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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. Pet Food Bank Program Created at the beginning of the pandemic to help families in need keep their most important furry family members by providing cat and dog food through our partnership with Al's Pals, a local mobile food bank distributing throughout southern and eastern Collier County. As of May 2021, we have distributed over 40,000 lbs. of food to families in need.

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: 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 -Pet Food Pantry that supplies cat and dog food to local mobile food bank that distributes food to low income families with pets in need throughout southern and eastern Collier county. -Veterinary Medicine Scholarship Program with FGCU that sponsors a biology student with an interest in veterinary medicine.

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335 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Rating: 5

A Feral cat hid one of her kittens in the hood of my car. I drove to the car dealership for a scheduled appointment and the mechanic found the kitten unharmed hiding under my engine. I decided to adopt the kitten because my son & I fell in love with him so quickly. The rest of the litter was found and trapped. When it came time to get my kitten neutered, I needed financial assistance. I reached out to For the Love of cats in Marco Island and left a message. Jim Rich called me right back and said he was going to take care of the surgery for me and pay for the rabies shot too. I was so grateful! I could not believe the generosity! Jim was so nice and understanding. He arranged an appointment for me at the vet for the very next day. My kitten, Freeway, had the surgery and is healing well. Everything went smoothly. Thank you for everything you do for the community and especially your love for cats! I appreciate everything you do and will always remember how much you helped my family in a time of need! Thank you so much! To anyone that can help...please donate to this organization because they really do care and are doing great work for the cats and the community! Thank you!

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Sumatrad You were so wonderful for rescuing Freeway and also helping the rest of his family! Glad Freeway did well with his surgery. Happy to help! Give Freeway a hug for us! He is a very lucky kitty because of you!

1 Nina D.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We got this precious baby named MeoMeo “meow meow” from my sister in law and had her for one about a week when we noticed something was wrong she didn’t come out from hiding for almost three days and was behaving like something was wrong, dried up nose, and she went back in hiding. I contacted for the love of cats and asked for help in fear she would die and I just got her, I wouldn’t give up the fight for her and neither did the love of cats. They helped us when we financially couldn’t afford her vet bill or where to even take her. With in an hour we got a phone call to bring her to the vet and have her checked out immediately because her life could be in danger. Come to find out she had a 104 fever and a uti. They gave her an antibiotic that would last for 14 days, with in a couple hours we could tell she was starting to already feel a little better, For the love of cats continued to check in with our baby daily to make sure she was improving, they guided us to change her diet for the most nutrients, and ultimately they saved her life. We are forever grateful and owe our gratitude to the love of cats. Thank you for saving our baby. ✨

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Sumatrad 08/26/2021

So glad MeoMeo is doing better! We are happy to help! Hugs and purrs to MeoMeo and your family!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We found our kitty in a construction pipe when she was just a month or so old. We’ve never been cat people but this little one stole our heart. For The Love of Cats helped us in figuring out how to raise her and helped lead us in the direction on a good vet. We are beyond grateful this nonprofit! Debbie was a huge help and came to our rescue in a time of need.

1 Ashley B.17

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to volunteer with For the Love of Cats after my kitten unexpectedly passed. I personally met the founders of the organization as well and all of these individuals are some of the sweetest and most compassionate people i’ve ever met. Thank you For the Love of Cats :)

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Sumatrad 08/02/2021

Thank you Ashley! We are so very grateful to you for volunteering with us! You are helping us make a difference in the lives of cats and kittens in need every day! Thank you so much!

1 Sheila S.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can’t say enough positive about this organization. They have helped feral and homeless kittens/cats with feeding stations, medical care, finding homes for homeless kittens and spray/neuter/release to feral cats.
This little guy won my heart and thanks to For the Love of Cats, I was able to help him socialize and helped him find a FURever LOVING HOME with my cousin in Arizona. He is living his BEST LIFE and if it wasn’t For The Love of Cats he would not have survived.
THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO

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Sumatrad 07/07/2021

Thank you so much Sheila! You were such a great help to Debbie with the care and socializing of such a large group of kittens. Thanks again!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

JIm Rich took time out from his vacation to help us get needed medical care for a sweet senior cat on my street. FTLOC is the best! And little Rusty agrees wholeheartedly. Many many thanks!

