#ShelterSunday: Pinky

Forgotten Feline: Pinky

Last month, Marie, a concerned Bronx resident, contacted the New York City Feral Cat Initiative (NYCFCI) to request help for Pinky, a young, feral, gray tabby from a local colony, who was in trouble. Marie had spotted her wandering the streets with a rusty, broken can on her head. Unable to eat or drink in the extreme heat of the summer, Pinky was in dire need of assistance.

Marie had tried to get help for Pinky for almost a week, but to no avail. She reached out to the Alliance just in time. Within a matter of hours, Pinky was trapped and brought to a local, feral-friendly veterinarian.

First, Pinky was sedated so that the can could be removed and she could be examined. Due to the amount of time she spent in the can, she was severely dehydrated, and had sustained some injuries from the metal cutting her skin. The vet administered fluids, antibiotics, and treatment for her wounds. After some TLC, Pinky was ready to be returned to her colony. Because of donor support, the NYCFCI is able to care for New York City's forgotten felines, and cats like Pinky can receive the care they so critically need.

"Thank you for helping Pinky... when no one else would! We are very grateful to the Mayor's Alliance. We tried to get help for a week and then called you. She's doing great today!"
-- Marie, Bronx

Supporting the NYC Feral Cat Initiative strengthens our life-saving efforts… one cat at a time! To support the efforts of October’s Monthly Mojo, the NYC Feral Cat Initiative, and help them continue the work they do to help animals like Pinky, please donate to their Gift That Gives More Campaign. 

#MonthlyMojo: NYC Feral Cat Initiative

The Jackson Galaxy Foundation #MonthlyMojo beneficiary
for October 2016 is

NYC Feral Cat Initiative
A program of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals
The Big Apple


Jackson’s Pick

Tens of thousands of street cats live in alleyways, backyards, and outdoor spaces of New York City. Because these cats are not socialized to humans, they are not candidates for adoption, and most adult feral cats taken in at city shelters are euthanized. In addition, the breeding of these street cats’ results in more kittens entering the shelters taking away homes that would otherwise go to the adult cats already there. 

The New York City Feral Cat Initiative (NYCFCI) is a program of the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals.  The program is committed to solving NYC’s feral and stray community cat overpopulation crisis through the humane, non-lethal method of Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR). NYCFCI helps to reach The Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals goal of ensuring that no dog or cat of reasonable health and temperament is killed merely because he or she does not have a home.

What is TNR?

Stray and feral cats are humanely trapped, evaluated, given a rabies vaccination, left-ear tipped, spayed or neutered by a veterinarian, and then returned to the familiar habitat of their original colony. Tame cats and kittens young enough to be socialized are removed for adoption placement in permanent indoor homes.  NYCFCI provides free services and resources to TNR caretakers and community cats.

How can you help?  Just $5 supports the NYC Feral Cat Initiative allowing them to continue educating and training New Yorkers about TNR, and to provide critical resources and services to NYC's community cats to continue to save lives.  See how else your donations help.


2. #MaximizeYourMojo

Not everyone can go out and participate in the TNR program but you can help in other ways.  By purchasing this Feral Cat Buddy catnip toy for your favorite kitty, $5 of your purchase goes directly to New York City Feral Cat Initiative.  So in your small way, you are doing your part to help the overpopulation crisis of NYC’s street kitties. 


3. #ShelterSunday

Thanks to the successful community collaboration of partner groups and shelters, NYCFCI has made dramatic progress toward their goals over the last 13 years. Today, 9 out of every 10 lives are saved, as compared to 1 out of 4 when the Alliance began. Since 2003, euthanasia at Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC) shelters has been reduced by over 83 percent.  What a wonderful success rate.

Each Sunday, a heartwarming story about another successful TNR or re-homing of a community cat will be posted here.  Check back to read a story that will renew your faith in human kind and the animals they save.

