The cats are examined, given shots and/or medication, and spayed or neutered by a veterinarian. (The kittens are spayed or neutered by the time they are six months old.)
Some of them will stay at the sanctuary for their entire lives, where they will be nurtured and protected. Happy Tails has an adoption program, but if the cats are not adopted, they are still cared for and loved for the rest of their lives. It's difficult to place some of the cats, because they have been physically or emotionally scarred by previous inhumane treatment. They find it difficult to trust people after they have endured so much abuse and neglect due to no fault of their own.
Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary is a 501(c)(3) entity and is also classified as a public charity under sections 509(a)(1) and 170(b)(1)(A)(vi) of the Internal Revenue Code. This means that any contributions to Happy Tails are deductible under section 170 of the Code. Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to the Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary. (Our mailing address is: Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary, P.O. Box 581, Chesterland, OH 44026.)
It has been over three years since a fire at the Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary devastated the residence of Jeanne Bones, the sanctuary's founder and director. We are pleased to report that she is now living in a home rebuilt on the same site. Jeanne is still trying to recover from the loss of her furniture as well as thousands of dollars worth of vaccines, cat food, kitty litter, anti-flea applications, and other medications which were destroyed by the flames. Money is tight, and Jeanne is even skimping on furniture for her home to be able to support the cats at the sanctuary (mostly in several other buildings on the property). We are reaching out to cat lovers everywhere to help in one or more of the following ways: Fostering or adopting cats from the sanctuary; volunteering time there; and/or donating cat food (preferably Purina dry food and either Friskies or Nine Lives canned food), kitty litter (preferably scoopable), new or clean used litter boxes and litter scoops, comfortable cat beds, paper towels, bleach, Clorox or Lysol "wipes," and cat toys. Financial contributions (made out to Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary) would also be greatly appreciated. They can be sent to: Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary, P.O. Box 581, Chesterland, OH 44026. Thank you for caring about "the kitties"!
Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary is now a proud member of the Adopt a Pet Community sponsored by Purina.
On October 13, 2013 about 90 supporters of the Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary enjoyed a beautiful country setting at Pineview Lake in Munson Township for “A Geauga County Sunday Social.”
At left, Gail Linda Kopp, the owner of Affordable Jewelry, Coins & Loans (30133 Euclid Ave. in Wickliffe), and Jeanne Bones, the founder/director of the non-profit Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary in Chesterland, stand next to a Christmas toy-decorated jewelry counter at the store near some of the cat food and kitty litter donated to the cat sanctuary. They are holding adoptable cats rescued by Ms. Kopp (and also being fostered by her). Ms. Kopp is encouraging people (whether they’re her customers or not) to drop off items at the store for the cat sanctuary. The store is also selling 50-50 raffle tickets for $5 each or five for $20. The raffle drawing will be at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14. The winner will get half of the money and the other half will go to the cat sanctuary. Click on News & Events for aditional information.