St. Francis is a limited admission shelter. Many people search for “No-Kill” shelters to place their animals when they can no longer keep them and find that many are full to capacity. To us at St. Francis, no-kill really means no-kill. Cats are never euthanized based on temperament. The only animals euthanized for illness are those who no longer have any quality of life due to pain from an untreatable illness. We attempt to find hospice care for the terminally ill cats so they can enjoy their final days in a loving home rather than in a shelter with a countless number of roommates.
Here at St. Francis we currently have 190 cats in our immediate care! 143 of those cats are in our shelter and 47 reside in foster homes. Each day we receive numerous calls from pet owners who are no longer able to keep their pets due to unfortunate circumstances or lack of planning to find pet friendly housing. Rarely are we able to accept owner surrendered cats. Our first priority is to those cats who were adopted from us and those with urgent medical needs who do not have a person to care for them.
Currently, in our adult adoption room we have 40 cats available for adoption:
43% of them had a forever home, but came back to the shelter
23% were found abandoned
13% were brought in as kittens and have not found a home yet
11% are the mommies of the babies we found forever homes for
10% were found sick or injured in the community
Less than six short months ago, we received a call about a cat that looked like it had been hit by a car with a face that was almost unrecognizable. One of our dedicated volunteers immediately went to rescue the cat and took her directly to South Trail Animal Hospital. After a thorough examination and laboratory tests, it was determined that an extreme allergy caused the raw, open wounds. She was named Abalone. Abalone was extremely timid at first and went to a temporary foster home to work on socialization. She came around nicely and turned into an absolute love! In spite of her scarring, Abalone was ready for a home, but her food was extremely expensive which raises the next challenge. She could not be in the adoption room without being in a cage 24 hours a day; St. Francis is a free-roaming, cage less shelter. Abalone would remain in our intake room so she could have some freedom. Since that time, Abalone has found a permanent, loving home. St. Francis provides all of her food and medical care while Abalone remains a “permanent foster” in her new home.
Some of our cats are not so fortunate. There are cats that are found to have terminal cancer. For them, there is usually a special staff member or volunteer willing to bring the cat into their home to live out their final days in a loving environment. Our dedicated staff and volunteers believe every cat deserves a home and do everything we can to find them their special forever home.