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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

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 all rescue groups in Collier county. 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 help low income families to keep their pets.

Direct beneficiaries per year: save the lives of over 250 cats and kittens and helped over 60 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 -Help 'em Keep 'em program pays for wellness and emergency care for cats of low income families -Seniors for Seniors program that pays the adoption fee and provides a complete care kit of food and supplies for cats over 5 years old adopted to seniors over 55 throughout Collier county

Community Stories

52 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Susan403

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have adopted several kitties from Jan and Jim over the past 10 years and every time it is such a happy day to bring home a new kitty from For The Love of Cats.

My most recent rescue turned out to be a rescue for our family. Buddy (aka) Salvadore healed our home from such sadness. Jim actually hand picked him for us and I THANK GOD every day for him...i am tearing up just thinking about it

Mary366

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After my 18 year old car died, I adopted a kitten from For the Love of Cats. She had received excellent care and handling, and has been the best cat ever! Their volunteers are the best.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

For the Love of Cats is one of the most fulfilling things I've ever done, both for the cats, and myself. I have volunteered for over a year, and in the course of that time, have adopted two incredible little brothers! For the Love of Cats does such a great job at finding the right home for the right animal. The cats are healthy, well socialized, and LOVED by the many volunteers and friends. Jim and Jan have given tirelessly of their home and their lives to keep this amazing nonprofit going strong for 13 years. I am proud to be associated with them!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Found both of my kitties at this wonderful shelter, drove from San Carlos Park to get there twice. I was so impressed by the cleanliness, the attention to details, the care that each cat and kittens were given. It was simply amazing. I had rescued another cat from another shelter years before and the difference was startling. It is the only kitty rescue I recommend from now on, sorry you other guys, they are that good.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer and friend of For the Love of Cats for many years.

The love, care and attention that all participants give our four-legged visitors is truly beyond measure.

Our shelter owners spend endless "hands-on" hours and substantial personal funds to maintain this incredible environment.

It has truly been my personal pleasure to be associated with such a superb, responsible and loving organization!

1 sunnydaze1990

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at For the Love of Cats for several years now. It is so rewarding to heal the sick and find loving homes for all who pass through our door. We adopted Emma and Gracie and are now a happy 3-cat family. Jim and Jan are so dedicated to helping the sick and abandoned find new homes and enrich the lives of those who adopt them. So, even if you are not "in the market" for a new addition to your family at this time, we will happily take your donation to care for the ones we have. Have a Merry Christmas everyone!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love my job! Every Wednesday morning I get to go to work and hug and kiss all the cats and kittens we all take care of every day of the week. All the volunteers are dedicated to the health and happiness of all the cats that come through our shelter. Jim and Jan are totally dedicated to the caring and adopting of all the feral, homeless and abandoned cats. What would all these little critters do without them??

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer, it is amazing to see first hand the love and dedication of all those involved with for the Love of Cats. Imagine 2 day old kittens, abandoned, no mother, and having to be bottle fed every 4 hours day and night for weeks! And then imagine the very lucky folks who adopted each of them, what love those kittens will give back every moment of their lives! Every cat and kitten that comes through this shelter gets the same devoted attention, day and night. Now we truly understand why the 3 cats we adopted from them 6 years ago are the most loving animals we have ever had.
Pete & Karen

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The dedication of Jim and Jan and all the volunteers to providing the best care helps the cats get adopted to their forever homes. Working there is always rewarding, and has resulted in us adopting five ourselves. You can't help but fall in love with them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

No amount of time, love, or expense is ever spared to save lives and work toward the goal of forever homes for the cats and kittens.

Lawrence R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have adopted two cats from For The Love Of Cats and could not be any happier. I volunteer because I believe in everything For The Love Of Cats stands for. Jim and Jan are two people who love what their doing and you can sense that when you talk to them. For The Love Of Cats deserves the highest rating they can achieve.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I originally join the shelter I was only expecting to get the volunteer hours and be done with it. But as time passed by my intentions at the shelter changed. Not only has going to the shelter helped hundreds of cats but it also helped myself and made me grow as a person. I won't forget my experience there for it was honestly one of the best times of my life.