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Big thanks to Pet Food Express! -- Friday September 17th, 2021

Tis the Season!! -- Friday December 25th, 2020

Thank you Animal Allies at Silver Creek High School -- Tuesday October 27th, 2020

We were SO HONORED to be chosen by the club, Animal Allies at Silver Creek High School. @...

Posted by 13th Street Cat Rescue on Monday, October 26, 2020

PAWspectives Writing Contest -- Friday October 16th, 2020

PAWspectives Writing Contest benefitting 13th Street Cat Rescue and Silicon Valley Pet Project

PAWspectives Writing Contest benefitting 13th Street Cat Rescue and Silicon Valley Pet Project. Submissions are being accepted from October 15, 2020 to November 15, 2020 and are limited to 500 words.
Learn how you can help here! https://sjwomansclub.org/pawspectives/

Thank You Armanino Foundation -- Monday February 17th, 2020

Thank You San Jose Women's Club -- Thursday January 9th, 2020

San Jose Woman's Club Donation

A big thanks to San Jose Woman's Club (SJWC) for their recent Charitable Giving Donation awarded in late 2019. We were so please to be selected by the San Jose Woman’s Club (SJWC) Board of Directors as one of the recipients of one of these donations to help support of our work in the community.  The SJWC has a long history of supporting organizations that engage in cultural, educational, community and charitable pursuits that complement the goals of their organization, and we are thankful for all their assistance to us and the community in general.  

Thank You Girl Scout Troop 60527 -- Saturday July 14th, 2018

Thank You, San Jose Woman's Club -- Thursday December 8th, 2016

Amazon Smile -- Thursday May 26th, 2016

Are you an Amazon shopper?

You can donate for free every time you make a purchase!

Help support 13th St Cats by shopping through Amazon Smile and selecting our umbrella organization, 13th Street Neighborhood Advisory Committee (NAC), as the recipient. https://smile.amazon.com/ch/48-1291923

Happy Holidays from 13th Street Cat Rescue -- Thursday December 17th, 2015

We would like to wish you and yours the most joyous of holiday seasons.

This year has been another great adoption year for 13th St Cats - over 220 kitties will have found forever homes, and we've spayed and neutered over 330 cats. 
We have always been willing to rescue cats with complicated issues, felines needing eye surgeries, limb amputations, etc.. Additionally this year we have had significant special conditions requiring intensive/extended care and treatment - ringworm, pan-leuk, FIP, haemobartonella to name a few. And of course we have the on-going care of some of our special kitties from the past, last year's kittens (Corky and Briar), as well as many long-term older "residents" like Sal. All these felines also require more resources than the standard healthy, young rescue. 
We can't do it without you - supporters of all types - volunteers, donors, and adopters. We thank you so very much, and we look forward to continuing to save many lives in the upcoming year.
Love and best holiday wishes from the volunteers, cats, and kittens of 13th St. Cat Rescue.
Had hind leg amputated - Adopted!

BB King

Had both eyes removed - Adopted!


Had eye removed - Adopted!
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10th Annual Open House - Photos -- Sunday November 8th, 2015


Thank You Troop 479 -- Friday August 14th, 2015


Troop 479.- chartered by the Cupertino Rotary club who also provided funding for the project

Posted by 13th Street Cat Rescue on Friday, August 14, 2015

13th Street Cat's Amazon Wish List -- Tuesday May 26th, 2015

Looking for an easy way to help our homeless cats? We now have an Amazon Wish List filled with the things our fosters...

Posted by 13th Street Cat Rescue on Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Thank You Precious Cat! -- Sunday April 5th, 2015

Thank You Precious Cat!

A huge thanks to Precious Cat for their donation of over 3,800 lbs of litter to 13th St Cats, March 2015!  Half the load is their Ultra Premium Multi-cat Scoopable and the other half their wonderful Cat Attract litter designed by their Veterinarian Dr. Elsey. 13th St Cats knows first hand the value of the Cat Attract litter, as it has in the past enabled successful retraining and the rehoming of over 3 dozen cats.   www.preciouscat.com

Photos from our Downton Tabby Tea -- Wednesday March 18th, 2015


FELINE GOOD! -- Wednesday January 29th, 2014

"FELINE GOOD: Judy Conner emailed me with last year's numbers for the 13th Street Cat Rescue, the downtown San Jose-based group powered entirely by volunteers since it was founded in 2005. In 2013, the group found homes for 222 stray cats, and were able to spay or neuter 233 cats. Still, there are plenty of cats downtown and elsewhere that seem to be roaming around without homes.

