Willow wandered into a downtown storage business in Grants Pass, a notorious dumping ground for unwanted cats. That was 2 years ago and during that time, the owner did her best to provide shelter and food. Knowing Willow is tame and deserved a better life, she contacted Feline Foster Families for help.

Willow is a quiet, undemanding cat who likes the company of adults. She is not a cat that will do well in a home busy with young children. She tolerates other cats, but will do best as an only cat.

Willow is about 8 years old. My guess is that her breeding is Persian or Himalayan. She came to me with health issues that have been treated and she is healthy now and ready for a new home.”

My goal is to find this lovely cat a stable, forever home. I am happy to answer any questions you might have about her.
Stephanie @ 541-761-6112.

PLEASE NOTE: Willow is not a shelter cat. We are making this post as a courtesy to try and help this girl find her forever home.

Precious Maggie Mae

Maggie’s Story!  Maggie came to Raleigh as a wee puppy to comfort her broken heart after the passing of her twin brother. Maggie Mae brought so much joy to her and to so many- and she was nicked name- My little funny face.

Saturday, February 7 – Raleigh’s beloved Maggie Mae passed away at 5:30 in the evening.


See below for the most recent update from Raleigh.

There is still an outstanding balance of $2,300 that we are trying to help her cover.  You can donate via the GoFundMe account below or mail directly to Raleigh at:

Raleigh Smith
122 NE Savage St
Grants Pass, OR 97526

A GoFundMe account has been setup for Maggie’s Vet Bills. 

UPDATE – March 3, 2015:

It has been near a month since my dear Maggie Mae traveled over the rainbow bridge. My tears trail after her, splashing upon every memory of my sweet Funny Face. I try to hold back the tears- but to do so would be like trying to hold back the mighty rush of waters of the great Niagra Falls. Of all the many I have rescued to safe harbor- the guilt that I could not protect my precious Maggie leaves me weak in the heart, my very being trembles with unending sorrow. Never again to hear her little bark of anticipated glee as I fetch her leash to go to the dog park; never again to have her leap with joy out of the car as we travel to the Coast where her little furry paws would dig into the sand puddles- in search of a sand dollar; never again will I hold her back as we raced down Sixth Street to the Evergreen Bank water falls,- like a sled dog reaching the finish line- as she splashed upon the little babbling brook and drank with delight from the clear waters. Her pink food dish never again to fill;- her pink leash now still- never to be lifted,- hangs limp on the hook; and her little cubby forever vacant – no sparking eyes to peer out from her Maggie cave. I want to thank everyone for your heartfelt thoughts, prayers and gracious contributions towards her medical care.

The over $5800 bill is now down to $2300.

Dagmar and Hans Wheeler
Diane Hoover
Johnnie Huffman
Tamara Kabush Evans
Pat Shaffner-Hall
Terri Zeutzius
Tana Mason
Amber Thompson
Paul Durran
Joan Wood
Judy Reynolds
Jan Mitchell
J A Mark
Kate Hoffman
Wendy and Melissa Butkov
Veroune (Bonnie) Chillem
Robert and Patti Callaway
Janice and Larry Harden and Joey Valentino
Linda Bacon
Georgia Applegate
Janis and Arthur Angelini
Dexter and Merry Sullivan
John and Connie Blanchard
Susan McKean
Paul and Kimberly Howell
Darlene Hamblin
Ceinwen Mari Keister
Nancy Lindquist
James Coe
Elsie Sellars
Anonymous donors and those as yet not identified- I will update.
Heidi Marie for Maggie’s urn.

Even as I post this- I failed to thank Pat Schaffner-Hall and Mecha Jane Clark and Tana Mason. I was so desperate for help- and Tana came and drove me to Riverside Vet and then to Southern Oregon Specialty in Medford as I cradled my precious Maggie Mae-and stayed with us till the early hours of the morning. And to Mecha and Pat who sped to my home and cared for my animals and home.

I am forever grateful.



Raleigh has done SO much for the animals in her community.  She is always there when needed and has spent countless hours and dollars helping out the animals that are fortunate enough to come into her life. Now Raleigh needs us to help her with Maggie’s care.  As you can imagine, the emergency medical bills were very high trying to save Maggie’s life.

Thursday, February 4 – Maggie Mae was attacked and mauled leaving her stripped and skinned, with 4 broken ribs, and lacerations and punctures from head to toe. The skin on the girth of her torso was pulled back as if to strip the sheets of a bed. As Raleigh stated “she looked like a raw piece of flank steak with a barely beating heart”. The images too horrifying to post here.  As Raleigh desperately cried for help- thinking her Maggie would have only a heart beat left-and ran for her phone, Maggie had disappeared, crawling under a nearby hedge! The fight was on!

