Helping Homeless Cats Away From The Streets
$160 raised
8% of $2k goal
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Ended Apr 13, 2017
The Catnip Mafia’s mission is to end cat overpopulation and homelessness. We rescue, heal, then place cats - first in our network of foster homes, then in carefully matched, loving, forever homes. We are a passionate, volunteer-driven charity.

The Catnip mafia-Shelter  in Vestfold, Norway is in need of home improvement. We need your help to keep our kitties warm and dry all year long while they wait for adoption.


  Who we are:

  • No kill   - All cats who find their way to us have found a safe home for the rest of their natural life.  Pretty awesome.
  • Free roam   - Our residents roam freely in large, unconfined spaces customized for their needs.
  • All volunteer   - We have no paid staff. We have about 10 active volunteers who clean the shelter and medicate, feed and socialize the cats and an additional 10-15 who contribute outside the shelter (at outreach events, craft fairs, fundraisers, etc).
  • Special needs   - We are one of a small number of Norwegian shelters to provide sanctuary for Feline Leukemia positive cats. Our mission includes expert ongoing care for cats living with varied medical issues. 


The Catnip mafia-Shelter   was founded in October 2014, when five volunteers took over an existing shelter that was closing and saved 37 cats in the process. Our purpose is to rescue abandoned and unwanted cats regardless of age or medical condition; we place them in loving, responsible homes or provide them a lifetime home at the shelter. We currently have 10 residents but can accommodate as many as 30.



Our home improvement needs:

  • New furnace - The current furnace hasn't been replaced since well before we bought the house. We will have a high efficiency furnace installed that will last 20 years. This is needed because a significant percentage of our population are older and medically challenged cats to whom temperature control is especially important.  
  • New gutters - Did you know it rains cats and dogs in Norway? Ours show the wear and tear of many years of hard use. By replacing them we will insure our volunteers will be safe (remember, wet can equal slippery), the house won't suffer needless water damage and our supplies will remain in good condition (a leak in our basement would be truly tragic for us).   

Help complete The Catnip mafia-Shelter

We are NOT a grey, cinderblock building full of cages and cold, metal surfaces. The Catnip mafia-Shelter is literally a house: an 1,198 square foot house built in 1617 in a pleasant, residential neighborhood in Vestfold, Norway. If you walked past, you'd never know that there are 10 cats living inside instead of people. We even have a gorgeous well-tended garden in our back yard.

We purchased the house in 2011 and have spend thousands of hours repairing, remodeling and maintaining it. We've customized the house for the cats' needs including: cat-bed sized shelves installed near all windows; a seven foot wall of cubbies (we call it the Kitty Condo) for sleeping in and climbing upon; safe and accessible surfaces near ceiling level to accommodate cats that prefer heights; about half our shelter is a dedicated, isolated area for our Feline Leukemia positive cats.

We have bids from animal-friendly contractors that will allow us to replace the furnace and the gutters at a discounted prices. They have agreed to give us a great bargain. but only we complete the work this summer before the rain and the cold returns. 


The Perks

Never fear: all perks will be shipped even if we do not meet our funding goal. We want you to love The Catnip mafia-Shelter as much as we do!



Our work is only possible through support from donors like you. Your donations go directly to help provide medical care, food, supplies and spay/neuter services for homeless cats.

Every dollar makes a difference and helps to get a cat one step closer to a lifetime home. Please consider making a gift today!

Every dollar helps. You have our heartfelt gratitude and the love of all of the kitties in the shelter. You are helping them stay dry and warm all winter. We could not do it without you. The volunteers will appreciate the warmth and dryness too!




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