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For The Love Of Cats Inc

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Cats

Mission: Our mission is to end the cruelty of pet overpopulation by saving the lives of abandoned cats and kittens and sterilizing the feral and stray cat population in the community.

Results: TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return) for Community (Feral) Cats TNR is one of For the Love of Cat’s key directives. The community issues of cat overpopulation cannot be achieved through the adoption process. It must be accomplished through sterilization of the existing community cat population. In addition to sterilizing, the cats are vaccinated and under the daily feeding and care of volunteer caregivers. For the Love of Cats works with Domestic Animal Services in Collier County to adhere to the TNR ordinance currently in place. To date, For the Love of Cats has TNR’d over 5000 cats. Caregivers feed over 100 cats in the community every day. Spay/Neuter for Cats of Low Income Families Our Low Income Spay/Neuter program pays for sterilization surgery for cats and kittens owned by families that would otherwise abandon them without this service. Our program is designed to help families keep their pets with the benefit of reducing abandonment and thereby also reducing the number of cats and kittens that add to the existing community cat population. Every year, we help over 75 cats and kittens to keep their home. Emergency Veterinary Services for Low Income Families Many low income families have pets that need urgent veterinary attention and would be forced to allow their pet to suffer or be euthanized without this program. Last year alone, we paid for 3 dental extractions, 3 knee surgeries, 2 cats with severe whole body infections, 1 cancerous eye removal, 1 crushed tail surgery and 2 broken leg surgeries. Each of these emergencies was over $1000 each. Seniors for Seniors Adoption Program Older cats languish in shelters for years and most do not get adopted or worse, they are euthanized to make room for younger animals. Senior citizens are often living alone and depression is a major concern. This program includes cats from all rescue groups in Collier county. Cats over 5 years old may be adopted by a senior citizen over the age of 55 at no cost to the adopter. The adoption fee along with a complete care kit for the cat is provided by For the Love of Cats. This program has been a very successful one with over 100 senior cats adopted since 2010.

Target demographics: save the lives of abandoned cats and kittens and help low income families to keep their pets.

Direct beneficiaries per year: save the lives of over 250 cats and kittens and helped over 60 families to keep their pets.

Geographic areas served: Marco Island and Collier County, FL

Programs: -TNR (trap, neuter, return) for feral cats -Spay/neuter of cats owned by families in need -Help 'em Keep 'em program pays for wellness and emergency care for cats of low income families -Seniors for Seniors program that pays the adoption fee and provides a complete care kit of food and supplies for cats over 5 years old adopted to seniors over 55 throughout Collier county

Community Stories

307 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

My beloved cat became sick and needed emergency surgery...For the Love of Cats stepped in and helped me save her. Without their help I would have had to put my baby down. They are angels!!

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Sumatrad Glad to help Chilupa! Wish we could have helped more! This is sure a case for getting your female cat is fixed under any circumstances. Pyometra can be a deadly infection.

Debbie S.13

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our cat Roamie was missing for 2 months and 3 days when I got a phone call from DAS. They told me a foster mom had a cat matching the description of Roamie. Within hours, I met two of the most amazing people, but unfortunately, it wasn't our cat. After hugs and tears on my part, I left with a heavy heart. 30 minutes later I received a call from Mr. Jim Rich with For the Love of Cats, Inc. He told me the foster mom reached out to him and told our story. Mr. Rich said he might have Roamie in a foster home on Marco! Unbelievable! The next morning we confirmed her chip number and once again within hours I came face to face with another amazing foster mom, who without a doubt saved her life. When Roamie was found, she was in really bad shape and because of this amazing, caring and effective network of people, she is in full recovery mode and finally home. My heart is so grateful to all involved. Thank you all again.

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Debbie Gallucci

Client Served

Rating: 5

We contacted Jim with two different situations the last one was a stray cat that needed medical attention that helped us get the care it needed with prompt attention we greatly appreciated it.

kellybelly

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization has helped us two times with cats in need that we find. Honestly they are truly caring folks and go out of their way to help. We appreciate all they do for the love of cats!

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Rating: 5

He helped my mother and I with a kitten that I found stranded in floodwaters in Lehigh. He was very helpful and showed genuine concern for the situation at hand. I am very grateful for his help!

