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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Felines & Friends New Mexico works with the Santa Fe, Espanola and Los Alamos animal shelters and residents by accepting special needs cats, such as kittens which are too young for placement or which need to be socialized, and adults who have health or behavioral issues... most of which can be resolved with loving attention and time.

Results: Over 4,000 cats have found homes through Felines & Friends

Target demographics: companion animals in need of a second chance

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 200 cats

Geographic areas served: Northern New Mexico

Programs: --- Transfers from Santa Fe, Espanola and Los Alamos Animal Shelters: Felines & Friends accepts cats from these open admission shelters which are in need of a “second chance”. Some simply need time to adjust to the loss of their home; some are deemed too young or too old for placement; some need additional health care or socialization; others are FIV+ or FELV+ and are generally euthanized at regular shelters. As a founding member of the Companion Animal Alliance of Northern New Mexico, Felines & Friends has enjoyed a long-term relationship with area shelters which has resulted in the placement of hundreds of cats which might otherwise have been euthanized. During the summer months, Felines & Friends is active in the rescue of kittens born to feral mothers. As soon as the kittens can be weaned, the mother cats are sterilized and returned to their colonies which are managed by members of the community. Vet care and supplies are the two largest expenses for Felines & Friends. The average cost of rescue is close to $300. With an adoption fee of only $100, the shortfall is made up from proceeds of the annual fundraiser, individual donors and grants. However, as a “second chance” organization, each year Felines & Friends covers the cost of extraordinary surgeries such as bone pins, amputations and other life-saving procedures, the cost of which far exceeds the average of $300. ---Intakes from Individuals: Felines & Friends accepts cats from individuals who cannot care for their pet cats any longer due to health or financial reasons and the cats are not likely to find homes through an area shelter. There is no mandatory fee charged to accept such cats, but a donation is requested which most individuals are able to make. ---Godpurrent Program: Special needs and elderly cats are placed with low/fixed income individuals who might not otherwise be able to afford the company of a pet. This program is partially funded by supporters who make automatic monthly donations via PayPal on the Felines & Friends website as well as one-time donors. ---Pets are Family Too: Funded by grants, cats belonging to people faced with emergencies are boarded for up to 3 months at Santa Fe Cats Luxury Boarding. Domestic violence, foreclosure and rehab are just some of the reasons Felines & Friends is contacted to help. ---Education: Felines & Friends educates pet owners about the importance of annual wellness exams by a vet; vaccinations; dental cleanings; that indoor pets live longer, healthier lives; that sterilization can often address behavioral issues and is healthier for the pet. No fee is charged for consultations. A variety of literature is also provided to pet owners in need of additional information.

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Adria W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love Felines & Friends! I volunteer with them and enjoy spending time with the kitties. It's also rewarding to assist with adoptions. The cats are in a safe, clean, loving environment.

1 Musetta287

Client Served

Rating: 5

Santa Fe's Felines & Friends is a wonderful organization that I have had contacts with for several years now. Many years ago I lost a beloved rescue kitty I had had for about fifteen years. It took us a few years to feel able to love a new cat. When the time felt right, I looked on the computer at cats that needed homes. My heart was captured by a beautiful white and auburn male with sky blue eyes. I was told he would be at a certain pet store on a certain day. I was really dismayed when he wasn't there. The lady taking care of the cats found out which foster home had him and someone went to get him for me to meet. It was love at first head bump and purr. I wasn't able to just take him, however, there was quite a detailed form to fill out and references had to be given which they checked.

Last year I foolishly had him loose in the car with me while our realtor showed our house to prospective buyers. He got out and disappeared. I was heartbroken. We live way out of town with coyotes, snakes, owls, and an occasional bobcat. We didn't give up though. We searched every day and also at night. We even hired a man with a drone to fly it around and look. Felines & Friends was with us the whole time with advice, encouragement, and traps. After nineteen days out by himself, we got him in one of the several traps we were setting every night.

Anyone wanting to open their home to a cat should go to Felines & Friends. Also anyone willing to foster cats until permanent homes can be found or volunteer time or donations, should make Felines & Friends a priority.

Previous Stories

Client Served

Rating: 5

Got my wonderful kitty, Sky, from Felines & Friends six years ago. I saw his picture on line and went to the pet store especially to see him. I was very disappointed because he wasn't there. I assumed he had been adopted, but when I was talking to the woman attendant, she said he was in his foster home. She made a few phone calls and next thing I knew someone showed up with him. It was love at first sight.

