Frederick Friends of Our County Animal Shelter

Frederick Friends of Our County Animal Shelter FFOCAS (pronounced "focus") is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit supporting our local animal shelter, Frederick.
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04/29/2024

You have likely heard in the news about the pending chocolate crisis but you can do your part to make sure chocolate stays aplenty by considering sponsoring Snickers! He has very special needs that you'll find in the description below which we cannot support in our foster care program without your help! Visit our website ffocas.org and click "Sponsor a Foster Cat" to support this most special chocolate!

Declared “the best cat ever!” by one of our foster coordinators, Snickers was relinquished to our partner shelter, where the veterinarian discovered he had untreated diabetes. Because the disease requires close monitoring, especially in the early stages of treatment, the shelter asked if we could take him into our foster program. We got him started on insulin, and to keep a close eye on his blood sugar, he’s been fitted with a Freestyle Libre that allows his foster mom to easily check his glucose multiple times a day without having to stick him. He also had upper respiratory and urinary tract infections that required veterinary care.

That's a whole lot of pets. We can decrease this number by microchipping, spaying and neutering, using the shelter as a ...
04/26/2024

That's a whole lot of pets. We can decrease this number by microchipping, spaying and neutering, using the shelter as a very last resort if you can no longer keep your pet after you have exhausted other solutions and rehoming options, and being aware of where your pets are at all times. Thank you for helping us decrease this number!

Not able to foster a cat yourself but want to help cats in our foster program? Sponsoring a foster cat with a monthly do...
04/22/2024

Not able to foster a cat yourself but want to help cats in our foster program? Sponsoring a foster cat with a monthly donation is a great way to help ensure that our special needs kitties get the veterinary care, medications, and prescription food they require. We take in cats and kittens with medical or behavioral issues that require extra resources.

Your monthly donation will help pay for insulin for diabetic cats, subcutaneous fluids for cats with chronic kidney failure, and prescription food for cats with gastrointestinal disease, to name just a few of our regular expenses. Your financial support will also allow us to take the time necessary to help cats with behavior issues. These cats are often healthy but need to remain in our program for longer than the typical foster cat as we help them learn to trust and bond with people.

Sponsor a cat for a life-saving monthly donation that fits your budget!

We have $5, $10, $20, and $50 amount buttons folks can choose from! Supporting local animals in this way also makes for a great gift idea for the animal lovers in your life!

Visit ffocas.org!

04/19/2024
Hello FFOCAS Followers! Welcome to our first Friday FFOCAS Fact Day! Every Friday we are now going to post a fact about ...
04/19/2024

Hello FFOCAS Followers! Welcome to our first Friday FFOCAS Fact Day! Every Friday we are now going to post a fact about FFOCAS, our local shelter, our pet community, or general pet care!

For today's fact, many people use the term "shelter" and "humane society" interchangeably but Frederick County Animal Control, Maryland and The Frederick County Humane Society are two different organizations, at different locations, with different goals that support our local homeless pets. One reason for this local confusion is that many moons ago both organizations were under one roof but this ended in 2001. One major difference between the groups is that The Frederick County Humane Society does not do adoptions while Frederick County Animal Control, Maryland does. The Frederick County Humane Society works to help keep pets in their homes through supporting pet parents while Frederick County Animal Control, Maryland has pet adoptions. So we hope you will learn more about these groups and help educate the community about these two different but very important organizations, while not the same, are here for the common goal of pets and the community! We thank both groups for their dedicated service!

Let’s see some torties!!
04/17/2024

Let’s see some torties!!

Tortoiseshell cats, sometimes called ‘torties’, are known for their uniquely beautiful multi-coloured coats. 😻 Tortoiseshell isn’t actually a breed, it’s a coat pattern, just like tabby. 🐈

The science behind the ‘shell 👇

🧬 Tortoiseshells have not one, but two co-dominant colour genes (black and orange) working together to make the unique coat patterns.

🧬 Most tortoiseshell cats are females because it’s the two X chromosomes that carry the genetic information for coat colour. The Y chromosome that males have, doesn’t impact on their coat colour. But sometimes a male cat can be born with XXY chromosomes, making it possible but unusual for a tortoiseshell coat!

Well folks the numbers are in and our Bingo brought in a net total of just shy of $15,000!!! We are SO grateful to every...
04/16/2024

Well folks the numbers are in and our Bingo brought in a net total of just shy of $15,000!!! We are SO grateful to everyone who came! 100% of this money is directly going to support our local homeless pets at Frederick County Animal Control, Maryland and in our community. We believe that pets are family and we thank you for helping us help our local shelter provide the best care to them while they wait to join your family. Stay tuned for more ways to help our local homeless pet community! If you'd like to know more about the ways we help our community, visit us at ffocas.org!

