Hearts That Purr Feline Guardians is a small, limited-intake rescue organization run entirely by volunteers. We are dedicated to providing shelter and loving care for older felines made homeless due to the terminal illness, incapacitation or death of their owners. We try to find new homes for some, but others may remain in our care for life due to advanced age or health problems. Therefore, we do not operate a cat shelter in the usual sense. Rather, we utilize low-density group and foster homes to provide cats in our care more of a “retirement home” environment.
We are committed to providing the highest level of care for cats already under our guardianship and therefore, may not be able to accept new cats from the public from time to time. As much as we sincerely would like to assist every cat or person who seeks our help, we cannot. Our ability to accept new cats is wholly dependent on available space, volunteers, foster homes and funds.
In general, when we are able to welcome a new cat into our care, we give priority to senior cats already in public shelters and at risk of being killed. This is followed by those belonging to terminally ill individuals who have no family. With regard to private individuals seeking to relinquish a cat into our care, it is our policy to:
- Verify that the reason they are no longer able to care for the cat complies with our mission.
- Confirm they have legal standing to relinquish a cat to us.
At this time, please be aware that due to the nature of the living environments we provide to our cats, we are unable to accept feral, fractious, unvaccinated, or cats that are positive for Felv/FIV. In addition, while we do not charge an intake fee, we do ask that those relinquishing a cat make a financial contribution to help our rescue organization, if they are able.
If you have any questions about a cat you are trying to place, please feel free to contact us. If we can help you, we will. If not, we may be able to give you other advice or suggestions that may result in a good outcome for the cat.
Hearts That Purr Feline Guardians believes that the promotion and acceptance of spay and neutering of all companion animals is vital to ending the crisis of animal overpopulation. However, most felines who become homeless when their owner dies or becomes too ill to care for them any longer are already spayed or neutered. This problem won’t be truly resolved until each pet owner understands their commitment to their pet is for the life of that pet, not their own. Don’t allow your pet to become a statistic after you are gone because all the shelters are full. Responsible pet ownership goes beyond providing a roof, food, vet care and attention. It must also include a plan for the ongoing care of your pet in case it outlives you. If you don’t do this for your pet, no one else will. (A “guardian” program is one of many options pet owners have nowadays to protect their pets. Learn about ours here.)