SWEET GABE

This handsome old man is Gabriel, one of our more recent additions to the Forever Farm. He really fits our mission of helping senior and special needs animals. Gabe is deaf, toothless, a little “slow”, and oh yea, he pees in his bed. He will never be adopted, and that’s kind of the point around here. He has a safe, loving home here as long as he is not suffering. During the day Gabe gets to wander around the office, rub on Donn’s legs, and often gets a lap to lie in. At night he is in his safe cage in a dry bed with a big bowl of soupy canned food. Gabe came to us from the Henderson County Shelter where he was taken when found as a stray. The great folks there like to check in regularly to see how their friend Gabe is...

CAN WINDOWS BE EXCITING?

At the Forever Farm they are. When, for the fourth year, the state inspector said something had to be done about the badly damaged wooden window sills in the cat building caused by our feline friends scratching on them, we knew something had to be done. A couple of small grants came in and we decided to finally correct the problem. Rather than just replace the sills with vinyl trim we decided to entirely replacing all the old windows with vinyl clad, energy efficient ones. The project is finished now, and with the recent cold weather we already have felt a new warmth to the building, and lowered our electric bill. So everyone is happy, the state inspector, the staff, the feline residents and our budget. This project is also one step towards our desire to become a more sustainable facility. We are hoping to eventually utilize solar power, and in talking to the professionals it has been recommended that we start moving in that direction by first becoming more energy efficient in every way we can. If you would like to help Friends for Life make the Forever Farm a more efficient, sustainable operation by helping with similar projects, please call us at 828-508-2460 or email friendsforlife.foreverfarm@gmail.com We are a charitable nonprofit corporation and your tax deductible donation can be made online at friendsforlifeforeverfarm.org or mailed to P.O. Box 340, Sapphire, NC...

Our Newest Friend

Our newest little friend is Fritz, an 18 year old miniature Schnauzer. He was found as a stray in Hendersonville and taken to their county shelter. We were notified he was there by a volunteer who keeps a close eye on what animals come into the shelter. I was told he was blind, so at that age (verified by a microchip), I went to assess the little dog first to determine whether he was physically stable and would adapt to new surroundings. I found Little Fritz to be very alert and social. The folks at the shelter said he had been eating well and would find his way to the outside half of the run to go to the bathroom. I decided that I would come back for the sweet little guy and give him a loving home for what time he had left. Fritz has settled in nicely at a special fostering facility owned by myself, that up until now has been caring only for special needs cats. In fact he is sharing a room with Mona, a cat who does very poorly with others of her species, but likes the company of dogs. Fritz sees well enough to navigate on his own, and enjoys time out in the garden tottering around, with close supervision. The lady who found him said he was terribly matted and she clipped his coat. Fortunately his skin was not affected and hopefully he will grow a nice new Schnauzer coat. Sadly, Fritz has very poor dentition, as is common in old dogs that have not had good oral care. He is not...

COMPASSION and COMMITMENT

Compassion and commitment are the qualities that define our mission at Friends for Life.  Obviously it is compassion for senior and special needs animals by our founder, Board of Directors, and staff of the Forever Farm, which brings these animals into our care. Even more important is our lifelong commitment to these dogs, cats and horses that come to the Forever Farm.  For the few that are fortunate enough to find new homes, they are still part of our family and are welcomed back at any time, for any reason.  Those who live out their lives with us are provided the best, most loving care, that we can provide. Mindi and Millie recently came to us through the Asheville Humane Society where they had been relinquished due to the family’s inability to continue to care for them.  These amazing girls had been raised together, since they were puppies, for ten years.   AHS kept them safe for three months hoping to find them a home together.  They were just about to split them up when they were connected with Friends for Life.  We agreed to bring them to our sanctuary and keep them together “forever”. Yes, they are available for adoption, but if that never happens, we are committed to keeping them together at the Forever Farm.  Friends for Life is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization and your donation to help us continue our mission is tax deductible.  Visit our website at www.friendsforlifeforeverfarm.org to make an online donation, or mail it to P.O. Box 340, Sapphire, NC 28774.  Call 828-508-2460 for...

WHY ARE PET DENTALS EXPENSIVE?

Why do dental procedures for your pet seem so expensive? It is only “expensive”, in my mind, if you don’t get what you pay for. When your veterinarian has all the equipment required to do a safe, thorough job in your pets mouth, their investment in this equipment is very costly. Expensive tools, monitors and dental x-ray equipment are needed to make sure the job is done properly. Friends for Life, in rescuing senior dogs and cats, has probably had more dental procedures done than anyone could imagine. Sadly, some of those have had to be done on animals who had already been treated for dental issues, but without dental x-ray, leaving behind broken roots, fistulas and other complications below the gum line. My advise is have it done right the first time for the sake of your pets health, and your finances. Veterinary Assistant, Melissa Harwood (below) who works with Dr. Sarah Brown at Health Care for Pets, is shown here inspecting a patient’s teeth after Dr. Brown has completed the required dental procedures. As you can see, the amount of equipment used during meticulous dental work is amazing. www.healthcareforpets.net Invest in your pet’s future – provide the best health and dental care that you...

IRRESPONSIBLE BREEDING

The Forever Farm has been home for two Persian cats within the last year.  Beautiful Bright Eyes, sadly, recently passed away with no warning.  She was fine (so we thought) one moment, and found dead the next.  We believe she had a heart attack. We all miss her sweetness and beauty. Whitney came to us last week, pulled from the Henderson County shelter in time to have a Merry Christmas.  She would have not seen another Christmas if we hadn’t been able to find room for her at the Forever Farm.  In my mind, she is an example of very irresponsible breeding. The “smushed face” (brachiocephaly) seen in the Persian breed can cause physical problems, and when bred to the extreme can result in cases like poor Whitney.  Can you even see her tiny little nose? And, her eyes can not be seen because they are so recessed.  Compare her face to Bright Eye’s. Even with these defects, the breeder didn’t stop there.  We know Whitney was bred, as vet records that came with her show that when she was three she had a cesarian section to deliver her kittens.  The next year she was spayed – thank goodness.  And last week she was left at the shelter with the high possibility of euthanasia because of her issues. Whitney is a sweet, friendly cat, coming 8 years old, who deserves some love in her life.  Her only “special need” is regular cleaning around her eyes and nostrils (and lots of brushing as her coats grows out).  Let’s show her that life outside a “kitten mill” can be worth living. Contact...