"To Chris and Hal I can only say ONE IN A MILLION-------in this case make it TWO in a MILLION.....  Cats/Kittens who are lucky enough to have found this NO KILL SHELTER have found a loving, caring, exceptional shelter until they find their own FOREVER HOME.  I cannot not say enough about how these people with true dedication give their time to each and every cat.  No cat is missed getting love, attention and care everyday of every week.  I enjoy my visits because I get the latest story or update by name of the cats ---along with a greeting from cats who understand there are humans who do care and care enough to make a difference.  It is a pleasure to be a Donor to help keep this shelter able to give the best possible care to their cat family.  Donations are appreciated and needed.  Thank you to Chris and Hal for doing a great job even through difficullt times when dollars are short.......You both are GREAT PEOPLE...."
~ Harold4 (Oct 4, 2013)

"My husband and I found a young (6 months old approx.) and she was pregnant. Chris took the kitty and made sure she was comfortable, clipped her claws and is now taking care of 5 more little kitties and Boots is spayed or will be soon, all because Chris and her husband have donated their lives and property to taking extra over above and beyond care of the cats that come their way. We don't know what we would've have done without For All Time Cat Haven. The thought of her going to the pound and put to sleep sickened us."
~ Vicki Theriault (Oct 4, 2013)

"Six months ago I took a neighborhood cat who had a large wound on his leg to Fat Cat Haven. Chris and Hal lovingly took him in and got him the vet care he needed. The wound healed, however the cat "Bugsey" has become ill from other causes. Chris has vowed to love and care for him until the end. The way they love all the cats is so amazing! They are angels to cats that have no home, love or options.  Words can't say enough about  Fat Cat Haven."
~ L. Horton 95531 (Sep 14, 2013)

"Chris and Hal are two wonderful people who care for cats, young and old. You can tell that all the cats are loved.  As a volunteer, I can say there is a lot of work to be done around there and Chris and Hal works very hard to keep up on the place and make it look nice and give all the cats loving's."
~ Jessical120, Volunteer (Jun 24, 2013)

"These people at Fat Cat care!  They took in 2 older cats of mine when I could no longer keep them at home (House on market to sell~cats incontinent) and they lived out their lives in comfort there; they are now in the pet cemetery in the back yard)."
~ Desdemona Haytime (Jun 5, 2013)

"It is so amazing the time and efforts that Chris and her staff put into maintaining F.A.T. Haven!  What dedication and love they have for all the cats they care for.   They are all selfless people who care the way all of us  should care for the wondreful animals that have been placed on the same planet that we inhabit."
~ Desertlynx Cooke (May 23, 2013)
"This organization does extremely wonderful, and basically thankless, work.  Chris and her entire staff are caring and hard-working.  They make every dollar count and rescue as many cats as they possibly are able to provide for.  If I won the lottery I would make a very large donation to them because I feel they would spend it on exactly what it was intended for, the animals.  You hear so many bad things about charities these days, it's wonderful to know there are dedicated organizations doing their very best."
~ V.L. Vasquez (May 22, 2013)

"I am  always very inpressed each visit at this wonderful NO KILL cat shelter but it goes beyond a cat shelter, this is a home for all cats of all ages, the senior to the kittens all find real love and concern for their needs.  To visit each time is an adventure to see new and old friends, Chris and Hal are wonderful caregivers for these delightful creatures.  We always get a laugh and a giggle out of the antics of the cats as they play or show off for us.  As a NON+PROFIT it is very important to help where ever we can, every bit is a big help -------we do what we can but I will ask anyone reading this ------Please give too, whatever you can --to a REALLY GREAT and Loving home-- for cats needing a home...Thank you for your kindness...."
~ Donna N. (Apr 1, 2013)

