Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary volunteers have become aware of well-meaning, but erroneous, postings about what is happening at the sanctuary. The most disturbing false information is that neighbors have been trapping and drowning the sanctuary’s cats. THIS IS ABSOLUTELY NOT TRUE!!! Our cats are in securely locked buildings (except for certain times each day for some of the cats under the supervision of volunteers). While it’s true that Happy Tails will relocate within the next few months (following the death of the sanctuary’s founder, Jeanne Bones), the Happy Tails organization is NOT shutting down and will continue to help cats in a mostly cageless environment in a new location. We will announce the Happy Tails board members’ choice of a new location when the decision is solidified at a later date.
Here is an update on Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary founder/director Jeanne Bones, who passed away on Thanksgiving Day due to heart failure.
At the time of her passing, Jeanne was doing what she loved most, caring for her beloved felines at the sanctuary. Her family will hold a memorial event at the sanctuary in Spring 2016. Details will follow when a specific date and time are finalized. Jeanne’s family and Happy Tails volunteers are continuing to care for the cats at the facility. At this time, the sanctuary can’t accommodate any additional cats.
The cat sanctuary — which is mostly cageless and no-kill — still needs donations of cat food, kitty litter, and cleaning supplies. Financial contributions would also be greatly appreciated to pay for increased utility costs, snow plowing, etc. during the winter months (as well as for veterinary bills and cat care in general). Tax-deductible donations can be mailed to: Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary, P.O. Box 581, Chesterland, OH 44026. Donations can also be sent via PayPal (which can also be accessed on our website).
Interested potential adopters or volunteers can call Doreen at 440.759-0076 to schedule an appointment to go to the sanctuary.
Accompanying this posting are photos of Jeanne with TV-8 meteorologist and animal welfare advocate Dick Goddard, who made guest appearances at the two most recent Happy Tails fund raisers; and Jeanne holding a cat in the sanctuary’s Adoptable Cats Building. There is also a “split screen” showing Jeanne when she was a young woman as well as a recent photo of her. We will always love and miss you very much, Jeanne!
We were going to wait until we had official word from the family, etc. to share this sad news with our Facebook (and other) friends and supporters, but apparently a lot of people already know. So, it is our heart-wrenching duty to share the news that Jeanne Bones, the founder and director of Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary, died on Thanksgiving Day while caring for her beloved felines. The sanctuary still exists and is still sheltering, feeding, providing vet care, and giving loving care to its furry residents. We are looking into a number of options, but we will continue Jeanne’s legacy of caring for the cats at Happy Tails. We would welcome adopters, and we would also welcome cat food, kitty litter, and (of course!) financial donations (which can be mailed to: Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary, P.O. Box 581, Chesterland, OH 44026.) We will provide further information as it develops. Rest in peace, Jeanne. We will always love you!
Our Mission is to provide loving, life-long care and support to abandoned, neglected, abused and orphaned cats, regardless of age or physical infirmity.