Frederick Friends of Our County Animal Shelter would like to thank everyone who came out to support our Bingo yesterday ...
04/15/2024

Frederick Friends of Our County Animal Shelter would like to thank everyone who came out to support our Bingo yesterday and everyone who made our bingo possible to support our local homeless pets at Frederick County Animal Control, Maryland! We are currently calculating totals and will have our total donation raised to you soon! Thank you so much and we cannot wait to see you next year!

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Thank you everyone for buying all the tickets to our Cash Bingo Event! All of the money raised is going towards the Fred...
04/12/2024

Thank you everyone for buying all the tickets to our Cash Bingo Event! All of the money raised is going towards the Frederick County Animal Control, Maryland and other local homeless pets. Tickets are sold out online & at the door! Don't worry if you couldn't make it, we are going to do this exciting event next year! Thank you so much!

We are SO excited for our Sunday Bingo which raises money for our local homeless pets at Frederick County Animal Control...
04/11/2024

We are SO excited for our Sunday Bingo which raises money for our local homeless pets at Frederick County Animal Control, Maryland and just wanted to share our gratitude for these raffle basket and door prize donors! You are going to LOVE what they have given us for you to win on Sunday! We are sold out! Hooray!

We know with so many amazing rescues and pet organizations in our area it can be hard to keep track of who does what. We...
04/08/2024

We know with so many amazing rescues and pet organizations in our area it can be hard to keep track of who does what. We hope this helps:

Our mission is to support and facilitate Frederick County Animal Control, Maryland lifesaving work by providing the resources to:

-Treat and rehabilitate shelter pets with medical and behavioral needs.

-Enrich the shelter environment and reduce stress for shelter pets

-Encourage spay/neuter.

-Recruit volunteers, foster care providers, and rescue partners for harder-to-place animals.

-Help families keep their pets or safely rehome them, allowing shelter staff to devote limited resources to fewer pets.

To learn more or donate to our mission visit ffocas.org!

We hope you will come out for this awesome event at Frederick County Animal Control, Maryland to learn ways you can dire...
04/04/2024

We hope you will come out for this awesome event at Frederick County Animal Control, Maryland to learn ways you can directly and positively impact our local homeless pets! FFOCAS will be there as well and we would love to talk to you!

The Common Market Co-op Bring-a-Bag for Change Program encourages shoppers to reuse bags and reduce waste by offering a ...
04/02/2024

The Common Market Co-op Bring-a-Bag for Change Program encourages shoppers to reuse bags and reduce waste by offering a 5¢ charitable donation for each reusable bag used at checkout. This program is a win-win—it keeps single-use bags out of the waste stream and gives back to organizations in the community. From April to June the donation comes right back to FFOCAS so bring those bags!

A big congratulations to  on IG for winning a free ticket to Bingo because they helped spread the word about our Bingo t...
04/01/2024

A big congratulations to on IG for winning a free ticket to Bingo because they helped spread the word about our Bingo to help us gain sponsors as so many of you did! Thanks to all of you Bingo is now sold out! We hope you had a chance to get your tickets! If not, we will see you next year!

We hope everyone enjoys the holiday! Thank you so much for supporting our local homeless pets! Stay tuned tomorrow for t...
03/31/2024

We hope everyone enjoys the holiday! Thank you so much for supporting our local homeless pets! Stay tuned tomorrow for the winner of our free bingo ticket!

***UPDATE- This event is now May 4th***We hope you will come out for this awesome event at Frederick County Animal Contr...
03/28/2024

***UPDATE- This event is now May 4th***

We hope you will come out for this awesome event at Frederick County Animal Control, Maryland to learn ways you can directly and positively impact our local homeless pets! FFOCAS will be there as well and we would love to talk to you!

We hope that you will support these local businesses as they have supported us! There are just a few bingo tickets left!...
03/27/2024

We hope that you will support these local businesses as they have supported us! There are just a few bingo tickets left! Get yours at www.ffocas.org!

We know bunnies are so cute and the often advertised pet for spring. While we encourage you to adopt one from Frederick ...
03/25/2024

We know bunnies are so cute and the often advertised pet for spring. While we encourage you to adopt one from Frederick County Animal Control, Maryland, please do so when the time is right and not because of Easter. Make sure it is not an impulsive decision for the season but a true desire to help another living being for the rest of their lives. They are not disposable or entertainment just for this upcoming holiday. Thank you for caring about our local homeless pets even when they are not a dog or a cat!

A tremendous thank you to all of our followers who voted for us to be the recipient for the reusable bag donation progra...
03/23/2024

A tremendous thank you to all of our followers who voted for us to be the recipient for the reusable bag donation program at The Common Market Co-op from April to June! We won and we are SO grateful to be considered! Thank you very much to this wonderful community store and our supporters! We could not help homeless pets without you!

