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Hearts That Purr Feline Guardians

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Cats

Mission: To provide shelter and loving care for felines made homeless due to the terminal illness, incapacitation or death of their owners; and to educate the public about the importance of planning for the ongoing care of their beloved companion animals should a time come when they are no longer able to do so themselves.

Target demographics: Older felines made homeless due to the terminal illness, incapacitation or death of their owners.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Older felines at risk for euthansia and the humans who loved them dearly.

Geographic areas served: Arizona

Programs: The "Senior Citizens and Senior Kittizens" Program, a long-term foster program that places older felines in homes with elder persons where both can benefit from the companionship; The Feline Guardian Program, a pre-arranged lifetime care plan for cat owners without trusted family or friends to care for any cat that outlives them; A Retirement Home and Hospice program for older felines with chronic or terminal health conditions; and an Adoption Program for older cats that helps with future vet care expenses.

Community Stories

65 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Both of my cats are adoptees from Hearts That Purr. This is an organization that rescues senior cats whose owners are no longer able to care for their pets because of illness or death. Some have gone to shelters and have been rescued from there. The cool thing is that they take care of these cats for life, and they’re about the mission of helping people provide and pre-plan for their cats if something happens to the owners.

If the cat is ill in any way, they provide for medical care and give them a very loving “group” home for the rest of their earthly days. If the cat is healthy enough, they foster them with seniors, but provide for the necessary veterinary care for the cat’s life. If the cat turns out to be younger and healthy, they find families to permanently adopt them — which is how I came to adopt Muffin and Scooter.

Muffin and Scooter have been in my care for 4 years now. I love what Hearts That Purr does and how they do what they do so much that I became a volunteer.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hearts That Purr is a loving, caring, devoted group of people who care for elderly cats with medical problems. My new kitty, Kelly belly, came in to my life quite accidentally. A colleague put a note on Facebook about the organization and I made a small donation. The next thing I knew, my little eight-year-old became my new and wonderful companion. She brings me more joy than I can say. She helps me with my paperwork and my puzzles. :-) I am an essential mental health care clinician, so I now see clients every day via telemedicine. Kelly belly will pop up on my lap or sleep in the chair beside me. My clients look forward to seeing her now :-). She is now a therapy cat for me and the people I work with.She is gentle she is funny she is playful she is loving. I respect the volunteers so much and I am truly moved by all they do with such loving care. I am blessed by their devotion and loving kindness. Thank you for all you do.

Alison Robel F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My sister in law passed from Covid. Due to travel restrictions and allergies, family could not keep her 10 year old cat, KC. Trying to find a home for her was difficult as she had never been spayed. We called Hearts That Purr and they lovingly agreed to take her. For her health, they had her spayed and she is now being fostered by someone who will love her as much as her mommy did! They kept us informed all the way through. Such a loving place! Thank you!! We know KC is loved!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a new volunteer but have already fell in love with the feline residents of Hearts That Purr. Their mission is dear to my heart -- providing life-long sanctuary care for unfortunate kitties who have lost their homes due to their humans becoming incapacitated, moved to assisted living facilities, or passing away. I am especially fond of senior cats, so I feel like I hit the jackpot finding Hearts That Purr, since it's population is largely very elderly cats, many with serious health issues. Hearts That Purr is a home setting, with several living and bed rooms with large windows providing round the clock critter and bird watching for its residents, and is filled with lots of comfy upholstered furniture, cat trees, toys and an over abundance of comfy beds. HTP has a very devoted group of volunteers.

Harumi's C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Every time I visit a typical cat shelter, often crowded or have cats in cages, a thought pops in my head: “my cats will not survive here — scary hissing, smells, everything is overwhelming!” My first impression of Hearts That Purr was “wow, this place really feels like home!” HTP is truly a sanctuary for senior cats who are often considered not adoptable and possibly put on top of the euthanasia list due to age-related medical issues. At HTP, residents (it’s a retirement home, not a shelter!) have plenty of personal space and peaceful environment.

Whenever I visit the residents, they amaze me how affectionate they are. Most kitties at HTP once had humans who loved them dearly. Seeing them keep their loving nature tells me that they feel at home, thanks to staff and volunteers who provide lots of love and care. I am delighted to find an organization like Hearts That Purr and get involved as a volunteer!

BeckyDavis

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hours before sunrise, the pitter-patter of furry little feet can be heard up and down the halls at the Hearts That Purr feline retirement home. Kitties like an early breakfast and dedicated people are there to serve it, 365 days a year. Later in the morning, cats lounge around the house, some in private or semi-private rooms, depending on temperament and unique needs. Everywhere, they find fun toys, comfy beds, and cat trees for play and napping. Soon I’ll coming through to serve lunch (a popular activity among the residents) and dispense medications (somewhat less popular). Volunteers are in and out all day, spending time to play, brush, love, and otherwise tend to the 20+ elderly feline residents. They along with a tiny part-time staff dedicate their time and energy to the kitties left behind.

The concept of Hearts That Purr serves both feline and human populations. The Guardian program allows owners like me to plan bequeathments and posthumous gifting, offering peace of mind while I am living and care for my cats when I am gone. Such funding provides for specific cats that might outlive me, with generous gifts (along with general donations from kind-hearted supporters) enabling rescue of other cats such as Antonio, Spike, Tyler, and others. These cats were pulled from municipal shelters following death or incapacitation of owners who did not make long term plans for their cats; they now enjoy residency at Hearts That Purr or home life with a senior cat lover in the Senior Kittizens For Senior Citizens long term foster program.

I personally know of no other organization quite like Hearts That Purr. It is an honor, and the fulfillment of a lifelong dream, for me to serve as Feline Wellness Director and provide these cats with personal care on a daily basis. I thank the wonderful cat lovers who have, in so many ways, helped us to provide for resident cats and enrich their golden years. Meanwhile they enrich our own lives immeasurably. Please look into the benefits of the Guardian Program, or a similar program if it exists in your area, to ensure the future for your cats even after you are gone.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We all know of some event in our lives that have made a big difference and helped change things for the better. One of the best ones in my life was when my daughter, Becky, discovered Hearts That Purr. A year ago we made the move from Utah to Tucson so we could become involved with this exceptional organization.

