I love to donate time and money to my local community animal shelters. I had recently moved to Northern California and was informed about the For All Time Fat Cat Haven. When I visited this nonprofit cat shelter, my heart was submerged with love and compassion for Hal & Chris's hard work with these special cats. I realized how important their mission was to care for all kitty special needs, medical disorders, and for those cats who would've never had the chance to thrive. I fell in love with their cats and for the tender-hearted owners. If you ever have the chance to visit, donate your time, cat food or any donation of any sort, I know your heart will melt as mine had. I'm so grateful for all those personalized animal shelters that give their own money, heart and soul to needy animals like this shelter has been doing for many years.
We do our best to give the cats in our care the best life possible and the healthiest life possible. This means lots of food, vet care, cleaning, and most important love. Some of the cats that come to us have had a pretty rough life prior to coming here. Just last year we rescued 4 cats that were going to be euthanized just because the various owners did not want them any longer. I don't know how people can do that! They are living life to the fullest here at F.A.T. Cat Haven.
All kitties are special and deserve a forever home with lots of love. Many are overlooked, unwanted, or discarded due to aging or special needs. We love these guys and give them a second chance with the care and love they need to live out their lives. We hope to make up for their past and let them know they are not something to be discarded. Each cat is wanted and loved regardless of age, health problems, or looks and we spend everyday letting them know that.
Chris is very caring and treats all of the cats in her sanctuary as her own babies. She provided follow-up videos of our rescued cats in their new for-ever home. Her home and property provides natural settings for individual cats' needs without cages. The environment is well maintained. Each cat is very well cared for and attended to.
Compassion, dedication and the willingness to open their hearts and make a home for cats that no one else would take. That was my experience when my good friend had a stroke and could no longer take care of her elderly cat Sammie. For All Time Cat Haven did not hesitate to take him in and give him a loving home. Sammie is enjoying his retirement and Chris and Hal make sure that I have pictures of Sammie and his buddies to share with his mom. It’s that extra effort that sets them apart from others.
My good friend Gail was worried about what would happen to her cat Sammie if anything ever happened to her. Sammie was about 11 years old, a beautiful Siamese with a great personality. Gail had rescued him about 2 years before when she found him living in a cat colony close to her home. She opened her home and her heart to him and the two were inseparable. So when she stated to think about how she could insure he would continue to have a good life if she was unable to care for him, she began to search for an answer. Call after call she found that because he was a mature boy, local shelters would not take him. So called, "cat rescue teams", would not consider taking him because, "older cats are harder to find homes for". She became frustrated with making arrangements for him until she found, For All Time Cat Haven. She drove to Northern California to visit the shelter and met with the director, Chris to discuss the care Sammie would have at the shelter. So an agreement was reached that if Gail were to pass away, Sammie would have a forever home at For All Time Cat Haven. In return, Gail would provide a gift to the haven in her trust. Then the unthinkable happened, Gail had a stroke and a few months later it was obvious that she would never live independently again. As her trustee, I kept Sammie at his home with a good neighbor looking in on him several times each day. Nine months later, it was time to find him a permanent home. It was then that I called Chris at FAT Cat Haven and told her about Gail. Immediately, she said, "we will take him". We made arrangements to meet in Albany, Oregon and Sammie was on his way to his new home. I was so grateful that Gail had made arrangements. Sammie is loved and is part of the family. He is a lucky boy to have had time with Gail and to now be a resident at For All Time Cat Haven.
I found 'For All Time Cat Haven' after an exhaustive search for a 'true' Cat sanctuary.
I had 5 older cats that I had rescued. They became pets. We were moving to a retirement community and could only take two cats. Even 'No Kill Shelters' would ultimately euthanize cats that were not desirable, ie. Older cats.
For All Time Cat Haven gladly took them, FOR ALL TIME! I toured the facility and saw all kinds of well cared for cats. They have their own shelters, beds and most of all the care and loving attention of Chris McChesney.
The end of life care continues with a Cat Cemetery/Memorial on premises.
I heartily recommend For All Time Cat Haven as a truly Great NonProfit.
Sincerely, Marilyn Porter
My husband & I found a kitten (who ended up pregnant) that we couldn’t keep. We were told For All Time Cat Haven would not kill this little kittie so we brought her there. We have never met people so dedicated to taking care of their animals! They have sacrificed their lives & property for the animals brought to this facility. If we were more financially set we would absolutely give lots more. They are generoues, kind, loving, caring & I can’t thank them enough for all they’ve done for the cats & kittens in our area. God bless this couple!
