My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Hearts That Purr Feline Guardians, Tucson, AZ, USA
Hearts That Purr
After the loss of my last cat, and because of my financial situation, I assumed it would be impossible to be a cat guardian again. I had previously fostered cats when I lived in the San Francisco Bay Area. As wonderful as that was, it was extremely sad for me to return them when the time came.
Soon after relocating to Tucson I felt it was time to look into fostering here, but only if the organization would pay for food and vet bills. I met with fostering managers at a couple of shelters, but neither offered quite what I felt was right for me. When I mentioned to the service coordinator in my apartment building that I was looking to foster a cat, she told me about Hearts That Purr and gave me their brochure. After reading the brochure, I was excited about the permanent fostering program that Hearts That Purr offered and it appeared to be perfect for me, so I called them. A few days later I received a return call from Jeanmarie with an apology that she couldn’t get back to me sooner because “the cats come first.” I was already eager to hear what she had to say because cats come first with me also. Jeanmarie took time to explain the permanent fostering program, and we set up a meeting at Hearts That Purr. She also, of course, inquired about my history with cats. I told her I had cats the last thirty-eight years, plus I had volunteered with cats while living in the Bay Area. We discussed my history with cats in depth.
Hearts That Purr is hidden away in a private area with a vast home filled with beautiful senior cats. Some rooms with healthy cats, other rooms with special needs cats. The “ranch” as they call it was immaculate, no smell of cats or litter boxes; it was bright, full of light with lots of big windows, all of which was perfect for the cats. Each room had generous space for the cats to roam, tons of toys for play, many places for the cats to climb and to sleep. I was overjoyed there was such a beautiful and peaceful home dedicated specifically for senior cats.
The cats – some wanting attention – some just keeping an eye on what was going on – were adorable, but show me one that is not! When I sat down in one of the rooms, some cats came over to me for petting or pushed their way on my lap. One was quite feisty and kept grabbing at me as I walked by, and then I was introduced to her. Kelly, an all black beauty whose eyes pierced at me, yet her paws grabbed at me. She was so intriguing to me. Jeanmarie told me that Kelly was ready to be euthanized by a shelter and she grabbed her quickly just before that became Kelly’s fate.
A few days after filling out the necessary forms, Jeanmarie and another associate came to visit my home to check to see if it was “cat worthy”. Upon approval, Kelly was then ensconced in my home as a permanent foster. Kelly made herself comfortable in my home almost immediately; however, there wasn’t a quick bond between the two of us at first. Because of my previous experience with cats, I knew that change could be a challenge for some cats. I also knew that with cats you just have to let them go until they are ready; they will let you know.
Kelly has been with me almost a year now. She is the cat version of me; I am the human version of her. We fell into a routine that makes her very happy, laid back, and content. She has her food, sleep, play, and brushing time. Otherwise, she just likes to rest and look out the windows and sit beside me, as well as sleep with me. She is a delight.
I am so grateful to Hearts That Purr for all they do for cats as well as for humans. I am amazed at the 24-hour care, kindness, and love Hearts That Purr provides to each and every cat in addition to keeping the buildings so immaculate. Hearts That Purr is a wonderful gift to cats and humans alike!