National Volunteer Week April 23rd – April 29th

Gearing up for National Volunteer Week!

Feline Rescue: 20 Years of Dedi-CAT-ed Volunteers!

Feline Rescue began when the Animal Relief Fund (ARF) decided to close its shelter in 1997. About a dozen ARF volunteers formed a new organization that would have a shelter facility; and so, Feline Rescue, Inc. was born. Bylaws were developed, with the incorporators listed as Ray Birkland, Jim and Rosemary Brock, Rick Johnston, Pat McCarty, Nancy Mosier, Richard Stegall and Hertha Schulze. There were also several others in the original founding group, including Terri St. Sauver, who had experience with nonprofit organizations and helped significantly with the development of the bylaws.

Feline Rescue was first located on Charles Avenue in St. Paul. Already the fledging organization had some devoted donors, and funds willed to Feline Rescue helped to purchase the current building at 593 Fairview Avenue North in St. Paul.

Over the years, Feline Rescue grew, expanding and enhancing its Shelter, Foster and Outreach programs. The small number of volunteers 20 years ago now has increased to more than 400. You can find them greeting visitors, cleaning litterboxes, feeding and entertaining cats, socializing cats, administering medications, providing foster care, bottle feeding kittens, rescuing cats in danger, helping with spay/neuter clinics, planning and staffing events, speaking to the community, raising funds, producing newsletters, photographing cats, developing and maintaining Facebook and Web presence, maintaining databases, helping with other administrative tasks, and so much more.

Several years ago, in an article she wrote for The Scoop, Donna Bolte, shelter shift lead, said, “Who are these volunteers? What is it that initially draws them to consider mopping floors or poking pills down reluctant throats? What brings them back week after week? A profile of one shift….is indicative of just how diverse these people are……, but the common theme is interacting with our cats in a no-kill environment.”

For most of its 20 years of existence, Feline Rescue was 100 percent volunteer staffed. But when the organization purchased another building that needed repairs and remodeling, volunteer Mark Fausner was hired as the part-time facilities manager, although he continues to volunteer in other capacities. In 2016, Dana Andresen was hired as executive director to manage the ever-increasing complex multiple functions of this growing organization. And yet, volunteers still are – and always will be – the lifeblood of this organization.

Here’s what some of our volunteers have had to say about their experience with Feline Rescue:

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“We have learned so much over the years that we then adopt to better the health and well-being of our cats.” — Jocelyn LaBerge, longtime volunteer, shift lead, past member of the Board of Directors, member of the Advisory Committee

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“There are so many people with such boundless hearts who work so hard to save cats. I’m just proud to play a tiny part in it.” — Mandy Dwyer, foster caregiver, photographer, Instagram account manager

Kate Sheetz
“I love talking with other volunteers because we share the same interest – cats.” — Kate Sheetz, longtime volunteer, transporter of cats to the vet

“What I love most about Feline Rescue is that the cats will always have a home even if their adoptions don’t work out.” – Erin Lerwick, foster caregiver

Mary Thrall
“My interest is in adopting FeLV cats. I am pleasantly surprised with the amount of support I have received from other Feline Rescue volunteers.” – Mary Thrall, shelter greeter and caretaker, foster intake database specialist

“There’s a big difference between ‘buying’ a cat and ‘adopting’ one. We seek to find the right fit for each kitten and adult cat.” – Joan Barrett, Foster Program adoption coordinator; member, Board of Directors

“It’s hard to believe it’s already been 20 years. At the Charles Ave location, there were often only two volunteers on a shift. Now look at all the wonderful volunteers and the amazing number of cats saved, spayed/neutered and adopted.” – Richard Stegall, founder, longtime volunteer, shift lead

For the last 20 years, Feline Rescue volunteers have worked tirelessly to save abused, abandoned and stray cats, providing care and shelter and finding them new homes. With the solid foundation created by its founders and sustained by its dedicated roster of volunteers, Feline Rescue is well positioned to carry out its mission for the next 20 years and beyond.

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April Cat Claw Clipping Clinics

Cat Claw Clipping

FREE Nail Clippings at the following Chuck and Don’s locations, plus…

  • Learn why cats scratch
  • Tips on nail clipping
  • Information on the best scratching posts/surfaces

For their safety, all cats MUST be transported in carriers.

Chuck & Don’s Pet Food Outlets:

Highland Park Saint Paul
2114 Ford Parkway
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
April 22

Calhoun Village Minneapolis
3246 West Lake Street
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
April 15

Roseville
1661 County Road C West
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
April 8

Savage
14109 Minnesota 13
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
April 8

Shakopee
1270 Vierling Drive East
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
April 8

Woodbury (New location)
265 Radio Drive, Suite G
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
April 9

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Alumni News – Geena

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We adopted Geena in February 2017 and she became ruler of the roost almost immediately. She runs around with abandon and loves to try to get us to follow her (or vice versa) around the house. Her favorite chair is the one in this picture. Seems to suit her coloring.

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We aren’t quite  sure if our 10-year old cocker spaniel Bruno always remembers we have her, but she has gotten use to his curmudgeonly ways and isn’t scared to get up next to him. And honestly, we think he doesn’t mind her either.

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Our biggest challenge… she loves her crunchies (hard food) and when she doesn’t have hers she’ll go after Bruno’s so we are trying to curtail that habit.

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She is a crazy, spunky and happy kitty and we’re so glad to have her.

Jennifer, Jon, Sylvia, and Bruno

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Alumni News – Coal (Fred) and Arabian (George)

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I adopted Coal (Fred) and Arabian (George) in November. They immediately grew faster than I would have believed!

