***We have had many wonderful stories of rescues and adoptions so far this year, and I would like to thank each and every one of you for your continuous support. Thanks to you, your contributions have kept Joey's Feline Friends a vital resource in the community.
'******We are currently in the planning stages of re-writing our annual budget. This year, we have had a high increase of population which ultimately affected our expenses. At Joey's, the shelter houses between 200-300 cats and kittens at any given time. While we are not actively taking in any new "residents", we receive previously adopted cats back every week. These have been turned into Hawaiian Humane Society, abandoned, or just passed on to someone else and eventually wind up here. This is one of the reasons we keep the microchip information in our name; so they will find their way back to us. With the increase of these rescues, medical needs erupt for many of the returns, vet bills increase, our food needs increase, and the work increases.
***Your gift is extremely important to Joey's Feline Friends because it provides resources that make an immediate impact that will help us through these though times. The shelter purchases it's food from Costco along with other supplies (trash bags, paper towels, dish and laundry soap, bleach, etc.). Purchasing a gift card from Costco is a great way to assist, and it is still tax deductible as a donation.
***Our vet bill is still the largest expense, totaling about $12,000 (this is over a period of 3-4 months combined). While our vet has worked with us by applying discounts, because we are a "rescue" a great deal of our visits are emergencies, which incur large expenses. Over the past six months, we have "lost" close to 60 cats and kittens mostly to disease. We continue to make every effort to do diagnostic testing before making the decision to humanely euthanize, however the cost of diagnostic testing can be expensive. Making a donation of $25, $50 or $100 can make all the difference.
So what does this all mean? It means that while we continue to do the work, the donations and the volunteers are not sufficient to carry the load. It means that after 20+ years of dedication, there is a risk of Joey's Feline folding. Most of all, it means that we urgently need your help. We've helped thousands of people over the years. The cats are still here, and they still need the food and the care. Now I'm asking you to come to our rescue, to keep us operating. We ask that you make a donation today to ensure that we can continue our work and dedication. The bottom line is that in order to survive, in order for the cats to survive, we need more pledges of financial support.
We currently have over 300 cats at our shelter and have been coping with an increasing number of returned cats. The returns are primarily the result of families leaving the island without their cats, unwilling to spend the nominal fee to take them with them to their new homes. As a result, we are over capacity, even spending precious resources to board these cats elsewhere, just to make room. Please, make your cats and dogs a lifetime member of your family, and don't leave them behind when you move.
We are currently seeking volunteers and foster families. Please email Sierra.firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in volunteering or fostering.
We are also needing donations. Things we currently need are:
Please also consider purchasing some food or other needs off our Amazon Wish List.
Founded in 1997 by Tedra Villaroz, Joey’s Feline Friends is a privately owned, non-profit, no-kill shelter dedicated to the care of homeless, abused & physically challenged animals.
Receiving it’s non-profit status in 1998. Joey’s operates entirely on the generosity of animal lovers like you...! ALL money goes directly to the care of the animals; which includes food, supplies, shelter maintenance, health care & medical bills. Any & all monetary donations are greatly appreciated by the cats & kitties under our care AND is tax deductible. The average cost it takes to care for just one of our cats (not including any medical complications that may arise) is $30.00 per month, so, your donation is very important to us and the lives of each of the cats in our care.
Since our inception, we have provided services to approximately 3,500 cats, provided shelter for over 3,000 cats, and found homes for approximately 300 cats every year (but there are always many more who need homes!). We have also provided quality care for hundreds of terminally ill cats, and facilitated spay/neuter services for colony and shelter cats. We assist in rescues and provide advice to those seeking information regarding special-needs cats, behavioral problems, and many other issues.
DONATIONS & VOLUNTEERS ARE ALWAYS APPRECIATED...! We rely entirely upon donations and the commitment of loving volunteers. We appreciate any help you can provide; whether you have 1 hour a day, week, month or more, Joey’s can use whatever you have to offer. We need help with shelter maintenance, public relations, fund-raising, web-maintenance and, as always, cat socializing, petting and fostering.
We currently do adoptions out of the Pearl City Petco on Saturdays from 1 - 6 pm and Sundays from 1 -4 pm.
Our shelter is located in Kaneohe. Currently, we do not have a sufficient number of volunteers to support regular visiting hours. However, please contact us if you'd like to make an appointment to meet any of the cats at the shelter.
We are currently looking for more volunteers to help out at the shelter and Petco. Please contact us for more information or email Sierra.email@example.com