Get your costume ready

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Vancouver’s Furry Friends cat rescue has a plan for this year’s fundraiser that could fill your Instagram feed. Organizers at the all-volunteer rescue encourage guests to attend in costumes that celebrate the historical spirit of the legendary Three Musketeers — but with a feline flair.

The fundraiser, happening Saturday, Sept 15 at Vancouver’s Firstenburg Community Center, supports operating costs for and improvements to the rescue’s recently purchased Halfway House, which expanded shelter capacity. 

Whiskers, swords, and costumes are optional, but registration is required. Get tickets and details at FurryFriendsWA.org.

Furry Friends Offers Microchipping and Cat Adoption At the Peace and Justice Fair

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Event Date:    Saturday, September 9, 2017,  9am to 2 pm

Who:              Furry Friends, a nonprofit, no-kill, all-volunteer cat adoption organization in Clark County

What:             Microchipping for dogs & cats – Also adoptable cats will be on display

Location:        Esther Short Park, downtown Vancouver

Cost:               $20 per pet for microchipping (a $50 value)

Furry Friends will be offering their cats and kittens for adoption Saturday, September 9, 2017 at the Peace and Justice Fair held at Esther Short Park 415 W 6th St, Vancouver, WA 98660. It has grown into a huge family event, with more and more participants every year.

Come on out and “purruse” the adoptable cats, talk with the Furry Friends volunteers relax and listen to music, get all sorts of info on what you can do to help the kitties besides adopting a cat and check out some of the great cat themed merchandise that Furry Friends will have for purchase. There will also be a raffle prize.

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Furry Friends will be offering discounted Avid FriendChip ID microchipping for dogs and cats on  Saturday, September 9 from 9am to 2pm. The chips will be implanted in your pet by our volunteer licensed vet tech for only $20 (a $50 value). We will complete and submit the registration paperwork. Unlike other brands, there are no annual fees. Cats often do not wear collars, and may not have any other form of ID. A recent study showed that less than 2% of cats without microchips were returned home. However, if a cat is microchipped, the return-to-owner rate is 20 times higher than if the cat was not microchipped. This unique permanent identification gives your lost pet a much better chance of coming home.

Furry Friends volunteers and the cats will be available Saturday from 9am-4pm. Come on out to meet the cats and volunteers or to learn more about the care of cats and the mission of Furry Friends.

Furry Friends is a nonprofit, all volunteer, no kill, cat adoption organization in Vancouver, WA. Its mission is to help homeless, relinquished and abused cats by providing spaying and neutering, medical care and foster shelter for as long as it takes to find their forever home.

For more information about Furry Friends, visit www.furryfriendswa.org, email information@furryfriendswaorg or leave a message at (360) 993-1097.

A forever home ... for Angels with Misplaced Wings

What is an angel with misplaced wings? I asked Angels with Misplaced Wings Director, Jeff Evans. Growing up on a mini farm with lots of critters, Jeff says when an animals’ ears would get flipped back his mom called them ‘angels with misplaced wings.’ The name seemed fitting for his sanctuary, especially as it was established in Vancouver, where he had moved to care for his mom.

A unique operation, Angels is a home-based nonprofit sanctuary for animals with special needs. Here they receive lifetime care and compassion they may not get elsewhere. A former veterinary receptionist and now full-time caregiver, Jeff cares for his Angels with the help of his husband Michael, and his parents.

How does a sanctuary fit into the landscape of animal rescue? Most rescues and shelters are meant to be short-term stays for pets on their way to forever homes. The longer an individual animal stays the greater the cost, which can prevent a rescue from taking in and caring for others. Also, animals who are injured, ill, or who have long-term care needs are often not as “adoptable” as healthier animals. This is where sanctuaries come in, taking in the unadoptable, older or impaired. Jeff’s sanctuary is home to such Angels.

How it all began. . .

Living in San Francisco in 2010, Jeff met and eventually married Michael. They had two dogs and wanted more. Like many though, the couple’s home limited them to two — Cesar, a Great Dane, and Megan, a Dalmatian. A move to the Northwest to live with and help care for Jeff’s parents allowed their family to grow.

After meeting a few adoptable dogs who weren’t quite a fit, they met Vivian, a blind 12-year-old Dalmatian. Upon meeting her, Jeff knelt down, and she placed her feet on his shoulders in a hug. Taking her for a walk, Jeff and Michael considered the situation. Blind dogs can be a challenge. Could they accommodate her needs? Could they anticipate them all?

While they had many questions, they knew it was a fit, deciding what they didn’t know they would figure out. Soon after, Vivian was diagnosed with cancer, and the pair fought for her. She was gone in just six months, but her time with them was life changing. Happy, brave, zesty Vivian inspired the formation of Angels. Jeff says her joy for life, even when unable to see, helped them see they could be there for others with special needs.

Jeff and Michael began seeking out dogs with special needs. They found many were being overlooked by adopters. After Vivian came Howard, then Camo. Word spread through the rescue community, and they began receiving increasing calls about hard to place dogs.

