It all started in 2003 with a barn and a handful of feral cats. Word got out that sisters Jann Flanagan and Joy Smith were on a mission to rescue cats.
Operating out of a trailer located on a private horse ranch in a rural area of Lincoln, California, the sisters established “FieldHaven Feline Rescue,” a safe haven for local cats and kittens until they were adopted.
Being on a ranch is one of the many things that makes FieldHaven unique.
By 2008, it was apparent the community’s needs were great and FieldHaven’s facilities were small. A campaign to raise funds to build a state-of-the-art cat center was launched and completed in 2011.
The shelter facility was created in cooperation with the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program; the innovative design is recognized worldwide as a model for improving the health, safety and adoptability of rescued felines.
At FieldHaven, the cats roam freely in indoor/outdoor community rooms and individual suites.
It soon became clear that FieldHaven’s scope of services was expanding and it was becoming the “center” of all things feline in Lincoln and the surrounding communities.
In 2013, the name was changed to “FieldHaven Feline Center” and a new, stronger mission statement was established to reflect the growth and knowledge acquired in the first ten years of service.
At FieldHaven, it isn’t just about adoptions. Our goal is to enhance the lives of cats and their owners and caregivers by offering programs to Lincoln and surrounding communities that fulfill their needs.
To learn more about our history, please watch our documentary, 15 Years, Thousands of Solutions (2018).
Supporters who donate a minimum of $15 per month to FieldHaven become cherished members of Champy’s Champions.
Members receive an informative and fun monthly mailing from Champy, FieldHaven’s blind spokescat, along with information on an adoptable cat or kitten.
This innovative program allows for adoption on a trial basis with a short-term “sleep over.” If it doesn’t work out, the cat comes back…if it does, the adoption is finalized.
Not all cats are made for indoors. Some are destined to work. The 2nd Chance Ranch houses cats awaiting placement as barn cats, ranch hands, or warehouse foremen.
FieldHaven also plays an integral role in the Lincoln community. In fact, the FieldHaven Marketplace thrift shop is located right downtown. Voted the #1 Thrift Store in Lincoln, the volunteer-run store exists to benefit FieldHaven Feline Center. At Champy’s Catfé inside the Marketplace, shoppers sip coffee in the company of some of our wonderful adoptable felines.