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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

Marilyn17

Donor

Rating: 5

Amazing rescue group, the dedication and care that Love of Cats gives for the welfare of our beloved feline population in South Florida. The love of Cats is just that, love of Cats! So many wonderful cats and kittens have found forever loving homes because of this organization. They do their best to work with other shelters in the area to see that all cats and kittens have a chance to be adopted and saved from a cruel existance on the streets or end up being euthanized. Wonderful organization!

Donor

Rating: 5

We first encountered For The Love of Cats at our local Petsmart store one weekend three years ago. It was then that we chose a wonderful Northen Grey kitten, Mickey. The follow up by these folks was great.We brought him back for some shots as requested and were told we could bring him for nail clipping whenever we want. A year later we went back and another group from the Humane Society was also there. Even though the cat we chose was from this group's adoptees Jim from TLOC couldn't of been more helpful in showing the cat and helping to process the paperwork. Jim and Jan do a great job as do all their committed volunteers.

Donor

Rating: 5

For the Love of Cats is fantastic. Jim and Jan Rich are a generous and loving couple dedicated to cats of all ages, shapes, sizes and health conditions, they do wonders at their no-kill shelter. They are very involved in the community, hold great fundraisers, my husband even played "Santa" at a holiday pet photo-opp at a local Pet Smart. Ken and Kathy Allen, Marco Island, Fl.

Donor

Rating: 5

Jim and jan are the most dedicated people we know. Their love of animals is unsurpassed in the world of rescue. Helping them is a guarantee of helping our furry friends find a loving home . Joe and Diane miranda, naples,fl.

Donor

Rating: 5

I stop by and see Jim and Jan in Petsmart when I am shopping for my 3 rescue cats. I have watched them interact with cats and people. I know that they are dedicated to finding the best & safest homes possible for their kittens and cats. There is no price tag for the amount of TLC that they give to each cat and they time that they spend nurturing the kittens and soothing the older cats. I know that it takes money - lots of money - for care and medical attention of these cats. I have a choice where I can donate. I know that my donation goes to these rescue cat and kittens, not advertising. I can see that Jim and Jan make a difference, I want to help them continue to be successful in doing what they do best - rescue cats and kittens and find wonderful homes for them.

Donor

Rating: 5

Jan and Jim are dedicated to the rescue of unwanted cats and kittens. We adopted 3 feral kittens who stumbled into our yard one day and Jan and Jim loaned us traps to catch them and gave us valuable advice on how to domesticate them. Isabella, Marco and Franco are now 3 years old and rule the roost. Every weekend, Jan and Jim from For the Love of Cats bring kittens and cats available for adoption to a neighborhood pet supply store and hope to encourage the people shopping to take home one of their jewels. Everyone is always exclaiming how cute the kittens are, but Jim has a way of showing the talents and advantages of those who are no longer kittens, especially for those who aren't at home all day. Jan and Jim have dedicated themselves to these homeless kittens and cats. For the Love of Cats is a wonderful charity that I am proud to donate to as often as I can.

Donor

Rating: 5

Jan and Jim are the greatest. We adopted two sisters, Puff and Emma from them about four years ago. They have helped us in clipping their nails when they were very little, to solving a flea problem that happened after we took them to the vets for their shots.They are so pleasant to everyone that comes in, and takes really good care of the kittens and older cats. Thank goodness we have someone like them in our county to help save our helpless little ones. Thanks Jan and Jim for a job well done/ Peg and Paul, Puff and Emma

kelly

Donor

Rating: 5

Jan and Rich are amazing!! They go above and beyond!! Their dedication and passion for cats is really an inspiration!! Keep up the fantastic work! You are making a difference!!

Donor

Rating: 5

For the love of Cats is an organization that shows compansion and always puts the animals first. We rescued some kitiies from the everglades and Jan was more than happy to assist. The staff is also great as well and work hard. We are always glad to help this shelter.

Donor

Rating: 5

We found four stray kittens and brought them to Jan and Jim for assistance with spay/neutering, care and adoption. They arranged for immediate medical care for one sick kitten after having a vet perform full physicals on all four kittens. They then "sponsored" us as foster parents and equipped us with medication, flea preventatives, food, etc. We nursed the kittens until they grew bigger and turned them over to Jan and Jim for adoption. One kitten had to be put down due to a rare incurable brain disorder and the other three found wonderful homes.

Throughout this entire ordeal Jan and Jim were incredibly knowledgeable, helpful and supportive to us and the kittens. They are a wonderful couple who seem to have dedicated their existence to the care of cats. I couldn't think of a more pleasurable couple to work with in this cause. Every cat they take in will be extremely well cared for by For The Love of Cats!