Our newest member of the SVFA family is Purrkins! He’s an adult male cat who is neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. Purrkins is a wonderful guy! He loves to purr, jump in your lap to be petted, rub on your leg to show his affection and “talk” (meow) to you about how much he loves your attention. He is being dog tested this week. Are you looking for an affectionate house cat? Purrkins is your guy! If you are interested in adopting, please call SVFA at 701-840-5047 or visit svfanimals.org for a Pre-Adoption application.


Looking for a calm, extra friendly, melt-in-your-arms kind of kitten? Figaro is your guy! He’s approximately 7 months old. He loves to be held and purrs the instant he’s picked up! He’s great around other cats and will likely be good around dogs, too. He is neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. Let’s help Figaro find an extra special home for Christmas! Call SVFA at 701-840-5047 or visit our website at svfanimals.org for a Pre-Adoption application.

Sabastian (Contact person listed in ad *NOT an SVFA animal*)


Sabastian is 10 years old, neutered and looking for his forever home. He has all his claws and is very friendly once he gets to know you. Contact Joann at 701-840-1636.

Anyone inquiring about Courtesy Listings with the Sheyenne Valley Friends of Animals (SVFA) should contact the current pet owner for answers to any questions and for final approval and placement. SVFA has no first-hand knowledge of the animals listed. SVFA explicitly disclaims any liability for any situation arising from this private adoption nor makes any guarantees about the health or safety of these animals.


Muffin and Murphy (brother and sister)

MURPHY is a 9 week old male. He is outgoing, playful, and great with other cats. He is good with dogs and other cats. He’s loves to purr and is very loving. Murphy is vaccinated and microchipped. He is too young to be neutered at this time, but SVFA will provide adopting families with a neuter voucher for our local vet.

MUFFIN is a 9 week old female. She is a playful, friendly and snuggly kitten. She’s more reserved than her brother Murphy (also listed with SVFA). Muffin is good with cats and dogs. She is vaccinated and microchipped. She is too young to be spayed at this time, but SVFA will provide adopting families with a spay voucher for our local vet. Contact SVFA at 840-5047 for more information or visit our website at svfanimals.org for a Pre-Adoption application.

Contact SVFA at 840-5047 for more information or visit our website at svfanimals.org for a Pre-Adoption application.



This is Eli! He is a 2 year old neutered male cat that is FIV positive. He is healthy with no current signs of him expressing the virus so he may only be a carrier of the virus. He should be the only cat and kept indoors since this virus is passed through cat fights. He does like to be outside, he was was a stray brought into our local pound. He is being harness and leash trained by his foster home. He’s OK with dogs. He is talkative, sweet and an extremely affectionate lap cat that would make a great companion for a family or person. Please contact SVFA at 840-5047 for more information about FIV or Eli.


Letter to the Times Record Editor

Submitted to the Times Record Editor:

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Our area has been hit by a couple winter storms so far this year, both having potential dire consequences for both domestic and wild animals. There isn’t a lot we, as individuals, can do to protect wildlife, but you can protect domestic pets.

A good rule of thumb regarding domestic animals is “if you can’t tolerate being outside for more than a short while, don’t expect your pet to do any better.” Animals that are housed indoors most of the time lack the dense undercoat that many wild animals develop. They also don’t usually have the longer fur in the pads of their feet for cold protection. And with the rain/sleet we just had on Christmas day, much of their natural protection from snow is greatly diminished once their fur gets wet.

There are some breeds of dog that can tolerate more cold than others. Huskies, malamutes, Saint Bernards, Swiss Mountain dogs and other “alpine” breeds love winter weather. But this doesn’t mean that when the temperature drops sharply or we get extremely wet snow or rain, that you shouldn’t ensure that your pet has someplace to take shelter.

And some cats with long, dense fur may be able to endure the cold for a longer period of time than a short-haired cat. But keep in mind that both types still have ears, paws and tails that won’t withstand bitter cold temperatures any better than we can if we go outside without proper attire.

If you do have a breed that loves colder weather, make sure they have access to unfrozen water and food. Purchase an electric water bowl that heats just enough to keep their water from freezing. And consider building a shelter area so their water and food don’t get covered by snow.

Remember, if you let your pet outside this time of year, please make sure they are back in the house within a short time, and certainly before you retire for the evening.

Sheyenne Valley Friends of Animals wants all pets to be safe this winter. We have already seen a steep increase in animal care costs this year, taking in several animals that have needed extra care such as amputations or allergy testing. SVFA routinely sees that all animals are spayed/neutered, have their needed vaccinations, and are microchipped to protect them in case they run away or get lost.

Please consider SVFA when making your annual donations to charitable organizations (PO Box 432, Valley City, on our website at www.svfanimals.org or arrange to drop it off by phoning 840-5047). Or think about becoming a foster home for animals until they are adopted by their forever family. We can only accept new animals if we have a foster home to care for it (SVFA pays for vet care, food, litter/litter boxes and toys, and foster homes provide the socialization and love).

You can make a big difference in the lives of homeless domestic animals. They need your help – they need you to care.

Angie Martin, Vice Chair
Sheyenne Valley Friends of Animals
Valley City, ND

It’s Party Time!

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Plan on attending our fun event tomorrow night at Chautauqua Park (see details above)! Prizes will be given to the “Best Dressed Pet” and Candy Rasmussen will lead us in a “Blessing of the Animals” service (all animals are welcome). Lemonade and cookies will be served.