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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

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137 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family has been blessed two purr-fect additions thanks to For the Love of Cats. The excellent follow-up care for one cat born without eyelids has ensured he has a full, healthy life. Their facility is spotless. Jan and Jim are wholly dedicated to ensuring the ongoing success of their feed/catch/neuter/adopt program that has saved countless kittens/feral cats. In addition, they have matched numerous older cats with senior citizens - a dual blessing.

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Rating: 5

Jan and Jim devote their time, money and love to feed, spay/neuter and adopting out feral and abandoned cats and kittens. Their selfless kindness has saved the lives of our feline friends and brought into countless homes the untold joy and companionship of a pet. Please join me in further supporting For the Love of Cats by shopping on Amazon's Smile program that donates a portion of our purchases to our favorite non-profit. Visit https://smile.amazon.com.

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Rating: 5

I have adopted two cats (which I still have) with the help of For the Love of Cats. I got the first one from the shelter on Marco Island, which is a lovely facility. The staff were helpful and friendly but thorough in reviewing my ability to love and care for the kitten. I adopted a second one four years later from Naples Humane Society on the advice of the For the Love of Cats since they didn't have the orange cat I was looking for at the time. Even though I didn't adopt one from their shelter, they owners called around to find the kitten I wanted and then referred me to the humane society. They are very helpful and friendly people and the shelter is immaculate and well run. I recommend it highly.

Client Served

Rating: 5

For the Love of Cats is one of THE BEST nonprofits for cats. I don't know anyone more caring and concerned about cats as this organization. I got my 2 cats from them almost 8 years ago. The Love of Cats does a lot for the welfare of all cats. I am so grateful they do what they do.

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Rating: 5

For the Love of Cats is an excellent organization for the welfare of cats. It is run by 2 extremely dedicated people who are truly concerned about cats. Their volunteers are also dedicated people who do a lot to make For the Love of Cats so special. I have adopted 2 cats from LOC and I'm so grateful for them. Jim and Jan are my go to people when I have a question about my cats, or their food. They always are there to listen and help.

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Rating: 5

We first met For the Love of Cats almost three years ago, shortly after losing our first cat at 19.
They had set up a tent at a local event to educate people about Cats in our area.
For the Love of Cats does great work finding homes for unwanted cats & kittens, taking care/saving strays, and bringing awareness to the plight of these beautiful creatures.
We ended up adopting two brothers, and they have made our life so much brighter and fun.
We continue to support For the Love of Cats so they can continue saving these precious animals, and making families as happy as ours.

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Rating: 5

Our family could not rave enough about Jim, Jan and all the volunteers at For The Love Of Cats! I had heard about FTLOC through a relative and when we decided to adopt a kitty into our family, we contacted them first. I wanted to support an organization whose goal is to help shelter and find homes for stray cats. From the first call to final "take home" visit, everyone was helpful, kind, knowledgeable, patient, and caring! Their dedication is truly commendable. They never denied us a visit to see our newly adopted kittens (yes, we ended up getting three!) and they always had time for questions! More importantly, our kittens were happy, healthy and friendly when we brought them home, they never shy from guests! If you are considering donating to a non-profit, this is one you can be honored to support. If you are looking for a warm, loving, furry feline, look no further! For The Love Of Cats, Inc. is the BEST place to go!

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Rating: 5

Our family is extremely thankful to Jim, Jan and all the volunteers of For The Love of Cats for saving and raising our three little kittens. After losing our family cat of 17 years, we knew we had to fill our home with more love. We first "met" our new kittens on the For the Love of Cats webcam and could see the amount of dedication and care that everyone at the organization gave to each cat. After meeting them several times, we were utterly impressed by the abundance of knowledge and expertise that they had and were willing to share. We never felt as though we were intruding on them when we wanted to visit and they always made us feel very welcome and comfortable. They responded to every phone call and e-mail promptly and with such enthusiasm. We now have three happy, healthy, and friendly kittens that love to be held and played with. We would highly, highly recommend adopting from For The Love of Cats!
The Holmes Family,
Naples, Florida

