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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

39 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

We have known Jim and Jan Rich for years and preach to anyone that will listen about all the good they do and have done for thousands of cats.Before their intervention 15 years ago there was a bounty on the head of every lost and abandoned cat on this Marco Island. The poor animals that are not able to speak for themselves now have a voice where as they were murdered before the Rich's changed all that. We have contributed to a great many animal rescue organizations over the years and so many feed their faces and fill their pockets first and care for the animals last. You know that every cent that you donate to Jim and Jan goes directly to the animals. They are extemelly knowledgeable about what they are doing and so dedicated to a cause that needs all our help. If you care about animals and want to make a difference here is the place to do that. Our goal needs to be to support such kind and dedicated people as these two dear people are.
Sincerely
Sue and Paul St.Hilaire

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Donor

Rating: 5

We are very impressed with the work Jan and Jim have done with their rescue efforts. They are totally dedicated to the rescue and care of cats and we are inspired by their work. They have made an incredible impact on their area and we are happy to help them in any way we can. I encourage everyone I know to help them. Sue and Paul St.Hilaire

Donor

Rating: 5

For the Love of Cats is a local (Marco Island, Fl) no kill rescue. Watching them for years, Jan and husband Rich are always on the move, not just participating in their nonprofit but team-working with agencies throughout the county. You can find them on weekends at one of the local pet shops with the most precious kittens. Was so impressed with how much they do and are, donate monthly knowing they are working in the best interest of kitties. In addition, they are involved with the daily feeding of local feral cats. Their job is huge...

Donor

Rating: 5

Jan, Jim, and all the team at For the Love of Cats do so much for cats and kittens in our community, and they also extend themselves to help care for displaced animals in our area as a result of Hurricane Irma. I was happy to help even in a very small way by contributing some food that they collected and distributed to needy pets in our area. Great work by great people!

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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Donor

Rating: 5

For The Love Of Cats Inc is an amazing nonprofit focused on rescuing, caring for, and promoting adoption of cats. I am proud to donate monthly to this nonprofit. The shelter is immaculate and it is obvious that they are committed to making sure that the rescued cats are comfortable, happy and healthy. They even set up a booth at the local farmers market to promote adoption of rescued cats. These people are devoted, kind, and loving! Far exceeds expectations!

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Donor

Rating: 5

For The Love of Cats is an extraordinary nonprofit on Marco island, FL. I am a donor because I am proud to be able to help this organization and the wonderful people who take such loving care of cats. They rescue so many cats that people abandon. They make sure they are healthy by working with vets to take care of any medical issues. They work tirelesssly to find people who will adopt and truly love the cats. They give so much of their time and energy to this cause and also keep their shelter spotless. Thank God for people like them!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Jan and her husband have hearts bigger than you can imagine! They have created the most amazing, no kill kitty shelter I've ever seen! I have a home in Minnesota and a home on Marco Island. I've volunteered on several of my visits to Marco and made donations every year. Their shelter is so clean and organized. Their kitties are taken care of with love and care. Their volunteers are dedicated and enthusiastic. I'm so thankful for their true 'love of cats' and willingness to commit much of their lives and resources to finding forever homes for kitties or keeping feral cats healthy, spayed / neutered and returned to their environment on the island. I only wish I could adopt dozens of kitties from For the Love of Cats, but currently, my 3 kitties fill our house with love! Blessings and thanks to you!

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a group of loving and caring people that go out of their way to make sure the cats of Marco Island find homes and the feral cats are spayed / neutered and feed. They spend hours working for the well fair of the cats in the area.

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Donor

Rating: 5

For the Love of Cats began in a home garage! Because of their extreme kindness to and love for animals, feral cats in the area are well taken care of and managed. Many homes have been found for both kittens and adult cats. All of the volunteers are very caring, loving individuals. This is a marvelous organization!

1 Steve M.

Donor

Rating: 5

For The Love Of Cats are the best!! They are amazing they take care of the feral cats on the Island by feeding, spay and neuter and find home for them or return to were they were caught!!!! They help cats who are going to have kittens take care of them and find homes for them!!!! If there is a cat that you think has been abandon or has gotten lost they will find the owner by checking for a micro chip and letting the owner know there baby has been found!!! Everyone at For The Love Of Cats are ANGLES

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Donor

Rating: 5

claddagh59

For The Love Of Cats everyday goes about the job of bring end of the cruelty of pet overpopulation by rescuing abandoned cats and kittens and sterilizing the feral and stray cat population in the community and finding great forever homes!!!! There staff is amazing and when the cats are ready to go to there forever homes they are healthy and so beautiful!!!!!!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am a long distance supporter from New Jersey. I first learned about For the Love of Cats through my sister-in-law Karen. Karen and Pete adopted 3 cats from this wonderful non-profit origination. Karen became a volunteer. On one of Karen's monthly visits she told me about the website and to be sure and check out the KittyCam. Well, to say the least, I was awestruck! Watching the cats and kittens playing in their romper rooms is hilarious and heart lifting. As I delved further into the website and took the virtual tour I was amazed how immaculate and in order everything is. One must stop and think, how much thought processing has gone into this rescue mission. You can truly see the dedication and feel the love poured forth to every kitten and cat that can be reached and nurtured to health and safety.