"This nonprofit is excellent and the cats are given the best medical care. Chris loves each and every cat and deeply cares about their total well being. I do cat rescue on a small scale so I know how difficult and costly it can be to take exceptional medical care of many cats. I am not able to take in small kittens. Chris was kind enough to take tiny kittens (who needed to be bottle fed) from me in the past. She is like magic with kittens - she is so wonderful with them! She has saved many a kitten from deaths door. Her total dedication to the cats under her care is unsurpassed. We are lucky to have For All Time Cat Haven on the northcoast of California."
~ Lana Amana (Nov 26, 2012)

"I'm also a client served, as my two older cats moved in when I had to move across the country. My cats were treated as part of the family and lived out the remainder of their lives well cared for and well loved, I was even sent photos of my "kids"! I was able to visit them a few times and the facility always had an "open door". All the animals I saw on my (usually unannounced) visits were happy and looked well cared for. I continued to donate cash and in-kind. So many local animals need this type of humane care, and while many are helped here, so many more could be helped with increased donations. Pretty much the entire house, fenced two acre wooded yard and garage are devoted to the cats by these very loving and capable people."
~ Terry A.

"For All Time (F.A.T.) Cat Haven is just that - a for all time sanctuary for cats. No discrimination here, no matter if a cat is blind, three legged, bald, toothless or just old, the wonderful people at FAT Cat Haven will do everything necessary and more, to take care of these unwanted creatures. Countless trips to the vet, specialized medications and doing the absolute best that they can with their HOME, is what I see here. This dedication MUST continue. There is nothing else like it in this area! Living just a few miles from FAT Cat Haven, I'm painfully aware of how desperate our economy is, how short funds are here, as well as volunteers. Our harbor was destroyed by the recent surge (tsunami) Money is tighter than ever. The sanctuary desperately needs new fencing. Desperately needs new flooring inside. Desperately needs funds to care for the cats who were once loved by someone else, and are now loved with everything that these people have. We live in a maritime climate, and upgrades to the old fencing and living areas for the out of doors cats must be built. MUST. Raccoons and cougar can easily enter, and the sanctuary is compromised. Indoors, there are cubby holes and platforms everywhere you turn. These people have given so completely, freely, of their lives and home. Each cat deserves a home, and my heart tells me that if the sanctuary had an upgrade, that more cats would be adopted. Outreach is of the utmost importance. I understand all this very well, as I have taken in 8 rabbits, who were otherwise abandoned, unloved, unwanted or neglected, even abused, along with five other animals, including horses. F.A.T. Cat Haven deserves to be the beneficiary of special attention and funding, equal to the dedication and commitment that's unwavering and pure. The sheer numbers of cats that are cared for, begs for the assistance of an army of volunteers. There is no such army. Please help."

~ happydarylann

"F.A.T. Cat Haven is run by a woman with a big heart that truly loves cats. She took in two 16+ year old cats of mine that were able to live out their last years in a calm and loving environment. They are located at the edge of Crescent City, CA on 4 acres, fenced for the cats. Even though my cats have died and are buried in her pet cemetery, I freely give of my time to help out, as this is a good woman with a passion for what she does."

~ DesdemonaHaytime27

"F.A.T. Cat Haven is a labor of love. It requires true dedication to do what these folks are doing out of their own home 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. They're Great!  I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...My associations with the land owners, who have donated their land and home to provide for abused, elderly, and stray/abandoned cats and kittens needing immediate care. I have helped with fundraisers and volunteered in cleaning of cat shelter.  I even adopted one cat to take home with me."


"I got my cat  "Highway" four years ago from F.A.T. Cat and he is the coolest healthyest cat I have ever had."
~ William17 (Oct 13, 2012)

"I have known Fat Cat Haven or should I say Heaven for a number of years.  I first saw their donation jars in our small town and would drop my dollars in each time hoping to help the kitties.  Then I read information posted regarding the FOREVER Home for all cats whatever their need.  THis impressed me as it was a true home for the aged, the ill, the handicap, cats whose owner had passed and now were without not only their owner but also now their home.  Finally one day I drove out to see this no kill shelter, to meet the people involved and feel in love with both Chris and Hal.  I saw through their eyes their mission, the dedication and the complete love for each and every cat.  At that time there were over 90 cats of all ages and stages of life but I was most impressed as Chris talked to each cat and called them by name as she shared each of their stories.  The afternoon passed quickly and I knew this would be my FOREVER project and now many years later it is still with great respect and love for these 2 people I completely  support this wonderful For Ever Home for cats."