She was rushed to Riverside Veterinary Clinic where they gave her some immediate care; however her injuries so severe we were directed to the emergency care at Southern Oregon Veterinary Specialty Center in Medford. They were able to get her stabilized and assessed. Maggie needed surgery to repair her skin.

Animal Control was notified and is working the case.

Friday, February 6 – Maggie was able to eat and drink a little, Maggie’s condition is guarded and critical and she will have a long road to recovery- but that funny little face has spark and she’s a fighter.

Saturday, February 7 – Raleigh’s beloved Maggie Mae passed away at 5:30 in the evening.


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Maggie Laughing

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Fundraising Seminar – January 2015

Below are links to some of the sessions attended during the Fundraising Seminar.  Some are notes, some are screen shots and notes of the presentation.

Social Media Engagement Session-Fundraising Seminar

Grant Writing Tips-Fundraising Seminar

5 basic steps for a successful silent auction-Fundraising Summit

7 Steps to a Great Event-Fundraising Summit

How to Run a Profitable Special Event – Fundraising Summit

Biggest Barriers to Fundraising

Teach Board Members to Open doors to Major Gifts

Great GrantWriting Ideas

How to Run a Profitable Special Event – Fundraising Summit



Adele and Bennett


Meet Adele, an adorable, quiet, Russian Blue/Gray Hair princess from Tucson, Arizona. Adele is most definitely a lady’s cat, in that she can get used to males, but on her own terms. That means she will come to males when she feels like it and not the other way around. In contrast, she’ll transition to females much quicker, after which every night is a slumber party. Simply put, Adele would be the “perrrfect” companion for a single female homeowner who is around most of the time to share horror stories about dates, watch Disney movies together, cuddle up, hug and cradle liberally with much affection.

Adele thinks, acts and behaves most of the time as if she were a princess, but with all the benefits of a clean, independent, feline friend. Family and friends would describe her as reserved, independent, well-traveled and always knows where the litter is placed. She is an indoor cat primarily and has since so remained through her many travels.

Adele was diagnosed early in life with stomatitis, a gum disease which can spread to the bones in her body if not treated promptly. She was treated for this, but unfortunately, all of her teeth had to be removed. She can still eat dry and wet food normally, but has been mostly fed an organic, grain-free diet of wet food over recent years for optimal health.

Being the princess she is, Adele requires a gentle approach for anything other than cuddling and petting (nail trimming, combing, grooming, etc). These methods of care are best performed patiently and at times, through separate intervals or sessions. She will not scratch, lash out or harm another human being unless deliberately provoked.

2012-02-26 11.47.12-picsay imagejpeg_2_7 20120229_194800Meet Bennett, a playful three-year old Tuxedo cat from Brooklyn, New York. Bennett is a handsome chap, sort of a “puppy cat,” in that he thinks, acts and behaves most of the time as if he were a puppy or small dog, but with all the benefits of a clean, independent, feline friend. Family and friends would describe him as super laid-back, putty in your hands, well-traveled and always knows where the litter is placed. Bennet was born an indoor city cat at birth but has since grown to love the outdoors through his many travels.

Bennett would benefit most from a homeowner with, perhaps, a family of gentle, but playful, loving kids with access to a backyard opening to the dense, green foliage of the beautiful Rogue Valley mountains. He is so loving, friendly and playful that it will be hard to ever put him down! He enjoys sitting next to piano players and listening to a variety of tunes. He loves, loves the outdoors, and most surely will come back if he knows there’s a treat in it for him and a loving family to cuddle up with at night.

This is a courtesy posting to help a family in need of rehoming their beloved cats.  Please contact the owner directly at or call Scott Parker Stevenson (541) 301-6979

Sweet Pea

Karen Scott tells the heartfelt story of “Sweet Pea”. This is a wonderful way to support the animals of Josephine County!

Sweet Pea lived on the streets for nearly three years foraging through garbage cans for her food. Boys on bicycles would torment her, earning her deep fear of humans. The animal control could not catch her.

When Karen noticed Sweet Pea had pups somewhere depending on her, Karen had to at least try to earn her love and trust to help the poor canine family.
Sweet Pea’s story is a true rescue story. One amazing thing about Sweet Pea, is after she came to live with Karen, she never once showed signs of abuse or of being a wild dog. She never cowered, or snapped, she only showed love to all who were fortunate enough to meet her.

All book sale money goes to the care, well being, and upkeep of animals in shelters, who are looking for good homes. When Karen Scott appears with us at adoption events- she graciously donates the proceeds to Shelter Friends! Thank You Karen Scott- for sharing your Sweet Pea story!

This lovely story book may be bought on line at, barnes and and Oregon Books and Games in Grants Pass