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I Found a Kitten, Now What Do I Do?

By Diane Fraser First, assess the condition of the kitten. If you think the kitten needs medical attention, take it to your veterinarian as soon as possible. If you are not sure, you will feel better, once it is checked out by a medical professional. If you are confident that the kitten is not in […]

By Diane Fraser

First, assess the condition of the kitten. If you think the kitten needs medical attention, take it to your veterinarian as soon as possible. If you are not sure, you will feel better, once it is checked out by a medical professional.

If you are confident that the kitten is not in need of medical attention or the vet gave the kitten the a-ok, then the next thing to do is to give the kitten food, water and a litter box and a safe place to hang out. You can put it in a bathroom, spare bedroom or if you don’t want to give it too much space to get into trouble, use a dog crate or dog carrier that is size appropriate. Make sure the kitten has a blanket or towel to sleep on. For more detailed information about caring for a newborn kitten, please go to www.feralcat.com. Below are some guidelines to get you started.

AGE:
Kittens open their eyes at about 8-14 days. Their eyes are blue until they are about 6 weeks old. At about 3 weeks old they are moving around pretty well and can stand up by 20 days old. The ears become erect at about 3 weeks old. Kittens less than 3-4 weeks old may need to be stimulated in order to urinate/defecate. Put warm water on a cotton puffs or cotton tissue and gently swab the genital area to stimulate elimination. Check the bedding as the kitten may urinate in its bedding as it crawls around. You can use A & D ointment on the anal area if irritated. Keep the genital area clean and dry.

The best way to tell a kittens age (if healthy, not malnourished) is by weight.

Age   Weight (approx.)
One week   4 oz
Two weeks   7 oz
Three weeks   10 oz
Four weeks   13 oz

FOOD:
If the kitten is newborn to about 3-4 weeks old, it may still want/need to be fed by a bottle. There are a few over-the-counter kitten milks available at your pet shop or even your supermarket. Do not use straight-from-the-carton cow milk. Goat milk is okay, but I prefer using KMR (Kitten Milk Replacer) by Pet Ag. It comes in dry and pre-mixed cans. While you are at the pet store, pick up a nursing bottle made especially for kittens, along with canned and dry kibble kitten food. Follow the directions given on the KMR can for bottle-feeding. If the kitten is over 2 weeks old, you can try mixing canned kitten food and warmed kitten milk. After you mix the KMR and canned food, see if it will start eating out of the bowl. If not, put a little of the mixture on your finger and put it up to the kitten’s mouth. Draw your finger down to the bowl, so it will eat from the bowl. You can feed the kitten 3 to 4 times a day. Start off with smaller meals. Overeating can cause stomach upset and diarrhea. If the kitten is not gorging itself, you can leave dry kitten kibble out. If the kitten is over 3 weeks old, have a bowl of dry food and fresh water available at all times.

FLEAS:
Does the kitten have fleas? It may be obvious. You will see flea “dirt” around the ears and neck or actual fleas crawling on the kitten. Take a flea comb and remove all of the fleas. Have a cup of rubbing alcohol handy to dip the flea comb into, as it will kill the fleas. Most flea treatments can not be used on kittens under 8 weeks. Please check with your veterinarian for recommendations. If it is necessary to bathe the kitten, be sure to dry thoroughly as it could get chilled very easily. Be careful what soap/shampoo you wash the kitten with, some shampoos are too harsh for a young kitten. Find a shampoo that is formulated for kittens.

LITTERBOX:
If the kitten is 3 weeks old it can start using the litter box. Place the kitten into the litter box each time after it eats. Take its paw and scratch the litter, as to show the kitten how to dig a hole. Make sure you use non-clumping litter. Some kittens like to try to eat the litter. If it is the clumping variety, it will clump in the kittens’ tummy and cause a blockage.

If you have other cats or kittens in your home, do not let the new kitten near them. The kitten will need to be isolated for 14 days to ensure the kitten is not carrying a disease or parasite. Make sure you wash your hands after handling the kitten. You can keep the kitten in a pet carrier or in a bathroom, away from drafts. Provide the kitten with a towel or soft blanket to sleep on. Toys are good to have with the kitten as well.

NOW WHAT?
Are you going to keep the kitten? There are many options if you can’t keep the kitten, but now, YOU are responsible for this little life. And you should care about where it ends up.

OPTION # 1

So, you’re going to keep the little fur-ball!

Great! Take the kitten in to your veterinarian to get the kitten on a de-worming/vaccination schedule, plan to test for feline aids and leukemia when age appropriate and the spay/neuter. Your veterinarian will guide you to keep your kitten healthy.

OPTION # 2

 Find the kitten a home.

Start by asking your friends, the parents of your children’s friends, your veterinarian, relatives, neighbors, co-workers. Make sure they are responsible pet owners and will care for the kitten, as you would wish. The kitten can be spayed/neutered by the time the kitten is 2 lbs. or 2 months old. Have the adopting family wait until the kitten is old enough to be neutered and have it done prior to the kitten going into the new home. Have the adopting family reimburse you for the medical expenses. The last thing you want is for this kitten to contribute to the pet overpopulation problem. DO NOT PLACE AN AD IN THE NEWSPAPER to find the kitten a home. You will not get the type of home you are looking for. The type of person who can not adopt from shelters (because they have a horrible history with pets) look for “Free to good home” ads. They are also looking to breed the pet, so they will want the kitten un-spayed or un-neutered. This is not what we want or need, as there are too many unwanted pets already.

