The Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) takes the lead in a massive feline rescue operation

ALLIANCE, Ohio, March 11, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Over the past two months, representatives from Cat Fanciers Association (CFA)the largest cat registry in the world, were engaged in a rescue operation involving more than 40 Havana Brown cats whose breeder-owner perished in a car accident on New Year’s Eve. Working in collaboration with the Alpena County Sheriff’s Office – Animal Control in Michigan, CFA volunteers engaged veterinarians and rescue/foster organizations in neighboring states to meet the cats’ immediate needs and transition them into foster homes. Throughout the operation, CFA helped change perceptions in the responsible purebred cat community by educating animal welfare and rescue personnel about CFA’s capabilities and dedication to the welfare of all cats.

The CFA learned of the situation via social media after the CFA registered cats – discovered by local police after their owner died – were already in the care of Alpena County Animal Control. The CFA Breed Rescue Program (CFA-BRP) and the CFA Breeder Assistance Program (CFA-BAP) were immediately mobilized. These programs are the 501c3 “rescue arms” of the Cat Fanciers’ Association. Together they provide aid to breeders in times of need or desperation, stepping in to help care for and rehome cats if necessary. Once CFA learned of these cats when the breeder died, they immediately stepped in to help. According to the president of the CFA-BAP Charlene Campbell, “Few animal control services or rescue organizations know that this kind of help is available when CFA-registered cats and breeders are involved. Our programs help prevent Animal Controls from being overwhelmed and prevent the euthanasia of cats due to overcrowded facilities.” CFA-BRP and CFA-BAP are the way CFA “takes care of us”.

CFA’s assistance began with donations to Alpena Animal Control for cat care resources and staff and continued with the hands-on involvement of program volunteers. As a small rural animal control service, they were unprepared for such a large case and greatly appreciated this help.

Since Michigan the law does not allow animals to be transported directly to out-of-state shelters without full vaccinations, sterilizations, etc. CFA volunteers transported the cats from Alpena Animal Control directly to veterinarians and then to foster homes provided by 501c3 home rescues. CFA donations continued to pay for veterinary expenses while the cats were triaged, spayed, and neutered. Rescues only take a few at a time, as cats from this type of traumatic situation need hands-on, 24/7 care for proper socialization and recovery.

“I was thrilled to learn that CFA can completely help cats, from admission to adoption,” said Alpena’s animal control officer. Michael Reid. The surgery gave her a “whole new insight into how the CFA works” and as a result she plans to collaborate on a future weekend vaccination/neuter/neuter clinic for cats in Alpena.

Alpena Animal Control and CFA are grateful for the assistance of the veterinary practices that provided care to all Alpena cats:

McAfee Veterinary Hospital, Valparaiso, IN
Wil-O-Paw Animal Hospital, ColomaMID

CFA’s participation in this rescue operation has now been successfully completed. All Alpena the cats have been thoroughly checked; are thriving in their new surroundings and will soon be ready to transition into forever homes. Placements will be arranged by the individual rescue and foster groups:

DOWN, NashvilleNT

human society of bay county, bay townMID
PurrHarmony Purebred Cat Rescue, Valparaiso, IN

Specialty Purebred Cat Rescue, Kenosha/Somers, WI
Valley Cats Rescue, Inc., Oshkosh, WI

To learn more about CFA’s rescue and rancher assistance programs, visit

To learn more about CFA, visit

Desiree Bobby
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SOURCE CFA – Association of Cat Lovers

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