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Before you get your next family cat, know this – thousands of healthy dogs and cats are killed each year because there is not enough room for them in local shelters. Here's a local example straight from Current News
5/6/20 "Sunny Sky's Animal Rescue & Hospital, Washington's largest No-Kill Shelter, has been helping cats and dogs for 20 years. The nonprofit will soon close its facility, after losing donations and volunteers." [note: although their Vet Service and Physical Location must close, Sunny Sky's will remain a Rescue Organization.]
6/17/20 VIDEO: "Kathy Lange, co-owner of So Many Cats, says the animal shelter is being kicked out after she and her partner have been renting this house, rescuing and caring for street strays for nearly 15 years. "When he moved in here it was filled, filled with cats and instead of taking them to the pound, he had them spayed, neutered, and released them into this large property and has taken care of them for all these years," Lange said. "We have been given abrupt notice that we need to leave in less than 45 days. We have no budget to do a move. This caught us off guard, plus we have coronavirus happening which has just put us into a huge tailspin." - FOX10 PHOENIX
7/19/20 VIDEO: "Small animal rescues have been swamped with kittens and feral cats since COVID-19 hit, and it's worrying them that they might not be able to get it under control. “These cats are out on the street, we have no place to bring them, and what ends up happening is that they're suffering,” says Kitten Korner Rescue Founder Laraine VanBlarcom." - WHEC
7/21/20 VIDEO: "The eviction crisis is causing a crisis for humane agencies in our region. They're seeing an uptick in neglect and abuse cases, along with more people surrendering their pets as the pandemic continues. [Agencies] are grateful for donations of food, kitty litter and items to help care for an increasing number of pets rescued from neglect, abuse, or surrendered. But the agencies that rely solely on donations say there is a need for financial support to pay for, needed medical tests, medicines, and veterinary care..." - WFMJ
Please - if you can afford to do so - think about extending your personal cat-family to include less fortunate cats - those who are awaiting adoption into a loving home somewhere. Your donations will make a real difference to cats other than your own.
Below are cat sanctuaries which have websites where you can find out more information. If you know of other sites, please let me know using the form on the CONTACT-ABOUT page.
Thousands of healthy dogs and cats are killed each year because there is not enough room for them in local shelters. Please adopt.
Roma, Italy - Roma Cats - Colonia Felina di Torre Argentina - "In 2001, the cats of Rome became a “bio-cultural heritage” by special proclamation of the city council. Things were moving in the right direction: as the Sanctuary grew, there was also a growing awareness suffering of the stray animals and their need for protection."
St. Pauls, NC - "In 2005, we built our first building as a safe place for blind cats who were deemed not adoptable by regular shelters and were going to be euthanized because they were blind. In 2011, we built a second shelter to provide a safe place for Leukemia positive (FELV+) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV+) cats who otherwise would be killed because they tested positive for these viruses."
Palmdale, CA - "Milo's Sanctuary, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) founded on the belief that all cats deserve a second chance at life, especially those that have physical disabilities, are seniors, have a terminal illness, or have been abused and need someone to care for, love, and understand them."
Lanai City, Hawaii - "When founder Kathy Carroll moved to the island of Lanai from Illinois, she was shocked to see the large homeless cat population. She vowed to stop the suffering of cats struggling to survive and rallied volunteers to help. Today on 3.5 acres, Lanai Cat Sanctuary is home to more than 600 rescue cats who now have food, medical care and love, for life."
Salem, MA - "The Odd Cat Sanctuary is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) feline rescue organization. The Odd Cat Sanctuary was started so that we could help kittens and cats with "challenges" or that have been neglected. We lovingly refer to them as "Odd Cats" we will occasionally help a random dog as well!"
Long Island, NY - "We specialize in the rescue and rehabilitation of at-risk cats, including cats that have been hot at, hoarded, abused, neglected and targeted by gangs for use as bait in dog fighting rings. Happy Cat Sanctuary has saved thousands of cats from abuse, neglect, torture and death, re-homed hundreds of cats, and reduced the feral population by the thousands with TNR."