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Sumatrad 07/07/2021

Thank you Linda for taking Rusty off the street and giving him a loving home! The photo of Rusty and your dog sleeping together on the couch is just precious!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Three years ago, I knew my 16 yr old cat was very sick; however, I had NO $$ at the time, had just gone on disability. I called my vet of ten years and asked if she'd be willing to check Zoe out (whom she'd seen many times) for a reduced fee or if I cud set up a pmt plan, and was shocked when she told me she was 'unable to do this for me'....So.
I found a list of all the animal rescue groups in SW Fl, 7 or 8, and went down the list calling and leaving msgs about my predicament. Well, guess what?? Only ONE person ever got back to me, and that was Jan and Jim of FLOC. They understood time was of the essence, and set me up with the animal hospital they work with, Harborside. I was informed that Zoe had stomach cancer, well advanced; putting her down was the only solution. They were very gracious with myself and my poor cat. Jan took care of the entire bill for me....It is hard to put into words how much this gesture of kindness eased my nonstop despair and worry; I was able to let my baby go knowing nothing more could have been done for her. I've never had to ask for $ help b4, and was SO humbly thankful, and she just said, "Happy to help, that's what we do!"
There are quite a few feral cats living in my area, and b4 and during the Zoe crisis I had taken to feeding two on a regular basis. It took me 2 years to get one old black tomcat to trust me. Jan and Jim are resolute believers in the Trap/Spay/Release mode of managing the large feral population in South Naples, lent me traps to catch my guys. Shortly after Zoe passed, BOTH my ferals showed up with broken legs within weeks of each other (pretty sure my gun-happy naybr shot em). Old Tom simply disappeared, and Jan let me take the other to the vet, where they found cancer riddling her body b4 setting the break. They never woke her up out of anaesthesia. Jan again rescuing the both of us.
I have kept in contact with her over the years, mostly with feline questions. The woman is the most knowledgeable person on the subject I've ever met, and I have had cats myself for sixty years!! Just recently, my 15 yr. 'replacement' cat Mao went completely blind in a matter of days, due to high blood pressure...I had never heard of this, but Jan jumped on me as soon as I mentioned her pupils had been large for coupla days...I was too late to save her eyesight, but she's on meds now to keep BP down.

This couple has been saving cats on Marco Island for many years (they built their OWN shelter off their home to foster animals when necessary, for pity sake!). They are truly extraordinary people--I'm so glad God put them in my life; I am--seriously-- eternally grateful for their selfless kindness and generosity.

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Sumatrad 05/16/2021

Thank you, Max, for such a wonderful review of us and our organization. You are right, we are 24/7 out there helping cats in need. Our plan is to be sure that For the Love of Cats is always there to help. Thanks again!

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Rating: 5

We're so happy that we reached out for help with our cat, Set! We found him crying in a bush and weren't sure what to do, but quickly fell in love with him and knew he'd be a perfect member of our family. For the love of cats helped us get him fixed and vaccinated and were so helpful with every step of the way! Their service is so incredibly valuable to our community. These people are truly doing amazing work!

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Sumatrad 04/30/2021

So happy to help you Tim! What a pretty boy your rescue kitty is! Thank you so much for giving him a loving home. Purrs!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was in a horrible auto accident and still recovering after three months. My cat (Smalls) that I had rescued when he was 2 weeks old was needing neutered. I called around to vet offices and I wasn't able to afford their prices. I had called a few low cost spay/neutered places, but never got a return call right away. I remembered the Love of Cats on Marco Island, which I had adopted a cat from them back in early 2000's. I called them to see if they could direct me to someone who does low cost neutering. Jim called me right away and told me they could help me with the cost. I was very much appreciative since I had not worked in three months. He called and set up the appointment for me too!! Awesome organization!! Thank You so much FOR THE LOVE OF CATS.

Sincerely,

Kelly

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Sumatrad 04/05/2021

We are happy to help you and your boy, Smalls. We wish you the very best of luck with your recovery. Smalls will be with you to help for sure!

