingting hard work
Evelyn Sobera, Vice President and Executive Director provided by our volunteers that we have been able to accomplish
Kristen Tunstall, Secretary this impressive achievement. It is hard to imagine how much time
and effort it takes for our kitten foster families to successfully
Jill DeRoos David O’Donnell raise a litter of kittens from birth, or bottle baby status, to readi-
Lisa Robinson Lois McCormick ness for adoption. While they are small the kittens are terribly
Amanda Rutkowski Paige Leverett fragile and require a great deal of attention to survive. is year
Marta Kirik Anice Ogden we have weathered deadly upper respiratory virii, devastating di-
arrhea due to parasites and worms, and an unprecedented number
of ringworm cases. Nursing young kittens through all of these
problems can be exhausting, both emotionally and physically.
Many foster families have lost kittens despite their best efforts.
Newsletter masthead designed by David O’Donnell, Web master. Others added weeks to normal foster time in order to ensure that
A full-color, downloadable PDF version of this report is available their kittens were totally over their maladies. en it was neces-
on our Web site: www.fancycats.org. sary to take the babies to PETsMART for weekend adoption fairs
until every kitten had a new, loving home, and to follow up with
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the new owners to help integrate the new family members into Rescue Me
their forever households. Anyone who came in to our adoption
center toward the end of Summer probably observed a number of
worn out foster moms there with their kittens. And kitten season Rescue me not only with your hands but with your heart as well.
is not over! ese volunteers are the backbone and heroes of I will respond to you.
Fancy Cats. Rescue me not out of pity but out of love.
I will love you back.
ough it was rewarding to have increased the number of kittens Rescue me not with self-righteousness but with compassion.
adopted so far this year, we have also significantly added to the I will learn what you teach.
number of adults placed into new, loving homes. We continue Rescue me not because of my past but because of my future.
to adhere to our new philosophy of rescuing cats from animal I will relax and enjoy.
shelter euthanization rooms and from the streets where they were Rescue me not simply to save me but to give me a new life.
homeless and afraid. It is tremendously rewarding to work with I will appreciate your gi.
these cats, who in almost all cases only needed another chance to Rescue me not only with a firm hand but with tolerance and
show what lovely companions they could be. I couldn’t count how patience.
many times our volunteers have remarked that they wish they I will please you.
could take home one or another of the gorgeous, loveable cats we Rescue me not only because of who I am but who I’m to become.
have had at PETsMART and in foster homes this year (if only we I will grow and mature.
had endless room and time at home). For the volunteers, it is a Rescue me not to revere yourself to others but because you want
wonderful feeling to send a favorite cat home with her new family me.
and to hear later how much they love these formerly unwanted I will never let you down.
cats. Rescue me not with a hidden agenda but with a desire to teach me
We are sincerely grateful for the generosity of our supporters, our I will be loyal and true.
veterinary clinics, the Homeless Homer™/Free Revolution® Adop- Rescue me not to be chained or to fight but to be your companion.
tion Program, the Fair Lakes PETsMART staff and our adopting I will stand by your side.
families, the vets at VETsMART, as well as the much appreciated Rescue me not to replace one you’ve lost but to sooth your spirit.
financial contributions of our friends that have enabled us to help I will cherish you.
hundreds of wonderful cats. We invite you to visit our lovely cats Rescue me not to be your pet but to be your friend.
and kittens on our website or at our adoption center at the Fair I will give you unconditional love.
Lakes PETsMART soon.
—Rose McKinney, President —Submitted by Cynthia Kochendarfer,
FCRT Volunteer and Foster Mother
Help the environment and even more cats!
In Memoriam: Bernie and Bianca
Do you have Internet access at home? Receive the Fancy Cats
Adopted from FCRT in March , Bernard and Bianca (former-
Rescue Team newsletter, e Scratching Post, via e-mail! Published
ly Luke and Gwyneth) were a gi. I had lost my cat of fourteen
twice a year, Scratching Post will be delivered as a full-color PDF
years, Keiki, only a year and a half before and had decided to
document. You will get to see our publication in color before it
volunteer for FCRT to help heal. e first night I volunteered,
goes to press, save trees, and help our environment; but you will
Bernard crawled in to my lap. ough very shy, Bianca quickly
also help Fancy Cats Rescue Team direct even more of our funds
followed. I knew immediately I just had to take them home. ey
to the critical task of rescuing cats and kittens and placing them in
were inseparable, and I know now they are no longer in pain.
loving homes. Each printed issue costs some to publish!
Bernie and Bianca are finally together, forever. ey were the best
cats anyone could ever ask for. ank you for the love you gave
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unconditionally. I will miss you guys.
