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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

38 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

napleslover

Donor

Rating: 5

Jan and Jim Rich from For the love of cats are both extraordinary and caring people. They care selflessly for the cats of their community. They also help people who may be suffering hard times to keep their pets. I absolutely love their program where they unite seniors with senior pets. All great programs!!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

For the love of cats is an amazing group of loving and dedicated people who have the best interest of the kitties in mind at all times. Jan and Jim Rich are two of the kindest most compassionate people you will ever meet.

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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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Donor

Rating: 5

I don't know of a more dedicated couple from my former home in Maine to our home in Florida than Jan and Jim Rich. They helped us with our senior cat which they directed in our direction and even to our feral cat Louie that we cared for over 8 years. They devote weekends to placing cats and kittens at a local pet store. While there are many fine organizations which we have donated to in the past we can see the results before oue eyes and this is something rare in this day and age. Harry & Pauline

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Donor

Rating: 5

There is NO WAY to describe the dedication of Jan and Jim Rich. You would have to see them and their dedication first hand to appreciate the daily love they give to kittens and to our 12 year old Leo whom we adopted. Five years ago I gave to a national organization for animals and found it was not being used for what I intended . I found my name had been given to 18 other groups asking for donations. When I met Jan and Jim and the loyal volunteers that worked for them , I knew that what little I could donate would be used wisely. Other groups could learn from their success.

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Audrey9

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

There is proof of Angels walking among us and they are in SW Florida. I tip my hat to everyone in the organization for all of your hard work and time spent. A giant hug to Jan and Jim....You've really grown since I first met you. The world is a better place because of your kindness and passion for what you believe in.

1 Thomas20

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My cat Taz was rescued back in 1999. Since then I've done everything possible to give him a happy healthy life. Recently he was diagnosed with kidney stones that were blocking him. He had to undergo a horrible operation called a Urethrostomy to open up his tubes so they would pass. It cost a fortune. Since he is like one of my kids I had to help him. About 7 months later he got really sick again from an infection related and I was flat broke out of work and would have been forced to put him down because he refused to take oral medication! Pills or liquid. This cat is strong. He knows the rolling up in the towel trick all to well. Only the vet mega antibiotic shot would suffice. I called a bunch of vets offering to make payments if they would only help my poor cat. Not one would. The fact of the matter is that if you are broke you DIE! Human or cat apparently. The human society offered to kill him. Someone suggested I look into asking the rescue agencies for help. That's when For the Love Of Cats came into the picture. They helped me like champions and Taz, Pixie and I love them for it! They helped save my little brother and I'll never forget it. There still is some humanity in the world. . .

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

FOR THE LOVE OF CATS IS A VERY PROFESSIONAL AND CARING ORGANIZATION. THEY DISPLAY A CLEAN ENVIROMENT AND OFFER FREEDOM TO THE ANIMALS. I BELIEVE ITS THE NICEST PET FACILITY IVE EVER SEEN. I HAD THE EXPIRENCE TO ADOPT FROM THEM AND AS A RESULT I HAVE THE MOST GENTLE LOVING CAT EVER. IM VERY GRATEFULL THAT A COMPANY CAN BE SO LOVING TO THE ANIMALS THEY RESCUE. MY SINCERE THANKS TO SUCH A WONDERFUL ORGANIZATION IN THE COMMUNITY.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of meeting Jan and Jim Rich with The Love of Cats on Marco Island at the Pet Smart on Pine Ridge Road. They are two of the nicest people, totally committed to rescuing cats and volunteering their time. I first called and spoke to Jim and told him I was looking for an orange male kitten. He was most helpful and referred me to Phyllis of VSA, another really nice woman who volunteers her time on Sundays at Pet Smart. I ended up adopting a little guy who was found in a culvert and turned in by a very nice man. This little kitten is the most affectionate, loving little soul. He actually puts his paws and cups your face and then can't clean you enough. I can speak from experience when you adopt a kitten who was rescued, there is no more loyal, appreciate little kitten.Jim and Jan Rich should be commended with their untiring work with The Love of Cats on Marco Island. I also needed a referral to a good vet and I called Jim for a referral. He referred me to Harborside in Naples and that was after being at two previous vets in the area. He was right on with this referral. They were great. Thank you so much Jim and Jan Rich for all that you do for the kittens and cats.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We adopted our beautiful cats Sadie from For the Love of Cats. The organization was very professional and is a great service to our community finding homes for abandoned or unwanted cats and kittens.(Please note all fields are not populating on this form: Will you volunteer... and How much of an impact...)

