8-25-12 – Help needed – Friends of Felines, Wilmington, NC

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Please help if you can – and if you can’t, please spread the word! (Kitten pic way down at the bottom for you to admire after you read the post and then admire Hattie and Broke Tail.)

Hello Friends and Family,

I hope you will consider this plea request and also share with others. I am a Friends of Felines clinic coordinator and volunteer caregiver in Wilmington, NC. Hattie and Broke Tail are Friends of Felines (FOF) cats. Our mission is to humanely trap/spay/neuter/vaccinate and return stray and feral cats to their natural habitat keeping them healthy and from reproducing. Caregivers then feed the cats. Often these cats will need medical attention for illness and/or injuries. Six years ago FOF began a separate fund to help with these issues. The fund has always operated through kind donations from individuals, as the general FOF account can only be used for spay/neuter/vaccinate. The medical fund account is now less than $200 and we have two wonderful cats who are in desperate need.

Hattie lives in a mobile home park and we think she had an encounter with a moving vehicle. She is the gray tabby cat and you can see by her x-ray her pelvis was broken on the left side. She also has an injury to the right ham string. She was found by her caregiver and FOF was called. Hattie has been in Needham Animal Hospital since 8/15/12 receiving excellent care and treatment. Once she is well enough to go back to the mobile home park, she will begin living inside with her caregiver.

Broke Tail was a stray feral who was growing up on the streets of downtown Wilmington when he was spotted by FOF living in one of the feral colonies. “Broke” was born with a deformed right front leg, of which he has no use, and a deformed tail – hence his name. Because of his deformities he cannot defend himself, therefore, he could not remain on the streets. His caregiver relocated him to her contained colony on her property where he would always be protected. Unfortunately, it cannot protect him from illness. Broke stopped eating two weeks ago which alerted his caregiver that something was wrong. He has a large infected mass pressing against his stomach and has spent two days at Needham Animal Hospital thus far. He is currently being force fed and on antibiotics. He is scheduled for surgery on 8/30/12.

Needless to say, the medical bills for these two precious animals are expected to reach approximately $3,000 (even with the kind discount FOF receives along with some gratis mark offs). Needham Animal Hospital has always treated “the forgotten ones” as if they were personal pets.

We are asking everyone who can to please donate to Hattie and Broke Tail’s care. You can mail your contribution to Friends of Felines, 6406 Ashton Ct., Wilmington, NC 28412 or Friends of Felines, P.O. Box 475, Castle Hayne, NC 28429. You can also visit our website at http://www.friendsofelines.org/ to donate via a credit card. Please remember to note MEDICAL FUND on your donation. [Edited to add: If you can’t access the web site, you can send a donation via Paypal to friendsofelines@aol.com ; be sure to note “Medical fund” on the donation!]

Friends of Felines is a 501(c)3 nonprofit so your donation will be tax deductible. We will acknowledge every donation with a return thank you note.



FOF-Hattie Xray
Hattie’s x-ray.

FOF - Broke Tail
Broke Tail.

Update, 9/1/12:

Hello Friends and Family,

Wonderful update. Hattie is now with her caregiver and healing nicely. She will see the doctor next week for a follow up. We pray she will continue to improve each day. Broke Tail had a successful surgery today and is resting comfortably. The mass was successfully removed and a biopsy was taken. There seemed to be no suspect cancer cells but we are wanting to determine the cause of the infection if at all possible. According to Dr. Batts, with more antibiotics, Broke Tail is expected to make a full recovery. I saw him this evening and he seemed to recognize my voice. He will return to my home and continue to be under my care.

Blessing to each and every one of you who have given you thoughts, love, and donations to help these two animals.
We now are working toward helping Onyx (see our website) get his eyes healed so hopefully they do not have to be removed. X-rays are not showing the BB pellets imbedded in his eyes….that is a good thing! Please keep this little one in your prayers.

To all, you mean the world to these “forgotten ones.”

Jane O’Brien, Clinic Coordinator Volunteer

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Petey hopes y’all realize that Caturday is for relaxin’.


2011: Volunteer Purslane, growing in one of the empty raised beds.
2010: I DID NOT toss Bolitar over the door, even though it sounds like it.
2009: The many faces of sweet little bunny Terry.
2008: Naturally, Zoe was all “Hey, this is cool! I like this!” and took up residence.
2007: No entry.
2006: No entry.
2005: No entry.


8-25-12 – Help needed – Friends of Felines, Wilmington, NC — 16 Comments

  1. I really wanted to send a donation but cannot access the website AT ALL ,can you assist at all??

    • First Robyn – thank you so much for posting this, I really appreciate it!

      @Diddley – I just tried the website and it worked for me. Try this link instead:

      The donation button is a bit down on the page, on the right-hand side. If that doesn’t work you can mail a check, just make sure to mark MEDICAL FUND on it!

  2. OH CRAP I know what’s wrong. When you are entering the website into your browser please note that it only has ONE F. So the link I just posted is wrong. Because I am awesome. Try this one:


    I’m sure that’s the problem. 🙂

    • 🙁 none of the links work it says forbidden , might just be from the UK, I don’t have a cheque book anymore! It’s all on-line and PayPal etc :(. Sending Purrayers and love anyway.

  3. Gosh, we sure hope that Hattie and Broken tail can get the help they need and get all better. We do not have any money to send since I have 21 cats here to take care of and do not have much of an income.BUT, I will post about this and see if I can get some people to help out. I sure do admire all that you do for the feral cats. It is my favorite subject. I will try to post about this on Monday.

    • Im afraid thats a timed out paypal page, so no help whats their email address I can send money via paypal to an email, I cant afford to send much as there are so many good causes, but these kittys really touched my heart.

    • Yeah!! sent my donation, thanks everyone for getting the right info ,hope Hattie and Broke Tail are soon well again!

  4. Hope I’m not being rude, Donetta, but your comment, in light of the context of the post, makes me think that anyone clicking on your link might wind up with a virus, keylogger, etc. Please accept my apologies if I’m unjustly judging you, but please jump into a pool of week-old cat pee if you’re a spammer.

    Hearts and hopes going out to Hattie and Broke Tail. Unfortunately that’s all I can send at the moment… )c:

    • It’s spam, and I deleted it. I HATE those comments that could almost be real comments until you see the link! Grrrr. (Luckily the WordPress spamcatcher usually catches them!)

  5. Thank you so much for your donations and your help! Friends of Felines is a wonderful organization and every little bit helps. I will keep y’all posted!