PROVIDING CARE TO THE CATS THAT WERE LEFT BEHIND

About Emily

Hi, I'm Emily. I have been running a small cat sanctuary since I moved here over 8 years ago. My first outdoor cat was bony and thin, hungry, covered in fleas, looking for affection, and was not neutered. He followed me everywhere as I gardened and wanted to come inside. I named him Paws as he loved laying on my lap and pawing on my chest. I had Paws fixed and have been taking care of him ever since. I have helped other cats over the years, and have re-homed and rehabilitated over 100 cats. It's only a small drop in the bucket and it doesn't sound like much, but every life counts! I created this website to help collect gifts so I can continue my mission of assisting cats that are in need of help!  I would also like to spread awareness on the importance of spaying/neutering your pet, as well as provide resources for the community on spay and neuter clinics, and resources for all things cat related. 

*Please note this is a private sanctuary and as we are at max capacity, are unable to accept cats at this time.

What does Emily's Feline Sanctuary Do?

Emily's Feline Sanctuary provides care to those cats who have been "left behind".  Most of the cats given assistance were once someone's beloved pet, that got left behind in a move, or even intentionally abandoned outside. Some of the cats are simply misplaced, as it has also become an increasing practice for local citizens to rent traps and relocate outdoor cats & strays to other areas.  Most of these cats are not fixed, which means they contribute to new kittens in the area, and the feral cat overpopulation.

My goal is to help as many cats as possible by having them spay or neutered, and afterwards providing care and rehabilitation to the cats in an effort to rehome them. I will provide de-wormings, a bath (when applicable) and monthly flea medications. I feed the cats twice daily both dry and wet food and provide fresh water, toys, and herbs such as catnip. When applicable, veterinary care is sought for antibiotics or to contain mange. Most of all, I provide love and care, and rehabilitation in getting these animals used to humans/households so they can be adopted into families and find their forever homes. Finding the cat a home can sometimes take a long time, but meanwhile the cat lives either inside or outside on the grounds and is provided with outdoor shelters to seek refuge from storms and foul weather.

TNR Program

I participate in the TNR Program, which stands for Trap Neuter Release. A Feral cat is a cat that has reverted back to a wild state, and is not approachable. It is usually terrified of human contact, because it was born outside from a feral Mama. The feral cats are trapped, fixed, and returned to the site in which they were found which will help to control the pet overpopulation. The cat will then live out its life as it was, without adding any more kittens to the pet population. When applicable, and if the feral cat seeks assistance, it will be offered food and fresh water. Providing food and fresh water to feral cats helps protect our beautiful birds!

TNR Assistance for The Community

If you have stray or feral cats that need to be fixed and you need assistance, Emily‚Äôs Feline Sanctuary may be able to assist you in trapping the cats and having them fixed through the Spay Pasco Program. The cost of the program costs Pasco Residents $10 per cat. This is a donation based service.  All donations will be used towards the Sanctuary and care of the cats, and also to offset gas costs. Information, links and referrals on how you can trap the cats will also be provided.

The Cat Overpopulation

The cat population in Pasco county, and many other counties in Florida, has soared to unprecedented levels. It is believed that cats were first domesticated back in Ancient Egyptian Times, however a genetic study in 2007 revealed that all house cats may have descended from as few as five female African Wildcats (Felis silvestris lybica) c. 8000 BCE, in the Middle East. The cat community has spun out of control due to pet owners that have not spayed or neutered their cats.  These cats were then let outside, or left outside to reproduce at alarming rates.  Over time some of these cats have become "feral", which means to revert back to their original wild state of being.  Thus stems today current problem of cat overpopulation that is clearly evident if you take a look around outside.  It seems that every parking lot of every store or strip mall is full of them, and every community and street has their own share as well.   While I can't "fix" this problem all by myself, I can at least make a difference by doing what I can in the community in which I reside.  I am only one person, therefore I have decided to focus only on abandoned cats that were left behind, feral cats, and their kittens.  I offer assistance to the cats I am directly surrounded by and in my immediate area.  It is a long term goal of mine to expand this work to help spay and neuter cats in other areas and help other communities once my immediate community has achieved balance.

Please feel free to email Emily

Namasteemily@yahoo.com

*Please note this is a private sanctuary and as we are at max capacity, are unable to accept cats at this time.