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.

FALL YARD SALE - thank you

Thanks to everyone who helped make our Yard Sale a success!

Whether you donated items, purchased items, helped at the sale, or helped in other ways, we appreciate your support!

Special thanks to Chris J., Nancy J. Wanda T., Marie P., Elizabeth S., John D., Michelle S. and CJ!

See you in the spring when we do it all again.

Very Successful Adoption Day!

Thanks to everyone who helped make our 
July 30 Adoption Day such a great success.

In just a few hours, 9 cats and kittens found new homes. 

We thank Maggie's Playhouse for hosting the event, 
our great foster caregivers for taking such good care of these pets, 
and everyone who leant a hand with the adoption..

We plan to do it all again soon! 
Meanwhile, you can check out who's available for adoption here on our website. 

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. supports FAWG!

Fallon Animal Welfare Group is now supported by through its Smile Amazon program.

Place an order with Amazon and .5% of the purchase price will be donated to FAWG.

If you have an Amazon account, use your usual ID and password at the Smile Amazon page.

When prompted to select a charity, remember to select "Fallon Animal Welfare Group" from the charities list.

All donations FAWG receives from the Smile Amazon program will go to our Lucy Fund to assist pet owners with emergency vet bills.

You're going to order anyway, right? So be sure to select FAWG to receive a donation from Amazon.