We’ve always had and loved casts, and wanted to ensure ours would be cared for when we were no longer around. Hearts That Purr provided just the kind of long term plan we wanted. And now, we have the opportunity to volunteer in person, and even share our own home with foster and adoptive cats from Hearts That Purr! Our cat family is enriching our lives and we get to give our love to some of the sweetest cats I’ve ever known. Becky assists with cat care at the Hearts That Purr “ranch”, and I help out at least weekly and whenever else I can. The benefits are now and in the future. Volunteering at Hearts That Purr, and loving the cats there and in our own home, is one of the best things I’ve ever done. I feel so good about it.

Carolyn, AKA 'Cat Granny'

Glenn J.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

What a fantastic organization to look out for elderly cats when other foundations don't bother .
I've been involved with them for three years now I adopted Cassie 3 years ago a Hemingway cat multiple toes 24 to be exact she's older but still full of energy
Urge anyone interested in having a cat around the house I strongly recommend this organization they are wonderful to deal with
Glenn Jeffery & Cassie

Jill12

Board Member

Rating: 5

Hearts that Purr Feline Guardians name couldn’t speak better to, not just what we do, but our mission. Kitties that would end up at animal control and most assuredly be euthanized for being fractious, just because their world has been turned upside down and they are terrified beyond words. At our retirement sanctuary, they are given one-on-one care, to show that humans other than their parent can be kind, and that they are safe. From their initial vet care, to spoon fed feedings, to spending hours and hours with them making them feel loved and comfortable, to home furnishings and plenty of soft blankets to cuddle up in, they want for nothing. Many kitties come to us sick and at the end of their life. We do whatever it takes to make them as comfortable as we can until they pass. This is the hardest and most rewarding “job” I have ever had....and I wouldn’t give it up for anything! A huge thank you to the founder for seeing the need and making it happen!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hearts That Purr cares for senior kitties who more often than not have senior kitty ailments that require pallative care. Their love and tenderness guide each and every one down the usually short road to the Rainbow Bridge with dignity and all the food, toys, and loving attention any kitty would dream for in their final months and days. It is the dream retirement home for kitties!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hearts that Purr is a godsend! I am a 91 year old and have been petting kitties at HTP since they opened. The care and love that each kitty receives is amazing. Many of the cats coming into HTP are already grieving the loss of their human parent. But then to be ripped from the only home they have ever known to some place they have never been, is very traumatic, so much so that many stop eating. The love and attention that goes into making each and every kitty feel safe is truly heartwarming. Best senior retirement sanctuary around!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hearts That Purr saved my life- and that is not an exaggeration. I was recovering from a difficult personal situation and I was missing the wonderful love and comfort I had always felt from my cats. I adopted Buddy just over a year ago, he had been one of three seniors rescued from a shelter. The cats were in very bad shape, but Buddy appeared to need fewer medical procedures and was determined to be about 8 years old- a young cat for Hearts That Purr so once he was healthy, he was available for foster/ adoption. I found him through a Facebook friend that connected me with the organization. My first visit was amazing- I am so very impressed with the love and care all the cats receive there. HTP did a vigorous screening of me including a home visit. The care and concern they show for the cats and the perspective families was very impressive. I am honored and grateful that they allowed me to foster and then adopt him- he's my constant companion and a joy. He makes everyday worthwhile. They are a marvelous organization!

Andrea W.2

Donor

Rating: 5

Hearts That Purr Feline Guardians shines as a nonprofit that truly cares for cats that deserve to be loved and cherished in their twilight years. I have seen their felines blossom with the individual attention that they receive in a modern, comfortable and innovative home. JM and her volunteers are dedicated and knowledgeable and I will continue to support them as they take care of their tribe!

bcs2017

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

On this 6th anniversary of Hearts That Purr, I remain amazed at the work that has been done for the well being of senior cats when their caregivers must entrust their beloved pet(s) into the care of another. It has been a joy to watch the unfolding of this dream from its inception. This feline guardian program has expanded from dedicated direct and individualized care for each pet, to an educational resource, to a carefully monitored and supported foster care service and it keeps growing! The owners and staff, both employed and volunteers are deeply committed to the mission and are intimately involved with day to day needs of each cat. There is none other!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Hearts really do purr in this senior cat retirement home. As far as I know, this is the most comprehensive senior cat residential care facility in existence west of The Continental Divide of the Americas. One’s pet cat(s) enters this haven often through pre-planning o rescue from shelter euthanasia.
The founder learns everything she can about the potential resident prior to its arrival and, whenever possible, duplicates familiar home kitty treasures in the pet’s new residence. The surroundings are spacious, clean, safe and appropriately stimulating based on the needs of your pet.
Compassion is the force that you immediately recognize when observing interactions between caregivers and any of the cats. You will not find cages anywhere! Medical care is easily accessible through local veterinary services as well as a mobile vet service. The owner welcomes and even calls forth insights, concerns, and observations from the many folks who share their time with the cats.
Visiting Hearts That Purr is an opportunity to breathe the tranquility that permeates both the indoors and outdoors of the ranch. Each cat will find their Garden of Eden in this world of senior cats.

Donor

Rating: 5

I learned of this charity a while back and it spoke to my heart. My own parents suddenly passed away over 20 years ago and left behind 2 senior kitties. Luckily the kitties were re-homed fairly quickly and thankfully, together. However, I knew this was not the norm and that older kitties at adoption centres are very often overlooked and can face a very uncertain and potentially grim fate.

Hearts That Purr Feline Guardians are amazing. They cater for the senior kitties who are left behind when their human family pass away, or through ill health, can no longer look after their beloved kitties. Some of the kitties themselves have health issues, which sadly often comes with age. The kitties want for nothing. They are loved, have a forever home, all the veterinary support they need and live out their autumn years in what can only be described as “kitty heaven on Earth”. The Earth Angels (as I have christened them) do an amazing job.

