Turtle Hospital founder Richie Moretti (L) presents a check for $5,000 to Forgotten Felines Board Member Joy Tatgenhorst. Moretti pledged to match donations up to that figure collected by the group during their recent fund raising effort.
There are thousands of homeless cats in the Middle Keys. Colonies of homeless and abandoned (stray) cats form and multiply wherever they can find a food source, however meager, including dumpsters and vermin.
We spay/neuter as many homeless cats as our finances allow on a regular basis, and there is never a time when we have a surplus of money with no cats to spay or neuter. Forgotten Felines volunteers feed over 500 homeless and abandoned cats every day.
We are in desperate need of cash donations and cat food, as well as volunteers
able to help us with our TNR Program (Trap, Neuter, Release) and volunteers to
provide foster homes for adoptable felines until placed into forever homes.
Feed The Cats Purrsday a HUGE SUCCESS
Richie Moretti, founder of the Turtle Hospital, graciously offered to match up to $5000 in pledges. With the help of some of our wonderful volunteers we held the “Feed the Cats Purrsday” Pledge event on June 27, 2013 and the results were beyond anything we had imagined and we received 16,800 in much needed funds to continue in our efforts to help the forgtoeen felines of the Florida Keys!
The cats thank you and Richie Morretti both for your generosity and thoughtfulness!
Santa Paws Event a Great Success!.
The Santa Paws event was a huge hit and we were thrilled with the great turnout! We raised $785 plus $200 donations and also raised some awareness about our organization!
A very special thanks to Conch Records who came to our event and made a video about Purrfect Thrift store. Watch it here.
Thank you to all for making this a success, and stay tuned, next year's event will be even better!
A few weeks ago, I sent a Letter to the Editor in regards to Forgotten Felines financial situation. Forgotten Felines is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit cat rescue group in the Middle and Lower Keys, founded in 1997 with the mission of introducing and implementing a TNR (trap/neuter/release) program, helping abandoned and stray felines in need, and assisting low-income residents with food for cat colonies they were feeding.
In January of 2011, I took over as President of this wonderful organization, consisting exclusively of volunteers and supported solely by charitable donations. Due to the organization's financial situation it became necessary to put the TNR program on hold earlier in the year and we were increasingly concerned that we might be forced to the point where it would not be possible to continue feeding the more than 500 stray and abandoned cats on a daily basis any longer.
I was in tears at of the responses we received after the previous Letter to Editor was published and even moreso when I heard how generously people had responded. Local people, as well as people outside the Florida Keys, started to send donations. Richie Moretti, founder of the Turtle Hospital, graciously offered to match up to $5000 in pledges. With the help of some of our wonderful volunteers we held the “Feed the Cats Purrsday” Pledge event on June 27, 2013 and the results were beyond anything we had imagined.
Forgotten Felines, and I as the organization’s President, cannot thank everyone enough for all their help, support, and donations. Thanks to you we are able to revive the TNR program and will be able to continue to provide stray and abandoned felines with food and veterinary care.
If you would like to take a more active role in our wonderful organization as either a volunteer, donor, sponsor or serve as a board member, please visit our web site at www.keysforgottenfelines.org or call us at 305-743-2520.
Thank you again to everyone who pledged and donated.
Jessica Mintz, President
Forgotten Felines is an all-volunteer organization, everything you donate will go directly to helping animals in need.