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For The Love Of Cats Inc

Rating: 4.99 stars   227 reviews 8,336

Nonprofit Issues:

Animals

Address:

PO Box 1777 Marco Island FL 34146 USA

Mission:

Our mission is to end the cruelty of pet overpopulation by rescuing abandoned cats and kittens and sterilizing the feral and stray cat population in the community.

Results:

TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return) for Community (Feral) Cats TNR is one of For the Love of Cat’s key directives. The community issues of cat overpopulation cannot be achieved through the adoption process. It must be accomplished through sterilization of the existing community cat population. In addition to sterilizing, the cats are vaccinated and under the daily feeding and care of volunteer caregivers. For the Love of Cats works with Domestic Animal Services in Collier County to adhere to the TNR ordinance currently in place. To date, For the Love of Cats has TNR’d over 5000 cats. Caregivers feed over 300 cats on Marco Island every day. Rescue of Abandoned House Cats and Kittens Abandoned pets are a major contributing factor to the increase in community cats throughout Collier County. For the Love of Cats has rescued almost 300 abandoned house cats in the immediate area over the last 4 years. Kittens are a by-product of the community cat colonies. Rescued early, they can be domesticated and adopted into loving homes. We have rescued and adopted over 3000 kittens since 2002 and continue to rescue kittens that are the offspring of abandoned house cats in our community (we rescue the mom cat as well). We no longer have kittens from the community cat colonies because we have fixed and vaccinated all of the free roaming unadoptable cats in the community to our knowledge. Spay/Neuter for Cats of Low Income Families Our Low Income Spay/Neuter program pays for sterilization surgery for cats and kittens owned by families that would otherwise abandon them without this service. Our program is designed to help families keep their pets with the benefit of reducing abandonment and thereby also reducing the number of cats and kittens that add to the existing community cat population. Every year, we help over 75 cats and kittens to keep their home. Emergency Veterinary Services for Low Income Families Many low income families have pets that need urgent veterinary attention and would be forced to allow their pet to suffer or be euthanized without this program. Last year alone, we paid for 3 dental extractions, 3 knee surgeries, 2 cats with severe whole body infections, 1 cancerous eye removal, 1 crushed tail surgery and 2 broken leg surgeries. Each of these emergencies was over $1000 each. Seniors for Seniors Adoption Program Older cats languish in shelters for years and most do not get adopted or worse, they are euthanized to make room for younger animals. Senior citizens are often living alone and depression is a major concern. This program includes cats from Domestic Animals Services and the Humane Society of Naples as well as cats from For the Love of Cats. Cats over 5 years old may be adopted by a senior citizen over the age of 55 at no cost to the adopter. The adoption fee along with a complete care kit for the cat is provided by For the Love of Cats. This program has been a very successful one with over 100 senior cats adopted since 2010.

Target demographics:

rescue abandoned cats and kittens and low income families to keep their pets.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

save the lives of over 350 cats and kittens and helped over 100 families to keep their pets.

Geographic areas served:

Marco Island, Isles of Capri, Goodland and the surrounding rural areas

Programs:

TNR (trap, neuter, return) for feral cats Rescue and adoption of abandoned cats and kittens Spay/neuter of cats owned by families in need

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Rating: 5 stars  

For the Love of Cats works along with Petsmart on Saturdays providing adoption services for cats & kittens needing a Forever Home. Through this program, we adopted Oprah. She was my mother's day present that year.
Jim and Jan do a wonderful job with all the services that they provide. From time to time I stop by on a Saturday and share a story about Oprah. The Glamour Puss Calendar Contest is a way for us to support For the Love of Cats and also show off our special felines.

 
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A few years ago some very small kittens (too young to eat on their own) were found in my condo complex by a family who were renting a unit. They bottle fed the kittens, but couldn't keep them as they were returning home to France soon. They were going to take them to the local county shelter, but when they found out that was not a no kill shelter, they were just going to turn the kittens out! When I found out about this I volunteered to take them & find homes for them or a no kill shelter that would take them. After contacting the only no kill rescue groups I knew of & having no luck, a friend referred me to the Love of Cats. They were full at the time, but said if I could keep the kittens for about 2 more weeks, they would have space to take them. When the time came, I took them to the shelter & was very impressed with how clean & organized it was. They even followed up with me to let me know that the kittens were adopted together to a good home. This is an amazing organization!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

It all started with looking to adopt a kitten. I filled out the application, looked at the available kittens online and visited the For the Love of Cats shelter. The set-up is remarkable for the care of those felines that come through their door. Jim and Jan's dedication and love for what they are doing is remarkable. I was so impressed with the facility that after adopting my 2 boys from them I became a volunteer. They encourage people to call them with any questions or concerns you may have after you take your new family member home. Could not have asked for a better experience. They're the BEST!!!!