#ShelterSunday: Connecting with children in underserved neighborhoods

Connecting with children in underserved neighborhoods

The children in the neighborhoods where Charm City Companions works inspire our team. When we pull onto the block, sometimes dozens of children of all ages, flock to the spay/neuter transport van bombarding us with all kinds of stories and propositions. “I’ll give you $5 for that cat…with the cage.” or “I’m gonna have 12 dogs and 17 cats when I have my own house.” Many of the kids just want to see the animals and ask questions, giving us a stage for sharing information about the importance of vaccinations and spaying or neutering pets. It’s through these children that we’ve been able to build long-term relationships with many pet families.


 One of our favorite, young pet advocates is Harmony.  She is eight and believes she’s in charge of her grandmom’s dogs.  Harmony is precocious and at times ‘tests’ all the grown-ups around her, but she has extended our reach into her grandmom’s home. Our relationship started with a series of phone calls from Harmony, telling us to call her now!  She left 13 messages one day, each no less than 60 seconds. 

When we spoke to Harmony’s grandmother, Ms. Lisa, we found out one of her four dogs was pregnant. We were able to help by neutering her three male dogs and planned to have Snowball spayed after she had the litter and was finished nursing.  Sadly, Snowball died two days after delivering three puppies. Ms. Lisa had no idea what to do with the puppies and was feeding them cow’s milk. After two of the puppies died, Harmony told her grandmom she wanted to call Charm City Companions. Harmony left another series of messages telling us the full story, and again, commanding us to call her immediately.  Since then we’ve been able to support Ms. Lisa and Harmony by providing in-home veterinary care and guidance, food for them to nurse their orphaned puppy, puppy shots and four months later, Harmony has called to remind us she needs to get her puppy, Ruffy, neutered. 

We’ve also had other calls from people who’ve said Harmony told them to call.  We hope when she’s older she’ll officially volunteer for Charm City Companions, although Harmony is already doing an admirable job for animals in her neighborhood.


#ShelterSunday: Charm City Companions Extends Reach Through Community Ambassadors

Extending Our Reach Through Community Ambassadors

Our outreach volunteers all agree that, in addition to the animals they are attending to, meeting the people in our community is especially gratifying.  We are taken by the extraordinary compassion displayed towards the animals in the neighborhood by not only their pet guardians, but by all members of the community.  During door-to-door canvassing we are greeted with welcoming conversation from those who are caring for a pet and those who are simply pet and/or people advocates.  Often an advocate is willing to work with us on the care and feeding of animals. 
Brother Reggie, for example, doesn’t have a pet of his own, but he is well connected in his community and is keenly aware of who does.  We met Reggie one day while doing outreach following transporting pets to and from the spay/neuter clinic.  We first saw Reggie in the morning when we picked up a pet from his neighbor across the street.  He was out feeding the pigeons.  We noticed that he had his eye on us but unfortunately we didn’t have the time to engage.  Later in the afternoon, after we dropped off the pet and started canvassing on the block, we ended up at Reggie’s stoop.  We told him who we were and he said he had seen us earlier on his block.  We chatted and learned that Brother Reggie runs the outreach ministry for the church next to his house.  He’s deeply embedded in the neighborhood and includes outreach to the community as part of his daily routine. 

Reggie invited Charm City Companions (CCC) to speak at his church.  We were introduced by the pastor who gave us the opportunity to speak to the congregation. We shared our work and the mission of CCC, which was well received by the members of the church and proved to be a very meaningful and productive experience for us. We also learned that Reggie provides people in the community spay/neuter vouchers whenever he finds someone with a pet they want to have altered.  Since January 2016 we have had over 30 pet guardians contact us saying, “Brother Reggie told me to call you.”

Brother Reggie's pet guardian story is only one of dozens of other stories.  Through these guardian relationships we are able to not only extend Charm City Companions' reach, but in Reggie's case we have helped to extend an important mission of this special neighborhood church.  We now meet regularly to talk about ways we can continue to work side by side to meet the needs of the neighborhood and its pet community. Whether our meetings take place on the side of the street, or on Reggie’s stoop, they are as productive as any formal meeting around a table in a boardroom. 

