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A Kittys Purrsuit of Happiness

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal-Related, Animals, Children & Youth, Disaster Aid, Search & Rescue Squads, Youth Development

Mission: A Kitty's Purrsuit of Happiness is dedicated to improving the lives of abused, abandoned, stray, feral and ill/injured cats from the streets and dangerous situations through TNR, long term care, and rehoming.

Target demographics: Abused, abandoned, stray, feral and ill/injured cats from the streets and dangerous situations

Geographic areas served: San Antonio, TX and surrounding areas

Programs: Emergency, Disaster Relief, TNR, Kiddies Helping Kitties, Special Needs & Feral indoor Sanctuary

Community Stories

71 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a fan of Kitty's Purrsuit of Happiness for many years now. I learned about Shelley and her tireless work to save all cats and kittens through Facebook and began making donations to support her work. I have never seen anyone work as hard as Shelley and with as much passion and dedication to try to make the lives of felines and humans better. Shelley and the rest of the volunteers who run this wonderful nonprofit are not only selfless and caring, they are also very knowledgeable about cats and how best to care for them. I have had the privilege of not only donating to the organization but of also being a beneficiary in the form of adopting two sibling kittens who were rescued from a kill facility in Tennessee and transported to me. Of special note is the work that KPOH does to rescue cats in the most dire of circumstances, e.g hoarding, injured strays on the street, etc. No cat is ever turned away when care is needed and this comes at a cost. Like many nonprofits, there are never enough financial resources to cover everything. Honestly, KPOH is probably the finest rescue organization I have ever worked with and I look forward to working with them for many years to come. I hope others will consider supporting their important work.

4 Lauren S.4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been a supporter of KPOH for several years! During this time I have not only received assistance in emergency situations but have witnessed their "no-excuses" leadership in several disaster situations throughout several states that others better equipped, refused to help. I wish all organizations were as hardworking and transparent. I wish there was a higher rating than 5 stars!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Shelley is amazing for what she does for all of these kitties! She goes above and beyond and uses what little funds she has to ensure that all the kitties have the best quality of care possible!

3 Amanda T.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Shelley cares about her cats more than anyone I have ever met. She works tirelessly around the clock to rescue kitties and find them good homes. We adopted our fur baby Izzy last year and have had a great experience with KPOH. Shelley is always available to answer questions and checks in on Izzy to make sure we are doing well. KPOH does great work, specializing in helping kitties with various medical conditions that other places would likely give up on. The heart of this organization is great and this is an organization I am so happy to have found.

3 Charlieshero

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Most rescues will cherry-pick from shelters so it's amazing to find a group that truly cares about all cats, not just the ones that can be adopted quickly or has the most pledges. Kitty's Purrsuit of Happiness traps all of their rescues, and if one is injured or sick they receive medical and surgical care and placed into a safe sanctuary environment. Their sanctuary is a cat's paradise!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Shelley reached out to me after she saw the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in my part of town. She asked how my 4 kitties and I were doing, and whether we needed help. I was desperate to have someone take my kitties out of my toxic home and foster them for a short time till I could decontaminate and sanitize their space. She and her husband made a 6-hr+ round-trip to pick the kitties up, and she took care of them at KPOH for three weeks; then she made the long trip back again to bring them home. She helped me get them settled in their new digs and counseled me with advice for better nutrition. God bless this lovely, caring patron saint to kitties. We love you, Shelley and KPOH, and thanks for everything.

3 LittleDlady

Donor

Rating: 5

Always happy to donate to this wonderful rescue who works so hard at saving cats that few would take the time or effort. There is always an abundance of updates and photos of not only the cats, but also of the amazing sanctuary that they are living in. I would highly recommend supporting this group!

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The amount of care and hard work that goes into this organization is immense. The organization is always looking for ways to help cats in need and find a way to better house them. The atmosphere is loving and supportive. Cats are give as much attention as they need. Their needs always come first. They are given medicine if needed and even syringe fed by hand to make sure they are getting adequate nutrition. Nothing but love is found here!

3 Cyndi Ray H.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have never met a more caring and loving person of this non-profit. She goes above and beyond for her rescued kitties and will not place them in a home that is not deserving of them. Thanks for all your hard work Shelley!

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A safe haven for the lost and homeless kitties in the neighborhood and it's surrounding area. I wholly support the efforts of KPOH. A strong daily presence on FB, with updates and evidence of the caring and care of the needs of the homeless. Always getting the needed vet care, the love and understanding, the comforts of a real home type situation, KPOH is solely focused on taking care of kitty needs and diligently pursues a Kitty's PURRsuit of Happiness. The lucky kitties may get adopted, but the kitties who may stay for their entire lifetime are still lucky kitties. KPOH is entirely supported by donations, smile.Amazon gifting, and FB campaigning and is always grateful for every gift, even offering sponsorships of the kitties who reside there. A hardworking, tirelessly motivated woman and her family and friends, her FB followers struggle in the fight to feed, vet and support KPOH. Every penny is used for the kitties. Visit their FB page!

