Whiskers the cat was cold, hungry, and alone. He was frightened and did not know what to do. He was suddenly homeless after his owners moved and left him behind.
Sadly, Whiskers’ story is one heard all too often by the volunteers at Furry Friends Rescue. Many people think a cat is ‘just an animal’ that will do fine if abandoned. This is so untrue.
Here at The Kitty Corner, we hope to help people better understand cats and their needs. Here you’ll find tips on health and behavior, meet our valuable volunteers, and discover stories that will melt your heart — a few even written by kitties themselves!
If you are a person who can no longer keep your cat for any reason, you’ll find tips on what to do. Please consider the options.
Meet some new Furry Friends!
Volunteer Diane Stevens, the organization’s Marketing Director, is among the experts at The Kitty Corner. She is also a photographer, graphic artist, illustrator, event coordinator, and writer.
Volunteer Jenelle York will share stories of forever families (aka happy ever afters) found. Many of the kitties living in their forever homes have hit the kitty lottery. These success stories are wonderful and touching, especially when — as so often happens — the kitty’s former life was not so good.
About the organization
Founded in 1999, Furry Friends is a nonprofit, no-kill organization that rescues and adopts out homeless, relinquished, and abused cats in Clark County, Washington. Volunteers care for the cats as long as it takes to find their forever home. Furry Friends is all-volunteer, with no paid staff.
The house that serves as headquarters is undisclosed, closed to the public. While it may look like any other house on the block it is strictly the domain of cats. Volunteers call the building a halfway house rather than a shelter.
Furry Friends cats can be viewed at furryfriendswa.org. Some are housed at the Cats Meow Boarding at 330 NE Chkalov Dr. in Vancouver, while others rotate weekly through the PetSmart Adoption Center at 316 NE 78th St. in Vancouver. Still others may be seen by appointment.
Currently, about 115 volunteers perform a variety of tasks, including feeding, cleaning, and showering the kitties with love. Many high school and college students volunteer in the evenings.
All our work is proven worthwhile when we see our cats find loving homes.
To learn more about Furry Friends Washington, their goals, how they are funded and how you can help, visit FurryFriendsWA.org.