Solar Panels

We have installed 34 solar panels!! These are now in place, down on the lower area of land, in full sun. I had mentioned in the last blog that our electricity bills are always so so high, and that we wanted to do something positive in helping ourselves with this problem. The company’s name is Superior Energy Solutions. Here’s the reason we added the solar panels:

Solar energy is sustainable, renewable and plentiful.
Greatly reduces our electric bill
Reduces air pollution
Reduces water usage
Reduces dependence on nonrenewable energy sources
Helps fight climate change
Can earn tax credits

FFRC’s electric bills frequently are over $1,000 a month (this is an actual FFRC cost–this does NOT include the percent of what electricity the house uses).

These 34 panels have a cost of $37,000. That is “all in”–it includes 100% installation, all the meter changes, the cables from the site to the hook up, everything.

The company we chose is reputable, very helpful and will remain with us through all questions and help we may need.

We have already received our first bill and have a decline! 34 panels should see a return of the cost in 12 years. We need to be active in doing something to reduce our electric bill for FFRC.
Solar panels should be thought of as an investment.

The US is moving towards clean energy and solar is our cheapest option.
If we produce more than we need, that energy is stored for us at AEP for future use, OR AEP buys it, thus further reducing our bills.

Steve and I know very well that this is a lot of money for FFRC. We had a friend come and figure the percent of our electric use for the house versus the rescue center. It’s 75% for FFRC. So, if the solar panels cost us $37,000, then FFRC’s share is $27,750.

Steve and I are covering the $9,250. This money does not come easy for us but we feel strongly that we need to do these panels. The electric bills are just too much to continue keeping up with. We had a little savings put away —we used it all to pay this. We both feel it is an investment.

We’ve decided that from today forward, for 2 weeks (ends on May 10), all donations coming in (straight out donations, flash sales, adoptions, etc.) will go towards this. What we receive, is all that we can ask for. Every penny will go towards this need during these 2 weeks. After May 10, then we have to start saving for our monthly utility bills and medical needs again.

We also realize that it is very probable that FFRC cannot fulfill that $27,750. We will figure something out later of how we can cover that. We have stepped out in faith that all will work out, one way or another.

If you’d like to make a donation to help with this, we are grateful. If you cannot, it’s ok too. We truly understand the shortness of funds. We just truly felt it was time to do something to help ourselves with these electric bills.

If you’d like to help, you can send a PayPal to FFRC (go to our website at fofrescue.org and click on PayPal) OR you can send a check–mark it for solar panels OR you can do Venmo OR you can send a money order.

We are grateful as can be and sincerely appreciate any help given for this huge project.

FFRC BLOG

NEWS FLASH: FFRC’s blog is moving to a new web address! Check it out at FFRC BLOG

As usual, the blog will be posted in Chatters and on the FFRC website under the Our Blog tab. Blogs earlier than December 2020 will be available to view on the FFRC website under the Past Blogs tab located on the lower gold menu bar.

Catstock 2019

A Time for Friends, Fun, Food, and Enjoyment!!
September 7, 2019
1 pm to 4 pm

 

Pre-Catstock Fun!!

Friday evening, September 6th

brings on the FireCircle, Friends, Food and a Movie.

In the evening, the firecircle will be busy and ready for s’mores, marshmallows and pudgy pies!

And then, when darkness sets in, a movie right under the shelter house! You are all invited!

Saturday before the Band starts, we will have a lunch for everyone—lots of good grilling!!

Plus, supper is also provided–all under the shelter house! Great food abounds!

 

Saturday, September 7th beginning at 1 PM

STRAWBERRY HILL BAND!!

This is a time for Friends, Fun, Food and Enjoyment!

Come join us for the friendship.

Enjoy the cats—spend as much time as you’d like petting, brushing and getting to know them!

The Covies too will be waiting for their share of attention!

There will be lots of visitors, chatters, lurkers here – come meet them all!

There will be some good fun “stuff” to do too—

FFRC Cat Bingo–free with great prizes!!

Corn Hole

50/50 Drawing

Grown up Chalk Fun

Big Cat Mural to color in

Golf cart rides to see the backwater

Canvas paintings–already started with FFRC paw prints

—and lots more!

