Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Hearts 4 Paws: Feline Rescue, Inc.!

It's February, the month of love!  What better way to express our love than to open our hearts to kitties in need?  For the entire month of February, Catladyland is featuring Feline Rescue, Inc. , a no-kill shelter in St. Paul, Minnesota.  Throughout the month I'll share information about Feline Rescue, Inc. and feature some of the wonderful kitties who are available for adoption.

I recently visited Feline Rescue, Inc. and learned a little more about their organization.  Jocelyn LeBerge, a longtime volunteer, was kind enough to lead me on a tour of the facility and answer all my questions.  Here are some facts I learned about this very special organization.

  • It was founded in 1997 and five years ago they moved to a larger location.
  • Their mission is to provide safe shelter, veterinary care, and socialization for stray, abandoned, or abused cats until good permanent homes can be found for them.
  • Up to 70 cats are housed at the adoption center with 150 adoptable kittens, nursing mothers, and special-needs cats living in the extended foster network.
  • Most of the cats are free-roaming and never kenneled.  The only reasons cats are kenneled are due to introduction to a new space, medical necessity, or during behavioral rehabilitation.
  • Their outreach program focuses on feral colony management, TNR, and low-cost spay/neuter programs.
Volunteers, Dawn and Jocelyn

I was especially impressed with the efforts of the volunteers to ensure the cats are placed in the right spot in the shelter.  In addition to the free-roaming areas and kennels, they offer special rooms for FIV-positive cats and shy cats (who are a little on the skittish side with humans). One very sweet kitty named Sammy even has a bachelor pad of his very own because some of the other cats bully him when he roams freely.  In general, Feline Rescue, Inc. has a very peaceful and loving atmosphere -- the kitties get to listen to classical music and volunteers built tall perching towers and crouching cubbies for the residents to enjoy.

Cozy beds and lookout spots!

As I previously mentioned, Catladyland will feature Feline Rescue, Inc. throughout the month of February.  How can you help?  There are many ways!

  • Make a monetary donation with PayPal via the ChipIn widget on the bottom of this post or on the right-hand sidebar of this blog -- any amount helps!  The goal is to raise $300 by the end of the month.  I know we can do this!
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul area people can donate supplies -- I will even drive to you and pick them up!  There is a standing need for paper towels (the inexpensive kind are fine) and bleach.  They also would love to have small donut-style beds (not the expensive bigger ones), dish soap, wand toys, and simple furry mice.  
  • Local people can also volunteer!  Check out volunteer opportunities on their website.
  • A fantastic way to help is to adopt a kitty from Feline Rescue Inc....or any rescue organization!  Petfinder is a great place to begin your search! 
  • Re-post this post on your blog and/or share on Facebook/Twitter.  It would be WONDERFUL if you'd place the ChipIn widget on your blog!  The more we get the word out, the more we HELP!

Kitties in the "shy room."

Thank you in advance for participating in any way in Catladyland's Hearts 4 Paws drive and stay tuned for regular posts about this compassionate, dedicated organization and the cats that are looking for families.  Open your heart this Valentine's season to the kitties at Feline Rescue, Inc!


  1. Great Post ! I will tweet this straight away !!!
    Thank you

  2. Angie dear,
    I've added the badge on my blog. purrr.....meow!

  3. Sounds like a fantastic group - and obviously, the kitties are so worth it! Your badge is on our blog, with a link to this post ;) Good luck! <3

  4. Kudos to shelter volunteers everywhere! This looks like a very nice one, similar to Caroline's Kids Pet Rescue that we support monthly. Love that the kitties are not confined in cages!

  5. That is a great idea to do. We hope those kitties find homes and that lots of people donate. I will certainly pass the word around. I can put it on Facebook. Take care.

  6. Thank goodness for wonderful shelters. Our SPCA is a no kill shelter as well. It does the heart good!!!!
    xo Catherine

  7. I loved reading this and so did Mom. It makes the day much brighter knowing there are people like this and that they provide such loving shelter.

  8. What a great place! Thanks for sharing with us-I look forward to the rest of the month's posts too!

  9. Wonderful post! I tweeted it, and facebooked it to both of my pages! I am going to make a donation right now!

  10. What a great place...wish we lived closer (but I think the commute from Ohio would be bad). We will be back to contribute!!

  11. Fantastic and great idea. I have a rescue group here that I support as much as I can.

  12. It sounds like a great shelter/rescue! It sounds a lot like the one I support locally. We hope the extra 'press' your giving to them increases their donations and adoptions! Kudos to you!

  13. This is a great idea, Angie! Feline Rescue, Inc. looks like a great shelter! I love the room with the lookout spots!

  14. Thank you so much for the kind words, Angie! A link to this story has been posted on FR's Facebook and Twitter pages.


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