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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

40 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It was a real pleasure working with Love of Cats. We are very happy with Stormie, our new addition to our family. Love of Cats did a wonderful job advising us about her habits so we could do a good job in preparing Stormie for her new environment. Our adoption process was very easy. We highly recommend Love of Cats to anyone looking to adopt a healthy loving cat to there family of pets.
Carol & Dennis

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank you Jan and Rich for the awesome work you and your staff does everyday to save the lives of the beautiful cats and kittens that are helpless. You are giving them a chance for a loving, wonderful life. We need more people like yourselves in this world.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you Jim and Jan for your wonderful, dedicated work to save these lovely animals. Sasha is doing great, she is a great addition to my house.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I found For The Love of Cats 4 years ago. They truly care for the little beauties and the people that would like to adopt. They also do a great job with placing senior cats with seniors. This foundation and all the volunteers are wonderful.

FYH14

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

For the Love of Cats is a blessing to all the fabulous felines and cat loving humans who come in contact with the organization. Jan, Jim and their compassionate, volunteer staff provide exemplary care and excellent socialization to all the cats they shelter. They do everything possible to assure that each and every cat finds their way to the forever home that is the proper match for their age, activity level, temperament and individual needs. For the Love of Cats also serves the best interests of their community, playing a key role in countywide TNR efforts that assist in stemming the growth of community cat populations while providing for the health and welfare of the existing colonies. They promote spay and neuter efforts, provide necessary emergency resources to assist low income families in caring for their feline companions, and subsidize special Senior to Senior adoption programs that assure older cats and humans both enjoy the companionship they so richly deserve. Thank you for rescuing and placing so many cats in need into loving, adoptive homes over the last 15 years. In so doing, you've provided countless numbers of blessed adopters with the greatest sources of joy they could ever experience.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The dedication, compassion and understanding Jan and Jim Rich show for the plight of homeless cats in Southwest Florida is unprecedented. They leave no stone unturned in their efforts to rescue abandoned cats, provide medical and supportive care for the sick, and find appropriate and loving adoptive homes for those they shelter. The loving care provided by their volunteers literally transforms once fearful strays, enabling them to go on to enjoy long lives as loving companions to their adopters. They also provide TNR services to support local feral colonies and assist area families in need so they can keep and care for their family pets. For the Love of Cats is truly a blessing to the community it serves.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Jan and Jim and their volunteers are dedicated to the care and well being of abandoned and
lost kitties on our island. They provide top notch care, surgery when necessary and lovingly care for the kitties in need. They help control the feral cat population by trapping, neutering, releasing and providing feeding stations. They are are asset to our community. Beth & Terry

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

For love of cats is a wonderful organization. Jim Rich help me by getting My 3 rescue cats spade and rabies shots. For no cost to me

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My LeMew went missing, and I discovered a hole in the corner of the screen. My worst fears were realized. I have loved her since she poked her little head out of the Marco Marriott spa bushes, and insisted I take her home 4 years ago.
At that time, For the Love of Cats helped me get her a medical checkup and check her for a chip.
So when she was gone, I knew who to call. Jim Rich returned my call and was so thorough in his explanation on what to do. He said I should look for her in the bushes right near where she jumped out. He said cats immediately camouflage themselves and calling her wouldn't work. He recommended I put food, water, and a familiar item out on the ground near the hole. He recommended I take a flashlight out at dusk and get down on the ground and look in the bushes. If I didn't find her, he said he would come out and set a trap.
I am happy to report we didn't have to set a trap. Mew is home safe and happy.
For the Love of Cats can also read microchips in cats and help change the information to the new owner. Jim Rich really helped me to have hope that I would see her again by being detailed in his advice. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

2 Mari E.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

For The Love of Cats is an absolutely wonderful rescue group! I am so glad we have them in our community and I cannot praise the organization and Jim and Jan Rich enough! They have helped me numerous times over the years with multiple feral cats, getting them fixed, and also with vet bills when they were injured or sick. In fact, just today they helped me with a very sweet stray cat who had a lump that turned out to be an abscess. I truly feel blessed knowing that I could call them at any time and they would always help me with the cats! I thank them from the bottom of my heart for all their help!

