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Fur-get-Me-Nots are works of art created for the sole purpose of supporting Animal Rescue Groups and Sanctuaries. We want our creations to bring a smile to the faces of those that purchase them. Not only because of the pieces themselves but also because they have supported the rescue and care of animals. We donate 100% of our sales to rescue organizations.

In 2023, your donations by purchase supported:

  • Ferals & Kittens & Cats, Oh My$  222.17
  • Mr. Grey’s Strays$  304.33
  • RocKats TNR:  $756.13
  • Rochester Emergency Veterinary Services:  $350.26

In 2022, your donations by purchase supported:

  • Ferals & Kittens & Cats, Oh My$1,197.00
  • Mr. Grey’s Strays$1,197.00                     

In 2021, your donations by purchase supported:

  • Ferals & Kittens & Cats, Oh My$2,673.50
  • Mr. Grey’s Strays$2,322.50                   

Rescue Spotlight

Asha’s Farm Sanctuary

Our Mission

Asha is hope in action as we work towards a compassionate future for animals.

About Us

Asha was our founder’s canine companion. She named her that because it means life. Her baby, Asha, died of cancer at only 11 years old. The hardest part for our founder was seeing her leave this world when she desperately wanted her to stay. Shortly after Asha’s death, she searched for more meaning in her life. That’s when our founder was pressed to investigate auction houses. There she witnessed the heartless and abusive treatment of newborn baby calves, young goats, chickens and pigs. They were scared and frightened, and at the time she could not help. Our founder thought about Asha and how she showed her that life is so short. Without any further thought, she sold her comfortable home in the suburbs, quit her job and founded Asha’s Farm Sanctuary. In losing Asha, our founder realized that our time on earth is but a glimpse. She wanted to make a difference for animals being farmed by exposing the cruelty and giving people a chance to see they are no different than a dog and cat. Our founder honored Asha by naming the sanctuary after her. Later she learned that Asha means “hope” too. Our founder still misses her deeply to this day, but She knows that her spirit lives on at the sanctuary and in each and every animal we give life to and hope for a compassionate world.

Ferals & Kittens & Cats, Oh My!

It all started in 2016 when a friend of mine asked me to help trap a mom and three kittens at a restaurant supply warehouse. It was then that I realized there were several feral cats living outside that needed help. This became my first feral colony.
I then began trapping in three different counties for a local rescue group whose main purpose was TNVR. This stands for (trap-neuter-vaccinate-release).I am now on my own and TNVR throughout the City of Rochester at my own managed feral colonies and where the need arises.
With the help of a trapper friend I rescue abandoned cats and kittens. I try to place them at the shelter or with local rescues, if there is room. If not, I will take them into my home and foster them, get them fully vetted and adopt them out.
I also make shelters for the city cat colonies and outdoor cats that are owned but live outside without adequate shelter.  I am an advocate for the city cats and refer city residents to resources to spay/neuter their pets.  We are also colony caregivers
They are the faces of abandoned and homeless cats. At one time some were pets in loving homes. Others are a product of neglect, not of their own fault, but due to human’s lack of spay and neuter.
There are female cats that have been on the streets for years having litter after litter. Some have even populated an entire block! During mating season many unspayed females are attacked by multiple males.
These cats live in abandoned houses, under porches, in bushes or wherever they can find to get away from the city dangers, both humans and animals alike.  They spend their days roaming for food and often times fighting off others for it. They eat out of dumpsters, garbage cans anywhere they can find food. They also have to fight off raccoons, rats and the like for food. Many are emaciated because they cannot find food or are too weak to look.
There are cats that have been shot at, covered in cement and glue, had rocks thrown at them, choked, put in garbage bags and other more horrific stories that I do not want to mention.
There are pregnant cats giving birth in drainage ditches, behind dumpsters and in old tires. Many of these kittens are born with infections, eye problems and other diseases. Mom often times has problems getting food so many kittens do not make it. The ones that do make it often go on to live a horrible existence.
THIS CYCLE NEEDS TO STOP! The answer is spay/neuter, TNVR and colony caretakers.
We need to be an advocate for these cats, without it they do not have a voice.

