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Helen Sanders Catpaws

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Our mission is to provide education, support and resources to the community to help more cats live a full and cherished life. We rescue at risk cats from public shelters, find adoptive homes, provide support to the community with education, low or no-cost spay/neuter vouchers, share the joy of kitten companionship with assisted living residents during monthly visits and more!

Results: Between direct rescue efforts, supporting the community with spay/neuter vouchers, distribution of Kitten Care Kits and our Kitten Nursery partnership, we have touched the lives of approximately 3000 cats in nine years!

Target demographics: Rescue cats and kittens from public shelters and reduce shelter death

Direct beneficiaries per year: 160 cats rescued, most of whom would have died in public shelters, provided 200 spay/neuter vouchers to people and provided food and support to dozens of people to help cats they found or for whom they needed to find homes.

Geographic areas served: The south Long Beach, Seal Beach and Huntington Beach, California area

Programs: spay/neuter vouchers to the public, finding adopters for rescued cats, supporting people to care for and find homes for stray cats and kittens.

Community Stories

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Josie R.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am so thankful to Helen Sanders Catpaws! They have provided so much help to stray cats I have come across. I am just a regular person who has come across a few stray cats and I try to help neighbors when they have colonies of cats but my resources are limited and this is where Catpaws has extended me a hand by providing food for these stray cats. They promote TNR and thanks to that I have been able to help my community by making them aware of this option for the community cats. Catpaws ALWAYS find a way to help out cats in need and that is something I truly appreciate!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Volunteers are very passionate about what they do. They really care about saving every animal they can. Highly recommended.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We recently lost 2 elder cats we had for nearly 20 years. We were heartbroken when we stumbled on CatPaws and found our new feline family. Their foster family, dedicated volunteers, continued to care for them while they gained enough weight to be spayed and chipped. We brought them home at the end of June 2019 and they have filled our hearts. This organization is so wonderful and in just the last several months I have been following them I have seen how many rescued cats and kittens they have fostered and placed in forever homes. We have recommended them to friends and family both and know others who found their beloved animals at CatPaws. Can’t say enough positive things about this whole experience and this great organization as well as the dedicated volunteers who keep it going! Our family loves you all! ♥️

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Donor

Rating: 5

As I donor I know adoption isn’t for everyone but I know I can still do my part in the financial fostering of these kittens that would likely have a less fortunate future if not for the kind and loving volunteers of Helen Sanders Cat Protection and Welfare Society. Not only are they helping these little guys they are also providing education to their communities to help more cats live a full and cherished life! How awesome is that?!

1 Andrea Frandsen M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family has adopted and fostered many cats from CatPaws. They have been so easy to work with, such a wonderful and understanding team! All of our kitties have always been so well cared for, the volunteers are so helpful and generous.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering with Helen Sanders Catpaws in 2017 when I ran across one of their kitties in a store. I had put my cat down the year prior due to late stage cancer and just couldn't fill that void just yet. But I saw their volunteer flyer and decided what better way to get my "kitty fix" was to volunteer. It is a great experience to work with so many wonderful people who dedicate so much time and effort to this cause. The time spent is rewarding, fun, and crazy at times with all the cats that come through the organization just looking for their forever home. The personalities and kitty characters I meet is priceless. It only took me about four months to give in and adopt "Marley" a four-year old male from Catpaws. He has brought tremendous love and joy to our household.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Catpaws has a dedicated and friendly staff. The work they do rescuing cats and kittens, is a lot of work.
Sometimes heartbreaking, many rewards, too.
They help the kitties both medically and socially fit into a new home.
I am proud to be a dedicated volunteer with the catpaws organization.

1 Lance S.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I retired to southern California, I was looking for a way to stay active. I had volunteered at another shelter before moving and liked working with animals and the people who love them. I started with CatPAWS and have settled in to a role as database manager. I still help at adoption events, fostering adult cats, and taking kittens to two different assisted living centers every month. I am glad that I work for an organization that gives back to the community in more ways than just cat adoptions. They developed DIY kitten care kits to help community members raise newborn kittens until they are viable at the local shelter and distribute them free of charge. They contribute with spay neuter vouchers. They collaborated with another rescue to start the area's first and only kitten nursery, saving hundreds of kittens in its first six months. This is a great group doing great things.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Catpaws is hands down the best nonprofit I have ever dealt with. Not only did everyone quickly respond and give in depth answers to my questions but they always made it clear they care about their organization and the cats they take care of and meticulously interview each candidate to ensure that these animals only go to the best homes. Erica was extremely courteous and even sent my kitty home with a care package full of not only toys (big and small), but an abundant amount of the best wet and dry cat food, supplements, and notes on amount of food for my kitten and where to buy more. Multiple people have also reached out to make sure my kitten is doing okay and if I had any questions etc. They also gave me very good instructions for future vet visits (when, where, what doctor is best). It’s amazing knowing each person who works for this nonprofit really care and their actions prove that the animals are the top priority and nothing else. I am so grateful to have been able to work with them!

