As most know Healing Paws Cat Sanctuary has been in a legal battle with Volusia County and Volusia County Animal Services since October 1 2020. Unfortunately we just found out we lost the battle and Healing Paws Cat Sanctuary is NO LONGER ALLOWED to operate where we’re located as we do… If we want to remain here in Ormond Beach we would have to STOP operating as a non profit feral sanctuary and we would HAVE to follow residential zoning laws which state ALL FERAL over the 5 limit MUST be made to live outside in our registered feral colony but we are NOT allowed to offer any form of building/structure for safety for them. We are NOT even allowed to put up fencing to keep them safe within the sanctuary property. As most know the sanctuary specializes in feral that are sick, injured, disabled or seniors with terminal issues (kidneys, heart etc) which means most of the feral that call us home need some form of safety to go to when needed or they will end up hurt or worse dead. The sanctuary is a free roaming sanctuary which allows those that live here to free roam in and out of the buildings so when needed they have a safe place to be. Those feral that have challenges (missing eyes, limbs etc) are allowed to free roam but only in our enclosed areas where we know they will be safe from predators. If we remain here even most of these feral will be made to live outside 24/7 where they will not be able to defend themselves. This also means that Healing Paws will NO LONGER be able to take in the many feral that need our medical help whether its to recover from an injury or sickness until they can be returned to there original colony or live out the rest of their 9 lives here at the sanctuary due to a ongoing medical issue. Healing Paws Cat Sanctuary also helps TNR over 100 feral a year thru our local TNR program which we will no longer be able to do either as most recover here if needed. We don’t know how long we have before Volusia County enforces the zoning laws which means at any time they can show up and remove all the feral and we all know this will be a death sentence for most here. We have spent the last 36+ hours looking into our options and there is only 1 that will allow us to continue to operate as we do and also be able to allow the many feral that call us home to continue live as they are used to. We have no choice but to move the sanctuary to land that is zoned Agricultural or Rural. This will allow us to continue to offer a safe place for our feral and also continue to TNR and offer medical help to those that need it. We have spent many hours looking thru pages and pages of property trying to locate something that will allow us to continue to remain open and operate as we need to without fear of EVER being in this situation again! What we have come to realize is land zoned either is VERY expensive even sold as un cleared and VERY hard to come by. After looking thru many pages on many websites we actually stumbled across 2. We have viewed both and either would be Purrfect to relocate the sanctuary to. The properties are zoned Agricultural which is the most important factor and range in size and ammenities . Being a Non-Profit we relay on donations as all non profits do to keep the sanctuary operating. Now more then ever we need your help…. In order to purchase and renovate the property and move the sanctuary and the 60+ feral that currently call us home we need to raise $240,000.
WOW… we know this is a HUGE amount but this will allow the sanctuary to continue to operate as we do and also allow us to help more feral like those that are leukemia and aids positive. This is a lot to ask of our supporters we know, but we can’t do this without your help. Every $1.00 puts us closer and closer to making sure our feral can continue to live out what’s left of their 9 lives safe and cared for. Please check out our site at: Healingpawscatsanctuary.org. Here you can find out more about us and local TNR programs. PLEASE Share and Donate!!! Below are links to the properties we have been able to find that will allow us to continue to offer the kind of care we do to the feral that need us. THANK YOU!!!!