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Rating: 5

THANK Y'ALL, you're such a Blessing ! Thank you Jim, Jan, and For The Love Of Cats for helping my kitty Scottie and myself. After I was released from the COVID ICU at NCH, recovery has been one day at a time; as I am unable to perform my full-time job. I am extremely grateful that For The Love Of Cats showed no hesitation in getting my Scottie GurL into see Dr. Peters at The Harborside Animal Clinic in Naples, FL. Dr. Peters and the entire staff were so kind, caring, and sincere in the care Scottie received. Even though I was embarrassed that I was unable to afford to get my kitty treatment; no one ever treated us any differently. I am extremely grateful that For The Love Of Cats and Harborside Animal Clinic were able to get Scottie, my buddy for the past sixteen years, feeling better the medicines seem to be working. She seems to be getting back to her sassy self. Thank you, and God Bless You ALL! Sincerely, Barb Stewart

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Sumatrad 04/02/2021

So glad to help you and Scottie. You both have been through so much this last year. Wonderful news that Scottie is doing better. Wishing you all the best!

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Rating: 5

I would like to thank Jim and Jan Rich with For The Love Of Cats on Marco Island, Florida from the bottom of my heart and soul. They gave me back my heart, my little Scottie girl. Scottie just turned fifteen in December 2019. She's a crazy kitty whom I adore. She runs from the bed, up to her five foot tall kitty tower, back down again, to the kitchen, all the while talking and sassing. She follows me all through our apartment, talking, meow, come on Mommy, MEOW.
I noticed her bowl didn't seem to be missing any food for a few days. Gave her fresh food with a few of her favorite treats. It was all still there in the morning. Scottie stopped eating, drinking, even from the bathroom faucet! Over the past six months she had lost several pounds but, was still eating. Now she's under the bed not even coming out to greet me at the front door. With nothing going in, nothing was coming out, the litter box was empty. Scottie has never been sick. She wakes me up at 3a.m. with gut wrenching cries like I had never heard before. I didn't know what to do.
She has been by my side through so pretty tough times, my best friend. I am a brain cancer survivor! Every year, since my surgery, I have to get a MRI to see if there are any changes. I work full time, I have health insurance, but have been struggling to pay my portion of the medical bills. I owe Moffitt Cancer Center quite a bit, that has to be paid before my 2020 MRI. So, I prayed. Remembered that a friend had done a video interview of this kitty rescue on Marco Island. Got the info, "For The Love Of Cats"! I sent them an email that evening. Giving Scottie water with a piece of sponge, she didn't care for that at all. Next morning I'm at work, got a missed call. It was Jim Rich! I called him, he said, Yes WE definitely need to get Scottie to the Vet. Can you drop her off in the morning at Harborside Animal Clinic and WE will take care of it. I couldn't hardly believe it, I had never met these people and they are going help me take care of my kitty.
Harborside was amazing too! they had already talked to Jim Rich. They took us back, Dr. Gorman and his nurse were the kindest, most gentle, and thorough. They ran all kinds of tests, gave Scottie fluids, observed her, loved her, and fixed her. I even called the doctor when we got home with more questions, Dr. Gorman said, I'm glad you called with your concerns. Scottie is eating, drinking, and the litter box has plenty of action! She's back to her sassy self, one day at a time.
Without For The Love Of Cats, I don't know if my Scottie would be nudging me to pet her, while I am trying to write my sincerest thanks to Jim and Jan Rich. May God Bless and Keep you, and "For The Love Of Cats". We are forever grateful.
Sincerely,
Barb and Scottie Stewart

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Sumatrad 01/23/2020

Thank you for such a wonderful review Barb! We were SO glad to help you and Scottie!! So happy she is feeling better!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Jim and Jan went above and beyond to help me with my two cats. They truly care about cats and work non-stop to make sure they are placed in the best home. I wish more rescue groups were like For The Love Of Cats!

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Sumatrad 02/28/2021

Glad to help! Thanks so much for posting for us! Hugs and Purrs!

