Cat Care Society

Cat Care Society is non-discriminatory in our love for cats: none are the wrong color, size or gender; none are too old or too young; none are too ill to be valued, loved and treated with dignity.

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Nibbles 'n Kibbles

Class

Animal-Related 

Beneficiaries

General Public/Unspecified
Animals
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent
Unemployed, Underemployed

Description

Cat Care Society fights feline famine with this program. This is a cat food bank in which people can pick up both cat food and kitty litter. Access to this program is available only to qualified families through The Action Center in Jefferson County. This program was implemented in June 2009 and continues to be highly successful.

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Evidence of Program's Success

In 2016, we provided for over 400 cats with free cat food and kitty litter assistance (all of it donated to our Nibbles 'n' Kibbles food bank). In 2015 we provided for over 1,000 cats with food and litter assistance. In 2014, we provided 958 cats with food and litter assistance. This program helps struggling families provide for their pets and avoid neglecting or abandoning them. Nibbles and Kibbles is a volunteer driven project. A team of eight volunteers logged more than 100 hours to open the bank twice a month to distribute food to needy pet owners.

The program itself also saves time for paid staff members who would break from daily routines to service people looking for help with their pet needs. By structuring it into an actual food bank that is open at designated times, we have organized the times we can distribute the food. Specifying certain times turned it into manageable volunteer shifts.

Temporary Care Program

Class

Animal-Related 

Beneficiaries

Animals
General Public
General Public/Unspecified
Animals

Description

This is a wonderful option for cat owners who are temporarily homeless, hospitalized, or in safe houses. Temporary boarding and veterinary care are provided for these cats during a stressful time in the lives of their owners, which allows them time to regroup while having peace of mind that their cat is well cared for. Cat Care Society covers all medical and daily care related costs for cats that enter into the Temporary Care Program. Offering this financial coverage creates additional piece of mind to the cats owner, who is already facing a challenging time in their life.

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Evidence of Program's Success

In 2016, we cared for 34 cats through our temporary care program, helping those families rest assured that their cat(s) were well cared for until they could get back on their feet. In 2015, we cared for 26 cats through our temporary care program.

Adoptions

Class

Animal-Related 

Beneficiaries

Animals
General Public
General Public/Unspecified
Animals

Description

Cat Adoption is our primary focus. Potential adopters are carefully screened and matched for their suitability and commitment to a lifetime relationship with a cat. Our adoption fee for adults is $90 and kitten adoptions are $100; the fee includes a physical exam and assessment, any needed medical procedures; spay/neuter services, vaccinations, combo testing for feline aids (FIV)/ feline leukemia (FeLV), treatment for internal parasites, 15-day health care assistance following the adoption, a collar with ID tag, microchip placement and a pet carrier. Following adoption, the CCS staff are available by telephone to counsel new cat owners on relationship and behavioral issues.

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Evidence of Program's Success

In 2016, Cat Care Society adopted out and found forever homes for 410 cats and kittens! In 2015, the shelter adopted out 340 cats and kittens.
In our 37 year history, we have adopted out and found forever homes for over 16,000 cats and kittens!

Volunteer Program

Class

Animal-Related 

Beneficiaries

Animals
General Public
General Public/Unspecified
Animals

Description

Cat Care Society is typical of many nonprofit agencies in that our volunteers supply the labor which the staff cannot do alone.

Our volunteers are compassionate people who feel a need to give back to their community. By helping to care for the cats at CCS they support staff efforts to ensure quality of life for the cats that come through our door. This sometimes means telling callers on the phone that there's "no room at the inn" or understanding why a terminally ill cat must be humanely euthanized. Cat Care volunteers are indeed a special caliber of persons who quietly perform the tasks necessary to give each cat a happy and humane existence.

Our volunteer program includes 100+ adults who perform scheduled tasks including: feeding, cleaning, adoption assistance, food bank assistance, telephone assistance, nursing home visits, administrative work, general maintenance, and fundraising events. The volunteers are scheduled as part of a team that rotates, allowing for shift trading and assuring better coverage for each particular task.

More than half of Cat Care's current volunteer roster has been with the organization more than ten years. New volunteers are considered for the program after attending a two hour New Volunteer Orientation and a personal placement interview. The orientations are held monthly. Interested parties may contact Cat Care Society's Volunteer Coordinator.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Success may be determined by the retention of individual volunteers in the program as well as the ease of hiring new volunteers without difficult recruitment tactics. The volunteer program is a strong and steady support system to the shelter.

Foster Care Program

Class

Animal-Related 

Beneficiaries

Animals
General Public
General Public/Unspecified
Animals

Description

This program is a very important because it allows the shelter to increase our intakes for adult cats, mom cats and kittens. Most of the cats and kittens brought to the shelter were homeless, fending for themselves in poor conditions. Utilizing a foster care program can promote overall health and socialization. The CCS foster parents are dedicated volunteers who work tirelessly with the cats and kittens in their care. They want to ensure their fosters are healthy, social and loved so once old enough, medically healthy, or social enough, they can be adopted into their forever home.

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Evidence of Program's Success

In 2016, the CCS foster program cared for 224 cats and kittens in need. In 2015, we cared for 159 kittens through our foster program. In 2014, we cared for 97 kittens through our foster care program.
As of June 2017, we have already cared for 167 kittens through our foster care program and plan to care for over 250 kittens by December.

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