You Shop With Heart & Now This Orange Cat Is A Happy Boy With A Full Belly

Written by: Kelli Brinegar
For more than five years, Kelli Brinegar has been using her ability to write and her passion for research to tell the tale of what cats are thinking and why. She has provided care to more than 30 cats in her lifetime.Read more
| Published on January 25, 2024

Like so many cats that arrive in rescue care, Mateo was in rough shape. This scared ginger cat arrived underweight and malnourished from living as a stray. His life before the Friends of Metro Shelters in Oklahoma found him may be a mystery, but one thing is certain. He suffered from being hungry and alone—a fate no feline deserves. But because you shop with purpose, you’re giving cats like Mateo a second chance to fill their bellies in homes that love them. When you shop with iHeartCats, every single purchase funds donations for felines in need.

Whether you purchase a cute cat shirt for yourself or supplements for your cat, that cart full of goodies gives compassion. Through our partnership with Greater Good Charities and their GOODS Program, we ensure shelter cats receive food and other necessities while waiting for their forever home. The GOODS Program distributes pet food to shelters and rescues across the country and has been keeping hungry bellies full for over a decade.

Doing Good to Give Cats the Dream

To date, the GOODS Program has delivered over 578 million meals to shelters and rescues nationwide. That’s more than 6,000 truckloads of necessities provided to animals in need! But it’s about more than filling bowls and toys. Because of these donations, more cats get a chance at life with a family that loves them. As one of these kitties, Mateo is so thankful for the teamwork that turned his life from sadness to a dream come true.

Because Mateo arrived at Friends of Metro needing some fattening up, he spent time in one of their loving foster homes. While snacking on food and playing with toys from GOODS, Mateo charmed his foster family. Now, Friends is happy to label this sweet orange cat a “foster fail who is living the dream.”

And the Friends of Metro rescue group is so happy to be part of the goodness, explaining, “Through the GOODS Program, we have been able to provide items such as comfortable and clean beds for pets to rest in.”

“Those, along with toys, help us engage with them to help them learn to trust people and ready them for adoption.”

As Mateo shows us, these donations make all the difference to a cat in need. So, don’t feel guilty for splurging on that new hoodie you’re eyeing! You’re saving lives with your excellent taste!

Shop & Give Back!

The following products provide quality food for shelters and rescues, helping them reserve more of their precious funds for medical expenses, supplies, and spreading the word about their adoptable pups and kitties.