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For The Love Of Cats Inc

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Our mission is to end the cruelty of pet overpopulation by rescuing abandoned cats and kittens and sterilizing the feral and stray cat population in the community.

Results: TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return) for Community (Feral) Cats TNR is one of For the Love of Cat’s key directives. The community issues of cat overpopulation cannot be achieved through the adoption process. It must be accomplished through sterilization of the existing community cat population. In addition to sterilizing, the cats are vaccinated and under the daily feeding and care of volunteer caregivers. For the Love of Cats works with Domestic Animal Services in Collier County to adhere to the TNR ordinance currently in place. To date, For the Love of Cats has TNR’d over 5000 cats. Caregivers feed over 300 cats on Marco Island every day. Rescue of Abandoned House Cats and Kittens Abandoned pets are a major contributing factor to the increase in community cats throughout Collier County. For the Love of Cats has rescued almost 300 abandoned house cats in the immediate area over the last 4 years. Kittens are a by-product of the community cat colonies. Rescued early, they can be domesticated and adopted into loving homes. We have rescued and adopted over 3000 kittens since 2002 and continue to rescue kittens that are the offspring of abandoned house cats in our community (we rescue the mom cat as well). We no longer have kittens from the community cat colonies because we have fixed and vaccinated all of the free roaming unadoptable cats in the community to our knowledge. Spay/Neuter for Cats of Low Income Families Our Low Income Spay/Neuter program pays for sterilization surgery for cats and kittens owned by families that would otherwise abandon them without this service. Our program is designed to help families keep their pets with the benefit of reducing abandonment and thereby also reducing the number of cats and kittens that add to the existing community cat population. Every year, we help over 75 cats and kittens to keep their home. Emergency Veterinary Services for Low Income Families Many low income families have pets that need urgent veterinary attention and would be forced to allow their pet to suffer or be euthanized without this program. Last year alone, we paid for 3 dental extractions, 3 knee surgeries, 2 cats with severe whole body infections, 1 cancerous eye removal, 1 crushed tail surgery and 2 broken leg surgeries. Each of these emergencies was over $1000 each. Seniors for Seniors Adoption Program Older cats languish in shelters for years and most do not get adopted or worse, they are euthanized to make room for younger animals. Senior citizens are often living alone and depression is a major concern. This program includes cats from all rescue groups in Collier county. Cats over 5 years old may be adopted by a senior citizen over the age of 55 at no cost to the adopter. The adoption fee along with a complete care kit for the cat is provided by For the Love of Cats. This program has been a very successful one with over 100 senior cats adopted since 2010.

Target demographics: rescue abandoned cats and kittens and help low income families to keep their pets.

Direct beneficiaries per year: save the lives of over 250 cats and kittens and helped over 60 families to keep their pets.

Geographic areas served: Marco Island, Isles of Capri, Goodland and the surrounding rural areas

Programs: -TNR (trap, neuter, return) for feral cats Rescue and adoption of abandoned cats and kittens -Spay/neuter of cats owned by families in need -Help 'em Keep 'em program pays for wellness and emergency care for cats of low income families -Seniors for Seniors program that pays the adoption fee and provides a complete care kit of food and supplies for cats over 5 years old adopted to seniors over 55 throughout Collier county

Community Stories

52 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Former staff

Rating: 5

This all volunteer, fantastic shelter is the cleanest, most exceptionally organized facility with unmatched dedicated, loving people staffing it. These are the luckiest kitties who find their way to this shelter. The frightened , shy little ones who come into this facility leave there well socialized and knowing what human love is. I can't say enough about Jan, Jim and Linda and all that they and the rest of the volunteers do to make a better life for these beautiful stray kitties. I can not imagine what would have happened to all of the cats that were rescued had it not been for "For the Love of Cats". Thanks you guys!
Sue C.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

For The Love Of Cats is by far the most wonderful, clean, caring, attentive shelter I have ever visited in my life. I am proud to be a volunteer for over 5 years. All of the volunteers are second to none. These kittens and cats recieve the best care and love. They are all so well socialized and adorable. The managers of this fantastic shelter are the most selfless people I have ever met. I feel privileged to be associated with these people and this facility. It's a great place to adopt a kitten or cat.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AFTER FINDING A WONDERFUL CAT AT THE NAPLES SHELTER JUST BEFORE SHE WOULD HAVE BEEN DESTROYED, WE DISCOVERED THAT " FOR THE LOVE OF CATS " ON MARCO ISLAND WAS WORKING TO SAVE MANY OF THE CATS THAT OTHER ORGANIZATIONS COULD NO LONGER HELP. ARMED WITH THIS INFORMATION, WE PROCEEDED TO MARCO TO SEE FOR OURSELVES AND FOUND A CLEAN WONDERFUL FACILITY WITH MANY HAPPY CATS BEING HELPED BACK TO GOOD HEALTH BY OWNERS WHO WERE VERY HANDS ON. WE IMMEDIATELY HELPED FINANCIALLY AND HOPE OTHERS WILL DO THE SAME!
THIS IS A GRADE A OPERATION.
DESANKA & DAVE