2 Sundai W.

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Rating: 5

As a newly-married couple, pets weren’t in the initial plan....especially during a pandemic. But God had another plan, and a sweet, little, male cat showed up to our back door a few days before Christmas. As self-proclaimed “dog people” but a verified animal lover, I knew he needed to be neutered and vetted. In seeking information, I stumbled upon For the Love of Cats, which had been mentioned by a pet finding Facebook group I trusted. From my very first email, Jan at For the Love of Cats, made me feel confident and capable of becoming this sweet baby’s cat mom.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Jim Rich and the excellent people at “For the love of cats” are nothing short of incredible. When my cat Eddie had an eye rupture a month ago, I was both distraught and unsure of what to do. After being directed by a family friend to this organization, Jim immediately helped me. Not only was he more than concerned about Eddie, he assured me they would be able to help. They helped with financial assistance for medical care that I was unable to pay for and helped get Eddie back to his former playful and extremely cuddly self. I cannot recommend this organization enough to anyone looking to donate. Thank you Jim Rich and ‘For the love of cats’ for everything!

(Before his eye rupture, when it ruptured, and after it healed!)

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Sumatrad 12/30/2020

We are so glad to help get Eddie to a vet that could give him the care that he needed. Harborside Animal Clinic has an amazing group of experienced vets that really care about their patients. Give Eddie a hug for us!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

They are a wonderful organization. One of my cats Jamie was having mouth issues in which he had to have 12 teeth pulled. Unfortunately he is one of the small percentage that needs long care after surgery. Without their help I could have lost my cat who isnt just my baby but helps with my anxiety. I cant say enough about them and the organization. They are truly a blessing.

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Sumatrad 10/10/2020

We were so glad to be able to help Jamie with his terrible mouth infection. He was too young to suffer with this kind of pain and infection.

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We reached out for assistance when an outdoor stray that we have been feeding, Ferris, showed up injured and we needed guidance. When Ferris first showed up in our yard awhile back we initially thought he was feral. As time went on he became more trusting and we realized he was a stray cat. We continued to feed him but when he showed up injured we knew we had to take the next step to make him an indoor cat. We reached out to several groups and Jim was the only one to make an immediate response. He set things up with the vet to get Ferris care and testing so Ferris could make the transition to join our indoor kitties. We are so thankful to For the Love of Cats for their assistance. They are the Best!!

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Sumatrad 09/21/2020

We are so glad to be able to help! Hugs to Ferris and thank you for making him part of your furry family!

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Rating: 5

For The Love Of Cats are literally miracle workers and the nicest people I’ve met yet. They’ve helped ensure we can keep our kittens, and make sure they’re healthy and safe. Through all the stress during the pandemic, they helped take this worry off my mind and did it at a speed that I could never have dreamed of. All my cats have been recovering nicely, and I owe it all to Jim and Jan for being so kind. They settled all my worries, answered every question I had, and all while being extremely friendly.

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Sumatrad 07/25/2020

So glad to help Shyan!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so grateful to Jim, Jan and For The Love of Cats for helping me with Luna, a rescued kitten. Jim is a pleasure to work with and gets things done in no time. He made it possible to get medical care for Luna and covered the cost. Thank you For the Love of Cats for having such a big heart.
Sandra

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Rating: 5

For the Love of Cats so generously helped my family. When my father unexpectedly passed away very suddenly and left behind his three senior cats we were struggling for a place that would take them in and keep them together. For the Love of Cats not only accepted them but immediately found them a loving home that welcomed all three together. My family is endlessly grateful and they made the entire process easy during such a difficult time. I can’t say enough good things about them!

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Rating: 5

This foundation is truly exceptional! I've know Jim and Jan for many years. They helped me rescue an abandoned kitty a few years back and even paid for all his shots and neutering!

Then, today my older kitty has not been herself and when I called them asking for a good vet, not only did they give me a name of a good vet. They got me in right away! Because of tough times from corona, to top it off, they also paid for my vet visit and my senior wellness visit to boot!