OPTION # 3

RESCUE GROUPS/SHELTERS….

Find a rescue group to take the kitten in….

All rescue groups have different “missions” and all have only a certain number of pets they can properly care for. Make sure you are comfortable with the adoption practices of the shelter…Do you want this kitten to be able to roam outside? Does the shelter spay or neuter the kittens before they are adopted? What are the requirements of the adopting family? Take a look at the groups adoption application. A good place to start is www.petfinder.com to find your local shelters…and start calling to see if anyone can help place this kitten in a good home. You can call us to see if we have space. We will help you if we can.

We hope that this information gives you some guidelines to help care for the rescued kitten for the first day or so. Please, I can’t stress enough, how our veterinarians are our pet health experts. Please contact your veterinarian for any health related questions about your rescued kitten.

Good luck and thank you for doing your part to help the helpless…

Web Resources

The HSUS is dedicated to creating a world where our relationship with animals is guided by compassion. www.hsus.org Owned & Operated by Practicing Veterinarians www.peteducation.com Alley Cat Allies, is a national nonprofit clearinghouse for information on feral and stray cats. www.alleycat.org The Feral Cat Coalition provides informative articles on feral cats and population control. An […]

The Humane Society of the United States The HSUS is dedicated to creating
a world where our relationship with animals is guided
by compassion.
www.hsus.org

PetEducation.com Owned & Operated by Practicing Veterinarians www.peteducation.com
Alley Cat Allies Alley Cat Allies, is a national nonprofit
clearinghouse for information on feral and stray cats.
www.alleycat.org
Feral Cat Coalition The Feral Cat Coalition
provides informative articles on feral cats and population
control. An article
on raising orphaned kittens can be found here.
www.feralcat.com
Pit Bull Rescue Central Pit Bull Rescue Central envisions a compassionate world where pit bulls
and pit bull mixes reside in responsible, loving homes and where their honor
and positive image is restored and preserved.
www.pbrc.net
FLORIDA ANIMAL FRIEND LICENSE PLATE The FLORIDA ANIMAL FRIEND LICENSE PLATE will help stop pet overpopulation.

The funds raised from the sale of the license plates will be used for spay/neuter programs across the State of Florida.

floridaanimalfriend.org/purchase-a-tag
A Safe Haven for Cats

A Safe Haven for Cats

Safe Haven was started in February of 1998. We are very proud of our accomplishments. We started Safe Haven strictly to rescue abandoned kittens. So many are born outside in the cold and left to fend for themselves.

www.safehavenforcats.com/
Broward County Animal Care and Regulation

Broward County Animal Care and Regulation

Finding new homes for abandoned cats and dogs, returning lost pets to their owners, ensuring public health and safety by coordinating the rabies vaccinations and licensing of pets, and enforcing the animal laws are just some of the services and programs offered by the Animal Care and Regulation Division.

www.broward.org/animal/
Cesar Millan

CesarMillanInc.com

Cesar Millan is a world-renowned dog behavior specialist, known for his uncanny ability to walk large packs of dogs at a time. Not only that but, from poodles to pit bulls, these now well-behaved canines have each been rehabilitated, rescued from a wide range of extreme behavior issues – anything from insecurity to severe ‘red zone’ aggression!

www.cesarmillaninc.com
 
A Dog's Best Friend We help you solve problems with your dog, or better yet prevent them! www.adogsbestfriend.com

Feral Colony Tales

By Diane Fraser – October 2001 It all started when I was volunteering at a local no-kill shelter. I heard about feral cats. I saw that the volunteers at the shelter were trapping, neutering, vaccinating and re-releasing feral cats. I saw that they were able to re-home some of the kittens that were young enough […]

By Diane Fraser – October 2001

Feral CatsIt all started when I was volunteering at a local no-kill shelter. I heard about feral cats. I saw that the volunteers at the shelter were trapping, neutering, vaccinating and re-releasing feral cats. I saw that they were able to re-home some of the kittens that were young enough to not be afraid of people handling them.

Then came the time when I needed to get involved. I got a call from a friend who feeds feral cats. She had previously attempted to trap/neuter/re-release some of the cats, but the person doing the trapping had stopped and they only got a few of the cats neutered. The problem was with one particular female, named Myrtle (a.k.a. Fertile Myrtle). She had not been trapped yet and was continuing to have litters. There are many people who work in the area and were feeding the cats daily. They care about these cats and wanted to stop these cats from reproducing. One night, Myrtle brought one of her newborn kittens to the feeding area and left him there. We believe that she trusted the people who fed her and she wanted them to take her kitten. So, they did and called me to help bottle-feed this kitten. Every night, at about midnight, she would bring one kitten and leave it. This litter contained 4 kittens. So, I bottle fed them and cared for them until they were old enough to be spayed/neutered and new homes could be found. At that time, we formulated a plan to start trapping these cats so we could get them neutered and vaccinated and re-released. We needed to stop this cycle. Unfortunately, this is a high traffic area. From time to time when kittens were born, they would wander into the area where the cars were traveling and didn’t survive the busy road. The plan was in place, and I got started. The people who have been feeding the cats would help pay for the spaying/neutering and vaccinations, and I would donate my time to trap and transport them to the veterinary clinic. I bought a trap and borrowed another. I got my supplies together; tuna with egg flavored canned food, newspaper, a couple of sheets, and a bucket-load of patience. I set the traps and waited. The first day I got one. The second day, I got another. Before I knew it, I was trapping two each day. I trapped, spayed/neutered, vaccinated about 20 cats in about 30 days. We trapped a total of 6 females and 14 males.