Chrissy F.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

On 9/4/2019 a friend found a two week old kitten. I took the baby in and he was doing great until Sept 6th, 2019. He wasn't pooping. I tried all I knew and began you tubing and calling cat rescues. The last one I called Sunday evening was For the love of cats that came up on a search engine. Jim and his wife talked to me, gave me wonderful input and encouragement. Day four and the baby still isn't defecating and text For the love of cats and asked if they could take in the baby as I couldn't afford the vet bill. Jim from For the love of cats reached out to me and offered their organization will pay for the vet visit. I was so over joyed and called Dr. Van Rochel in Fort Myers Florida and took him right in. All went good and the baby kitten is doing much better. With out the emotional and financial support this baby was in serious trouble but the For the love of cats came through and we are so thankful for the kindness and caring. This is the type of rescues that deserve your donations. Other " rescues" didn't even want to talk to me or offer any type of help or information but For the love of cats was right there and both Jim and his wife gave me excellent advise. I've been doing rescue, rehab and re homing for 51 years but they taught me a few things. Thank you so much for your kindness, caring and wisdom. The baby is healthy, doing great and sleeping right now. His little belly feels a lot better thanks to the caring staff at Dr. Van Rochels.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

A very scared and weak black cat was hiding at my chiropractor’s office drinking from a ditch and we tried for days to get her. When i did she was in pretty terrible shape! I needed help and for the love of cats help us get her help. I am now fostering her while we search for a good home for this poor little girl. She looked so scary, turns out she is a total lap cat:) thanks for the heartfelt help!!!

Kellie S.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've known Jan and Jim for awhile. Their number 1 concern is the welfare of the cats making sure they go to loving families. They have always helped me when I needed advice. They were there when I found my cats after she was lost for a month. I would recommend anyone to them. Thanks Jan and Jim

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am currently fostering a sweet and loving 8 year old kitty that my son found emaciated and fading in our SWFL heat. She was near the end. We reached out to For the Love of Cats, and Jim and Jan quickly and compassionately organized full vet care for her, with their network of vet and vet-tech angels. Within 2 days, she was stabilized and able to come home with us. I am so thankful for and impressed with this organization and their dedication to each and every little cat that needs love and care. They are also going to assist in finding her a furever home. Thank you Jim & Jan, and Jan D!

Marjie P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Today I've lost the most wonderful special cat my baby bunny. I contacted the owners of For the Love of cats Jim and Jan we're both angels and they set up me to bring my cat who was much sicker than I realized to the vets where she was put down this morning after 16 long and beautiful years we shared together. Bunny gave me seven beautiful children of which I still have for babies 2 remember her by when I look in their eyes. Jim Rich had called and arranged for me to bring my beautiful baby to the vet at no charge which was shocking but shows me they really do love animals and as I call them and extension of ourselves. Enough good things cannot be said about this couple in Marco Island Florida they have been there before for me and yet again now the time where I am so sad I have and know that there are special people that God put on this Earth to watch over his children with four legs and a tail. Thank you very much both Jim and Jan you both are angels God bless you and the foundation.
Steve

Client Served

Rating: 5

I take care of several cats in the neighborhood, these people do more than I can even say, they went above and beyond to help me with a problem ordered medication drove out to my house explained everything to me these people care so much about cats, But their name says it all I hope people will donate to them because they truly are the best when no one else would help me they were there for me please help them to stay in business

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Sumatrad 08/15/2019

You had a unique situation with your cats Nick and we are glad to tackle the problem with you! Glad they are all doing well now!

1 Christine O.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is my second year volunteering for Jim and Jan in an effort to help them fulfill their mission of ending the cruelty of cat overpopulation through TNR. For the Love of Cats had a HUGE TNR project this year: 50 cats in 50 days, and many many more. Their TNR efforts are ongoing.......Jim and Jan are absolutely the best and truly care about every single cat. Apart from rescuing many kittens in the process, abandoned cats were taken off the streets. The last one rescued just recently was a 10 year old who now LOVES being an indoor cat. He was in bad shape with skin/fur issues and quite malnourished. Jim and Jan got him vetted and he turned out to be a great candidate for their Seniors for Seniors program. Absolutely love them and all they do for the cats in Collier County. For the Love of Cats truly makes a difference in the lives of so many cats !!!

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Sumatrad 04/28/2019

Thank you Christine! You are the one out on the street doing the hard work and we are so happy to help you with the costs and networking to get it done and save cats that could have a loving home. You are the best!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Jim and Jan, the owners of The organization, For the Love of Cats, are truly wonderful to adopt your forever kitty cats from. They care about each and every cat that’s in their care, waiting for the right owner to take home the purrfect kitten or cat. We found our two babies at their facility 18 months ago. The kittens have grown up to be very special members of our family. We love them!! Thanks Jan and Jim for everything you do to help so many! We’ve added some photos of the babies, all grown up. They are beautiful angels!!.

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Sumatrad 01/27/2019

A big hug and kiss for the the "kids" for us! Thank you so much for your wonderful review! We are so happy that they have a furrever home with you!