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Sumatrad 03/25/2016

Thank you for such a wonderful review! You have your hands full with those 3 fur babies for sure! We look forward to seeing photos as they grow into adults. Give them a hug and kiss for us!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Cannot say enough about the dedication Jan and Jim have for the good of cats. I volunteered for many years at a shelter in Penna. and more Iove and hands on are given at The Love of Cats. I know the Riches are very dedicated. I rescued a kitty from them, and Iam so blessed to have her in my life . Thank you Jim and Jan for rescuing and giving her the best care possible until she was adopted. Ann Provenzano

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Rating: 5

Nearly 15 years ago, Jim spent a lot of time with me reassuring me about adding two young cats to a family of two older cats, which I did, and 5 years later I added two kittens when the older cats passed on. Jan and Jim are full of compassion and good sense, for cats and their owners, and their generous work with programs to spay and neuter cats, care for feral colonies, and help seniors and families to adopt and care for cats needing homes is incredibly impressive. They make a vital and important contribution to our community.

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Rating: 5

The dedication of Jan and Jim and their volunteers for the cats in our community on and off the island is tireless. They have truly dedicated their lives and their home to saving the lives of countless cats. These cats would have otherwise died or been killed for the protection of our protected wildlife on the island.
A couple of years ago, I adopted from them a beautiful 5 year old female named Pepper named so for her lovely fur. She is the sweetest, gentlest, healthiest cat I have ever had the honor to adopt. She was selected especially for me to suit my situation and it could not have worked out better for her and for me. They gave me a crate with a bed for her, lots of food and suggestions for her keep specifically. They also followed up with calls and emails to keep in touch to make sure she was ok and that to see if I had any additional needs with her.
So very Kind and thorough!
For The Love of Cats on Marco Island is an organization that is truly worth preserving and given accolades to for all their hard work.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Jim and Jan helped me rescue a feral cat 12 years ago. He was a mess from flea allergies and needed to be neutered. After trapping him and getting him the vet care he needed, they brought him back to me. He was too feral to try and find him a home. I fed him outside for 1 1/2 years and over time was able to pet him. He decided one day he just didn't want to be out anymore. He came in and never went out again, other than the lanai. He is the love of our life. So sweet. He cant get enough petting and brushing. If Jim and Jan hadn't helped me, Red probably would have died from infection with all the sores he had. They have helped me a few other times. They are great people. If you ever want to help a charity, this is the one.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The most caring people Imaginable. Such a positive experience. Our kitty Mack is amazing.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our precious Polo almost three years ago. For The Love of Cats has, indeed, become family... Not only were they incredibly thorough throughout the process of procuring our kitty, but they remain in touch always anxious to hear how he is doing... They care, they give 100% of themselves to this endeavor. During Hurricane Irma, they evacuated all of their cats and kittens (not a small feat) to safety until they could safely return to Marco Island. Concerned for their well-being, I emailed to find out if they were all safe. I was happy to hear they were back in operation, having sustained some damages, but they were also quite concerned with how we had fared (and of course, Polo). For The Love of Cats is the epitome of a the type of nonprofit I want to be associated with and support.

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Rating: 5

Visited and saw people in rocking chairs bottle feeding kittens, socializing areas with people playing with the animals, very clean and loving environment.
Their work with the cat community has been angelic as well as research based.

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Rating: 5

I visited For the Love of Cats and saw the following:
--volunteers holding motherless kittens who needed bottle feeding
--an isolation area for infected animals (also given loving care by volunteers in protective outfits)
--volunteers socializing cats
--wonderful housing units where cats can learn social skills, interactions with others, use of the litter box and so forth
For the Love of Cats, would make a great model of care for other animal agencies to utilize. They helped the entire Marco Island's cat population and have moved outward to be of service to more cats.
Dr. Kelly Gardiner PhD, APRN


Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so pleased by the caring and love they give their kittens and cats. They are so knowledgable and patience with you and helps you pick your petfect new family. I love my kittens brother and sister. Please adopt from them and enjoy. Joanne

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Rating: 5

My friend and I just recently met Jim and Jan Rich and shortly thereafter registered our feral cat colony with For The Love of Cats. I can't praise this organization enough for their compassion and commitment to such a great cause and special thanks for everything they did for our beloved "Mr. Big".

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Rating: 5

With the help of this wonderful organization we found our sweet little girl she is a perfect addition to our family . This organization is wonderful and I would highly recommend anyone looking to adopt a kitten to this organization.