Today, all of the cats are spayed/neutered and vaccinated. The colony is contained and there is no more worrying about kittens being born or getting killed by cars, etc. They are living a happier life and the people who care for them are happier that the cats are not reproducing.

I check back with the colony every so often to see if there are any new cats that have found their way into this colony.

Now, I am off to neuter/vaccinate another feral cat colony.

Help Us Save the Helpless

Our mission Stray Aid & Rescue, Inc. is a Florida Non-Profit, no-kill, all volunteer, rescue organization, dedicated to help spay/neuter dogs and cats here in South Florida . We want to prevent pet over-population and the killing of homeless pets that end up in our County shelters. We will help educate the community about the […]

Our mission

Buddy

Stray Aid & Rescue, Inc. is a Florida Non-Profit, no-kill, all volunteer, rescue organization, dedicated to help spay/neuter dogs and cats here in South Florida . We want to prevent pet over-population and the killing of homeless pets that end up in our County shelters. We will help educate the community about the benefits of spaying/neutering. We will give the community access to low or no cost spay/neuter surgeries.

We give the community 16 years of rescue experience here in South Florida . We feel we can provide valuable information to our community so they can make the best choice when faced with making decisions on their pet or a pet they have found.

Feeding Time for the Ferals

We will work with the caretakers of feral cat colonies. We will help spay/neuter, vaccinate and ear notch these cats in order to keep these colonies at a manageable level. We will rescue cats and kittens from a life on the streets, or from our County Shelter, provide them with proper care, medical attention, as well as permanent, loving homes.Fiona

We will also rescue, rehabilitate and re-home special needs dogs and puppies. We are rescuing dogs and puppies from our local County Shelters that have been abandoned by their owners. Most have not had proper care or medical attention and have been subject to cruelty or neglect. We will place them in loving homes.

We are also committed to help make the lives of the pets at Broward County Animal Care & Regulations shelters more comfortable. We will provide food, flea/tick/worm medications, Kuranda beds, towels, toys, shampoo, treats or whatever else is deemed necessary to help their stay at these shelters more humane and comfortable. We are working with the staff and volunteers to find out what they need on a regular basis.

Java
The Cat Multiplier
Ever wonder how quickly stray cats can multiply and become a problem?
Here’s the answer

About Stray Aid & Rescue

Stray Aid & Rescue was founded by Diane Fraser in May of 2003 to help the community by helping to control pet overpopulation and find homes for stray kittens and cats. Here is Diane’s story in her own words: Diane and Paris Who I am and what we hope to accomplish… What a loaded question… […]

Stray Aid & Rescue was founded by Diane Fraser in May of 2003 to help the community by helping to control pet overpopulation and find homes for stray kittens and cats. Here is Diane’s story in her own words:

Diane Fraser and Paris
Diane and Paris

Who I am and what we hope to accomplish…

What a loaded question…

In late 1999, I started volunteering at a no-kill shelter. I would clean kennels, cat rooms, help with adoptions, take dogs to the vet for spay/neuter surgeries, and it just snowballed from there!

I took on my first foster dog. Phoenix, an 8 month old Red nose Pit Bull. She had Demodex Mange, and she had it bad. She came to the shelter right off the streets of Pompano at about 4 months old. I met her when she was about 6 months old and the shelter director told me to take her “home for the weekend” to show her what a real home is like. I also wanted to take her to the vet for her weekly dips, etc. Needless to say, I adopted her about 8 months later…. still not better medically, but she was home. It was less than 6 months after I adopted Phoenix; that I took on my first abandoned litter of pups. Once those were adopted, I took on another litter, then another, then it turned into only one or two at a time. As of today, I have rescued and placed over 50 puppies/dogs and over 20 kittens into loving homes.

After I successfully rescue/loved/adopted out all those abandoned pets, it was time for me to take a break….RIGHT???

Not quite yet… That is when I got a call to help with a feral cat colony. There were about 25 cats in this colony and only 5 had been neutered. After about 30 days and about 20 surgeries, and 6 rescued kittens…this colony was contained. The people who fed these cats continue to feed and care for this colony.

I saw a need for someone to help people in our community, help these stray cats/kittens. That is when I founded Stray Aid & Rescue, Inc. in May of 2003.

What does this group mean to me? It means a lot of things….

  1. Trapping/Sterilizing/Vaccinating/Re-releasing cats in feral colonies. Rescuing the young kittens from these colonies, then fostering them until they are old enough to be neutered and placed into loving homes.
  2. Educating people about pet abandonment. I want to help empower people to make a difference in an abandoned/stray pets’ life. You can make a difference! If you feed a stray cat, get it neutered. Let’s stop these stray pets from reproducing and creating more burden on you and our community. If you need help…ask for help! If you are not sure what to do….Just ask! That is what we are here to do! If we can’t help or don’t know the answer, we may have some other options/other people that can help.
  3. Spay/Neuter projects for owned pets. We need to stop the overwhelming number of pets that end up in shelters or are euthanized because there are not enough available homes.