I donate to this wonderful charity whenever I can. The regular Facebook updates are so lovely and make you feel like you know all of the kitties personally. Never before did I realise a catnip banana could be shrouded in so much mystery!!!! Tipper will for ever be my favourite kitty, for so many reasons.

I live thousands of miles away, however, one day I will visit this wonderful place in Tucson, because in my heart, I know it really is a little bit of “heaven on Earth”.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My doctor told me about this place since I had lost my last kitty in Feb 2019. I became a volunteer in May and have enjoyed it immensely! I probably will get another cat but not until I come back from my vacation in Aug. This place is fun and allows me to have my "cat fix" supplied while taking care of all the wonderful friends here.

1 blindowlbluesbook

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I discovered Hearts That Purr about six months ago, while looking online for a very specific cat related resource. After participating in an adoption transport for a cat whose owner had passed away suddenly, leaving him alone in an apartment for a week, I realized I needed to make plans for my own cats in case I should predecease them. Although I am in my 40s and healthy, it is impossible to know what tomorrow may bring, and we cannot always rely on friends or family to do the best thing for our beloved cats.

When I contacted Hearts That Purr, their director was so helpful, explaining their Guardian program and inviting me to visit in person. When I came to Tucson, I was thrilled by what I found. It is not like the shelters one usually sees for rescued cats. Rather, it is essentially a feline retirement home, with a beautiful, sparkling clean establishment furnished and decorated just for the feline residents. Most are senior cats, and many have special needs (including renal disease, diabetes, and cancer) which are tended to. A loving, dedicated group of volunteers lavish attention on the kitties, and see to necessities like food and litter boxes. Some cats have roommates; others are given individual rooms, depending on temperament. All are given thorough veterinary care, emotional support, toys, and lots of love. Volunteers and staff constantly consider the changing needs of the cats as they age, striving to do make every day enjoyable for each resident.

When my mother expressed a desire to move to a warmer climate, I was excited to suggest Tucson as a potential new home for us, so I could be closer to Hearts That Purr and become a regular volunteer. Since then, it has been my privilege to get to know these cats better, help new residents adjust to the space, and celebrate when senior cats are connected with senior humans in the ‘Senior Citizens and Senior Kittizens’ foster program. I have also been honored to have Misty, a 17 year old cat, placed in my own home. Through the long-term foster program, the organization provides assistance and veterinary services for their foster cats, ensuring that they will always have support and top-notch care.

This is one of very few organizations of its kind. Their Guardian program enables individuals to ensure care for their cats after their own demise, through planned giving and estate planning. I urge all cat owners to look into this program, and ensure that beloved cats will not end up in a shelter or on the streets in the event of a person’s death. This is not just a rescue facility, but a loving home for the cats who live there. Hearts That Purr is a brilliant concept and deserves your support.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

HTP is wonderful. It’s so heart warming to help senior cats live out the rest of their lives in love and comfort.

1 AZterritory

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The unique niche that Hearts That Purr fills continues to provide elderly felines with love and care when their elderly 'people' no longer can due to sickness or death. Older cats who are grieving present challenges, yet HTP and their crew of caring volunteers and medical professionals gently nurture these cats, make them comfortable, and make their final years bright and happy. As a volunteer, I've personally seen how ongoing medical care and love can work little miracles in these sweet cats. HTP is so homey, the cats have room to roam, sleep and dream and their fondness for treats and toys is indulged with lots of lap time from loving volunteers, 'cat whisperers' all. Their Senior Kitizens for Senior Citizens Program has enriched the lives of seniors and felines alike, and I know of no other program like it. It is such a special and thoughtful approach that allows cat lovers to continue to enjoy cat companionship throughout their lives. It is a privilege to be part of the HTP family, it's a purr-fect place for felines!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hearts That Purr fills a unique niche. . . providing lifetime care for older cats whose people are terminally ill or have passed away. I love volunteering there because the cats are happy (you can tell, because each special kitty personality shines through). The home is truly a home, light, bright, clean and cheerful with everything a feline could possibly desire in the way of comfort, food or toys. This is where I want my cats to go, if we were unable to continue to care for them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer for Hearts That Purr, and have been doing so for five years. Never before, or since, have I seen or been a part of such a well-run organization. The volunteers are wonderful with, and to the cats. As a recent person who visited said, "the place is so beautiful, and zen". I am so proud to be able to be a part of Hearts That Purr Feline Guardians.

Oh, and Sweetie is still waiting for me, and I for him! Can't wait to see him again!

CatLoverAlways

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I fall in love more and more with each of the residents every time I come to volunteer at Hearts That Purr. The home is so perfect for the cats, and they lack nothing. Ok well, maybe a live mouse, but there's plenty of other entertainment! When I need to be placed in a home, this is my first and only choice. The attentiveness, food, toys, water, company, and beds are all first class! It's no wonder they are a great nonprofit! Here's the funny guy I adored and helped care for, and who adored me back! Sweetie and I have a long-standing date over the Rainbow Bridge as soon as I get there!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My loved one's health was in decline and so was their ability to care for their cats. Their cats' stress and acting out behaviors increased. As an experienced animal rescuer, I am well aware that rehoming an older pet is exponentially harder than rehoming a young pet. Furthermore, my expectations for a place to rehome their cats was very high. The cats needed to be in a place where their needs were individualized and met with the upmost of intention, love and respect. Hearts That Purr exceeded all expectations. From the first contact, they were responsive, compassionate, and sensitive to the loss that the cats experienced and the loss that my loved one would experience as well. Their level of communication was exceptional. Upon arrival at Hearts That Purr, it was apparent that it is everything animal welfare should be. The sanctuary is spotless. The staff and volunteers are passionate about cats and cat rescue and they know each cat's personality, and unique habits. Moreover, they are amazingly attentive to each cat's individual needs and care. Each of the sanctuary's feline residents are relaxed and happy. When I left Hearts That Purr Sanctuary, my sadness at saying "goodbye" to my loved one's cats was diminished by the enormous gratitude that they were living out the rest of their days at the most perfect, loving place for any cat, much less a senior cat in need of a forever home, who lost their human and their home.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Not long ago as an athletic, vibrant 60 year old single gentleman, I was shocked and overwhelmed when my doctor told me I had a life threatening disease requiring two
risky surgeries. I had little time to get all my affairs in order in a way I felt comfortable
with, especially for the care of my beloved pets-----three very sweet, middle aged cats!
Who could I leave them with in the event of my sudden death??? Who would really care for
them? Would know how to provide a safe, healthy, loving home for them as they had
with me?
Desperate, I asked my wonderful Veterinarian; a true expert of the feline field! She recommended to me with great confidence "Hearts That Purr Feline Guardians"!
When I called for information, I spoke with Jeanmarie and immediately started to feel more relaxed, relieved about the future of my dear pets! She was very kind and exuded a true love and caring nature for all the magnificent creatures we call feline! She invited me too visit the spacious, clean home where "Hearts That Purr Feline Guardians" is based. When I visited,
Jeanmarie was very patient. She gave me a complete tour and answered all of my questions.
when I left, I knew I had found the perfect home for my beloved kitties in the unfortunate event I passed away suddenly! Thank you Jeanmarie for your great love and care for these
magnificent feline creatures!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