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Please rest assured that Fancy Cats will not provide your address to any
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Bernie and Bianca
What’s Coming Up? Bernie
Check out our upcoming events on our calendar on the Web
site: www.fancycats.org. —Carly Ikuma
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Ask Aggy Some of us have had even better success controlling aggression
Dear Aggy: problems with a new product call Comfort Zone™, a spin off of
I have two kitties and would like to add a parakeet to the Feliway. Comfort Zone is a plug in which, life room fresheners,
household. Is it possible to have cats and birds in the same house? spreads the product by heating fluid in a container and turning
Yours truly, Birdie Catloose it into an airborne substance. e product covers - square
feet with one plug in. Plug it in where kitty frequents and forget
Dear Birdie, about it for a month. Several of us with multiple kitties have no-
e short answer to the question is YES; birds and cats ticed a dramatic decrease or complete elimination of spraying and
can live harmoniously as long as their owners take the time to aggressive behavior. One plug in lasts about four weeks and it is
think about safeguarding their new, feathered friend. First, don’t advisable to use one refill to assure behavior has been modified.
underestimate the cleverness of kitty. You must make sure your
bird has a cage with the right size bars for that type of bird and One of the vets that Fancy Cats uses has installed a Comfort Zone
that the cage is stable and secure. Don’t put your birdcage on a in their cat and dog area to relax the animals while staying at the
stand that can be tipped over—either put the cage on a sturdy vets (there is a dog version of Comfort Zone). How thoughtful!
piece of furniture close to a wall or hang the cage from the ceiling.
Placing your bird in a room with a door is a great idea. You can If you are trying to resolve spraying and urinating problems
regulate access to the cage, especially when you’re away. Putting please remember, a trip to the vet is the first step in the process.
a bell on your kitty’s collar helps your bird know when Tiger is Although spraying is usually a behavior trait, it’s always good to
approaching. Never have your cat in the room if you bird is out make sure your cat doesn’t have a urinary tract problem. Some-
of its cage. Both animals can be unpredictable and in a second or times spraying and inappropriate urination appear similar.
so your birdie can be history. Also, cats have a certain bacteria in
their saliva called Pasteurella bacteria. While this bacteria is part Please note that Fancy Cats does not endorse the use of any prod-
of the normal flora in your kitty’s saliva, it is deadly to birds. Even uct mentioned in Aggy’s column.
casual contact should be avoided. Make sure all openings to the
cage are secure from unexpected openings by either kitty or birdie. Write to Aggy at firstname.lastname@example.org. She’ll answer if she can!
If needed, you can use metal twist ties to secure the doors and
other openings for a small bird. A Fancy Cats Success Story
e good news is that with time you can train most cats to under-
stand that the little fellow in the cage is a friend, not dinner. Many
cats lose their fascination with their caged friend aer a while,
especially if many attempts at getting to that bird in the cage have
failed. Just be careful and make sure any interaction is between
bars. Take it from Aggy, who has lived with birds for over a year
now: they’re fun to watch, but Mom has made it clear that touch-
ing one of our feathered friends would not be a good idea.
By the way, check out a Web site called parrotparrot.com if you’re
interested in adopting a bird. It has all sorts of great tips for the
new bird owner.
Sabrina – years old (adopted )
Have you folks at Fancy Cats had any experience with Sabrina has become my baby. We went away on vacation for a
Feliway®, the cat pheromone product? Before I invest in a bottle week and I was so scared that she was really going to grieve while
I’d like to know if it really works? Signed, Tommy T. Catto I was away. A neighbor that lives next door doesn’t work and
agreed to spend time with Sabrina while I was away. I could not
Dear Catto, imagine Sabrina without human contact for a week! She loves
Many of us at Fancy Cats have used Feliway with varying affection and must have it every day. My neighbor fell in love
rates of success. Feliway is a “copy cat” version of the feline facial with her. She really did well while I was away on vacation. I have
pheromone, which is the same invisible substance kitty secretes never seen an animal so happy to see her owner when I got back. I
on you or your furniture when he affectionately rubs his jowls thought she never leave me alone! I would be reading a book and
against you. e object of this product is to use it on certain areas she’d crawl right up on my chest or my lap and demand attention.
where kitty has urinated inappropriately or sprayed, or use it in a She is as playful as ever and eats like a pig. She loves to cuddle un-
small area kitty frequents to lower his stress level and make him der the blankets at night. I take her to PETsMART to get groomed
feel more comfortable. Before using this product on an area that’s every once in a while. She is a pampered cat. I don’t know how
been soiled, you must clean and enzyme the area thoroughly. If many times I have to say thank you for her. When I think back
you do this and are religious about using the product several to the first time I held her, I would have ever imagined that she
times a day, the success rate is pretty high. To reduce stress we’ve would be like she is today. A part of the family!