 

Catstock has come to be where we all just “hang out” in peace, love and harmony.

Chit chat the day away visiting everyone and the cats.

And of course, it’s fun to dress the part (if you’d like)! You can be a far-out hippie for the day.

Come for the day, come for the whole weekend, just come and have fun!

This is all about YOU and enjoying yourself at FFRC!

Friends of Felines’ Rescue Center • 14597 Power Dam Road • Defiance, Ohio 43512419-393-2400
www.fofrescue.org
Live at: YouTube FFRC

Catathon 2019 !!!!!

Please join us for an afternoon of fun

as we attempt to raise funds for

The Friends of Felines’ Rescue Center!

What:  Our 9th annual Catathon, an on-line telethon.  PREREGISTRATION IS CLOSED

When:  Sunday, June 23, 2019, 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM EST   View Schedule & Catalog

Where:  Watch us on our 24/7 webcam at YouTube’s:   FOFRescueCenter Live Stream

How:  To call in your bids, you must call at 419-393-2400.

Why: We routinely have between 100-130 cats/kittens that we care for at any given time here at the Rescue Center. We need financial assistance to continue the high standard of care that is given to them.

Celebrating 20 Years of FFRC

Help Us Celebrate the 20th Anniversary

of the

Friends of Felines Rescue Center !!

UPDATE and The Cat Car Has Arrived

The Cat Car has arrived!  Steve and I picked it up late afternoon on Wednesday and it’s all finished! I must admit that I love it and having fun with it!  It looks like a big grey tiger cat! Our logo is on it in 3 places.  The Friends of Felines Rescue Center and address and website is on both sides and the back window.  A few Opt To Adopt and Spay or Neuter is also on the car in a few places! It’s good PR for FFRC .  It’s a clutch but Steve has helped me practice. Yesterday I drove it in Fort Wayne and all the way home. And it’s still in one piece! lol

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Spay and Neuter Program

Friends of Felines Rescue Center
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FFRC is working in conjunction with HumaneOhio.

We are committed to reduce the overpopulation problem of cats in Defiance and our area counties.

All spays/neuters are performed by qualified, licensed veterinarians. Each cat receives a physical exam and quality, 24-hour, pain medication.

 

HERE’S HOW IT WORKS: Call FFRC at 419-393-2400 to set up an appointment. We will do this transport twice a month, usually the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month. Drop offs/pick ups are both at FFRC. The drop off time is 5:30-6:00 AM.  Pick up time is around 5:30 PM.

PRE-OP INSTRUCTIONS: No food after midnight if the animal is 4 months or older. No food after 6 AM if the cat is under 4 months old. They can have water.

Mama cats can be spayed when kittens are 6 weeks old. Kittens can be spayed/neutered when 2 pounds, usually that happens at 8 weeks of age.

Cats must be in a plastic crate (size appropriate) or a humane trap. NO WIRE CAGES OR SOFT SIDED CARRIERS. One cat per crate/trap. WILD CATS MUST COME IN A HUMANE TRAP.

Cats will receive a small green tattoo on their underbelly near the umbilicus to identify that they have been fixed. If the cat is an outdoor cat/stray/wild, the left ear will be tipped (a universal sign that this cat has been neutered/spayed).

PAYMENT IS DUE AT THE TIME OF DROP OFF, BEFORE LOADING ONTO THE TRANSPORT BUS (CASH OR CHECK MADE OUT TO FFRC).

PRICES:

  • Indoor cats/owned, male or female — $50 (includes physical)
  • Outdoor cats/stray/feral, male or female — $35 (includes physical, Rabies Vaccine and eartip)
  • No extra cost for pregnant cats, in heat cats, or eartip. ALL cats receive a vet physical and soreness meds for the first 24 hours at no cost.

OPTIONAL:

  • Nail trim: $5
  • Capstar (quick flea kill pill): $5
  • Advantage Multi (flea/parasite treatment): $15
  • Rabies vaccine: $10
  • Feline distemper vaccine: $15
  • Microchip: $20

FFRC’s info:   14597 Power Dam Road, Defiance, OH      419-393-2400      website: fofrescue.org

HumaneOhio’s website:   humaneohio.org      Located in Toledo, OH       419-266-5607

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