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Thanks PETCO!

Happy Jack Cats,  Inc., is a proud recipient of funding
from the Petco Foundation

in 2016, 2017 & 2018.

501 adoptions in 2017
1013 Adoptions since Q3 2015

“You know a real friend? Someone you know will look after your cat after you are gone.”
~ William S. Burroughs,

 Our Story​​

Happy Jack Cats, Inc., is an Idaho Non-Profit Corporation. We are a foster-based, no-kill rescue  and adoption agency. Because all of our kittens are in foster homes, we have no official, store-front location, although our future plans do include one.

Happy Jack Cats, Inc., (HJC) was founded in November 2015 by individuals concerned for the welfare of "throw away" kittens in the Boise and Meridian, Idaho areas. HJC has no employees, but has a strong foster program made up of volunteers. To date, all funding for HJC is out-of-pocket or has come from donations, crowd funding, re-homing fees, and  grants.

One member of our board had been working to save the lives of kittens for about four years, but as it became known in the community that she was very good at rehabilitating and homing young kittens, she was flooded with animals; orphaned, abandoned, lost, abused and otherwise unwanted. It was at this point, that she realized that there was a huge need. She decided to create an organization to fill the void, recruited two like-minded people to form the board, and Happy Jack Cats, Inc., and Idaho non-profit corporation came into being.

HJC saves kittens from euthanasia that are too young to be adopted and/or have treatable conditions that would prevent them from being adopted. We take in  kittens younger than twelve weeks of age, including bottle babies.  At times we offer adult cats for adoption, often mamas who have raised their kittens and are in need of spaying and homes of their own.  Also, we re-home our animals that have been returned to us.
Even though our rescues animals often come from terrible circumstances, once bathed, wormed, spayed/neutered, chipped, and vaccinated they are beautiful, loving and very much in demand. Our goal is to place our rescued animals with families that will love and care for them for their lifetimes. 

Happy Jack Cats, Inc., is an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, EIN #47-5455805.

Yes. Jack is a Real Cat!

Jack the cat laughing
Jack the cat with tongue out

"Intelligence in the cat is underrated." ~ Louis Wain

Jack, our "mascat", is as real as can be. In fact he was a rescued kitten born in a trailer park. He has come very far from his humble beginnings.
"How did a cat from the sticks make it to the big time", you ask? The unvarnished truth is because of his happy face markings, and he was the inspiration for our name. It makes us laugh just to look at him.

Jack is a blue collar cat. No paté out of a crystal dish for him. He has lived a rough and tumble life and has a few scars to prove it. We feel he is a fitting mascot given the nature of our rescue.

Jack posed for the Happy Jack Cats, Inc. logo. He, and the rest of our group, thank Ward Hooper, a well-known Idaho artist, for creating such a great logo. Visit Ward's gallery at 745 W. Idaho Street in downtown Boise.

Jack the cat in a tree
Happy Jack Cats logo

“I have a cat, the pet that ranks just above a throw pillow in terms of required responsibility.”
~ Anna Quindlen

Our Intentions

Happy Jack Cats, Inc. is a foster based feline rescue that saves all the healthy and treatable kittens under our care, with euthanasia reserved only for untreatable animals. We strive  to: (1) save all healthy and treatable kittens under our care and make public our commitment to doing so; (2) clearly articulate to our community that we are saving all healthy and treatable kittens under our care; and (3) publish, at least annually, on our website, our organization's shelter statistics.

2015 Intakes & Outcomes
2016 Intakes & Outcomes
Board of Directors
As per Idaho law, Happy Jack Cats, Inc., requires a minimum of three board members allowed under Idaho law. Our three members — shown below — are: Melissa Gurnett, CEO/President; Emily Sullivan, Treasurer; and Susan Hamilton, Secretary.

Melissa Gurnett, President

Emily Sullivan, Treasurer

Susan Hamilton, Secretary

Melissa was educated as  a legal secretary and paralegal. She has been working with cats for many years and now dedicates herself solely to the running of Happy Jack Cats, Inc. She handles most adoptions and  screenings, fosters kittens, and is the foster coordinator for Happy Jack Cats.
Emily is our technical expert and she also has a great deal of administrative experience. Emily   manages the company finances, is a great foster parent, writes grants, and comtributes to social media. Her hard work and talents are essential to the success of our operation. Both Emily and Melissa are knowledgable in feline health issues.
Susan's background is in graphic design. She maintains the website and the Facebook page. Also, Susan writes copy and takes photos of animals for ads, helps write grants, and is the marketing manager. Jack lives with Susan, or maybe Susan lives with Jack.