Client Served

Rating: 5

Three years ago we lost our beautiful Boo. A hero, faithful friend, caregiver when ill and constant companion. We just stopped by for Love of Cats to glance. Let me rephrase. I made my husband go by as his heart was still completely broke. You see Boo sat with my husband on the weekends in a sand chair and had breakfast with him every weekend watching the sun come up; enjoyed football games with him and slept with us. He was adamant about not having any more cats. He looked away while I was looking at the kittens. I choose two brothers. By evening my husband had both on his chest having them purring loud and clear. We still think of Boo every day but with Barnstable and Frederick we have lots of fun and laughter is abundant. Thank you to everyone at For The Love of Cats. You are truly remarkable.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

For The Love Of Cats is a team of dedicated people who unselfishly provide their time and talent day in and day out taking care of helpless animals. This organization is a gift that definitely understands what selfless giving is all about. Kindness abounds.

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Jodi21

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for the last few years at For the Love of Cats on Marco Island. Jan and Jim Rich go above and beyond to care for and find loving homes for these cats in need. They have a volunteer staff that plays with gives loving, medicates if needed, feeds the cats as well as cleaning the cages, doing laundry and sweeping the floors. I can't say enough about these two people who do all they can do for the cats. If I was a cat I would be very happy to spend time at this shelter!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

For the Love of Cats is a volunteer organization that saves the lives of many abandoned cats and places them in homes where they are loved and cared for - a very worthy cause. The volunteers are very dedicated and do an outstanding job on a continuing basis.

Regards,

Michael S. Heschel

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunter for Love of Lats for the past 8 plus years. Jim & Jan are the MOST dedicated loving cat Guardians you will every find. Every one of OUR babies receives the finest medicial care and
one on one loving. We have volunteers who clean,feed,medicate,bottle feed,feed feral colonies,trap for TNR,and come in for just playtime and loving.And most important find wonderful FOREVER homes.We have been told by many adopters "This is the best well adjusted ,loving cat/kitten I have ever had.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Before becoming a volunteer with this organization I was unaware of the many great things they do. The kittens and cats brought into the shelter are treated like family and so are the volunteers who help out. I think that because of the true love and care that goes on at the shelter is due to the sucesses. The organization cares so much about these animals it makes my heart melt. I am so happy I have joined this shelter.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love my "job". It is so much fun taking care and loving all the cats and kittens that come to the shelter. It's sad to kiss them good-bye but very rewarding knowing they are going to a new, loving home. Jim and Jan make this all possible with their dedication and knowledge. It is a very positive experience - for the volunteers and the cats.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Living in a condo on Marco we were restricted to how many animals we could have. We already had a dog and parrot. I met a wonderful volunteer who told me about the shelter. I applied and was accepted as a volunteer. Now for 7 years I have been getting my kitty fix every week! And the 2 people I work with are the best! We have all been together for 7 years!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

For the Love of Cats is an all volunteer organization that rescues abandoned cats and kittens, takes care of their medical needs, socializes them, sterilizes them and finally adopts them to forever homes. The owners, board and volunteers are dedicated to the mission and making sure that all the animals in our shelter get the best care possible. For the Love of Cats also does trap, neuter, return for feral cats and maintains the colonies to ensure the feral cats are healthy and well fed. Partnerships with the local humane society, county animal control, veterinarians and other shelters have created a like minded community of animal welfare volunteers who work together on behalf of the animals. Finally, helping pet owners keep their animals is a high priority and our low income programs of providing food and medical care to those in need has helped families keep their pets when they had all but lost hope. For the Love of Cats has a strong presence in the community and is well known in Collier County for their willingness to do what it takes to save as many animals as possible.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

