Tag Archives: cats

Cat Adoptions Are $10 All Month


Submitted Collier County Domestic Animal Services (DAS) is running out of space to house cats and is asking the public for help. To help put it in perspective, Collier County DAS currently has 202 cats in its inventory, 22 that came into the shelter last Friday. That is 135 cats at the Naples shelter, two cats at the Immokalee shelter ... Read More »

Adopt-A- Thon Finds Homes for 45 Pets


Submitted Recently, Collier County Domestic Animal Services (DAS) held a 33-hour Adopt-A-Thon and found homes for 45 homeless animals. Twenty dogs, 21 cats and four mice found their forever homes during the event. That’s more than half the dogs in the adoption kennel. Three cats waiting for homes for more than a year were among the 21 adopted during the ... Read More »


Spring not only brings warmer days and afternoon showers, it also brings kittens. Animal shelters and rescue organizations fill quickly during this time with an influx of kittens that come as a result of the unsterilized cat population in Collier County. In preparation for kitten season, Collier County Domestic Animal Services (DAS) will reduce the adoption fee to $10 for ... Read More »

Panther Kittens Safe Behind the Scenes at Naples Zoo

Last summer, Naples Zoo created a permanent home for a blind panther that also included space away from the public area to give temporary care for injured or orphaned panthers. Already, the Zoo has taken in two more panthers. The first arrival was a now six-month-old female that was orphaned in October when her mother was killed by a vehicle. The latest arrival ... Read More »

Cheetahs Spotted! Naples Zoo Coming January 12th

Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens is welcoming two new cheetahs to the nationally accredited zoo and historic garden. These elegant creatures will be coming from White Oak Conservation Center in North Florida. Both cats were born and raised at White Oak Conservation Center. The new cats in town are sisters and they are nine years old. The new cheetahs will ... Read More »

Domestic Animals Services Increase in Adoptions

Collier County Domestic Animals Services has seen a dramatic increase in the number of animals adopted from the shelter. Adoptions in 2015 have increased 24 percent over 2014 adoptions. This increase is partly due to some very important community partnerships. Our partnerships with rescue organizations helped us increase the number of animals sent to these organizations by 24 percent over ... Read More »


Collier County Domestic Animal Services (DAS) is offering certified, pre-owned cats for only $10 down, with 0 percent financing and no payments, ever! From now until Jan. 31, DAS will offer the 80 percent discount on its feline friends in an effort to find homes for them. DAS is currently housing, feeding and caring for 104 of Collier County’s homeless cats. ... Read More »


Collier County Domestic Animal Services (DAS) hosted Home for the Holidays Adopt-A-Thon last weekend and found homes for 40 animals. During the event, DAS discounted adoption prices considerably. Dogs could be adopted for $25, usually $85, and cats could be adopted for $10, usually $60. During the event, 17 dogs and 22 cats found their forever homes. That’s over half ... Read More »

Blessing of the Animals

Elvis, post-blessing, looking pensive.

By Samantha Husted On October 7, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church held its annual Blessing of the Animals event. Though all pets were welcomed, it was predominantly dogs in attendance, and one brave cat, Daphne. All donations benefitted the Human Society of Naples. Reverend Kyle Bennett called the ceremony to order with a song titled, “All God’s Critters,” performed by him ... Read More »



MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “The heart is like a garden. It can grow compassion or fear, resentment or love. What seeds will you plant there?” ~ Buddha Growing up, as a young girl I was lucky enough to have grandparents who lived on a farm. I say “lucky enough,” because to a young child the expanse of land ... Read More »


Anyone that has worked in an animal shelter will tell you the color of an animal’s coat is indicative of the length of their stay at the shelter. Black pets are often overlooked in adoption in favor of lighter-colored pets. Whatever the reason for the coat color bias, one thing is certain – pets of all colors make great companions. ... Read More »

Naomi’s Training Table

Team Meow Power in front of a quilt of mascot, Mr. Kitt. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi the cat and Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Dear Fellow Felines: On Sunday, October 4, the island will be aswarm with spandex-clad athletes competing in the Marco Island Fitness Challenge Triathlon. As supervisor here at For the Love of Cats, I have thrown our whiskers into the ring with my team “Meow Power”. The three-discipline event is ... Read More »

Naomi’s “Meow Power”

Coach Naomi, thinking about the job ahead.

FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi &Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Dear Fellow Felines: It’s official! My triathlon team has a name – “Meow Power.” A big thanks to all of you who answered last month’s call for team name submissions. The winning name was submitted by Claire Baumler, one of my volunteers. What do you, dear readers, think of a minor team ... Read More »

East Naples Cat Deaths Caused By Predator Attacks

The recent East Naples cat deaths have been found to be caused by predator attacks. Necropsies were performed on five of the cats by the Austin, Texas-based Veterinary Forensics Consulting. All five cats had evidence of predator attacks as the cause of death, evidenced by bite marks on the cats’ skin, muscle and bone, according to the report. Pets are ... Read More »

Naomi’s Kittens and Triathlon Coach

Duchess (Port au Prince rescue)

FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi & Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Dear Fellow Felines: I need to clear up any confusion among new readers who have come late to my wisdom-packed columns. I am, in fact, a cat, a one-time dumpster diving stray turned full-time resident here at For the Love of Cats, Marco Island’s no-kill cat shelter. I am, however, by no ... Read More »

Naomi’s April Woes


By Naomi & Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Dear Fellow Felines: Spring has pounced, we’re still in the paw-grip of kitten season, and sherpas packing fleas are pitching tents in our warm and radiant fur coats. Now let’s talk bikini season. Most felines, such as ourselves, eat way too many carbohydrates in the form of dry food. I don’t care how much ... Read More »

Naples Zoo Announces New Panther Exhibit

Naples Zoo officials announced today they are breaking ground on a permanent home for a young Florida panther that cannot be returned to the wild after it was blinded by a shotgun blast. This new panther exhibit will focus on expanding public awareness of the issues surrounding the growing number of cats in the area. And to meet the increased ... Read More »

Naomi’s Up to Her Ears in Kittens!


For the Love of Cats Naomi & Karina Paape Dear Fellow Felines: I’m up to my tortie ears in kittens! I’m talking lots and lots of kittens! Just the other day I was making my morning rounds – taking inventory if you will, and thought surely my eyes were deceiving me; so much so that I had to dig out ... Read More »