They are easy-going, good-natured sweeties. Fred loves to be held and petted, while George loves to play a lot and check in for affection at will.

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They love their cat tree from Purrniture, as well as their other toys. George has discovered that all playing is enhanced by being inside the IKEA mesh laundry basket – including chasing Fred. Yes, the basket goes through the house like a tumbleweed, powered by George inside.

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They are definitely a bonded pair now, and love to hang out near me whenever they’re not playing.

Thanks for the work you all do.

Estelle

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March Cat Claw Clipping Clinics

Cat Claw Clipping

FREE Nail Clippings at the following Chuck and Don’s locations, plus…

  • Learn why cats scratch
  • Tips on nail clipping
  • Information on the best scratching posts/surfaces

For their safety, all cats MUST be transported in carriers.

Chuck & Don’s Pet Food Outlets:

Highland Park Saint Paul
2114 Ford Parkway
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
March 25

Calhoun Village Minneapolis
3246 West Lake Street
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
March 18

Roseville
1661 County Road C West
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
March 11

Savage
14109 Minnesota 13
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
March 11

Shakopee
1270 Vierling Drive East
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
March 11

Woodbury (New location)
265 Radio Drive, Suite G
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
March 5

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Alumni News – Maizie (Formerly Tatenda)

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Feline Rescue thinks the best way for you to get a feel for the work of the organization and it’s many dedicated volunteers is by letting our adopters (and their cats!) tell their own success stories.

Today we hear from Karla, who adopted Maizie (Formerly Tatenda)

One year ago today I adopted Maizie (Formerly Tatenda). She is such a good girl, and is a very happy kitty.

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Her favorite things are cuddling, purring and kneading, cardboard boxes, and chasing the fishing pole toy.

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I’m so grateful to Feline Rescue for bringing her into my life.

Karla

 

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Indeed Brewing Company Fundraising Event

Indeed We Can

Indeed We Can

Wednesday, March 8th, 3:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Have a PAW-SOME Night Out and Support Feline Rescue!

Indeed We Can” at Indeed Brewing Taproom to Support Feline Rescue

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 from 3 p.m. – 11 p.m.

You’re Invited! to drink beer for a great cause at Indeed Brewing Company’s Taproom! Order up a round or two, and wave your paws in the air knowing the evening’s net proceeds will be donated to Feline Rescue. Enjoy delicious, carefully crafted beer and great company, all while supporting your furry feline friends.

– Door Prizes!
– Cat Trivia!
– Food truck from Market BBQ!
– Eat, drink, and be MEOWY!

Current Feline Rescue volunteers make sure to sign in to receive a name tag enabling volunteers to network and get to know one another.

We sincerely thank Eric Larson, Canning Operator at Indeed Brewing for nominating Feline Rescue for this year’s Indeed We Can, and the Indeed We Can committee for voting to include us this year!

The Taproom is at:
711 15th Avenue NE, Minneapolis MN 55413
https://www.facebook.com/IndeedBrewing/

Check out the beers: http://www.indeedbrewing.com/beers/

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February Cat Claw Clipping Clinics

Cat Claw Clipping

FREE Nail Clippings at the following Chuck and Don’s locations, plus…

  • Learn why cats scratch
  • Tips on nail clipping
  • Information on the best scratching posts/surfaces

For their safety, all cats MUST be transported in carriers.

Chuck & Don’s Pet Food Outlets:

Highland Park Saint Paul
2114 Ford Parkway
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
February 25

Calhoun Village Minneapolis
3246 West Lake Street
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
February 18

Roseville
1661 County Road C West
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
February 11

Savage
14109 Minnesota 13
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
February 11

Shakopee
1270 Vierling Drive East
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
February 11

Woodbury (New location)
265 Radio Drive, Suite G
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
February 12

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January Cat Claw Clipping Clinics

Cat Claw Clipping

FREE Nail Clippings at the following Chuck and Don’s locations, plus…

  • Learn why cats scratch
  • Tips on nail clipping
  • Information on the best scratching posts/surfaces

For their safety, all cats MUST be transported in carriers.

Chuck & Don’s Pet Food Outlets:

Highland Park Saint Paul
2114 Ford Parkway
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
January 28

Calhoun Village Minneapolis
3246 West Lake Street
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
January 21

Roseville
1661 County Road C West
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
January 14

Savage
14109 Minnesota 13
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
January 14

Shakopee
1270 Vierling Drive East
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
January 14

Woodbury (New location)
265 Radio Drive, Suite G
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
January 8

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Alumni News -Pascha

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Feline Rescue thinks the best way for you to get a feel for the work of the organization and it’s many dedicated volunteers is by letting our adopters (and their cats!) tell their own success stories.

Today we hear from Linda and Donna, who adopted Pascha

Pascha is perfectly at home. He settled right in, and both he and Edwyn, our other kitty, were quickly friends. They play chase — and Pascha frisks with the various toys, sits in our laps, and has established a basic routine of commandeering certain prime sleeping areas throughout the day.

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He likes to groom, sleeps deeply in heated kitty warming beds, gives cheerful eye contact, plays gently, purrs with a trill, and is intelligent, loving, and a complete joy. He likes to watch the squirrels and birdies outside. He’s pretty accepting of our visitors, but prefers adults to kids.

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We’ve had his microchip registered in our name, and Pascha has been to the vet for some dermatitis that cropped up — now abated. All systems are good and healthy.

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Blessings and thank you, again.
Linda & Donna

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