Barney: The Male Calico

Friends of Companion Animals, Monroe’s only all-cat rescue, is pleased to announce one of their new arrivals this kitten season is literally 1 in 3000. Barney the kitten is officially a calico! About one in every 3,000 calico cats is born a male, which means there’s less than a 0.1 percent chance of a calico cat being born a male. A visit for his neuter today at Humane Ohio in Toledo officially confirmed it.


Rescue director Penny Bly stated, “We love all the felines who make their way to us. There are those rare few who are rarer than others and he’s certainly the most unique one we’ve seen in our 11-year history. His foster mom has a done a great job of taking care of him, his mom and his four other siblings.”


Although he might look like an orange tabby to the casual observer, his distinct black marks on his belly, hips and back make him unique….

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4th Annual Kitten Shower!

Friends of Companion Animals – Monroe’s only all-cat rescue – is hosting our 4th Annual Kitten Shower on May 22nd. This special Sunday event will let people who can’t visit the shelter during our normal hours of Wednesday through Saturday the opportunity to swing by. They’ll be party word games, dollar raffles, free ‘shower’ food and refreshments. They’ll even be a bake sale with all the proceeds benefiting the rescue. Our kitten shower ‘registry’ includes all the essentials for the new arrivals – Kitten Chow, KMR Kitten Powder Formula and Kitten wet food. If you can’t attend but you’d like to donation you can check out our…

Kitten Online Registry at Amazon:

DATE:  Sunday, May 22

TIME:   Noon to 5 PM

Location:  FOCA Shelter

2532 N. Dixie Hwy, Monroe, MI 48162





It’s CatSIP Sunday at St. Julian’s Winery in Dundee! On July 17 from 7:30pm – 9:30 pm 15% of proceeds raised will benefit the local non-profit Friends of Companion Animals – Monroe County’s only all-cat rescue. Enjoy some complimentary cheeses with samples of their favorite, best-selling wines. There will be long pours of their award-winning wines for purchase, raffles for prize baskets and an exclusive ‘kitty cocktail’ menu that’s feline inspired!

Location:  sT. jULIAN

700 fREEDOM cT. , dUNDEE, mi 48131

tIME: 7:30 PM  – 9:30 PM 

DATE:  sUNDAY,  July 17, 2022




SOS! Save Our Shelter ROOF!

FOCA Needs a Flat Roof

We renovated our floors and our enclosures thanks to the support of so many great FOCA friends but now it’s time to take care of the top. With the winter season we’ve discovered the pitched area of our roof has about 5 years of life. Our flat roof however is DOA and leaking because of serious cracked areas. It really needs a complete tear off and restructure and then replacement of damaged ceiling tiles. The good news is once it’s done we’re set for the next decade, probably two decades. The bad news is the first quote we got is $30000 so we’re trying to fund-raise to keep the kitties dry. Any help you can provide is appreciated.

DONATE HERE or at the shelter

wed – Sat 9 am to 5 pm

2532 N. Dixie Hwy. Monroe, MI 48162



SOS! Save Our Shelter

FOCA Bottle Drive

We recently got a loan to buy our shelter but we need your help to do it. Bring your bottles and cans to us at the shelter and we’ll put the money toward helping our rescue and perhaps even have a home of our own!

Drop Off TIME: 

Sun – Tues 9 am to 11 am or

Wed – Sat 9 am to 5 PM

Location:  FOCA Shelter

2532 N. Dixie Hwy. Monroe, MI 48162




As  you can imagine we get lots of requests to take in cats who have been outdoors once the weather turns cold. Unfortunately like many shelters we are often full or we don’t take feral cats. If you’d like to help, and you’re not sure what you can do, build some shelters that don’t cost a fortune.

Here’s a great link for building a cat shelter You need it off the ground because of snow fall and you want to use just straw and not hay or blankets (wet cats get stuck on hay and fabric which damages their skin, which can be deadly). But watch the video since he offers some pretty good tips. If that seems like too much work this one offers some nice tips for a plastic shelters if you don’t want to build with wood –

Located here is a quick graphic from a great organization, Alley Cat Allies, on how to build an outdoor enclosure. Best of all it only takes 12 quick steps. But we suggest that you also watch the links above to get a better idea of why you’re building the shelter and other tips that can help you (and the cats you want to save this winter).



Attention Please

Shelter and Resale shop  Are open to the public 

(no appointment needed): 

Wed. – Sat. noon to 5 pm

masks required for un-vaccinated visitors  @ both locations

Donations will still be taken During the following times:

Sun – Tues from 9 am to 11 am and wed – Sat  from 9 am to  5 PM


Story of the year 2022:

Rummage Sale for Spay neuter clinic


Friends of Companion Animals, Monroe County’s only all cat rescue and adoption center, which rescued 33 cats at a single location in downtown Monroe in winter 2021, has a new venture – plans for a low cost feral spay/neuter clinic. The all-volunteer, nonprofit rescue established in 2011 is seeking donations to help fund the project, which would make it the only low-cost spay neuter clinic between Toledo and Downriver Detroit. They will kick off the endeavor by hosting an Indoor Rummage Sale fundraiser starting March 9th in their events building next to the shelter. [ READ MORE]



Find the Purrrr-fect Best Friend

Check out our list of adoptable cats and kittens from Petfinder and Adopt-a-Pet today!

