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Candys Cats Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Candy's Cats, Inc. (CCI) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit Florida corporation whose goal is to make a determined effort within our community to educate our residents about the tragedy of "throwaway" kittens and cats. We are a loosely connected group of volunteers from all walks of life who see a need to do whatever it takes to help these kittens and cats. We cannot walk away. At any given time, 6-30 volunteers foster anywhere from one to 20 cats. Some of the kittens come to us very sick or orphaned and the foster moms and dads wake every two - three hours to feed or to check on the kittens, to medicate, to comfort them. For some, fostering is not possible so they come help out at the adoption centers on the weekends or bring other strengths to Candy's Cats, giving whatever time they can, be it 15 minutes a week or 24 hours a day. These kittens are not throwaways. Our volunteers give 100% of themselves to caring for these little lives, even if they grow into teen cats, or, come to us as adults from the beginning. Our funding comes primarily through donations from folks who support what we do and want to help us to make a difference. Our adoption donations don't cover our basic costs. All cats are provided with basic medical care, including but not limited to, spay/neuter, parasite control, vaccinations, microchip, and tests for feline aids/feline leukemia/heartworm. Any emergency care, surgery or long term treatment is provided so that all of our cats achieve optimum health prior to adoption.

Results: Since 2005 we have rescued and found homes for over 7,000 cats and kittens.

Target demographics: rescue abandoned, throwaway kittens and cats.

Direct beneficiaries per year: almost 400 families adopt their forever homes; provided volunteer opportunities.

Geographic areas served: Central Florida

Programs: In the year ending 12/31/13 we estimate that we rescued and neutered/spayed approximately 382 cats/kittens and found adoptive homes for 332 of those cats/kittens. The majority of the cats/kittens come to us malnourished and in dire straights and we nurse them back to health and either find them adoptive homes with families that will love them and care for them or we find a foster family that will take them in until we can find families that will adopt them. A few examples of the cats/kittens we have helped are as follows: swiffer is a kitten who came to us injured by an animal bite on his spine which paralyzed him. We found a family that was willing to adopt him, help provide him with equipment so that he could be more mobile and help him adapt to his paralyzed state. Rambo was another kitten who came to us on the verge of having his leg amputated; we were able to treat him through exercise and nutrition and we were able to save his leg so that it did not have to be amputated. Raj and leonard are two kittens who came to us exposed to poison due to the fact that they were born two days later than their siblings and thus they were exposed to poison while in utero. We did everything we could to rejuvenate them but when we determined that they would have chronic respiratory issues, the foster parent chose to keep them rather than adopting them out.

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

A few months ago I rescued an older cat from this nonprofit. She was having some problems so I took her to the vet. I was told by the vet that she was not 4 years old as I was told by you but that she was at least 8 years old. I paid a substantial amount of money which I could ill afford and she was treated for pancreatitis for several days with no good result. An x-ray was done and she had a mass in her abdomen that was not new as there was calcification. I had her put to sleep on January 7th to alleviate her pain and discomfort. This to me was unconscionable -- to pass off this cat as suitable for adoption. This cat was Lady B (renamed Lucy). Even though I had her only a few months I loved her dearly. Please make sure you don't do this to anyone else.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We have four loving furbabies from Candy's cats. This is a very dedicated organization. They truly care for the welfare of their animals. They have gone and continue to go above and beyond for their kitties.

3 Frank65

Client Served

Rating: 5

Two of out fur children have been adopted through Candy's Cats Inc. and we couldn't be happier. Candy along with her wonderful volunteers, especially Tanya and Jeanne, take the time to answer all of your questions and concerns to make sure you and your new fur child are a puurrfect fit. The care/love these animals get in their foster homes while wait for their forever home is unbelievable, how they part with them is beyond me. If you are really ready for the commitment of loving and carry for a cat and make him/her part of your family Candy's Cats is the palace to start that process. :-)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Candy's Cats, Inc. is an ethical, humane, and very loving cat rescue organization. They stand behind their cats when they are adopted. Their volunteers are friendly, dependable, and caring, whose goal is to place the right cat in the right home. Candy's Cats, Inc. helps special needs and disabled animals as well. I love that the animals come first with Candy's Cats, Inc.

3 Rachael17

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering as a bottle baby mom at CCI for about 2 months now. The ladies are super kind and helpful. I love fostering for them!

3 BulutFamily

Client Served

Rating: 5

They helped me to trap, spay, neuter, and release the stray and feral cats in my neighborhood to protect them and its been wonderful.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I started volunteering for Candy's Cats as a foster home in 2007. This organization ensures all medical needs are taken care of. As a no kill rescue I have seen Candy's Cats provide life for cats that are blind, deaf, have a leg amputated, various surgeries needed to sustain the cats life. This is an amazing group of non paid volunteers that dedicate there time to fostering, adoption counseling, transporting and fundraising to continue to be able to help the overpopulation of cats in Orlando.

3 mcubbage

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Candy’s Cat’s is overall the best rescue I have found since we relocated to Florida. I have been involved in animal rescue for over 20 years and their group of volunteers is so dedicated to feral and domesticated cat rescue I instantly knew they were a group I wanted to be a part of and support.

Candy’s Cat’s deserves every bit of recognition of funding they can be given to continue their work.

3 Julie96

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted one kitten from Candy's Cats and fostered and then adopted an older kitty. Both have become incredibly important members of our household. What amazes me about Candy's Cats is how careful and well considered their selection process is for potential adopters and how hard they try to match the adopter with the kitty who needs a permanent home. Candy stays in touch and cares so much about each and every animal in her care and her volunteers are truly amazing people! I really don't know how she is able to keep it all together, but thanks to her and her volunteers amazing efforts, many rescue animals find permanent, great homes! Candy helps others too. Anytime I am trying to help home another animal, she helps to spread the word... Candy's Cats is a wonderful non-profit full of wonderful, selfless people working to help save, rescue and home kitties in need.

3 Candy4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ten years ago I was dealing with the nonstop birth of kittens in my back yard by the unsocialized colony that took up residence. I began catching, socializing and spaying/neutering the kittens, then finding them homes. The adults were TNR'd (trap, neuter, returned) and lived long lives, being cared for by the neighborhood. From this humble begininng, Candy's Cats grew and 7 1/2 years later, have saved the lives of almost 4,000 cats. Candy's Cats is a group of like-minded foster volunteers who open their homes and their pocket books to save the lives of throwaway, abandoned cats and kittens. We care for their medical needs and we find homes for them. No one is killed because we run out of room. Our volunteers are amazing and our standards are high for our medical care, and I'd like to see Candy's Cats receive the recognition it deserves.