Did you know that some of the money that FOBA raises though events like the Fur Ball and through FOBA calendar sales goes toward a trap-neuter-release program for stray cats in Beverly? When we learn about stray cats in a neighborhood, FOBA volunteers feed those cats and once the cats are used to being fed, the food is moved inside a humane trap with a trap door that closes after the cat goes inside to eat. The traps are constantly monitored so the cats can be moved to a safe location as soon as they are trapped. A vet then examines the cats, gives shots and medications as necessary, and neuters or spays the cat. If the cat is reasonably friendly, they are rehabilitated in a FOBA foster home until they are adopted. If the cat is truly feral, it is released in the neighborhood where it was found. A neutered or spayed cat helps keep other stray cats out of that neighborhood, without producing kittens and making the stray cat problem worse for the neighborhood. Our trap-neuter-release program gets some stray cats off the streets and into loving, permanent homes, and it improves the health of cats that are truly wild and stops them from producing kittens.

Here are three Thanksgiving Cats. All black CHESTNUT (center in photo below) was trapped in Beverly on Sunday, spayed on Monday, and released back into her neighborhood on Wednesday. Pretty good for a street kitten. Her two siblings are showing signs of friendliness and are currently being worked with in foster homes. Much warmer than their Cabot street corner.

Chestnut-kittens

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FOBA Newsletter, Fall 2015

September 27, 2015

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 your privacy will always be respected.

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2016 Calendar Now Available

September 27, 2015

2016 Calendars are now available! Back in June, we asked for photos of your favorite pets and you really delivered. We received well over 200 photos this summer. More than 145 beautiful color photos appear in the calendar and we think it’s a really nice publication. Calendars are $13 each, and are available at

  • Beverly Wild Bird & Pet Supply, 214 Rantoul Street, Beverly 978-927-2880
  • Carroll’s Florist, 385 Cabot Street, Beverly 978-922-8444
  • DogSpa, 45 Enon Street, Beverly 978-922-9227
  • Dogs by Design & Cats, Too! 131 Dodge Street, Beverly 978-998-7620
  • Marika’s Restaurant, 190 Cabot Street, Beverly 978-927-1768
  • Soho Cats,100 Cabot Street, Beverly 978-921-2287
  • We thank all of these businesses for their kind support and we hope our friends will buy a calendar from them and visit their locations often.

    For more information, see our Facebook page, email bhannable@gmail.com, or call 978-922-7190. Thank you!

    2016 Calendar Cover

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    If you would like to purchase the 2016 FOBA Calendar online, simply click the Donate button below, then enter $13 for each calendar you would like, and under Special Instructions type “Calendar.” Easy! If you’d like the calendar mailed to you, please add $3.00 for the first calendar and $0.50 for each additional calendar to cover postage.

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    Fur Ball 2015

    September 12, 2015

    Time for our Annual Fabulous Fur Ball! This is our major fundraiser for the year, to be held on Friday, October 23, 2015 at the Italian Community Center (ICC), 302 Rantoul Street, Beverly, from 7-11 PM. The very popular band Ray Novack and Horizon will provide live music. There will be dancing, good food, and lots of great raffle items. All animal lovers are asked to come and support FOBA’s rescue and adoption efforts. Besides saving animals in and around Beverly, FOBA’s mission is also to establish a no-kill shelter in Beverly. Tickets are $25/person, cash bar. Contact Bonnie Hannable at bhannable@gmail.com, 978-922-7190 or Heidi Roberts at heidiroberts@comcast.net, 978-927-4157 for tickets and further information. Please support this most worthy cause!

    FOBA is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) organization.

    Fur Ball 2015 Poster

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    Update: RAVEN and MAYBELLINE

    August 24, 2015

    RAVEN (formerly SPITFIRE) and MAYBELLINE were adopted from FOBA in December 2014, shortly before Christmas. Maybelline was adopted just hours after her adoption notice was posted, and the then-named Spitfire was adopted by the same family before FOBA could post an adoption notice for her, since she was fostered at the same home as Maybelline. […]

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    Your Pet Photos Wanted for FOBA 2016 Calendar

    June 15, 2015

    Dear Friends, The Friends of Beverly Animals (FOBA) is seeking your best animal photos for our 2016 calendar. Last year we received over 200 submissions. There were so many great ones to choose from, it was really challenging to decide which ones to use. We regret that we could not use all the photos submitted. […]

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    Fundraising for FOBA This Summer

    May 28, 2015

    We are having our annual wine-tasting at Henry’s Market on Weds., June 10th at 5:30 PM. See poster for details. We could use some help putting up posters in and around Beverly for this event. Please email bhannable@gmail.com or call 978-922-7190 to help or for more information. Thank you so much!

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    Strut for Strays 5K Walk & Run, May 31

    March 26, 2015

    Join FOBA at a Strut for Strays event organized by the Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society on Sunday, May 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can raise money for FOBA by participating in a 5K run or a 5K walk, or by just making a donation and attending the event. The Strut for […]

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    FOBA Newsletter, Spring 2015

    April 29, 2015

    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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    Fundraising for FOBA: Bring Out Your Led

    April 11, 2015

    Mahsati Dancer and her gang have organized a show to benefit FOBA and Sweet Paws Rescue: an evening of dancing, music, and entertainment, local performers showcasing many different styles of bellydance, all to live Led Zeppelin music. The Led Zeppelin cover band will be Dazed. Saturday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m. Moose Lodge 218, at […]

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