Message from the Director
We are now well-entrenched into our summer weather pattern. For most of us, that means long hot days and sultry evenings. This is the time of year when we are particularly grateful for our staff and volunteers who continue to carry on the work of keeping our Sanctuary ship-shape in spite of very harsh working conditions. And, as we all know, those conditions continue for at least the next 5 months….be sure to tell them how much you appreciate their efforts when you see any of them.
Inside this edition, you’ll read about an amazing fundraiser put together for our benefit by Mallo Bisset and her legion of local artists, our annual Celebration of Life around the memorial well, and the dedication of our newly renovated adoption room, Anthea’s Adoption Oasis.
It is also the peak of kitten season. As I write this, we have just completed adoptions for 17 kittens in one weekend which is 100% of what we had available. And, we still have about 65 additional kittens currently in foster care. We get calls daily and accept as many kittens as we have foster homes into which we can place them. It keeps the staff and volunteers jumping. Our onsite surgery day is Wednesday, and our cattery is packed with playpens full of kittens who have been brought in from foster homes. This is where they await their turn with the vet and also serves as their “recovery room” for a day or 2 before they make their way to Anthea’s Adoption Oasis for fun and games and to meet prospective adopters. Please take a look at Page 4 to see a wonderful story about a current foster kitten and her bond with a blind CFF alum.
We continue to improve our facilities. Completion of our newest cottage, Chessie’s Station in Campground A, is imminent. It will provide cozy housing for some anticipated adults who will be coming in. The cottage donor loved the idea of a train theme, and you’ll delight in all the things our staff sourced to support that motif. Watch for photos in our July-August edition. Also in progress is the renovation of Pink’s which has been moved to a location behind the Nursery and will become our isolation space. Finally, the breezeway between the 2 medical buildings has been enclosed with screening to provide a safe, secure place to house our TNVR cats as they recover from surgery. Busy times, but that’s just how we roll!
Until next time,
Board of Directors
Featured for Adoption
is, indeed, a jolly fellow! This guy has never met a stranger and quickly engages anyone who comes into his area. He is about 3 years old and will be a wonderful addition to any home. You may think he is winking at you, but this poor guy had a bulging eye ulcer when he came to us. The best solution was to remove his eye, and even during his painful recovery, Jolly Roger wanted nothing more than love and affection from staff and volunteers. A true winner!
is a stunning, 1-year-old tuxedo who recently arrived at CFF and has already won the hearts of everyone who has met him. His cheerful and curious demeanor has made his transition easy. Gomez has already found his way into our pack of guys in K4 and 5…which include the other boys you see featured here. A band of brothers, to be sure!
arrived at CFF and was, at first, overwhelmed. Sanctuary life is very different from life in a home. But quickly, he adjusted to the comings and goings and is now delighted to say hello to visitors if they just give him a minute to sniff their hands to get acquainted. He is still a young cat (under 5) and has extraordinarily beautiful markings. He gets along with other cats and has made a couple of best buds in his area.
Bisset's Birthday Bash Benefits CFF
Mallo Bisset, local artist and owner of Red Barn Furniture, decided to throw herself a birthday party for her 70th birthday on April 23 from 4pm to 7pm at the Court House Cultural Center and Gazebo Park in downtown Stuart. But, unlike most birthday parties, this one had a higher calling…all of the proceeds came directly to CFF!
Using her skills of persuasion, she engaged more than 60 of her fellow local artists to donate items to be auctioned or raffled at the event, and their contributions were nothing short of amazing. There was something for everyone….jewelry, pottery, statues, sculptures, paintings, mosaics…most having something to do with cats. Her guests, numbering in the several hundred, enjoyed refreshments, music from Rocking RX (who donated their time), and spectacular weather.
There was no cost to attend the party, but those who chose to make a donation prior to the event were feted at a VIP reception prior to the event. Caring Fields netted $21,385.…funds that were greatly appreciated during this very busy kitten season.
Our sincere thanks go to each and every artist who contributed their talent, to Josephine’s and Manero’s who donated food, to the legion of artists who also assisted with food prep, and to all of those intrepid folks who helped with set up and tear down. It was surely a day for the record books and will be remembered with great appreciation by all who attended!
Thank you, Mallo, and Happy Birthday!
Celebration of Life
Each year, we take a moment to remember our residents who have passed over the Rainbow Bridge. On April 29, Father Jack from St. Andrew’s Catholic Church officiated while staff and volunteers said a few words about each cat or kitten before its ashes were added into the memorial well. It is always a bittersweet time as we share fond memories about those who have left us over the past 12 months but also a happy time to remember the pawprint each left on our hearts.
The memorial well was donated by volunteers Sue and Frank Filo several years ago and continues to be lovingly maintained by them. Located just outside the FIV campgrounds, it is a quiet place to sit and reflect about the cats and kittens we love
Anthea's Adoption Oasis
On May 13, we dedicated our newly renovated adoption room to long-time volunteer, Anthea Collier, who adopted more kittens from our location at PetSmart than any other CFF volunteer. She loved everything she did at CFF….feeding/cleaning a campground, helping with fundraising, and virtually anything else that was asked of her. But her true passion was finding perfect homes for the kittens who came to CFF.
She lived close to PetSmart, and no matter when she got the call that someone was there looking to adopt one of our little furballs, she would dash over, carefully interview the prospective adopter, and if everything seemed in order, she would complete the adoption.
As we pondered what to name the new adoption space, it was immediately clear that there was only 1 answer! A group of about 25 gathered, including Anthea’s husband, Rollie, to share memories, laughter, and cake. Special stories were shared by her closest friend, Lori Hendricks, who continues their tradition of adoption success. And, it just wouldn’t have been an event to remember our Anthea without a toast using her favorite Beck’s beer. We know her spirit was with us that day!
How You Can Help
Are you looking for the perfect kitty companion to brighten your life? We have open adoption hours on
Friday, Saturday and Monday from 11am to 3pm
with adoption counselors on hand to introduce you to
our kittens and cats.
Other times are available by appointment (772-463-7386).
The adoption fee is $100 for one and $150 for two.
Any adopted cat/kitten must be in a carrier to leave the property
for the animal’s safety.
As you might imagine, we need lots of supplies to care for 150+ adult residents and anywhere from 20 to 80 kittens in foster homes. Our list is also available on Amazon.com.
Friskees canned food
Fancy Feast kitten canned food
Purina One Healthy Kitten dry food
Purina One adult dry food
Scoopable cat litter
Dawn dish soap (blue)
Volunteers are the lifeblood of our Sanctuary.
Without them, we could not care for our residents, provide foster homes for our kittens, hold fundraising events, maintain our social media presence and our website, etc.
Volunteer and Foster applications are available on our website. Please complete and submit the application, and we will be in touch!
Mark Your Calendar and Support CFF!
Save The Date
Mark your calendar for Saturday, December 2, 2023.
We are reimagining the event…stay tuned for the exciting details!
Heart Melt Moment
We received this photo from one of our foster moms. Pictured here is her resident cat, Taserface, a CFF alum. This blind fellow just LOVES all the foster kittens who come through her home. He is pictured here cuddling with little Waffles. Taserface doesn’t need to see her to know that he loves her, and Waffles clearly appreciates his affection. Bliss!