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

Rating: 5 stars  

I discovered Hearts That Purr about six months ago, while looking online for a very specific cat related resource. After participating in an adoption transport for a cat whose owner had passed away suddenly, leaving him alone in an apartment for a week, I realized I needed to make plans for my own cats in case I should predecease them. Although I am in my 40s and healthy, it is impossible to know what tomorrow may bring, and we cannot always rely on friends or family to do the best thing for our beloved cats.

When I contacted Hearts That Purr, their director was so helpful, explaining their Guardian program and inviting me to visit in person. When I came to Tucson, I was thrilled by what I found. It is not like the shelters one usually sees for rescued cats. Rather, it is essentially a feline retirement home, with a beautiful, sparkling clean establishment furnished and decorated just for the feline residents. Most are senior cats, and many have special needs (including renal disease, diabetes, and cancer) which are tended to. A loving, dedicated group of volunteers lavish attention on the kitties, and see to necessities like food and litter boxes. Some cats have roommates; others are given individual rooms, depending on temperament. All are given thorough veterinary care, emotional support, toys, and lots of love. Volunteers and staff constantly consider the changing needs of the cats as they age, striving to do make every day enjoyable for each resident.

When my mother expressed a desire to move to a warmer climate, I was excited to suggest Tucson as a potential new home for us, so I could be closer to Hearts That Purr and become a regular volunteer. Since then, it has been my privilege to get to know these cats better, help new residents adjust to the space, and celebrate when senior cats are connected with senior humans in the ‘Senior Citizens and Senior Kittizens’ foster program. I have also been honored to have Misty, a 17 year old cat, placed in my own home. Through the long-term foster program, the organization provides assistance and veterinary services for their foster cats, ensuring that they will always have support and top-notch care.

This is one of very few organizations of its kind. Their Guardian program enables individuals to ensure care for their cats after their own demise, through planned giving and estate planning. I urge all cat owners to look into this program, and ensure that beloved cats will not end up in a shelter or on the streets in the event of a person’s death. This is not just a rescue facility, but a loving home for the cats who live there. Hearts That Purr is a brilliant concept and deserves your support.

Role:  Volunteer