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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: ♥ To provide educational outreach, whereby communities can learn how to protect and improve the lives of cats. ♥ To provide a refuge where cats from kill shelters can be housed, medically treated, and adopted. ♥ To provide a respite for those cats who cannot be adopted and can live out their lives in comfort with us. ♥ We value teamwork as a means to achieve common goals for cats. ♥ We also value our right as Americans to organize and speak freely for the betterment of cats everywhere. ♥ OUR VISION: A society, and specifically communities, in which people value and safeguard the lives of cats.

Results: We are a small, all volunteer, cat rescue that continues to grow and improve with the rescue of cats (domestic, feral, senior cats, and special needs cats) from high-kill shelters. We receive requests daily for help from shelters around California. Within our donation funding and space allowable, we try to rescue as many cats as we can. Last year: 371 kitties were saved. We also participate in "cat transport" to other states. We have a Rescue Veterinarian that keeps all our cats fully vetted: medical, surgical, vaccinations, or any special testing or physical therapy. We love cats! >^..^<

Target demographics: rescue cats from high-kill shelters

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 300 cats!

Geographic areas served: San Joaquin Valley, Central California, specifically Fresno, CA.

Programs: Senior-to-Senior Program: matching human seniors with senior kitties. Awesome Program! Sponsor-a-Cat: sometimes people can't adopt a cat, so they can either sponsor one of our Petfinder.com adoptable kitties, or sponsor one of our forever senior or special needs kitties, who will spend the rest of their time with us in comfort.

Community Stories

30 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is such a fantastic charity- saving the lives of those who have only a short time left in kill shelters & giving them forever homes.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I know Paula to be a great person and she will always do her best for these animals!!!!

2 Ann_140

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been a proud friend of Feral Paws Rescue and Paula for a couple of years now. I've helped with sponsoring kitties in need. This organization is wonderful. You don't find many that will take in animals that are sick, injured, pregnant, nursing, or older. That's what Feral Paws does. I've learned from being associated with them that all fur babies have a meaning. I myself am a Foster and have opened my heart and home to the fur babies that nobody else wants. Honestly, Feral Paws and I have a few things in common, but, the most important thing is we both have BIG FURRY HEARTS! I will continue my support and hope that one day soon I can take that trip and be a volunteer for a day or two.

3 Zulima T.

Donor

Rating: 5

Feral Paws always makes sure to rescue the kittens in need and give wonderful updates on all of them. They definitely make everyone who contributed to their safety, feel like a part of the process.

3 Chris229

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As an animal lover I am always looking for some way to help. I came across Feral Paws Rescue Group and found a way that I could help make a difference by sending whatever I can afford, even $1 is appreciated. These wonderful people step in where I never could. They help so many in need, but can only continue with the help from us. It is nice to see the lives of these sweet animals not only be saved, but to see them get medical help and love. I also donate by using amazon smile when I buy everyday items. I love the way they inform you of the kitty's progress and show pictures along the way. I know they truly care and when they loose one to disease or the shelter doesn't allow them to rescue it, they always honor their memory on the fb page so we all know what happened. Bless you Feral Paws Rescue for doing what I can't and for letting me be part of the heartfelt work that you do.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

To walk into a high kill animal shelter is akin to walking into the shadow of death. The majority of these precious souls will never see the light of day again. Animals are perceptive beings, you need only to look into their pleading eyes, to see their tiny paws reached out from their barred cages and to listen to their cries of fear, to know they understand what fate awaits them. I’ve left my local high kill shelter in tears, and my heart breaks every time I think of the animals who are shut off from the world there and forgotten by society. But Feral Paws Rescue has not forgotten them! They go into these places every day with the hope of saving as many as funds will allow. All the while, carrying the burden of knowing they can’t save them all. For a compassionate heart, this is a terrible burden to carry, but they continue to go back - for the love of these animals. Among the cats they save are the sick, the injured, the ferals, the abused and the seniors. They pull the ones with the mark of death on their place cards - the ones who would have no hope without them. In my city of Fresno, CA they are the ONLY rescue who pulls cats from our high kill shelter, and they give these babies a second chance at life. They take care of their medical needs, shower them with love and then place them in appropriate homes when they are ready. I am in awe of them and their good work. That is why I donate to them whenever I can.

I want to share this story with you. While I was on Face Book one night not long ago, I came across a distressing story of a cat who had been put into this high kill shelter in Fresno. I reached out to the Rescue on their FB page and asked if they could help save this kitty. Well, Paula was right on top of it, making inquiries with the shelter. She later learned from the shelter that this story was even more alarming then first realized. And that was: before being picked up by animal control, this cat had been tossed out onto the street by her owner, along with her four 3 week old kittens! So this became a rescue of not one life, but five. And for those who don’t know, mama cats and their kittens usually don’t make it out of this shelter alive unless rescue pulls them. So Paula posted a call for help in funding on the Rescue’s FB page, and for this little family – it was a happy ending. Their lives had once been ones of neglect and heartlessness, but now they were given a second chance for a better life. Now they will know loving homes with people who understand that pet adoption is a forever thing. Here are a couple of pictures that Paula had shared on the rescues FB page of mama and her babies. The first is when she first saw them at the shelter, and the second is when they were being taken away from that place to start a new life. Thank you Feral Paws Rescue!