We are very excited to accomplish our goals and set new ones. We look forward in making a lot of friends along the way.

Special Needs Pets & Special Surgeries

We will show you special needs pets we have taken in and cared for who have since been adopted.   This page will also show special surgeries we have performed on our clinic. (Please note: graphic content) Vienna, a young Chihuahua mix. Picked up by Miami Dade Animal Control on a cruelty case. She was dropped out of […]

We will show you special needs pets we have taken in and cared for who have since been adopted.
 
This page will also show special surgeries we have performed on our clinic. (Please note: graphic content)

Vienna
Vienna
Vienna

Vienna, a young Chihuahua mix. Picked up by Miami Dade Animal Control on a cruelty case. She was dropped out of a window from a second story building in her pet carrier, on purpose. When she was released to us on a medical hold. We took her to our veterinarian and when they x-ray’d her leg they found a fracture. At this time, it was just a few weeks before Christmas and we had limited dates to schedule her surgery, so we had to wait 2 weeks before we could get a surgery date. In a cast she went and bed rest it was! The day before her surgery, the surgeon wanted new xrays…the fracture had healed perfectly and a few days later Vienna was adopted by the veterinarian who treated her.
Chance Before
Chance After
Chance at 2 years old
  Chance was a 8 week old Pit Bull puppy that was found on the Rail Road Tracks in Fort Lauderdale. Broward County Shelter was called out to pick him up. Once they saw him they noticed he was missing part of his foot. He was immediately started on antibiotics and pain medications. I saw him in one of the kennels at the County shelter while he waited for his “stray time” to expire. During that time, one of the people who works at the shelter filled out the paperwork to adopt him. We had our veterinarian evaluate his options and it was determined that the best option was for his leg to be removed in order for him to have a normal life. We covered the cost of his surgery. We also cared for him post op. He had a tough time and needed to be closely monitored. It was a labor of love.
Chip Before

Chip After
Chip was a kitten that was found on the streets. The people found him thought he had been hurt and brought him to us. We quickly realized he had a cleft lip. I was able to bottlefeed him until he was big enough for his lip to be repaired. He was adopted into a loving home.
Lily
Lily
Lily

Lily is a 4 month old, 3 lb Teacup Toy Fox Terrier who was surrendered to us because she was having seizures. We were told Lily was accidently dropped or kicked by a young child. She was examined and evaluated by our vets office and got the all clear after we had her under observation for 30 days. Lily now lives under the watchful eyes of a veterinary technician who adopted her and will love her, and protect her for the rest of her life.
Jade
Jade
Jade
Jade was a sweet, 5 month old kitten that was pick up right off the streets. Someone found her and asked us for help. We saw her and had to help her immediately! Her leg was in horrible condition. THe right front leg was broken and the tissue was horribly infected. When we held Jade, she purred and sat quietly in my lap as we rushed her to our vets office in horror. Obviously, this was something she had been living with for quite a while.
Hank, Heidi & Hollis
Hank, Heidi & Hollis
Hank, Heidi & Hollis
Hank, Heidi & Hollis
Hank, Heidi & Hollis were found in a dumpster at a gas station and were picked up by our County Shelter. They were only a few days old. We got them when they were less than a week old and started bottle feeding them. During this process we found out that Hank had a esophageal diverticulum, which meant when he would nurse from his bottle, it would come up through is nose due to a pocket that had developed in his esophagus. This started when he was about 3 weeks old. We went head and got him weaned, as difficult as that was as well. He continued to lose little amounts of food or water, mostly during playtime, (it would just kinda plop out!) that collected in the pocket in his esophagus. I took the x rays to a specialist thinking he may need surgery. To my surprise, the specialist said he would probably grow out of it ~ and he ultimately did!

Success Stories

Our wish is to create happy endings for the many sad stories of stray and abandoned dogs and cats due to pet overpopulation. Below are just a few of our success stories with photos and words from their proud new parents. Slugger Hi Diane, just wanted to keep in touch and let you know that […]

Our wish is to create happy endings for the many sad stories of stray and abandoned dogs and cats due to pet overpopulation. Below are just a few of our success stories with photos and words from their proud new parents.

Slugger
SluggerHi Diane, just wanted to keep in touch and let you know that Rial ( I actually changed his name to Slugger when I first brought him home in FL) is doing so, so well. Everyone is just completely in love with him- my family, friends, pretty much everyone who comes into the house. My dad is especially fond of him, so much so, that for Christmas I actually bought my dad an “I love Grandpa” frame with a picture of Slugger in it! And trust me, Slugger loves his Grandpa a great deal, he follows him around the house just like a dog. And speaking of dogs, I think Slugger might be part dog as he has learned to fetch his toys, and if you throw them, will literally bring them back to you and drop them at your feet. I just wanted to let you know how he’s doing and that I’m fairly certain there’s never been a cat who’s more loved.
Martini
MartiniI just wanted to thank you for allowing me to adopt Martini. She is doing great and is just as spunky as always. Thanks again for bringing us together she is a wonderful companion and I feel lucky to have her.
Spike

Spike was at Broward County Animal Care & Regulation, picked up as a stray dog. His stray time was up, and he would only be released to a rescue, due to his severe skin condition. He was also underweight and needed to be under medical care for at least a few months to correct this severe neglect that he suffered, probably for most of his life, due to the type of mange he had. We knew he was most likely a Yorkie or Silkie Mix, but only by how is faced looked. He was only about 6-8 months old. He was in such horrible condition physically and mentally. Only after a few months we saw a huge difference.

