Rebel, Rebel – RFP XIII

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Friday, August 11th, 2017 – First Avenue, Mainroom
Doors: 8:00 p.m. 18+
Tickets: $16.00 advance, $18.00 door
Presented by: Moxie and Tee Squared

http://first-avenue.com/event/2017/08/rockforpussy

RFP XIII

Hosted by Mary Lucia (89.3 The Current) and David Campbell

Featuring an all-star band led by John Eller (The Shiny Lights) with:
Chris Perricelli, Chris Lynch, Janey Winterbauer, Leslie Ball, Michelle Massey aka Nadine DuBois, Katie McMahon, Kent Militzer, Steve Price, Joseph Pettini, Matt Darling, Paul Odegard, Kevin Nord, Noah Levy, Lourie Glaser, and Ochen Kaylen

Plus special guest vocalists:
Prairie Fire Lady Choir, Venus DeMars & All The Pretty Horses, Chan Polling, Har Mar Superstar, Lori Barbero, PaviElle, Dave Campbell, Reed Wilkerson, Orion Treon, Liam Watkins, Ryan Traster, David J Russ, and more TBA

Proceeds to benefit Feline Rescue

Get ready to take your protein pills, put your helmet on, and hork something glittery up on the rug! All things Bowie, all things feline. Dudes in lots of makeup and tight trousers, and raising some bread for a great organization; what’s not to love?

DJ Jake Rudh (Transmission/ 89.3 The Current) starts things off spinning Bowie and other glam jams with videos right at 8 p.m.

Musical director John Eller leads a band of the finest players in the Twin Cites through the Bowie catalog with help from a stable of singers from some of your favorite local bands.

Elaborate costumes and generally looking smashing is encouraged. Glam up, you’ll be glad you did.

 

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Thank You ASPCA®!

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Thank you, the ASPCA® for grant support allowing Feline Rescue volunteers and staff to attend the Minnesota Animal Welfare Conference on May 25, in St. Cloud, MN.

16 volunteers and one staff member became better acquainted, mingled with other animal rescue organizations, and LEARNED a lot about many animal welfare and cat care topics! We have a great deal of new information from which we will continue to provide the best care for our cats and continue to improve operations.

#aspcagrants

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Alumni News -Bella Moon (Penne)

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Bella is calico tabby mix with white, gray and reddish-orange coloring. She has a pink nose with gold eyes

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Bella gets along great with people. We are really enjoying her. She leaped from a couple feet away into my lap a couple times.

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She gets along well with the other cats but the others are not yet comfortable. She establishes her boundaries well, which my cats are not yet used to so they are keeping their distance for now while keeping an eye on Bella.

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Bella will be a year old in June

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We are hopeful for a loving amicable cat family, Kari & Steve

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June 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
June 24

Calhoun Village Minneapolis
3246 West Lake Street
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
June 17

Roseville
1661 County Road C West
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
June 10

Savage
14109 Minnesota 13
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
June 10

Shakopee
1270 Vierling Drive East
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
June 10

Woodbury (New location)
265 Radio Drive, Suite G
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
June 18

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

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These two fluffy boys are easy-going, good-natured sweeties. They are definitely a bonded pair now, and love to hang out near me whenever they’re not playing.

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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.

Thank you, Estelle

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Alumni News -Peaches and Brownie (formerly Julia and Popea)

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Thanks again to all of you for helping us adopt Peaches and Brownie (formerly Julia and Popea). Peaches is the mom and Brownie is the daughter.

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They love to rough house and then take naps together in the sunlight.

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They also love feathered toys and looking out the window at people walking their dogs.

Thank you very much , Christina

 

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The Tippy Tuxies

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I met Calvin, Daisy and Rosie (The Tippy Tuxies) at their adoption photo shoot. My cat of 19 years, Kitty Wampus, who was also a tuxedo cat, had passed away a few days before. Photo days are like a kitten party so I was really looking forward to a little “kitten therapy”. Basically I play with kittens while taking their pictures. On July 16, 2016, The Tippy Tuxies came in for photos. They were being fostered by Linda, another Feline Rescue volunteer. I saw a glimpse of them in their carriers so I knew there were tuxedo kittens but I still wasn’t prepared for their resemblance to Kitty Wampus. Rosie and Daisy had nearly the exact same markings.

