Who are we?
HiArbor began as a monthly vegetarian
newsletter. Roxanne, a vegetarian with life-long food
allergies and digestive disorders, had the idea for the
newsletter when she could not get the kinds of foods that she
liked and needed from the the nursing home where she was
recuperating after a terrible fall.
Her newsletter is named "HiArbor" in remembrance of a grape arbor where she played as a
child. She remembers it as a fun and peaceful place where
kids could go to play and talk kid's talk, and she strives for
the HiArbor Newsletter to have that same sense of camaraderie
HiArbor was originally incorporated
a nonprofit organization committed to educating the public on
eating for health and wellness. In time it was evident that
there were many, larger and better funded organizations with
medical expertise that were better equipped to fill that niche.
Therefore, HiArbor looked to its second most favorite volunteer
purpose, namely, the rescue and adoption of homeless cats. The
original mission continues in the form of Roxanne's monthly
The mission statement and
business plan have been rewritten to refocus Hi Arbor's efforts
and purpose. We have a four member
Board of Directors and several volunteers who give freely of
their time and talents to make HiArbor what Roxanne originally
envisioned -- a warm and friendly "arbor" environment where
folks can share their passions for animal rescue, and, as a
related issue, a vegetarian lifestyle.
What do we do?
Roxanne's first newsletter was
published in January, 2001. It has been produced and
distributed free of charge every month since then and it is
available on the website, or by
email to anyone who requests it.
In 2008 HiArbor re-directed it's activities to include the
- Rescue of homeless
cats and kittens, whether abandoned or feral.
- Placing rescued cats
and kittens in permanent homes after they are
spayed/neutered. the primary outlet for adoption
is Animal House, LLC in Absecon NJ.
- Presentations to
groups and individuals about feline over population.
- Finding foster homes
for cats and kittens until permanent homes can be
Where do we go
HiArbor plans to stay small and work within its budget and
abilities to provide the needed services. We do not have a
shelter structure and much of the overhead is still coming out
of the pockets of the founders and Board of Directors.
Fundraising will be our next big effort so that the funds keep
pace with the mission.