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Cecil
Cecil and HarleyWe wanted to take a minute to let you know that today marks Cecil’s fifth birthday. Almost five years ago we adopted Cecil from you and can never tell you how much he means to us. From that sickly little “purr-baby” that almost didn’t survive grew an incredible character with a lot of personality. He loves us and his brother Harley tremendously as he did that first day we got him home. The two boys are inseparable buddies. We’ve attached a couple pictures that hopefully will remind you of our boy and all the great work that you do. Thank you so much for letting him into our lives. Without him, it would not be the same. We are proud to be one of your “success stories”.
Tiffany
Tiffany and TammyTim and I really enjoyed meeting with you today.  We were both really impressed by the work you and Linda do and the dedication you put into it.
 
Rest assured that Tiffany the Elegant will have an amazing life and want for nothing.  Along with her new name, she will have a new life filled with nothing but love.
Mel (Cider)
Mel - Christmas 2008Just wanted to let you know what a great cat Mel is. We can’t believe it has been over a year since you showed him to us. I remember we had been looking for a calm, black, female older cat to keep our older girl Mimi company. Somehow we came home with the exact opposite but he is just what we never knew we wanted. We didn’t know a cat could be so active. If there is fun to be found Mel is there. He enjoys hanging out with us at all times and keeps us laughing at his antics. He came to realize that our older cat doesn’t have the same energy level so he will keep her company in the sunroom or sleep near her in the bedroom. He is such an amazing cat in so many ways that we don’t understand how anyone could have given him back to you. Thanks so much for helping us to find the perfect cat.
Simone
SimoneJust wanted to let you know that Simone is doing wonderfully. When she first arrived at our house last week, she seemd a little nervous for a day or two. Since that time, however, she has completely settled in to her new home and family. She is loving and playful…and we are thrilled with her progress. Our other cat has accepted her with no problem, and they play all the time.
Thanks so much for all of your efforts, and that of your group. They certainly have paid off for Simone.
Pye
PyeI wanted to thank you for all you do and for allowing us to care for Pye and and adding her to my family.
She is the sweetest!
Ginger & Wasabi
Ginger and WasabiDiane. . .thank you again for bringing these not-so-tiny-anymore terrorists into my life.  You can be sure they are much loved and spoiled rotten.
Murphy
MurphyI am living the good life…I wanted to say “thank you” for saving my life. I am sure a lucky dog and I am very spoiled these days.
Hugs and kisses, Murphy (Faith)
Blossom
Blossom and Friend

We want to let Diane know….Blossom is all caught up with her shots, and is getting big and beautiful!
Thank you again for the work you do and for our beautiful baby!

I can’t tell you just how excited I was to see our Blossom has bloomed!! She is SO BEAUTIFUL!!! She has the most amazing spots with her light colored coat. Seeing her so happy, loved and safe makes me feel like together we can change the course of these abandoned kittens lives. Proof is in the photos!!

THANK YOU, THANK YOU for caring as much as I do!

Marlon
MarlonThought I’d send you a couple of new pictures – Marlon (Rai) has really turned into something – What a smart kitty – I’ve taught him to roll over & he fetches – He’s so funny – He still sucks on me – guess he must have been the runt of the litter & had to fight for milk – When he sucks he kicks his back feet all over the place – I call him The Dancing Machine. I’m so glad I have him & he really turned out to be a beautiful cat – I’m sure his little sister did too. Next time I”m in Fort Lauderdale – I’ll stop in the pet store & drop off some items you have listed on your website.
Lady
Lady & GeorgeWell I finally got round to emailing some photos of George and Lady. From Christmas morning right up to recent. She is just so wonderful – thank you. My very first cat/pet ever and she is the best. I know you where a little nervous about George only being 4 and me not having had a cat before. Well let me say that Lady is one little pampered cat. When George gets into trouble and is upset he always asks for LADY!! Cos they hug and kiss on each other and she knows when he’s sad. She is just a ball of fun and I couldn’t be with out her. Do you happen to know where Lady’s little brother went, as we would love to see photo’s of him if you have them. IF nothing else say hi to him from Lady and let me know that his Mummy and Daddy ( that’s George ) love her and she went to a wonderful home. Let me know what you think of the photo’s and I hope you enjoy. If you ever have someone that is not sure about adopting/loving a cat please send them my way – as I will tell them how easy and how much love they can share. Take Care and write back when you get a moment. Don’t forget if your ever in the Jupiter area we would love to see you. George – AKA Steve Irwin, keeps asking if we can come back down to the store, he loved it in there so much, with all the animals.
Trinket
Trinket & Adele

Just wanted to let you know that Trinket is doing terrific! I never imagined things would go so smoothly in my house. Kody is so sweet to her and she isn’t afraid or intimidated by him at all. Trinket loves to chew on Kody’s rawhide sticks. He doesn’t seem to care so everyone is happy. She is just the best little girl.

