How to Help

Wondering how you can help support and/or be involved with Hope for Cats, Inc?

As a totally volunteer-run, 501c3 nonprofit organization committed to helping our feline friends, we appreciate any contribution, great or small, to our cause. We accept monetary and/or in-kind donations, both of which are tax-deductible. Checks are joyously accepted and should be made payable to Hope for Cats, Inc. Granting a Legacy Gift is another wonderful way to support our mission. Our tax ID (EIN) is 20-8838122. There are numerous ways interested individuals can get involved, as follows:

Monetary Donation

Your tax deductible contributions pay for our biggest expenses -emergency medical expenses, spay/neuters, vaccines, medicines, cat food, and litter).

HFC receives no federal or state funds for support and is solely dependent upon fundraising events, adoption fees, foundation grants and private donations to support its cause. One hundred percent of raised funds and donations are used to purchase food, supplies and provide veterinary care for the cats we shelter at Jake’s Place and in foster homes.

Supply Donations

  • Scoopable Cat Litter (one of our biggest needs!!)
  • Gift Cards (Tops, Wegmans, Wal-Mart, OfficeMax (or similar), PetSmart, PETCO, Pet Supplies Plus, BJ’s, Loew’s, Home Depot)
  • Large Litter Boxes & Litter Scoops (Must be New)
  • Paper Towels
  • High Quality Cat Food (Purina, Pro-Plan, Science Diet) (Please, NOT Iams)
  • Cardboard Cat Scratchers or Tall or Angled Sisal or Carpeted Scratching Posts
  • Bleach, Laundry Detergent, Dryer Sheets
  • ‘Green’ Cleaning Solutions (e.g., Simple Green)
  • Pet Travel Carriers (hard plastic, in cat sizes)
  • New Cat Beds
  • New Cat Condos (sturdy)
  • Warm Blankets or Throws
  • Vinyl-Covered Couches and Armchairs
  • First Class Postage Stamps
  • Letter Size Paper for Printing
  • Avery Products 5168, 8160, 8386, 8869
  • Fantastic Auction Items for Fundraisers
  • Advertising Expenses
  • Caring, Committed Volunteers
  • Donation Jars. Can you (or someone you know) put out a Hope for Cats, Inc. donation jar at your (their) place of business?

For in-kind donations please contact us by phone or email to arrange drop-off.


Volunteers are the heart of Hope for Cats, Inc. Jake’s Place needs volunteers who are ready, willing, and able to feed and/or clean just 2-3 hours one day, every week. Volunteers are also needed to transport cats to adoption shows or vet appointments, set up and conduct adoption shows at local pet stores, and assist with HFC fundraising activities.

Call or email HFC if you are interested in becoming a volunteer. You may also complete and submit the Volunteer Application on this Web site.


Through the Hope for Cats, Inc. Guardian Angel program you can sponsor one of the cats at Jake’s Place on a yearly basis. For $10.00 per month, you will receive a picture and quarterly letters from your sponsored cat, and have the satisfaction of knowing you have helped us provide for all the cats in our care. Another option is to sponsor one of our cats with special medical needs, by contributing specifically to his or her veterinary costs. Call or email us to obtain more information about the Guardian Angel program or about one of our “extra-special” cats. Both types of sponsorship are tax deductible.

Other Ways to Help

HFC Wishlist

Help us by sending common supplies that we need around the shelter:

iGive Browser Extension

Another easy way to raise money, every time you shop online or search the web, use

If you do happen to make a purchase through iGive within 45 days of joining, they’ll donate an EXTRA $5 to Hope for Cats!

iGive Search

Search the web through (a new search engine powered by Yahoo!), and raise a penny or more for our cause every time. Guess what, even window shopping can help!

With 725 stores in the iGive Mall and the new search engine, it’s easy to find the things you need AND raise money for a good cause.

HFC is proud to be a Partner for Pets! BISSELL and have teamed up to help organizations like ours raise money, and now you can help too! When you purchase pet products on and enter the code ADOPT at checkout, a portion of your purchase will be donated to our shelter.

What’s more, every purchase goes towards an entry for us to win a $5,000 quarterly giveaway! Just click the BISSELL link below.

Did you know that your United Way Donations can be designated to Hope For Cats, Inc.? 100% of the donation is transferred to us and no administrative fee is deducted when we are specified. Why not choose Hope For Cats, Inc. as your designated beneficiary? Just contact your Human Resources Personnel for more information or visit their website and designate HFC for the 2017 Pledge Drive.

HFC is now an approved charity for Federal & NY State Employees’ versions of the United Way payroll deduction known as Combined Federal Campaign & State Employees Federated Appeal. One hundred percent of all donations designated by employees will help our felines. Search and designate HFC as your recipient. We are listed under “Niagara Frontier” charities.

Memorial Donation

While posting a tribute to a beloved cat on the HFC Memorial page is always free, you can choose to make a donation in their memory, or in memory of a relative or friend who shared your love of our feline friends.

This is a wonderful way to remember the special people and animals in our lives, and at the same time help the many homeless and abandoned cats who haven’t yet known that joy. Memorial donations are tax deductible.

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