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Nov 12 - Dec 31, 2020

Golden Oldies Cat Rescue


Golden Oldies Cat Rescue re-homes cats 6 and older from Monterey County whose guardians can no longer care for them or who are at risk in shelters. We place these cats, who have no other options of a safe place to go, into temporary foster care. We then find them permanent loving homes, enriching the lives of both the cats and their new families.

The Big Idea

Golden Oldies Cat Rescue helps to find temporary and permanent homes for older cats, and this year they hope to increase the number of kitties they can take in by building a “Cat Cottage.” With room for several cats and even a “catio,” the structure will be able to give more cats a safe space to go in urgent situations, and will also allow potential adopters to view multiple cats at once (as opposed to going individually through foster families). They predict that with this cottage, at least 12-15 more cats could be saved each year, a big win for feline friends who would otherwise have nowhere to go.

My beloved cat, Diva, my partner in crime for 16 years, passed away in 2018. In her memory I went to Big Sur. While there, I picked up an MC Weekly. I saw a Golden Oldies ad seeking fosters. When I looked at their website I saw Karma. I got emotional when I saw she was 17. I ended up adopting Karma. We spent a wonderful 1 ½ years together. After Karma died, I wanted to help another Golden Oldie in dire need of a home. That's how 11-year-old William came into my life. He's a 3-legged American Bobtail, very loyal and cuddly. He was in a home with other animals and needed to be the only cat in the house. We have been together for about 3 months. I support Golden Oldies because they do not shy away from taking in an older cat in relatively good health who has a few years left. They care deeply about these cats and do a lot of due diligence to ensure they get adopted into loving homes.

- Doris Heidingsfelder

We’re In This Together

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MCGives! has now raised and contributed over $35 million dollars since its inception ten years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful. Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 7,578 donors. We did it, together.

The 2021 Campaign begins November 11.

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