We do not charge a fee to intake a cat. We do require certain vet services to be completed prior to intake, but any fees associated with that are paid directly to the vets, not us. We usually ask for a food donation if possible when the intake is coming from another rescue/county agency, but it is not a requirement.
We will generally not intake a house cat. We do frequently get calls when a family is moving, or a new baby is born, and the loved family cat is no longer wanted in the house. Unfortunately, this is not typically a situation where we can step in. Taking a house cat, who has never been outside, not been exposed to the elements, and throwing them into an established colony does not work out well. There are certain instances where we have made exceptions, but that is usually because a cat has newly been introduced to a house, mostly from rescue situations, and is having physical problems in the house. We talk about this more in detail on our Questions page.
Your donations are tax deductible. Any donations made through our website or regular mail will receive a quarterly donation receipt. This receipt can be used when filing income taxes, and will contain our 501c3 identification number. We will also provide a donation receipt if you pay for vet services for a cat to go through intake into our sanctuary. Please Contact Us with any questions.
We do not offer free tours of the sanctuary to the general public. We are not trying to hide anything, it is simply a matter of safety and colony control. If the public knew exactly where we were located, the possibility of having people harm our herd mates skyrockets. Also, we maintain strict control over the cats in our herd, and if our address was well known, we would be getting cats dropped off to us without our intake requirements being met. This would endanger the entire herd, introducing the possibility of deadly diseases and sickness. Our annual sponsors are offered the chance to tour our facility on an annual basis. Even then, they are met, and escorted to our sanctuary, we do not provide the physical address.
This is probably our most commonly asked question, hands down. The honest answer is an approximation. With a free roaming colony, being able to state an exact number is impossible. We can say, based on our intake records, that we probably have between 50-100 cats at any given time. We go into this topic in greater detail on our Colony Management page.
We are a very small, public supported, 501c3 charity. We don't have corporate sponsors, we don't get our vet services for free. We rely solely on the donations of fellow animal lovers to operate all year. In lean times, this has meant that our dedicated caregivers, who live on the sanctuary grounds, must give their own money to provide food and care for the herd. While this does not happen often, it very well does happen. We try to require the very minimum that we can, because our focus is to help save cats, not make money. The $130 that is costs to provide all the services needed to intake a cat is simply money that we cannot spare. We understand that most of the time this is not a cat that belongs to you, you just care enough to try and help it. And we do appreciate the fact that you even care enough to reach out! We just have to ask for the vet services be paid for, so we can continue to feed, care, and house the current colony members that we do have.
While FIV/FeLV is not a death sentence for a cat 100% of the time, just the fact that it can be is the reason we will not intake an FIV/FeLV positive cat into our herd. The dangers of these diseases are simply too prominent for us to ignore. One positive cat could spread the highly contagious disease to 50 other cats in a single day. The other fact is simply that of resources, an FIV/FeLV cat requires constant medication, monitoring, at isolation. We don't have the facilities personnel, or monetary ability to accomplish this. One of the first steps in our intake protocol is called a "Snap Test". This tests to see if the cat is positive for FIV, FeLV, or Feline Aids. If the cat does test positive for any of these 3 diseases, then the cat will be euthanized. We do not like any instance that ends in death for a cat, we fight every day to ensure that every member of our herd stays alive, happy, and healthy. Its an unfortunate situation, but as caretakers of our sanctuary, it's a decision that we make for the life of our free roaming colony members.
We are not a shelter, we do not have a shelter facility, and we do not have a "foster" ability. While we do conduct adoptions, they are based on emergency situations, and are limited to kittens and barn cats. We do not take in adoptable cats, that have for various reasons, lost their homes. There are several local Northwest Arkansas/Southern Missouri rescue groups who do have foster/shelter programs available.
We do not have the resources, or currently, the Volunteers, to conduct trapping exercises. There are local Northwest Arkansas/Southern Missouri rescue groups that will occasionally conduct TNR events. We do have traps that we can loan out to individuals or groups that are trying to conduct their own TNR efforts, if the resulting cats will go through intake into our sanctuary.