I've never met such caring and compassionate people that "Love Our Cats" you guys bring tears to my eyes! Thank you Love Of Cats! For always being their for our kitties!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

There are no words to say how grateful I am to Jim and Jan Rich and for the love of cats Foundation for saving my baby Barney. They made it possible to get the medical attention he needed and now he is home safe with me. True angels.
Thank you

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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

1 Christine O.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I received a message from Clara who lives in the same neighborhood where For The Love of Cats TNR'd many cats last year (see my review below). Clara took in a young stray cat. She named her Chilindrina and when a mobile vet came by, Clara made sure the cat was vaccinated. She also wanted to get her spayed and was worried Chilindrina would go into head very soon. When Clara found out how much spay surgery costs, she realized it was not something she could afford right now. Plus, she didn't have transportation. Clara's neighbor gave her my number and after I contacted Jan, things happened very fast. Chilindrina was spayed the next day. Once again, For The Love of Cats stepped in to help!!! Thank you Jim and Jan for all you do for the cats and their families!!

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Sumatrad 03/27/2020

Thank you Christine! You were so wonderful to do the transport back and forth to the vet for Clara! We are a great team!

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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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I woke up one morning to a very skinny MaMa cat with 5 babies on the side of my house. I wasn't sure what to do so I called For the of Cats and Jim helped me right away. We set up traps and caught the mom and babies and was able to go see a Doctor to check the family .The mother was spayed and received all her shots and check up and she was brought back home with a huge bag of food and is doing Great. The babies were put up for adoption and also are doing great.Thank you so very much for all your help and the education that you provided for our neighborhood of 204 Families.Your the Best

2 jjakubus

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Rating: 5

Beloved Murphy had lost his guardian of 8 years to cancer. Jan and Jim facilitated Murphy's adoption for his grieving family by posting his story and their contact information online.

Their passion for cats and integrity was evident from our first conversation. I appreciated that they were so knowledgable and open to answering my questions. They also ensured I was a good fit for Murphy, which is crucial for successful adoption.

I've since adopted Murphy and he's been a wonderful addition to the family. He takes his responsibilities of being a guard cat, a welcoming committee for family/friends, and a remote-workforce office cat very seriously.

Thank you so much, Jan, Jim, and staff for all you do! We couldn't have been a more perfect match.

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Sumatrad 03/16/2020

We were so happy to help with this process and to get Murphy the purrect new home! Hugs to Mr. Murphy from us!

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Rating: 5

There are many nonprofits in Collier County but you would be hard-pressed to find one as devoted to their mission as For The Love Of Cats.
Jan and Jim go above and beyond to help and their love for cats shows in their dedication in all they do.
When my coworkers and I had managed to capture an emaciated and clearly struggling kitty and after
a disappointing conversation with another group, I turned to my neighbor, who suggested I reach out to Jan and Jim. Not only was my call returned almost immediately, they called me while they were on vacation. They quickly set up an appointment for a visit to Harborside and even checked up with me once they got back.
But that's not all. This kitty was very matted, had dirty engine oil in her fur, and had begun to pull her fur out. Jan and Jim came to to the rescue again and a team member, very lovingly and carefully, gave this kitty a "spa day" and shaved her and got her cleaned up. This wonderful team member even provided me with tips to keep her looking her kitty best.and then sent her home with a little blanket so she would keep warm.
I am forever indebted to Jan & Jim and their team. With their help, Chloe got another chance at life and is well on her way to being happy and healthy again.
Thank you again for all you do!!



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Sumatrad 03/16/2020

Little Chloe was so good while we shaved her mats and scrubbed the grease from her head. She was such a trooper! So glad she finally has a real loving home instead of being a "breeding machine". She is one lucky kitty thanks to you!

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Rating: 5

For The Love of Cats is an amazing organization. Jan and Rich recently helped with veterinary care and adoption advice for a six week old kitten. They were so positive, responsive and genuinely caring. I highly recommend this organization! Thank you Jan and Rich!

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Rating: 5

My cat Putter went missing from our home on Marco Island. I had hear about this wonderful organization from several people just a month ago. I called and left a message and within the hour Jim contacted me. He took all of the information on Putter to include a photo. He then gave me all the tips a person should do at home so Putter might find his way home. The word was out all over the Island and beyond. Putter found his way home soon after. For The Love of Cats is the most amazing organization. Bless all of you❤️

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Sumatrad 01/23/2020

We are so glad Putter is back home safe and sound! We were glad to help!