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I truly believe Feral Paws rescue to be one of the most (if not THE most) amazing rescues I have ever been involved with. Located in the Central Valley of California, a place that has one of the highest rates of animal cruelty and feline euthanasia in the U.S., Paula Hunsaker and the Feral Paws team are doing what no other rescue team in Central California is doing: pulling as many cats from death row at CCSPCA and other high-kill animal "shelters" as they possibly can, properly vetting and socializing them, and then adopting them to loving families. As one of only two exclusively feline rescues in the Central Valley, Feral Paws is pioneering ground-breaking work in rehabilitating feral cats; a subsect of the feline population that most other shelters and rescues won't even touch with a ten foot pole. Feral Paws has implemented a brilliant program with her senior cats, called Seniors to Seniors, in which senior cats go to live and/or socialize regularly with senior citizens who are convalescing within retirement communities. The human and feline community here in Fresno is greatly benefiting from this innovative therapeutic activity. Many other brilliant ideas like this are just waiting to be implemented, but Feral Paws needs the financial support and public recognition in order to do so. I have my own personal experience with Paula Hunsaker and Feral Paws that I will never forget. Almost a year ago, I adopted a cat named Marble through Feral Paws rescue. He was a cat who had been starved and mutilated and then left to die at CCSPCA. Paula and her team saw him and rescued him from death row, where he had been lying in a cage in agonizing pain, untreated for his injuries, which were festering and infected. After having to amputate his tail, neuter him, and treat him for URI, Marble was deemed ready for adoption. After seeing him and learning of his past, I knew I had to bring him home and call him family. Within one week of adoption and stay within my home, Marble had developed another URI, accompanied by UTI and he was unable to pass stool. Terrified for his health, I called Paula and let her know what was going on with Marble. Even though Marble was no longer her responsibility, she immediately contacted her rescue vet and personally came with me to have Marble seen, X-rayed, and treated for a barage of health issues. Knowing my financial situation was dire (as I am a single mother and a student), Paula and Feral Paws rescue even covered all veterinary expenses, even though her rescue has meager financial support. Paula and the Feral Paws team went above and beyond what would be expected of any rescue and saved my sweet Marble's life, even though doing so was no longer their responsibility. Paula and Feral Paws rescue go beyond duty and obligation; they are a team truly passionate about and devoted to the health and well-being of their cats. These cats are family and Feral Paws continues to love them as such even after their being adopted. This is truly remarkable and rare. Once in a while you may hear stories of a dog rescue going above and beyond the call of duty (as there are SO many dog rescues around and such stories find more ease of circulation), but rescues that are devoted to cats are very rare and even moreso the ones devoted to feral cats and stories such as these don't often get to be told (or heard). If Feral Paws had the funding necessary for a larger facility and more vet costs, I know Paula and her devoted team would rescue every cat they could find! I wish there were more rescues like Feral Paws rescue- we desperately need them. Words cannot express how amazing I think they are, how loved these cats are, and how grateful I am that my Marble's life was saved by their love, devotion, and prompt action. I have included a picture of the life Feral Paws saved- my handsome, sweet, mellow, and loyal Marble :)

3

Donor

Rating: 5

Feral Paws does an amazing job with shelter and Feral cats concerning the rescue, adoption, and public awareness and education. They worked diligently to achieve a no kill status in local high kill shelters. They are a dedicated and caring group.

3 Nikki44

Client Served

Rating: 5

We saw a picture of this beautiful but obviously scared tortoise shell cat on Facebook from Feral Paws Rescue in October of 2014. My boyfriend's cat had to be put down due to fatal illness and I was looking for a cat. Wanted a senior, and Tillie fit the bill. I started communicating with Paula and went to get her the next weekend. I live in Newark, so it was a 5 hour round trip for me. Paula was SO nice and her charges are very well kept.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was desperate to find a good home for this cat that I had found abandoned and that someone could take care of it. I searched feverishly on the internet one evening searching for places to help me locate a new home for this sweet cat and I was lucky to have found Paula with Feral Paws Rescue and she emailed me right away with someone that wanted this sweet cat. I feel so grateful for Paula and her wanting to help me and it's been over a year now and I still visit this sweet cat at the home she's placed in.

3 Suzy8

Donor

Rating: 5

I have donated often to Paula and her Feral Paws Rescue because this rescue saves many senior cats from euthanasia and gives them a chance to enjoy their later years in a loving environment.