Rochelle F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My Jasmine was rescued a month after Huricane Irma in 2017. She had 3 tiny kittens; she was abandoned with them or about to give birth to them. My husband and I came by to see their operation and donate a bit because our fanatic cat loving neighbors talked us into it. We saw Jasmine and fell in love with her and this charity. The facility was spotless; a retired volunteer vet was there doing her weekly exams; there were volunteers tending to the kitties; the environment was calm and loving. Jim totally set us up for success with this shy, traumatized two year old cat. He gave us ALL the supplies we needed and counseled us as to what to expect. Over the first six months we got some support from the staff and now we have the most affectionate pet, one whose little family was saved from destruction. This is my story, I haven't even mentioned how their work with feral cats is allowing the survival of bird species on Marco Island. "For the Love of Cats" is also "For the Love of Ground Owls." Jasmine's surviving kittens are pictured here.

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Sumatrad 01/27/2019

Thank you so much for your wonderful review! It's interesting that in the 17 years that we have been caring for all the feral cats on Marco Island, that we have not had one problem with the endangered birds on the island. We have such wonderful volunteers that feed all the feral cats so they have no interest in bothering the birds on the island. Protection of the endangered birds of Marco Island is of upmost importance. We will do whatever is necessary to protect our precious environment and do the best for the feral cats as well.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This group is truly remarkable. When we found a 2 week old kitten on a road in Alabama, we didn't know what to do or have the money for her. She had many problems with fleas, broken tail, ear mites, viruses, infections, and more. This completely selfless and generous group took absolutely wonderful care of her. Thanks to them, this sweet girl went from 2 weeks to now being 2 years.

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Sumatrad 01/27/2019

We were so happy to help! Please give her a big hug and kiss from Uncle Jim and Aunt Jan!

Karen O.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can’t say enough about the help “for the love of cats” has given me. When we were leaving to go north for the holidays we could not find our cat. I thought for sure he somehow had gotten outside without us knowing. I left our neighbor the key and they continued looking for him. Once he was found I called “for the love of cats” and they could not have been more helpful. They found someone to come in and take care of my cat until I was able to fly back to Florida two weeks later. The cat sitter was very pleasant and called to let me know how my cat was doing daily.

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Sumatrad 11/27/2018

We were glad to help out Karen! Thanks so much for the wonderful review! Meowy Christmas!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Jim has a big heart for helping, He helped my friend and her cats.(Moon and Heart) Financially unstable she was forced to move to a homeless shelter and I offered her cats a place while she gets straightened . Jim kindly offered covering costs for the cats to receive veterinary care for a sprained leg and Spay/Neuter for the pair. For the Love of cats is a organization with a big heart. They help all cats they come across. Please help For The love of cats keep blessing cats all over Collier county. They’re doing a great cause for cats and families.

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Sumatrad 10/08/2018

We are happy to help. You are doing so much for your friend already! You are amazing! Kisses to Moon and Heart and we hope that your friend gets straight and the kitties have a loving furever home.

Lumiel7

Client Served

Rating: 5

They changed the lives of thousands of cats on several Florida Islands, after done with that, they went inland to continue their work. They use common sense animal care. I went to their agency years ago and they had people in rocking chairs holding/feeding newborn and/or recovering cats, an isolation area where workers held the animals in full gowns and gloves, other areas where cats could play and learn social skills.
This is a great agency that is making a huge difference in the lives of cats.

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Sumatrad 07/22/2018

Thank you so much for your wonderful review! We are so grateful for your support and kind words!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Visited and saw people in rocking chairs bottle feeding kittens, socializing areas with people playing with the animals, very clean and loving environment.
Their work with the cat community has been angelic as well as research based.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Jim helped my wife and daughter tremendously with a baby kitten they found abandoned in a flooded area. He showed great concern for the kitten and helped my family and we're very grateful.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had called many rescues regarding a stray kitten, and Jim's was one that stood out to me particularly. Even though he has many kittens himself in his care, Jim took time to help us with the situation and even drove all the way from Marco Island to meet us. He has been a blessing and has even given updates regarding the little one. Thank you so much Jim!!!

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Sumatrad 07/06/2018

We are happy to help! Your little rescue kitten is so cute! He will be adopted very soon. We will keep track of him and let you know! Thanks for saving him! You are the best!

Elizabeth Fulton F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Several years ago, when we discovered the feral cat we'd been feeding had kittens, FTLC taught us to be good foster parents to newborns and provided their medical care until they were old enough to adopt out (which FTLC also handled). Yesterday, we found a kitten and, once again, Jim and Jan to the rescue... Their assistance with the medical side of things (not to mention advice) will enable us to welcome this sweetie as the newest member of our family. (She becomes our sixth "rescue baby.") We're so grateful to this organization both for the wonderful work they continue to do, year after year, and for making it possible to do our own part in providing loving homes to these amazing creatures.

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Sumatrad 06/25/2018

Thank yo Elizabeth! We are happy to help! Thank you for rescuing this sweet baby!