The Joe Willie Initiatives


Senior cats and those requiring extra medical attention will be given even more second chances, thanks to a generous supporter and friend of the Sacramento SPCA, and a special kitty named Joe Willie. 

Mark M. Glickman, a resident of Carmichael, was inspired by his cat, Joe Willie, who had significant medical needs when Mr. Glickman adopted him 29 years ago. 

“In November 1990, I was on a noon-time walk in the San Francisco Financial District when I came upon a mobile adoption site, “ shared Mr. Glickman. “One of the kitties was a small Tuxedo cat. He had neurological damage in his back-side, and did not walk well. I expected that he would require ongoing attention for his condition, but adopted him anyway and named him Joe Willie.” 

“Stiff legs were just the first of Joe Willie’s challenges. He had serious gastro-intestinal issues and eventually lost his ability to walk. Later, he suffered a heart attack and stroke, all of which were treated by an extraordinary team of veterinarians. Throughout all of this, Joe Willie remained the sweetest, most loving cat I have ever known.”

In February 2019, Mr. Glickman established The Joe Willie Initiatives to help provide medical and placement help to promote the adoption of senior cats and cats with special needs. 

How will this help local kitties? 

“One out of every four animals that arrives at the Sacramento SPCA is in need of specialized veterinary care before they can be ready for placement in a new home. The percentage is even higher for senior cat,” stated Sarah Haney, Interim Chief Executive Officer. “Mark’s incredible support has helped us to spotlight and promote our senior cats, who many times are overlooked by potential adopters. Thanks to The Joe Willie Initiatives, we will be able to save even more lives.” 

Mr. Glickman’s donation is the largest donation the organization has ever received for senior kitties and those with special needs. In addition to the Sacramento SPCA, Mr. Glickman honors the memory of Joe Willie through his support of other animal welfare organizations, including Marin Humane and Field Haven Feline Center. 

“All of my cats have inspired me,” said Mr. Glickman. “While I learned about cats from them, I learned about myself from Joe Willie. I want other people to adopt a cat and have that opportunity for an extraordinary connection.”