#ShelterSunday: Juanita and Pup Pup

All Charm City Companions' volunteers have their own special four-legged companion. We are all devoted to our furry friends and are drawn to this work because of the time we are able to spend with them. While engaging with other pet guardians in underserved communities, we have learned that so many have never had a pet before and that often leads us to reflect on our own personal journey as a pet guardian. How did we learn what to do? Who told us about spay and neuter and how did we know our pets needed access to water 24/7? Basic but critical information to the well being of our pets. 

We also found out that these new pet guardians are not necessarily people who opted in. They are often guardians who have opened their heart and their home to another pet guardians in need. There is a significant number of people having to surrender pets for a variety of reasons, often because they simply cannot afford it. But in underserved communities, surrendering to a shelter is not the norm.  Instead, people turn to their friends, neighbors, or family members for help in caring for their animal.  

One of my favorite stories is of Juanita, our new Charm City companion and client and her three pets that she lovingly rescued from around her neighborhood. Juanita’s new found dog, Pup Pup, brought challenges to Juanita's family, but Juanita met the challenges head on! Pup Pup was free roaming in the neighborhood and when Juanita saw that the poor, defenseless 10 lb. Jack Russell Terrier was being teased, she picked her up and took her home.  Fortunately, Juanita found her way to Charm City Companions through her own thoughtful research. We learned during our initial consultation with Juanita that Pup Pup had a growth the size of a walnut.  To accommodate Juanita’s busy schedule, that included a full-time job and school, we picked Pup Pup up for her spay appointment.  When we returned Pup Pup she was spayed and no longer had the growth.  Our local spay/neuter clinic, MD SPCA, removed the growth, at no charge, during the spay surgery for Pup Pup.  This was over a year ago and today Pup Pup is doing great!  We applaud all new pet guardians, especially those in underserved communities who generously provide for animals in need of care and shelter. These care givers play a pivotal role in preventing hundreds of animals from entering the shelter. 

#ShelterSunday: Charm City Companions keeps a special caregiver and his cats together

Charm City Companions keeps a special caregiver and his cats together

Near the beginning of summer we received a referral from one of our TNR (Trap-Neuter- Return) partners. It was a timely referral, since we were going to be transporting what we refer to as ‘a large load’ from this client’s own housing development to a distant clinic the next day. That evening, having been told this potential client had five cats, we followed up on the referral with an in-person visit to Mr. Charles Fletcher.

Mr. Fletcher and Lady Sunshine

Mr. Fletcher and Lady Sunshine

Indeed, Mr. Fletcher, who we came to know as ‘Fletch,’ had five cats that had been roaming in and out of his home. These were all cats that Fletch had taken in from around his court.  After a short conversation, we determined that Fletch needed food, cat litter, flea treatment, and another litter box, which, thanks to donations from supporters, we would be able to provide to Fletch when we returned Coco, Black, Faith, Two-Face and Lady Sunshine from their spay appointments.

When we returned all the ‘girls’ back to Fletch, we were surprised when he told us that he didn’t want us to bring them back. We asked him why and he said, “There will be more to take care of.” It turned out that two of Fletch’s cats had litters when he originally took them in, and he had found homes for all seven kittens. He was concerned about his ability to care for any new cats in need of help who might come along. We assured him that we would continue to support him with his efforts helping cats. We explained that now that all of his free-roaming females wouldn’t have any more kittens, we were on our way to reducing overpopulation on his court.  

Coco on her way to her spay appointment.

Coco on her way to her spay appointment.

Since we met Fletch we have received at least one call a week from someone who says, “Fletch told me to call you all.” Fletch's generous acts to protect numerous homeless cats have already led to the care of countless others!” 

To support the efforts of September’s Monthly Mojo, Charm City Companions, and to help them continue the work they do to help animal lovers like Fletch, please donate to their Gifts That Gives More campaign

#MonthlyMojo: Charm City Companions

The Jackson Galaxy Foundation #MonthlyMojo beneficiary
for September 2016 is
Charm City Companions
of Baltimore, Maryland
“The Greatest City in America”



1. Jackson's Pick

Charm City Companions (CCC) is a community outreach initiative, modeled after The HSUS Pets for Life program, which was co-developed by Annie Pruitt, co-founder of CCC. Charm City Companion’s goal is to extend the reach of animal welfare services, resources, and information to under-served communities in Baltimore City.

