My name is Jessica Harper, and I am the Founder of Liberation Cat House. Below is a small glimpse into my background and how Liberation came to be.
I was raised on a farm in Northeast Ohio and spent my childhood caring for and loving all sorts of critters, including horses, pot-bellied pigs, goats, llamas, dogs and more cats than I can likely recall. My mother instilled in me a love for all animals and taught me the important value of putting their care and well-being first.
Our farm was known as the place in town to abandon unwanted animals, particularly dogs and cats. As a result, I quickly learned about the joy of saving an animal’s life as well as the heartache of loss when there was simply nothing to be done but comfort and love a sick or injured animal in their final hours. These experiences planted a seed in my heart that would ultimately inspire my dreams.
I moved to Florida for college when I was 18 and quickly realized that I felt incomplete without animals in my life. While seeking a companion animal, I was drawn back to cats because of their independent nature, but I also knew that they offered a bond and unconditional love that rivaled many other creatures.
Over the years, I adopted cats of my own and dabbled in rescue, but my desire to save lives was truly reignited in 2015 when a friend found and brought to me a litter of 1 day old kittens that had been abandoned. Only one kitten survived, but she served as an important reminder of my passion and also drove me to become more educated on the significant need for additional resources in the cat rescue community. I wasn’t certain of my exact purpose at the time, but I knew I wanted to do more. This experience ultimately led to me founding Liberation Cat House in November of 2017.
After a couple years in operation, I am blown away by the continued growth of and support shown for our organization. I am thankful for our journey so far and excited to see where this endeavor takes us.