Abigale

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HOW CAN YOU HELP?

The animals at the Forever Farm are primarily seniors.  They have sadly lost their homes at the end of their lives, not unlike senior humans who have no family to care for them.  Except with animals there is no Medicaid or welfare programs to ensure they are cared for. We, however, are dedicated to providing retirement, assisted living, nursing and palliative care for as many dogs and cats as we have the space and funds to accommodate. If you would like to support our mission, there are several ways you can help.  Donating to our cause is easy and as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization your gift is tax deductible.  Our website, friendsforlifeforeverfarm.org,  provides a way to donate online either by credit card or Paypal.  And if writing a check is your preferred method, please mail to P.O Box 340, Sapphire, NC 28774.  Several folks have asked about a simple way to make monthly donations. This is now a possibility, and you can call us at 828-508-2460 to have this set up. Help Friends for Life while you are shopping. We are registered with Amazon Smile, where .01% of your purchase will be donated by Amazon to the charity of your choice.  To participate in this program go to smile.amazon.com and select Animal Friends for Life.  All prices and benefits are the same as going to amazon.com , except we will receive .01% of your purchase price from Amazon.  As you can imagine, this could really add up over time to our benefit. We also have a wonderful resale shop called the Friends for Life Treasure Shop in Brevard....

FROM HOSPICE TO A BRAND NEW LIFE

When Frankie came to us last month, it was with the understanding that he was a hospice case. We were told he was elderly with an inoperable, cancerous mass on his hind leg. Yesterday he went to his wondeful new home with the Sierra family and their Minature Schnauzer with a new lease on life. Upon examination by Dr. Sarah Brown, it was obvious Frankie was younger than originally thought. Dr. Brown also felt he was a very good candidate for surgery to having the huge growth removed. Fast forward, and he is healing nicely, albeit while having to wear the “cone of shame.” He’ll complete the healing process with his new family, and what looks to be a long, happy life ahead of...

Not so ‘Lucky’

  Lucky was found in a wood pile after apparently meeting with an accident.  One of the adults in the family suggested shooting him, but fortunately a compassionate seven year old put that to a stop.  He suggested taking the kitten to a family friend who was at vet tech. From there Lucky went to the veterinary clinic frequented by Friends for Life and we were asked to take on the little fella.  Lucky is about eight weeks old and very social.  His right rear leg has a fractured femur and his left rear leg, or possibly both, seem to have neurological issues.  So Lucky drags his little legs behind him.  He was examined by a veterinary surgeon who suggested that we wait a while to see if Lucky will be able to use the broken leg before doing surgery to pin the femur. We already see a slight improvement in his ability to move the legs, and we believe that he will continue to improve.  We have witnessed such miraculous recoveries many times in the animals that have come to the Forever Farm.  Lucky tested negative for FIV and FeLV, and has normal body functions other than the paralysis of his back legs.  There is hope for Lucky – thanks to Friends for Life.  This little fella’s vet bills are starting to pile up, so we ask our supporters to help out with donations for his care.  Visit our website at www.friendsforlifeforeverfarm.org to make a donation online or mail it to P.O. Box 340, Sapphire, NC...

Sevwyon

Sevwyon has only been with us a month and you can already see great improvement.  Thanks to the excellent dental care by Dr. Jennifer McKee, and proper diet, he has gained a good bit of weight.  The long hair is coming off with every brush stroke, and a little help with clippers.   Help support Sevwyon, his feed costs are quite high.  Donations can be made online through our website, or mailed to P.O. Box 340, Sapphire, NC...

Beauty and the Beast

Friends for Life cares for cats with Feline Leukemia (FeLV).   A separate room is maintained at the Forever Farm where these cats are totally isolated from the rest of our colony.  This virus is a “beast” that can be spread via any body fluid: blood, saliva, nasal discharges, etc.  Food bowls, water bowls or litter boxes can be contaminated.  A fight that draws blood, or breeding, is often how outside cats, that have not been vaccinated, get the disease.     We were recently asked by a local county shelter to accept a “beauty” we named Suzy and her two infant kittens.  Suzy had tested mildly positive for Feline Leukemia, and could not be put in their adoption program and faced euthanasia.  Her kittens were too young to be tested.  They are all temporarily in Friends for Life foster home.  The kittens will be weaned shortly and Suzy will be retested in hopes that her healthy young body has chased off the “beast”.  The kittens will then be tested as well.  If any of the three test negative, they will placed up for adoption.  If Suzy tests positive she will move into our FeLV isolation room.  If the kittens test positive they will stay in a cage and be retested in a couple of months.    Cats with Feline Leukemia CAN be adopted into homes with no other cats, or can reside with another FeLV cat.  However, over the years we have only adopted out one FeLV cat.  Adopting one of these cats would truly be a “lifesaving event”.  ...