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                                  How You Can Help the Sanctuary:
If you would like to adopt a cat, volunteer, or make a donation, you can call
440-759-0076 or Email: or write to:
Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary
P.O. Box 581
Chesterland, OH 44026
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The cats are examined, given shots and/or medication, and spayed or neutered by a veterinarian.  (The kittens are spayed or neutered by the time they are six months old.)

Some of them will stay at the sanctuary for their entire lives, where they will be nurtured and protected.  Happy Tails has an adoption program, but if the cats are not adopted, they are still cared for and loved for the rest of their lives.  It's difficult to place some of the cats, because they have been physically or emotionally scarred by previous inhumane treatment.  They find it difficult to trust people after they have endured so much abuse and neglect due to no fault of their own.

Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary is a 501(c)(3) entity and is also classified as a public charity under sections 509(a)(1) and 170(b)(1)(A)(vi) of the Internal Revenue Code.  This means that any contributions to Happy Tails are deductible under section 170 of the Code.  Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to the Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary. (Our mailing address is: Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary, P.O. Box 581, Chesterland, OH 44026.)


In 1982, Jeanne Bones decided to help some cats in need.  At that time, she didn't realize how many more so desperately needed help.  Today, she has "cat friendly" buildings on several acres of property at the Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary in Chesterland (in western Geauga County).  The sanctuary is a non-profit institution which provides loving care for more than 80 cats, many of whom were rescued from situations of neglect, abuse or abandonment.
Our Mission is to provide loving, life-long care and support to abandoned, neglected, abused and orphaned cats, regardless of age or physical infirmity.
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It has been over four years since a fire at the Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary devastated the residence of Jeanne Bones, the sanctuary's founder and director.  We are pleased to report that she is now living in a home rebuilt on the same site.  Jeanne is still trying to recover from the loss of her furniture as well as thousands of dollars worth of vaccines, cat food, kitty litter, anti-flea applications, and other medications which were destroyed by the flames.  Money is tight, and Jeanne is even skimping on furniture for her home to be able to support the cats at the sanctuary (mostly in several other buildings on the property).  We are reaching out to cat lovers everywhere to help in one or more of the following ways: Fostering or adopting cats from the sanctuary; volunteering time there; and/or donating cat food (preferably Purina dry food and either Friskies or Nine Lives canned food), kitty litter (preferably scoopable), new or clean used litter boxes and litter scoops, comfortable cat beds, paper towels, bleach, Clorox or Lysol "wipes," and cat toys.  Financial contributions (made out to Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary) would also be greatly appreciated.  They can be sent to: Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary, P.O. Box 581, Chesterland, OH 44026. Thank you for caring about "the kitties"!



Ben Zaremba, owner of Zaremba Horticultural Services, has donated his time, expertise, and employees to repair some of the damage at the Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary caused by heavy summer storms.  In the accompanying photo, he is on a ladder helping to replace the roof over one of the Adoption Building’s adjoining outdoor, totally fenced-in areas.  (Standing on the ground below is Happy Tails volunteer Skyler Julian, who is holding “Houdini,” one of the sanctuary’s furry residents

Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary founder/director Jeanne Bones (at left) and volunteer Skyler Julian hold two of the Adoption Building’s feline residents following the collapse of sections of the building’s ceiling due to heavy storm damage

“Francine” is a feral cat who will probably never be domesticated enough to get adopted as a pet.  She also only has three legs, and would probably not have survived on her own.  She is safe and well fed at the Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary, however, and will most likely live the rest of her life at the sanctuary.  To attend an Oct. 19th afternoon benefit for Happy Tails at the Kirtlander Party Center and/or to make a donation to the cat sanctuary, call Doreen at 440.759-0076, email (and remember, there is no “r” in “tails”!), or send a letter to: Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary, P.O. Box 581, Chesterland, OH 44026.

The recent Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary benefit ("Happy Tails & Cocktails") attracted 190 attendees -- the most we have ever had at a Happy Tails fund raiser! We were honored that WJW TV-8 meteorologist and devoted animal welfare advocate Dick Goddard was a special guest at the event.


The “Happy Tails & Cocktails” benefit from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 29, 2015, helped to pay for extra heating and snow plowing during the frigid and snowy winter – along with expenses for the rescue and care of a “miracle cat” who had nearly frozen to death.


Click HERE to read complete details of the event and  read Elsa's story.

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