They do this by going door-to-door to meet people within the community and learn about their pets. To best serve their clients they make spay/neuter, an important pet wellness service, free to those that live in their Area of Focus. This Area of Focus has been selected because nearly 40% of the people living in these neighborhoods live below the poverty level and therefore struggle with the cost of spay/neuter.

You can help! Just $20 provides basic vaccinations for a cat or dog.  $40 provides a veterinary visit.  Any donation allows a team of volunteers to provide information and necessary wellness care for free to pet families in the under-served Baltimore area. See how else you can help Charm City Companions continue the great work they do in Baltimore here.


2. #MaximizeYourMojo

Over 70% of pets in Baltimore City’s under-served communities have not received any veterinary care and 88% are not spayed/neutered. Charm City Companion’s support has prevented 100’s of pets from being surrendered to the shelter in just two years.

Most clients of CCC have no transportation and, in Baltimore City, cannot take pets on public transport if not in a carrier.  This further limits access to affordable wellness resources.  CCC eliminates the transportation barrier to adequate pet wellness resources by providing free transportation to spay/neuter appointments and veterinary visits.  

By improving the relationship between a person and his or her pet, they help to improve the quality of life for both by increasing the chances of the pet staying in the home permanently.

You too can help too by purchasing Jackson Galaxy’s latest book, “Catify to Satisfy”.  For every book purchased in September, $5 will go to Charm City Companions to help more pets get veterinary care. Help out here.


3. #ShelterSunday

Each Sunday, a heartwarming story about the outreach program of Charm City Companions and they great work they do will be posted here.  


#ShelterSunday: Templeton

Templeton had a very traumatic start to his life. At only 5 weeks of age, he was found wandering the streets in Phuket, Thailand with an awful injury to his front leg, most likely from being hit by a car. Templeton’s leg was so badly damaged and deformed that it was beyond repair and have to be amputated.

Thankfully, Templeton has proven himself to be a resilient kitten and has had no trouble learning how to get by with only 3 legs. He can now be a playful, loving and cheeky kitten as all kittens should be and he is now safe. Templeton is now being cared for at the Soi Dog Foundation and is awaiting a loving home and family to call his own.

#ShelterSunday: Saving Coconut

Coconut was only a year old when found on the streets of Thailand, but her suffering had been immense, enduring pain no animal should have to experience. She was found by a local lady who feeds stray cats in her neighbourhood. The lady contacted Soi Dog Foundation immediately. Both of Coconut's eyes were protruding from her head to such an extent that she could not close her eyelids. Her eyes sadly could not be saved, and Coconut was rushed to surgery to remove them. Once she recovered from surgery, Coconut adapted well and showed herself to be a loving and affectionate cat. She soon captured the attention of Louisa in the U.S., who opened her heart and home to this cat in need.

Coconut now has a home for life and will never suffer again.


#MonthlyMojo: Soi Dog Foundation

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The Jackson Galaxy Foundation’s Second International #MonthlyMojo beneficiary for August 2016 is Soi Dog Foundation of Thailand

Soi Dog Foundation's Mission is to improve the welfare of dogs and cats in Thailand, resulting in better lives for both the animal and human communities, to end animal cruelty and to ultimately create a society without homeless animals.

And how are they doing that?

Jackson’s Pick

Soi Dog was founded in 2003 by Margot Homburg Park and John and Gill Dalley. Phuket was growing rapidly at the time and the stray dog and cat population was increasing at a fast pace. Witnessing the suffering endured by street animals, the three held Soi Dog’s first spay/neuter clinic utilizing volunteer vets from overseas.

Soi Dog Foundation helps these sick and injured cats of Thailand in three main ways:

First, they run spay and neuter clinics to sterilize the streets cats in various areas of Thailand. They believe spay and neuter is the only effective and humane way to prevent unwanted animals being born into suffering and death by starvation, injury, disease, or inhumane culling. Soi Dog's spay and neuter clinics have had a positive and lasting impact. (Soi Dog has reached a milestone of over 115,000 dogs and cats sterilized!).