Thanks so much for the update. Isn’t she EASY! (don’t tell her I told you). I couldn’t be happier for you all. She is a doll and will be very happy being spoiled by you. It is bittersweet for us because she is so special and we missed her the moment she left. She will remain in our hearts forever as a special “visitor”. Now, I can focus on Buddy (our remaining visitor) and my crew of fur babies. Thank you for giving me the peace of mind that she will NEVER have to live the life she had. She will never look back.

Shane  
Shane

I cannot begin to thank you for introducing me to Mario; we decided to change his name to Shane. He is such a wonderful companion to me already. I actually have him sleeping with me every night.

I just wanted to drop you a line to say thank you.

Chad

Chad’s original inquiry:

I did a search of local cat shelters in the South Florida Region and I came across you and your shelter. I am so touched by what you are doing to help what I consider to be the finest things in our society, our animals.

I have had a miserable day today, I lost my cat of 15 years this evening. My cats name was Shanie. I have had since she was 7 weeks old, and by far she has been the thing which I have counted on most in my life. I survived cancer, a loss of a fiancé, and of my career and Shanie never left my side.

With all of this said, I am ready to give all of my love to another cat. I am seeking a kitten that looks similar to my Shanie. I have attached a picture of her. Do you come across younger cats like this?

I truly appreciate your time in reading my story, and I look forward to hearing from you in the future.

Momma Mia  
Momma Mia

Momma Mia was the first cat we helped as she needed a leg amputated.

“She is a GREAT cat and seems to be settling into life well. She still has episodes occasionally with her back and at some point I do want to see if we can figure out what it is – but it is not urgent, it seems to come and go. Otherwise everything is great and she is quite the character.”

Ransom and Zach
Ransom and ZachHere’s a pic of Ransom coming up to Zach and giving a little nose kiss. Zach did something funny earlier … he had closed the door to his room (as he always does) and mistakenly left Ransom in his room. We asked him to open the door and let Ransom out, but instead Zach picked him up and brought him into the family room. It’s not a long walk, but Ransom was not bothered and Zach was comfortable picking him up on his own without us prompting him. That’s exactly the temperament of cat we were wanting; one that wouldn’t mind being picked up by our kids. I think we did find a good match and we’ll continue to give you updates as things progress. We’re very optimistic!!!
The Graham Trio
The Graham TrioHere is the trio: Molly forefront (Josie), Clara and Tabitha (Angelina)in the background. Always by the food dish, especially Molly (she is Croix’s sister). Very hard to get them all together to have a photo – lol. Hope everything is well with you – just thought you might enjoy the pic !!
Wiley
WileyWe have renamed Ridge. His new name is Wiley. Everything is going great! Just a few little things here and there but that’s to be expected. He loves to sleep with us in the bed and his favorite toys are the gray furry mice. His favorite game is catch the mouse. Marcel ties one of the mice to a fishing pole and throws/dangles it around. I’m attaching some pictures for you. Thanks again for all of your help!
Nash
NashI just wanted to give you an update on Nash. He is has adapted to his new home and spoiled rotten by all of us. He loves to ride in the car and be carried outside to just sniff the outside air. One of his quirky things is that he wakes me up by pulling on my hair especially when he is hungry. And of course he is so spoiled I get up and play a little bit, feed him and then go back to sleep. He follows us around all the time and loves all the attention he gets from us. He is just a ham. I have enclosed a picture so you can see him on his favorite hanging out place to watch TV. He is just incredible. Thank you and to the person that gave him up!
Bianca Star
Bianca StarBianca Star was found pregnant, eating scraps outside a condominium in Miami. She was brought to us with her newborn litter. She is now living in Spain with the Thomas Family. Here is her 2005 update.

A little note about Bianca Star, I’m sure you will remember. Few months in Spain already and loving Serrano ham! She is much more open now then she was before, much less afraid. We have seen her running and playing sometimes, she is loved so much in our family.

Regards, Thomas family.

Nathan
NathanNichole asked me to drop you a note to let you know that we have moved. Nathan has a few more square feet to run around in, plus carpet for traction and bigger windows to occupy. We also wanted to show you some pictures we promised you a while back! This is him at 9 months old…a big boy already! He is double the size of his buddy now! Please share this with the folks who rescued him from the streets of Miami. Assure them he is loved and very happy. Thanks!
Megan and Nori
Megan and NoriI just wanted to give you an update on Nori. She is doing beautifully…she is quite fond of my older cat Peppi and watches him do everything and he is warming up to her very quickly, which is terrific. Nori has the run of the house now, and she seems absolutely thrilled…her numerous toys are strewn all about, and she plays and plays for hours, zooming through the house on her little paws. She has also taken to sleeping in my bed, which is perfect with me. Her appetite is as healthy as ever…she even attempts to steal Peppi’s food at every meal. My entire family is absolutely in love with Nori (as am I, obviously). She fits right in, and she knows it. I can’t thank you enough for making it possible for me to adopt Nori.

