FURR Directors

Terry & Truffles

Terry & rescued kitty, Truffles!

Terry Schultz – Founder and Director

Terry Schultz founded Feline Urgent Rescue and Rehab (FURR) in 2009.  Terry grew up in Wilmington, North Carolina, on a horse farm and always had numerous animals as a child – chinchillas, dogs, cats, horses, goats, and geese.  With the encouragement and support of her parents, she developed a love for animals during her childhood and also began riding and showing horses at a young age.   Terry, a registered CPA, had been involved in animal rescue for many years and finally several years ago she decided to devote 100% of her time to her passion of rescuing and taming stray and feral cats.  Therefore, she founded Feline Urgent Rescue and Rehab (FURR) a registered 501(c)(3) organization.  She operates a no-kill, cage-free facility, the FURR Lodge, which is a safe haven for cats to temporarily reside until they are adopted into their “furrever” home.  Terry and her husband Mike live in Waxhaw, North Carolina, with their 4 rescued dogs and 10 rescued cats.  Their motto is “Saving the World One Kitty at a Time!”


From left to right: Wednesday, Cole, Mike, Charlotte & Rosie Schultz!

Melissa Madden-Finance Director 

Melissa and Mrs. Butterworth working in the office!

Melissa Madden became involved with FURR when she was looking for volunteer opportunities in the greater Charlotte area. Due to her long time love of cats, FURR provided the perfect match for her. After only a few months volunteering with FURR, Melissa moved to take on am employment opportunity in Florida. As a degreed accountant, Melissa works for TCM Bank in Tampa, Florida, as an Accounting Manager. Melissa lives in Tampa with her three felines, but flies back to Charlotte to visit and to continue assisting FURR with their accounting needs.

Susan Shelby-Poe – Fundraising Director

Susan moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, from Northern Virginia in 2004.  Prior to moving, she spent 10 years as the Fundraising Director for the political action committee of a trade association in Washington, D.C.  While living in Virginia she volunteered with the Feline Foundation.  Upon moving to Charlotte and prior to discovering Feline Urgent Rescue and Rehab, she volunteered with Friends of Feral Felines. Susan has had cats since she was three years old and she and her husband, Don, share their home with 13 rescued cats.  They also provide food, water, shelter and care to two feral colonies.  Susan currently works for Bank of America.

Mary and her gorgeous calico foster kitty "Camille"

Mary Whiteside – Director of Animal Care and Control

Mary Whiteside became involved with FURR in early 2010. She had heard about FURR through a fellow US Airways Flight Attendant. Once Mary signed up as a volunteer, she was hooked.  Mary schedules volunteers for the FURR Lodge, keeps up with medical records for the cats and is a dedicated foster caregiver for FURR kitties when the Lodge is full.  Growing up on a dairy farm in Kings Mountain, North Carolina, is where Mary’s love of animals started.  She now lives in Gastonia, NC and has been a Flight Attendant for US Airways for 13 years. Prior to her job at US Airways she was a vet tech assistant at a veterinary hospital in Gastonia, NC.  She also previously worked as a therapist for Autistic children for 6 years during and after college. She has 7 kitties of her own that she has rescued over the years in addition to her numerous FURR foster cats. She says “Rescuing kitties is what I was born to do and I love it.”

  1. February 2, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    Again, Terry, thanks for finding Emmitt a home and so quickly. We miss him, but know he is with a loving and caring family.


  2. Cynthia
    February 19, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    Hello Terry! The wonderful and only person that helped me.
    A few days before the big snow storm some joggers knocked on our door and asked my husband to help a kitty that was down in a storm drain near our home. My husband went out and even climbed down into the over 10 ft. drain but could not get the cat. When I came home later in the afternoon I heard it crying, so we tried again. We could not help him and his cries were so heartbreaking. I called animal control, and because we live in Matthews but are considered Mecklenburg county, they kept bouncing me back and forth. In the meantime we had all of that snow and wet weather, and it was really cold. I felt terrible and was so sad watching all of this cold water bombard this kitty. We kept feeding it. Finally after over 9 days animal control came out, and I was told the cat probably lived in the drain. Wait 3 days, don’t feed it and see if it comes out. He told me it could get out if it wanted to, but I could not understand that if it could why would it stay in there during all of the cold. wet, water that was coming in? I listened but was so upset, and I planned to just do what he asked. The next morning Terry called me from an email I had sent to another lady in a desperate attempt to get help for the kitty. Now the kitty had been in the drain for at least 10 days.
    Terry came out within hours and within minutes had the kitty out. And by the way, he was a neutered male….so no he was not living in the drain. He was so sweet, and a kind lady from craigslist offered to foster. And she says he is the sweetest kitty. Thank you so much Terry, I am so touched by your commitment and kindness. I will tell everyone to donate to this wonderful cause. You are an angel!

