Jeani Kimball Kitten MEDICAL Fund

One of our long-time cat volunteers, Jeani Kimball, passed away on May 13, 2016.Jeani Kimball with Al 2012

To honor Jeani, Friends of the Animal Shelter and a generous donor and one of Jeani’s mentees, Laurie Cuddy, is asking you to make a donation, large or small, in Jeani’s honor to the newly established Jeani Kimball Kitten Medical Fund.

To make a donation, either click here, or send a check and/or card with your tribute to: FOTAS, PO Box 1013, Phoenix, OR 97535.

Jeani was known for her amazing dedication to our felines, and fostered more than 300 kittens during her tenure with FOTAS. It is a rare soul that volunteers to bottle feed very young kittens (every two hours) – sometimes only days old. It takes a tender touch and loving heart to be their substitute mom while they gain strength to grow up into healthy, adoptable kittens.

Jeani was a regular fixture in the cat rooms, working with prospective adopters and helping them find their purr-fect match.  She also generously and lovingly mentored a multitude of volunteers to be cat room adoption counselors and foster parents, helping us save and rehome hundreds of cats during her 14 years with FOTAS, including 10 years on the Board of Directors.

She is sorely missed!

More about Jeani …

Jeani was a beautiful and remarkable woman. As a teenager in Long Beach, she swam the 26 miles from San Pedro to Santa Catalina thinking to be the first woman to swim the English Channel (beat out by Florence Chadwick). After attending Long Beach State, she moved to San Francisco and became a member of the Beat movement, writing poetry, drawing and painting, and participating with the poets, writers,musicians, and actors of that important movement.

Jeani gave Janis Joplin one of her first gigs and talked Bill Graham and many of the musicians including Jefferson Airplane into performing for a major benefit to start the Telegraph Hill School a pre-school for disadvantaged students. The school is still
active today.

She married her husband, Jon, in 1975 and the two of them traveled extensively, moving to Wyoming where she started another pre-school in Evanston, and then to Mill Valley where she again taught pre-school students. She always loved nature and particularly the high Sierra. At age 50 she back packed the 220 mile John Muir trail from Yosemite Valley to the top of Mount Whitney. Travels
throughout this country and to Britain, Japan, Australia and other countries along with a life-long voracious appetite for literature and science broadened her perspective and made her a great listener.

Try a topic, you’d soon find that she some knowledge of it, but more importantly she listened carefully to you and your concerns, always offering wise counsel and advice.

She and Jon retired in 1998 and after several more trips around the country in search of the ideal retirement community, traveled through Ashland, where they had attended OSF plays for many years. Sitting in Lithia Park, they concluded that there was no finer place in the world than Ashland for retirement living.

Jeani quickly became involved in the Jackson County Animal Shelter. Finding the dogs a little too rambunctious she settled into the cat room, soon becoming an active volunteer member of the Animal Control Board and the Friends of the Animal Shelter board while fostering motherless kittens and arranging adoption of more than 300 kittens and cats to loving homes. Jeani will be sorely missed by family, friends, and many local cats and kittens. At her request there will be no funeral or celebration of life activities, but if you wish to provide a remembrance please consider a donation to the Jeani Kimball Kitten Medical Fund.