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C & W's Rustic Hollow Shelter
is a 501(c)(3) non profit life care, cage-free sanctuary for special needs felines located on 90 acres near Nashua, Iowa.
To give adoption-challenged cats
a ‘chance at a lifetime’.
Our team of animal care specialists, volunteers and medical personnel care for up to (no more) than 200 animals that come to us from rescue organizations in Iowa as well as all over the U.S. Our usual resident count is 130-134 at any given time.
We care for felines with chronic medical, physical, neurological or behavioral issues; felines with Feline Leukemia or FIV+ cats; many very senior 'kit'izens; and felines displaced at the death of their guardian.
We offer behavioral counseling to families who want to keep their cat but need to resolve issues they are having with their companion animal. We do our best to help rehome a person's pet in need whenever possible through social networking.
For Feline Leukemia requests for intakes, we ask that a second PCR test be given to assure the cat is truly positive. IF the cat is friendly and does not have other behavioral issues, we ask that the cat be posted on our Facebook page and we will share the post to rescue groups who adopt out FeLV+ cats as well as to people we know in rescue who we trust to help fine a home.
FIV+ cats can live with negative cats with no problem if introduced slowly so no extreme fighting occurs.
It is our belief that a sanctuary is to be there for cats deemed 'adoption challenged' who have issues that make it hard for them to find a caring home.
C & W hosts spay neuter clinics offering our NE Iowa communities a chance to alter their barn cats, feral cats, stray and companion animals at a lower cost.
NOTE: Since Covid-19 in 2020 we are no longer offering a low cost program.
We have hosted low cost clinics for 6 years and altered many, many felines. We refer people to other low cost programs in our state.
Conservation is also a part of our mission. The sanctuary is a release site for rehabilitated wildlife who enjoy the creeks, marshland, and woodlands. We act as a release site for rehabilitated raptors and other animals. It is not uncommon to see the raccoons and opossums enjoying supper on our deck as we feed several of them to keep them from bothering other wildlife.
The sanctuary currently has five main buildings/homes, each with an outdoor screened in ‘catio’ where the felines can go out in three seasons of the year and TV's with Catsitter videos playing for the inside entertainment. See the page OUR PROPERTY for more photos and information about our facilities.
You are welcome to visit. CONTACT US for an appointment.
OUR STAFF and VOLUNTEERS
It takes a lot of work to care for the 200+ felines at the Sanctuary. In addition to founders Wanda and Carmen, there is a loyal staff and a dedicated group of volunteers. Click to read about some of our HUMAN helpers.
Go here to find out more about becoming a VOLUNTEER.
C & W is supported solely by donations, sponsorships of the resident felines, grants & estate giving. We receive no county, state, or federal funding. We also conduct a variety of fund raisers each year. All sponsorships & donations go directly to the daily care of the felines in residence.
If you would like to sponsor one of the felines it would be purrfectly appreciated.
Become a regular supporter of our organization and receive our newsletter & mailings sent out over the year by subscribing to an annual membership.
Donations, both monetary and in-kind, are both extremely important so that we may continue our work.
See our HOW YOU CAN HELP page for more information on all of the opportunities listed above.