  3. sybil keach
    May 17, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    I talked with you regarding my 7 cats outside Friday.
    Well, I knew another was pregnant. I just found 4 or 5 more kittens out in the woods.
    I am overwhelmed can you help me??
    I will be glad to make a donation and I will find these kittens homes.
    Sybil Keach
    (704) 622-4348

  4. maureen hild
    July 25, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    Hi Terry, I read your story in the Union County Weekly I feel like I am a Terry also very much like you. I have been saving animals(mostly cats)since I was a child. I am from NJ and than Charlotte(Indian Trail) than Sarasota Fl and now back in Charlotte. Since living here for a year and a half now, I have rescued 5 cats, 3 kittens, and 4 dogs. All of witch I nursed back to health and adopted out through Craig’s List, to very nice families. I still have 4 cats who I feed outdoors who someone just dumped them off in my neighborhood, one of the cats was very sick this winter and some how I nursed it back to life he is doing better and gaining weight. I made lots of shelters aroung my yard under bushes and such for all the strays who somehow find me. I Would love to volunteer to help out once a week, I have a lot of love to give thanks for giving me this time for my story. PS I have sooo many story to tell. Have a great day Maureen Hild

  5. Patti Wiltsie
    October 7, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Hi Terry,

    I am reaching out to you in hopes that you can help me and my sister out. We have been feeding a couple of adults cats outside for awhile now (although I don’t think they are that old) we can not take them in as we both already have two cats in our houses. Unfortunately they have had two litters within the last 6 months and we now have 5 kittens running around. Two of them are around 3-4 months old and the other 3 are probably about 4-5 weeks old. We would love to keep feeding them and taking care of them 🙂 but can’t keep it up if they keep multiplying. Is there anyway we can get some help in catching the adult cats and at least getting them fixed and maybe finding some help in getting the kittens a special place to live. It breaks my heart to see them outside like this they are very shy and run away most of the time when we come near them but they appreciate the food we leave out for them. Any advise or help anyone can give us would be greatly appreciated.

    • sasha11515
      October 7, 2010 at 4:52 pm

      Please call Terry at 864-483-2444. Tell her where you are located. She will be more than happy to trap kitties.

  6. Colleen Crittenden
    October 25, 2010 at 8:54 am

    Terry, I received an email from the FFF about some cats at the University area. let me know what I can do to help. Colleen Crittenden

  7. Sommer
    December 16, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    Hey Terry,
    Thank you for getting us in contact with Melba. She found a home for Stella and Diva very quickly. We really liked Michael and we know he will give them a good life. Thank you for your help!
    Sommer & Hakon

  8. Bettie Ann
    May 18, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Hi .. I live in the Hoskins Mill lofts in West Charlotte, we about 5 cats .. ranging in age from I think 7 to a few months, who live in the back parking lot by the dumpsters.. do tot he new office assistant .. who is a self proclaimed..cat and dog hater.. she is calling animal cotrol .. have them trapped and killed.. the older cats I think are smart enough not to go into the traps.. but the little ones are in danger.. I attempted to explain . these cat keep other from coming .. and we will always have cats ..as long as we have dumpsters.. but they dont care.. is there any help in relocating these kitties ? Please Help .. thank you .. Bettie Ann Fry

  9. June 21, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    Terry, thank you so much for helping us with our kitten (Sam) yesterday. We appreciate it more than you will know. We did find out the Sam is a boy and he’s 3 – 4 weeks old.

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