Mari Engert

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1 Karen394

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hi! We are the Tougas Family and we've just completed two kitten adoptions with Jim and Jan. We not only found beautiful, healthy kittens in an extremely clean facility but also found dedicated, knowledge and caring caregivers for all the cats. We would highly recommend For the Love of Cats for anyone interested in finding a forever friend!

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Sumatrad 03/25/2016

Our goal is to try to be sure that you have everything you need to care for your new fur kids. You can call us anytime with questions. Thanks for the great review!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Amazing group of caring dedicated animal lovers who direct every dime into the program. It's wonderful to know that a $ 50 donation can do so much to rescue and raise our kitties that don't have their forever homes yet. I wish every city and town, and homeless kitty had a group like this.

Thank you!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We really appreciate what Jim and Jan do for the feline community. We are proud to know these great people. As a cat lover we do what we can to help. keep up the great work

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I did not plan on adoption the day my baby girl, Marissa chose me to be her new mom! Jim was so great moving me through the process. They love all there babies that come to them, care deeply about there welfare. Marissa is the joy of my life and iam so greatful for the love they gave my girl before we found each other! I hope that anyone that can donate their time, money, or spread the word about this wonderful organization do so!!! Thank you for your tireless efforts to make a cats life so wonderful! "Marissa" and Roxanne

Diana90

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

For the Love of Cats is providing a wonderful service to our island and the surrounding community. Six years ago, we adopted our two wonderful cats, Martini and Gimlet ( a feral baby) from them. They have converted a three car garage in their home into a first-rate immaculate facility for abandoned, injured and feral cats. All cats are neutered and spayed in cooperation with a local vet. The adult ferals are released back into the community, near where they were found, while the babies are adopted out. Additionally, the released ferals are monitored to be sure that they remain healthy and fed. The time and dedication they provide for the care and well being of these animals is inspiring, invaluable and unbelievably admirable!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful caring group with truly passionate volunteers!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Jan and Jim Rich and their staff of volunteers are very dedicated and caring and provide top-notch care for their kitties. Their facility is immaculate. They are a valuable asset to our community.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

All of the staff at For The Love Of Cats are fantastic! They are friendly and helpful with any question you may have about cats. Even though my cats were adopted up North, the people at For The Love Of Cats were gracious and responsive when I asked for assistance with finding a cat accessory. My next cat will definitely be adopted from this dedicated group of volunteers!

Christie M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Top notch non profit exercising the most gentle & kind practices raising wee kitties and nursing others of all ages into excellent health. I've gotten several adorable kitties from Jan & Rich. The volunteers are awesome as well!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Having adopted several kitties from For the Love of Cats in the past I would give 10 stars if I could for this shelter. Jim & Jan Rich have dedicated much of their time developing & running this super clean facility alive with love and care with the help of wonderful selfless local volunteers. No question the Rich's are genuinely passionate about helping felines in need. This nonprofit shelter is top notch!
Christie M

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The passion and commitment of the dedicated volunteers at For The Love of Cats has produced many very "LUCKY" cats over the past 12 years!

Who would have thought that such a charity on a small island in southwest Florida could 'claw' its way into the hearts of so many of us!

Bravo and keep up the "purrfect" work!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

An acquaintance cheated death by rescuing a kitten that was toss out of a car - This kitten was dehydrated, had road rash/burns, chipped teeth and non-stop crying. Can you imagine the fear this kitten experienced. My acquaintance asked me for help ~ I received help for this terrified kitten from The Love of Cats !!! Their magnificent facility and caring volunteers restored 'Petey' to a healthy kitten and best of all found him a forever home. Jim & Jan Rich and their staff are the best !!!

Andy

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is the most amazing organization! Jan and Jim personally handle adoptions and are passionate about rescuing and re-homing cats on Marco Island. Their commitment is amazing and they always go the extra mile to make sure the cats find the perfect home. I love their passion and their love of cats. What a wonderful organization!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I met Jim and Jan while volunteering at the Humane Society in Naples. They are two of the most amazing people I have ever met and their mission is so honorable and heartfelt. They are truly dedicated to their cause and they go above and beyond to save homeless kitties. They often take some of the HS kitties to showcase them at Petsmart and I am always amazed how some of our longer term kitties are adopted through Jim and Jan. They have a passion and we in southwest Florida are grateful for these kind souls - they are responsible for saving the lives of so many cats and kittens and they deserve recognition for their tireless work on behalf of these felines.

Nancy Dolan