Four women, dedicated to helping reduce
the cat and kitten population here in Sonoma County,
California, started Community Cat Care of Santa
Rosa in 1998 to create an adoption avenue for otherwise
unwanted and uncared for animals. We became a non-profit
501(c) 3 corporation in 1999. Since our beginning,
we have placed more than 600 discarded cats and
kittens into new homes. All of our animals are spayed
or neutered, vaccinated, and Leukemia-tested prior
to placement. We carefully screen our prospective
adopters. The animals that we are able to help have
already been homeless once and it is our goal to
keep them from being homeless again.
Constance Swinton, Director of Community
Cat Care, helped establish Forgotten Felines of
Sonoma County in 1990. Constance has had a lifelong
commitment to the rescue of animals, both domestic
and wild. Prior to moving to Sonoma County in 1988,
she was a volunteer caregiver for Wildlife Rescue
of Texas. Constance works as a Real Estate agent
and Birth Doula.
Chris Bell, foster parent extraordinaire,
is the backbone of our foster program. If not for
Chris' tireless efforts to house and care for the
animals under our guardianship, we would not be
able to function in the community. Chris currently
handles incoming telephone calls and screens applicants.
She is the mother of two grown children and currently
works as an elder caregiver.
Sally Watson, bookkeeper, secretary,
sometime foster parent, colony caretaker, and well-known
author, is instrumental in keeping us all in line
with record keeping, finances, etc. Sally is the
proud guardian of 10 of her own cats. She has fed
many feral cats everyday for more than 10 years.
During the first two years of Community Cat Care's
existence, she handled all of our incoming calls.
She has worked tirelessly on behalf of Forgotten
Felines for many years. When one of Sally's charges
becomes ill (usually due to old age), she brings
the cat home for nursing and care. When it is ready
to move on, Sally makes sure it passes with dignity,
care, and with as little discomfort as possible.
Sally teaches an exercise class for
seniors at the Steele Lane Community Center in Santa
Rosa and tutors reading to students at a local elementary
school. You can purchase reprints of Sally Watson
books on-line at www.imagecascade.com. Image Cascade
Publishing will donate a portion of the purchase
price to Community Cat Care. You can find her books
on eBay for several hundred dollars. Sally has recently
finished writing three new, as-yet-unpublished books
and has started a new manuscript. Image Cascade
will be publishing these books in the near future.
Sandy Bevivino is another longstanding
member of Community Cat Care. She is our "transporter"
much of the time. Fortunately, she drives a jeep
with lots of space. Sandy shares her home with cats,
dogs, and extended family. She is a registered nurse
working full-time with disabled children. Sandy
often works a double shift and, as such, volunteers
much of her "sleep" time to transport
animals to and from veterinarians.
Jennifer Bird is the director of a
canine rescue service called, A Leg Up Rescue. A
Leg Up rescues small dogs throughout California
and finds permanent placement for them. Currently,
A Leg Up Rescue's web site has been displaced, so
Jennifer's rescued dogs can be found at here.
As soon as we have rescued Jennifer's web site,
Community Cat Care will provide a link to it. Jennifer
fosters occasionally for Community Cat Care and
helps us in transportation. She is also the managing
director of a large dog rescue group in Sonoma County
with a staffed kennel.
Lila Harrington is our morale leader.
She often entertains us with great food and provides
us with a chance to get together. She waves our
banner whenever and wherever possible and cheers
us up at every opportunity. Lila is of Viking heritage
and cares for several cats of her own. Her home
is a historical bungalow that she has wonderfully
decorated with an eclectic combination of charm
Dr. Kathryn Hinkle is a longtime
supporter of Community Cat Care and other rescue
organizations. Dr. Hinkle often provides advice,
veterinary care, and general encouragement. We consider
her our "advisory specialist" and wish
to thank her and her staff for their ongoing support.
Their mascot "Sunny," a huge, cream American
Shorthair, can usually be found managing the staff
in the front office.
Bright Haven Animal Sanctuary and
Dr. Grant Patrick have been very generous and helpful
to Sally and her brood. He has been involved with
cat rescue work for many years and is a very important
part of our spay/neuter program. Dr. Patrick and
his staff have blessed us with a gentle warmth and
Many other veterinarians in Santa
Rosa help us in our work and we are very happy that
Sonoma County boasts such a conscientious group
of professional veterinarians. Many of our adopters
also help us along the way, not only by providing
good homes for our kitties, but also by donating
time and resources.
James Ernst Accounting and especially
Donna, who support us and help in our non-profit