1 Mayra Mariela R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My friend used to be a volunteer and referred us. We adopted two kittens as a Christmas surprise for my son this past December. The application process and interview was thorough and quick. We went in to meet all the cats that were available and we were surprised at how loving they were. The foster parents are all amazing, caring and sweet. It was tough to pick our babies but we got the most perfect kitties ever. Helen Sanders CatPaws took care of all the cat’s needs so they were ready to go home fixed, vaccinated, dewormed and microchipped. Best of all, they offer 2 for the price of 1!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My sister, her kids and myself always visited the kittens and cats on the weekends and it wasn’t long before we decided to adopt. First my sister and her family adopted a kitten and then a little kitten Zyla (now Izzy) adopted me and my boyfriend. Since she was still so little, we couldn’t keep her yet, but got to visit her in her foster home. We were so excited when we finally got to pick her up! At the foster home there were other kittens and another kitten (Merlin) tried to stowaway in my purse. But we had plans for only 1 kitten. Izzy was doing great with us, loving to give cuddles and suckling. But sometimes she seemed bored and we thought about getting a playmate for her. When we saw Merlin was back up for adoption, we knew it was meant to be. He wanted to go home with us from the beginning! Now we have two additions to our family and couldn’t be happier!

1 Ana G.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We recently adopted our babies Cali (who is a Tortie) & Max (Grey/black/white) in June 2019. We wanted to add a couple of siblings for our boy Tiger as his sister Lily had just passed away.

We had heard about Helen CatPaws through friends of ours who had adopted their two boys from them. Since we were looking for babies, we saw pictures of our Cali & Max and decided to put through the paperwork to adopt them. We went through the interview process and you could tell that they want only the best for their adoptees. Since our interview was over the phone, it really came through how much the people at Helen CatPaws care.

Once we were "appurroved", we were able to be in contact with the foster family. Normally I'm the type of person who needs to be hands on with our babies, but after speaking with Amanda (the foster mom for Cali & Max), I felt very comfortable knowing they were in great hands for the few weeks they had to stay until they got spayed and neutered.

My husband and I picked them up at Amanda's house. By that time we were so excited to bring them to their new house and their new big brother, Tiger. Cali & Max are now 23 weeks (Cali) & 25 weeks (Max) and are living life at its fullest. Tiger has become the best big brother. Cali loves to sleep with him and Max loves to play with him. We love that Cali & Max were able to bond while at their foster family house.

Adopting from Helen CatPaws was the best decision we made. We would definitely adopt from them again when the time comes.

If you are looking to adopt, please do consider adopting from Helen CatPaws.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My family had always volunteered time with different charities and I was looking for that one great charity that my family could join and be a part of and grow. I wanted my children to have another dimension in life and have a consistent way they can give back. Helen Sanders CatPaws made that a reality. My entire family including my father have been a part of this organization for a year. We have assisted with everything from fostering, adoptions, education, marketing, promotions, and community outreach. The experience has been nothing short of phenomenal. The organization takes all suggestions or advice from all volunteers and allows you play a significant part in how the organization performs. There is no pressure, but tons of help for any thing you need. I even consulted different employees from organizations such as PetSmart and Petco about Helen Sanders as to what kind of charity it is. All of the references said this is the top charity they have every dealt with in all of the experiences they have had with different charities. I would highly recommend joining this organization as we have and will continue to be a part of it.

1 Mitchell C.

Board Member

Rating: 5

In mid year 2016 our family found ourselves in need of some new friends for our young (at the time) dog. His older feline friend (Mazie) had crossed over the rainbow bridge and his older dog friend (Greta) was failing, soon to join Mazie on the other side. My wife in her wisdom knew we needed to find a new friend for our young dog so he would not be alone.

My wife had been visiting a cattery in our neighborhood and so we went to look at kitties. There was one kit (who turned out to be two - sisters who look very alike) who she had fallen for. When we got to the cattery I quickly discerned (being the observant fellow I am) that there were two kits she had been seeing at different times.

I said “no way we can split them up”
- they were very attached to each other. My wife’s initial disappointment thinking we were leaving with no candidate kit quickly changed when I said we would like to adopt both of them.

Next day, adoption approved we took them home. Three days later we confirmed they had ringworm spots. We had no clue what to do. CatPaws was everything they said they would be - available to talk, sharing topical meds, sharing lots of information, but most important was the effort that was made to help us, educate us and help guide us thru how to treat this very treatable fungal infection - they encouraged and supported our journey thru ringworm.

Our adoption facilitator, who was one of the never ending helpful CatPaws
People during our ringworm journey, mentioned that the rescue, Helen Sanders CatPaws was in need of volunteers. So I volunteered. And I still do three years later.

I was very impressed with all they had helped with.

In full disclosure I am a CatPaws Volunteer.

In full disclosure CatPaws continues to break the glass ceiling in all its efforts .

I’ve come to know many other rescues all of whom look at our work, CatPaws work, with high regard.

For us it’s always been about doing the right thing for the kits and cats and for our community.

Thanks for reading.

1 deborah11

Board Member

Rating: 5

Full disclosure! I'm a volunteer with CatPAWS. The rescue was inspired by the legacy of Helen Sanders who was a pioneer in trap/neuter/return and felt community cats deserved care, not death. The organization has grown to focus on taking at risk cats from public shelters, everything from tiny, underage, orphaned kittens to seniors who deserve a quiet home to live out whatever time they have. We believe that the problem of cat homelessness and unnecessary death in streets and shelters is bigger than any one organization, so we provide support and education to the community with spay/neuter vouchers, food, DIY Kitten Care Kits (check that out on the website!) and even medical care when possible. We recently partnered with another organization and the municipal shelter to create a Kitten Nursery, a groundbreaking effort to save more underage kittens, typically the group most likely to die in shelters. Between the cats we take directly, kittens diverted from shelters, spay/neuter vouchers to break the tragic breeding cycle, with the help of our wonderful supporters we improved the lives of about 500 cats a year!