"To whom do my loved cats go to if I should die?" My dear friend suddenly, lost his life , concerned since there was no one to take Oreo Girl , I found the most fantastic, clean , well kept and loved sanctuary for cats! I was impressed at how organized it was with lots of rooms for cats with different situations and the help of volunteers. Please don't let your cats go to the pound or other shelters that will put the pets to sleep since they can only be kept for so long if
not adopted out. This is a non kill shelter and they have a place for life . I visited and was satisfied , if ever I am in a situation where family members can't take my pets for reasons, if you should pass ! Rest assure #1 and perfect place !

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Two years ago I happened upon Hearts that Purr as a potential volunteer. I had been to shelters before and never felt the chemistry I was looking for in order to donate my time. Reading about HTP made me hopeful that it was the perfect spot. The formality of filling out an application and stating my skills and background made me even more hopeful. This would be a place that wanted the right people caring for their wards. Seeing the lovely home that was purchased just for these kitties and how they were placed in rooms by "family" or by friends showed how much JeanMarie cares about these elderly kitties and their futures. The cats are respected, cared for and loved until the day they are called to Rainbow Bridge. I've seen many occasions where brand new residents were in need of expensive medical treatment and found it scheduled without a thought given to the expense - only thought given to helping the kitty feel better. Even though I promised myself that I would not adopt, a year an a half in I fell in love with a 14 year old boy who had lost his mom. Even though JeanMarie knew me, she had me complete the paperwork and did a home visit to ensure that Siren was going to a good home! Integrity and singleminded goals set to run this organization have made it a very successful home for senior kitties and for the numerous volunteers who have joined us. I'm so impressed with HTP that I regularly donate to it and plan to when I pass.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a new volunteer to Hearts that Purr, I'd like to share my thoughts. I really appreciate that someone had the forethought to provide a home for the pets of people who have a terminal illness or who are suddenly taken away from their dear pets. As a single person, I have been worried about what might happen to my "little boy" when I die. This home is the answer. As a current volunteer, I hope to provide the same loving care to these cats that will, hopefully, one day be given to my cat.

1 Betsy M.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a Veterinary Technician and an animal lover--especially cats!--I want to applaud Jeanmarie and her organization Hearts That Purr. I have been doing volunteer work there for a couple of months. I was attracted to volunteering for this particular group because of the organization's 3-part mission: taking in elderly cats, helping people plan for their cats' care if the people are unable to care for them any longer, and matching senior cats for fostering by senior people. I am a firm believer in the healing power of animals.
I love volunteering there because the cats are so mellow and happy! The facility is fantastic! I wish I lived there--A large house, with about 10 rooms with large windows, all overlooking either a pretty courtyard or a patio and pool. They all have large rooms, tons of toys, their choice of many beds and hiding spots, scratching posts and kitty condos. The cats receive the best medical care I have ever seen at a rescue organization. The other volunteers are friendly, committed and I can tell they really care about each cat. They always share stories about previous cats and current resident cats.
This organization is purely positive and defines compassion by taking care of people and their beloved cats; and by taking on the care of abandoned elderly cats, oftentimes in poor health, that would otherwise no doubt simply be killed by a county facility.
A truly humane society takes care of its most vulnerable members. Hearts That Purr does just that.

1 Linley F.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I spend a lot of my spare time networking cats, transporting them and donating to the rescues who save them. Hearts That Purr is one of very few rescues that specifically take senior kitties, usually as a result of the death of an owner, but sometimes just because there is no one else to give a cat an alternative to being put down. I have taken a cat to the Hearts That Purr sanctuary in Tucson and it is the most wonderful, peaceful, beautiful place for a cat to live out their remaining years. Many older cats have special medical, dietary or physical needs and Jeannemarie and her staff and volunteers go out of their way to attend to these needs through expert veterinary visits, special diets and lots and lots of love and attention. Their facebook page is full of photos and stories that show their love for the cats that they have committed to loving and caring for. It is easy to see that this is a 5-star non-profit

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As of this posting, I'm the newest volunteer. Hearts That Purr is not a shelter; it's a place where cats can play, eat, and seep without the confines of a cage. The residents (cats) are separated into various rooms based on temperament and personality. Each room has amenities such as cat trees, toys, furniture, and even music. Littler boxes, fresh water fountains, nutritious meals, and veterinary care are included at no extra charge.

Jeanmarie and Kelly have built a worthwhile and much needed organization, and I'm happy to say I'm part of the team :)

Brad

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I both volunteer at Hearts that Purr and manage the vet clinic that most of these kitties come to for both regular veterinary care and management of senior cat illnesses. Hearts that Purr takes excellent care of their kitties in either a home-like environment at their main facility, or in the actual homes of fosters. Care is taken to ensure that all the kitties have the best quality of life possible for the longest time possible.

