Uncle Mal's Personal Tribute
of Sonoma County
Copyright © 1996 by Liesbeth Koenen
Photo scanning by Big Dave
|Uncle Mal has been an active volunteer for Forgotten Felines
of Sonoma County since its beginning -- joining immediately after he looked out of
his bedroom window one day in April 1990 and saw three abandoned mama cats with each
three tiny kittens playing in his garden.
These 12 cats are now part of his happy family of about
20 "children" he cares for, including Smokie, Sweetie, Mamma, Baby, Spunky,
Fluffy, Greedy, Vince, Pumpkin, Goofy, Grandma, Blackie, Rusty, Spot, Grandpa, Pinky,
Kitty, and Misty.
Other critters, such as opossums, raccoons and dogs,
also know that they'll always find fresh food and clean water on this two-legged
sucker's back porch.
He computerized FFSC operations, maintains the database
of members, typesets business forms and prints labels, used to print the newsletter,
has trapped and fostered feral cats, and for the past nine years has spent one day
a week at the shelter cleaning, and playing with his beloved pussies. Uncle Mal is
one of the few token males of this almost exclusively female group of dedicated and
Forgotten Felines of Sonoma County
Forgotten Felines is a nonprofit organization founded in 1990 and based
in Santa Rosa, California. This all-volunteer group is dedicated to the care and
control of the feral cat population. FFSC's 800 members, supporters and volunteers
have helped prevent the birth of well over one hundred thousand homeless cats.
The more than 25,000 feral cats in Sonoma County are the result of uncaring or nasty
humans who abandon their pet cats or drive them to the countryside, then throw them
out of the car. The offsprings of these abandoned domesticated cats become feral
(wild) again and live a short and miserable life.
Since 1990, FFSC volunteers have trapped, tested and neutered more than 12,000
feral cats, tried to socialize them in foster homes, and found loving homes for more
than 1,500 cats and kittens. The untamable cats and kittens are returned to
their colonies, where volunteers feed them daily, so that the wild bird population
is not endangered.
FFSC volunteer trappers spend uncounted hours trying to lure the most wary cat into
their gentle, humane traps. (It took Uncle Mal almost six months until "Spot,"
an extremely cautious female, went into his fish-baited trap.)
Other volunteers foster and socialize in their homes those cats that seem tamable,
until they are ready for adoption.
FFSC maintains a spotless adoption room in the nearby Rohnert Park Animal Shelter,
where volunteers clean, feed, foster, socialize and medicate these forgotten felines
until carefully selected cat lovers are found.
This organization is lucky to have the cooperation of dozens of veterinarians who
perform all tests and sterilizations at special low prices, yet FFSC's medical and
food bills are enormous.
If you wish to get more information about FFSC, please write to the address below.
FFSC also published a manual of how to set up and run similar cat rescue organizations.
For the official "Forgotten Felines of Sonoma County" page, click
"Winking Kitty" by an unknown artist.
If you can help with the never-ending food and doctors' bills, please make a tax-deductible
donation of any amount payable to "FFSC" at P.O. Box 6672, Santa Rosa,
This animated kitten is reportedly featured on "Felix"
advertisements of the British Friskies Petcare company.
Multiplication Chart for Cats
Two uncontrolled breeding cats create two litters
a year at a
survival rate of 2.8 kittens per litter. With continued breeding, they create:
Year 1 = 12 cats
Year 2 = 66 cats
Year 3 = 2,201 cats
Year 4 = 3,822 cats
Year 5 = 12,680 cats
Year 10 = 80,399,780 cats
Copyright © 1996 by Larry Feign
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Tips on "Bringing Home a New Kitty" can
be found here.
Webmaster Ray Savage of San Diego coordinates the nationwide Feral
His site has much information and many links to documents about feral cats, on trapping
and taming them, on raising orphaned kittens, and much more.
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