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Poppy Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: To promote the general welfare of homeless, abandoned, and abused animals. The foundation provides food, shelter, medical treatment and physical support.

Target demographics: Cats with Special Medical Conditions who need life long care.

Geographic areas served: Las Vegas NV

Programs: To promote the general welfare of homeless, abandoned, and abused animals

Community Stories

26 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Meet Seamus and Reilly, two cats we adopted from the Poppy Foundation. My wife and I have volunteered with Poppy for nearly 8 years. Poppy is run entirely by volunteers who care for, feed and medicate nearly 150 cats, the majority of which have special medical needs. The board of the Poppy Foundation is comprised of caring folks who give incredibly generously of their time and their own funds. In fact, the Poppy Foundation has been designated as a 100% Giving Board by the Community Foundation of Western Nevada, which recognizes the personal financial contributions of non-profit Board members. That says a lot about this Board. We also love Dr. Steelman and all she donates to the Poppy cats and the great care she provides for our boys. This is a great organization deserving of support and a Top-Rated Non Profit designation.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Poppy Foundation is an exceptional place in Las Vegas. They take in medically-dependent, abandoned, and special needs cats from the community and give them a safe haven to live for the rest of their lives. These cats are always kept safe, fed, and played with and the ones with even the highest medical needs are well looked after. Each person involved with the Poppy Foundation truly cares about each and every cat that comes through the doors and strives to make sure they have a sanctuary where they can feel loved and cared for.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Poppy Foundation is a excellent place where kitties of all kinds get to live a peaceful life that they otherwise weren’t living. I have volunteered with the Poppy Foundation for over 12 years and find the other volunteers, staff and of course the kitties a pleasure to work with. I have adopted several adoptable poppy cats from their foundation that have been a joy and blessing. Helping the Poppy Foundation is huge because they try their upmost best to ensure all the cats involved in the organization are given the best care possible. Attatched is my girl Sheba who I adore greatly.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This non profit does wonderful work with cats. They help the community with low cost/no cost spay and neuter. I cannot say enough about This wonderful organization

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Poppy Foundation is such a special place, where visitors and volunteers care for the needs of cats who have nowhere else to go. They're safe at this all-volunteer charity, and when people leave, they're already planning when they can return. The kitties love the attention, and it's a relaxing spot for us, too. You can feel the love here, thank you for giving them their best lives! I'm proud to be involved with this amazing organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Poppy Foundation is an amazing organization that helps unadoptable and special needs cats.
My favorite niece, Lillian the cat, came from The Poppy Foundation. She has not only enriched our lives with her charm and demeanor, she also makes everyone fall in love with her. Many people, especially her grandma, often talk about stealing this one-eyed beauty!
Many more amazing cats like Lillian are there waiting for their furever home. Some also have permanent residency and a full-time job assisting staff as valuable paperweights and door greeters.
I have been included in several fundraisers for this organization and they have all been rewarding and inclusive. If only I could volunteer full-time!
This talented and extremely caring group of people that run this nonprofit are well-organized and truly care about the wellbeing of all the cats. The location is designed for cats and is clean and welcoming.
The Poppy Foundation is the best!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am impressed by the dedication of the volunteers and board members of this organization. They work tirelessly to raise money for and take care of the cats. I have 3 cats all adopted from the Poppy Foundation and I cannot imagine my house without them. Dr. Steelman is the best cat vet I have ever met and her dedication should be applauded.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My daughter has been a supporter of the Poppy Foundation since it began. I moved to Las Vegas 10 years ago and am thrilled that she introduced me to the organization. I am an animal lover and am so impressed with the dedication from the volunteers, board members, and the medical support team. As a 100% volunteer organization and as one who solely survives on donations, they work tirelessly to raise funds to care for the special cats in their care. Dr. Steelman is my age and I am just amazed at the hours of her time that she donates to the medical care of the cats. She does this with extreme kindness and compassion. I am happy to be a supporter of the Poppy Foundation.

