PEOPLE FOR CATS

Rating: 4.92 stars   13 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: 15 Beagle Ln East Falmouth MA 02536 USA

Mission: CARE AND ADOPTION OF CATS

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Rating: 5 stars  

People for Cats runs a small, all-volunteer shelter for cats. They help the cats of three towns on Cape Cod - Falmouth, Mashpee, and Bourne. Their goal is to find good homes for the homeless strays from the area as well as for cats and kittens that are surrendered to them by the public. PFC is a no-kill organization with a permit that restricts the number of cats that can be housed at the shelter at any given time. But once there is room for a cat to come to the shelter, medical care is provided, the cat is spayed or neutered if it needs to be, and then the cat joins one of three suites of cats living together in a cageless setting. The organization moved into a newly built shelter a year ago and visitors comment frequently about the cleaniness and homeliness of the atmosphere. An average of 225 cats and kittens are adopted from PFC annually. Besides caring for cats at the shelter and placing kittens in foster homes until they are old enough to be adopted, PFC feeds cats in several feral colonies in the town of Falmouth. Educational opportunities are provided to the community through newpaper articles and videos on the local community TV station. PFC also provides financial aid to low income cat owners, helping them get their cats spayed or neutered, getting current shots, and enabling them to get vet care when their cats are sick or injured. I have been volunteering with PFC for about 10 years and plan to continue doing so. I am proud of all the group has accomplished in those years. Our cats have gone to good homes in our area and around Massachusetts and other New England states. It is wonderful to have seen so many cats find homes where they live out their lives happily and safely.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Carrie A. Seaman Animal Shelter and People for Cats have a great relationship and partnership. As PFC is in a more urban area, they have more cats and kittens brought to them. Sometimes they need help housing, socializing, and fostering cats in their care. We are happy to be able to assist this well run, compassionate, and caring shelter. When you walk into a shelter and see happy, healthy, well-adjusted cats you know you are in a special place. Thank-you, PFC, for all of your good work.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering at PFC's for about 2 1/2 years - I have found this to be very rewarding - I love being around the cats - each and every one is unique in his/her own way - I have also met so many wonderful people through PFC's - especially Doreen , Lynn, Carol, Joan, and Jean .... I have witnessed first hand the loving care that PFC's provides not only to the cats... but too each other.... great group of folks there at the HILTON.... and I am proud to be a part of the team... When I had a stray cat hanging around my house I contacted PFC's - they were so helpful - loaning me a trap and showing me how to trap the cat - I named him SMOKEY as he was a dusty gray color - he adjusted well to the shelter and it wasn't too long before he got adopted and found his forever home....

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing how they helped me 'rescue' Smokey from the outside environment - they tended to all of his medical needs and placed him in a good home.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Hold meetings that welcome's volunteer's to attend - more communication between volunteers and the leaders... Let volunteer's be more involved in decision making.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A little

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Hold monthly meetings - exchange information - socialize more...

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Yes, I learned a lot about the personalities of cats - it also taught me to watch for different "changes" in cats and point out things when I felt the cat was not acting in his/her usual manner... I met many new people during my time as a volunteer.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

THAT I WAS NOT ONLY HELPING PFC's - BUT ALSO MYSELF - BY GETTING OUT ANd DOING SOMETHING PRODUcTIVE - I ENJOY BEING AT THE SHELTER.

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Rating: 5 stars  

People for Cats is a wonderful organization. Both of my cats are from PFC and I couldn't be happier. They do a wonderful job of socializing the kittens. They are so caring and attentive, once you adopt from them, I feel like you have a friend forever with PFC.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

My pen pal and friend Jean Valtierra is a volunteer with People For Cats and she has shared many stories and pictures with me over the years all about this organization and what they do. They have impressed me with their efforts to rescue feral cats and kittens, taking care of them until they are able to place them into their Forever Homes. The folks here are dedicated and hardworking and are to be commended for their efforts.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

A couple of years ago, a feral cat had kittens under my shed. Although they were adorable to watch, I was worried what would happen to them growing up feral. Jean Valtierra came to my home and trapped all of the kittens and the mother. All of the kittens are now in wonderful, caring, loving homes. The mother was spayed and given her shots and released back into my neighborhood. She has now become my "friend". I feed her regularly and also got a nice little outdoor shelter from "People For Cats" where she sleeps in the Winter months. Jean Valtierra and PFC are a wonderful, tireless group of dedicated people who provide a necessary service to my Town and I am grateful!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Unknown

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Our mission is to find suitable homes for our adoptable kitties at the shelter.
We also receive calls on our hotine from people that cannot pay all of the expenses on their veterinary bill for their cat. We now have grants in place to assist people with their expenses. We take a sad story and turn it into a wonderful ending. The rewards of being a volunteer for People for Cats is endless.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

It is personally rewarding to work with so many wonderful people that are dedicated in making the kitty world a better place.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

A couple of years ago I felt this organization needed a new shelter. We are now just around the corner in building a new shelter which will provide a better environment for the kitties and volunteers who work there.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have been with People for Cats for 5-6 yrs now. I was so impressed with the work that was being done by this organization that I had to volunteer my services. We have as an organization continued to grow in many directions. Reaching out to the community and educating them about spaying and neutering, the importance of vaccinating and keeping their cats indoors. Trying to keep the feral population at a low level and teaching the public how we trap cats, have them spayed and neutered and then release them. If there are kittens we find foster homes to socialize them then they go to their forever homes with vaccinations and a health exam. We also try and help those in need that do have pets but have been unable to get to vets. We also have a t.v show on our local station where we show the cats at the shelter and usually have a guest on.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Watching all the new families leaving our shelter with their new kitties is very heartwarming. Doing the trapping and knowing that I have helped that cat by having it s/n and having vaccinations and if there are kittens for them to find homes and not being left to fend for themselfs in the wild.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would like to see PFC find more funding and have more volunteers join us.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

My husband and I came to adopt a kitten to be a younger sister for our 2 yr. old male, Eddie. We named her Nanci. They adore each other and spend many hours grooming each other, chasing each other around the house or snuggled up together before the fireplace. They fill our hearts. I began to volunteer with the morning cleaning crew the week after we brought Nanci home. Iv'e seen so much love and devotion from the staff. If there's a need, someone finds a way to meet it. Whether it's cleaning, feeding, grooming, holding or playing; it feels wonderful to give, but we always go home feeling that they have given more to us. Cheryl Moore

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Yes, our kitten was healthy and well adjusted.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

They are doing just fine so far. Changes are made as the need dictates.

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1 person found this review helpful

People For Cats is so lucky to have my dearest friend Jean Valtierra as part of their organization. She works tirelessly and gives of herself for the noble cause of fiding these beautiful creatures wonderful loving forever homes. She is tireless in her efforts to make Peope For Cats the best it can be, with the help of all the great volunteers. These are turly a dedicated group of folks that want nothing more than to see that the cats are well taken care of. The town and its residents must be very happy to know that there are dedicated peole out there who trap and care for the feral cats and abandoned and homeless cats. Hats off to the wonderful group of volunteers and the wonderful job they do day in and day out. The community should be very proud of this group of folks and their mission.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have not had a personal experience in this orianization except that I have known Jean Valtierra for over 20 years and I know her to be dedicated to the welfare of all animals, but cats hold a special place in her heart. I follow each FB message and interact with the staff via their FB account. I cheer with the staff when one of their cats gets a new forever home!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would make sure that Jean and her friend Anne stay on there forever!

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