Hearts That Purr Feline Guardians

Loving care for the cat you leave behind.

Tucson, AZ   |  www.heartsthatpurr.org

Mission

Hearts That Purr Feline Guardians is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing shelter and loving care for felines made homeless due to the terminal illness, incapacitation or death of their owners. In addition, we are passionate about educating the public about the importance of planning for the ongoing care of their beloved companion animals should a time come when they are no longer able to do so themselves.

Ruling year info

2014

President

Jeanmarie Schiller-McGinnis

Main address

PO Box 36418

Tucson, AZ 85740 USA

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EIN

46-2122623

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

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Hearts That Purr Feline Guardian Program

The Hearts That Purr Feline Guardian Program offers ongoing cat care for those cat owners without trusted family or friends willing to assume the responsibility of cat care, a superior alternative to a shelter, sanctuary or euthanizing a kitty before its time. When enrolled in the program, a cat owner can provide custom-tailored ongoing care instructions for their surviving cat(s) that includes either lifetime care by Hearts That Purr or criteria for placement in a new adoptive home.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Hearts That Purr Senior Citizens and Senior Kittizens program is a unique long-term foster care program that matches seniors living alone with adult cats who became homeless after their owner passed away or were no longer able to care for them due to serious health problems. Our program addresses the two most common reasons elderly persons give for why they choose not to adopt a companion animal even though it has been proven this would be beneficial to their physical and mental health. The most common reason is a concern about their own mortality and worry about predeceasing their pet. Secondly, is a concern about the cost of owning a pet which can be significant especially for seniors who live on a reduced income in their later years. Our program addresses these two concerns by retaining ownership of the cats. In the event a program participant passes away or is no longer able to care for the cat, it comes directly back to our sanctuary. Furthermore, we maintain responsibility for the cat through regular home visits which include food and litter delivery, as well as, veterinary expenses. All the Foster Parent must do is provide a loving and safe home for the cat.

Population(s) Served

Hearts That Purr specializes in the care of homeless senior felines. We understand that senior companion animals are the least likely group to find new homes and our program is intended to help lessen the burden or stigma of adopting senior felines. First, we ensure all senior felines are healthy and up-to-date on all necessary vet care, including dentals, prior to adoption in order to minimize future costs for the adopter. We also put more effort in pre-screening prospective adopters and their homes in order to ensure a good match of human-cat that will be most likely to result in a true "forever" home. We do not charge any adoption fee and require a 30-day foster period to help in this regard. Furthermore, we provide vet care assistance towards annual exams and vaccinations for the life of any adopted cat. Last, all adopted felines are automatically enrolled at no charge, in our Feline Guardian Program to ensure intake in the unfortunate event of an adopter's passing or illness. This helps lessen the worry many elder persons have regarding the possibility they may predecease a new companion feline, and make them more comfortable with the idea of adopting.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Seniors

Where we work

Awards

Top-Rated Award 2020

Great Nonproifts

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Hearts That Purr is a feline rescue and sanctuary and our mission focuses on helping senior felines who become homeless due to the death or illness of their human guardian. While we predominantly serve homeless felines, we also interact and help their humans guardian who are elderly, informed or terminally ill, by providing peace of mind about who will take care of their beloved feline companion that may outlive them. We also serve elder persons who live alone and can benefit from a feline companion, through our senior foster program.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), home visits.,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    When we work with our fosters we share care of a feline with them. We must have an open line of communication with them and have done so from the beginning of the relationship. We use this communication to change diets, veterinary care, etc. of the cats in our program. The foster's insight and suggestions are very valuable in this regard and we have used it to for this purpose to improve the overall experience of both human and feline.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

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Hearts That Purr Feline Guardians

Board of directors
as of 5/21/2021
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Board chair

Jeanmarie Schiller-McGinnis

Kelly McGinnis

Catherine Caputo

Jill Goodwin

Carmen VanDyke

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

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