2 Laura K.9

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter of the Poppy Foundation since it began. This is an organization that exudes love, compassion, and support for cats in need. I was so impressed with this organization, that I was ecstatic when I was invited to join the Board. I now can use my administrative expertise to raise money for such an amazing cause. This organization thrives because of the extraordinary volunteers who care for our cats every day, and most of all due to the dedication of the most amazing Veterinarian I have even met, Dr. Linda Steelman. She works tirelessly to provide these cats with the medical care they need with an extra dose of true love for them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is the little rescue that could. For the past 13 years, the Poppy Foundation has been taking in medically fragile and unadaptable cats and giving them a safe place to live for the rest of their lives. There are generally 150 cats in the population. It runs solely on private donations and volunteer support. The Board is a 100% giving board as recognized by the Community Foundation of Western Nevada. The volunteer crew works hard to identify safe and loving homes for the adoptable cats that find their way to the Poppy Foundation. I know that all the money I donate and the time I contribute goes to care for these precious cats that would have nowhere else to go without the hard working, loving, selfless crew at the Poppy Foundation.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Poppy’s has no less than 150 high special needs cats at any given time! These animals receive great loving care and are allowed to live their lives out with dignity! It is my honor to help assist in those endeavors!

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PoppyCats 12/16/2019

Thank you so much for your support and for volunteering your time to help our cats and our cause!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been associated with this wonderful organization for many years. It has given many sweet but unadoptable kitties a home and medical care.
100% of all donations go to maintain them. Regular and special foods, medical care (including lab work, xrays, ongoing medication), constant litter changes, laundry, etc. are expensive and there is zero administration costs. Poppy is so fortunate to have so many caring people since it lives mainly by donations and fund raisers, In fact the Board members and volunteers often dip into their own pockets to help out.
I have seen so many of these animals become socialized and so many children, including classes of learning impaired visit and enjoy their interactions. It has been a joy.

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PoppyCats 12/16/2019

Thank you so much for your kind words Kitty Mommy! We couldn't do this work without the support and generosity of amazing folks like you!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is such a kind and caring charity. Thanks to the amazing Dr. Steelman and the hard work of all the volunteers at the Poppy Foundation, homeless and chronically ill kitties get a second chance. They also put on lots of fun events for the community to help support their efforts. I've been supporting this organization for over 10 years and will continue to do so. To any of the people feeling uneasy about the 2 negative reviews posted, I would challenge you to take a tour of the place and see directly where your money is going. Warning though: you might fall in love with a cuddly kitty or two!

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PoppyCats 11/01/2019

Thank you for your kind words Chrissy! We work hard everyday to better the lives of cats in our community! We love our supporters!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

To merely speak about it hardly does it justice. If you visit The Poppy Foundation, it’s hard to believe your eyes. So very many cats of different health issues and ages, all looking well cared for and content. You’d think this staggering number of cats, coexisting would be full of ruffled fur and hisses, but it has a surreal calmness, maybe in part that these kitties know this is their last hope and lifeline! When possible I donate, and I adopted my last two lil stinkers from them, and I love them so much. Appropriate I am commenting today, Halloween, as they are both black cats, named after witches from Bewitched, Clara and Esmeralda. The Poppy Foundation is a very worthwhile organization!

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PoppyCats 11/01/2019

Thank you for your feedback! It is amazing these kitties have figured out how to live in harmony! we like to think its because they know they are safe!

6 April S.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was part of Trunk or Treat this year for Poppy. Such a great fun! The Poppy Foundation does so much for their community and their speical cats. A lot of time and caring goes into each event. Every dime made goes directly back to these animals in need.

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PoppyCats 11/01/2019

Thank you for volunteering your time to our cats April we love hosting community events and getting more folks involved with our rescue!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Treats all cats that come in like family. The only place that I could think of that takes care of cats and gives them a second chance at life.

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PoppyCats 11/01/2019

Thank you! We do our best to help as many cats as we can! We appreciate your support!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Poppy Foundation has been rescuing special needs and abandoned cats for years. Can’t say enough good things about them. I have been to The Poppy Foudation as a volunteer and see the wonderful care given to the cats by the Drs, volunteers and staff. Poppy also helps by doing spay and neutering for other non profit groups.

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PoppyCats 11/01/2019

Thank you for your long time support Grandma Kitty! Our cats love you and your catnip!

5 Kim M.7

Donor

Rating: 5

I have donated to this foundation for quite a few years and am very happy how they are running it. I never worry where my contributions go. They keep everyone posted on the cats and what's happening with them as well as events. I have been burned in the past from several other foundations where they leave town and the funds have disappeared. The Poppy Foundation is great and has been around since 1995. I will continue to contribute to their cause.

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PoppyCats 10/18/2019

Thank you for your continued support and donations Kim! We are grateful for all of our donors and sponsors! We could not help as many cats as we do without folks like you!

