Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Is Cassie the owner? No, Cassie’s Cats, Inc. was started by Jennifer Thompson, who serves as the board president.
So who is Cassie? So glad you asked! Cassie was Jennifer’s first cat, a seal point Siamese. Jennifer’s family had three other Siamese cats while she was growing up (Stanley, Alfonso, and Sam) but Cassie was the first one that Jennifer chose herself. Cassie lived with Jennifer for 18 years, passing away when Jennifer was in her late 20s. She saw Jennifer through junior high and high school, off to college and graduate school, a move to Ventura County, and even her wedding!
Is Cassie’s Cats a non-profit? Yes! We are a 501(c)3 non-profit (Tax ID 84-4170318) which means all donations are tax-deductible. Every donation we receive goes directly back into the health, safety, and well-being of our cats and kittens. Everyone you see working at Cassie’s Cats, including Jennifer, is a volunteer. You can scroll to the bottom of any page to find the “Donate” link.
Are the cats adoptable? They are! Our mission is to help homeless cats and kittens find safe, loving, permanent homes, and we will work with local shelters and rescues to bring in adoptable cats and help them find homes. If you’re interested in adopting after visiting let us know and we’ll work with you on the next steps.
How do I adopt from you? The first step is a visit to the lounge to meet the cats. If it looks like there’s a good connection and a good fit then we’ll send you the application. A physical or virtual home visit may be required.
How do you make sure the cats all get along? We slowly introduce new cats to the space. In certain instances, we do need to keep certain cats apart but for the most part, everyone learns to get along. Having plenty of room to spread out, as well as vertical space, help the kitties keep the peace.
Do you serve food and drinks? No, we do not.
Why don’t you have a cafe/why aren’t you a “cat cafe”? Health codes make it such that we would need to run two entirely separate businesses and we want to focus on saving cats. There is a great local coffee shop called Singing Sun very nearby!
Can I bring my own cat? No, please leave all furry children at home.
Are you a shelter? No, we are not. We do not take in animals as strays. We work with local shelters and rescues to identify cats and kittens that will likely do well in the cat lounge. Please contact VCAS in Camarillo or HSVC in Ojai if you have found a cat or kittens.
Where do the cats go at night? The lounge is their home! They can go wherever they please, and we keep their safety and well-being in mind at all times.
Can I volunteer with Cassie’s Cats? Yes! Please fill out our volunteer application.
Why are you having so many fundraisers? We are raising money to cover the expenses that come with running a lounge – rent, utilities, insurance, furniture, supplies, etc. – and we hope to have a financial reserve set aside so that the nonprofit will always remain in the black even during lean times.
Can I donate to the kittens you foster? Yes! We keep our Amazon foster wishlist updated. Thank you!
Jennifer Thompson is the founder and President of Cassie’s Cats. She has been a cat lover all her life, and she chose her first cat for her very own when she was ten years old: a seal point Siamese. She named her Cassie and they had 18 years together. Over the years she has lived with Stanley, Alphonso, Sam, Cassie, Squeaker, Henry, L.E., Ali, Sumi, Neville, and Caleb.
Jennifer has been involved in cat and kitten fostering since 2006, fostering nearly 60 cats and kittens so far, and Cassie’s Cats is an extension of those efforts to help even more rescued cats and kittens find homes. Cassie’s Cats, Inc. was established in 2020. Jennifer and her husband Drew currently have three cats: Sumi, Neville, and Caleb (and a dog named Hope). You can read a little more in this article in The Breeze.
Other board members for Cassie’s Cats include Jennifer’s daughter, Grace Story (Secretary), who has loved cats since before she was born and started fostering for Best Friends in Salt Lake City in 2020 (she’s fostered four adult cats for them so far), and Jennifer’s lifelong friend Heather Hernandez (Vice President/Treasurer), an animal-lover and all-around smart lady!
Our Official Mission: The primary purpose of Cassie’s Cats, Inc. is to place rescued cats and kittens into safe, loving, permanent homes.
The specific objectives and purpose of this organization shall be:
- Socialize rescued cats and kittens to help them get adopted more quickly.
- Educate the public about the benefits of adopting rescued cats and kittens versus buying from breeders.
- Educate the public about the importance of spaying/neutering companion cats and kittens.
- Educate the public about caring for neonatal kittens (“bottle babies”).