Caring Fields Felines – Local Charity Spotlight

Caring Fields Felines is one of many local nonprofits that Water Pointe Realty Group supports.

Located on 5 acres of wooded property in Palm City is Caring Fields Felines — a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization.

This agency is a no-kill rescue & adoption organization on a mission to reduce the number of homeless felines in Martin County and surrounding areas. Established in 2000 with 30 cats and a handful of volunteers, today this sanctuary is home to more than 175 cats with over 50 volunteers working to keep things running smoothly.

Caring Fields Felines is about CATS:
C aring Fields Sanctuary provides a natural, yet protected environment for more than 175 cats.
A doptions: Caring Fields Felines found forever homes for over 400 cats last year.
T NVR: Trap-Neuter-Vaccine-Return program successfully helps control the feral cat population.
S pay/Neuter: Each year, CFF spays & neuters hundreds of cats.

At Caring Fields Felines there is a major emphasis is on CARING. Seven staff members and a team of dedicated volunteers take care of everything from feeding & socializing the cats to keeping the facilities clean, comfortable, and safe 365 days a year. In some cases, CFF looks out for animals from beginning to end. While the goal is to help all “residents” find a loving forever home, there are some that will spend the rest of their days at the sanctuary. No matter what, they are truly well cared for in a loving home.

The residents live in a protected, free-roaming environment complete with cottages they can utilize whenever they want. There are plenty of areas to climb, spots to nap in the sunshine, and safe places to harbor them from the elements. Each building throughout the safe amp protected campgrounds serves a special purpose, including:
– Lisa’s Safe Haven, a colorful cottage reserved for cats diagnosed with leukemia and feline immune virus.
– The Cattery is home to adoptable cats and kittens, including some with special needs.
– New neo natal nursery that has enabled CFF to save so many more kittens.

Cats come to Caring Fields Felines from various sources and all walks of life. Many are given to CFF directly from shelters that practice euthanasia in an effort to spare their lives. The organization works closely with a shelter in Okeechobee as well as shelters in Palm Beach County. Volunteers pick them up from Animal Control, kitten litters rescued from outdoor colonies, or owners are unable to care for them any longer.

Efforts to control the feral cat problem in the community includes CFF’s Trap-Neuter-Vaccine-Return (TNVR) program. Not only does this successfully diminish the number of homeless cats, but also improves the health and wellbeing of the cat community as a whole. Operation Catsnip through CFF offers low-cost or no-cost services that have spayed/neutered over 4000 cats across the Treasure Coast.

Connect with Caring Fields Felines: WEBSITE | FACEBOOK PAGE | YOUTUBE CHANNEL

“Watching the organization grow since I’ve been involved over more than a decade has been very gratifying,” said Katherine Goodman, Realtor® with Water Pointe Realty Group. Katherine dedicates much of her free time to Caring Fields Felines by volunteering at events, selling properties that have been donated to CFF, and assisting with trapping/transporting/adoptions. She was even the Realtor® who helped locate and close on CFF’s current 5-acre property. Katherine also loves working the various fundraising events throughout the year.

One of Caring Fields Felines’ major fundraisers is its baby shower for kittens. People bring food and other supplies to donate while also getting to coo & cuddle (and hopefully adopt) the cats and kittens. “I love the annual Kitten Shower,” Goodman said. “It’s so wonderful to see so many people excited to find a new furry family member and watch them leave with their new baby! Whether it’s an adult or a kid- they’re all beaming!

Another fundraiser that CFF organizes is its holiday event Merry Meows. Goodman typically works check-in for the event with the same gals and many of the same folks return each year. “The cottages where the resident cats live are all dressed up with twinkling lights and it’s just magical,” she said. Although the event has not taken place in the last 2 years due to COVID-19, Goodman reports that online fundraising is still going strong.

While the services offered by Caring Fields Felines are vital, they are made possible solely by the generosity of donors. CFF receives no state, federal, or local financial aid. Any donations you make to CFF help provide the necessary food, medical, and housing requirements for residents so that they may live peacefully at the sanctuary until they are adopted. Click HERE to make a donation and click HERE to become a Cat-A-List monthly sponsor.

Caring Fields Felines is located at 6807 SW Wedelia Terrace, Palm City, FL and can be reached by phone at 772-463-7386.

Some information has been attributed to articles published by TCPalm.