We have loved this darling blue-eyed boy every minute. In a careless moment he escaped from my car in July. I didn't realize it until much later when I got home. We were all devastated. My daughter even flew out here from California to help us search. We searched and searched--even hired a man with a drone to search. A wonderful lady associated with F & F named Mary helped us with cages and advice. My husband set the cages every evening and checked them every morning. After NINETEEN heartbroken days we found him! I am very grateful to F & F and have donated many items to their store.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Feline & Friends New Mexico is an all-around amazing organization. They do everything they can to help any and all cats who are in need of care.

I was caring for an outdoor cat that lived in a shed on the campus of a school. Misty was well-cared for but being a free roaming cat, she was always in danger of harm from outside elements and predators. One day I arrived at work to find that she was limping. I took her to the vet and they found that she had a broken elbow. The school could not help her so reached out to Feline & Friends.

Feline & Friends was able to pay for the very expensive surgery that she needed from a specialist (she had a bone chip removed from her foreleg and pins put in to reattach her tricep ligaments). Post-surgery, Misty lived in a loving foster home for her three months of recovery. She then went back to Feline & Friends, and within a month or so, she was adopted and is now living in a loving home.

Misty is a wonderful cat and thanks to Feline & Friends New Mexico, she is now able to live safely indoors with owners that adore her.

After working with Feline & Friends to get Misty the help she needed, I was so impressed and grateful for the work that they do, I became a volunteer.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a great organization that helps give many kitties a new home! I have gone to a few of their events, and everyone involved is caring and truly devoted to making a better life for many cats and kittens. Making donations to Felines and Friends is very important, and I encourage anyone who loves animals of any kind to give to this organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Felines and Friends truly is the last chance for many homeless kittens and cats of all ages. Their adoption plan generally includes a stay with a foster family to help calm them after their homeless experience, and also helps socialize them, making them more adoptable and adaptable than just a stay at a shelter. The organization is able to take some cats with medical issues, and find loving homes for them as well. F&F screens the future adopters to ensure that they will be a good fit with the cats, and provide a safe and caring home. Everyone involved is well-trained and a real cat lover, and many of the cats are adopted by the staff and volunteers. I've been a volunteer for three years, and cannot imagine life without the F&F cats I care for in my life. BTW we are always looking for additional foster homes to help the kitties make their transition to life with their new forever families!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Felines & Friends New Mexico is amazing. Everyone is dedicated to the well being of the cats and kittens we help. I am so proud to be associated with Felines and Friends New Mexico. If my cats ever need a second chance, I hope they find it here.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When my husband and I moved to Santa Fe nine years ago, we adopted a cat through Felines & Friends. We were so impressed with the knowledgeable and compassionate volunteers who assisted us with our adoption that we wanted to become volunteers with the organization ourselves! We received comprehensive training to become caregivers and eventually adoption advisers at the adoption center. And over the years we've also had the very rewarding experience of being foster parents to over 75 different F&F cats and kittens, providing them with socialization and TLC during their journey to adoption into forever homes!

I've had cats my entire life and thought I knew everything there was to know about them, but the wealth of shared knowledge among our leaders of the F&F organization and from so many other volunteers has been invaluable. Any questions I've had about health or behavioral challenges, there's an incredible pool of go-to resources for information and assistance.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with F&F for 3 years. I've been volunteering for animal rescues for years. F&F is well organized and does an awesome job of rescuing, caring for and finding good homes for their rescues.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Felines & Friends was my first choice for volunteering when I moved to Santa Fe in July 2016. I received quite an amount of training before I was able to volunteer for kitty care and adoptions. The staff and other volunteers are extremely knowledgeable, compassionate, and dedicated to the mission. They make it a priority to ensure the cats in their care get paired with the right home, and assist adopters during the adjustment period. The staff, which is entirely volunteer-based, are so wonderful that I can't imagine my next cat coming from anywhere else!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a wonderful organization and a wonderful group of people. The volunteers, staff and board at F&F care so much about the cats. I volunteered as a cat caregiver and received extensive training and support -- all designed to ensure the cats were safe, comfortable, happy and ready to join their new families. I ended up adopting two myself!