Homecat charitiesCat retirement communities: A good choice for your cat when you’re no longer able to provide care


Cat retirement communities: A good choice for your cat when you’re no longer able to provide care — 8 Comments

  1. Let’s set the record straight: Intentionally killing a cat is a criminal offense in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, regardless of ownership. Anti-cruelty laws apply to all cats—companion, abandoned, lost, and feral—and there is no such thing as a “piping plover defense.”
    All cats – domestic and feral – are protected by the Animal Welfare Act of 2006 and it is an offence to trap or intentionally kill or harm them in any way. … Also, because the cat is considered property, the act of taking a cat and dropping it off somewhere is theft in the eyes of the law so do not do it.

  2. I can vouch for a legitimate cat retirement sanctuary in Laguna Beach, CA, Blue Bell Cat Sanctuary. The cats live in a really beautiful large home that has open spaces (no kennel cages), window perches, and in a beautiful canyon setting with lovely gardens that attract birds for viewing. There are enclosed patio spaces that allow the cats to be outside but protected as in a large catio. They provide lifetime care including managing any current medical conditions and any that occur like cancer during their time at Blue Bell. The current tax deductible donation is $7500.00 payable from someone’s estate as specified in their will. The house and grounds were paid for and donated by a cat lover to stay as a cat sanctuary when she passed so there are no worries about the house being sold or foreclosed on and the cats being thrown out or abandoned by a greedy or shady person.

  3. Ethically set up and run, cat retirement communities seem like a wonderful solution for cats that outlive their guardian.

    In the UK, a couple of the larger animal charities run schemes where one must leave the charity a sizeable donation via a will, then the charity states they “will do all they can to rehome your cat”

    There is a lot of leeway in that statement. Personally, given the euth’ happy nature of both organisations, I would not trust them to keep their word, especially if the cats were older or healthy fiv+.

  4. Be sure the “cat retirement community” that gets your cat keeps all the cats confined to their own property. Someone in my area was running such a scam–collecting money and doing nothing for the safety of the cats. It was to the benefit of the “cat retirement” scammer that all the cats died quicker so she had room for more cats and their owners to con out of thousands of dollars. This way she also didn’t have to feed nor vet that many at any one time. With the original and often single cat-owner with no family to check on the well-being of their cat, who was to know. Even if a lawyer was hired to check from time to time, we all know about how lawyers do nothing more after they get your money. There’s nobody to monitor them doing what you paid for either after you are dead and gone. About 800 of those “retirement community” cats, if not ran over by cars or torn in half by coyotes, were eventually shot to death by neighbors that got fed up with all the cat shit everywhere. Word spread slowly about how all her cats were dying and nobody would take cats to her anymore, her scam business finally shut down from lack of conned customers. Though it did take half a year and 800 shot-dead cats to accomplish this.

    A clue to look for: If this “cat retirement community” is being ran on a hobby-farm of about 5-10 acres in a rural or semi-rural area and there are no cat-proof fences surrounding that land, those cats will eventually be legally shot to death. By neighboring land owners taking matters into their own hands and enacting their land owners’ legal rights.

    • Thanks for your comment. Do you have the name of this cat retirement community? I’d like to do a follow up on this using your comment as a source.

      • Yes, I do have their names. But I have no intentions of letting you know so you and Elisa can promote it as yet another of your many cyberbully campaigns to try to destroy the lives of humans. You know, since you care more about cats’ lives than any human life on earth.

        • Although your comments suggest that you dislike cats, it is very commendable that you are willing to give cat owners the heads-up about shady scammers. Thank you!

          What is truly a shame that you seem to condone the behavior of this “cat retirement” home. Wouldn’t it be better for all involved, except the shady scammers of course, to share the names of the scammers so that 1) people won’t waste their money on scams, 2) scammers won’t be encouraged, and 3) cats will be confined indoors in some place away from yours?

          I don’t think Michael and Elisa embark on “cyberbully campaigns” as you say, they are just concerned for the welfare of cats and want to keep cat owners up-to-date on things/people that can cause mischief or harm to the cats and/or their owners.

          • Cyberbullying for this person is a term meaning we have a credible source to back up writing about a truthful event or story. Yet we’re accused of cyberbullying.

            I do agree to check out a place very very thoroughly because there are bound to be scammers out there and a pretty website doesn’t mean a cat retirement community is as good as it’s made out to be.

            I don’t even help rescues anymore because of all the fighting. I do put in a link in case anyone wishes to donate like for the California fires. I imagine there are scammers involved with them as well.

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