My husband and I had quite a few stray kittens/cats show up at our backdoor. We fed most of them until we noticed other neighbors were doing the same. A few ended up not strays but had big appetites & were treating the neighborhood as their smorgasbord. One day, though, small kitty showed up on the front porch with all her little kittens. We had a 16 year old cat that had no patience with these little ones so we had to find a place for them. FOR ALL TIME CAT HAVEN to the rescue! Thank God there is such a wonderful safe place for these animals. These people have given their lives to the care and protection of these furry friends. Wonderful grounds for the cats to wander, some inside, some outside just a beautiful place. I’ve referred lots of friends to CAT HAVEN since I found them and the’ve all been blown away. Can’t say how thankful I am for their service. Picture is 18 yr old, Princess Peanut
I met the McChesneys when I could no longer keep 2 elder cats at home (house was for sale and cats made messes) - - - I ended up volunteering there in gratitude and was impressed by the attitude and caring that I saw daily.......good people, Chris and Harold!
Had 2 older cats that needed a stable home as my marriage fell apart.........I volunteered there in gratitude, and am Impressed by the loving attitude of the McChesneys........they have big hearts!
There is NO place better to board a cat! The love, and attention my two cats receive is beyond all expectations. I have left my two cats for several EXTENDED periods of time, and have never had to worry a single minute! Chris is the most loving cat care taker you could EVER imagine. She takes such great care in the feeding, bedding, and every other need they might have. When I return from being away the cats seem so healthy, happy and NO apparent hurry to return home! I would HIGHLY recommend this wonderful "Kitty Hotel" to anyone in need of a NO WORRY, hassle-free, loving atmosphere for your cats temporary care. The level of care these cats receive is A+!
We do our very best to provide love and care for the cats and kittens in our care. There are many that we are trying to make up for the horrible lives they had prior to coming to us. Animals deserve a great life, not just when they are young and cute but forever.
This is such a worthy cause. Cats and kittens are discarded and thrown away like trash. It breaks my heart. What else could I do but try my best to save them, get them vet care, and all the love that they didn't get before. Try to make up for all the unhappiness that was in their past and let them know that they are so very much loved and special.
F.A.T Cat Haven is one of the very few actual "no kill" sanctuaries in California or any where else for that matter. They have recently rescued 3 cats from an Oregon Veterinary practice. The owners had asked that the cats be euthanized and Chris & Hal were called to see if they would consider adding them to the sanctuary and save their lives. The answer was YES. Awesome, 3 more lives saved.
The best cat care ever. They adopted my brothers 8 cats after he passed away 2 years ago. They are the kindest, most caring people ever. All of their cats are so well taken care of. They have a great outdoor Catio, super cozy sleeping quarters and are fed healthy nutritious food. But best of all they are loved!! Chris and Hal keep me updated about my brother's felines. I was so blessed to have found them. I think that it should be called Cat Heaven instead of Cat Haven!
My brother was a true cat lover. He had rescued nine cats. Most of his cats were physically disabled (crippled, deaf, 3 legged, etc.). He was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer a year ago and seemed to be more concerned about the future of his cats than his own health. We were so fortunate to have found this Cat Haven (Heaven). After having a tour of the facility and a wonderful talk with Chris and Hal, my brother knew that he had been blessed. I know that my brother is resting in peace today because Chris and Hal enabled his cats to continue their lives together with optimal care and love.
My friendship with Chris and Hal continues to grow. It is great to be periodically updated with photos and news about my brother's cats. I wish there were more people like Chris and Hal in this world!
This is a very special all time home for cats my wife and I have supported for many years. For All Time Cat Haven, is dedicated to giving love, food, medical care and shelter to cats who for one reason or another lost their for ever homes. Each visit to F.A.T. Cat Haven has given us joy to see cats receiving unconditional love and care. I only wish more could be done so all cats left on streets could have a loving caring home. Thank you for all you do and all the love you give. In turn we ail continue to help and support your CAT HAVEN.....Sincerely
To Chris and Hal I can only say ONE IN A MILLION-------in this case make it TWO in a MILLION..... Cats/Kittens who are lucky enough to have found this NO KILL SHELTER have found a loving, caring, exceptional shelter until they find their own FOREVER HOME. I cannot not say enough about how these people with true dedication give their time to each and every cat. No cat is missed getting love, attention and care everyday of every week. I enjoy my visits because I get the latest story or update by name of the cats ---along with a greeting from cats who understand there are humans who do care and care enough to make a difference. It is a pleasure to be a Donor to help keep this shelter able to give the best possible care to their cat family. Donations are appreciated and needed. Thank you to Chris and Hal for doing a great job even through difficullt times when dollars are short.......You both are GREAT PEOPLE....
I came across Fat Cat Haven on-line when a loving and extremely friendly neighborhood cat had suffered an injury that surely he would had died from. I spoke to Chris and she said to bring him as soon as possible. I gave a donation which I know did not even cover the cost of his surgery and neuter. After a few months of recovering the sweet cat was diagnosed with a disease which he probably acquired by being homeless for so long. He was also diagnosed with diabetes. Fat Cat Haven was such a blessing to this sweet boy. Chris and Hal lovingly gave him the best 10 months he probably ever had. When he passed away, he did so being kissed and hugged. Not alone in the bushes somewhere unknown to anyone. I am forever grateful to them. They have the biggest hearts for all feline friends. God Bless Fat Cat Haven.