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Rating: 5

For The Love of Cats was fabulous! I recently adopted an adorable kitten to which I found out shortly after that I was very allergic to. I wanted to find her a loving home instead of bringing her to a shelter, FTLOC was so great for helping me find a home for Jelly!

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Sumatrad 12/23/2019

Hannah, so glad we could help you find a new home for Jelly after you adopted her from Domestic Animal Services. Thanks for posting a review for us! Purrs!

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Sumatrad 01/23/2020

We were glad to help with a courtesy listing and promoting her on our social media pages.

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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.

Sincerely,
Debbie Gallucci

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Sumatrad 01/23/2020

It really was an amazing set of circumstances that all came together for you and Roamie! So glad she is back home with you!

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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.

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Sumatrad 01/23/2020

We were so happy to help!

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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!

1 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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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!!!

1 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

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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.

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!

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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 08/12/2019

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.

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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.

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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!

1 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!!

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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.

1 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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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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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.

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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!

1 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!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Well I live in Niagara falls Ontario,so happens my rent was robbed,plus the rest of my funds were also I need help to get my "kids" out of the shelter cats I have no phone to show a video or pictures that was taken too,I need 140. To get my bandit and babet out please help me

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Sumatrad 06/21/2018

Please contact us directly at jan@fortheloveofcatsfl.com so we can help you. Thanks so much!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This wonderful charity was the ONLY one that stepped up to the plate to help me help a cat in the woods. She is wild (but loves people so was probably dropped off) and has been fed at a Naples apartment complex for years! There was a group of us scheduling feeding times to keep her fed and healthy. Being one of only two left to feed her (people move out) it was important to find others as I leave town for 6 months but still want her taken care of. They were able to get three people to volunteer to stop by using Social Media. Jan was concerned, thorough and responsive. I love that it didn’t cost this charity money - only time. Jan was quick to respond and follow-up so I could leave town knowing this sweet cat would not starve. So impressed with their love of cats and support of those that do! I am definitely donating to this charity as I have personally seen it in action with stunning results. Terri

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Sumatrad 05/15/2018

We were very happy to reach out for help for you and the kitty you are caring for Terri! TNR, feral and community cats are the core of our organization and our passion since 2002! Purrs of thanks for your wonderful review!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We had a cat spending time in our crawl space for about 1-1/2 years. Thinking it belonged to a neighbor we just allowed it to come and go. ThisFebruary we had to seal up the openings to the crawl space after having a slight termite problem and contracting with a company who I dusted on this. The cat was frantically trying to get in again and as a result we discovered she was feral with a notched ear. We put in a kitty door and began feeding her. She became very friendly and spent more and more time outside with us. Unfortunately we have an intolerant dog, a parrot and allergies so when she tried to come into the house we couldn’t allow her to. We are seasonal residents so I found Fir the Love of Cats andcalled Jim. He responded immediately and came to check her out. We were willing to allow her to remain with the hope that he could arrange to have someone feed her til we returned. He met her and said he would try bringing her in to see if she would acclimate to being an indoor cat. It has now been about a week and she is doing great. I have visited her a few times and have been assured by Jan and Josh that she is very sweet and very adoptable. This is a wonderful organization and although it breaks my heart to not be able to keep her, I know we did the right thing and am hopeful that she will find a good home with some very lucky person.

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Sumatrad 05/15/2018

Your little "Tameran" is such a love! She is gentle, sweet and easy going. We are excited to find her the purrfect new home! Thanks for taking such good care of her!

1 Kerry W.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I live in the Golden Gate Estates in Naples and my family has an outside cat we’ve been feeding and doing our best to take care of for sometime now. We noticed recenty his fleas had become very bad and he likely had some other medical issues as he hasn’t been seen be a Vet in at least 5 years. After contact For the Love of Cats, I wasn’t sure what to expect. To mine and my family’s great surprise, we received a swift reply and by the next day I was making arrangements with Jim to have our friend looked at by a doctor. Jim kept in contact with me all the way through the doctor visit and followed up at the end to be sure our friend was well. We’re grateful to Jim and Jan and For the Love of Cats and wish them many more years helping cats in Southwest Florida.

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Sumatrad 05/08/2018

Thank you so much for your wonderful review! We were glad to help and happy that your outside kitty is doing better now!

