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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: The Head Butt Hotel is a 501c3 No-Kill nonprofit charity, dedicated to providing rehabilitation and residency; where each animal is treated as if they were our only pet. We are proud to be South Carolina's premier Protect the Pets rescue organization, mandating responsible vaccination protocols. Our only objective is to ensure the optimal health and wellness of our residents, to guarantee they live out their best lives ever, and to educate others to do the same.

Community Stories

50 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

A really wonderful rescue with a home facility with lots of love and attention to each cat as if they were a personal companion animal.

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Donor

Rating: 5

What a lovely and compassionate kitty rescue !! Just the best ever.....All kitties are so well cared for mentally, physically and medically....the absolute care ever !!! I love to visit all of them. Benji is a favorite, he's afraid of the other, and just needs his furever person.

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Donor

Rating: 5

After loosing my oldest cat to cancer from vaccines over the years, I did not feel it necessary to vaccinate my indoor only cats yearly for rabies , as this is not a virus I could bring home by touching a grocery cart. The county forced me to comply and vaccinate them on a yearly schedule. Upon seeing my distress Christine Zois out of the goodness of her heart and her personal expense ordered and had shipped to me medication to prevent any harmful effects from the vaccines. Christine has more information and research on this subject than anyone I have found to date. And for her to help me out of the goodness of her heart and genuine concern for my cats means so much . Christine Zois and the Head Butt Hotel are the best!.

Erec S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was trying to save this poor Kitty off death row, it was around 2 am and I had to find a rescue to pull her for me. The clock was ticking and I only had a few hours left to find a rescue to send in a stop do not euth request, none of the ones I messaged had responded, a friend of mine knew Christine, she messaged her and explained the urgency of the situation, Christine saved my crybaby's life in the nick of time. Crybaby is so sweet and loving, and if not for Christine of the Head Butt Hotel she would not be alive today.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Head Butt Hotel is amazing. Thank you for helping my Max!

jesse210

Client Served

Rating: 5

We had a very loving cat for 18 years and she passed away leaving a big hole in our hearts. About a few months after her passing, we decided to adopt in honor of our girl Bianca. I found The Head Butt Hotel online and reached out to Christine. She was very coampassionate towards us, but also very passsionate about her cats and rightfully so! I was very impressed in that she wanted our information so she could do a background check on us. While I was at the facility, I couldn't help notice how spotless and amazingly fresh the cats housing appeared. It was quite a luxury cat palace. Not to meniton, the care the cats received was pretty amazing. The more I learned, the more I realized I didn't know about cats.
Chris educated me and my wife. We thought we knew a lot, but there's always something to learn. Never think you know enuf to get by, because that is not the route to take when you're dealing with livng gorgeous creatures like cats. We all must enlighten ourselves. End of rant! lol When we finally got the seal of approval, we couldn't be happier to give Tesla a loving home! We appreciate you so much Christine and all the best to u and The Head Butt Hotel.

1 Diane S.6

Donor

Rating: 5

I was lucky to meet Christine at a time when I needed her most.
The education she gave me will help me keep future my kitties healthy.
We visited Head Butt Hotel (LOVE the name!) and we were completely amazed.
Every Cat had a story--with it's own special needs, food, and medication.
How Christine and Larry keep up with each fur baby is incredible!
Just the medications alone and the time it takes to administer them--I just do not know how they do it. I do know they could use some help! Any help would be great. Medications, special diets, and Vet bills are extremely expensive. I started a simple monthly donation and my hope is that others would consider doing the same.
Head Butt Hotel is a spotless place filled with beautiful well cared kitties and LOTS of love!

1 kayakchic

Donor

Rating: 5

I've had the pleasure to watch this rescue group flourish from humble beginnings. The cats that come under their care are truly treated like royalty. Quality foods, daily medicines and treatments, lots of exercise, cat walks & perches AND custom catio!
And when Aunt Phyllis comes to visit, we wait nearby for our turn for a great massage!
Suggestion: rename Head Butt Palace