Who's ready for spring fun to support our local homeless pets!? We are! Our bingo tickets are now on sale for April 14th...
03/22/2024

Who's ready for spring fun to support our local homeless pets!? We are! Our bingo tickets are now on sale for April 14th and will sell out quickly! Please note we have moved to a bigger space this year to help even more pets! Book now at ffocas.org! Only 29 tickets left!

This feels about right 😹
03/19/2024

This feels about right 😹

A HUGE thank you to Fetch Thrift Shop for hosting such a fun class on feline enrichment by Kate Luse with www.healthycat...
03/18/2024

A HUGE thank you to Fetch Thrift Shop for hosting such a fun class on feline enrichment by Kate Luse with www.healthycattitude.com and cat toy making! We are so grateful for the extremely generous $1,000 donation to support our local homeless pets! Thank you very much from the bottom of our paws! As a bonus, they are also a sponsor for our upcoming Bingo on April 14th!

Now's your chance to speak up for those who can't speak for themselves -- the homeless pets of Frederick County! This We...
03/17/2024

Now's your chance to speak up for those who can't speak for themselves -- the homeless pets of Frederick County! This Wednesday, March 20th, at 7 pm, County Executive Fitzwater will hold a hearing on the FY2025 county budget at Wi******er Hall on East Church Street in Frederick. Our partner shelter, Frederick County Animal Control, Maryland, has requested a new staff position, Surgery Coordinator. We are confident that this new position will help the shelter save more lives.

If you'd like to ask the county executive to include this position in the FY2025 county budget, along with any other budget requests from other county divisions you'd like to support, there are several ways to make your voice heard, described here: https://publicinput.com/t8260

Why support the new surgery coordinator position?

- The surgery coordinator will be an experienced, dedicated staff member who will manage and assist with the shelter's spay/neuter surgeries. The shelter currently depends on volunteer assistance for the spay/neuter clinic, and this is not sustainable over the long term.

- Adding this position will enable other staff to focus on their primary responsibilities, such as foster and rescue programs and basic animal care. This will help the shelter save more lives!

- Once the shelter renovation is complete, this surgery coordinator position will be the initial building block for a low-cost spay/neuter and rabies vaccination clinic that will serve lower-income pet parents as well as shelter residents. (Currently, the spay/neuter clinic can only accommodate shelter pets.) The need for low-cost spay/neuter options has always been high and currently the need is overwhelming. Reducing unplanned litters of puppies and kittens will be a huge lifesaver!

- Frederick County Animal Control, Maryland has the potential to become a true resource for county residents, and this new position will play a key role in that transformation. The surgery coordinator position will bring immediate as well as future benefits, all of which will help the shelter save more lives!

Whatever mode of communication you use, be sure to thank County Executive Fitzwater for the opportunity to provide input. Balancing the budget and choosing among the many budgetary requests she receives -- all competing for a limited pot of discretionary funds -- is challenging! You can see just how tough this job is by using the new Balancing Act tool here: https://frederickcountymd.abalancingact.com/frederick-county-fy2025-general-fund-budget-survey-20240304205734
The Balancing Act tool includes all of the budget requests from various county departments; Animal Control's request is under "Housing and Quality of Life."

Thank you for speaking up for the county's most vulnerable pets!

We are so grateful to have all of these game sponsors and so many other businesses that have offered raffle baskets and ...
03/14/2024

We are so grateful to have all of these game sponsors and so many other businesses that have offered raffle baskets and door prizes! This is going to be a day to remember! We can't wait to support our local homeless pets with you! Book your ticket at ffocas.org!

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03/12/2024

Courtesy post ❤️❤️❤️

Only four more days and five spots left to book this fun class at fetchthrift.com/events! We hope to see you there! Gues...
03/12/2024

Only four more days and five spots left to book this fun class at fetchthrift.com/events! We hope to see you there! Guests 12 years of age and older are welcome!

Fetch Thrift Shop and Frederick Friends of Our County Animal Shelter are teaming up for one lucky month in March! You can support our local homeless kitties by registering for our Cat School at fetchthrift.com/events where you will participate in a Cat Toy-Making Workshop and Talk by a Cat Behaviorist on the Importance of Play for Feline Wellbeing! All proceeds benefit Frederick Friends of Our County Animal Shelter

We would like to give a big shout out thank you to KEY 103 and 106.9 The Eagle for helping us advertise our upcoming bin...
03/10/2024

We would like to give a big shout out thank you to KEY 103 and 106.9 The Eagle for helping us advertise our upcoming bingo to the community free of charge! It's clear that they really care about helping our local homeless pets! We know you do too so please help us spread the word and come on out on April 14th for some big cash fun for a good cause for Frederick County Animal Control, Maryland! Don't forget to tune in to both of these awesome local stations on your daily drives!

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Frederick, MD
21701

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https://www.petfinder.com/search/pets-for-adoption/?shelter_id%5B0%5D=MD488&sort%5B0%5D=recently

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