Located in beautiful but remote North Idaho, Fire Cat Farm represents a new type of animal rescue organization that is a blend of a private shelter and a rescue group that specializes in rescuing and caring for unadoptable hard luck cases. We have the ability to save animals that other shelters deem not savable. We have a committed rural forest acreage outside of urban restrictions and with generous, animal friendly county governance. We have both indoor and outdoor animal enclosures with more planned for development. We specialize in developing and building “catios”, an outdoor cat enclosure or “cat patio,” to solve the indoor/outdoor dilemma and keep our cats safe, healthy and happy. We offer a safe environment and a second chance to these abandoned and unwanted animals because we believe all animals deserve love and care. When animals come to us they enter a safe haven where they are loved and cared for. We provide vaccines and life-saving medical care to abused, neglected, injured and sick shelter animals. We become their forever home. They become our priority. We give them a name if they don't have one, provide them a safe environment and start loving them as they learn to trust again. Most of them require extra care. All of our animals have been affected in some way by their circumstances and we know that rescuing them means taking a neglected, abused and definitely needy animal and making a sincere commitment to properly care for and love him or her unconditionally for the rest of their life.
Our rescue organization originated during the devastating 2018 Camp Fire in Butte County, California where we dedicated ourselves to rescuing, caring for, and reuniting/rehoming cats left homeless by the disaster.
The Camp Fire in Butte County, California on November 8th, 2018 left thousands of cats homeless. We spent most of our time after that fateful day up on the ridge rescuing cats and caring for them at our farm. Many people asked how they could help and we had no formal way to accept donations of money or supplies. We also needed a place to share the cats that we had rescued so that they could hopefully be reunited with their families or adopted into wonderful new homes. Fire Cat Farm was conceived for this purpose. We incorporated as a non-profit organization dedicated to animal rescue in March, 2019 and applied for our 501(c)(3) tax exempt charitable organization status which was granted in April. As the Camp Fire relief efforts ended, we moved on to new adventures in the North Idaho panhandle.
Fire Cat Farm has an Amazon wish list, and a Paypal account. Donations can also be sent directly to Fire Cat Farm. Donations can be made to specific projects if desired.
As our rescue grows we continue to add missions to meet our goals of conducting animal rescue at the local level. We will continue our work of rescuing feral cats, concentrating on programs to address cat overpopulation more effectively and change perceptions about feral and community cats.
We are proud of the work we do to provide a safe place to help displaced cats to heal and either return to their previous lives or embark on new lives. We support TNR (trap/neuter/release to a safe place) for community/feral cats who have lost their habitat. We also will work to foster and eventually adopt those cats that are unable to return to their previous lives.
One of our projects is the development of "catios" or outdoor living enclosures for our cats so that they were not in a caged environment. Each catio we build is a bit different in design and purpose. We are excited to build upon what we learned during our Camp Fire rescue efforts and apply these concepts to new projects!
Beginning in the fall of 2019, we began a project to support horse rescue efforts in the Lewiston, Idaho area. Every month a small group of dedicated people attend the Lewiston Livestock sale to save deserving horses from the slaughter pipeline. They are rehabbed and evaluated by professionals and eventually rehomed to new families. You can follow their efforts on Facebook on their page "Nellie Nelson".