used it in our cat cages and in cat carriers to calm kitty during
transport. —Mandy, Adoptive Mom
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YOU CAN HELP! just to look at the kitties. We ended up bringing home two kittens
Volunteer for Fancy Cats Rescue Team to foster, and we eventually adopted them. While we were foster-
ing them, I brought them up to the adoption fairs every weekend,
Fancy Cats Rescue Team is looking for volunteers to help care and I loved it so much I became a volunteer.
for our Fancy Cats. ere are a number of ways in which you can
become actively involved in our organization’s efforts to save stray It’s wonderful to spend a few hours with cats and kittens. I clean
and unwanted cats. Even if you only have two or three hours per out cages, make sure the cats have fresh food and water, pet and
week to contribute, we need your help! hold the kittens and cats, and talk with potential adopters about
the kitties. It’s such a wonderful feeling when the cats get adopted;
Here are some examples of the volunteer roles that are available I love cleaning out the cages because it means a cat has gone
for adults and young volunteers: home. I called my neighbors about a cat who seemed perfect for
them, and they came and adopted her. I was so happy to see her
• Caring for cats at the Fair Lakes PETsMART Adoption Center go home!
• Helping with Fancy Cats Adoption Fairs
• Transporting cats to and from veterinarians for medical work While my friends were trying to figure out how to get five com-
• Fostering cats/kittens in your home munity service hours for school, I already had hours from
• Helping with fund-raising activities Fancy Cats. Going to PETsMART to volunteer is what I look
• Helping with publicity and information about Fancy Cats Rescue Team forward to most about every weekend. It’s my favorite thing to do.”
No matter what your age may be or what role you choose, volun- —Jillian Cairns, Youth Volunteer
teering with Fancy Cats will be a rewarding experience for you!
You will learn that your contributions really count while directly “We have done a number of different volunteer jobs with our Mom
supporting our organization’s goal of finding loving life-long for Fancy Cats this summer, starting with cleaning at one of the
homes for our Fancy Cats. quarantine foster homes twice a day while Lisa was away on vaca-
tion. We also helped clean at the other quarantine foster home,
If you would like to become involved with our organization, and medicated the cats there twice a day, while Cathy was away.
please visit our Web site to learn more about volunteer opportu-
nities. You may also call our voice mail line at /- and We have been cleaning the cat cages at PETsMART every Friday
leave a message under the option for “Volunteer Opportunities.” during the summer vacation. We really enjoy working with the
We hope to hear from you soon! cats—we like being able to get to know them, and while we are
cleaning their cages, we let them out to run around and stretch
—Lois McCormick their legs. We also brush those cats who need it… they really
About the Fancy Cats Youth Volunteer Program
We both love cats, and enjoy being able to help our Mom out, too.
Fancy Cats Rescue Team has a terrific cadre of Youth Volunteers Our Mom and Dad believe that it’s important for us to have some
who help us out in so many ways! If you or your son or daughter kind of volunteer responsibilities. Helping out at Fancy Cats give
loves animals and wants to help find them loving and permanent us the chance to do this, and it’s a bonus that we really enjoy it!”
homes, we would love to have your help. Another plus for our
Youth Volunteers is that Fancy Cats Rescue Team service counts —Tansy and Kirsten de Roos
toward goals for volunteer community service hours set by the lo-
cal school systems. Please note that Fancy Cats Youth Volunteers
must be years of age and must have their parents’ permission
to volunteer with us.
Help Raise Money for Fancy Cats Rescue Team!
e two main jobs that our Youth Volunteers fulfill are caring for
cats at the Fair Lakes PETsMART Adoption Center and helping Fancy Cats Rescue Team has teamed up with a local
with Fancy Cats Adoption Fairs. Both jobs are extremely reward- artist for a fund-raising project. Mary Reilly of Creative
ing for young people, as you can tell from reading about the Brush Studio in Manassas has created a number of beau-
experiences of some of our Youth Volunteers below. Please contact tiful limited edition prints of cats and kittens.
us if you want to help our Fancy Cats!
