Happy jack cats

A Limited Admission Kitten Rescue and Adoption Group

Our Story

Happy Jack Cats, Inc., (HJC) is an Idaho Non-Profit Corporation (EIN #47-5455805) and 501(c)(3). We are a limited admission, foster home based, feline rescue and adoption group. Since we have no store-front location, most of our animals are in foster homes.  However, as a Petco Partner, we are able to showcase available cats in three local Petco stores: 3548 S Findley Ave, Boise, ID 83705; 3006 E State St, Eagle, ID 83616; and 2210 N Eagle Rd, Meridian, ID 83646.                                    

HJC was founded in November 2015 by individuals concerned with the welfare of "throwaway" kittens in the Boise and Meridian areas. We have no employees, but we do have a four-member Board of Directors and a strong volunteer program. 

One member of our board, Missy Gurnett, 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. Because of the obvious need, she created an organization to fill the void, recruited two like-minded people to form the board, and Happy Jack Cats, Inc., an Idaho Non-profit Corporation and 501(c)(3), came into being.

HJC saves kittens from euthanasia that have treatable conditions which would prevent them from being adopted.  At times, we offer adult cats for adoption, often mothers that have raised their kittens or animals that have been returned to us. (We require by contract that previous adopters who are no longer willing or able to care for one of our animals, return that animal to HJC .)

What We Do
• We provide clean and loving environments in foster homes for "throwaway" kittens until their adoptions.
• We house animals in cages only for special purposes: quarantine, injury care,  special needs, and display at Petco stores.
• We promote public health and safety by encouraging vaccinations, including rabies.
• We educate the community about animal welfare issues.
• We take in and find homes for kittens—including newborns—in order to reduce the need for euthanasia. 
• We strongly support and promote spay and neuter.
• We DO NOT euthanize to free up space.
• We applaud and support the efforts of other shelters and rescues.
• We proudly partner with Petco and The Petco Foundation.

What We Don't Do
We  ARE NOT licensed or practicing veterinarians. All opinions are our own and obtained through our own experience. We encourage you to seek out and speak with professional veterinarians about your medical concerns.

Board of Directors

As per Idaho law, a nonprofit corporation requires a minimum of three board members. We have five, plus our mascot, Jack the Cat, a non-voting number six.

CEO & PRESIDENT
Melissa Gurnett

Melissa was educated as  a legal secretary and now dedicates herself solely to the running of Happy Jack Cats, Inc. She handles adoptions and screenings; fosters kittens, and is the Foster Coordinator for the company.

TREASURER
Emily Sullivan

Emily is a technical expert with a great deal of administrative experience. Emily manages the company finances, is a foster parent, writes grants, and contributes to social media. Her hard work and talents are essential to the success of the operation. Both Emily and Melissa are knowledgable about feline health issues.

SECRETARY
Susan Hamilton

Susan's background is in graphic design. She maintains the website and the Facebook page. She writes ad copy, takes animal photos, writes grants, and is the marketing manager. Jack lives with Susan, or maybe Susan lives with Jack. That would depend on which one of them you are talking to.

EVENT COORDIATIOR
Deborah Phantana

Deborah is an avowed animal lover and has owned—or been owned by, depending on your point of view—many pet cats. While living in Thailand she ran her own TNR (Trap Neuter and Release) program in her community, so she is rich in experience, a perfect fit for Happy Jack Cats.

New Board Member
MerriDee Copland

Furrier and even more furrier hairball lick the plastic bag yet playing with balls of wool need to check on human, have not seen in an hour might be dead oh look, human is alive, hiss at human, feed me. Love blinks and purr purr purr purr yawn chirp at birds floof tum, tickle bum, jellybean footies curly toes.

Advisory Board

BUSINESS ADVISOR
Pete Stickney

Pete Stickney has lived in Boise since 2007. Recently retired, Pete’s career includes education, project management, event management, and executive positions at several nonprofits including The First Tee of Idaho. Pete currently volunteers as a golf course rater for the Idaho Golf Association. Pete has served as HOA Board secretary for the Kinnick Subdivision and is currently serving as an advisory board member for Happy Jack Cats, a local cat rescue, foster, and adoption nonprofit.