1 Sam W.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I wanted to adopt a cat and I had heard about Christine Zois at the Head Butt Hotel. I spoke to her and informed of her my lifestyle and the home in which I lived, which helped us both pick out the right cat for me. I wound up adopting not one, but two kitties. They were so bonded I couldn't take just the one. Christine assured me that if they didn't work out she would take them back, but there was no way I could even think about that. From the moment I saw them, I knew that they would be perfect! They are my babies and I'm so thrilled to have them! Since that time, I have recommended The Head Butt Hotel to my friends and acquaintances. Chris not only runs a cat sanctuary, but this facility goes above and beyond for the care of each animal. Thanks Christine and all those that support this great facility!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Raymond rescued when he had the courage to run and escaped from the pig farm slaughter house. He befriended Kathy Mcool when she was visiting a friend and she thankfully scooped him up, putting him in her car, and saving his life at 2 months old. It's taken quite some time for Kathy to find him a forever home where can run, hop, spin around, and play with friends. He is now almost one year old and thank you for helping to connect the dots, for Raymond who has joined us at Pearls Preserve, his forever home and sanctuary, where he will live happily ever after !
On behalf of Raymond, Kathy Mcool and Lexie Layla Lovelace, Pearls Preserve

1 R Marie R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I found a few abandoned kittens and had no place to go with them and a good friend of mine knew Christine at the Head Butt Hotel. I reached out to her and without a second thought, she asked me to bring them to her. From the moment I brought them in, Christine handled them with tender loving care,. She made sure they were fed and their bellies full. She kept them warm and took them to the vet the next morning. They received the best of care! If not for Christine, I don't think these kittens would have made it. I am so indebted to her for her selfless actions and am very happy to leave this review for her and The Head Butt Hotel.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My name is Margaret and I had some blankets, sheets and towels to donate to rescues in need...I went to deliver to the Headbutt Hotel, Christine and Larry. I was delighted to see the wonderful, clean and total cat accomodations! That alone told me alot about Christine Zois and her operation.

Cats are completely cared for, medically and physically but also mentally with cat super highways and perches up high! Cats freely approach newcomers for petting sessions and love, providing their emotional needs too.

I respect Christine greatly, appreciating all of her efforts to provide for these rescued babies, rehoming to loving homes when possible. A huge thanks to Christine, Larry and the Headbutt Hotel for all that you do!

1 Teddy W.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have known Christine Zois for nearly 20 years and all through those years I have never met a person more dedicated to anything that they do. Christine is the type of individual to jump in not with just her feet but with her entire body and soul. When I first learned of the Head Butt Hotel, I was completely floored at not only the from the exterior beauty of this particular facility but the extraordinary care every single cat receives. Chris possesses a wealth of knowledge and understanding which is crucial for a cat’s recovery, health and well-being. She focuses on each and every cat until their needs and medical needs are met. She strives to see that every cat is healthy, vibrant and can thrive with a loving family once again. I have witnessed her incredible spirit and perseverance to give aid to any cat that has come her way. I am truly honored to know Christine and will continue to support her efforts any way I am able.

1 Charlene Schimelfenig C.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Thank you Head Butt Hotel for all your hard work in getting our Felines to safety, treated and into new homes! CFA BAP-BRP

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Feline Canine Fellowship Coalition has been very important and valuable to our group's rescue program, CFA BAP-BRP in getting homeless pedigree cats and kittens vetted and into great new homes. They screen all adopters, make sure all felines are fully vetted as the cats embark on their new life journey into to a new home! We love the hands on care and follow up each cat is given, feline information and counsel new owners have access too thru them! They will go to any length to save a cat in harms way! I can't say enough wonderful things about this organization! You and staff are dedicated to every pet you take in! Thank you Feline Canine Fellowship Coalition! CCC, CFA BAP-BRP National Coordinator

1 Lynne Booher W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The minute my husband and I saw Mango and Maple in a PetSmart in Charlotte, NC, we fell in love! We were only looking for 1 cat to add to our family, but when we learned they were brothers, we had to adopt them both. I called Jo Ann from your organization, she set up a meeting with their foster parents Lynn & Dan. It was obvious to us that both cats were very well adjusted and very well cared for. We could tell that they were loved in their foster home. They were so helpful and answered any questions we had. They were very thorough and wanted to make sure that both cats went to a good home. Jo Ann, Lynn, and Dan set up a home visit and the next day our boys came home. They are now named Rufus and Wyatt, and they have made our family complete. They are doing SO well and get along great with our other two rescue kitties! THANK YOU for rescuing these wonderful boys and for completing our family!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had been looking online for a young rescue Maine Coon cat for over a year, when Raven 's picture and description appeared. I fell in love, and promptly filled out the application form. Shortly afterward, the woman still listed among my phone Contacts as "JoAnn Cat Adoption" called me. She took great care to make sure that I was a responsible pet owner and also provided me with great advice on the best foods for a young kitty. I drove two hours to pick up Raven and I was met precisely on time. Her rescuer had done a wonderful job of preparing her for a healthy and fulfilling life in a new home. Raven and I bonded almost immediately and she has been a source of great joy--and entertainment--in my life. JoAnn followed up a few weeks after I brought Raven home and we have stayed in touch every few months to share reports of Raven's complete reign over my home. I deeply appreciate JoAnn's ongoing interest in what has to be just one of dozens if not hundreds of cat adoptions over the years. RA Simon, Winston-Salem, NC

