Mission Statement: The Hobo Hotel, Inc. is incorporated and organized exclusively for the purpose of prevention of cruelty to animals through the operation of a no-kill shelter for cats and kittens, the rescue of abandoned cats and kittens, the adoption of cats and kittens, the development of foster homes until adoption is possible, education about pet care, promotion of spaying and neutering and the encouragement of relationships with pets.
Bouree's Outreach is a trap/neuter/return program for feral cats that started in 2008 with the trapping of 31 cats.
At the end of 2018, over 1,500 feral cats have been altered, reducing the unwanted cat population in our community by approximately 75,000.
1999 - Carol Cain learned to trap cats from Bette Talbot. Collie Rouyer paid for the medical needs of cats in the early years. Sweet Baby was the first cat trapped and lived at Hobo Hotel until her death in 2012. These four are the "co-founders".
1999 - A local vet, Dr. Joe Stark, helped with advice and support.
2001 - Carol continued to help feral cats and Collie Rouyer had a shelter built for them. Carol said it would be called "The Hobo Hotel" after a cat named "Hobo" who died at 26 in October 2012. Barbara Chaumont was our first volunteer.
2002 - Carol handwrote the first newsletter in February.
2002 - Collie Rouyer received the first "Cat's Meow" award which later becomes the St. Francis/Quinella award. (Quinella was one of Carol's cats.)
2003 - The Newsletter was computerized thanks to volunteer, Becky Smith.
2004 - Collie Rouyer donated a trailer to house more cats. Bette Talbot donated a large storage building to use for an adoption center.
2006 - We became a Louisiana non-profit 501(c) (3) corporation, Hobo Hotel Inc.
2007 - The first board meeting was held in February.
2007 - A website, www.hobohotelforcats.com, was created by Mary Kay Hopkins; Mickey Deal and Jennifer Osborne Miller created a logo.
2007 - The first auction, "Kool Kats Night Out," was held and we began doing adoptions at PetSmart.
2008 - Shirley and Marvin Self made the largest donation yet to Hobo Hotel, Inc.
2007-2010 - The growing number of volunteers and the support of Dr. Joe Stark. allowed larger numbers of cats to be served. We began using the facility on School Street.
2010 - Co-founder and Operaions Director, Carol Cain, died on March 4 from complications of a stroke, Diana Andersen became Operations Director.
2013 - The shelter was "catified."
2016 - The Andrew Garofolo Memorial Catio was built and dedicated.