In the main facility, each cat lives either singly if they prefer to be alone, or with up to three friends to a room. Each room of cats has plenty of cozy beds, chairs, rugs, scratchers, toys, and other enrichment and comfort items, and volunteers come daily and make sure each cat gets all the love, play, and treats they need, as well as any treatments they need to stay healthy. Cats in the foster program are carefully matched to a foster whose lifestyle and personality meshes well with the cat's needs. Hearts that Purr then continues to make sure the cat thrives in its new home, while keeping a close eye on the cat's health.

Overall, Hearts that Purr goes the extra mile to make sure the cats have the best possible care in their senior years, whether that means merely keeping on top of routine care, calling the mobile vet for emergencies, or just making sure each cat is loved.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I look upon my time spent volunteering at Hearts that Purr as therapy... for me! This place is like a 5 star resort for elderly cats. I'm especially amazed at the excellent/professional medical care they receive which in turn allows the cats an extremely high quality of life, right to the end. I was a bit wary when I first visited as I had recently lost my own 2 cats to old age and illness. I wondered if I could enjoy spending time with Older Cats. These cats are so well kept and comfortable that our time together is spent in joy, petting and purring. I wish there were more places like Hearts that Purr and so glad I found them.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a hospice social worker and reached out to Hearts That Purr when one of my hospice patients could no longer live at home and care for his elderly cat. Hearts That Purr responded right away and was able to meet with my patient and make arrangments to take the cat when the time came. A few short weeks later that time came as my patient's health declined. At very short notice Hearts That Purr was able to pick up the cat and provide her with a loving new place to live. Two weeks after the cat was removed from the home my patient died. Although it was hard for him to let her go he expressed to me his relief that she was going somewhere that would take great care of her. I know he is looking down on his Misty and happy that Hearts That Purr took her in and gav her a loving home. As a social worker I am beyond grateful this organization exist for people like my patient who have no one to take their cat. I will also be beyond grateful to this organization for helping a dying man make sure his cat had a safe place to go.

3 Lori G.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for several animal rescue organizations in Tucson throughout the years and eventually I burnout just from the sheer heartbreak of it all; however, it isn't like that at Hearts That Purr. Although the stories that result in the cats ending up at HTP might be sad, their lives, once they arrive, only get better and better. They are showered with love, they get the medical attention they often need but has been overlooked by their elderly owners, they get sunshine-filled rooms with music, they get comfy beds, clean litter boxes, windows with a view, a plethora of cat condos, their choice of high grade cat foods and lots and lots of love. Instead of my heart breaking while I am there, my heart rejoices. I have arranged for my 5 cats to go there when I pass. It is an invaluable service that Jeanmarie provides and her heart-of-gold makes it a fantastic place to volunteer.

4 Melisa Caldwell G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When my friend was dying, hearts that pure came out and picked up his love, his dear cat Misty. He loved her so much that he made sure before he died she was going to be cared for and she isn’t an easy cat to get along with. Hearts that purr have taken her in and provided for her with no questions. She’s happy and still being loved, as best as they can with her old crankiness.
Thank you so much. My hearts sad my friend is gone, but it’s happy his Misty is so loved, he’s happy now and at peace.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have a terminal illness and made arrangements for my cats with Hearts That Purr. The home is beautiful, Jean Marie is so very special, kind and loving. It has given me a great peace of mind knowing my babies will be cared for and loved .

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hearts that Purr was a blessing for my 82 year old mother. She had a kittie for many years and when it was time for Bobbi to go over that kittie bridge we were devasted. Mom was heartbroken. She became depressed and very glum. She chose not to go out or visit but just to stay at home and miss Bobbi. Heats That Purr, came to the rescue. With their Senior program we were able to match her up with Scamper, an energetic, loveable, kittie with big eyes and a heart the same size. Scamper was lost without his human owner and afraid, lonely and lost. They became the best of friends almost immediately, Scamper sits on mom's lap, purring away. He has given mom back the unconditional love that she lost when Bobbi passed and now she has a purpose again. She makes sure Scamper has all the attention this poor kittie needs. She has her forever home now and it has made a senior's life full again Thank you Hearts that Purr for all you do for the seniors and the cats. Without you I do not know where some of these kitties would be nor what these senior's would do without their love. They need you!

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Since Hearts That Purr began I have been a voluntary and Board Member. I have worked for a shelter and none has been as clean and caring as Hearts That Purr. They are very attentive to the cats medical needs and any emergency that should arise. I love being a part of Hearts That Purr and they rate tops in my book.

5

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am very proud to have had such an integral role in the founding of Hearts That Purr with my wife. This organization was created to fulfill all that we would ever want for the ongoing care of our own beloved felines should they survive us. What we have accomplished in our efforts to help older cats and provide the finest care for them has far exceeded what we ever imagined. Not only have we helped so many cats, our impact on the lives of the previous cat owners and their families has been nothing short of inspirational! This is an amazing organization made up of the most dedicated volunteers. I don't think another like it exists anywhere.

4 ColonelMustard

Client Served

Rating: 5

We had the unique experience of getting to adopted a cat from Hearts That Purr. We heard about them from a posting our vet had done. We were interested in a cat that they felt would be better in a home with his own person. The process they had in place for the adoption was very impressive. Jeanmarie certainly had the cats happiness and well being as the top priorities. The process began with very extensive conversations about his condition, his medication schedule, our history of current and past animals. She then invited us to come meet him. After that, Jeanmarie explained that she would come do a house check for his safety and if that went well then it would be fostering for the first month with the possibility to adopt at the end if she felt he was comfortable in our home. She made it very clear that if at any point we felt it was not working to let her know and not to feel bad about it. We have had Colonel since last November and he has been a wonderful addition to our family. One of the best parts,(there are so many great things about them) Jeanmarie and her volunteers continue to care how he is doing. Jeanmarie checks in with us to see how he is. The volunteers ask about him when we drop of donations. They really care about the cats that come into their lives even after they are adopted or go to a foster. It would be wonderful to see more sanctuaries setup for senior kitties. They have so much to offer a family and it is fantastic that Hearts That Purrs recognizes this.

