It is a Limited door shelter for cats dedicated to the rescue, care & placement of homeless cats.
The Shelter’s primary function is the rescue, sheltering, and adoption of stray and abandoned cats. Volunteers maintain, clean, and feed the animals and shelter facility.
The shelter is a clean, safe, caring refuge. Approximately 80 volunteers maintain the shelter and give needed attention to the animals. Volunteers solicit appropriate home-placement for all shelter animals and educate the public about animal welfare issues through the distribution of a newsletter and participation in community events.
In order to ensure that rescued cats do not contribute to overpopulation, ALL cats and kittens are spay/neutered, microchipped, given FVRCP and Rabies shots, and tested for FELV/FIV before adoption. Shelter kittens are spay/neutered between 8 and 12 weeks of age, depending upon their weight. Rescued animals are put to sleep by veterinarians only if they are diagnosed as severely ill or diseased.
Pat Brody's love of cats and her concern for the number of strays prompted her to start a shelter in 1984. When Pat passed away in 1991, volunteers vowed to continue her work.
Yes. We are a state and federally sanctioned 501-C3 not-for-profit organization. All work is done solely by volunteers.
We house under 50 cats & kittens at one time. We adopt out on the average of 500 cats per year.
Through rescues, contact with vets and people who find strays or who are unable to care for their cat any longer. We also take in cats who have been scheduled for euthanasia from other agencies.
Yes. Our adoption fees are range from $175 - $200 for adults under 5 years, $250.00 for kittens up to 1 year, $250 - $350 for exotics depending on age and breed and only $25.00 for cats aged 7+ to approved senior citizens. The cost of providing each cat with a complete physical, all shots, microchipping, testing for feline leukemia and FIV, and spaying or neutering is approximately $200 - $250 if the veterinary work was done individually. Although the shelter does receive special rates from veterinarians, the adoption fees cover less than half of our costs. Without the fee, we could not keep the shelter functioning. We depend on donations and fundraisers to raise funds for the rest of the costs. Also, many cats need special medications and surgery prior to being adopted. The shelter also absorbs these costs.
Currently we have 2 part-time medical staff and 2 officers who receive a small salary for the oversight of teh shelter. The rest are all volunteers which number approximately 50!
Volunteers generously donate their time and talents to the shelter. Volunteers are needed for all aspects of running the shelter. Cleaning (the shelter is thoroughly cleaned daily), dispensing medications, feeding, trips to the vet, purchasing food & supplies, foster care, visits to nursing homes & schools, making crafts to be sold at cat shows, soliciting donations, maintaining this web site .... the list goes on & on. Would you like to volunteer?
Through donations, fundraisers, and adoptions. We make and sell crafts at cat shows, have a yard sale twice a year and are currently looking into other fund raising ideas. Donations are collected through the cat coin boxes found in many local businesses and are sent to us by caring concerned citizens. Donations of food are collected in cat food barrels at local supermarkets.
Besides the rescue, care & placement of needy cats, the Shelter's long-term goal is to spay or neuter 100 cats per year of low-income guardians and to set up Rabies Clinics so more cats are inoculated each year.
Yes. Our Foster Program places special needs cats in homes for a short period of the time. Kittens without mothers or cats recovering from surgery are a few examples.
Our Spay-Neuter Program subsidizes low-income guardians so their cat can be spayed or neutered at reduced rates.
Our volunteers also bring some of the cats to nursing homes for visits and are available for educational lectures at schools.
If you have questions please contact us about our other programs.
Opening your home to a pet is a huge decision but such a rewarding one! Caring for a pet can provide a sense of purpose, combats feelings of lonlieness and gives one a sense of pride knowing you've help save a life!
Many of our cats have been neglected and/or abandoned. Due to this fact we have a strict screening process that must be completed before you can adopt.
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We can always use more volunteers to help us take care of the cats or to help make the crafts that we sell at cat shows and craft fairs.
NOTE: You have to be at least 16 years old to volunteer, unless accompanied by a parent.
For those of us who work full-time, our volunteer commitment is usually only 4 hours per month. That's so little time for so much reward.
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Why fill out our volunteer application of course!