Mary has generously agreed to donate a portion of the
“My friends call me CatWoman. My wall is covered in cat post- proceeds of the sale of each print ordered through Fancy
ers and cat calendars. My bath towel has a cat on it. I am always Cats Rescue Team to our organization. Watch our Web
covered in cat hair. Ask anyone who knows me what my favorite site for more details on how you can indulge your love
animal is, and they will definitely tell you “CATS!” Naturally, when of cats and also help further Fancy Cats Rescue Team’s
I found out that I could volunteer with Fancy Cats, I took the op- efforts to rescue stray and unwanted cats and find them
portunity. loving, adoptive homes!
In late September of , my Mom and I went up to PETsMART
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Hello! My name is Taylor
I am a four-year-old neutered male white and brown tabby
with the most beautiful green eyes. I am a very timid little
guy who becomes very affectionate and talkative aer I get
to know a person and realize that I will not be hurt again. I
was abandoned by my original owners and subsequently
hit by a car. is resulted in my right front leg having to be
amputated. I know you must be thinking, “how does he get
around with only three legs?” but let me tell you, I can run
up and down the stairs, jump up on chairs and beds, follow
you around with my rabbit-type hop and us my litter box
like a pro! is disability has not slowed me down!
Aer the accident I was rescued by a nice couple that took
me to the emergency vet to have my injuries evaluated. ey
were unable to keep me due to a pending divorce so aer a
lengthy stay at the vet clinic I was placed in the local shelter. Some of our Youth Volunteers helped raise money for Fancy Cats by painting
Scared and abandoned again, Fancy Cats Rescue Team bricks and selling them as artworks. You can see their report above. Thanks,
rescued me out of the shelter the day I was going to be put Volunteers!
down. A larger, color copy of this art can be found on our Web site, with the PDF newletter.
Let me tell you a them. Children scare me also because I am very vulnerable due to
little more about myself. my disability. My ideal home would be as an “only” cat in an adult
I currently reside in a “only” home. If you can find in your heart to take me in to your
foster home. I am very home, I promise that I will love you forever!
clean and neat. I am in
excellent health, with a P.S. If you any questions about me, please contact Evelyn at
beautiful coat. I eat only email@example.com, or call 703/464-0760 and leave a message
dry cat food. I am not a on line #1.
lap cat. I tolerate having
my nails clipped. I love
to be petted and will
rub around your legs
Since January 2003, Fancy
and gently push my nose into your hand so that you will scratch Cats Rescue Team has
behind my ears. I don’t really like to be picked up. I love to play
with my catnip mouse, placed over
feather wand and little
balls. My watchful eye
never passes up col-
ored string or ribbon. I
currently reside with
two other cats, but I do
not feel comfortable or cats in
really like other cats. I
am scared of them and new homes.
become very defensive
when I am around
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A copy of the latest financial
YES! I want to contribute to Fancy Cats Rescue Team! report and registration filed by
Nearly of your donation goes toward the care of rescued animals* Fancy Cats Rescue Team may be
obtained by contacting:
State Division of Consumer
Address: _____________________________________________________________________ Affairs
City: _________________________________________ State: _____ ZIP: ____________ Department of Agriculture and
Phone: __________________________ E-mail: ___________________________________ P O Box 1163
Fancy Cats Rescue Team is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization; your contribution is tax deductible! Richmond VA 23209
Did you know… Registration does not imply en-
feeds one cat for a month. dorsement, approval, or recom-
pays for insulin for one month for a diabetic mendation by the state.
* Each year, we spend a considerable amount of cat.
money in our spay and neutering of cats, as well
as caring for some of the more serious medical pays for one male cat to be neutered. Please make your check payable
conditions that we inherit from shelter-bound or pays for one month of latex gloves to to Fancy Cats Rescue Team and
abandoned cats. Fancy Cats regularly has cats in sanitarily clean cat cages.
long-term foster care with FIV, FeLV, diabetes, and
mail it to us at:
pays for one female cat to be spayed.
emotional problems. Please help us keep these cats
healthy and safe. Send your donation made out to:
pays for dewormer for kittens. Fancy Cats Rescue Team
pays for five cats to be tested for FeLV/FIV. P O Box 182
Fancy Cats Rescue Team pays for an elderly cat to get a dental.
P O Box 182 Herndon VA 20172-0182
buys one quarantine cage.
Herndon, VA 20172-0182 buys cats litter for six months. We are a non-profit organiza-
or donate via Paypal, iGive, or Helping.org on our , provides cats food for a month. tion; your contribution is tax
Web site: www.fancycats.org
In addition to our own Web site (www.fancycats.org), you can see many of our cats at
the PetFinder Web site: www.petfinder.org/shelters/va145.html
Fancy Cats Rescue Team NONPROFIT
P O Box 182 US POSTAGE
Herndon VA 20172-0182 PAID
PERMIT NO. 6205