3 Kitty12

Donor

Rating: 5

Thank you Feral Paws for all you do! You save lives. You take the sick and make them well and find loving forever homes for them. I wish there were more people like you to help these sweet furbabies.

3 Lucy W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am truly not good with words but what I do say comes from the heart. Feral Paws Rescue Group is one of the finest rescues I have had the pleasure to be a part of. I have shared, rallied and pledged to help save the kitties from the horrifying kill shelter. I have had the pleasure of being an admin to the page and assist when I can. There is a great bond between us. We share the love of cats and that each of their lives matter. I have felt their pain and their joy. I watched as the new building was being constructed for all the rescue kitties to come to until they could be placed in their forever home. I've watched as they rushed kitties to the vet to receive excellent care to save their life. They have a wonderful vet! Though I'm miles away I can see from posts, pictures, comments and our conversations the love that is poured into this rescue. Rescuing is not a 9 to 5 job like the most of us go too. It's 24 hours a day filled with sweat, love and tears and dedication to save one of Gods creatures. They care for each one as if it were their own. I'm proud to be a supporter and friend of Feral Paws Rescue.

3 Phillip9

Donor

Rating: 5

Paula and Feral Paws are a god send for these kitties..Her love, dedication and endless energy have saved countless lives. I have the highest praise for her and all that she does . I have been a supporter of Feral Paws for over a year, and I have seen first hand the difference her and her rescue efforts have made.

3 Karen418

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Paula and her volunteers are truly rescue angels. Paula quit her long time work in law enforcement to rescue cats and kittens full time. She and her angels go into the worst high-kill shelters in central and southern California and pull as many as they can to save them from certain death. AND, while other rescues pull only the "best of the best" Feral Paws will pull ones that are so often overlooked -the older and senior kitties, the sick kitties, the not-so-perfectly beautiful kitties. And they find wonderful homes for them. A friend of mine adopted a 14 year old cat from Feral Paws and she's doing great!! Thanks to Paula and Feral Paws, precious Tillie the tortie can live out her senior years loved and happy and well cared for. And isn't that what true rescue is all about?

4 Flo J. W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is the rescue that gives hope to a high kill shelter that has only one rescue partner – Feral paws rescue. This is an awful shelter with extremely high intake; sometimes 80 or more cats today. Most of the staff are not animal people and infect make extremely arbitrary decisions about what cats will live and what cats will die. Feral paws is a ray of hope injected into this mess. I am strong deep friends with this rescue and do volunteer work for them even though I am on the East Coast. Because they give me optimism in the mess that is Southern California animal shelters.

5 Lupe G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first learned of Feral Paws Rescue in January 2012 when I was looking for another cat to add to my small family of cats I had at the time. I contacted them and asked what kitties they had and Paula told me about a beautiful long-haired Calico she had just rescued from a high-kill shelter in Southern California. She brought the cat over to me and I immediately fell in love with Caleigh. We had a wonderful visit and I learned more about her rescue. As I am actually partial to black cats I asked if there were any who needed rescue after she told me how the black cats are the last ones to find homes and often killed at the shelter(s). From that point forward I essentially became a rescue "partner" with FPR to save as many black cats as I could from the shelter(s)! Paula also introduced me to the most wonderful veterinarian who takes care of all her rescues and he has treated many of the ones she has saved on my behalf. Paula and I have become close friends over these 4-1/2 years and I personally know how devoted she is to saving the cats from high-kill shelter(s), even if they are far from "perfect", meaning that they are deemed feral, sick, have a physical disability, injured, or whatever...cats who would not be adoptable and subject to being euthanized. She works tirelessly to save and take care of all the cats at the rescue. She has spent many nights holding a sick or injured cat, caring for families (mother and kittens), taking them to the veterinarian whenever they need care, and driving hundreds of miles back and forth to high-kill shelters to save as many cats as her truck would hold....and then some. I also spent many hours volunteering to work at the adoption center for this rescue, and know how particular Paula is about having everything sanitized and the cats in a clean environment. I have never met anyone who is so devoted to saving and caring for cats and if anyone deserves recognition it is Feral Paws Rescue.

4

Donor

Rating: 5

I donated to Feral Paws Rescue a few times and was always happy to see all the lives of the innocent cats & kittens they saved. Plus the communication between Paula (as the owner) and myself as the donor was excellent.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I know have know the CEO, Paula Hunsaker and her endeavors in Feral Cat Rescue, for many years. She has never forsaken any cat in need and is always promoting the need for adoption of feral cats.

4 Kathy263

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a person involved in cat rescue, I came across this place and was quite impressed. They specialize in rescuing and caring for seniors. The place is set up like a house! Furniture, pillows, cushions...like a retirement home. All the cats looked happy and healthy. The other part of the house had other cats of different ages. All healthy and active...and then our hearts fell for a sweetie who wouldn't let us leave without her...Sugar. Paula cares about all of them and is a huge advocate. She works tirelessly and does it with confidence. This is a wonderful place. Cat paradise!