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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: KPOH.org is affiliated and certified in pet emergency and a licensed drone operator in search and rescue with a professional cutting-edge high tech drone. 95% of animals rescued from life-threatening situations suffer from PTSD trauma, injuries, burns, poison or illnesses which require on-going medical care and treatment. These special needs kitties are provided with the highest quality of life possible for whatever time they have within our specialized cage-free indoor safe haven sanctuary. Unfortunately, less than 2% of kitties are recovered from the streets once abandoned or lost.

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

Community Stories

64 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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

KPOH is a great non-profit. Not only do they work with groups in Texas, Tennessee and Kentucky but are willing to go the extra mile to solve situations in other states, like going through the local kitty group here in Portland to help stop a kid in an apt complex from killing all the cats around. This was accomplished through KPOH's SOS Saturday program.

Donations go straight to help the kitties. The kitties in KPOH's care are well taken care of like all furbabies should be.

They have helped me personally by helping me care for my own 3 cats better. Thanks to them, I've become a better pet owner. (thanks from Smokey, Onyx and Spunky by the way).

They believe in educating the public as well as getting kitties adopted and helping out others. They are simply a joy to work with.

KPOH started out as an out-of-pocket group but were missing out on many great opportunities to help the kitties and sources of donations because they weren't a non-profit. I am so glad they got their non-profit status and can help out the kitties even more. They do a lot of great work.

The lady that runs KPOH, Shelley, is an awesome person whom I've had the pleasure of meeting when she was still in Nashville. Helping her out has been a great experience and very rewarding over the last few years.

They can always use more help. Your money/time is very well spent by helping them help the kitties.

Michelle
Portland, OR

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I adopted my baby girl from Kitty's pursuit of happiness and I couldn't be happier with her!!

3 Tammy118

Client Served

Rating: 5

This rescue has stepped up to address horrible situations when other organizations (with way more resources) have turned their backs. The cats in their care lack for nothing - completely vetted (and maybe even a little bit spoiled). Those thrown away by others thrive at Kitty's Purrsuit of Happiness.

There is NOTHING that this rescue will not do to help voiceless animals in distress.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

KPOH rescue is one of the few rescues that actually put the money towards the animals and carefully choose homes for their kitties.

I would recommend this rescue to anyone who cares about animals.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We've helped KPOH with several transits so that rescued kitties can get to their destinations FAST without having to be handed to a new inexperienced driver ever hour or so. They even do a lot of their own driving to get the critical need kitties to Central Texas Cat Hospital to Dr. Smith, who is the president of the Feline Academy of not only Texas, but of the entire USA - which is the largest feline entity in the world! Don't know of any rescue that cares or works harder than KPOH!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Most rescues will only take cats with the most pledge money and the ones they think they can adopt out quickly - NOT KPOH! They do their own rescues from the streets and have many special needs kitties that most will not bother to help. They also go to extremes to find the perfect home, provide nutritional support and ongoing care, as well as do home checks to ensure the wellbeing and safety of each kitty. Wish more Rescues put this type of effort into taking care of animals. Thank you KPOH!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been supporting KPOH for number of years and they have been very transparent in how raised money is spent and how efforts of involved people is being used. Recently I have been a recipient of KPOH support from across the ocean when I rescued yet another poorly stray cat. I will continue supporting the tireless work KPOH does as I believe they do great job rescuing animals but also educating people.

2 Shelley35

Donor

Rating: 5

No one cares about cats more than KPOH! I have done many things for this non profit. I am a proud owner of 3 of the kitties too.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

What an AMAZING organization! What out of state, let alone local Rescue do you know can get 60 cats - not just 49, but 60 all vetted and placed in less than 3 weeks time? KUDOS Kitty's Purrsuit of Happiness - you always step up for the special needs situations, instead of sitting back and only taking in the pretty adoptable kitties that are handed over with pledge money. You are a TRUE RESCUE!!!

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A Kittys PURRsuit of Happiness 08/13/2015

Our gratitude to Homer's Heroes who stepped up and worked with us feverishly, to help get all of these cats moved from this property within 3 short weeks. It was epic and indeed a complete miracle!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

They had a you caring page set up to collect money to euthanize 49 cats. When I and several others asked questions about the cats they deleted the comments and blocked us! The you caring page is now gone, and they have made no apologies to anyone. Were there ever 49 cats that needed saved in WV? No one knows. No legit rescue would behave in this way.

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A Kittys PURRsuit of Happiness 08/13/2015

Malicious nonfactual attacks on social media from individuals who have had no interaction with our organization whatsoever, will of course be refused. Were 49 cats ever saved in the short 3 weeks with no funding and no place for them to go? Actually, there ended up being 65..... http://www.gofundme.com/homersheroeswv

4 Marcy M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Beware of this non-profit. Their fundraising efforts and mission do not seem to line up. Not only do they place a request for public donation to assist in euthanizing healthy animals, they continue to accept funds for that specific purpose even after the animal's safety from their own charade is obtained.

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A Kittys PURRsuit of Happiness 08/13/2015

Did your Dog Rescue personally assess these CATS to determine that they were healthy? Did your Dog Rescue have any interaction in this hoarding situation at all? No. http://www.gofundme.com/homersheroeswv

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This so-called "rescue" is currently attempting to raise funds to have 49 cats put to sleep in West Virginia, though there are WEEKS left to find them homes and KITTYS PURRSUIT OF HAPPINESS is in TEXAS. Why are they trying to KILL cats in another state?! It defies sensibility!

