About “Kind to Nature

            Kind to Nature (KTN) is an Arizona non-profit corporation formed in 1998, dedicated to helping, protecting and improving the quality of life of all animals in our urban neighborhoods, be they pets, strays, birds or other wildlife, with special emphasis on increasing awareness and compassion for feral cats.  We also try to promote living in harmony with and preserving our natural environment, and encourage preventative and natural health care for animals.

Board of Directors:    Barbara Morris
                                    Mercedes de Oro
                                    Mary Milliman
                                    Jeannie Bremerkamp

Staff:  Barbara Morris - Executive Director, Shelter/Sanctuary Manager
          Mercedes de Oro - Community Outreach Director
          Jeannie Bremerkamp - Volunteer Services Coordinator
          Debra Dillond - Assistant Sanctuary Manager

Volunteers desperately needed to foster semi-feral kitties and learn to domesticate them so they may become adoptable pets; also need volunteers to help transport animals, fundraising events, etc.

Background:

  • Barbara Morris - Founder, Director, CEO & COO.  Barb started rescuing baby and injured birds living in the many trees on her own and neighbors’ properties, and received basic training from various bird rehabilitators in the community she consulted for help. In 1996, she began rescuing, spaying, neutering, sheltering and domesticating feral cats, and did volunteer work for other rescue organizations in the Valley assisting with adoptions, feeding and trapping feral cats, among other things.  As a result of this experience and training, combined with her many years of being a pet owner, assisting with her former husband’s dog training business, and avid reading and studying, she acquired considerable knowledge and resources pertaining to wild birds, feral cats, strays, lost and found, and pet care in general that she wanted to share with the general public.  She began a pet lost and found hotline for her neighborhood in east Phoenix and soon became its official “animal consultant.”  Word got around about her services and knowledge prompting her to publish and distribute a newsletter containing a variety of helpful articles, news and events.
Before long, the newsletter was going all over the Valley and she began getting calls from everywhere.  It was then she decided to formalize the organization and operations by incorporating and beginning a membership campaign.  
 
Barb continues to keep abreast of information beneficial and important to pet owners and novice rescuers and provides that information issues concerning animal welfare and the environment through KTN's website and large email network with individuals and other rescuers in the Valley and actively supports people in the community when it comes to street cat issues.   She also maintains the sanctuary for unadoptable animals where animals (mostly cats) that require special handling, have special needs can live out there lives in safety, comfort and companionship.
  • Mercedes De Oro - Community Outreach Director.  Mercedes has always been an animal lover and her advocacy efforts have increased over the years, particularly since her move to Phoenix in 2000. She has promoted Trap, Neuter, Return ( TNR ) for stray and feral cats in many communities, and practiced it in her own. Mercedes’ passion is for education and outreach to the community. Her goal is to make neighborhoods and people aware of the resources available to them. Mercedes gathers information from the major animal welfare organizations in the Valley on topics such as low cost spay/neuter, vaccines and medical care for owned pets, how to handle stray and feral cats, and animal cruelty.   Since she is bilingual in Spanish, her special emphasis is on the Latino community. Mercedes seeks out and welcomes opportunities to speak at neighborhood association and HOA meetings, community events, school groups, etc.
     
  • Mary Milliman – Director.  Mary is a long time resident of east Phoenix and has always taken in or helped in some way the stray cats, orphaned birds and lost dogs that seem to find her or cross her path.  She is compassionate and patient with those exhibiting less than ideal behavior and is a strong supporter of our organization.  She is also a very talented silk screener and sign designer, she designed and made our Kind to Nature tees and tank tops, our business cards, bumper stickers and very cute yard sale signs.  Thanks Mary!
     
  • Jeannie Bremerkamp - Director.  Loves animals, has a natural dog training ability, has taken on feral cat caretaking, is active in the community, particularly with Block Watch programs and strives to make our neighborhood a better place to live.  Jeannie can always be counted on to volunteer for fundraising, transporting or whatever is needed.  Jeannie and her husband have a furniture repair and cabinet restoration business and have helped us and other organizations with carpentry and related services.

What We Do:

*          Educate and provide information, instruction and direct assistance to pet owners, animal rescuers, feral cat caretakers, people who find lost pets, rescue strays, injured/orphaned animals and birds primarily through our website and emails.  We also provide hands-on assistance in the community when needed.
*          Maintain a comprehensive library of helpful handouts for distribution covering many subjects from baby birds to domesticating feral cats, that we have written or obtained/edited from other knowledgeable and reputable sources.
*          Maintain an indoor permanent sanctuary for rescued feral cats and other unadoptable animals; occasionally rescue or directly or foster animals, but we generally do not do adoptions and space is limited, so it is our goal to assist people who have rescued animals with finding homes and/or alternative options; work with the rescue community in general in helping animals that are at risk in different ways.

Goals:
1.  Increase awareness and compassion for feral cats and help reduce the feral cat overpopulation in the Valley.
2.  Make our urban residential streets and neighborhoods safer for children, pets,  birds and other wildlife.
3.  Help reduce the pet overpopulation and the amount of animals euthanized in our county and state.
4.  Expand our facility or help build another facility for cats that are unadoptable (feral, semi-feral, old age, special needs, etc.)  The numbers of those needing to be removed from unsafe locations or abandoned is sadly increasing.
 
 



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