5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to visit this amazing, light, and spacious home for cats recently and cannot imagine a nicer place for a kitty to spend it's golden years. The home setting was positive and peaceful with caregivers attending to the resident's every behavior and need all while keeping the place immaculate and fresh. The feline residents seemed comfortable, relaxed but not bored, and happy, with more than ample uncrowded space to call their own. This organization offers donors invaluable peace of mind and keeps beloved pets out of shelters all while providing the means to rescue others less fortunate. Their long-term foster program 'Senior Citizens and Senior Kittizens' pairs seniors that live alone with homeless older kitties that may have few if any other options while allowing people the opportunity for the human-animal bond they may not otherwise be able to have. Brilliant! My hat is truly off to this wonderful organization whose passionate founder is truly an outstanding feline advocate. Thank you Hearts That Purr for all you do ❣️

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I didn't expect bleak spaces or cages, but I also wouldn't have expected such a stunning property, inside and out! I wish I could live there with the cats. They limit the number of cats so that each can enjoy plenty of space and places to curl up. Elderly cats and cats whose owners have passed away enjoy their twilight years with excellent care.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hearts That Purr


After the loss of my last cat, and because of my financial situation, I assumed it would be impossible to be a cat guardian again. I had previously fostered cats when I lived in the San Francisco Bay Area. As wonderful as that was, it was extremely sad for me to return them when the time came.

Soon after relocating to Tucson I felt it was time to look into fostering here, but only if the organization would pay for food and vet bills. I met with fostering managers at a couple of shelters, but neither offered quite what I felt was right for me. When I mentioned to the service coordinator in my apartment building that I was looking to foster a cat, she told me about Hearts That Purr and gave me their brochure. After reading the brochure, I was excited about the permanent fostering program that Hearts That Purr offered and it appeared to be perfect for me, so I called them. A few days later I received a return call from Jeanmarie with an apology that she couldn’t get back to me sooner because “the cats come first.” I was already eager to hear what she had to say because cats come first with me also. Jeanmarie took time to explain the permanent fostering program, and we set up a meeting at Hearts That Purr. She also, of course, inquired about my history with cats. I told her I had cats the last thirty-eight years, plus I had volunteered with cats while living in the Bay Area. We discussed my history with cats in depth.

Hearts That Purr is hidden away in a private area with a vast home filled with beautiful senior cats. Some rooms with healthy cats, other rooms with special needs cats. The “ranch” as they call it was immaculate, no smell of cats or litter boxes; it was bright, full of light with lots of big windows, all of which was perfect for the cats. Each room had generous space for the cats to roam, tons of toys for play, many places for the cats to climb and to sleep. I was overjoyed there was such a beautiful and peaceful home dedicated specifically for senior cats.

The cats – some wanting attention – some just keeping an eye on what was going on – were adorable, but show me one that is not! When I sat down in one of the rooms, some cats came over to me for petting or pushed their way on my lap. One was quite feisty and kept grabbing at me as I walked by, and then I was introduced to her. Kelly, an all black beauty whose eyes pierced at me, yet her paws grabbed at me. She was so intriguing to me. Jeanmarie told me that Kelly was ready to be euthanized by a shelter and she grabbed her quickly just before that became Kelly’s fate.

A few days after filling out the necessary forms, Jeanmarie and another associate came to visit my home to check to see if it was “cat worthy”. Upon approval, Kelly was then ensconced in my home as a permanent foster. Kelly made herself comfortable in my home almost immediately; however, there wasn’t a quick bond between the two of us at first. Because of my previous experience with cats, I knew that change could be a challenge for some cats. I also knew that with cats you just have to let them go until they are ready; they will let you know.

Kelly has been with me almost a year now. She is the cat version of me; I am the human version of her. We fell into a routine that makes her very happy, laid back, and content. She has her food, sleep, play, and brushing time. Otherwise, she just likes to rest and look out the windows and sit beside me, as well as sleep with me. She is a delight.

I am so grateful to Hearts That Purr for all they do for cats as well as for humans. I am amazed at the 24-hour care, kindness, and love Hearts That Purr provides to each and every cat in addition to keeping the buildings so immaculate. Hearts That Purr is a wonderful gift to cats and humans alike!

Sally

6

Donor

Rating: 5

What happens to your cats if something should happen to you?

Few people consider this question, which is an important one in a state with a large retirement and convalescent population like Arizona. Fortunately, the best qualified person I can imagine has developed a solution: Jeanmarie Schiller at Hearts That Purr Feline Guardians.

Jeanmarie and her husband have dedicated a sprawling compound in the foothills of Tucson, Arizona to the care of cats whose owners are in hospice or have pre-deceased them. Not a shelter per se, Hearts That Purr is a forever home that provides love, safety, meals and medical care for the cats owners leave behind. (And an enviable home at that: fireplaces, sun rooms and sunny windowsills abound.) And while the cats at Hearts That Purr are adoptable under certain circumstances, none need worry about having a home because they already have one with Jeanmarie.

Have multiple cats who need to stay together? Done. Special needs or medications? No problem. Separate lodging for cats with transmittable diseases? Check.

Want to help? You can volunteer to spend time with the cats. You can make a financial or in-kind donation. You can set up an annuity to provide for your own cats in your absence. YOU CAN EVEN RENT THE PRIVATE RANCH HOUSE ON THE PROPERTY. Charmingly appointed, the guest house is a secluded secret perfect for your next vacation, stay-cation or event complete with a tennis court, swimming pool and outdoor cooking facilities. Of course, all proceeds go to the cats.

Please do not hesitate to give your dollars to Hearts That Purr Feline Guardians. This crucial facility is operated entirely by donations and annuities and deserves your help, however you can give it. Jeanmarie is an angel and Hearts That Purr is kitty heaven.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with a number of cat animal welfare groups for 6+ years. This is by far the best in terms of quality of care, unique need served, and supporting the human-animal bond. The cats taken in are all orphaned - their owners have died or become incapacitated. Most of them are older and would not get adopted or do well in a regular shelter.

