Hi, my name is Jean Stitzel and for as long as I can remember have always had compassion towards the less fortunate, whether people or animals and wanted to make a difference in some small way.
Hailing from an English farming background, my working life essentially revolved around the agricultural community ranging from legal matters, estate sales/auctions to the operation of two cattle markets. For the last 14 years in England I enjoyed running two charities in my spare time for our County; funding to assist cancer patients in meeting essential needs, a housing complex for low income seniors as well as supporting various animal rescue groups.
Upon moving Stateside I did volunteer work for 7 years, initially helping at homeless shelters then mainly hospice nursing for those living with HIV/AIDS. I became an American Red Cross Instructor and I organized fundraisers. And I was a committee member for the AIDS Memorial Quilt Project.
Moving to Butte County 14 years ago I finally purchased my own home – at last I could have as many kitties as I wanted! Over the years I have fostered many cats and kittens for local rescue groups and helped at adoption events. Usually there are around 25-30 feline residents sharing their lives with me, mostly “foster fails”!
I am very proud to be part of FUR – Friends United in Rescue, an amazing group of dedicated people who have achieved so much since they were established due to Camp fire needs.