Six months ago I took a neighborhood cat who had a large wound on his leg to Fat Cat Haven. Chris and Hal lovingly took him in and got him the vet care he needed. The wound healed, however the cat "Bugsey" has become ill from other causes. Chris has vowed to love and care for him until the end. The way they love all the cats is so amazing! They are angels to cats that have no home, love or options. Words can't say enough about Fat Cat Haven.
Chris and Hal are cat angels. My brother had 8 cats that he had adopted over the years---all with special needs. Mr. Sideways had been hit by a car breaking his pelvis and back legs. He was not expected to live. Under exceptional vet care and rehab by my brother, Mr. Sideways has thrived. Pearl was a 3 week old kitten when my brother took her in. She later developed cancer of the bone in a front leg. Again, she was not expected to live but again with exceptional vet care and support from my brother, Pearl is a 3-legged wonder cat. When my brother developed incurable lung cancer, the plight of these 8 well-loved rescue cats was of paramount importance to my brother, sister, and I. My sister was able to home one but I have 3 large indoor dogs and it would not have been safe for the remaining cats, each with their own troubles, to live with me. My brother was able to give a very healthy donation to FAT Cat Haven and the day after his death, Chris and Hal returned to my brother's home (they had visited earlier to meet and greet the cats) and we had an exciting cat round-up amidst many tears. Not only were these challenged cats, they also really only related to my brother. The care with which these beautiful cats were cared and gently introduced into the FAT Cat Haven family was truly remarkable. Perhaps the name for this nonprofit should be For All Time Cat HEAVEN!
Volunteering at F.A.T. Cat Haven is a lot of work but so very worth it. Of course the work gets interupted by the loving cats wanting to help out. Wish more people would spend time helping with some of the chores that are needed to be done to help keep this place so very nice for the kitties.
F.A.T. Cat Haven is truly a no-kill sanctuary. We have accepted healthy cats which had been taked to the vet for euthansia. They are now living out their lives here. We only consider euthanasia when nothing else can be done to help a cat live a pain free life. People who visit are amazed at how happy the cats are and how well they all get along. F.A.T. Cat Haven is operated from our home and our 4 acres. This insures that money received from donations goes to food, litter and vet bills. There is no rent, wages, or utilities taken from these donations. Since the cats are here at our home, they get a lot of daily attention and love. Our main reason for starting this sanctuary in 2001, was because there were so many cats being euthanized, abandoned and abused due to old age, illnesses or deformities. There needed to be somewhere for these cats to go, a place safe, secure, with love and attention. That's when For All Time Cat Haven came into existance. Tours and adoptions are given on an appointment basis. Our goal is to get each of these wonderful furry lives their own forever home. But until that day comes we will continue to give them the best of care and love while they are here at F.A.T. Cat Haven.
This is an exceptional nonprofit cat sanctuary which caught my attention over 12 years ago. I first visited FAT CAT HAVEN -----For All Time Cat Haven-----years ago. I was and still am so impressed with the love and care each cat receives from Hal and Chris. Every cat has a name, Chris can give you details regarding all the feline guests, each cat receives medical care and many hugs with love. As with many shelters/sanctuaries each day is a financial struggle. Fat Cat Haven operates on donations, which in our small rural area can be very hard to come by. All Donations received are so needed to keep this exceptional sanctuary a home for lovely creatures who for various reasons have lost their home. Chris and Hal have dedicated their time to give love and care to wonderful cats who now have a bed and food and are not on the streets. This is a very worthy endeavor which needs your help. Thank you from someone who personally has seen the love and attention given to each delightful cat guest at For All Time Cat Haven..............
Chris and Hal are great... Due to personal circumstances, my wife and I had to find a new home for our cat Toby, who had been with us for more than 12 years. As hard as this was, the warm, welcoming environment at For All Time Cat Haven, illustrated by the level of comfort and friendly behavior of ALL cats in their home, made this difficult step a bit easier. Chris and Hal welcomed Toby with open arms and lots of love - they are amazing.
Chris and Hal are two wonderful people who care for cats, young and old. You can tell that all the cats are loved. As a volunteer, I can say there is a lot of work to be done around there and Chris and Hal works very hard to keep up on the place and make it look nice and give all the cats loving's.
It is so amazing the time and efforts that Chris and her staff put into maintaining F.A.T. Haven! What dedication and love they have for all the cats they care for. They are all selfless people who care the way all of us should care for the wondreful animals that have been placed on the same planet that we inhabit.
This organization does extremely wonderful, and basically thankless, work. Chris and her entire staff are caring and hard-working. They make every dollar count and rescue as many cats as they possibly are able to provide for. If I won the lottery I would make a very large donation to them because I feel they would spend it on exactly what it was intended for, the animals. You hear so many bad things about charities these days, it's wonderful to know there are dedicated organizations doing their very best.