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.
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!
The Mc Chesneys took in 2 of my senior cats when I was unable to care for them properly due to personal issues at home . .. .from the start, I had a good feeling about them and that my cats would be well taken care of. They were; they lived out their lives at FCH. In gratitude, I also volunteered there. I have since moved to OR, but I would recommend FCH~highly!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fat Cat Haven is the most loving and caring place for cats. No cage and no kill. If they don't adopted, they spend the rest of their lives.
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.
My husband and I found a young (6 months old approx.) and she was pregnant. Chris took the kitty and made sure she was comfortable, clipped her claws and is now taking care of 5 more little kitties and Boots is spayed or will be soon, all because Chris and her husband have donated their lives and property to taking extra over above and beyond care of the cats that come their way. We don't know what we would've have done without For All Time Cat Haven. The thought of her going to the pound and put to sleep sickened us
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.
I am always very inpressed each visit at this wonderful NO KILL cat shelter but it goes beyond a cat shelter, this is a home for all cats of all ages, the senior to the kittens all find real love and concern for their needs. To visit each time is an adventure to see new and old friends, Chris and Hal are wonderful caregivers for these delightful creatures. We always get a laugh and a giggle out of the antics of the cats as they play or show off for us. As a NON+PROFIT it is very important to help where ever we can, every bit is a big help -------we do what we can but I will ask anyone reading this ------Please give too, whatever you can --to a REALLY GREAT and Loving home-- for cats needing a home...Thank you for your kindness....
Review from Guidestar
I have known Fat Cat HAven or should I say Heaven for a number of years. I first saw their donation jars in our small town and would drop my dollars in each time hoping to help the kitties. Then I read information posted regarding the FOREVER Home for all cats whatever their need. THis impressed me as it was a true home for the aged, the ill, the handicap, cats whose owner had passed and now were without not only their owner but also now their home. Finally one day I drove out to see this no kill shelter, to meet the people involved and feel in love with both Chris and Hal. I saw through their eyes their mission, the dedication and the complete love for each and every cat. At that time there were over 90 cats of all ages and stages of life but I was most impressed as Chris talked to each cat and called them by name as she shared each of their stories. The afternoon passed quickly and I knew this would be my FOREVER project and now many years later it is still with great respect and love for these 2 people I completely support this wonderful For Ever Home for cats.
This nonprofit is excellent and the cats are given the best medical care. Chris loves each and every cat and deeply cares about their total well being. I do cat rescue on a small scale so I know how difficult and costly it can be to take exceptional medical care of many cats. I am not able to take in small kittens. Chris was kind enough to take tiny kittens (who needed to be bottle fed) from me in the past. She is like magic with kittens - she is so wonderful with them! She has saved many a kitten from deaths door. Her total dedication to the cats under her care is unsurpassed. We are lucky to have For All Time Cat Haven on the northcoast of California!
My experience with Chis and Fat Cat Haven is from a slightly different perspective. After 15 years we were in a situation where we had to give up our beloved cat Brooke. There are not a lot of acceptable alternatives, but Fat Cat Haven was there for us and Brooke. While still extremely painful, we take great solace in knowing that Brooke will live out her days in a kind, caring and happy environment, and may even end up in another loving home. We really can't thank them enough.
I adopted a wonderful cat named Hope from this shelter about 2 years. She had been with them since she was a kitten. I got her when she turned nine. Her and I have since then bonded, Hope and I are almost inseparable, she even enjoys following me into the bathroom. She's a wonderful, friendly companion, who even though she's 11 years old, enjoys tossing around a catnip mouse. I couldn't thank Fat Cat haven for taking care of her until I could giver her a forever home. This shelter needs the help and donations in order to care for these wonderful companions until their forever homes can be found, or renewed.