Second, they run a dedicated cat hospital to treat the thousands of cats that come to their shelter each year. The clinic not only treats the cats in need but also has facilities to house cats that are in need of adoption.

Third, their team works very hard to find loving homes for hundreds of cats each year, and these cats can even be sent to new homes in the US, Canada, the UK and Europe.

You can help! Just $10 helps save the lives of cats in Thailand!  See how else your donation can help here, where not even a credit card fee will be taken out of your donation.


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Life can be cruel if you are a homeless cat in Thailand. Born into an endless cycle of suffering, these cats are battling disease, malnutrition and injuries caused by road accidents or cruelty. While Soi Dog Foundation runs a mass sterilization program to reduce the number of unwanted stray cats in Thailand, thousands of cats in need of urgent treatment still arrive at the shelter every year.

You can remind yourself every day, how felines all over the world need our help. $5 dollars of every purchase of this “Love You to the Moon & Back Kitty Car Charm” will go directly to the Soi Dog Foundation, helping them rescue another homeless animal.


Each Sunday, a heartwarming rescue story from Soi Dog will be posted here. Start off your week reading a heart-warming story of how another homeless animal was rescued from the streets of Thailand!


#ShelterSunday: Living Like a King

Arthur the kitten was surrendered for adoption to a Native America Humane Society network partner, Leech Lake Legacy, an animal advocacy group that serves the people and pets of the Leech Lake Reservation in Minnesota. A princely lad of a kitten named Arthur, and his brother, Adam, were among 38 cats and kittens that LLL took in to place with partner shelters and rescues for continuing veterinary care and ultimately, adoption.

Arthur 2

During Arthur's pre- surgical exam, it was discovered that this handsome young king had a pea-sized growth on his head. Along with neutering Arthur, the veterinarians also removed the growth. Sadly, the histopathology report showed the growth was cancer - a malignant spindle cell sarcoma that was likely to return, making Arthur's prognosis not so promising.

LLL board member and dedicated cat volunteer Sandra Olberding said, "bring his Royal Highness to me, and I'll make sure he spends the rest of his days in regal splendor." Though his immune system remains compromised, Arthur still holds court with Sandra as his official lady-in-waiting.

Arthur 1

Native America Humane Society, our #MonthlyMojo shelter for July, is supported by the great people in organizations like LLL who bring information, support, and resources to Native American communities. Together we can make it happen.

#ShelterSunday: Catching A Ride

Little Babies all grown up

The odds were against her. Separated from her mother and siblings, she sat alone by the side of a long lonely highway stretching for miles and miles through the isolated wilderness. But fate had good things in store, because along came Jenna Herne, who runs the only animal rescue group in the community, the Akwesasne Animal Society. Jenna just happened to be driving by with her kids when they spotted and saved this adorable kitten. So tiny she fit in the palm of a hand, the little calico cat meowed her way into their hearts and was named "Little Babies."

Reservation "rez" cats often don't always get the attention they deserve, as dogs present more immediate concerns on tribal lands. But rez cats have traditionally been valued pets for Native American families. Located on the St. Regis Mohawk reservation in upstate New York, the Akwesasne Animal Society, is a new partner for the Native America Humane Society, our #MonthlyMojo shelter for July.

Akwesasne Animal Society helps rez cats with health care and adoptions. Their work has been supported only through individual donations collected in thirty five coffee cans around the reservation. But all that pocket change saves lives. The group once provided medical care including vaccinations, deworming, and flea/tick prevention for a family of four cats with only $13 dollars in coins, along with kind hearts and resourceful efforts. They also gave the calico cutie, Little Babies, a ride to a better life.

Mohawk Calico

#MonthlyMojo: A Diamond in the Rough

Karen and Diamond

The sad-looking stray dog was found leaning against a door in the tribal community of White Earth, barely able to stand because of injuries and multiple health conditions including both ehrlichiosis and heartworm. Very quickly, the circle of friends and rescue groups in northern Minnesota devoted to caring for tribal pets jumped into action to save this sweet fellow. Karen Good at Red Lake Rosie's Rescue (RLRR) on the Red Lake reservation immediately christened him Diamond, because his soul shined so brightly even under his dirty and matted coat.

