Educating our community on responsible pet ownership while providing safe haven for cats and kittens in transition to new lives in permanent homes.

– Our Mission Statement


  • Opened Snap it Up! Thrift Store
  • 2013 Wells Fargo Hero Award
  • 2013 Placer SPCA Hero Award
  • Santa Paws Pet Food Pantry – Community pet food giveaway
  • Launched FieldHaven Spa and Purrfectly Priceless adoption programs

Adoptions: 265
Spays/Neuters: 554

What’s New in 2013

Celebrating Our 10th Anniversary

FieldHaven marked the anniversary of our 10th year of operation by changing our name and updating our mission. Beginning January 1st, 2013 we are now FieldHaven Feline Center (from ‘FieldHaven Feline Rescue’).

As we moved into our 10th anniversary year, we found that while we still perform the core services of rescue and adoption, we have vastly grown in what we do for the animals and people of our community. Our new and stronger mission statement is thus a reflection of our growth.

New Programs

Destination FieldHaven Spa: For every cat adopted, FieldHaven is offering a free “spa day” per month for an entire year! Adopters get a voucher for a free kitty weigh-in, nail trim and topical flea treatment. We want our cats to start off their new lives in the best way possible.

Purrfectly Priceless Adoption Program: When adopting a kitten or cat six months or older, a FieldHaven adopter can name their own adoption fee by way of a donation in any amount that is comfortable.

A Venture Into Dog Rescue

A frightened and hungry Sophie was found wandering the streets near Sterling Point by a nice lady named Brittney who took her home, checked all the lost dog ads, scanned her for a microchip and was unable to find her owner. Days turned into weeks and after numerous Facebook posts, Brittney was faced with having to make the decision to take Sophie to he shelter.

A couple of us at FieldHaven had been following the story on Facebook and were already in love with Sophie. We said “Yes, we’re a cat shelter, but what the heck? She’s not much bigger than a cat?!” So Brittney and Sophie came to FieldHaven and Sophie was adopted within the week!

FieldHaven Opens a Thrift Shop

The Snap it Up! Thrift Store is launched in October. Located at 590 McBean Park Drive in Lincoln, Snap it Up! will benefit the programs at FieldHaven Feline Center. We have an adoption center located within the store to showcase adoptable cats and kittens to shoppers.

FieldHaven promotes the care and safety of animals in need. We inspire positive change through innovative solutions for the lives of animals and the community.

In the News

  • Survivor Finds Strength in Volunteering – Lincoln News Messenger, December 19, 2013 – About our most inspirational volunteer, Scout Valentine, who underwent lung transplant this year.
  • Santa Paws Pet Food Pantry – Press Release, December 19, 2013 – FieldHaven gives away pet food to the Lincoln community.

Board & Vets

Board of Directors

Joy Smith, President
Kristi Pawlowski, Vice President
Diane Lamkin, Treasurer
Jennifer Tindall, Secretary

Members at Large
Courtney Coburn
Kimberly Davy
Sabina Pelissier
Vicki “Scout” Valentine


Roberta Petersen, DVM
Mira Bogen Sanchez, DVM

Still Going Strong in 2013


Barn Cats: Our barn cat coordinator matches under-socialized cats with barn home settings.

Mature Cats for Mature People: Adoption fees are waived when mature people (eligible for AARP) adopt mature cats.

Foster Program: Our foster care ‘parents’ take in cats and kittens needing temporary refuge while awaiting adoption.

TNR/SNAP: Our Spay/Neuter Assistance Program helps members of the community and caretakers of feral cat communities with spay/neuter funding, trapping, and resources.

CAT Team: Our Community/Cat Assistance Team comprises a fabulous volunteer base of experts in cat behavior, medical assessment, the feral cat and much more. In 2013 we reorganized and enhanced our CAT web page in order to highlight the growing trend towards caring for the stray or “community cats” in lieu of bringing them to a municipal shelter where they would most likely be euthanized.


Thank you to our Veterinary Partners, Animal Spay and Neuter, Banfield Pet Hospital Lincoln and VCA Loomis Basin Veterinary Clinic. We continue to value our business partnerships with PetSmart Lincoln, which continues to host our satellite adoption center. We continue to be a training/observation site for visiting veterinarians from the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program.

Fundraising Campaigns

Our Monthly Giving Program letter writing campaign was reorganized whereby we began offering a different cat story each month. To accompany the story, we also include a monthly “FieldHaven Journal” entry written by our president, Joy Smith, in which she discusses her personal thoughts and reflections on subjects from cat stories to shelter management issues. Program subscriptions held steady in 2013.

The Buy-a-Brick Program is a great way to visibly memorialize a friend, relative or favorite pet and be reminded of them at the entrance to FieldHaven.

Workplace Giving is where companies match employee donations made to the nonprofit organization of one’s choice. Many local companies offer such programs.

The Tenth Life Club Fund provides life-saving veterinary care to cats in crisis.

Classics, Cats & Cabernet is our very successful annual on-site fundraiser. This year we made over $80k; nearly half of the annual funds needed for operations.


  • Placer SPCA Hero Award
  • Wells Fargo Hero Award

Our First Ten Years

Adoptions: 2,802
Spays/Neuters: 3,227