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Rating: 5

My family had the most wonderful experience adopting our 2 kittens from For the Love of Cats. They are 2 of the most knowledgable caring people. I highly recommend anyone looking to adopt a cat or kitten go there!! What they do there is truly selfless!

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Sumatrad 03/25/2016

Thank you so much for your wonderful review! We know our kittens are going to have such a amazingly loving home. Thanks again!

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Rating: 5

Hi, my name is Murkita, I am a 7 year old cat who was abandoned and recently found a home and a loving family. Thanks to the generosity of For the love of cats Inc; in the name of Jim Rich who offered me medical assistance, today I started a new and healthy life. Thank you very much!

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Sumatrad 03/25/2016

We were more than glad to help you Murkita! You have an amazing new family that loves you very much! We were able to help you through our Help 'em Keep 'em program that pays for emergency and wellness care for low income families in need. Our supporters and donors help us to keep this program funded. Thank you family for writing such a kind review!

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Rating: 5

To All Potential Pet Rescuers looking at this site...There are so many reviews from pet parents...we wanted to give you our prospective as adopted rescued kitties...
Both myself (Zen) and my little sister Panthera were living on the streets...scared, hungry and alone...Although we were saved months apart and not actual siblings we love each other very much ...We both did not know where our next meal was coming from or if we would even survive another day living with the challenges Florida weather presents to pets living alone and uncared for. That’s where Jim and Jan came into the picture.They cared enough to take the time, patience, dedication and resources to capture us...At first we were not happy to be captured but Jim and Jan quickly let us know from day one what it meant to be loved and cared for. Their caring staff provided us with everything we needed...warmth, love , food and a purpose...then just when we thought life was as good as it gets... our furever pet Mom adopted us...providing us with a warm, loving, caring furever home where we have our own room with toys, kitty condos, and plenty of good food. We have screened areas to play in. It is fun to watch the birds and geckos. Life on the inside is Great ! We always hear our Mom say ....it would not have been possible without Jan , Jim and their volunteers going over and above to make sure we were captured and cared for. Ultimately, they found us the Best pet parents a cat could ever want.
A special thank you to the women who hand makes the blankets we were sent home with . We hope she knows what a comfort they were when transitioning to our new home. They still are our security blankets and to this day we still use them.
So if you are looking to adopt a pet.. For The Love Of Cats is the place... Jim , Jan and their volunteers genuinely care about each of us, as well as the homes and people that adopt us. Once you meet Jim and Jan you will see what we are talking about ..They are part of our family now and furever...A big thanks to all of you at For The Love Of Cats ...we would not have the lives we have now if it wasn't for each and everyone of you giving of yourselves so graciously. We need more people in this world who are caring and compassionate...We love you all! You are all Purrfect !

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Our Mom always says…if you rescue one pet you are actually saving two. By giving one pet a new furever you are opening up a space for another pet to be rescued. PLEASE on behalf of myself and sister...please consider rescuing a kitty or two from Jim and Jan...there are so many more like us that are homeless and in need of a furever home. Together we can end homelessness and help give each pet the opportunity to live wonderful lives ...So what do you say...with the help of Jim and Jan , all the volunteers at For The Love Of Cats , all the strays in need of homes and each of you reading this...We can rescue each other!

With Purrs and Love,
Zen-Baci, Panthera and Family



Jill79

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough good things about this organization. My mom is a volunteer and I have been able to see all of the good Jan and Jim do through my visits to the shelter with my mom. Last fall, my family adopted two little boy kitties and they are the sweetest cats. I have just recently moved to Alabama and was able to adopt my new kitten, Claire, prior to the move. Not only is Claire an absolute joy but also, Jan made sure Claire and I had everything we needed before making the move. For the Love of Cats is an incredible organization.

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Rating: 5

We have been cat parents for kitties from The Love Of Cats for many years, we have 2 from these wonderful people. For the past 6 years they have put up with ALL of our crazy or oversharing questions about our little family members. We can not give enough praise to Jim and Jan over how dedicated they are to the continuing support to the placed cats that they have given to us over the years. Even when a cat has been placed they NEVER stop caring about their previous kitty kids. Amazon smile lets you contribute to these WONDERFUL PEOPLE every time you shop, PLEASE change your setting to help this charity to help the THE LITTLE PEOPLE IN CHEEP FUR COATS!!!!!