For the Love of Cats is a fabulous organization made up entirely of volunteers who work tirelessly 7X24X365 to rescue, care for and ultimately find new homes for abandoned and homeless cats and kittens. A variety of fundraisers are held throughout the year to support the mission of the shelter and to take care of the animals. Every dollar raised goes right back to the animals. We have strong relationships with other shelters, the Naples Humane Society, the community and local businesses that allow us to care for hundreds of animals every year.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After losing my beloved cat I decided to volunteer. I was afraid it would be a sad experience. It turned out to be the best thing. Jan and Jim and all the volunteers are like a family. They give the cats and kittens wonderful care and lots of love. I always leave the shelter with a spring in my step. One of these days I leave with a cat.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Every animal that comes through the door to this little shelter is treated as a member of our family, I have been a volunteer since 2003 and have personally seen the amount of time and concern the directors and volunteers give to their shelter. No matter what the condition of the cat, nor the age, nor its "story", every animal receives stellar vet care, good food and much love and lots of handling. We all strive to get to know each and every one of them so that when they are adopted out, their new family has a good idea of their personalities. This little shelter is an oasis and a haven for some of the most frightened and ill cats; who come to understand that they are safe and warm, clean and loved. We have had feral cats, injured cats, abandoned cats and loads of strays and all are welcomed with open arms. The true test of what we do is when a frightened animal finally realizes that you are there to help and that animal gently places its paws on your face and nuzzles you as their acceptance of we humans. There is no greater feeling. For The Love of Cats also is very active in the community educating people on the care of their animals, helping out those who have animal concerns, or need some one-on-one help. We also have a senior adoption program and are committed to county-wide TNR efforts. This is a wonder place --not only for the animals, but also for we volunteers.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I tried for months to trap a beautiful beige mixed Siamese cat we called Big Boy at our condo. He was the father of many litters across the street at the commercial mall and no one had been able to catch him. Many kittens were rescued and the mother spayed. Fed him every morning but could not get him to go in the trap day after day. A wonderful man from Love of Cats helped me get him with a simple drop trap. We sat in the van, and Big Boy came along as usual. In 5 minutes we had him in the trap. We ran over to secure the trap. He was then neutered and released. I felt really good about helping Big Boy and doing something to help the feral cat population - there because of irresponsible cat owners.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer at For The Love Of Cats. It is one of the most freindliest and fun shelters to work for. Jim and Jan treat all of their volunteers as if they are family and the cats and kittens get the best love and care possible. I have volunteered for them for 2 1/2 years and have enjoyed every minute. I look forward to being there many more years. If you are looking for a place to make a differance, this is the place to be. I have met so many wonderful people here who share the same love for cats as I do.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

hello from Belgium,

I was in 2008 a volunteer 'For the Love of cats' and had a wonderful experience with everyone there but most of all from all the kittens, who gave me so much love I needed and they needed...it was a true pleasure and I will treasure , Jan & Jim ,all the volunteers and kitties in my heart forever .....!! It is/was a unique life experience ! Please help the cats, kitties and support Jan & Jim their dream to evolve and of course all the the volunteers who do a magnificent job , also special thanks to all the people who adopted our cats !
'For the love of cats' YOU are loved from all over the WORLD !!!

Thank you Jan & JIm for sharing your dream with us !

Elsie Elavia
Belgium

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Marco Islands' For the Love of Cats is an inspiring example of what a committed group can achieve. Under the direction of Jan and Jim Rich, their dedicated volunteers provide a delightful facility for the homeless and stray cats and kittens on Marco Island and in the surrounding communities. Under their loving care, hundreds of lost, sick and abandoned kitties are being restored to health and placed in permament homes every year. I urge you to support this organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I wish there were additional words in the dictionary to describe what an amazing place For the Love of Cats is. It is just the best temporary home abandon cats and kittens could have until they find a permanent family. There are also not adequate words to describe how Jim, Jan and Linda spare no amount of love, time, expense and just downright hard work, to ensure our precious kittens and cats find the right "fit" for a new home. I cannot say enough good things about this shelter. It is just the very best.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

For the love of cats is a truly compassionate no kill shelter. Jim and Jan Rich are always available to help in whatever way they can with any situation necessary to benefit cats. They go the distance to provide care and safety for all abandoned cats. The world needs more caring people like the Riches and their volunteers.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I became volunteers after adopting two kittens from FLOC. The directors and volunteers go to extraordinary lengths to provide loving care to all of the cats that pass through the shelter. It truly is a no kill shelter In one case we paid for a volunteer to fly from Florida to Buffalo, New York to rescue an abandoned cat that was originally adopted by FLOC. Recently we had 2 cats with persistent and extensive ring worm. The staff and volunteers spent hundreds of man hours treating and loving them so that they were able to be adopted once they were cured. Just recently a woman who feeds a feral colony arrived at the shelter in tears with a cat in her arms. She had known him for 8 years and found him by the side of the road. Once we determined that he was indeed dead the volunteer asked if she could take him home to bury him in her yard. The director lovingly wrapped him in towels and tucked a catnip mouse between his paws while saying a prayer for him. As you can imagine it was a tearfull event for all of us there. Normally, however, our tears are tears of joy when a cat goes to a loving home.

Elaine Ritchie

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working at this shelter for the last 7 years. Our shelter
has been visited by vets, animal lovers, newspaper reporters, and
other shelter personnel and all have commented to us that it is the cleanest and nicest small shelter they have seen. When our cats find their "forever" homes, they have been well-socialized, and well-loved. I myself have 3 of our rescues. Two of them were so scared of humans (their previous contacts with people was less than humane!) that they each spent months hiding. They now sit on my lap, purr, head butt my husband and I and let us know, in their own way, how happy they are living with us. There is no better feeling to any of us after having an animal arrive at our shelter door, frightened, dirty and sick, than eventually having that same animal put their little paws on your face to give you a "kiss" of thanks. For the Love of Cats is a
spectacular organization with great founders, volunteers and adoptees!