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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: To improve the life of the people and cats in our community by rescuing and providing care, shelter, and adoption to homeless cats and kittens. To advocate routine sterilization of cats and kittens for population control. To foster understanding of responsible cat and kitten care. To provide help and guidance to the people of our community in matters of animal health and welfare.

Programs: Prevention of cruelty to animals by rescuing, sheltering, and placing into adoptive homes cats that are abandoned.

prevention of cruelty to animals by providing assistance to qualified low income owners to spay and/or neuter cats.

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General Information Cat Haven, founded in 1999, is an all volunteer, non-profit organization devoted to: (1) rescuing abandoned cats and kittens for adoption into loving new homes; and (2) reducing the cat overpopulation problem by actively spaying and neutering cats. Adoption Program Since its beginning in 1999, Cat Haven has rescued and found permanent homes for >5,000 felines. All requests for intake are handled by our Kitten and Adult Coordinators. Once intake has been authorized by the coordinator, cats are housed in volunteer foster homes and the shelter, provided medical care and put up for adoption at area PetSmarts (Saturdays 10–4) and our shelter. All Cat Haven felines are tested negative for FeLV/FIV, spayed or neutered, tested for feline gastrointestinal diseases and brought up-to-date on age-appropriate vaccinations. Potential adopters complete an application and sign a binding adoption contract and agree to provide indoor only homes. Cat Haven will take back any of its adoptees at any time upon request by the adopter. The adoption fee currently is $90. Feral Cat and Fix-A-Feline Programs In less than 10 years, Cat Haven assisted area residents and felines with spaying/neutering >5,000 felines. Sadly, in 2009, despite the best efforts of Cat Haven and other small animal rescue organizations, ~10,000 animals were euthanized by East Baton Rouge Parish Animal Control. This is why we are working to create a spay/neuter clinic for feral cats and cats cared for by low income residents. The generous participation of area veterinarians and the LSU Vet school helps us spay/neuter ~2,000 felines. We ask residents to make a donation of $25-35 but appreciate any affordable amount. Shelter Program In 2008 we remodeled half the building to provide a temporary safe haven for homeless felines rescued by Cat Haven and awaiting adoption and to offer spay/neuter services for feral and stray felines under the care of lower income area residents. The “colony rooms” provide tranient living space for 24-30 rescued felines awaiting adoption.