With Continual Support,
Shirley

Donor

Rating: 5

I spend six months in Marco Island since I retired in 2010. When I learned about the nonprofit located in the island my decision was to read and get well informed about it. For the Love of Cats is a wonderful organization that take care of cats, never killing them but working very hard to keep them healthy, bring them back to health when injured and getting them ready for adoption.
Jan and Jim founded this nonprofit and have dedicated their lives to the well being of cats. Since I've been a witness of what this nonprofit does, it has become my favorite charity. For the Love of cats, is an organization that teach us all to love and respect animals.
Fabiola F. Ph.D
Professor Emerita
St. Paul, MN

Donor

Rating: 5

FLC is the BEST and ONLY cat rescue organization I have ever encountereed in over 20 years of being involved in cat rescue in several different states that can be counted on to help when a cat or kitten in need crosses my path. All the others will tell you to call other groups, are perpetually "full", have years long waiting lists, only take "owner giveups", never return calls, or have some other reason why they can never help when needed. I did hands on rescue for many years and know the time, stress, financial strain, and sheer exhaustion involved in this work. Never have I heard a peep from FLC about these issues, only of their love, commitment and willingness to help the many animals who need them on a daily basis. Hurray for Jan and Jim Rich and this remarkable organization they have created!

Donor

Rating: 5

For the Love of Cats has done a wonderful job in helping cats and kittens, first by trapping, spaying and neutering all the free roaming cats on Marco Island, FL, and now helping cats and kittens in and around Naples, Florida. They have created their own shelter in a beautifully appointed former 3-car garage of their home and they have a dedicated crew of volunteers who help care for the cats. Their adoptions take place in PetSmart in Naples. They also work with the Humane Society Naples (of which I am a Board member) to promote adoption of our cats as well. I have known this well-run organization for nearly all of the 20 years I have lived in Naples, Florida, and I have the utmost respect for Jan and Jim Rich and the way they run their shelter. The cats they adopt out have get the kindest hands-on care that is not usually available in a shelter environment.

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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Donor

Rating: 5

My niece is a volunteer at the cat shelter and she just beams with pride to be a part of it. I have visited on several occasions and I am so impressed with the dedication of the volunteers there. It is so clean and all of the kittens receive so much affection. These kittens are the friendliest I have ever seen. The kittens return lots of love to their future owners because of the care that they receive at this wonderful shelter .

Donor

Rating: 5

Jan and Rich are tireless and selfless in their efforts to rescue, place, and spay/neuter homeless cats and kittens. Homeless doesn't always mean "dumped". Homeless also means cats that have been surrendered for a variety of reasons....financial difficulty, health issues, moving to a home that is not pet friendly are just a few of these reasons. I have adopted from Jan and Rich, and I have called them in a panic when I didn't think I could take my beloved pets with me. I can now support them with a small(very small) monthly donation... and it is worth every other corner I must cut.

Donor

Rating: 5

I learned about For the Love of Cats through a friend who volunteers at their shelter. I have visited the shelter several times and was very impressed by the love, devotion, and professionalism that all of the volunteers and the owners demonstrate. The cats and kittens at For The Love of Cats receive outstanding care, and lots of love, in a warm and exceedingly clean facility attached to the owners (Jim and Jan's) home. The level of their dedication to homeless, orphaned, unwanted, injured, and feral cats in the surrounding area is absolutely selfless and outstanding! Emma G.'s Aunt

Donor

Rating: 5

They are truly a wonderful organization. Jim and Jan are so dedicated and selfless in their dedication to the cats and kittens.

Donor

Rating: 5

I found a kitten in the back of a pick-up truck in the parking lot of where I work. His paws were burned and so were his whiskers. I brought him home and took him directly to the vet. My husband was not keen on keeping him since we had 4 other cats. I called around to other charities and they flatly told me that they could not help because they were full. I can't imagine a charity that won't help, especially a kitten that is injured. I even offered to pay his medicial. I finally called For The Love of Cats and they immediately told me that they would take the kitten and find him a good home even though they were to the max. I felt so relieved that someone listened to me and wanted to help. As it turns out, my husband warmed to the kitten and we kept him and named him Lucky. I will always appreciate the kindness shown to me by the staff at For The Love of Cats.

Donor

Rating: 5

As fa as I know, this organization relies 100% on private contributions and volunteers to control in a humane way the populationof feral, abandoned, and unwanted cats and kittens by a program of "Trap, Neuter, Release" for ferals, and placements with adopters for kittens and homeless housecats. Neutered ferals are fed by volunteers so they don't need to kill songbirds to survive. All adoptable cats and kittens are neutered and fitted with an ID chip before being adopted out. Beside being donors, my family has adopted two kittens from this shelter. This is a very worthwhile charity.