FOCA Rescues 34 Cats in Monroe Home; Seeks Donations
Friends of Companion Animals, Monroe’s only all cat rescue and adoption center, recently came to the rescue of 33 cats at a single location in downtown Monroe. Although they have done smaller multi-feline rescues in the past, this recent endeavor is the largest that the all-volunteer, nonprofit has faced since its establishment in 2011. It all started when a concerned mail carrier contacted Monroe County Animal Control (MCAC). They witnessed cats on the roof of what appeared to be an abandoned home along their route, according to Shelter Director Penny Bly. She explains, “Animal control instructed the mail carrier to contact us and after coordinating with MCAC regarding who will take the lead in this endeavor, FOCA volunteers jumped into action and secured the first initial batch of cats, which included seven felines.“ [ READ MORE]
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
Visit our online plant sale right now until May 15:
Or come to the shelter in person Mother’s Day weekend for hanging flower baskets, lawn art and a bake sale!
proceeds from either sale go directly to the all-volunteer shelter!
Shelter and Resale shop will be open to the public (no appointment needed):
Wed. – Sat. noon to 5 pm
masks required @ both locations and limited shoppers allowed
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
Find the Purrrr-fect Best Friend
Check out our list of adoptable cats and kittens from Petfinder and Adopt-a-Pet today!
OUTDOOR CAT SHELTER TIPS
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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSwLZTp9mf8 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 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9YYQIHx_14
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).
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.
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.
What You Can Do
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
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.
Stay connected and find out about our upcoming events or social engagements like dinners, auctions, etc.