made it her mission in life to rescue and rehabilitate homeless cats. In 1994 Jane's first rescue, Nina and all her kittens,
succumbed to FeLV. In memory of Nina, Jane's Mission became a no-kill, feline foster home. Our goal is no more homeless cats.
This special operation is staffed by Jane and a few dedicated volunteers. Our residents are all victims
of some form of mistreatment or neglect. We have had many cats that were deemed not adoptable but we proved otherwise using
love, attention and food.
When you stop to consider that sometimes the biggest adjustment some of the cats had to make
was being fed regularly and treated gently, you can appreciate just how much they've had to overcome to trust a hand extended
- Edgar Allen Poe was devoted to his tortoiseshell cat Catarina. Unable to afford sufficient heat for his dying wife, Poe placed
Catarina on the bed to keep her warm. The cat stayed with the sick woman and, inspired by its loyalty, Poe was moved to write
one of his best-known tales, "The Black Cat".
- A story is told of Muezza, the prophet Mohammed's favorite cat. One day, when Mohammed had finished his prayer and meditation,
he discovered that Muezza had fallen asleep on the sleeve of his robe. Rather than disturb the cat, he cut off the sleeve
so that he could be on his way. Another legend holds that the 'M' marking on the forehead of the tabby was created by the
prophet as he rested his hand lightly on the brow of his favorite cat.
- In Ancient Egypt, 3500 B.C., people prayed to cats and considered them almost divine with a devotion that today's cat-owners
can hardly compete with. Cats were also extremely well-suited for keeping down the vermin in the grain stores, for instance.
Killing a cat entailed the death penalty. Dead cats were embalmed and buried in special coffins in their own cat-graveyards.
A person who had lost his cat shaved off all his hair to show the extent of his grief. Later, Phoenician tradesmen took short-haired
cats to Italy from where they gradually spread throughout Europe. (Long-haired cats came considerably later from Turkey, Iran
- The Gotoku-ji Temple still stands in what are now the suburbs of Tokyo. The outside of the temple is liberally decorated
with pictures of the Maneki-Neko, and adjoining the temple is a cemetery where hundreds of cats are buried. People bring offerings
to the shrine at the temple, and in the cemetery there is a stone statue of a cat - the spirit cat that watches over the souls
of the cats buried there. Owners also come to the shrine to pray for their departed cats. The Beckoning Cat is thought to
bring good luck, protect domestic homes and bring prosperity to businesses.