Calvin on the day he came in for pictures

Calvin on the day he came in for pictures

The Tippy Tuxies have that name because they were born with cerebellar hypoplasia (CH). I’ve photographed a few kittens with CH before so I knew CH kitties can be rather difficult to photograph. Their heads wobble and they tend to have erratic movements, so sometimes it can be harder to get clear photos of them. Rosie and Calvin mainly seemed to have some fancy footwork but were otherwise normal kittens. Calvin walks with a high-step that looks like a trot or a prance. It was so adorable! They fell over a little bit, but they were mostly just sweet, charming and adorable kittens. Daisy, however, couldn’t walk or stand without leaning on something.

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A little bit about Cerebellar Hypoplasia
Feline cerebellar hypoplasia (CH) is a non-progressive, non-contagious neurological condition that results in walking and balance problems. A kitten is born with CH when her cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls fine motor skills and coordination, is underdeveloped at birth. Consequently, an underdeveloped cerebellum can result in underdeveloped or complicated mobility. CH cats are known for their “drunken sailor” walk, which is why they’re known endearingly as “wobbly cats.” Since the condition is non-progressive, it will never get worse — and in some cases, owners say that their cat became more capable over time [as they learn to adapt to their disability and develop muscles]. Source: lifewithchcats.com

Daisy on the day we met

Daisy on the day we met

Shortly after this photo was taken, Daisy crawled into my lap. It took so much work for her to get there since she wasn’t able to walk at the time. The sweetness of that moment and her resemblance to Kitty Wampus brought me to tears. I then had to explain to Linda why I started crying. We talked a little bit about my recent loss, and these new kittens and we agreed that I would foster the three of them when Linda was planning to be out of town at the beginning of August. On my way home that same day, I stopped and bought them a scratching post and a few new toys for when they came to my house.

When I started fostering this trio, my goal was to get all of them adopted together. Rosie and Calvin were extremely bonded, and although Daisy was more independent, I thought it would be better for her to stay with her siblings. Although, I’m pretty sure most of the foster volunteers were already placing bets about my impending “foster fail,” I think the moment I knew was on August 9, when Paul and TJ from the Engineer’s Guide to Cats were at Feline Rescue on the day of the Cat Video Festival. I brought the trio in for the open house, and I was being asked when they’d be available for adoption. I didn’t like the idea that they might be leaving me someday!

Paul and TJ with Calvin, Daisy and Rosie

Paul and TJ with Calvin, Daisy and Rosie

After Kitty passed away, I didn’t think I would be ready to adopt for several months. However, I was open to the idea of foster failing and welcoming new cats into my home. But I had only planned to adopt a pair. The Tippy Tuxies helped me heal so much, and the three of them were so perfect together, I didn’t debate too long about adopting the three of them. Rosie and Daisy were a little bit underweight, so we waited until September to do their spay and neuter surgeries. I adopted them shortly after that.

National Specially-abled Pets Day is May 3 so I wanted to share some information on what it’s like to live with animals who would be labeled as “special needs.”

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Cats with CH do require some special considerations, but to what extent can vary from cat to cat. Even cats in the same litter can be affected differently. The Tippy Tuxies had siblings that were not affected at all. Calvin and Rosie walk and run pretty well, but Calvin can’t jump at all, and Rosie can only jump a little bit. She’s good at jumping up to the couch, for example, but the bed is a little too high so she climbs. It helps that I have carpet thoughout most of my home. This gives them traction and helps reduce their spills and also provide a little extra padding for when they do fall. For Daisy, that carpet is essential because she needs it for traction. She is not strong enough or balanced enough to walk very well on slippery surfaces.