People who enroll their cats in the guardian program have peace of mind about their cat's future. That's why I enrolled my cats - while I don't expect anything to happen to me soon, I love knowing that my cats would be cared for in a high quality manner and for the rest of their lives.

The other part of Hearts that Purr's program that I think is very important and special is their foster program - senior citizens and senior kitizens. It allows the cats at Hearts that Purr who are used to living with a person, to be placed with a senior citizen who will love and care for them. It is a win - win. Both the person and the cat get love and companionship. And the senior citizen gets assistance with the cat's care and expenses, as well as the security of knowing that the cat can go back to Hearts That Purr should anything happen to them or the cat. I LOVE what I have seen of how this program works - both the cats and people find a purpose and someone to care for. It is a Purrfect match.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been a fan of Hearts that Purr since I found it on the Internet. One of my trips took me on the road to Tucson and I ask if I could visit. It is a beautiful place. It is a house but instead of having humans as residents, has a cat family with some volunteer humans taking good care of them. Cats are very happy napping or playing here and there. I had some time to play with a few of them and met all those cats I follow on their Facebook page.
There are foster-adoption programs. There are not many adoptions, since this is not the mission of Hearts that Purrs, however sometimes there is a cat who is in good health and not yet a senior who can benefit from having its own human family. The founder personally takes the time to be sure the cat is with the right person. She is very committed and has made her mission the wellbeing of the cats. I foster first and then adopted a 9 yr. old female cat, she is a very happy girl who doesn’t know her age and she continues playing like a kitty. If something happens to us, the cat goes back to Hearts that Purrs.
This retirement house for cats that have lost their human guardians give them a nice place where they can feel safe and LOVED; yes, with capital letters! They find another family who no matter what, is there to take care of them up to their last day.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Hearts that purr are doing such a great job in caring for their mostly elderly (senior) cats with so much love and passion. The founder, Jeanmarie, ensures that every single cat gets the treatment and medical attention he or she needs. The facility is great; very clean, very relaxing. A place you want to move in yourself. I can honestly say that my personal cats will be taken care of with the upmost respect and care I can wish for when my time on earth comes to an end.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

When my friend and the person who was going to take her elderly cat both died within a month of each other, Hearts That Purr was a godsend. Momi II had kidney and thyroid issues. Since being at Hearts That Purr, Momi's health has greatly improved; she's happy, well-cared for, and contented. My husband and I were given a thorough tour of the facility, met all the feline residents and learned their histories, met some of the volunteers, and had all our questions answers. Three cheers for Hearts That Purr. We need more places like this and caring individuals.

3 Susie21

Donor

Rating: 5

After relocating from Annapolis and working with a wonderful "No Kill" Shelter (Rude Ranch Animal Rescue) for over 10 years; we were looking for an organization that truly has the cats best interest at heart in the way they are cared for. Hearts That Purr is certainly that place. Shortly before moving, we had also lost the last of our cats to old age at 21 and were looking to again bring a cat into our home. At Hearts That Purr we were not only introduced to a terrific organization but we were also fortunate enough to be able to foster 2 of their relatively new residents placed there due to the death of their owner. Chirper & Luv bug have captured our hearts and we feel extremely fortunate to be able to foster for Hearts That Purr. If you are looking for a worthy organization to contribute to, volunteer at, or (if you are really, really, lucky), foster for them; it is a sincerely a "feel-good" experience.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I met Jeanmarie about two years ago. I work for a company that helps seniors down size from a large home to a smaller size place. The gentleman we were helping was going into an assistant living and could not take his young adult black cat. He was sick over it. Jeanmarie came to the rescue. Hearts That Purr is a wonderful place for cats. Jeanmarie and her husband have done a great job fixing up the place. It is a clean place, happy place. It is a place like no other. You have to see it to believe it. After the gentleman was told his cat was in a happy place, he peacefully passed away. I don't get out there as much as I like to but I hope to change that. Rosemary

5 Joanne34

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a recent new volunteer at Hearts that Purr, having previously volunteered at another local no-kill shelter. The cats at Hearts that Purr, most of them seniors and some of them hospice, are lucky cats indeed! They are marvelously cared for and doted upon by everyone, and they respond by being well socialized and comfortable with the caregivers. Their environment is peaceful, home-like, well monitored, and clean. Their medical care is also meticulously managed so that any symptoms they might have are minimized. Since spending time at this facility, I have become acutely aware of the need to see that our animal families are planned for and provided for in the event that something unexpected happens, as I can imagine how my own cats would respond to being suddenly without me or their familiar home. I look forward to spending many happy hours with the "cat family" at Hearts that Purr!

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

i have been volunteering here for the past year and it is a second home for me now. I admire jean marie to keep the house prestine even though 20+ cats live here. She organizes the cats' medications, takes them to the vet. They are treated like royalty. If i was a cat,this would be my dream home

5 Margie D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I picked up a cat from the Pinal County Shelter that Hearts That Purr was willing to rescue. I was very impressed with this shelter. It is so clean! Having volunteered at other cat shelters, I know that it's difficult to get rid of certain smells. Jeanmarie and her volunteers keep this place so clean, it feels like I'm visiting someone's really nice house, and they just happen to have a few cats! They really get to know each cat, and know how to handle each one. I was so impressed, I have instructed my daughter to contact Hearts That Purr in the event something should (heaven forbid) happen to me or my husband.

6 Hayley's A.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Hearts that purr is an extraordinary organization that brings peace of mind to pet owners who are aging and dying, knowing that their pets will be safe, cared for and loved once they can no longer be there and provide for their pets. Continue your great work, you have all my admiration and support! Thank you for all you do for our feline friends and their families!

