Tthe Exotic Heritage Cat Association of America ( EHCAA) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated, mainly, to the preservation of felines, although we do also accept abused or abandoned horses. In addition to the cats we have for adoption, we also offer feline products made, here on the ranch. The organization produces cat trees and cat exercise wheels that we sell to generate income to support the animals, in addition to cat beds, hammocks, toys and walking jackets.
EHCAA’s mission is to provide a safe haven for felines of any breed or mixed breed, whereby they may be placed in a suitable permanent home. We do not euthanize any of our animals unless they are so extremely ill that they are truly suffering and beyond help (i.e. instances where it is truly more humane to end their suffering). We provide medical care whenever needed, to nurse the animal back to health so that it may be adopted out to a permanent home. We also assist indigent, elderly, or low income individuals or families in obtaining the spaying or neutering of their pets.
We currently have eight different programs in place to accomplish our mission. These programs are described in more detail on our website at www.exoticheritagecats.org.
In addition to the serious work we do, we also promote fun, friends and felines through TICA, the International Cat Association of America. One of our goals is to put on a TICA Cat Show in Kingman, AZ to introduce the people of Kingman to the fun and friendships that may be had and made through association with other feline fanciers. TICA has always been a proponent of the mixed breed or unregistered cats, in addition to purebreds, and as such, offers Household Pet Kitten and Household Pet Adult classes at all of their shows. We have shown several of our shelter cats to their Supreme Grand Master titles in TICA as a way to promote the shelter cats and to find them new homes.
Most of the animals taken in by the shelter are spayed or neutered prior to being adopted out to their new homes. In those instances where this is not possible, due to age and/or weight requirements by our veterinarian, we require a refundable spay/neuter deposit to be returned to the adoptive parents upon completion of the spay/neuter procedure that will also be required by virtue of the adoption agreement.
Spay/neuter services are also offered to the sick, elderly, or indigent who cannot afford to have their pets spayed or neutered.
All spays and neuters are performed by a qualified veterinarian at the prevailing rates for those types of surgical procedures, unless said services are provided as a donation by a licensed veterinarian.
Spays and neuters are normally performed in Kingman, AZ, but may be performed elsewhere if the opportunity present itself. Since one of the purposes of the organization is to educate the public with respect to what constitutes responsible pet ownership, the spay/neuter program is critical to furthering the exempt purposes of the organization in that it serves to reinforce the proposition that spaying and neutering non purebred animals is an important and essential part of responsible pet ownership.
This program is funded through private donations, as well as the adoption fees collected for animals placed in permanent homes.
The Exotic Heritage Cat Association of America has initiated a TNR program in the communities of Kingman and Golden Valley, in the State of Arizona.
Often times, a feral cat is trapped by Animal Control and is deemed unsuitable for adoption due to its feral nature. EHCAA will try to work with the cat in an effort to socialize it and make it more adoptable to a permanent home. However, in the event that EHCAA determines that a feral cat is simply unmanageable or not able to be adequately socialized, EHCAA will have the cat spayed or neutered and returned to its previous environment, where it can be allowed to live out its life without contributing to an even larger feral population.
We have already begun to receive feral cats into our shelter, where they remain in quarantine until such time as they are deemed to have been adequately socialized, or in the alternative, have been deemed unadoptable and are ready for re-release.
We take in feral mamma cats that are pregnant and allow them to have their litter. Then we spay the mamma cat, and place her in a home, if possible or release her back to her territory if she is not able to be adequately socialized.
The resulting kittens are spayed or neutered and then placed in permanent homes.
This program is funded solely through donations. Donations may be sent, via PayPal, to email@example.com. We also take credit cards over the phone.
These are just a few of the programs we support as a 501(c)(3) animal welfare organization. For more information, please visit our website, email us, or call us.