Helen Sanders Cat Protection and Welfare Society

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Our Programs

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We are motivated by the belief that all cats deserve to live a full and cherished life.

We also believe that we can save cat lives and make people lives better. In addition to rescuing hundreds of cats a year and finding them loving homes, we have developed programs to:

The Traveling Kitty Comfort and Therapy Show

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Inspired by a dear friend of our organization, published author Priscilla Maltbie, who so loved cats but could no longer have any of her own in assisted living, we started this program to bring the joy of animal companionship to others. Priscilla would love our kitty visits! Our volunteers take cats into assisted living facilities to visit with residents. It is a gratifying, heartwarming program which reminds us all of the sacred bond between humans and animals who can reach us in profound ways beyond words.

The CatPAWS Spay Neuter Program

Help stop the tragedy of cat overpopulation and unwanted litters!

From the beginning of our organization in early 2010, we have been committed not only to saving lives but in preventing the tragedy of overpopulation and unwanted litters. Harkening back to the legacy of our namesake, Helen Sanders, a trap/neuter/return (TNR) pioneer, we have launched our own mobile spay neuter program. 

The DIY Kitten Care Project

The most vulnerable animals in most public shelters are underage/orphaned kittens – those under 8 weeks old and especially those not yet eating on their own. Lacking the resources to provide round the clock feeding and care, these kittens are typically killed on intake unless a rescue group can take them. With rescue groups often full and never enough fosters, thousands of kittens are born to die every day in shelters across the country.

In the Spring of 2016, seeking a way to reduce this grim reality, CatPAWS launched the DIY Kitten Care Project.

This innovative program entails providing Kitten Care Kits to a local shelter which they in turn can offer to people who bring in kittens. The people who find and bring in kittens are candidly told by shelter staff what the likely fate of the kittens will be and asked if they are willing to foster at least until the kittens are eating on their own. Once kittens are eating on their own, options open up as rescues might be able to take them or the shelter can then be in a position to care for them.

This program was started almost out of a sense of desperation – a need to do something, anything – and none of us knew how well or if it would work. But the public embraced it and the shelter welcomed the opportunity to provide a better option. It is estimated that over 200 kittens in that first year were diverted from entering the shelter – and almost certain death – because of this program.

The following year brought an expanded effort which included a community outreach and education component, providing kitten care classes free of charge to the public. We hope to build on this program to keep saving tiny lives so they have a chance to grow up and have the full and cherished life all cats deserve.

Each DIY Kitten Care Kit consists of:

All in a sturdy plastic container which can serve double duty as a safe kitten bathtub (they do get messy!)
Each kit costs approximately $65. Your donations help us buy more kits and save more little ones.