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A Kittys PURRsuit of Happiness 08/13/2015

Your entire review clearly indicates that you did not comprehend ANY of the crisis documented and clearly stated, yet sadly you chose your review to be malicious. http://www.gofundme.com/homersheroeswv

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I would definitely look at the professionalism of this non-profit prior to supporting them financially or in any other way. They had started a campaign to raise money to euthanize cats in West Virginia (far from Texas) while having their owner hold them. http://www.youcaring.com/49-homeless-kitties-392092#.VaiH6UTLGIS.facebook This is surely not the hearts of true rescue. As it turns out, the raising of funds MAY be a ploy for publicity as their Facebook page then rudely mentions they no longer need help. Very confusing. My notes here are based on my own observations and expertise in rescue but something doesn't add up and this would never be an organization I would support.

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A Kittys PURRsuit of Happiness 08/13/2015

Your expertise would have definitely been appreciated in this crisis - please let us know which Rescue you are with below so that you can be properly thanked. Thank you! http://www.gofundme.com/homersheroeswv Good news! The rescue effort was successful, and not one of the 65 cats (we started with 49, but it's kitten season!) with was left behind. :) This would not have been possible without your incredible generosity. On behalf of all these kitties--and from the bottom of my own heart--I thank you! Volunteers worked in relay teams this past weekend to transport the cats from West Virginia to the no-kill shelters in 6 different states who were able to take them. Those shelters include: Seer Farms in Jackson, NJ www.seerfarms.org Forever Home Feline Ranch in Springfield, IL www.felineranch.org the Animal Service League in Rochester, NY www.animalserviceleagueny.org Good Mews in Atlanta, GA www.goodmews.org And, last but not least, the rescue group who first alerted me to this situation and really spear-headed this drive: Kitty's PURRsuit of Happiness in Spring Branch, TX www.kittyspurrsuitofhappiness.org Overall, the cats were in worse shape than we'd hoped, but better shape than might have been expected. 4 of the newborns were simply too sick and malnourished to survive more than a few days after transport, which broke our hearts. But the other 12 survived, and I'm told that at least 3 pregnant mamas-to-be are due to have kittens any day now. Mostly the cats were filthy and hungry, but with plenty of TLC from the rescues that took them, life is already MUCH better for them! Many are also being treated for minor URIs and are expected to be just fine. I've heard from each of the shelters individually that all of these cats are incredibly sweet and loving--little purr machines who are just so grateful to finally be clean and well fed, and don't know how to thank their rescuers enough. :) They should be ready for forever homes soon--I encourage you to check in with the shelters listed above if you're interested in adopting! I've done a lot of fundraising and worked on many rescue efforts in the past, but I've never undertaken something quite like this. Most days, I tried to resign myself to the reality that we likely wouldn't be able to save all the cats, and that if we could save even half, that would still be important work accomplished. That not a single cat was left behind is a testament to your incredible generosity. There's nothing I like better than being proved wrong once in a while! I'll post a more complete update to my website ( www.hihomer.com) in the next few days. Before signing off for now, though, I'd like to once again thank Shelley Blessing of Kitty's PURRsuit of Happiness. If not for her passion, compassion, and round-the-clock efforts for three solid weeks, none of this would have been possible.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Kitty's Purrsuit of Happiness loves animals so much, they often even help other rescuers with their situations. This is hardly ever heard of in the rescue industry! KPOH has helped many kitties that no one else would give the time of day to, as well as goes out and physically does the rescuing where other rescues usually get their animals handed to them with either an intake fee or pledges. KPOH is more motivated and successful than most of the large orgs that have many volunteers and donations. Please donate to KPOH, everything they do is amazing for the animals! Thank you Kitty's Purrsuit!

3 TNCAT911

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted a special needs kitty from KPOH and not only have received detailed health records, but they continue to help with concerns and questions long after the adoption. We love sharing our updates on their Facebook page and will always be a grateful client for life! Thank you for helping those who do not have a voice, nor come with funding!

2 kittensave

Donor

Rating: 5

This Rescue goes out and rescues cats directly whereas most will take owner surrenders and pull from animal services. Street cats do not come with pledges but KPOH works hard to get these cats taken care of, vetted and healed, then adopted into amazing forever homes. It's amazing as to how many cats KPOH has helped in various states, not just locally!

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Donor

Rating: 5

KPOH has been able to accomplish so much with so little - the owner of this rescue is wonderful to work with, she cares so much about the kitties that others seem to have forgotten about it! I love donating to this rescue when I can as I know it goes to care for, protect and save more animals! She is a true angel to these fur babies!

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is one of the great rescues that I have had an opportunity to deal with. KPOH unlike many rescues out there deal with feral colonies, dumped/sickly kitties and hoarding situations as well as any other disaster that she is asked/ able to help out with, such as the displaced animals in the flooding situations. The animals KPOH don't come with a purse such as some do when they are pulled out of a shelter and are sponsored for hundreds or thousands of dollars for their care. The kitties that KPOH rescues only come with love and affection for their rescuers and as wonderful as that is, it won't pay for the medical so they need help from anyone that is willing to help out the kitties. I have had the honor of trying to do my little part to help out this organization for the last couple of years even before it came before non-profit. It is a definite place that I will continue to try to help as well as getting my employer to company match my gifts to help KPOH stretch the dollar a little further and be able to help more kitties/animals in need.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is the best non-profit charity that I have donated to. Shelley whom runs it loves all animals and goes above and beyond to help cat's in dire need of help. I have donated to others and found that the money they collect does not all go to help the animals. Kitty's purrsuit of happiness uses 100% of the donations for her cat's. That's is why I donate to them

2 Terry72

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is such a wonderful organization. It is run by one person who's undYing passion is to try and help as many cats from as many places as possible. She goes out of her way to find homes, and personally care for, abandoned, neglected or feral cats. She's an angel.