~ Plumfun

"I became acquainted with FAT Cat Haven through "Hugs for Homeless Animals", and became a follower on Facebook.  I am so impressed with their dedicated and responsible approach.  They are working hard to provide the best homes possible for each of the cats in their care.  If you live in their area, I encourage you to contact them to arrange a visit, and ask how you can help.  What they do is so important, and it is vital to "get the word out" to everyone in the local community.  If you don't live nearby, please consider sending a donation to help them out.   If you crochet or knit, how about making some blankets and toys?  I know any and all donations would be very appreciated.  On behalf of the kitties of FAT Cat Haven - Thank You!"

~ Cynthia W.

"This place was all and more than we hoped it would be for my husbands cat Bootsie. When his mother passed and no one in the family was able to take in another animal, we found F.A.T. Cat Haven and was very satisfied and happy that Bootsie would have a home like this for the rest of her time. Thank you for taking care of her for us."

~ Sally S.


~ Dr. N. (Nov 12, 2012)

"I visited the Haven several years ago.  The haven has a large fenced in area with numerous cat homes, trees, places to hide, a special litter area and indoor sanctuaries.   When I visited, Chris and I walked through the sanctuary and numerous cat followed us and ran ahead of us.  Their tails were high and they were happy.    I have never forgotten the scene of those cats and their tails running before and after us, and those tails high up in the air."
 ~ MIRIANLEAR (Nov 8, 2012)

"I met Chris and Hal McChesney years ago through Fat Cat Haven. When I visited the sanctuary the first thing I noticed the reason for their success...LOVE. They love the cats that come to them. They know each and every one by name. They know the cats history, and they care for these sweet cats as if it were the only cat in the world. This sanctuary, FAT CAT HAVEN deserves your attention!!"
~ Meg F. (Nov 4, 2012)

"My experience with Chis and Fat Cat Haven is from a slightly different perspective.  After 15 years we were in a situation where we had to give up our beloved cat Brooke.  There are not a lot of acceptable alternatives, but Fat  Cat Haven was there for us and Brooke.  While still extremely painful, we take great solace in knowing that Brooke will live out her days in a kind, caring and happy environment, and may even end up in another loving home.  We really can't thank them enough."
~ R Burton, Pacific Palisades, CA (Nov 26, 2012)

"I adopted a wonderful cat named Hope from this shelter  about 2 years. She had been with them since she was a kitten. I got her when she turned nine. Her and I have since then bonded, Hope and I are almost inseparable, she even enjoys following me into the bathroom. She's a wonderful, friendly companion, who even though she's 11 years old, enjoys tossing around a catnip mouse.  I couldn't thank Fat Cat haven for taking care of her until I could giver her a forever home. This shelter needs the help and donations in order to care for these wonderful companions until their forever homes can be found, or renewed."
~ dawn.angel.aurora, Arcata, CA (Nov 20, 2012)

"I recently took 2 pets that I could no longer care for to Chris at FAT Cat Haven. She was understanding, gracious and kind. She and her husband welcomed them like they had known them forever. They truly loves cats and it is reflected in the way they cares for the many animals they have taken in. They never turn an animal away. The homeless, sick, injured, abandoned, and the dying. They love and care for them all. I do not know what I would have done without them. What really astounds me is that they are 100% non-profit. She and her husband always put the needs of the animals first. Many times before their own needs. I donate every chance I get because I know how every dollar is used. I am grateful everyday that there are people like Chris and her husband in the world. I am honored to know them and their great work on behalf of cats."
~ irishpeech (Nov 20, 2012)