Friends of Companion Animals Changes Lives






Bringing Felines and Humans Together


Our vision is to have a county free of homeless, unwanted companion animals, to have all free-roaming cats spayed or neutered and under the care of reliable caregivers to achieve this vision. We seek to stop the overpopulation of felines through spaying and neutering and to match adoptable cats with the appropriate ‘furever’ homes. 

As an all-volunteer organization we’re always looking for people who can donated their time, supplies,  money or ideas for creating a better world for homeless cats and kittens. 


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About Us

Beyond a Cat Adoption Center

Along with our cat adoption center, we have a trap-neuter-release program for cat colonies where there is someone to feed, water and provide shelter for feral cats. 



Founded by Penny Bly, Friends of Companion Animals is a 501c3 nonprofit that’s focused on the spay/neuter of feline companion animals to control pet populations. Since 2011 our mission has been to promote spay and neuter of all companion animals and to help find suitable forever homes. Today, however, we have narrowed our efforts to focus on cats and kittens in our program to aid felines of Monroe County, Michigan. 


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What  You Can Do


It’s not glamorous, but if you’ve got a few hours on certain days there are always cats that need cleaning and general care…and cuddles too.


Fund Raising & Money Donations

We don’t receive money from any state, county or city departments so our survival depends on ideas and events that garner funds for pet care.



Private individuals and companies in the community are welcome to bring us physical goods too because any help is appreciated.


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You can make a difference in an animals life by being a volunteer – feel good by doing something good! 

Want to Help? We Always Need…

  • Tidy Cat Clumping Litter
  • Purina Natural Cat and/or Kitten Food
  • Canned Cat Food
  • PetSmart or Monroe Feed Gift Cards
  • Gasoline Gift Cards
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Bleach and Dish Soap
  • Paper Towels



We open our doors to the public

Wednesday to Saturday Noon to 5 PM

2532 N. Dixie Hwy., Monroe, MI 48162

So if you’re interested in adopting a cat or kitten… or if you’d just like to spend some time playing with some feline companions in our playroom, feel free to stop into Friends of Companion Animals and see who’s available! Our kitties will love the companionship and you’ll have a great time too.  


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Friends Of Companion Animals Feline Rescue & Adoption Center

Friends of Companion Animals Feline Rescue & Adoption Center is a 501c3 nonprofit animal welfare organization that has been preventing unwanted litters from growing up on the streets or entering the already overcrowded animal shelters in Monroe County since 2011. Friends of Companion Animals encourages the spaying/neutering of companion animals and conducts trap-neuter-release in public places where free roaming cats are prevalent. In one year we prevented an estimated 1,200 potential puppies and 17,420 potential kittens from being born as homeless pets, and we have socialized and rehomed numerous kittens. We are a dedicated group of volunteers that believe together we all can make a difference for the companion animals of Monroe County!
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Adoption Update: Charlie the little eyeless kitten, now Neo, is adjusting well in his new home! He is learning to navigate his new space with ease and spends his time sprinting after his toys! He is also the only cat out of four who is brave enough to hop up on the cat wheel on his own😊 He is brave enough to get up on the couches on his own and rather than jumping off to get down, he slides off on his tummy with his feet first. It’s ridiculously cute! Ps: Attached are some fun photos taken over the past week🥰
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Adoption update: Hello FOCA ! I just wanted to give you an update on Poppy. It has been 2 years ago today that I brought her home. She has been nothing but perfect. She is so loving and sweet. She has never done anything naughty, ever. She loves to be held and kissed, and as you hold her like a tiny baby she loves it when you jiggle her. She is closely bonded with her real sister, Peyton and those two are always together. Peyton was adopted in October 2020, five months after I got Poppy and reuniting them was the best decision I ever made. Here is a current picture of Poppy, and of both Poppy and Peyton.
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Come visit for raffles, a bake sale and free 'shower foods' and beverages. If you can't make it consider our amazon kitten shower registry at: where you can send it directly to the shelter!
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We are still looking to get some quotes to have a new roof put on our building….. so far it is looking like the cost is going to be around $40,000…unfortunately this news comes at a time where we have high numbers of cats and kittens coming into the rescue, meaning lots of vet bills(including spays, neuters, vaccines, sick visits, flea and worm medications, testing supplies, and other medications needed to treat a variety of ailments),and higher food and litter needs. We are also trying to get the funds needed to start our spay/neuter clinic that our community so desperately needs. So in addition to quotes we need donations to make this possible. Even if you don’t have the means to donate, please share! Every dollar donated is one more closer to meeting our goal!