Megan

Isabella
IsabellaHi there! It’s me Isabella. I just have a quick minute to write this. I just wanted to say thank you again for finding me such a wonderful Mommy and Daddy. Mommy and I have had a very busy day today. First I woke her up bright and early because it was play time and she was missing out. Then I rubbed her legs while she brushed her teeth to remind her that I was there and ready to play. I followed her quickly down the stairs, but she was stumbling over me in her haste to play so she ended up picking me up, cuddling me close and carrying me down the rest of the way� perfect! I am learning a lot from Mom and Dad, I know my names (I say names because Mommy and Daddy call me Isabella, Missy Issy, and Baby Girl). I know that as soon as Mommy comes home from work she will feed me and my big brother Flash and I know that no matter what I do to make Mommy mad at me, she still picks me up, rubs her face in mine and says �I love you�. Love, Isabella
Tigger
TiggerI wanted to give you an update on Liam (aka-Tigger), whom we adopted from you mid-November. He is doing great and getting along with his big sister (Tabby, our black and gray tabby) very nicely. She grooms him often and I often find them sleeping together. They are enjoying playing together, too. It took about two weeks before they really started to get along with each other, but now you can’t keep them apart! He has become quite the little charmer as he rubs on everyone’s legs who walks in the door and greets them with a meow. He’s never met a stranger! He has definitely grown a lot over the past month in his length. He is going to be a strong, sturdy, long cat when he gets older I believe. Anyway, I just wanted to thank you again for our “little bundle of joy.”
Sebastian
SebastianIt’s me Sebastian. It’s hard to see my face but just wanted to check in with you and thank u again for the wonderful home u sent me to. I have them trained well lol. They love me to pieces and in return I love them. I have to go for my shots soon, yuck. I’m not looking forward to that. Meow for now.
Sophia
SophiaI recently had to euthanize my cat of 15 years, due to old age, and it has been hard not having a little friend around. I was searching on petfinder.com one day looking at all the kittens in my area, when I came
across a picture of this tiny little Russian Blue mix, named Sophia. As a solid believer in adopting pets from shelters, I contacted Diane at Stray Aid & Rescue. I was emailed an adoption application and I promptly filled it out and emailed it back. She was so nice and accommodating in meeting me and introducing me to Sophia. I immediately fell in love. Diane made it so easy
to adopt her and I brought Sophia to her new home. She was extremely well trained and house-broken.
Thank you so much for helping me find another “little friend”!
Beau and Jaden
Beau and JadenJust wanted to say thank you again for all your assistance and flexibility adopting the cats. The kittens slept during the entire flight. They seem to be having a ball. Beau seems to recognize his limitations. He does not explore far. However, he did try to climb a tree. He seems to be getting more courage each day. Elyse sits
in the tree and reads with Jaden on her lap. Just wanted to give you a update. All is well. Thanks again!
Cecil & Harley
Cecil & HarleyThe minute we saw Cecil’s face at strayaid.org we knew our search was over. We filled out the application online and drove to “A Pet’s Place” to see our little guy. After waiting another three weeks for Cecil to be tested, neutered, wormed and vaccinated, he was finally ready to come home.

Harley accepted Cecil right away and they have become inseparable. Whether napping together, drinking out of the sink, chasing our toes under the covers, meowing in unison at mealtimes, rolling by in a big ball of fur or just hanging out, they bring us joy and entertain, they express devotion and contentment and we feel good knowing they will have a loving secure home for life.

Brooklyn
BrooklynBrooklyn was just a kitten when she started showing up on our front porch last winter, looking for food. At first we would see her and her mom together, eating the dry food out of the bowl we put out for them. Pretty soon though, we didn’t see the mom anymore, but Brooklyn was becoming a real regular. She wasn’t running away the moment she saw us anymore, and she would even lay right there on the sidewalk in front of the porch, patiently waiting for us to put the food out for her. Then one day the next-door neighbors told us that Brooklyn had had a litter of kittens on their back porch. We thought they must be mistaken; maybe it was Brooklyn’s mom or some other black cat. We saw Brooklyn every single day and never noticed her having a big belly. Besides, she was still just a kitten herself! But it turned out that they were right – it was Brooklyn who had had the kittens on their back porch. Two white kittens and one striped. That’s when we called Stray Aid & Rescue. Diane & Sandy came out that Saturday morning. We were able to trap Brooklyn right off the bat – the kittens were a little bit trickier, but by the end of that weekend, all three babies were rescued and Brooklyn was spayed, vaccinated and returned that Monday morning. All three of the kittens got adopted into wonderful homes – and we even get updates on them. And Brooklyn has become such a sweet little kitty! She’s there every morning when we wake up and every evening when we come home from work, rolling and stretching and purring and meowing. She even lets us pet her now!

October 2006 – The First Three Years

We have been working very hard the past 3 years to build a rescue group that has stayed true to our mission statement, which is to help the helpless. Our volunteers have been a critical part of our success. The community has showed its commitment to help the cats they are feeding and are willing […]

Diane Fraser, Founder/PresidentWe have been working very hard the past 3 years to build a rescue group that has stayed true to our mission statement, which is to help the helpless. Our volunteers have been a critical part of our success.

The community has showed its commitment to help the cats they are feeding and are willing to do the right thing for them. Whether it is to Trap/Neuter & Release them or take the cat or kitten to a shelter that can accommodate them, to simply taking them into their own homes.

We have been working exclusively with the MASH Unit that is run by the Broward County Humane Society for all of our spaying/neutering and testing of all of our rescued cat and kittens. The vets and staff on the MASH Unit are exceptional people whose dedication and commitment to helping all of the cats in our community, is beyond what you would expect. Their high standards and quality care as well as their compassion to all of the cats (feral and non) is obvious and appreciated. The community has access to the MASH Unit. You can call to make an appointment at 954-266-6826.

