Garlic City Kitty Rescue

A Happy Purr Lives in Your Heart Forever

Gilroy, CA   |

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Garlic City Kitty Rescue

EIN: 87-2551386


To end cat and kitten overpopulation and suffering. We will achieve this through rescue, fostering, adoption, and educating the public on preventative spay and neutering as well as TNR (trap, neuter & release).

Notes from the nonprofit

We are honored to earn the Platinum Seal of Transparency. We will continue our work to end cat and kitten suffering and overpopulation by focusing on TNR in 2024. We are currently caring for 28 adult cats and 9 kittens, two of whom are special needs. We welcome volunteers and donations and will publish our first newsletter in Winter 2024. We are excited to adopt our remaining cats and kittens and continue our work in TNR. We will explore opportunities to open a retail space where the public can visit 7 days and week to adopt. We will seek a donation of land to open a no-kill cat sanctuary for the cats that can not be adopted.

Ruling year info


President & Founder

Julie Haas

Main address

8742 Foxglove Ct

Gilroy, CA 95020 USA

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Subject area info

Animal welfare

Population served info



People of Latin American descent

Economically disadvantaged people

NTEE code info

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

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Tax forms

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The problem is the lack of free and low-cost TNR (trap, neuter, return) resources to prevent overpopulation. There is a vet shortage in the United States and that is affecting spay & neuter availability. We take advantage of the twice-a-week spay and neuter services offered at our local shelter but we are limited to 1 cat per day/per property. We are trying to explore other spay & neuter resources to increase the number of cats that can be neutered each week. Just recently, our local shelter has offered to accommodate mass trapping and specific known locations where there are large stray cat populations to make a bigger impact on the overpopulation problem before kitten season arrives. This is great news!

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

TNR (trap, neuter, release)

Trap community and stray cats. Get them neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and release them back to where they were found. If kittens are involved, rescue the kittens, place in foster care and adopt them out when they are at least 8 weeks.

Population(s) Served

Trap or rescue friendly stray cats, get them neutered and perform all medical, foster them until they can be adopted

Population(s) Served

Place young kittens and cats in foster homes to be socialized until adoption

Population(s) Served

Rescue cats and kittens from the streets in Gilroy or high kill shelters and adopt them out to families after medical is complete.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

PetSmart 2022

PetSmart 2023

Petco Love 2023

PetSmart 2024

Petco Love 2024

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of animals rescued

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

TNR (trap, neuter, release)

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success


Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Neuter as many stray and community cats as possible to prevent overpopulation and suffering.

Educate the public on the importance of TNR (trap, neuter, return) and the benefits associated with doing it.

Socialize kittens and adopt as many as we can into loving indoor homes.

Secure a retail space to use as an adoption center.

Build a sanctuary to house cats that are not adoptable.

Involve more volunteers in daily operations.

Recruit more foster homes to increase our intake of friendly stray cats to place for adoption.

We will recruit more volunteers to trap and foster.

We will teach individuals in our community to perform TNR.

Contact property owners to seek available retail space and landowners who can possibly donate to build a sanctuary.

Use social media platforms to fundraise.

Contact real estate agents, farmers, and land owners to secure land to build a sanctuary.

We are using Facebook to recruit volunteers to trap. We held a workshop and posted the manual online.

We are waiting for the shelter to give us access to their conference rooms to be able to hold educational workshops.

Word of mouth, social media posts, A volunteer form on the website is helping to get trappers, etc.

Need to find a volunteer to seek land to build a sanctuary or rent retail space.

We have taken in 139 Strays in 2023.
We have spayed and neutered a total of 139 cats in 2023.
We have had 55 successful adoptions.
We have returned 44 cats to their outdoor homes.
We have treated and cured 4 FIP cats.
We are currently caring for 2 special needs cats.
Our save rate is 98%.
Our live release rate is 97%.


Garlic City Kitty Rescue

Financial data

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Garlic City Kitty Rescue

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: 2023

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Contributions, Grants, Gifts $23,775
Program Services $0
Membership Dues $0
Special Events $0
Other Revenue $5,900
Total Revenue $36,222
Program Services $215
Administration $2,593
Fundraising $44
Payments to Affiliates $0
Other Expenses $0
Total Expenses $34,934

Garlic City Kitty Rescue

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: 2023

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Total Assets $39,882
Total Liabilities $42,434
Fund balance (EOY)
Net Assets ($2,553)


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

President & Founder

Julie Haas

My love of animals started when I was just a toddler. My mother used to tell me that whenever I spotted a dog or cat, I would run towards it and want to pet it. Growing up we always had cats. My first cat's name was Chipper and I remember he used to climb in the bathtub with me when it was time for my nightly bath. In 2009, I moved to Gilroy with my husband and we noticed so many stray cats everywhere we went. We discovered the same pair on the country road every time we took that route. Next thing you know, we saw 5 playful kittens running around in the street. We trapped them all, got them fixed, shots, etc, and kept them. We then trapped the two adult cats that we suspect were the parents and got them neutered. This is when it all began. We started trapping once or twice a week to prevent more kittens from being born. Sadly, in 2015 my husband passed away. In 2021, after getting back on my feet, I decided to officially become a non-profit cat rescue.

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Garlic City Kitty Rescue

Board of directors
as of 01/25/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Julie Haas

Garlic City Kitty Rescue

Term: 2021 -

Winston Li

Garlic City Kitty Rescue

Jane Stoppel

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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/21/2023

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation


Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/28/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.