6 Dani C. A.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organizations whose only goal is to help the disabled, unadoptable kitties to give them the best life they can. They are community based and do what they can to help our community a better place to be. The ladies who run this organization are the sweetest, most humble people you could meet, just truly looking to good for the animals they love so much. I would recommend anyone to take the time to stop by, learn about this organization, and give all the support you can. 1 minute in their facility and your heart will melt for these babies!

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PoppyCats 10/18/2019

Thank you for your kind words Dani.. We believe in building a better community for everyone, both two legged and four legged! We appreciate your support !

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I support the Poppy Foundation because they support our community by taking in cats that are otherwise unadoptable or put down just because they have issues like diabetes, blindness, CH, FIV, limbs missing...they also have made room for senior kitties and medically fragile cats that people drop off at their door. They are the meaning of 'no cat left behind'. You can visit these Poppy cats and play with them and make their lives happy and in turn they make you happy. I love supporting the Poppy Foundation in anyway I can because they do all they can to give back to the kitties in our community.

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PoppyCats 10/18/2019

Thank you so much for your support Stacey! And thank you for your kindness and generosity toward our organization ! Our supporters are amazing!

6 Tamaris D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

15 years ago when my daughter moved to Las Vegas & needed a vet for for her cat, I first met Dr Steelman & learned of her dedication to homeless unwanted cats. I have been to visit the Poppy Foundation and can attest to the stellar job they are doing. I visit every time I am in town and spend time visiting the kittens & the special cats who have a permanent home at Poppy and love seeing how happy and well taken care of they are. I have also contributed to their fundraisers and donated raffle items to them to help raise funds for the cats. I am a supporter of this foundation because I believe everyone there is open and honest and is doing the hard work of taking care of cats that others have turned their back on. The Poppy Foundation is the first place I would volunteer at if I lived in Las Vegas and I would them recommend them to anyone who was seeking to adopt, foster or re-home a cat.

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PoppyCats 10/18/2019

Thank you Tamaris! Dr Steelman is an incredibly kind hearted soul, we could not do as much as we do without her support and expertise! Thank you for your continued support and donations!

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6 Liz B.6

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been donating to the Poppy Foundation for two decades and it is by far one of theist wonderful organizations around. There are no paid employees, just volunteers who give their time and effort to help abandoned and disabled cats live their best lives. They also help abandoned cats find loving homes. My Brynhildr and Bert were both saved from desperate situations, nursed back to health by the dedicated volunteers of Poppy and given the chance to spend their lives being loved by me because of the hard work of the Poppy Foundation.

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PoppyCats 10/18/2019

Thank you Liz, your loyalty & support means so much to us and our Cats! We couldn't do it without amazing people like you!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have adopted two of my babies from the Poppy foundation. The work they do is amazing. So many selfless people come together to care for these cats. I am a monthly donor and also spend time there loving the kitties whenever I can. Everything is spent directly on the cats which is one of the reasons I like them. It’s all about the cats!

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PoppyCats 08/12/2019

Thank you Koko! We appreciate your kind words and your monthly donations ! We are so grateful to have kind hearted folks like you involved in our Foundation, we couldn't do it with out you. Thank you for adopting Poppy Cats!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter of and donor to this amazing charity for over 10 years . Their dedication and compassion for the lives of all cats and animals is extraordinary. The volunteers and supporters are amazing, it never ceases to amaze me how much of their time and themselves they give everyday in a tireless effort to save the lives of the kitties that need them to survive .

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PoppyCats 08/12/2019

Thank you for your continued support and you loyalty over the years! We couldn't do this work without kind hearted people like you ! Thank you for loving our cats and supporting our cause!

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Christine D.4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I wanted to donate as my friend is asking for his birthday gift to go here. However after reading a review I am now concerned and would like this non profit to please simply post the amount of our donated dollars thst go directly to helping the animals and what percentage goes to administration. ( all United Way non profits must have less than 25% going to Administration) I like to use that figure as a basis. I see that there is a link on here to get more info for $125. Not spending that!! I would like this organization to please post these numbers .

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PoppyCats 07/13/2019

Christine, Thank you for your comment and Thank you for verifying our non profit status. We can assure you that 100% of donations go directly to the care of our cats. We do not charge administrative fees and there are no salaries. Our organization runs solely on volunteer time and generous donations from the community of folks that support us. We have been caring for over 120 chronically ill and medical fragile cats for over 10 years. These cats need around the clock medical care, shelter , food and love for the rest of their lives. Again thank you for your comment and we hope you continue to support local non profits.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 2

This charity takes the money donated to its cats and uses it for personal gain. The president has taken thousands of dollars for her own use, vacations, home improvement.