Kitty Christmas 2022

Kitty Christmas Event

December 10, 2022

So, what is Kitty Christmas? Over the next couple of months, people can send boxes or monetary donations to the Lorenz household. On the date of Kitty Christmas, December 10th, it will be one LARGE unboxing. It is like regular box day but times 100! Or more!! It is always a surprise of how many boxes we can get!!

The unboxing fun begins at 10:00 AM, FFRC time!

In the meantime, donations can start flying into the Lorenz household. As donations come in, we will post some pictures of things being bought, which adds to the suspense of how much we can get donated to surprise Megan and FFRC!!


Visit our Things We Need page for ideas of what to send!!

What does FFRC need in a year to operate?

  • 20,000 Cans of Cat Food – That’s right! Twenty THOUSAND cans of food!
  • A Ton of Dry Cat Food – Purina One, Iams, ProPlan, Eukanuba are good brands.
  • 1200 Jars of Meat Only Baby Food – Derecho Sez “I don’t eat them all!”
  • 1000 Packets of Treats – Center Kitties, Covies, Porchies, and Barnies all love treats!
  • 10,000 Pounds of Cat Litter – Oh My! That’s a lot of Scooping!
  • Lots of Cleaning Supplies – Chlorox Wipes/Bleach/White Vinegar/Mr. Clean/Mr. Clean Erasers/Dawn Soap/HE Liquid Laundry Soap/Bounce Dryer Sheets/Bath Towels
  • Paper and Trash Products – Paper Plates/Toilet Paper/Paper Towels/13 gal. Garbage Bags/30-33 gal. Garbage Bags/Grocery Bags without Holes
  • Kitten Season Needs – KMR – Liquid, Kitten Food – Royal Babycat/FancyFeast Kitten/Purina One Kitten, Fragrance-Free Baby Wipes (Please make sure that they DO Not have Alcohol – Vitamin E and Aloe are ok)
  • Kitty Happiness and Adoptions – Toys, beds
  • Volunteer Happiness – Treats for volunteers! Packages of snacks or other small fun items for the volunteers can either be included or sent directly to FFRC.
  • Gift Cards – Can’t decide what to send? Gift cards are nice and Megan can use them when supplies run low. She prefers gift cards to:
    • Meijer
    • Walmart
    • Pet Supply Plus
    • Shell Gas

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 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.


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


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
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 !!

Remembering Paul on Halloween

One year on Halloween we set out to take my daughter and Paul Step children out for some trick or treating. It was cold and wet outside. It was a very wet snow in Buffalo. Paul, his wife (at the time) and his friend were walking with a couple cans of beer in a bag, being all goofy. I started to get cold Paul gave me his jacket. The kids were out having fun so was he of course he wasn’t cold well, that’s what he said. I laughed so hard at him because we were in our neighborhood we knew everyone he would run up to a house and say trick or treat and show them he only takes beer. He was so much fun he loved children…. at least I have all the memories of you Paul. You will always be in my heart… I miss you Paul.

Miss you paul so so much i cry

Dear Paul

Goodbye Paul I had to say
on october 4th on a cold autumn day
I’ll remember the good times and try not to be sad
But saying goodbye still hurts so bad

We miss you more then We can express
Our love for you will never grow less
We keep trying to imagine how We will go on
We realize tomorrow is another dawn

I know you’re in heaven above
Looking down on us with all your love
Only to whisper in our ear
Remember that I’ll never stop loving you all

I’ll always remember the good times we had
Remember the man, our wonderful tall paul
I’ll remember you each and every day
And if I need to talk to you, I’ll just sit down and pray

One day we’ll be together again
To talk about FFRC
Until the time I’ll always treasure
Having you on cam was such a great pleasure

I miss you so much paul you gave me courage to go on

until we meet again
be blessed and god bless you

from temy and missymjj and our 3 cats

Paul gets the last word

Pauls Final Farewell (By FaithyMD 10/12/2013)

Tyna noticed Paul was lingering
And so she waited too
She seemed to understand
That he had something to do

They sat together side by side
As others passed them by
Some few they met remembered them
And stopped to say hello

But Paul still lingered
And Tyna still waited
She had waited this long
So a few more days were fated

Then Paul said “Tyna Please
Can we go back for a sec
I think there is a reason”
She said, “What the heck”

She knew he always broke the rules
But she knew that he was wise
Still as they passed back over
Others were surprised

Bondi saw them coming
“Paul? What are you doing here”
Then she saw one passing
And the reason became clear

Minto was approaching
He was so filled with fear
Paul scooped him up quickly
Tyna said, “There There”

Bondi looked in wonder
A miracle to see
“No one else has ventured thus
To rescue one as we”

But Paul he had to do it
Just one more rescued cat
And now that he had Minto
“Bye Bye all” – and that was that

Bye Bye Paul – you always had to have the last word!


Paul’s Memorial Service

The video of Paul’s service is uploading onto YouTube at

RIP Paul, you will be missed!


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