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a retired cat rescuer in NYC. In Oct 2017, i was forced to try to rehome most of my cats, due to failing health & financial inability to care for them.
All my rescued cats are 9-10 y.o., from high kill shelters. Despite being shared 1000's of times, nobody was anxious to give them new homes.
Christine Zois, rescuer/founder of Head Butt Hotel cat rescue, reached out to me a mo. ago, offering to take a whole family to Myrtle Beach, despite knowing their ages would mean they'd need extensive dental work + other vet care. She organized & paid for their transport w/o asking me for any $$. 4 of my babies are w/her for past 2 weeks & were already seen by her vet. Again, Christine Zois didn't ask me to donate towards the bill.
They all need dental work!
All 4 cats are serene & so am I, knowing that she'll treat them as if they had always been hers.
This is unusual. I am deeply indebted to her for her kindness towards: Shaun, Shane, Shayla and Pinky.
I can never repay this rescue angel for what she did for a fellow old rescuer (me). Bless her big loving heart.
No words can express my gratitude & relief. Am posting their pics & hope donations for my Cats dental work will be coming her way. Thanks for reading my story^ for your empathy - Katia Sidonie Equale

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Client Served

Rating: 5

In October 2012, my life changed when, with the help of Christine Zois (our angel), my furbabies Cuddles & Zoey were rescued from a kill shelter. They have brought such joy, amidst the little challenges (like scratching furniture), life with them has been amazing! They're always here to comfort me at the end of my very stressful days, offering purrs and kisses to this weary heart. My boy Cuddles comes running if he hears me cry in pain from hitting my foot or any physical discomfort in the house, and my girl Zoey is a little love bug who doesn't hesitate to jump in bed or the sofa with me, loading me with kisses, whenever she sees the opportunity. I am blessed to have them, and very happy that I didn't leave one at the shelter, but rescued both, as they're great company to each other, a blessing to me, and I rest in the comfort of knowing we saved two lives. Christine's efforts to get them out of that shelter and transported up to me are forever recognized, and appreciated... the care with which she took, the timeliness, the frequent updates til they were transported, and the follow up afterward. I count my blessings every day to have them here with me, happy and healthy!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We rescued some adorable Persian cats from a dreadful neighbor who does not spay/neuter or provide proper food vet care. Head Butt Hotel provided for forever homes for these loving cats. So responsive, so organized and so obviously dedicated to their mission of saving these prescious companions. Can't say enough about these great and dedicated friends if the neglected and forgotten. Bless your work!

2 Tanya K.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I truly love this organization. Clean, organized and loving place for the rescued felines. I am amazed by the detail of care they have for their fur babies. It was a blessing to experience so much love!

2 hmauterhale

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve had the honor of partnering with Christine and her team on several rescues from the Tampa Bay Area and she is amazing! The professionalism in which her rescue is operated is top-notch. The lives she saves are always her number one priority. I look forward to working with this rescue on many more projects �

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Christine rescued these beautiful kittens from a high kill shelter. They were placed in a closed box and deposited in the drop box. She spent her own money to nurse them back to health and made sure they were going to be ok. I found them on a rescue site and wanted to adopt. She did a detailed background check before allowing us to adopt them. Linus and Lucy are the sweetest pets and we are so lucky to have them. Christine has a huge heart and gives the cats in her care the best life!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