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Mr. Mann, formerally owned by Jan and Jim "For the Love of Cats Inc." decided one day we were the ones he wanted to live with. We saw him one day while at Pets Smart, and unbeknown to me, my husband fell in love with him. So for three days my husband had a long face and wouldn't tell me what was wrong. By the fourth day I had had it and demanded he tell me. Well it seems he thought old Mr. Mann (then known to Jan and Jim as Fletcher Christian-first mate on The Bounty) since he was so banged up from being on his own for one year my husband likened him to what he would be if left on his own. Jan and Jim took this old bedraggled cat into their care, fixed his sores, vaccinated, neutered, etc. him. Their continued care for newly born to the oldest is to be commended. They treat all equally. Medicine, food, plenty of TLC, super clean quarters while waiting to be adopted. Jan and Jim, et al are a caring, giving, compassionate, fair organization although I would rather liken to a family fully dedicated to cats of all ages, sizes and kind. Mr. Mann has been with us now for 1 1/2yrs.

Victoria F.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It is very nice to have organizations like this, if every person helps in any way ,is better than nothing , the point is educate people about pets,and be a responsible owner... that is the hard part to educate ,but is not impossible .

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I met Jan and Rich about 3 yrs ago while vacationing in Florida. The were gracious enough to give me a tour of their facility. I am from Cape Cod , MA. and currently a volunteer and am on the board for People for Cats. We are in the process of building a new shelter and I wanted to learn more about the do's and don'ts of running a shelter. From type of cages to the kind of disenfectant to use has been a great help to us. All the hard work these two wonderful people do " all for the love of cats" is a labor of love. Keep up the good work Jan and Rich.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first heard of 'For The Love Of Cats' from a family member who is a volunteer. They made room for a kitten I had found. They got it adopted in 6 days. I have since come to know them and see how dedicated they are to helping all the cats that they can. I know I can go to Jim when ever I have a question and he even helped me pick out a carrier for a cat that I will be taking to CT for my son. Jim helps at the Humane Society and has been able to place many Senior cats into homes by showing them at Pet Smart on the weekends. These are cats that may never be seen if they weren't in the store. Jan and Jim are very dedicated to placing all the cats in GOOD homes. They will not place a cat into any home just to get rid of it. The word that defines them best is trustworthy. Mary A

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My wife and I were feeding a colony of feral cats on our own for years without even knowing about "For The Love of Cats". A volunteer with the rescue shelter came by one afternoon and asked about a specific cat she saw in our driveway. She mentioned the shelter to us while listening all about the cats we'd been feeding. She came back with cat food a few days later and told us about the shelter and introduced us to some of the other nice people who volunteer there. Soon we were getting our food from the shelter to feed our colony and as new cats would show up they would come and get them and take them to the vet for their shots and to be neutered. They would home some of the cats but those that couldn't be homed they would bring back and turn loose right where they had picked them up from. All of those cats are still with us and eat here daily. Seeing the shelter for the first time was mind blowing after having gone to other shelters. We were completely impressed with the cleanliness and professionalism there.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The shelter for the love of cats is truly one of its kind. The large cat
cages, you might want to call them cat condo's, are cleaned 3 times a day with special cleaning agents by volunteers. The airconditioned large environment where cats may play together with very clean and updated toys, poles, catscratcher etc. etc. Volunteers
knit special blankets the keep the new borns warm. If the cats need
special care it is noted on a bulleting board in which order of importance the cats should received it done by a license vetenarian and volunteers. The love that is given to all cats is remarkable with
no exception. The cats are played with and some are walked with. Each cat is held and loved each and every day.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When I am in Florida, I make it a point to visit this shelter as I am very impressed with the good work that the volunteers perform there to benefit the cats and kittens. Of course it is a no-kill shelter and the animals receive loving care, socialization and, if necessary, receive whatever medical attention is required to restore the cat/kitten to good health. They do a wonderful job for these animals. The ultimate goal is to find a good home for each and every cat/kitten that arrives at the shelter.