Joanne Lefebvre Connolly, DVM
Hayley's Angels Veterinary Services

7

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a place where aging cats are treated like the kings and queens they think they are…
Yes - we love our pets but do we have the forethought to make arrangement after we pass? Hearts that Purr is a facility that offers terminally ill or elderly people a safe, beautiful haven for their beloved, mature kitties once they are unable to take care of them, themselves – both human and feline. :)
I had the pleasure of visiting Hearts That Purr and was astounded by the bright, spacious rooms, the floor to ceiling windows where the cats can enjoy watching outside activity or bask in the sun, the multi-level climbing tiers, the modern veterinary care and most of all, the immaculate condition of every room. If you didn’t actually see the cats, you would barely know they were there - no cat smell and clean litter boxes. Frankly, I had never seen a facility like this - It’s not a shelter, it’s a cat retirement home. What better way to serve our elderly, with the peace of mind of caring for their feline loved ones?

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hearts That Purr is a one of a kind facility that goes above and beyond for its feline residents. I volunteered here with with a club at the U of A that works with animal shelters. We absolutely loved working with Hearts That Purr. Jeanmarie, the founder, was always very flexible in working with our crazy college student schedules. She truly made the atmosphere so warm and welcoming for volunteering. The cats here receive the best care possible, and it is evident how loved they are. They all get to roam in their own spacious, clean rooms - no cages here. Hearts That Purr is a superb organization, and I recommend it for anyone looking to volunteer, and for owners to sign their cats up for the Guardian program.

6

Donor

Rating: 5

I have so many good things to tell you about Hearts That Purr. My cats are signed into the Guardian Program. Of course I hope my cats can live out their lives with me at home but if not, I know there is a wonderful place waiting for them at Hearts That Purr. I have visited there many times and have seen the loving home environment and attention to the medical needs of the cats. I don't know how they do so much but I am eternally grateful for all they offer and do when the need to care for these kitties comes their way.

5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a feline advocate I found this shelter to be superior to any other non-profits. How amazing is it there IS a place for felines whose companions have either died, have had to enter into a nursing facility, or hospice care. Usually these cats would be completely displaced and taken to a shelter where their fate looked bleak. Hearts that Purr give a second chance to a cat who otherwise would have been left without an owner and a home. The house itself is so clean and well kept, I wouldn't mind living there myself! This is not exactly a shelter, but more of a retirement home for older felines. I think the concept is genius and am proud to live in a city that offers care to these otherwise discarded felines. Keep it up Hearts that purr!

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have a terminal illness and my husband is ill. We have our "babies" that we cherish and I needed to make sure that they were going to be cared for when my time comes. Hearts That Purr is that place. I have been there several times unannounced and it is always so clean, the cats are content and very well cared for. I have peace of mind knowing my cats will be loved and cared for. They even take some of the owner's belongings to help the cat adjust to the new surrounding. One cat there has her arm chair she and her owner used to snuggle in. She has been in the chair each time I visit. This is a wonderful place and we need more places like this caring "cat retirement home". Debbie Schaab

4

Donor

Rating: 5

I work at a local veterinary clinic and got to know Hearts That Purr when I had some supplies that I wanted to donate to cats in need. I was able to tour the facility and meet the cats and was truly impressed by the homelike feel and design of this facility. The senior kittizens for senior citizens is incredibly special as I have seen firsthand where and elderly couple has lost their beloved cat but they are afraid to get another one for fear it might outlive them or their ability to care for it. What a blessing the senior kittizens program is to allow them to love another cat and to allow a cat a home worry free.
I have also seen the dedication and love in the staff and volunteers at Hearts That Purr. Everything about this place screams love and devotion to providing a lifetime loving home for these cats. It just makes my heart happy.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

The unexpected death of a neighbor who had left no instructions on who was to take care of her beloved cat in the event of her passing motivated me into finding a solution on what to do with our three cats in the event something happened to my husband and me. Upon learning about Hearts That Purr Feline Guardians, I made an appointment to visit the facility with the hopes of being able to make permanent arrangements for the care of our felines. So impressed with the concept and facility, our attorney completed the proper documentation and we now have peace of mind that our 'family' will be properly taken care of, for their life. Not enough good things can be said about this extraordinary retirement home for our cats. The rooms are open, spacious and very clean; the security tight to avoid the possible escape of a feline; the volunteers hand-picked who really care for the cats and all the cats are extremely well taken-care by their willingness to interact with me, a total stranger. I would highly recommend making arrangements for the care of your cat(s) at Hearts that Purr Feline Guardians.

6 jjsm

Board Member

Rating: 5

As founder of Hearts That Purr Feline Guardians, it gives me great pleasure to tell you about our unique organization. Since 2013, Hearts That Purr has been a “niche” rescue devoted to helping senior felines who become homeless due to their owner’s terminal illness, incapacitation or death.

The need for an organization like this came to me after several years volunteering with a local cat shelter. During that time, it became clear the quality of life for an elderly cat in a crowded shelter, was poor. Typical animal shelters are designed for temporary housing. Sadly, the likelihood of elderly cats, especially those with special needs, being adopted from a shelter full of younger cats and kittens, is not good. It also made me wonder what would happen to my own cats if something happened to me. I realized there should be another option for such cats and the people who love them. I envisioned a place that was more like a comfortable “retirement” home than an animal shelter and decided to do something about it by creating Hearts That Purr.

Since then, I am so proud to see how this small, volunteer-run organization has helped many senior felines whose lives would have ended just because their owner died or had to enter a hospice or nursing home. Our programs and priorities are focused exclusively on the needs of older cats. Our adoption program encourages people to take a chance on an older cat by providing assistance with lifetime vet care. Our “Senior Citizens and Senior Kittizens” foster program matches cats with people, where both may benefit from the companionship. Our “Feline Guardian” program brings peace of mind to those who seek to protect a cat that may outlive them, but have no one to call upon and do not want their cat in a cage or shelter.

The core belief of all at Hearts That Purr is that the lives of senior cats are worth saving, but not just saving them from euthanasia. They deserve to live out their days being loved in a cheerful, “home-like” environment just as their former owners would have wanted. By focusing our efforts in this manner, we make a difference in the lives of these cats and the people who have loved them.