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They have stairs to get up to the bed and a tray under their water bowl to catch spills. Their litter boxes have high sides and a low entry to make it easy to get in, but also for them to lean against if they need to. I found a cat tower that has levels that are closer together and easier for them to climb to the top, and also isn’t too high, so that if they fall off (or jump from the top like Rosie does), they won’t get hurt. And I try a little harder to find activities to keep them engaged. Especially for Daisy who can’t burn energy by running chasing her siblings around, it’s critical to find activities that help her develop muscle and keep her mentally stimulated.

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Daisy’s walking has improved quite a bit since they first came to me. She was only able to walk while leaning against walls or furniture. Now she can take several steps at a time in the middle of the room without support. Another Feline Rescue volunteer, Caia, helped build a special walker for Daisy out of PVC pipe and wheels that we found instructions to make kitties on YouTube. Daisy used it a couple times for physical therapy, but later made it known that she had no intentions of being strapped into a glorified wheel chair. So I started just making her physical therapy a game by getting her to chase toys and the laser light to work on getting her strong enough to stand and walk on her own.

Walking still pretty hard for her, it takes all of her concentration to balance, take a step, and even just stand without support. It’s possible and even likely her walking skills will continue to improve over the next few months. I have hopes that she’ll be able to move around without tumbling over every few steps.

Daisy uses a wide stance to balance while standing and walking

Daisy uses a wide stance to balance while standing and walking

All three of  The Tippy Tuxies live like otherwise normal cats. They get to the litter box just fine, can eat and drink without assistance and can play and wrestle with the best of them. They are three extremely loving and sweet cats who’s fun personalities more than make up for any perceived burden of having a special needs pet (let alone three). Plus, they’re really great about posing for photos!

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If you’d like to keep tabs on the Tippy Tuxies, you can follow them on Facebook or on Instagram @TippyTuxies. They have new photographs and videos posted every day.

In honor of National Specially-abled Pets Day, May 3, please spread the word about how truly wonderful pets with “special” features can be!

Story and photos by Kris Kaiser

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Chuck & Don’s Paw Print Fundraiser

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$53,402.22!

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The check presentation from Chuck & Don’s 2016 Paw Print Fundraiser took place on March 15, 2017 at Chuck & Don’s corporate office. Feline Rescue, Ruff Start Rescue and Heading Home K-9 Rescue each received a check for $53,402.22!

Feline Rescue will use this money during 2017 to surpass 1045, the number of spay and neuter surgeries done in 2016 .

Many thanks to Chuck & Don’s customers, staff and leadership for their continued support of animal rescue in Minnesota.

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Feline Rescue Plant Sale

Plant Sale 2017

2017 Plant Sale Fundraiser
Second Date Added!
Saturday, May 27
10:00 a.m. – Noon
Saturday, May 20
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Feline Rescue Adoption Center

Calling all gardeners and house plant growers! We need your contributions for the Feline Rescue Plant Sale on May 20.

We will accept:
• Perennials
• Annuals
• House plants
• Plant containers
• Garden ornaments
• Garden tools

Please have donations clean, potted, and ready to sell. Plants should be in tip-top condition for the sale. It would be helpful if you could label your plants with name, color flower, if applicable, and light preference.

Donations accepted: May 17, 18, 19 Drop-off at the Feline Rescue Adoption Center
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

For more information about donating contact plantsale@events.felinerescue.org

100% of the proceeds from this event will go directly to Feline Rescue, Inc. for food, shelter and medical care for stray, abused and abandoned cats and kittens.

Help us spread the word about the Plant Sale by downloading, printing and distributing our event flyer.

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May 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
May 27

Calhoun Village Minneapolis
3246 West Lake Street
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
May 20

Roseville
1661 County Road C West
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
May 13

Savage
14109 Minnesota 13
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
May 13

Shakopee
1270 Vierling Drive East
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
May 13

Woodbury (New location)
265 Radio Drive, Suite G
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
May 14

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