For the Love of Cats charted a new course in 2020 in response to the pandemic by distributing over 27,000 lbs. of dog and cat food to keep families together during the long months of quarantine, job loss and hardships for low-income families of Collier County. For the Love of Cats started out in February 2020 calling the food banks. There is only one food bank in Collier County that provides dog and cat food and For the Love of Cats provides the food to Our Daily Bread on Marco Island. Founders Jan and Jim Rich feared the worst for pets caught in the growing crisis and mobilized pet food collection even though supplies were limited due to hoarding. For the Love of Cats set up a distribution site at the East Naples Community Park alongside Meals of Hope to give out almost 1000 lbs. of dog and cat food weekly. Volunteers were enlisted to help repackage the large bags of dry food into smaller portions for distribution. In June, For the Love of Cats was able to enlist the help of Al’s Pals.
Al’s Pals is the mobile food distribution unit of Our Daily Bread on Marco Island. Allison Richards, the founder of Al’s Pals, partnered with For the Love of Cats to take over the repackaging and distribution of dog and cat food throughout the low-income communities of East and South Collier County.
For the Love of Cats continues to buy dog and cat food from Tractor Supply with the help of generous donations. “We have been helping the low-income cat owners since our beginning in 2002 with all kinds of services. Expanding to provide large amounts of pet food to help people keep their pets during this stressful year was something we just had to do. Our partnership with Al’s Pals is such a win-win for the community. Alison is amazing and her team is getting our pet food to people who really need it. We are still buying 2400 lbs. a month and will continue until this pandemic is over, whenever that happens,” says Jan Rich, Founder and President.
For the Love of Cats is a 501c3 non-profit organization in Marco Island that is dedicated to saving the lives of abandoned cats and kittens in the community. We are an animal welfare group operating through donations from the public since 2002.
Our mission is to end the cruelty of pet overpopulation. Donated funds go towards our programs that include sterilizing community cats through TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return), assisting low-income families with emergency and wellness veterinary care and subsidize adoption fees for senior cats to senior citizens along with other support programs to help people keep their pets.
For more information, please go to our website www.fortheloveofcatsfl.com.