Even as a child Lauren was always helping strays and neglected or abused animals. As an adult she began volunteering at animal shelters and rescues: cleaning cages, repairing roofs and fences, giving out treats, taking dogs for walk, cuddling cats, assisting Vet Techs and Veterinarians, giving medications, fundraising, giving tours and anything else needed!
After many years of personally rescuing, she started AskMrFrisky.org in Mr.Frisky's memory and honor. The Org primarily focuses on special needs cats and dogs: hospice cases, elderly, high medical needs, neglected, abused, or given up on by the people they depended on to care for them.
In addition to running the Org, Lauren also advises pet parents, rescuers, and shelters on animal care, volunteering and volunteer programs. She has also spoken on the radio and at schools and civic fairs on how to care for pets and what to do if you find an animal in need.
Linda Schleicher-Dilks is a Northern girl living in the South who in her spare time enjoys reading literature by female authors and eating frozen yogurt. She currently cares for a small group of community cats in New Orleans and she hopes to be friends with every feline she meets.
Dr. Mullen has provided the Veterinary care and direction of care teams for our rescues, strays, and ferals for over a decade. He will be a Veterinary advisor to us as we work towards building free Veterinary clinics.
Dave McWhorter is originally from northern New York State and has previous non-profit experience. He has also volunteered at his local animal shelters, and cared for rescue dogs and cats.
Mr. Frisky was Lauren's first rescue cat as an adult. He was a street cat who showed up about a week after the Holidays. She suspected he was a “gift” to someone who didn’t want him, because no one in the neighborhood had ever seen him before. He was so hungry and thin, mewing desperately, she opened a can of albacore tuna for him. He ate the whole thing so fast she was afraid he’d get sick. He finished eating and sat down to wash his face. It was clear he had no plans to leave!
Over the following weeks she continued to feed him and give him a place to sleep. I went door to door and put up flyers, notified local shelters and rescues, veterinary clinics. He had no microchip, no collar, and no one in the neighborhood had ever seen him before that week he showed up at my house.
It became clear he was here to stay, so it was off to the Veterinarian for exam, vaccinations, neuter, microchip, the works! The Veterinarian declared him a Russian Blue mix of approximately 1.5 years of age, male (which had been obvious being un-neutered), and in good health. She originally named him just Frisky because he was very playful and it was also the brand of food he liked best.
Over the next several weeks, it became clear who was in charge (not her). She filled his fancy new water bowl twice daily but it was rarely used as he insisted on drinking out of her water glass instead. If she slept past morning treat time (she kept dry food out all the time for grazing), he would grab a mouthful of her hair and pull it to wake me up. They ate dinner together and had long conversations. As long as she talked, he warbled back. He would sit regally to survey his new domain in the evenings, sternly but compassionately guiding and ruling the other animals including a 110lb Siberian Husky dog! As a result, it wasn’t long before he became Mr. Frisky.
As he aged, he still remained very Royal, and was never a fan of being held. He preferred sitting on her or next to her, and laying on the pillow just above her head while she slept. Up until he was 15 he continued to race around the house with his toys. As he aged towards 19, the arthritis in his hips slowed him down and he preferred laying in the sunshine patches by the window, or on the heating pad with the dog.
He passed away a few weeks before his 20th birthday, of just plain old age. He’d been a part of her life for 18 years. He was such a force, such a personality, he will never be forgotten him. Lauren started this Organization in his memory and honor.