Mr. Grey’s Strays

Mr. Grey’s Strays came into being completely by chance. One cold winter day in 2013 I saw an elderly lady with a walker trying to navigate an icy hill in the village of Brockport. I pulled over to offer her a ride. She said no, but because I was worried she might fall, she allowed me to walk with her. 
And that’s where our story started. The woman was on her way to the place where she fed her beloved outside cats. Of course, I knew nothing about outside cats or why she was feeding them out behind the bank. Why would anyone bother, I wondered.  I got the answer to my question as I fed those cats for her all winter. I became so attached to them––they seemed to know the sound of my car and waited for me to come near. And they were the ones who decided how close I could come, not me. Later on, a bad winter storm hit and there were no cats waiting for me. I looked for them for days. I couldn’t believe how much I loved something that I couldn’t even touch.
From that day on, I have been entirely focused on learning everything I can about helping these animals that tugged so hard at my heart.  
My vocabulary grew—terms like “feral cats,” “free roaming,” “TNVR,” and “vacuum effect” cropped up in nearly every conversation I had. I made huts for winter and donated them to fellow colony caretakers. I met with many veterinarians and other cat activists and rescues. As I learned the ins and outs of TNVR protocol, my knowledge expanded rapidly.
My name started to spread as the woman who could trap the un-trappable. Then Mr. Grey, a very feral cat, came into my life. He had been living outside for years with terrible eye infections and was in extremely poor health. He was a cat that most people would have euthanized, but with the help of the veterinarians at Cats Exclusively I was able to medicate him and coax him back to health. I’m not sure who was luckier, Mr. Grey or me because of all the love I felt for him.  After many surgeries, he recovered. He became quite famous and popular as everyone enjoyed following his progress as he regained his strength and learned to trust people. Articles about him were published in the Democrat & Chronicle and online.
Mr. Grey’s fame helped bring about new legislation in the Village of Brockport that ensures free-roaming cats will be safe. Many cats have been kept out of shelters where they surely would have been euthanized. 
After years on my own, I am proud and honored to have many supporters and volunteers who help me in this important work. And now that Mr. Grey’s Strays is a New York not-for-profit corporation with 501(c)(3) status, we are able to do so much more for these animals that, through no fault of their own, find themselves in life-threatening situations. 
I am so proud of all that we have accomplished, and I’m looking forward to continuing our work as advocates for feral cats and educating the public about TNVR.
 Who would ever have thought that a certified dog trainer would become the crazy cat lady?
                                                          Joane Traber, Founder

ROC The Dogs Rescue, Inc.

Our Mission

To rescue abandoned, surrendered, stray, abused, and / or neglected domesticated animals (cats, dogs, and some small animals) in order to provide them with medical care and sanctuary; with the goal of helping them find their forever homes.

To educate the public on the plight of homeless animals in our community, the benefits of adoption, and the importance of spay / neuter and the proper care of their pets.

About Us

ROC The Dogs Rescue, Inc. is an all-volunteer, non-profit 501(c)(3) rescue organization in Rochester, New York, created to provide rescue, shelter, vetting, and placement of cats and dogs, regardless of size, breed, or medical status.

We are committed and passionate about rescuing animals locally regardless of the reasons.

We often take in animals from local shelters, from owners in difficult situations, strays found in the community, and those in danger of abuse or neglect.

To the extent our finances allow animals in the greatest need will always take priority.

Animals in our care are spayed or neutered, receive all appropriate veterinary care and treatment, and placed in nurturing foster homes (when possible) while they await their forever homes. We assist animals in distress regardless of age, breed, or ease of placement.

ROC The Dogs Rescue is committed to the welfare of its animals, past, present, and future. As a volunteer run rescue, virtually every dollar in the rescue goes directly to the care of our animals.

We make every effort beyond the adoption process to support our adoptive families.

Finally, we strive to work with area shelters and other rescues to develop a network of supporters and volunteers in order to create a better world for homeless pets!

RocKats TNR

Our Mission

To reduce the free-roaming cat population and improve the lives of unowned cats in the city of Rochester through spay/neuter, colony caretaker support, and community education.

Our Vision

A city where every free-roaming cat is treated with compassion, has access to affordable spay neuter and ongoing medical care, and is provided with adequate food, water, and warm shelter.

Our Values

Free-roaming community cats deserve the best possible life, assured of adequate food, clean water, warm shelter, and ongoing safety.

Accessible and affordable spay neuter is essential to ending the relentless cycle of mating, litters of kittens, and preventable suffering.

Targeted Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return (TNVR), in combination with managed cat colonies, is the most effective and humane way of reducing the free-roaming cat population.

Voucher programs for pet cats, return-to-field services, preventing cat abandonment, and community-wide education about spay/neuter are essential services that must exist in conjunction with TNVR.

Abandoned pet cats will be more adequately attended to when the kitten population decreases.

Colony caretakers deserve resources, support, and guidance.

A long-term solution to feline overpopulation will only occur with the combined strengths and coordinated efforts of public agencies, private animal welfare groups, and the community.

What We Do

We are a small all-volunteer group focused on TNVR.  We are not a shelter nor do we accept cats for surrender. We can only help when spay/neuter appointments and funding are available.  Many times we will need some type of assistance from you.  Please note:  This is particularly important when kittens are part of your colony. You will need to contact rescues for intake as soon as you are aware of the kittens and then contact us for trapping ASAP.

Who We Are

Our volunteers have nearly 40 years of collective TNVR experience. We are fully focused on promoting TNVR to address the serious problem of cat overpopulation and increasing affordable spay/neuter access for cats.

Board of Directors
Gail D’Urso
Zamira Guerra Soares
Joan Sussman
Joy Longhenry
Gretchen Ettlie