This month, we’d like to highlight another financial award given by the Dr.
Jane HealthyPetNet Foundation, this time to Cats Exclusive, a no-kill,
non-profit, feline rescue organization committed to helping their South Florida
community - both felines and humans alike.
Cats Exclusive has been in continuous operation since 1979, making them
something of a legend among animal rescuers in Florida. Located in Margate,
their facility allows sufficient space for the daily care of 70 cats at a time,
and they typically operate at full capacity. Over the years, their adoption
branch has overseen a substantial number of successful rescues … nearly
Their objectives include striving to promote and encourage kindness towards,
care and understanding of cats and other animals, working to organize
fundraising events on behalf of abused and neglected felines, discouraging the
sale of any feline to pet shops or the use of cats by any organization for
inhumane testing, and cultivating relationships between pet parents, breeders
and cat enthusiasts. Cats Exclusive is affiliated with The Cat Fancier's
Association, the world's largest feline registry, which also operates to
cultivate the appreciation of all things feline through the publication of
educational materials for the general public.
In 1996, Cats Exclusive established the Spay/Neuter & Adoption Program (SNAP)
for the alteration of homeless felines. Adoptable cats and kittens are taken in
by their dedicated Adoption Center in Margate, FL. Cats deemed too feral to
become good candidates for adoption are altered, nursed back to health and
returned to their feral community. SNAP has proven incredibly successful in the
fight against feline overpopulation in the greater Miami area.
In 2007, they opened a low-cost clinic which provides veterinarian services,
such as vaccines, dental care, and spaying/neutering, as well as other routine
surgeries. In fact, they’ve performed just over 10,000 procedures and
Our financial grant helped to cover the costs of their shelter operation
during the last few months of 2011, when they took in 115 felines and placed 128
in adoptive homes. Of the hundred-plus rescued, 88 were feral kittens, some of
whom required intensive care. Two of the felines whose lives were saved by Cats
Exclusive came to hold a special place in their hearts.
One was Cherie, who had been rescued by Cats Exclusive as a kitten. Now six
years old, her pet parents had lost their home due to foreclosure and were
living out of their car. Acting in the best interests of their much-loved cat,
they surrendered Cherie back to the rescue, knowing she would receive the care
she so richly deserved. In the weeks following her return to the shelter, Cherie
went into a deep depression. She started dropping weight, losing three pounds
and putting undue stress on her immune system. After a couple of months of
intensive loving care, and being featured as the “Cat of the Month” with her own
YouTube video, Cherie regained her normal weight and her health … and found a
Then there was Boo-Boo. A lovable and affectionate stray, Boo-Boo was brought
into the clinic with a signficant tail injury. Unfortunately, the veterinarians
could not save his tail, which needed to be amputated. His recovery was rocky,
even requiring a second surgery when his vertebral problems continued. With
superb medical care, Boo-Boo made a full recovery. Not only did his hair grow
back around his scars, he captured the hearts of a new family, which Cats
Exclusive believes will prove to be his “forever home”.
All of us here at Life’s Abundance send our earnest gratitude to this group
for all they’ve done in South Florida to improve the lives of cats, especially
those without a home to call their own.
We’d like to convey our heartfelt appreciation to all of our customers and
individual donors who made this special award possible. Each one of you directly
helped Cherie and Boo-Boo, making a happier life not only possible, but likely.
Remember, every time a Life’s Abundance order is placed, a portion of the
profits is contributed to our foundation, which in turn awards these funds to
small American rescues just like Cats Exclusive. If you would like to show
additional support to our foundation, you may do so when placing an order online
or by sending a check to Dr. Jane’s HealthyPetNet Foundation, Inc. at P.O. Box
1425, Palm City, FL 34991. Even if you can only spare a dollar or two, you’ll be
providing much needed aid to deserving pet-rescue organizations, which are on
the front lines of the fight to reduce and eliminate pet abandonment, neglect
and abuse in America.