Under Karen's loving care, Diamond quickly recovered and blossomed. With an outgoing personality, he's so popular with people and other critters that this "precious gem" now shines his light as a spokes-dog and fundraiser for animal care clinics at Red Lake, White Earth, and Leech Lake tribal communities.

Diamond and Kane BFF (1)

About the size of the state of Rhode Island, the Red Lake reservation is remote and isolated, with few available options for animal care. Since 2006, Red Lake Rosie's Rescue has provided provide spay/neuter services, wellness care, and adoption services to thousands and thousands of deserving Red Lake "rez" cats and dogs like Diamond. The rescue is a valued partner in the mission of our #MonthlyMojo shelter for July, the Native America Humane Society, to help tribal communities and their pets.

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#ShelterSunday: No "Flash In The Pan"


Flash was found as a stray during a very cold Minnesota winter and brought to Leech Lake Legacy (LLL), a rescue group that serves the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. A handsome and amazingly approachable young cat, Flash was also obviously in great distress from a very large matted obstruction under his tail. Flash was quickly taken off the reservation by LLL to a veterinary clinic for treatment. Brave despite the pain, he calmly cooperated until he was sedated and the obstruction was finally removed.

LLL volunteers Tom and Nancy cared for Flash until he was well enough to be transported to a foster family with a partner rescue group in Minneapolis. But, as anyone could have predicted, it was pretty much love at first sight between this Brad Pitt of reservation "rez" cats and his loving foster family, who quickly admitted to "foster failure" and adopted Flash.


With 325 Indian reservations in the U.S. and many of these communities needing help for community members and their pets, Native America Humane Society, our #MonthlyMojo shelter for July, networks with animal rescue organizations like Leech Lake Legacy to bring support, information, and resources for animal care to tribal nations - and to help provide happy endings for pets like Flash.

#ShelterSunday: Lucky By Name & By Nature

Recently, at an NAHS clinic in Laguna, word came that a local dog, Lucky, had gotten loose, run into some trouble with another dog, and then gotten into the Rio San Jose river to nurse his wounds. Growing weak from blood loss, he couldn’t get out of the water by himself. But hard-working Laguna animal control officers jumped right in to save him, and Lucky was pulled from the river just in the nick of time. After emergency treatment by NAHS and AVMA veterinarians who were standing by, Lucky came around and was soon back to his healthy self. He was also happily reunited with his worried owner. All thanks to this team of true professionals dedicated to saving the lives of tribal animals. Now that’s lucky!

Lucky 1

Sometimes shelter means more than a temporary home. It can also mean help for owned pets who don't have access to quality veterinary care. For community members at the Pueblo of Laguna, a Native American community located in New Mexico, not only is the nearest vet at least an hour's drive away, but vet care does not fit into most budgets.

The Native America Humane Society (NAHS), our #MonthlyMojo shelter for July, is working to change this by assisting tribes in helping their community members and their pets be healthier, happier, and safer through animal care programs.

#MonthlyMojo: Native America Humane Society

Native America Humane Society July SliderThe Jackson Galaxy Foundation’s #MonthlyMojo beneficiary for July 2016 is Native America Humane Society based in Torrance, California

All Life is Sacred. Respect – Responsibility – Protection – Compassion. These are the words that the Native America Humane Society (NAHS) lives by.

Jackson’s Pick

NAHS4For many Native tribes, stray and free roaming animals are considered the normal within their reservation lands. In Native communities, where an average of nearly thirty percent of the population is living below the poverty level, resources are often unavailable to control animal populations or provide them with basic care and vaccinations.

The NAHS was organized to find solutions for the challenges facing Native communities in humanely managing their animal populations.  The NAHS works collaboratively with Tribal, Federal and State agencies as well as private, local and nonprofit sectors to continually improve the lives of tribal cats, dogs and other animals living among them.

