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Review for Hearts That Purr Feline Guardians, Tucson, AZ, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

As founder of Hearts That Purr Feline Guardians, it gives me great pleasure to tell you about our unique organization. Since 2013, Hearts That Purr has been a “niche” rescue devoted to helping senior felines who become homeless due to their owner’s terminal illness, incapacitation or death.

The need for an organization like this came to me after several years volunteering with a local cat shelter. During that time, it became clear the quality of life for an elderly cat in a crowded shelter, was poor. Typical animal shelters are designed for temporary housing. Sadly, the likelihood of elderly cats, especially those with special needs, being adopted from a shelter full of younger cats and kittens, is not good. It also made me wonder what would happen to my own cats if something happened to me. I realized there should be another option for such cats and the people who love them. I envisioned a place that was more like a comfortable “retirement” home than an animal shelter and decided to do something about it by creating Hearts That Purr.

Since then, I am so proud to see how this small, volunteer-run organization has helped many senior felines whose lives would have ended just because their owner died or had to enter a hospice or nursing home. Our programs and priorities are focused exclusively on the needs of older cats. Our adoption program encourages people to take a chance on an older cat by providing assistance with lifetime vet care. Our “Senior Citizens and Senior Kittizens” foster program matches cats with people, where both may benefit from the companionship. Our “Feline Guardian” program brings peace of mind to those who seek to protect a cat that may outlive them, but have no one to call upon and do not want their cat in a cage or shelter.

The core belief of all at Hearts That Purr is that the lives of senior cats are worth saving, but not just saving them from euthanasia. They deserve to live out their days being loved in a cheerful, “home-like” environment just as their former owners would have wanted. By focusing our efforts in this manner, we make a difference in the lives of these cats and the people who have loved them.

Role:  Board Member