There are not enough stars to validate the dedication demonstrated by Head Butt Hotel to the most fortunate and much loved residents. Christine and Larry do more than share a home with these cats, they share their lives. With 25 residents, many of whom require medication or have special needs, there’s always something that needs attention. I appreciate Christine sharing her time and knowledge with me. And did I mention how marvelously clean and groomed the cats and their home were? Twenty-five cats and the home is spotless! I had such a great time meeting kitties I’d “liked” on their Facebook page and playing with them.
Lastly, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Bootsie. I went to see the Persians but left my heart with Bootsie, a precious young lady who sooooo wants a home of her own. Christine says Bootsie is so sad that she no longer runs to greet visitors when the door bell rings. While that may well be true, it only takes her about 10 seconds to greet you with a head butt and 1000 horse power purr. Thank you, Head Butt Hotel for saving these cats for few of them would be alive without you.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I reached out to FCFC after following their incredible success saving the eyes of 2 kittens with horrible ulcers using a combination of veterinary medicine, holistic medicine and love. My daughter’s cat was suffering from rodent ulcers and after several trips to the vet the problem still persisted. Christine sent me an article on treating the ulcers using Zyrtec. After 6 weeks the ulcers have completely resolved without the further use of steroids, antibiotics or other expensive approaches. The best news is the cat is back to happy and healthy. Thank you.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our kitten from JoAnn Foster back in March of this year. My son renamed Chance to Pic-a-Chu and has fallen absolutely in love with him! He is the most loving and affectionate cat I have ever had. Our experience with JoAnn was very pleasant and she went out of her way to make the adoption process effortless. Would highly recommend anyone considering adopting a cat to use her.

Sherri C.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I had just recently lost our sweet kitty of 16 years and needed to fill the void she left. We were looking for two cats to fill our home. When we found Tarzan (now Peanut) and Zoe (now Butters) we connected with them instantly. We filled out he application and Jo Ann gave us a call. You could tell how passionate she was about saving cats and how much she loved the kitties we were adopting. She talked us through the adoption procedure and made everything very easy. We are now blessed with two adorable cats that fill our home with love! FCFC is doing wonderful work and really have their heart in their mission!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had a fantastic experience and have two wonderful additions to my family. Jo Ann V truly has a heart for the animals and both she and the foster moms put Felicity and her kittens' welfare first. I appreciated the interview and their efforts to make sure that the both Felicity and Arthur (momma cat and one of her kittens) were placed in the right home and would get the best care. I've talked with friends who have worked with rescue organizations to adopt animals and there is no comparison: my experience was far better with FCFC, Very worthy cause with people who advocate for the animals. - Dr, Stephanie Butler, Charlotte NC area

3 Olivia A.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Working with the Feline Canine Fellowship Coalition and JoAnn was a wonderful experience. She took time to get to know me over the phone before I adopted my kitty. She also let me get to know more about FCFC mission and my kitty. She has a big heart and love for animals. I am beyond happy I was able to rescue my heart and fur baby, Quinn and for her to become part of our family.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We had the best time meeting and getting to know Chris and Larry today. Their cat "family" is amazing and each one has a story of healing to tell that Chris has accomplished for them. She is a very compassionate and knowledgeable rescuer and continues to study and learn from the best Dr's in the country. Their rescue facilities are great...right in their home. Each cat member of the family is treated with respect and dignity. Chris gave me many pointers for my own cat family and I will be starting them on Young Again pet food very soon and will continue to seek Chris' advice when I need it. Please support and share this rescue with family and friends.....they need your monitary support as well, because vet bills are high for these needy cats. Also consider adopting one or two of them! Bob & Jackie Cook, Taylors, SC

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Vet took my money for multiply tests then said they could not do anything for my senior cat. One of Jessica's issues was a seizures/strokes that ruptured an eye. Jessica's blood work and other tests showed she was not a good candidate for surgery. I reached out to several rescues for recommendations/suggestions for Jessica's plight. Christine responded and stayed in touch. Two months later, Jessica still has her ruptured eye and is stable.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I do and have done cat rescue for many years. I am not affiliated with any one organization but have a love for feral cats and those who have been for all intents and purposed been thrown away by society, those that are sick or replaced with a new and cuter pet or just get old and are no longer valued by their humans and dumped to die at local high-kill facilities. I have a good network of rescuers but had the wonderful good fortune of working with a new friend this year, Christine Zois and Feline Canine Fellowship Coalition . Christine is one of those people like me who when tugged upon by a cat or cats in need, holds on and doesn't let go until they are safe AND healthy. Nothing gets in her way of rescuing but more than that SAVING the health of the cat(s). While many individuals and groups and vets really routinely remove eyes as an example, Christine uses her holistic and historically proven methods to TREAT the malady and save the sight of grossly neglected animals. She is a source of information and guidance to me now as a trusted rescuer who has the whole picture of health and not just the broad-brush approach that so many are inclined to follow. I am grateful for her service to cats and people like me and would recommend her to anyone needing the same. She has a real gift. -Thorn Lewis

