Treasured Friends is a no-kill, non-profit animal rescue group dedicated to care and placement of abandoned/unwanted pets. Strictly foster based, our volunteers provide food, shelter, care, and compassion to our furry friends until they find a loving home. Our mission is to educate the public on the importance of spaying/neutering pets to avoid pet overpopulation, and find a warm, safe place for every adoptable dog or cat to call their forever home.
Last year we adopted out over 300 cats and dogs! We also helped over 200 people get their pets spayed and neutered. We couldn’t help as many pets without the support from our volunteers and donors!
FIV positive cats can live long, healthy and relatively normal lives with no symptoms at all, yet there is so much misinformation circling about this disease that some veterinarians still recommend euthanizing cats who test positive.
FIV, or Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, is a cat-only disease which cannot be transferred to humans or other animals. It is a slow virus that affects the cat’s immune system over a period of years. The infected cat can fight off the infection and become totally immune, can become a carrier that never gets sick, or worst, end up with a compromised immune system.
FIV is not easily passed between cats as it cannot be spread casually through litter boxes, food and water bowls, or snuggling and playing. This disease is transferred when an infected cat bites another cat and breaks the other cat’s skin. This means that a neutered cat in a home is highly unlikely to infect any other cats as long as they are properly introduced or are not particularly aggressive in nature. FIV is much more difficultly transmitted than people are led to believe, and there is often confusion between FIV and FeLV.
FIV is shrouded in rumor and prejudice, and as a result too many cats are deemed unadoptable and end up being euthanized. We have three beautiful FIV positive kitties listed below. We have our animals up at the Schererville Petsmart from noon until 4 on the weekends, or contact us if you'd like to meet one of them.
Animals will often chew plants to get some roughage. Animals also eat leaves for reasons we do not always understand. There are some types of decorative plants that are toxic to dogs and cats. In some cases, only mild indigestion and discomfort will result, in other cases, the toxicity can lead to more severe health problems, and even fatalities. If you are planning to bring holiday foliage into your home this year this season, you will need to know which plants are safe, which should be kept out of your pet’s reach, and which should be avoided entirely.
Building a winter shelter for your outdoor cats can be both simple and inexpensive.
Two of the more popular styles are:
When constructing a shelter, here are a few basic ideas to keep in mind.
All good shelter designs share two qualities:
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Griffith Central Park
600 N. Broad St.
Griffith, IN 46319
Visit Griffith Central Market for more info.
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On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you need to select Treasured Friends as your organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation.
Limited income pet owners pay $20 per surgery after meeting eligibility requirements. Please follow this link to see if you qualify.
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This request is on behalf of thousands of animals in shelters in Northwest Indiana. Treasured Friends is trying to ease the burden on shelters by providing adoptions at the Schererville Petsmart on weekends by showcasing animals that are in local shelters.
Every weekend, excluding holidays, we have volunteers encouraging shelter adoptions and spay and neuter programs at Petsmart. In order for us to promote the advantage of shelter animals and the love that these animals can provide in a forever home, we set up cages to house the animals for view of interested parties. The cages are set up and taken down every weekend, which causes extreme wear and tear on the cages. The cages then become unsafe to use and less animals are able to be transported for adoption.
At this time, we are asking local businesses or any other donors to help out these shelter animals. Treasured Friends is looking to purchase new collapsible cages and condos. These cages run approximately $100 apiece and are going to be purchased at chewy.com. If your business is interested in saving the life of a shelter animal, donations can be made to Treasured Friends Animal Rescue at PO Box 9234, Highland, IN 46322, or you may donate via our Paypal option at left. With your generous donation, we will advertise your business on the cage for everyone to view how your local business supports rescuing animals from shelters and possible euthanasia. Please indicate on the memo of your check, or in the Paypal option that it is for the purchase of cages. Please note that our organization is a 501(c)3 and your donation is tax deductible. Your generosity is very much appreciated.
Heartworm prevention is safe, easy and inexpensive. Read more about heartworm prevention here.
Calling all comedic cats! Enter to win a $250 Petco gift card! With your entry, Treasured Friends will also be entered to win $4500 for our homeless animals. Enter to win at Petfinder.com.
Thundershirts are helping shelters and rescue groups across the country to manage the dogs they receive with anxiety, fear and excitement issues. Your Thundershirt Donation will be put to excellent use helping to transition one of our wonderful dogs back to a forever home.
Our shelter dogs would love a nice, dry, comfortable bed to lay on while waiting for their furever home. You can make a world of difference in a homeless pet's life by donating a Kuranda bed to Treasured Friends Rescue. You get a 28% discount on the donation bed. Bed will ship directly to our shelter. Please click on the image to the right to donate a bed. Our Treasured Friends thank you in advance for your kindness and generosity.
Tell your friends and family and vote everyday! Your help will be greatly appreciated! Vote now at www.shelterchallenge.com.
Please contact Treasured Friends Rescue for low-cost spay/neuter options.
We have been doing colonies of 10 to 50 feral cats. Please help us to keep this program going. Click the donate button on this page to help.