About us

 

Save the Cats Arizona is a rescue and sanctuary committed to a no-kill philosophy. We believe that cats are sentient, feeling beings who deserve our respect and kindness.

While dedicated to providing a lifetime of health, safety, and happiness to cats living in our sanctuary, we also strive to find solutions for at-risk cats we cannot take in due to limited space.

We are an all-volunteer, 501(c)3 organization, so 100% of all donations go to the cats. Save The Cats Arizona’s mission is to provide hope to cats who are at risk from an unhealthy environment or harm at the hand of humans. We believe these innocent felines—who, through no fault of their own, face a life of suffering and hardship—deserve a second chance at a happy life.

Save the Cats Arizona's tax identification number (EIN) is 20-5164793.

 

Our Mission

Save The Cats Arizona’s mission is to provide hope to cats who are at risk from an unhealthy environment or harm at the hand of humans. We believe these innocent felines—who, through no fault of their own, face a life of suffering and hardship—deserve a second chance at a happy life.

To this end, we provide these programs:

  • Lifetime care in a safe and fulfilling environment for cats who are unadoptable due to behavioral or health issues
  • Medical care (spay/neuter, wellness, and critical care) for cats admitted into our programs
  • Socialization to rebuild feline trust and confidence in people, thereby increasing the chance for adoption
  • Assistance in urgent, at risk cat situations by providing information, resources, and referrals to other organizations with services complementary to ours
  • Education on pet abandonment, the importance of spaying/neutering, and creating a healthy and enriching environment for companion cats

 

Our statistics

2016

71 – Beginning cat count

54 – Total intake

58 – Total adoptions

63 – Ending cat count

 

Our History

Our roots began in the Gilbert Riparian Preserve, Arizona. In 2006, a Good Samaritan named Donald Bloom made it his daily mission to save the lives of cats who had been abandoned in the preserve.

"When I started volunteering at the Gilbert Riparian Preserve, I noticed abandoned cats going into the trash for food," Bloom says.  "You could see their bones. It broke my heart."

Bloom could not just stand by and let the animals die, so he started a rescue effort and eventually the nonprofit organization, Save The Cats Arizona.

"I've been working to undo the injustice to these animals," says Bloom. "I'm trying to give them a second change at life because domesticated animals belong with humans."

Then late in 2010, tragedy struck when an agressive campaign was launched by Riparian staff to remove the cats. After caring for these animals for many years and knowing each one by name, volunteers noticed that overnight many of their favorite cats disappeared. The fate of these cats is not known, except for two who were found within an hour of being euthanized at the Humane Society.

Early in January 2011, Save The Cats' volunteers rallied to form a more structured organization. Negotions with the Town of Gilbert were successful in allowing Save The Cats Arizona to remove the Preserve's cats and relocate them to a new Sanctuary.

Our Sanctuary is home to 60+ wonderful cats who enjoy both indoor and outdoor areas without worry for their safety. Many of the Sanctuary's kitties will likely live out their lives at the Sanctuary where they are treated with lots of love and caring from the volunteers. For those who are adoptable, we have an adoption program to help them find their forever home.

 

Contact us

info@savethecatsaz.org

602-582-2693

 

Board of Directors

Donald Bloom – Founder, President

Kathy Skinner – Board Chair

Patricia Van Scoy – Board Vice Chair, Finance Officer

Katrina Caviedes – Board Member, Adoption/Foster Coordinator

Terry Solano – Board Member, Sanctuary Volunteer Coordinator

 

Sanctuary