essay writing help for high school students essay writing website reviews college paper help romeo and juliet essay help essay writers for pay essay writer professional essay help someone to write my paper for me thesis statistics help writing a college essay essayhelp custom law essay paper writing services legitimate top essay writing service top custom essays creative writing english coursework mba application essay writing service the help essay prompts help me write an essay custom essay writing sites online essay helper thesis express purchase research paper cheap research paper writing service write my paper for cheap cheap custom papers graduate school essay writing service essay service cheap paper writers online buy a college paper online essay writers for pay who will write my essay recommended essay writing service who will write my essay for me mba thesis write my essay fast custom handwriting paper who will write my essay for me buy research papers write my essay discount code cheap custom essay writing service coursework help university the best custom essay writing service coursework writing service pay for someone to write your paper fake essay writer essay writing service usa essays service write my essay for me no plagiarism essay writers net coursework help uk history essay writing service free thesis help college essay writing company i need help on writing an essay paper helper editing essay services write my essay services help with a thesis statement help writing paper what can i write my essay on custom research paper service help with coursework custom paper writers thesis data analysis fast essay writing service college application essay writing help help writing papers for college buying college papers online legitimate essay writing services help writing a essay for college help writing my college essay coursework help uk best cheap essay who can write my essay buy essays online help starting an essay college application essay writers argumentative essay helper top essay writing service top essay writing service write my paper for me fast coursework writer uk how to find someone to write my paper purchase research paper thesis express will someone write my essay for me help with your paper best paper writing service where can i buy an essay essays on the movie the help need help writing a research paper thesis literature review thesis statement for research paper thesis proposal help thesis titles buy papers online cheap essay on the help academic essay writing help write my research paper for me for free essay title help write my essay service law essay help who can write my research paper help essay writing research paper introduction help essay homework help online write my history essay for me essay writer software essays on community service mba essay writing service cheap custom papers online essay writing service buy essay essay marking service hire essay writer help with a thesis statement essay help writing where to buy college papers buy a custom research paper essays about community service college essay editing service help essay higher english critical essay help research essay help custom essay writing services buy a research paper online online essay helper thesis coaching i need help with writing an essay Change of heart on cats | Celebrate Community

Change of heart on cats

Formerly no fan of felines, Jackie Borjan helps make them safer


Jackie Borjan admits it freely, even though nowadays she volunteers at a store that supports feral breeds.

“I used to be a cat hater, because cats kill birds,” said Borjan from behind the counter of Pick of the Litter, the thrift and gift shop that generates most of the income for Forgotten Felines.

Jackie Borjan organizes the bag and luggage area of the Pick of the Litter Thrift and Gift Shop in Santa Rosa, Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. Borjan has volunteered at the shop since November of 2000. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Borjan is one of 28 volunteers and 12 paid staff members at the Santa Rosa store on Piner Avenue, which for 14 years has been pivotal in helping to pay for spaying, neutering and caring for feral cats, as well as adopting them out.

The store’s growth and success has enabled the nonprofit agency to go from fixing 100 cats per year when it first launched to more than 2,100 cats in 2012.

Initially, Forgotten Felines operated out of someone’s spare bedroom. Today, it has a clinic and administrative offices on Empire Industrial Court, off Coffey Lane, where the organization also parks its mobile spay and neutering van.

“We raise half-a-million dollars a year here,” Jennifer Kirchner, executive director of Forgotten Felines, said of the thrift store. “It’s our No. 1 fundraising source. It allows us to do what we do.”

Pick of the Litter recently increased from 5,000 square feet to 8,500 square feet after expanding into a neighboring space formerly occupied by a smog shop.

Donated items come into the back of the warehouse, where they are sorted, cleaned and readied for sale in the adjacent retail space.

There is also a room where a few adult cats can be seen lounging in the afternoon sun, all available for adoption.

Pick of the Litter prides itself on offering above average items for sale, made possible by generosity of donors who sometimes give gold and diamond jewelry and even collectible art.

“We make sure prices are fair and competitive,” said Denise Eufusia, store manager, who avoids musty merchandise.

“My motto is, ‘If you can smell it, we won’t sell it,’ ” she said.

Cashier Ellen Perman said donated clothing with a hole or stain gets passed along to other organizations.

“Our store is top quality,” she said. “It still feels like a thrift store. It’s not a Nordstrom, but it sells really wonderful stuff. It’s comfortable. Prices are good, and the personnel are accommodating.”

Some type of discount sale is going on every one of the seven days of the week. On a recent Tuesday afternoon when shoes and clothing were 50 percent off, the store bustled with about two dozen customers.

Volunteers play an important role.

“The vast majority of our volunteers are here a long time,” Eufusia said. “People come and find something very rewarding to be a part of.”

Not only do they get satisfaction aiding a worthy cause, she said, “we want all volunteers to do something they find interesting.”

Whether it’s sorting books, records, linens, clothes or jewelry, or making sure donated electronic items are in working order, volunteers seem to find a niche.

“I joke that I’m the bag lady,” Borjan says of her specialty. She handles anything resembling a bag or suitcase, whether children’s totes, wallets or “whatever goes in a bag.” She likes the dolls, too.

As far as Borjan’s past dislike of cats, she started to appreciate them after her daughter, who was studying to be a veterinary technician, began bringing kittens home.

Borjan volunteered to trap feral cats to keep them from breeding out of control, and to prevent situations in which people sometimes poison cats when they over-multiply.

She said Forgotten Felines has made an impact.

The feral population is down “and euthanasia rates at shelters have diminished,” she said.

(You can reach Staff Writer Clark Mason at 521-5214 or