FAWG Events in May -- Volunteers Needed!

We have 3 big events coming up in May.  Can you lend a hand?



FALLON HOME & GARDEN SHOW
Sat & Sun   May 4 & 5
Fallon Convention Center



FALLON ANIMAL WELFARE GROUP
SPRING YARD & PLANT SALE
Fri & Sat    May 10 & 11
Allen Rd. Storage Units
Allen Rd. in Fallon



CAPS BARK IN THE PARK
Sat May 18
Churchill County Fairgrounds



Volunteers are needed at each of these events!  
To learn more and  lend a hand, call our Events Coordinator 
Marie Cannata at 775 867-5444 or email us at fawgnv@gmail.com





Fallon Animal Welfare Group Meets this Thursday

What?        Fallon Animal Welfare Group Open Meeting

When?      Thursday, April 11, 7:00 pm

Where?      Holy Trinity Episcopal Church Parish Hall
                   Corner of Churchill St. & W. Fairview St. in Fallon


Fallon Animal Welfare Group (FAWG) was formed in the spring of 2010.  Since then we have neutered over 1,900 cats, resulting in a 50% decrease in the number of cats entering the Fallon city shelter.  We have adopted out over 500 pet cats and barn cats, and sent more than 400 cats to our no-kill rescue partners in Reno.

None of these achievements would have been possible without the help and support of many many people in our community.

FAWG is now going through organizational and personnel changes. This is an opportunity for more people to donate their skills, experience, and yes, it will take a bit of time as well, to improve the lives of cats -- and dogs and other animals -- in Churchill County.

We can write about what FAWG has done over the past nine years, but what FAWG accomplishes in the future will be up to people like you.

Please attend this meeting if you can to find out how you can make a real difference in the lives of animals in your community. 

Questions?            Call us at 775 423-8650 or email us 
                                at fawgnv@gmail.com





#ThankstoMaddie

#ThankstoMaddie our participation in the Maddie's Pet Project-Nevada Home for the Holidays Adoption Day November 16 & 17, 2018, resulted in a grant of $9,300 to Fallon Animal Welfare Group. 

We adopted out 31 cats and kittens during this promotion at no cost to the adopter. In return, a grant of $300 per pet was given to us thanks to the generosity of the founders of Dave & Cheryl Duffield Foundation and Maddie';s Fund




This generous gift will get 2019 off to a great start for us. Every animal we take in will have access to the veterinary care he needs, whether routine shots, x-rays or lab work, dental work or surgery. Our trap-neuter-return work will continue with no slow-down and we'll continue to place every feral cat needing relocation in a good barn cat position! 

Our 31 cats were a small part of the 1,665 cats and dogs throughout Nevada who were adopted during  Maddie's Pet Adoption Days. #ThankstoMaddie life is getting better for cats and dogs across our state!





#Thanks to Maddie
#MaddiesPetProjectNV

Everyone went HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS!



A big  THANK YOU to everyone who made our Home for the Holidays Adoption such a great success!  
  • Thanks to Maddie's Pet Project in Nevada for sponsoring this event, 
  • Thanks to all our FAWG volunteers who helped with the adoptions, 
  • Thanks to all our FAWG foster caregivers who cared for our cats and kittens until they found homes,
  • Thanks to Shannon and Maggie's Playhouse Doggie Daycare for again letting us use their space to adopt out our cats, and
  • Thanks to everyone who opened their hearts and took another cat (or 2!) home this holiday season! 
Thirty-one cats and kittens showed up at the adoption, and all thirty-one went home with loving families!

We were one of many groups across Nevada participating in Maddie's Pet Adoption Days. This event was part of a statewide campaign, Maddie's Pet Project in Nevada, which aims to elevate the status of cats and dogs across the state through partnerships that increase adoptions from animal shelters and rescues and improve access to veterinary care in under-served areas. 

Maddie's Pet Project in Nevada is made possible by the generosity of Maddie's Fund and the Nevada-based Dave & Cheryl Duffield Foundation.


Barn Cats Needing Homes

We have several semi-friendly/semi-feral cats needing jobs as barn cats. We say "barn cats" but they would do equally well in a workshop, warehouse, storefront, garage, airplane hangar, or other environment where they are not expected to be lap cats.

If you have a building these cats can call home, they will keep your property free of mice and gophers in return for food, water, and shelter from predators and the weather.  

Our barn cats come as a minimum of two as they settle in more quickly with a companion. We will gladly set you up with 3, 4 or more if you have space for them. 

Any cat we place with you will be neutered, vaccinated, ear-tipped and extremely grateful. 

There is no set fee, but any donation, or donation of items for our next yard sale, is much appreciated.



Call us at 775 423-8650 to learn more.

RIP Buster Brown

Buster Brown came to us in June. He was old, ill, missing an eye, with one ear badly damaged, in desperate need of dental work, and with his fur in terrible condition. We were told that years ago he had had a family. But then his family moved and left him behind. For a few years neighbors provided food and water and a porch for him to sleep on. One day the mail carrier on his street saw Buster Brown's food bowl sitting, empty, on top of the family's garbage can. She asked the people what happened to the cat she was so used to seeing on their porch. They explained they no longer wanted to care for him as he was old and sick and so had stopped feeding him in the hope that he would go away.  The mail carrier found him a few days later wandering down the street, scooped him up and brought him to us.



When we took Buster Brown to the vet he tested positive for FIV -- the feline version of HIV. This virus weakens the cat's immune system making him more susceptible to disease. Cornell Vet School says in the US between 1.5% and 3% of cats test positive for FIV. It is found more commonly among unaltered males who, in fighting with each other for territory, spread the virus  through deep bite wounds. We had Buster Brown neutered and vaccinated and he lived happily and peacefully with several other cats in a foster home. He was a true gentleman and there was no danger of him biting any of his feline roommates.

Because his FIV status and his age made adoption more difficult, we submitted an application for him to go to Best Friends Animal Society's sanctuary in Kanab, UT.  He was accepted and placed on the wait list for FIV-positive cats. We looked forward to the day we would take him to the sanctuary to live out his senior years in comfort and safety surrounded by Best Friends caregivers and volunteers.

Unfortunately, Buster Brown developed a cancer in his mouth and his health deteriorated quite rapidly. With heavy hearts his doctor and foster mom helped him go to the Rainbow Bridge.  RIP, Buster Brown. We are very glad we got to know you and are only sorry your stay with us was so short.

Rose has moved to Utah

Rose, our lovely calico girl with cerebellar hypoplasia, was accepted into Best Friends Animal Sanctuary and has made the move to Utah.

Cerebellar hypolpasia (CH) is a disorder of the cerebellum part of the brain making it difficult for Rose to walk, or eat and drink unassisted, or use a litter pan.  CH can be caused by various types of trauma, but is most often the result of unvaccinated pregnant cats being exposed to panleukopenia ("cat distemper"). Any kittens who survive, and most do not, can exhibit varying degrees of CH.

Best Friends has years of experience providing quality lives to animals like Rose who come to them with a variety of physical and/or behavioral issues. Rose will receive the best care possible while there. The best news? Her caregivers at Best Friends are confident they will be able to place her in a loving adoptive home.