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Rating: 5

I cannot thank the organization enough. They helped me with my cat Sam who is an
orange and white tabby. I found him as a stray and he became part of my family. I noticed that he was having some type of eye problems. They allowed him to go to a vet and
and helped me with the bill. I do not know the results yet because they had to draw blood work . They are a wonderful place that helps people with stray cat bills and I wish I had
extra funds to help them. Please donate for other strays because every cat is important to the family. My 11 year old daughter is very attached to him. Thank You Again thank you for
help. I really appreciated it.

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Sumatrad 04/26/2018

We are happy to help Sam! We are working with the veterinarian for his continued care. You are so wonderful to post a review- thank you!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It was a real pleasure working with Love of Cats. We are very happy with Stormie, our new addition to our family. Love of Cats did a wonderful job advising us about her habits so we could do a good job in preparing Stormie for her new environment. Our adoption process was very easy. We highly recommend Love of Cats to anyone looking to adopt a healthy loving cat to there family of pets.
Carol & Dennis

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Donor

Rating: 5

We have known Jim and Jan Rich for years and preach to anyone that will listen about all the good they do and have done for thousands of cats.Before their intervention 15 years ago there was a bounty on the head of every lost and abandoned cat on this Marco Island. The poor animals that are not able to speak for themselves now have a voice where as they were murdered before the Rich's changed all that. We have contributed to a great many animal rescue organizations over the years and so many feed their faces and fill their pockets first and care for the animals last. You know that every cent that you donate to Jim and Jan goes directly to the animals. They are extemelly knowledgeable about what they are doing and so dedicated to a cause that needs all our help. If you care about animals and want to make a difference here is the place to do that. Our goal needs to be to support such kind and dedicated people as these two dear people are.
Sincerely
Sue and Paul St.Hilaire

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Rating: 5

We are very impressed with the work Jan and Jim have done with their rescue efforts. They are totally dedicated to the rescue and care of cats and we are inspired by their work. They have made an incredible impact on their area and we are happy to help them in any way we can. I encourage everyone I know to help them. Sue and Paul St.Hilaire

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank you Jan and Rich for the awesome work you and your staff does everyday to save the lives of the beautiful cats and kittens that are helpless. You are giving them a chance for a loving, wonderful life. We need more people like yourselves in this world.

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Thank you Jim and Jan for your wonderful, dedicated work to save these lovely animals. Sasha is doing great, she is a great addition to my house.

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Our family has been blessed two purr-fect additions thanks to For the Love of Cats. The excellent follow-up care for one cat born without eyelids has ensured he has a full, healthy life. Their facility is spotless. Jan and Jim are wholly dedicated to ensuring the ongoing success of their feed/catch/neuter/adopt program that has saved countless kittens/feral cats. In addition, they have matched numerous older cats with senior citizens - a dual blessing.

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Jan and Jim devote their time, money and love to feed, spay/neuter and adopting out feral and abandoned cats and kittens. Their selfless kindness has saved the lives of our feline friends and brought into countless homes the untold joy and companionship of a pet. Please join me in further supporting For the Love of Cats by shopping on Amazon's Smile program that donates a portion of our purchases to our favorite non-profit. Visit https://smile.amazon.com.

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For the Love of Cats is a local (Marco Island, Fl) no kill rescue. Watching them for years, Jan and husband Rich are always on the move, not just participating in their nonprofit but team-working with agencies throughout the county. You can find them on weekends at one of the local pet shops with the most precious kittens. Was so impressed with how much they do and are, donate monthly knowing they are working in the best interest of kitties. In addition, they are involved with the daily feeding of local feral cats. Their job is huge...

Donor

Rating: 5

Jan, Jim, and all the team at For the Love of Cats do so much for cats and kittens in our community, and they also extend themselves to help care for displaced animals in our area as a result of Hurricane Irma. I was happy to help even in a very small way by contributing some food that they collected and distributed to needy pets in our area. Great work by great people!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I found For The Love of Cats 4 years ago. They truly care for the little beauties and the people that would like to adopt. They also do a great job with placing senior cats with seniors. This foundation and all the volunteers are wonderful.