That's why the group is actively seeking foster home volunteers and will conduct workshops throughout this year. Go to www.13thstcats.org/info/index for more information.

Contact Sal Pizarro at spizarro@mercurynews.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/spizarro.

Link to entire article


7th Annual Open House -- Sunday October 14th, 2012

Please Join Us for the 4th Annual Open House, October 14th 12-4pm!


More news @ Facebook! -- Saturday July 3rd, 2010

Keep up to date with all the latest happenings with 13th St Cats and friends. Visit us on our facebook page! There's a link on our home page. >^.^<

Chalk Art Festival Update -- Wednesday October 21st, 2009

13th Street Cats was a proud sponsor of the Luna Park Business Association’s Chalk Art Festival on October 10 at Backesto Park.Thanks to the Santa Barbara artists who created the cat art on our behalf!

Chalk Art Festival -- Saturday October 10th, 2009

13th St. Cats Will Be There!
Save the date: October 10, 2009 Backesto Park http://lunaparkbusiness.com/chalk.html

Article from abcnews.com -- Friday October 9th, 2009

Prospective Pet Adopters Overlook Black Dogs and Cats, Shelters Say.
Dark Fur and Superstition May Hurt Black Animals' Chances of Adoption


"What we've learned is that large black dogs, and also black cats, tend to be the last ones to get adopted from shelters," said Kim Saunders, the head of shelter outreach for Petfinder.com, a Web site often used by people looking to adopt pets.

"As a result, there are more of them in shelters and are euthanized more because of the lack of space," said Saunders, who says that one of the reasons she believes black dogs are overlooked is because they don't photograph as well as lighter-colored animals."

Please take a look at our adoptable black kitties.
Black Kitties Are Wonderful! >^,^<

HCN Fundraiser -- Saturday October 3rd, 2009

Homeless Cat Network's 3rd Annual Cool Cats Event! An Evening Under The Stars. Location: the beautiful San Mateo Garden Center Come join us for a magical evening of fun and friendship to benefit homeless cats. For more information or to purchase tickets: email info@homelesscatnetwork.com or call 650-286-9013 x4

Licorice's Story -- Thursday September 10th, 2009

Licorice's Story

Poor little Licorice has had more than her share of trying times.

licorice1 In 2007, a gentle and sweet black kitty named Licorice gave birth to six tiny kittens while at San Jose Animal Care & Services. The stress from being there proved to be too much for Licorice, and she wasn’t feeding her kittens. The shelter contacted rescuers, Janice and Dan, and they pulled Licorice and her babies from the shelter, brought them home and routed her babies to two foster homes specializing in bottle feeding. Sadly none of the babies survived past three weeks and all were buried together.

Licorice went on to be adopted later that summer.

Two years later, mid-May…

Janice and Dan, now volunteering with 13th St. Cat Rescue, received a call that Licorice was surrendered to San Jose Animal Care & Services as a “stray”! Poor Licorice was back in the shelter, stressed and very scared.

Numerous attempts to contact her adopters failed; they did not want Licorice, she had been abandoned by the family that was supposed to love her and care for her.

Janice and Dan took her back into their home and after a week of acclimating and ensuring she was ok, she went to her original foster home where she could relax and be comfortable until she would find her new forever family.

About mid-July, her foster mom noticed a fairly large mass on Licorice’s rear left leg. Licorice was taken in for a biopsy and it turned out to be fibrosarcoma-cancer.

With fibrosarcomas there are 3 choices: 1) do nothing - very likely cat will die shortly as fibrosarcoma spreads rapidly 2) do radiation, but it’s only 80% effective and you’ll have wasted valuable time if it doesn't work or 3) remove the leg which, if you do it soon enough, is 100% effective.

