About the FBRL
The Fanciers Breeder Referral List (FBRL)
is the largest and oldest dedicated cat breeder referral
service on the World Wide Web. Created in November 1994
by a cat breeder for cat breeders, the FBRL has devoted
itself exclusively to the pedigreed cat since that time.
FBRL is run entirely by one person -- me (Barbara French).
I bred Somalis for ten years under the CFA cattery name
Tarantara, but suspected cat allergies forced me out of breeding and showing. Years later I discovered my allergy isn't to cats; I have a severe dust allergy, and it was the dusty show halls that I was reacting to so badly. I never stopped owning cats, but after I got out of breeding, I only kept a few as pets.
I was also a regular feature writer for CATS Magazine, and have published articles, mostly centering on pedigreed cats and related subjects, in several other cat-related
magazines and journals.
I have a master's degree in instructional design from Syracuse University. In addition to running the FBRL, I am working on my federal and state licenses to band hawks, owls, and falcons through Braddock Bay Raptor Research. I am also an active genealogist.
About the FBRL feline staff
The other "staff
members" of the FBRL are my morale officers:
Goblin: Goblin is a blue and white domestic shorthair born in July 2006. He was acquired from Scottsville Veterinary Adoptions, a local no-kill shelter in December 2006.
He's a very sweet boy, but suffers from severe anxiety disorder and believes everyone other than "his" humans are avowed cat murderers. He's also afraid of doorbells and anything else that might presage the arrival of a stranger.
Jackson: In 2012, I added another staff member: a Maine Coon boy, Big Tree Cat Stonewall Jackson (right, born May 2012). I have known his breeders Joe and Jean Lentner for many years and, after deciding Goblin needed a friend, I approached them about acquiring a kitten. I chose a Maine Coon because Goblin is a very anxious, fearful cat and he needed a laid-back breed to bond with. Jackson, a brown tabby and white boy, has turned out to be just the best buddy for him.
Jackson was born with a malformed left front leg which is too short to be anything other than a little "chicken wing". His problem is not genetic, but rather a congenital mutation resulting in a condition known as unilateral radial dysplasia (if it was a heritable problem, it would affect both legs, not just one). Put simply, he is completely missing the lower bones on that one leg. I hope my experiences accommodating his admittedly short list of special needs may help others with similar situations. I hate to call him "disabled" in any way, because he doesn't know he's any different, nor does it seem to slow him down much.
Molly: Molly was added in March 2013, a second Maine Coon girl from Big Tree Cat (born December 2012). Molly is also Jackson's niece; Jackson's precocious littermate Tip managed to get two females pregnant at age four months, before he was neutered at six months!
Molly may be the second youngest, but she's the queen of the entire house. She rules the boys with an iron paw, and accepts affection on her own terms.
Clive: Our final staff addition joined us on December 30, 2014, right before the end of the year. Originally named Conrad, Clive was one of four black and white domestic shorthair kittens dropped off at Scottsville Veterinary Adoptions (the same shelter Goblin came from) when he was only 4 weeks old, without his mother. He had a rough start in life, with a series of upper respiratory infections and a cured case of ringworm before he came to live with us at just over five months of age.
Possibly as a result of his myriad illnesses, Clive is petite -- or maybe with two older Maine Coon siblings, he just looks that way! Very affectionate, playful, and too smart by half, Clive is making his own mark on the FBRL offices. I acquired him after the loss of my dear Scottish Fold Boo, who passed away at age 14 after a stroke.
History of the FBRL
The list started as a simple cross-reference
on the old Fanciers web site in connection with the original
Fanciers e-mail list, but quickly grew into a popular breeder
referral system. In 1998 the FBRL struck out on its own
(partly due to the fact that it was so popular it outgrew
its free hosting, partly due to the 20-30 hours per week
I was now devoting to keep this huge service going) and
became a paid advertising service. In May 2002 I was able
to make the important step of quitting my "day job"
to devote my full-time attention to the FBRL.
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monthly page views and has high standing on all the popular
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