Frequently Asked Questions
When I started Furry Tales I originally intended to help one or two cats per month find homes. At the time I was volunteering as a Freedom Driver, an agency that provides free transportation for rescue animals to be safely removed from high kill pounds to rescues along the Montreal to Hamilton corridor and far beyond. When you have the opportunity to view the eyes of these animals, scared, bewildered, and often steps away from death’s door you realize the importance of helping by any means possible. It truly becomes an obsession. They say the eyes are the window to the soul and I believe it without hesitation.
I originally hoped to help one or 2 cats a month – after starting in August 2015 I was beyond thrilled with 87 lives saved from August to December 2015. In 2016 the numbers grew and grew and now we average 100 cats in care at any time and 500 to 600 adoptions per year
We are a foster-based agency so many of our longer-term residents, birthing Moms, and seniors are in our foster homes. We have usually 30 foster homes at any given time. With the help of the community, we built a Cattery that allows me to emergency house 20 to 25 cats at any time. I keep most of the medical cases with me until safe to transfer.
Kitten season is fast approaching where we increase our numbers of fosters, however year round the demand is constant to place the vulnerable such as shy or senior cats as we will not place at our adoption centers due to stress. We have a Foster Application on our website at www.Furry-Tales.ca where the process starts. We then screen for suitability and security and contact the foster for an interview. Our Foster Coordinators then meet with the foster and we try to match the best cat however sometimes circumstances such as emergencies can change our process. We supply wet and dry food, litter and boxes for our foster and of course vet costs. The foster provides a safe environment, isolation period, love and socialization.
Foster, Donate, Share, Adopt – every person can do something to help. We are 100% volunteer-run – no one receives a wage including myself – I generally work at the rescue 10 to 14 hours a day 7 days a week. We have a high need of people that can volunteer at events, and volunteer their time socializing cats at the cattery as socialization is so important for their well-being, share, and posts, and most importantly donate! We cannot exist without support from the community. We receive zero government funding and our adoption fees nowhere cover our vet costs. We fundraise and do raffles and online auctions and events. It is a daily need to fundraise to cover costs.
We ensure that each cat we take in is properly vetted prior to adoption. This includes Vaccines, rabies, spay or neuter, Revolution, and Milbemax dewormer for our basic care. Then there are many many others that require Snap testing, bloodwork, xrays, pyrometric surgery, and medications. These costs again receive no funding than our generous supporters who by their contributions have saved lives after lives. We are a no-kill organization and we only euthanize in cases of extreme medical criteria, being no chance of success at the surgery to resolve the issues. Last year we covered numerous eye removals, amputations, feeding tubes, and more. The vet bill for one vet was $87500.00 for the year- and we used over 5 vets.
We gratefully accept donations of all kinds – financial contributions can be made by etransfer or Paypal to [email protected] – we also are always in need of food -wet, dry for adults and kittens – these can be dropped off at our partner stores. Litter is always a huge need for us as well as ceramic dishes, litter boxes, and scoops.
Furry Tales has been blessed with some wonderful partnerships. We have adoption centres in Smiths Falls, at Pet Valu locations, and PetSmart on 1585 Merivale Rd. We have the most wonderful supporters and friends.
We need volunteers of every age level – from knitting to cat cuddling there is a job for everyone. We are happy to do an educational presentation at elementary schools and have some successful opportunities to do this – meeting with children and hearing their ideas benefits the rescue and the children. I have taken the Red Rover Course on teaching empathy to school children. We also do a variety of fun projects like growing cat grass and cat nip toys. The schools have challenged themselves to raise donations of toys, food, and litter and have been overwhelming in their support,
We truly would love to help every cat in need but this just isn’t a possibility. It comes down to space and money. We then have to sort out who is most endangered? Who will not survive if we don’t help – often that makes the decision for us whether we have space or funds or not (most usually not). Who is going to give birth outside in the cold, who is wounded or abandoned in an apartment (this actually happens more than anyone could imagine. Who will be euthanized for space at a pound – this is the decision we have to make for each and every animal that comes into our care.
Because for each cat we save the feeling is beyond incredible for watching them blossom into health, into feeling safe. For someone like Moochie who was found begging outside a restaurant, an adult male at 5 pounds fending for himself and at death’s door – to becoming the most endearing heartwarming little man. For cats like Lucky found in a sewer in starvation mode – watching him become a healthy adult male that went from 4.85 pounds to 8.8 pounds, for our lovely 11-year-old senior boys destined for a high kill pound who deserve to enjoy their sunset years in peace and comfort. Each of these cats has overcome insurmountable odds and now has a chance at security and happiness – and most important love. The love they give back tenfold,