The Angels are unique. Each addition becomes a member of the family. The dogs are not kenneled, but live as family, a pack. They come and go from the back yard as they please, sleep in the bed, take over the sofas, play, bicker, and get into mischief — all together.

Michael and Jeff are limited to who and how they can help. Michael works by day while Jeff cares for the animals. His days are spent providing the Angels with necessary treatments, and managing their Facebook page and marketing campaigns. Given the nature of each animal’s needs, much time is spent on the road for veterinary appointments, acupuncture, massage, and physical therapy.

Hidden Rewards

Between Dalmatians and Great Danes, Jeff and Michael found a unique opportunity to educate the public. Since both breeds can be genetically prone to vision and hearing impairment, they are able to teach people what it’s like to live with a deaf or blind dog. They also teach about breeding practices that cause such defects.

The Awesome Truth

The dogs don’t know they are different. As long as they are free of pain or discomfort they are just dogs. Those with hind-end impairment have wheelchairs, but Jeff says they’re only really needed for walks or hikes. Physical therapy helps support their bodies and build compensatory strength, and otherwise, they just do what dogs do. They happily hang out with Jeff, Michael, and visitors, and play or lounge on the couch.

Jeff says it can sometimes be difficult to help people understand the dogs have a good life. “Sure, physical therapy and all that care is work, but it helps them stay strong. It’s what we would do for ourselves or our human loved ones. Even the ones who can’t see or hear are perfectly happy. Their noses know, and they get around fine. Other senses kick in and act in place of sight or sound.”

Of course the work is exhausting, and sometimes sad. Jeff says he does it because he loves being in service. In this case, to dogs. It doesn’t tire, drain or exhaust him, he says – it energizes him. Without the support of Angels’ followers, he says the dogs wouldn’t have the incredible lives they do.

You can help

While handling day-to-day care, Jeff, Michael and family can sometimes use help with paperwork, poop pickup, and other tasks. Anyone interested should contact them through Facebook or angelswithmisplacedwings.org. Financial support will always be needed. Each Angel’s care is extensive. Every August the sanctuary hosts an annual fundraiser, “The Flight of Angels,” opening their Vancouver home to Angel fans for a barbeque, silent auction, and raffle.


Kennedy Morgan works for a construction company by day and spends her evenings and weekends with her two 2-legged kids or three dogs and a cat. The crew enjoys hiking, nature walks, taking pictures in the city and beyond, the beach, and snuggling at home.

Local Cat Rescue Issues Call for Helping Hands

(Vancouver, WA) Working round the clock to beat the clock, Furry Friends is putting out the word: they need all the human help they can get to make a 17-year-old dream a reality.

Thanks in part to the generosity of several private donors, the cat rescue that has rented three different homes over the years, is set to move into their own building in a central Vancouver neighborhood. The modest size house sits on a little over a half an acre of land. What is now a daunting work in progress will ultimately allow them to expand their capacity and extend their community outreach.

But the challenge faced by Furry Friends is twofold. Not only must their current Halfway House be restored to its original condition by September 30th, but they must move its 25 feline residents into their new, permanent Halfway House – completed or not -- by September 24th. And so, with two massive projects on their plate, the rescue is in urgent need of more able-bodied people to join their small, but dedicated and overworked band of volunteers.

Both properties still have extensive work to be done both outdoors and indoors. Outdoors tasks range from weeding, mowing grass, trimming foliage and replanting bushes to shoveling bark and pulling ivy. Indoors tasks range from ripping up carpeting, removing and replacing doors, cabinets and light fixtures to painting, plumbing, remodeling, cleaning and vacuuming.

For further information on how you can lend a hand, please visit www.furryfriendswa.org, email information@furryfriendswa.org or call 360-993-1097.


Founded in 1999, Furry Friends is a nonprofit, no-kill 501(c)(3) animal rescue serving Clark County. Run entirely by volunteers, their mission is to save ailing and abused, abandoned and relinquished cats by providing them with medical care and socialization, spay/neutering and shelter until they are placed in appropriate adoptive homes.

Local Cat Rescue to Host “My Fair Kitty” Dinner and Auction

(Vancouver, WA) Furry Friends is hosting its eighth annual dinner and auction fundraiser on Saturday, September 17th from 5 PM to 9 PM at the Firstenburg Community Center, 700 NE 136th Ave, Vancouver, WA 98668.

While this year’s theme, “My Fair Kitty,” encourages attendees to wear costumes that reflect the high style and high spirits of the Academy Award winning film “My Fair Lady”, dressing to the nines is purely optional. 

Festivities begin at 5 PM with guests having their photos taken and placing bids on the dazzling assortment of silent auction items. Dinner, catered by Summerland Catering, will then be served, offering a vegetarian entrée and including a dessert bar. The live auction, gaveled by auctioneer Doug Quinn will follow, and the evening will conclude with the awarding of the prize for the most popular “My Fair Kitty” costume.

