Do cupcakes, chocolate and cats mix? They certainly will on National Feral Cat Day, Oct. 15, making up a group of events that netted Maine’s Friends of Feral Felines (FoFF) a national Trailblazer Award which comes with a $500 donation.
Alley Cat Allies honored FoFF as the first organization to create a Feral Cat Day event in Maine. Alley Cat Allies started National Feral Cat Day in 2010 to promote greater recognition of the plight of feral cats. They were also the first organization to introduce and advocate for humane methods of feral cat care, particularly Trap-Neuter-Return, in the American animal protection community. Three year’s later, Maine’s FoFF was founded.
To celebrate National Feral Cat Day FoFF is hosting a Cupcakes for Cats sale, and a Chocolate to the Rescue event at Thrifty Kitty Thrift Store.
Cupcakes for Cakes, a cat-themed cupcake sale, captured the national award. Orders are being taken for Biddeford’s Brodie’s Kitchen to bake standard and mini cupcakes through Oct. 12. Each individual cupcake will be decorated with a cat face. Those ordering a half dozen or dozen will get a mixture of cat faces. The cupcakes also will come in a variety of flavors: chocolate, cinnamon, space, white and gold/yellow. Choices of frostings are also available. Completed orders will be dropped off at Thrifty Kitty, 651 Forest Ave., (second floor of the Odd Fellows Building at Portland’s Woodford’s Corner) and a number of other locations in the Portland area on Friday, Oct. 14. For a copy of the order form and brochure go to www.feralfelines.net Half of the proceeds from the cupcake sale will be donated to FoFF.
Then, on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 11 am to 3 pm, FoFF is hosting Chocolate to the Rescue, complete with a chocolate fountain with treats, sale and open house at Thrifty Kitty Thrift Store, 651 Forest Ave., (second floor of the Odd Fellows Building at Woodford’s Corner)
For more information these events, FoFF, or helping feral cats, go to www.feralcats.net or call 797-3014.
Every week FoFF volunteers are out trapping ferals, talking to their caretakers, transporting the cats to vets and foster homes, feeding feral colonies, fostering feral kittens, and delivering ferals to new barn homes. Recent FoFF rescues have included:
- A very attentive feral mom and three long-haired kittens who appeared in a yard and lived on bird seed and bread crumbs for several weeks before FoFF was called.
- Five adult ferals and two kittens abandoned and living under a trailer for months after their owner died.
- An elderly and deaf feral male rescued after his caretakers moved, to become a permanent resident of our feral cat sanctuary.
- Ten cats and three kittens rescued from an abandoned mill in Windham before it was fenced off as a toxic area.
- A male and female stray with three kittens surviving in the ield behind Olive Garden restaurant in South Portland.
- A litter of kittens and three adults living in great danger at a hazardous recycling plant in Portland.
- Numerous ferals included in several hoarding situations (50 to 100 cats each) tackled by area humane groups this summer.
FoFF needs volunteers of all abilities to trap, foster, transport, make phone calls, table at events, coordinate fundraisers, feed colonies, clean sanctuary buildings, and perform administrative tasks.
Trappers are currently needed in Alfred, Biddeford, Limington, North Waterboro, Old Orchard Beach, Parsonsfield, North Waterboro, and Saco.