One of the missions here at the Wag is to make folks aware of all the awesome work done by professionals and an army of volunteers on behalf of pets in this area. This is a region filled with people with generous spirits who really want to help the most helpless — homeless cats, dogs, puppies and kittens.
F.E.R.A.L. is a great example of a network of volunteers on the singular mission of saving unwanted cats. You see these kitties in the crates along the right hand wall of the Valley View PetSmart, hoping to catch the eye of a kind-hearted soul who will make them a new member of the family.
What you don’t see is all the foster homes coordinated by Thelma Marienfeldt, who runs F.E.R.A.L. and has helped hundreds of stray and unwanted cats and kittens find good homes. I got an email last night that Marienfeldt is retiring soon, and her volunteers are hoping to place all the cats and kittens at the store and in foster care as soon as possible.
This is the sort of story I always wanted the blog and column to be about: spotlighting the people who help pets and raising awareness in this community of the need for homes, donations and for prevention via spaying and neutering.
There will be more to come on the story of Marienfeldt and her cats, but her organization is the inspiration for today’s giveaway:
What does the acronym F.E.R.A.L. stand for?
Post a correct answer and the winner will be chose tomorrow morning at 9 a.m.
Jen, Beverly, Cindy and Jackie, our previous winners this week, no doubt know the answer, but I am sure they want other folks to have a chance to win.