Salmon Creek Plastic Surgery and Iron Gate Storage are sponsoring the event, while, among the donations from local businesses and individuals, are a 5 days/4 nights package to Cancun, Mexico, winery tours and tastings, gift certificates to local eateries, gift baskets, pet items, personal items and handmade gifts.

Advance tickets are $50 per person and $55 at the door. Advance tickets may be purchased through PayPal at www.furryfriendswa.org. For those interested in donating a NEW item worth $30 or more to the auction, please contact auction@furryfriendswa.org. Donations will be accepted until August 31st, 2016. 

All proceeds from the event will be used to fund both the rescue’s operating costs and the building improvements on the halfway house they recently purchased to accommodate their ever-expanding roster of cats.

Founded in 1999, Furry Friends is a nonprofit, no-kill 501(c)(3) animal rescue serving Clark County. Run entirely by volunteers, their mission is to save ailing and abused, abandoned and relinquished cats by providing them with medical care and socialization, spay/neutering and shelter until they are placed in appropriate adoptive homes.

For further information on the rescue, please visit www.furryfriendswa.org, email information@furryfriendswa.org or call 360-993-1097.

Recycling – It's a Northwest Thing

Furry Friends will be offering their recycled cats and kittens for adoption June 25–26, 2016 at the Recycled Arts Festival (RAF) held at Esther Short Park, 301 West 8th Street in Vancouver, WA. In addition to the kitties, there will be great cat themed merchandise that Furry Friends will have for purchase.

Discounted Avid FriendChip ID microchipping for dogs and cats will be offered on Saturday, June 25th from 9am to 1pm and Sunday , June 26th from 9am to 1pm. The chips will be implanted in your pet by our volunteer licensed vet tech for only $20 (a $45 value). This unique permanent identification gives your lost pet a much better chance of coming home.

For more information about Furry Friends, visit www.furryfriendswa.org, email information@furryfriendswa.org or leave a message at(360) 993-1097.

Cats in need of a Vet Tech

The cats, kittens and good folks at Furry Friends are looking for a qualified volunteer veterinary technician to help with the medical duties of this cat rescue organization in Vancouver, WA. Furry Friends Washington is a 501c3 charitable organization that has been serving Clark County since 1999. This no-kill organization is operated and run completely by volunteers and dedicated to providing rescue, necessary medical, and spay/neuter for neglected and homeless cats while finding them forever homes.

A vet tech plays such a vital role in the well being of the kitties. This position would require about 2-4 hours a week assisting in wellness exams for the cats and kittens. The hours would be flexible. You would be assisting our full time vet tech volunteer. The main mission of Furry Friends is finding forever homes for the kitties in their care, but it needs qualified people in these key positions to make that happen. You will be rewarded in purrs and meows by all the furry guests and make some great relationships with the other dedicated volunteers.

For more information contact information@furryfriendswa.org or call (360) 993-1097. Visit the web site www.furryfriendswa.org to see what Furry Friends is all about.

Furry Friends seeks new home

Furry Friends nonprofit no-kill cat adoption agency in Clark County rescues and finds loving families for homeless, relinquished, and abused cats in Clark County, caring for them as long as it takes to find their forever homes. 

The group is losing its current lease this fall and, in need of a larger facility, the all-volunteer staff is working hard to raise funds for a building to retrofit for the kitties. A substantial amount has been raised to date, but there is still a ways to go. Anyone who would like to help may donate to furryfriendswa.org. To learn more, email information@furryfriendswa.org  or call 360-993-1097.

Cats in need of a Treasurer

You give a cat some money and teach him about budgeting and he throws everything you said out the window. Next thing you know he is on line buying cat toys and snacks. The bottom line is, never trust a cat with money.

Furry Friends is in need of a treasurer. This position would require about 10-15 hours a month. Duties would include: receive and reconcile the bank statements, after a probationary period write checks and pay bills. Manage our operating account and Building Fund, work cooperatively with the bookkeeper and review financial reports prepared by the book keeper; and be a member of our Executive Committee and attend monthly meetings. 

The main mission of Furry Friends is finding forever homes for the kitties in their care, but it needs qualified people in these key positions to make that happen. You will be rewarded in purrs and meows by all the furry guests and make some great relationships with the other dedicated volunteers.

For more information contact information@furryfriendswa.org or call (360) 993-1097. Visit the web site www.furryfriendswa.org to see what Furry Friends is all about.

 

Cats in need of a Handyman

What’s a person to do? You give these cats a hammer and all the tools they need to fix things around the house and they just say that they will get to it later. 

Since our cats are not doing their part in keeping the Furry Friends Halfway House in good repair, we are seeking a human handyman to assist in performing small repairs around the cat shelter. It will not be that big of a commitment, but we sure could use your help. 

If you would like to help the kitties out with your fix-it skills, Furry Friends would sure like to hear from you. You can contact them at information@furryfriendswa.org or call (360) 993-1097

Furry Friends is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, no-kill organization that rescues and adopts out homeless, relinquished, and abused cats in Clark County, Washington. They care for the kitties as long as it takes to find their forever home. They are an all-volunteer organization; there is no paid staff. Learn more at FurryFriendsWA.org.