Please join us at a wine tasting at Henry’s Wine Cellar, 588 Cabot Street, Beverly, on Wednesday, May 14 from 5:30-7:00 PM. Enjoy a selection of fine wines and delicious hors d’oeuvres. 10% discount on any wine purchased. Tickets are $15/person, door prizes. All proceeds will benefit the animals rescued by Friends of Beverly Animals. For tickets or more information, write foba2007@gmail.com or call 978-922-7190. You may also purchase tickets online using the Donate button below. Thank you very much for helping us save more precious animals!

To see a full-size version of the Wine Tasting 2014 poster, click the image above.

If you would like to purchase tickets for the wine tasting online, simply click the Donate button below, then enter $15 for each ticket you would like, and under Special Instructions type “Tickets.” Easy! Tickets will be held for you at the door of Henry’s Wine Cellar on May 14.

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Here is the latest edition of the Friends of Beverly Animals newsletter. Click here to view the current newsletter.

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Ellen and her eyes

About three years ago, an elderly, wheelchair-bound woman named Lorraine looked from the balcony of her high-rise apartment in Saugus, MA, and saw a cat in the nearby woods. She felt sorry for the cat (Kitty Doe, “KD” for short), who hobbled around on three feet, but was still quite fast and wouldn’t let anyone near her. Lorraine began to toss food over the balcony whenever she saw KD. She feared that coyotes would attack the cat. In failing health and thinking she might not live much longer, Lorraine wanted to make sure that KD was rescued. She called numerous rescue organizations and shelters in the area, but no one would help until she contacted the Friends of Beverly Animals.

A most kind couple (ages 88 and 90), living in the same apartment building, donated money for veterinary care, but nobody wanted to take in KD. We put a plan together to trap the kitty in conjunction with another rescue group who had a trapper living nearby. It took three weeks until KD was caught in a have-a-heart trap. The trap had to be monitored, because you can’t just set a trap and leave it. An animal could hurt itself if left in an unattended trap, and you might unintentionally trap a wild animal.

After KD was caught, she was taken to a local veterinarian who determined that she had been spayed. We don’t know how old she is, but she must have been someone’s pet in the past. We also don’t know how she lost her hind right foot.

KD came to live with Heidi Roberts, the founder of FOBA, who gave the cat a new name one day when she was watching the Ellen DeGeneres show. Heidi thought that the cat’s eyes looked a lot like Ellen’s eyes—very pretty and unusual. Ellen (the cat :-) ) was very afraid of people and lived the first three years in a closet or under furniture.

One way Heidi found to build Ellen’s trust was to scratch her on her side where the foot is missing, because she could not scratch herself there. She always hid under something, so it was hard to get at her in order to scratch her.

Ellen finally decided to come out of hiding one day and join the other cats who were waiting for breakfast in their foster home. Then she took residence on a chair that no other cat had claimed. Ellen is now more trusting, purrs, can be picked up and generally seems happy; however, she does not play. She may not know how, or it might be related to the trauma she went through in her earlier life. As you can see in the videos below, Ellen really does get around quite well.

Ellen is ready for a forever home. Please contact FOBA if you can give her a home, but it has to be a very special home, because Ellen is such a special cat.

Heidi Roberts
Friends of Beverly Animals www.friendsofbeverlyanimals.org heidiroberts@comcast.net
(978) 927-4157


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The Friends of Beverly Animals and Not Your Average Joe’s are teaming up during the month of December to raise money to support our rescue work. Have lunch or dinner at NYAJ’s on any Tuesday in December, tell them you’re a FOBA supporter, and they will donate 15% of the receipts (less alcohol) to FOBA. Also good on take-out orders, just be sure to tell the cashier before your order is rung up. NYAJ’s is located at 45 Enon Street (Commodore Plaza), North Beverly, MA. In case you’ve never eaten there, we hope you’ll give it a try. The food and service are excellent.

Attached is a certificate you can print out and take with you if you wish. They will also have certificates at NYAJ’s. Print your name and phone number on the certificate and it will be entered into the drawings to be held in the middle and at the end of the month. Two winners will receive $25 gift certificates to NYAJ’s. It’s not necessary for you to submit a certificate for FOBA to get credit for your food. Just be sure to tell your server that you want to support FOBA when you place your order; the certificate is for participation in the drawings.

Please help us spread the word by forwarding this email to your animal-loving friends. Thank you very much. If you have any questions, please email bhannable@gmail.com or call 978-922-7190.

We wish you blessings for the holidays and New Year,
Bonnie Hannable & Everyone at FOBA

NYAJs Certificate

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FOBA Newsetter, Fall/Winter 2013

November 12, 2013

Here is the latest edition of the Friends of Beverly Animals newsletter. Click here to view the current newsletter. If you would like to receive the next newsletter by email, you can subscribe by writing to foba2007@gmail.com. Please be assured that we will not share our email list with any outside groups or individuals, and […]

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2014 Calendar Now Available

October 17, 2013

The 2014 Friends of Beverly Animals calendar is now available. The calendar contains 140 beautiful color photos of pets who were rescued and placed by FOBA, plus photos submitted by local supporters and friends of their beloved pets. Calendars may be purchased for $12 each at Beverly Wild Bird & Pet Supply, 214 Rantoul Street; […]

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Photos from Fur Ball 2013

October 16, 2013

To view more photos from FOBA’s Fur Ball fundraiser, please see our Scrapbook.

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E-News Bulletin, October 2013

October 1, 2013

Here is the latest edition of the Friends of Beverly Animals E-News Bulletin. Click here to view the current bulletin. If you would like to receive the next bulletin by email, you can subscribe by writing to foba2007@gmail.com. Please be assured that we will not share our email list with any outside groups or individuals, […]

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Fur Ball 2013

September 11, 2013

We will be holding the Fur Ball, FOBA’s main fundraiser for the year, on Friday, October 11, 2013 at the Italian Community Center, 302 Rantoul St., Beverly, from 7-11 PM. We are delighted that this year music will be provided by Ray Novack and his band, Horizon. Good food, many great raffle items, dancing, door […]

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FOBA Rescues Four Raccoon Cubs

June 21, 2013

This article appeared in the Salem News on June 21, 2013. These four baby raccoons in a cage were found one recent evening in a parking lot in Beverly by a Friends of Beverly Animals (FOBA) volunteer. She took them home so nothing would happen to them overnight sitting alone in this crate. The next […]

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