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Christine 's dedication to cats and dogs in need of medical evaluation, is boundless.
We were lost as to what to do regarding a ten year old Bengal cat,surrendered by his owner ,due to chronic IBS.
Christine's enthusiasm regarding the treatment of this condition encouraged us to persevere with the treatment she recommended having recently experienced the same condition with some of her own cats
Jennifer & Laurence Bridge Florida

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My fuzzy baby of 11 years passed away in may. I had been looking for the perfect tripod or special needs kitty ever since. I found Burke on petfinder and fell in love with him! After meeting him at the coalition I knew he was the one for me! I now have this sweet loving tripod to love for the rest of his life!

Christine is truly amazing and obviously cares so much for the animals that she takes in. I'm so greatful to people like her and Larry who care for these animals in their time of need as well as make sure they are going to loving homes!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I have been looking for additional Persian as a companion for our 6 yo boy who lost his companion (a dog/boxer he loved) 5 months ago. We also love the Persian breed. I have had 6 in my life, yet only one at a time. However, our boy is very bright and interactive and we could tell being the "only child" wasn't in his best interests, he needed a fun partner to love, play and create mischief with.

I was very surprised at how high the cost was for Persians these days and we weren't ready to invest a house payment, or two, in some cases. I also noticed that there were a lot of on-line scams - which is appalling all on its own. In addition, I guess I wasn't on the right lists or social media accounts to act soon enough when a little fluff became available. I was getting discouraged, but also knew that the right cat/kitten for our home would show up when the timing was right.

Within 3 days of finding Penny (now Penelope) at The Head Butt Hotel (great name, right?) she was in my lap. Christine and Larry go out of the way...I mean figuratively and literally to get these cats where they need to be in safe, loving, attentive and caring homes. Christine drove 4 hours to bring her to our home. She'll never know how much we appreciated this. In addition, she had another cat with her she was delivering even further up the road - she was on the road for 15 hours or more making sure the homes were what she calls an "upgrade" from The Hotel. You've got to admire this commitment.

Also, when Penny/Penelope was taken in by Christine and Larry she wasn't in very good shape, in fact pretty dismal and it took Head Butt 6 months to get here ready for us. I'm so grateful for this. We love her so much. She has a lot of character, which we like and appreciate. She's half the size of our 13 pound boy, but that doesn't stop her. I hope she somehow knows she's where she was meant to be all along to get the love and care for her to thrive. We look forward to sharing a long and fun loving relationship with her.

If we find ourselves ever on the market again for a precious purrfection we will always reach out to The Head Butt Hotel first. Oh, BTW: we

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have had cats in my life for almost 50 years. So, though you probably can't put the word "Crazy" into your description of me, "Cat Lady" certainly fits! I lost my precious Sweetie around Thanksgiving, leaving Duffy, my beautiful Orange Maine Coon Male, to be an only cat. He adjusted well so it was just the two of us. Suddenly Duffy took sick on a Saturday and by Monday morning I had a dead kitty. I was heartbroken. I wanted another orange male and Maine Coon would be nice too. I looked online and after some searching I came across two 9yo Maine Coons, probably siblings, who needed to be adopted together. What a perfect match. Only problem, is, I was in Raleigh, NC and these cats were in North Myrtle Beach, SC. After talking to Christine, she volunteered to drive, on Easter Weekend, 4 hours to deliver these two gorgeous cats to me. She could not have been more generous or caring, offering to come back in 2 weeks if the placement did not work out. Needless to day I was in love with these two from the moment I saw their picture, so the placement was ideal. Christine was always available to me by email or text or phone to answer any questions and help with their adjustment issues. I know the next time I am in North Myrtle I will stop by and see the accommodations that Christine and Larry have provided for these wonderful animals who just need a second chance.

Mary Ellen Goldsmith
Garner NC