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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

79 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.