As Jackson Galaxy’s #MonthlyMojo for July, a special donation page has been set up just for the Native America Humane Society, with every cent going to help protect the sacred lives of animals.  Not even credit card processing fees are taken out of the contributions made here.

As little as $10 will provide vaccines for one animal.  And $25 will provide heartworm testing for one animal.  See how else your donation will help.



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By purchasing one of these colorful “Angels Live Here” floor mats, you can help NAHS fulfill their mission, to empower Native communities to be healthier, happier and safer by providing information, support and resources for animal care programs in Indian country.

And best yet, $5 of every purchase goes directly to Native America Humane Society, allowing NAHS to  assist even more Native community members and their animals.


NAHS brings a variety of programs and services to interested Tribal communities to help them meet the health needs of their animals and to humanely manage the population. Their approach ensures services are welcome and supported in the community, the needs of the community have been integrated into service plans and community members are fully engaged. They include:

  • establishing and maintaining ongoing spay and neuter programs
  • providing food and veterinary care
  • rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming abused and abandoned animals
  • providing doghouses and straw for bedding so animals have a warm, secure place to rest
  • education programs to protect people and animals who share their sacred lands together


Check back every Sunday in July to read about heartwarming NAHS success stories and the animals that benefitted from their work.

#ShelterSunday: Luck Can Change

Salem's story had a very unlucky beginning. It was the night of Friday the 13th, and the May weather was unseasonably cold and wet, even for rainy Seattle. A passerby walking through the city was surprised to notice a cardboard box placed on a set of train tracks, and went to investigate. When he opened the box, he discovered a black kitten staring up at him. She was cold and alone, and so tiny she could fit into the palm of your hand. This Good Samaritan carried the kitten home and took care of her for the rest of the night. In the morning, he brought her to Seattle Area Feline Rescue, our #MonthlyMojo shelter for June, for help.

The day Salem arrived at the rescue

In honor of her "unlucky" start to life, volunteers dubbed the kitten Salem. At the rescue, Salem got lots of snuggles, kibble, and toys. She seemed very relieved to be safe and warm! In foster care, Salem came out of her shell and became an outgoing, energetic kitty. Her foster mom called her a "fireball" who loved to run and play with the children in her home.

Last Friday, Salem found a family to call her own—they picked her out at the Adoption Center with lots of hugs and smiles.

Salem finds a family

Now Salem has two new kitty friends and a human brother to love her and play with her. In the end, it turns out that she was a lucky kitty after all!

The rescue staff sends a great big thank you to all the Good Samaritans out there who help animals like Salem and make it possible for their stories to have happy endings!

#ShelterSunday: High Places

When he first came to the rescue, Buddy acted like a "Cat from Hell." He sprayed his enclosure and lashed out. He spent 10 days on legal quarantine for biting a volunteer. He rearranged his belongings, gleefully knocking over his dishes and litterbox. The staff started to think he should have been named "Trouble!" But it was impossible not to love him. When Buddy was in a good mood, he was affectionate and eager to please. Even when he misbehaved, his darling tabby face made him easy to forgive.


At heart, Buddy's bad behavior just expressed his profound sadness and frustration. This active kitty needed to explore, not spend his days confined! Outdoor barn cat life wasn’t an option, though, because Buddy is FIV+.

When an adopter finally took Buddy home, the rejoicing didn't last long. He soon turned up in a municipal shelter, surrendered by his new family for climbing and disrupting their house. The rescue team drove over, picked him up, and resolved to try again.


When a second family wanted to take him home, the staff crossed their fingers and waited for the call saying "He's too much to handle." Instead - to their delight - they heard how much joy he was bringing to his new family! Now Buddy's acrobatic antics keep his humans entertained. They gave him his favorite stuffed otter, comfy laps to nap on, and a whole house to explore.


When he climbed up to the ceiling at his first vet visit, his dad even patiently climbed up on the counter to retrieve him. They tell us they couldn’t love their "crazy man" more!


Cats like Buddy are a wonderful example of how every animal deserves a second chance. Seattle Area Feline Rescue, our #MonthlyMojo shelter for June, believes that somewhere out there, a good home is waiting for every kitty!