Miss Kitty Feline Sanctuary, Inc was founded November 1, 2010 by Bettye and Jerry Henderson and seven other individuals concerned about the treatment of cats in Thomas County. Beginning with 40 cats, Miss Kitty quickly grew to the building’s capacity of 70 cats within only six months.
How We Began…
In the late 2006 period a group of Thomasville residents became concerned about the growing pattern of euthanizing so many healthy cats, due to space and/or food considerations. The group recognized that cats that were seriously ill and of a terminal state, as well as cats in severe pain, should have the benefit of euthanasia. To merely “Put Down” a healthy cat they felt was not the acceptable humane approach to the overpopulation situation.
Their ideas included the concept of having a sanctuary where some cats might be cared for and made ready for adoption following an aggressive spay/neuter program, both at the sanctuary and also within the local community. To merely trap & euthanize a few cats will not deal with the long term solution of the over population of cats in our community.
The group of founding directors grew to ten individuals who loved cats and also had similar desires to protect & care for the homeless & abandoned cats in our community. Initially meetings were held in space provided by St. Thomas Episcopal Church of Thomasville. After about a year os such planning meetings, Attorney Tommy Vann, Esq. of Alexander & Vann, Thomasville was asked to incorporate a non-profit organization in the names of MISS KITTY FELINE SANCTUARY, INC. This was done and on July 7, 2009, Miss Kitty was incorporated.
Immediately following the incorporation, Atty. Vann was instructed to file an application with the IRS to exempt Miss Kitty under sec. 501(c)(3) or the rev. code. This exemption is necessary to enable non-profit organizations to solicit consributions which will be tax deductible to their donors. The application to IRS was dated November 25, 2009 and we were advised that current applications pending may take up to 1-year before being reviewed and acted upon. On February 7, 2010, only 67 days after its filing date, Miss Kitty received a favorable determination letter from the IRS. That was exceptional as during the pending period, Thanksgiving, Christmas, & New Year’s holidays had occurred.
In June of 2010, Miss Kitty purchased a building, that had previously operated as a day care facility, from a local bank. During the next four (4) months, the building was totally renovated and designed to function as a cat sanctuary. Miss Kitty applied for, and received, a license from the State of Georgia Department of Agriculture, the Georgia regulator of animal related facilities.
On October 1, 2010 Miss Kitty accepted its first cats as residents and, as they say,
THE REST IS HISTORY!
Most of our cats are listed on our Adoptions page.
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