Extra special thanks to Dr. Robin Kuchar, Dr. Robin Stelljas, Dr. Al Meilan and staff of South Federal Animal Hospital for helping us these past 3 years with the special care we need when we bring in kittens with broken limbs, eye infections, and other ailments. They have also helped us with the few dogs that we get in our care, making sure they get the medical attention they need for a clean bill of health. We highly recommend their compassionate care. They treat your pet like they would want their own pet treated. No runaround! You can contact South Federal Animal Hospital at 954-523-8527.

We absolutely could not adopt out the numbers of cats and kittens each year without the help of Bob & Ellie at A Pets Place. The have donated precious retail space in their wonderful store to showcase our rescued cats and kittens. Please support them by shopping at their store. They are one of the few “Mom & Pop” shops that is still around. They have, or can get, just about anything you need for your pets.

We continue to be active in our community to help you with the stray cats and kittens. We will do all we can to help the helpless, feline or canine. We all can help stop the overpopulation of dogs and cats by spaying or neutering our pets and to encourage others to do so. We (as a community) also need to adopt rescued pets (instead of buying from a breeder) and give them the homes they deserve. If you know someone who is looking to add a pet to their family, direct them to www.petfinder.org to find the pet they are looking for.

Thank you for your continued support. Thank you for caring.

Diane Fraser, Founder/President
Stray Aid & Rescue, Inc.

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Broward County spay/neuter clinic helps fix the overpopulation problem Stray Aid & Rescue, Inc. is a Florida non-profit, no-kill, all volunteer, rescue organisation. They have one overriding mission, and that is to stop pet overpopulation. They are accomplishing this by: Providing affordable, high volume, quality care spay/neuter services to pet owners, as well as rescue […]

Broward County spay/neuter clinic helps fix the overpopulation problem
Stray Aid & Rescue, Inc. is a Florida non-profit, no-kill, all volunteer, rescue organisation. They have one overriding mission, and that is to stop pet overpopulation.

They are accomplishing this by:

  1. Providing affordable, high volume, quality care spay/neuter services to pet owners, as well as rescue groups and individuals caring for strays and feral cat colonies
  2. Promoting adoption of pets from shelters and rescue groups
  3. Educating the community about responsible pet ownership
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Stray Aid offers affordable spay and neuter services for South Florida
As our troubled economy is making it harder for pet owners to do the right thing and have their pets spayed and neutered, South Floridians are lucky to have the organization Stray Aid to help. Offering low cost spay and neuter as well as rescue and adoption services, it is a lifesaver for animals.
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Mission Kuranda
We are in the process of providing Kuranda beds for every kennel run at Broward County Animal Care & Regulation. Katia Medina, who volunteers at BCACR started with the idea and we quickly jumped on board to help accomplish her wish.
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Diane Fraser at the Dania Beach Art & Antique Festival“Most Unique” at Vintage Motorcycle Show

This 1950 Imme motorcycle was winner of the “Most Unique” award Jan. 30 at the vintage motorcycle show in Dania Beach. Made in Germany, the Imme was special for many reasons but one of its oddest features is that it carried a spare wheel and tire.

The Antique Motorcycle Club of America Everglades Chapter brought 87 splendid old motorcycles to the competition, part of the Dania Beach Art & Antique Festival.

Stray Aid & Rescue participates to raise money to bring a mobile spay/neuter clinic to the tri-county area.

(Full article from the Sun-sentinel)

Art Festival - Margaret - Sun-SentinelVolunteers help make shelters a ittle homier


By BETH FEINSTEIN-BARTL
Dogs at two Broward County-run shelters are resting a bit easier these days while waiting to be adopted, thanks to the efforts of local animal lovers. Volunteers from Stray Aid & Rescue are waging a fundraising campaign to outfit each of the facilities with new bedding. They’ve been conducting yard sales and other fundraisers so the pooches no longer have to use towels spread out on concrete floors, said Diane Fraser, the organization’s founder.

Since taking on the project this spring, the group needs 30 beds to meet its goal of filling all 97 kennel runs at Broward County Animal Care & Regulation’s shelters in Pompano Beach and at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
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Dog Days of Summer
Counting sheep (or maybe cats) just got better for the dogs at Broward County Animal Care and Regulation Division animal shelters in Fort Lauderdale and Pompano Beach. That’s because several special Kuranda beds were recently delivered to the animal shelters as part of a donation by Stray Aid & Rescue in Fort Lauderdale. (Read more…)

The First Three Years

We have been working very hard the past 3 years to build a rescue group that has stayed true to our mission statement, which is to help the helpless. Our volunteers have been a critical part of our success.  (Read more…)

I Found a Kitten, Now What Do I Do?
First, assess the condition of the kitten. If you think the kitten needs medical attention, take it to your veterinarian as soon as possible. If you are not sure, you will feel better, once it is checked out by a medical professional.   (Read more…)

Trapping Stray/Feral Cats 101
One day you see a stray cat and you couldn’t resist feeding it. This situation can happen either at home and/or at your work location. Now, the next step. After a few days of feeding you need to determine that this cat doesn’t belong to anyone (check with your neighbors) and it has not moved along or went home.  (Read more…)

The Dog Whisperer
Yesterday was the day I met Cesar Millan, The Dog Whisperer. He conducted a seminar in Miami and it was, to say the least, very empowering.  (Read more…)


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