Connie M.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Top notch, spotlessly clean, fantastic rescue group! A model for others to follow. Superb people, cats couldn't be in better hands! Highly recommend !!

Client Served

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I have adopted two cats (which I still have) with the help of For the Love of Cats. I got the first one from the shelter on Marco Island, which is a lovely facility. The staff were helpful and friendly but thorough in reviewing my ability to love and care for the kitten. I adopted a second one four years later from Naples Humane Society on the advice of the For the Love of Cats since they didn't have the orange cat I was looking for at the time. Even though I didn't adopt one from their shelter, they owners called around to find the kitten I wanted and then referred me to the humane society. They are very helpful and friendly people and the shelter is immaculate and well run. I recommend it highly.

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Rating: 5

For the Love of Cats is one of THE BEST nonprofits for cats. I don't know anyone more caring and concerned about cats as this organization. I got my 2 cats from them almost 8 years ago. The Love of Cats does a lot for the welfare of all cats. I am so grateful they do what they do.

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Rating: 5

For the Love of Cats is an excellent organization for the welfare of cats. It is run by 2 extremely dedicated people who are truly concerned about cats. Their volunteers are also dedicated people who do a lot to make For the Love of Cats so special. I have adopted 2 cats from LOC and I'm so grateful for them. Jim and Jan are my go to people when I have a question about my cats, or their food. They always are there to listen and help.

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Jan and Jim give there whole life to kitty's I was a volunteer there and loved every minute of it. They are selfless in there pursuit of saving every kitty on and off the island.
When I die and come back as a cat I want to be owned by them they are remarkable love them and there volunteers.

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I think it's a great bunch of people I loved volunteering and I can't think of a better place for kitties

Client Served

Rating: 5

We first met For the Love of Cats almost three years ago, shortly after losing our first cat at 19.
They had set up a tent at a local event to educate people about Cats in our area.
For the Love of Cats does great work finding homes for unwanted cats & kittens, taking care/saving strays, and bringing awareness to the plight of these beautiful creatures.
We ended up adopting two brothers, and they have made our life so much brighter and fun.
We continue to support For the Love of Cats so they can continue saving these precious animals, and making families as happy as ours.

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Rating: 5

Our family could not rave enough about Jim, Jan and all the volunteers at For The Love Of Cats! I had heard about FTLOC through a relative and when we decided to adopt a kitty into our family, we contacted them first. I wanted to support an organization whose goal is to help shelter and find homes for stray cats. From the first call to final "take home" visit, everyone was helpful, kind, knowledgeable, patient, and caring! Their dedication is truly commendable. They never denied us a visit to see our newly adopted kittens (yes, we ended up getting three!) and they always had time for questions! More importantly, our kittens were happy, healthy and friendly when we brought them home, they never shy from guests! If you are considering donating to a non-profit, this is one you can be honored to support. If you are looking for a warm, loving, furry feline, look no further! For The Love Of Cats, Inc. is the BEST place to go!

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Our family is extremely thankful to Jim, Jan and all the volunteers of For The Love of Cats for saving and raising our three little kittens. After losing our family cat of 17 years, we knew we had to fill our home with more love. We first "met" our new kittens on the For the Love of Cats webcam and could see the amount of dedication and care that everyone at the organization gave to each cat. After meeting them several times, we were utterly impressed by the abundance of knowledge and expertise that they had and were willing to share. We never felt as though we were intruding on them when we wanted to visit and they always made us feel very welcome and comfortable. They responded to every phone call and e-mail promptly and with such enthusiasm. We now have three happy, healthy, and friendly kittens that love to be held and played with. We would highly, highly recommend adopting from For The Love of Cats!
The Holmes Family,
Naples, Florida

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Sumatrad 03/25/2016

Thank you for such a wonderful review! You have your hands full with those 3 fur babies for sure! We look forward to seeing photos as they grow into adults. Give them a hug and kiss for us!

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This organization has the most caring and capable group of individuals. They are highly integrated into the community and are able to rescue cats that would not likely have a chance to be saved. For the Love of Cats is an integral rescue mission in Naples and Marco Island, and many kitties are happily relaxing in safe homes because of them. Support them if you can!