4 frisco32

Client Served

Rating: 5

We were saddened to learn that many of the dog rescues in San Antonio refused to help dogs abandoned and starving in a dump site. We adore our little guy who was pulled out of this situation and appreciate that a cat rescue stepped up to save him!

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

KPOH is so knowledgeable in all cat care and their help with our diabetic cat actually got him off insulin! We are so happy and see such a change in him, we wish our Vet knew nutrition and holistic medicine. Thank you KPOH!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

"Every pet deserves a home, but not every home deserves a pet" if more organizations took the time to help their adopters like KPOH does, maybe there wouldn't be so many homeless animals. KPOH cares and is always available with knowledgeable assistance. We also appreciated learning about the importance of proper nutrition, which we thought we already knew, but were shocked that we were only going off of what the pet food companies lead us to believe. Thanks for taking the time and putting so much effort into your adoptions KPOH!

2 RIley16

Donor

Rating: 5

It's about time a rescue organization acknowledged that cats housed with loud barking dogs is very stressful and causes them to be more scared and withdrawn. KPOH is exclusively for cats which allows them to heal and learn to trust humans again giving them a true chance to be adopted. Most shelters/rescues euthanize too quickly deeming cats unsociable or feral because they are too scared in these loud small cage shelters and they don't have the time to assess their demeanor properly. Cats are very different than dogs in social settings, but are treated the same :(

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Donor

Rating: 5

Always happy to donate and see all the before, during and after photos of the rescues that are being helped! Thank you for all you do.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

THERE ARE FERRELL CAT COMUNITIES ALL AROUND SPRING BRANCH THAT THE SAME PEOPLE HAVE CARED FOR FOR YEARS AND YEARS. THE FERRELL CAT PROGRAM SPAYS NEUTER AND ALL SHOTS AND ADDRESS ANY HEALTH ISSUES. YOU NEED TO FIND OUT ABOUT THESS COLONIES (THAT ARE WELL CARED FOR) BECAUSE YOUR GROUP IS TRAPPING CATS THAT HAVE BEEN PETS FOR PEOPLE FOR YEARS. RECENTLY YOU TRAPPED A CAT THAT YOU TOOK AWAY FROM ITS COMPAMION. THE COMPANION IS HEART BROKEN. SETTING TRAPS TO CATCH CATS AND THEN LEAVING THE CAT TRAPS UNATTENDED IS ENDANGERMENT TO THAT ANIMAL AND IS ANIMAL CRULTY. WE SAW ONE OF YOUE TRAPS THAT WAS NOT CHECKED FOR 4 DAYS. THERE HAS BEEN VERY BAD WEATHER HERE THE STRESS THESE ANIMALS MUST FEEL IN A TRAP IN UNBEARABLE. PLEASE STOP TRAPPING OUR PETS!!!!! I LOVE MY FERRELL CATS AND HAVE TAKEN GOOD CARE ON THEM FOR YEARS. I ALSO HEARD THE POLICE ARE LOOKING FOR YOU BECAUSE LOTS OF OUR PETS ARE MISSING.

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A Kittys PURRsuit of Happiness 05/18/2016

"Professional with expertise in this field" of "FERRELL" cats - Please post within the comment section below, the vet records of your "pets" because the ones that we stay out until all hours of the night to rescue, are neglected, suffering, sick, shot, injured, and pregnant cats that have been rescued as requested by the community merchants from their business parking lots. If these are your pets, please know that you are in violation of the city ordinance laws and that we certainly would be so grateful to be reimbursed for the thousands of dollars spent on their care.... We do have photos and hospitalization/ medical records on every single one as well as the other rescues who have stepped up to help these cats. If not, surely you will remove this post so that those concerned will not feel the need to review the Animal Rescue Connection and the San Antonio Feral Cat Coalition who are run by the same person. Thank you.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I adopted 2 kitties from KPOH!
They are the BEST and KINDEST rescue I havd ever met!!!!
Thankyou

3 Hockeybabe

Client Served

Rating: 5

Kitty's pursuit of Happiness is a dedicated and compassionate rescue. They are always saving many kitties in need and for a small rescue they accomplish many a miracle.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization!!! The individual who runs this organization is amazing in what they are able to do with so little. They have saved countless kitties and given them an opportunity to have great lives. Not only do they do things for there organization, they willing go out of there way to help other kitties in different states as well. Truly an organization worth supporting.

3 Kathy246

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization does amazing, lifesaving work on behalf of homeless and needy cats! I have adopted 2 cats from them that were transported to me personally from out of state, and am a frequent supporter of their efforts. The founder Shelley tirelessly works to save cats in need and has made such a difference for many suffering cats on the street with amazing compassion.

3 Stephanie237

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been involved with several animal rescues all over the country for many years and I can say Kittys Purrsuit of Happiness is one of my favorites! I've never seen a more dedicated and caring organization which does so much with sometimes so little from feeding and vetting the ferals from the streets to finding the best homes for its cats; this organization never stops caring for any cat that crosses its path. Because of its proven dedication, it's always the first organization I give to when I can.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I love the work of this organization! It is a true blessing for kitties. I personally know the head of KPOH and have adopted 2 kitties from her. Please consider supporting!