Faced with these options, the decision was made to have Licorice’s leg removed on 8/2/09. She went through surgery just fine and a biopsy on the removed limb showed no cancer in the margins of the limb, so her prognosis is excellent.

September 2009 Update:

Licorice’s foster home says she is managing well with her missing limb and is in good spirits. She has had quite a sad little life, and is incredibly sweet; she's lucky rescue was there for her, not only once, but twice. As Janice says “Licorice is sure working through those 9 lives!”

Thanks to 13th St. Cat Rescue and the continued efforts of volunteers like Janice and Dan, Licorice will be cared for in our foster program until a permanent home is found.

Licorice is available for adoption; if you would like to meet her please contact us at info@13thstcats.org.

SOS-Andy's Pet Shop! -- Tuesday August 18th, 2009

Save Our Pet Shop (SOS)! Our local pet shop, Andy's, helps us by placing homeless/rescue animals and now they need our help. Due to financial troubles, they may be forced to close. They need our support...tell friends and neighbors to buy their quality food and pet supplies at Andy's. Andy's Pet Store is located at 1280 The Alameda San Jose, CA 95126 Between Julian and Race Street. Business hours, Mon – Fri 10-7, Sat 10-6, Sun 12-5 (408) 297-0840.

Aug 22 Andy's Pet Shop Fundraiser
Click here to view all the details.http://www.andyspetshop.com/?page_id=133

We're Celebrating 4 yrs! -- Sunday August 9th, 2009



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We are a humble volunteer group. I’m proud of the success we have achieved in these four years, but it’s all due to Joanne Santner’s direction. Whether or not we have made a dent in the feral cat population, the numbers of TNR done on our own still seem amazing.’

Maliss a Magallane z

Stray Cat Strut: 13th St. Cat Rescue Group Celebrates Four Years of Saving Furry Friends

by Malissa Magallanez

Four years ago, NNA boardmember Bonnie Ross wrote an article for this Northside news letter about her N. 20th St. neighbor, Joanne Santner, who for nearly two decades had been quietly rescuing stray cats on her block. (See, “Kitten Kaboodle: Northsider’s Home a Sanc tuary for Stray and Feral Cats, Northside , Win ter 2005, at pp. 10-11.) The exposure from that article catapulted (pardon the pun) Sant ner’s one-woman, one-block effort into an or ganized, award-winning program operating neighborhood-wide.

From 1986 through 2004, Santner estimates she trapped-neutered-and-returned (TNR) 40-50 cats and paid for their surgeries and care out of her own pocket. TNR is the nationally preferred method of dealing with the cat overpopulation. Studies have shown that trap and euthanize does not solve the problem; it causes a vacuum into which more cats move in whereas TNR stabilizes and ultimately decreases the feral cat population over time.

In the ensuing four years, 2005 through 2008, the formalized 13th Street Cat Rescue Group (13th St. Cats) which Santner heads up, trapped-neutered-and-returned (TNR) almost 800 cats, and found adoptive homes from more than 400 others. In short,, Santner went from rescuing two or three cats per year on average, to, with help from an organized neighborhood effort, roughly three hundred cats per year – a hundred-fold increase! This is the story of how it happened.

In conjunction with Ross’ 2005 article on Santner in these pages, NNA initiated a grant pro gram to assist in the cost of neutering stray or feral cats captured through TNR by Santner throughout the entire Northside, not just on Santner’s block. By the next issue, Northside was reporting that Santner “has responded to one person’s plea for assistance for the stabilization of a feral cat colony that he had been caring for at the Pavona Apartment complex at N. 7th & Taylor Sts.” Santner engaged the services of Akal Animal Clinic on Berryessa Rd. and did TNR on six cats there. “There are many more to be saved just at that location, not to mention all the other places in the neighborhood that have not yet received assis tance,” she told Northside .

Soon afterward it was decided that the effort should be even broader to encompass not only the Northside, but all four neighborhoods within the 13th St. Strong Neighborhoods Initiative (SNI) area – Northside, Julian St. James, Horace Mann, and the Hensley Historic Dist. Also, 13th St. NAC, as a 501c(3) non profit corporation, offered tax deductible status for donors. By summer 2005, 13th St. Cats was born as an official 13th St. NAC sub bcommittee with a cadre of volunteers to help Santner.