 
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It all started for me in March 2014 when my husband gave me the ok to get a kitten. My cat Rex had passed away almost 2 years ago. I was watching the "kitty cam" and spotted Opie. He stole my heart. I filled out an adoption form and called to make a visit to the shelter. Jim couldn't have been nicer. I was amazed how clean the shelter was and the professionalism of those involved. I was able to go visit Opie and his littermates for playtime. I also picked Opie's brother Shilo to come home with me. Jan and Jim answered all my questions and concerns. Their hearts are 100% dedicated to their work with these cats and kittens. They are always so upbeat and emit such joy with each adoption that takes place. I was so impressed with For the Love of Cats that I became a volunteer 2 weeks after I brought my boys home. All the cats and kittens are so well taken care of and loved while in their care. This is such a wonderful organization. They bring so much happiness to the lives of others. Please be sure to donate and adopt from this great shelter.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Jan and Jim are amazing people with huge hearts!! We adopted Ariel from For the love of cats and she is just a joy and a permanent kitten and that is because of the care she got from Jan and Jim. Thank you!!

 
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For The Love of Cats is exactly that!! We adopted our little Ariel from Jan and Jim and we felt like she was cared for like a memeber of a family! She is a joy and I would not hesitate to adopt from this organisation again! Thank You Jan and Jim Sandra and Kevin

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

A lot

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?

2011

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I was fortunate enough to be able to work as a volunteer at For the Love of Cats for several years . The shelter has the most dedicated and passionate volunteers , owners, shelter manager, and veterinary care that any cat or kitten could hope for, caring for the " resident " kitties !
Any homeless cat or kitten who ends up with this group is blessed !
There are not enough " five star words" to say how wonderful For the Love of Cats is !
Becky Kilkeary

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

Make it bigger so more cats and kittens could be fortunate enough to have their wonderful care !

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a volunteer for FLC for several years . There are not enough superlatives to describe this organization. They are simply amazing people , who have made an enormous difference in the lives of so many cats, and so many people. If only there were more shelters like this, because there are far too many cats that need help!

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

Wish they could be bigger, so more of the many cats that need help , could benefit from their expertise!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

We really appreciate what Jim and Jan do for the feline community. We are proud to know these great people. As a cat lover we do what we can to help. keep up the great work

 
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Back in May, I adopted my beautiful baby girl, Coraline, from Jim and Jan at For The Love Of Cats. They were truly wonderful to work with, and I could tell that they cared deeply for all the cats and kittens placed with them. They go above and beyond to make sure that every cat/kitten is placed in a home where they will be loved and well taken care of. I would absolutely recommend For The Love Of Cats to anyone looking to adopt and I will definitely go back to them when I'm ready to adopt my next fuzzy baby.

 
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We adopted my beloved Oscar from For the Love of Cats. He was a stray, de-clawed, abandoned, dirty, scruffy, biting, scared cat that someone from For the Love of Cats had rescued from the Golf Course. From the first moment I saw him and he walked over to me and sat beside me, I fell in love. Oscar did not bite me, nor did he ever run and hide. After only a few days, he began to groom himself From the moment I adopted him, Oscar was my constant companion until he died of cancer five years later. For the Love of Cats checked up on Oscar. They made the adoption easy, and, they told me that if anything ever happened to me, they would take him in. Their shelter is clean and homey. The cats are loved and well-cared for (even Oscar who bit everyone), and loved. Volunteers pet feral kittens to tame them. Oscar had only been there a few days when I claimed him, but a volunteer sat near him during the day so that he wouldn't be afraid. For the Love of Cats is one non-profit organization that gives its all and then some to save cats, spay and neuter feral cats, and prepare cats for their forever homes. They even have a program of older cats for older people so that a person getting up there in years can adopt an older cat, and, should the cat survive the owner, For the Love of Cats will take the cat back. Wonderful organization!!!!!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

About 3 years ago a stray cat started coming by nightly. One night she showed up with a mass in her neck. I had no idea what to do, so I called For the Love of Cats. They not only helped, they let us release her so she would continue to trust us.

On July 5, 2015, I adopted a little black kitten they rescued. When she was found, she weighed 7 ounces and her eyes were still closed. With For the Love of cats, her dtermination, and the love of her foster mom she made it!! She is now a feisty 5 month old kitten we named Maxie.

Thank you Jim & Jan!!

 
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More than 10 years ago I needed help with a feral cat I was feeding and had no idea where to turn. This poor cat looked like someone had ripped his fur from his neck, almost blood raw. I couldn't imagine what was wrong with him. I couldn't get near him. My sister told me about Jim & Jan Rich. I called Jim and he sent a guy over with a trap. They took him to the vet, did all the tests needed, spayed him and gave flea treatment. He was highly allergic to fleas. They dropped him off at my house after he was done at the vet. They said he couldn't be put up for adoption because he was feral. So I continued to feed him and another cat on my porch. I was eventually able to put revolution on him for the fleas. For the next year and a half I fed him breakfast and dinner and was able to pet him. He decided one day he didn't want to be out anymore. He became an indoor cat and the BEST CAT EVER. I love him with all my heart. He immediately got along with my other two. I still have him , almost 11 years later. He sleeps in bed with me every night. He would have died outside, alone, if not for Jim and Jan. They have helped me many other times since then. I'm a magnet for strays. I wish there were more people like them. Wonderful, wonderful people. I could go on and on.

 
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