Forgotten Felines of Culpeper is a 501(c)(3) non profit cat rescue, dedicated to cats that have been forgotten - strays that are shy and frightened, abandoned cats that once had a home but have been abandoned on the streets, and community cats - cats that need a little more TLC than most to trust again.
We are unique in that we are the only rescue in Culpeper County who rehabilitates and socializes community cats. Other rescues and shelters are not set up or able to provide for unsocialized cats, many of which are merely frightened and need to learn to trust humans again. If taken to a shelter, their only option is to be euthanized due to lack of space or time needed to socialize, because they are not deemed readily adoptable.
Forgotten Felines of Culpeper's mission is to make a difference in the lives of these misunderstood cats by giving love, care, socialization, and proper vetting. We have had great success turning them into wonderful, loving housecats that are eventually placed in purrmanent, loving homes. We are an all volunteer rescue with a passion for helping cats. No one is paid. Every donation goes to helping a cat in need.
About the founder...
Chances are, if you know of Culpeper Felines & Friends, you probably know me. I may have helped you by trapping a cat or getting a litter of kittens, taking in your cat, or answering your phone call or emails, or helping to problem-solve something that came up. I have been told many times that I was the only person to call back after countless phone calls had been made to help a desperate cat in need. If our rescue was full, I would give you the names of other rescues or people that could help. I would put myself in the cat's place, often unable to sleep
worrying about them out there in the cold. I have a passion to help them.
I have worked with Culpeper Felines & Friends for 8 years under Rose McKinney. We were a great group and were very successful, achieving a lot in our day. We rescued and subsequently adopted out 600 cats in one year, more than the shelter or other local rescues.
Sadly, Rose moved out of state last October and new leadership came in with a change in mission and direction, primarily providing TNR (Trap/Neuter/ Return) services. Forgotten Felines of Culpeper was founded to fill the void in the community by caring for Culpeper and surrounding area strays, bringing cats into loving foster homes, and pulling cats slated for euthanasia from the shelters.
We believe that, regardless of a cat's demeanor,
ALL cats deserve love.
ALL cats deserve a good home.
ALL cats deserve to be treated with respect and given care.
Please join us with your support.
~ Lynn DeFazio