In 2005, the group raised roughly $5,000 in donations, created a newsletter and brochure, and set up a website, www.13thStCats.org . In July 2006, the group set up its own internal yahoo cat discussion group.

In 2005, 13th St. Cats did TNR on 80 cats and found homes for another dozen cats of adoptable temperament. For 2006, the numbers were 126 cats TNR and 56 adopted. The stats for 2007 were 226 cats TNR and 149 adopted. For 2008, 350 cats TNR and 200 adopted. We have had a significant increase in numbers of rescued cats over the years in part because we joined forces with a couple, Janice and Dan, who had years of experience. They run a weekly pet fair at PetSmart in Campbell, which has helped showcase our cats for adoption.

As our mascot, Stevie, illustrates, it is not all about the numbers in rescue. It is about the qual ity of a cat’s life and the importance of each indi vidual cat. Stevie was the first cat who needed more medical attention than we had the resources to provide. We organized a fundraising campaign for his eye surgeries that brought the community together in an amazing way. Stevie’s charm and good looks won over many and he has since been adopted into a great home where he is idolized.

Another great story was featured in the San Jose Mercury News this past January . Grant was res cued as an injured, stray black cat and he had to have his front leg amputated. He now is living in his foster home for good; he was adopted by them and is living a happily-ever-after story book life.

In April 2006, 13th St. Cats received a Paws Applause Award from San Jose Vice Mayor Cindy Chavez. A month earlier, the group celebrated its one year anniversary with the first of what has become an annual Cat Open House.  This is a great opportunity to see some of the cats currently available for adoption in the neat cat habitat Santner created in and around her garage, as well as to enjoy food and the company of your neighbors. (Also, upcoming is a Cat Rescue Tea on Saturday, March 14 at 2 p.m. to benefit the group. $25. Order tickets online at www.13thStCats.org/info/donate .)

Foster guardians form the bedrock of our rescue efforts. We have roughly 26 folks who offer their homes and hearts to care for our cats and kittens until the are adopted. Julia Ostrowski has been our longest tenured foster and she handles the harder-to-adopt guys — our seniors and our shy ones. She also has dogs of her own but is always ready to take on what is needed for the cats. Karen Greenbank and Debbie Taylor have fostered a number of kittens as well as taken on trapping and bottle feeding — difficult tasks, both of them. Jim Norvell and his wife Barb make bottle feeding look easy, though; Jim is a giant of a guy who handles these pre-weaned babies with kid gloves and has saved many lives with his dedication and sleepless nights.

For me, I first learned of Joanne and her efforts through the first article in the newsletter, shortly after my husband and I moved to our house in 2004. Our yard in particular seemed to come with a stray calico cat who was very friendly. We soon learned she was pregnant and one day she had kittens. We cared for all of them tem porarily and I utilized Santner’s help to get them all fixed. After that, I was interested in what Joanne was doing and starting helping with making the cat rescue newsletter and form ing the first website from our own server, with my husband’s help. Then it escalated to staff ing pet fair tables, being a point of contact with publications we might post information in, regularly updating the website with photos and news, redesigning the brochure, and flyers and literature, joining the 13th St. NAC board, and organizing various events.

13th St. Cats are a humble, volunteer group. I’m proud of the success we have achieved in these four years, but it’s all due to Joanne’s direction. She may not feel like a leader but she has the knowledge, persistence and patience to go on and we are all willing followers. Whether we have made a dent or not in the feral cat population, the numbers of TNR done on our own still seem amazing. And every cat we place in a loving home, even if our numbers are small compared to some larger cat rescue groups, is always rewarding.

Malissa Magallanez is a 21st resident, 13th St. NAC board member and member of 13th St. Cats.

Below:Stevie, the “mascot” of 13th St. Cat Rescue Project.

Below: Stevie with his guardian, Barbara.

Top page (lower photo): the 13th St. Cat Rescue booth at the NNA flea market in Backesto Park.


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‘It is not all about the numbers in rescue. It is about the quality of a cat’s life and the importance of each individual cat. Stevie needed more medical attention than we had the resources to give. We organized a fundraising campaign and brought the community together in an amazing way.’

Malissa Magallanez

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