Parlier, CA - "The Cat House on the Kings is California's largest no-cage, no-kill, lifetime cat sanctuary and adoption center. Our mission is to place rescued cats and kittens into loving, permanent homes; to provide a safe, happy and healthy home for unwanted cats and kittens in a unique, no-cage facility; to prevent pet overpopulation through spaying and neutering; and to educate the public about responsible pet ownership."
Santon, Isle of Man - "Mann Cat Sanctuary started in 1996 by Carole Corlett and Sue Critchley. We were both acutely aware of the problems that face the Island's cat population. There are many elderly unwanted animals, their owners were no longer able to care for their pets and others that had been abandoned or neglected. Without a sanctuary many animals had little future to look forward to."
Richmond, BC - "The RAPS Cat Sanctuary was built in order to rescue and protect homeless and abandoned cats and kittens. It is now one of the largest cat sanctuaries in North America. The Sanctuary provides a safe permanent home to hundreds of feral, abandoned and surrendered cats. Our tame and feral felines cohabitate peacefully and contentedly."
Beacon, NY - "MHAA is a no kill cat sanctuary dedicated to providing a safe haven for abandoned and abused felines in the Hudson Valley and beyond. Our residents are given humane and compassionate care in a free range environment while awaiting their forever homes. MHAA is committed to educating and informing the public about responsible pet ownership, placing animals in good adoptive homes, and encouraging spaying and neutering in our community to curb animal overpopulation and suffering."
Shelby Township, MI - "We presently have over 100 feral and unwanted cats residing at our Sanctuary. We are in a house that was extensively renovated and cat-proofed to be a HOME environment where they live freely outside of cages and receive daily care and companionship from our caregivers and volunteers. They also really enjoy spending time in the large enclosed porch we built onto the back of the house!"
Erie, PA - "Orphan Angels Cat Sanctuary is home to over 100 cats and kittens within the shelter, and another 100+ cats in foster care." "We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit cat-only shelter in Erie, Pennsylvania. At Orphan Angels, our foster and adoption programs aim to place homeless cats, including those with special needs, FIV, and FeLV, in loving forever homes. We believe that every cat is adoptable; some just require a little more time, patience, and understanding than others to find the perfect match."
Ringoes, NJ - "Tabby’s Place rescues cats from hopeless situations.
We embrace the neediest cats regardless of age, most medical issues, or temperament, making us a harbor of hope for the most desperate. Most of our cats go on to be adopted; but those who aren’t find a loving home for life at Tabby’s Place. What Makes Us Unique?
Witter, AR - "We are an exclusive, private, NO-KILL cat and kitten sanctuary that provides our furry companions with a home-style and cage-free, loving environment. Because we strive to give our guests the best living conditions possible, we limit the number of guests to a manageable and healthy level. Our list of guests changes very often so check our site regularly."
Auburn, CA - "FFACS was born from an idea that more had to be done about the overpopulation of cats and the number of cats that were homeless. While reducing the number of cats born each year by aggressive spay/neuter programs was a major goal, homeless and abandoned cats waiting for their forever homes needed a safe and loving place to stay while receiving the best care available"
Kanab, UT - Best Friends Animal Sanctuary is the largest sanctuary for companion animals in the nation. Located in the red rock canyons of southern Utah, it is a home-between-homes for dogs, cats, bunnies, birds, pigs, horses and other animals, including those in need of lifelong care. The Sanctuary is a haven to around 1,600 animals on any given day and is a healing oasis like none other.
Malta - There are many reasons these cats have found themselves under our care. We have accepted unwanted pets, kittens left motherless, sick cats, and stray cats/kittens who are in trouble. Some cats at the sanctuary are recovering from operations that have left them without a leg or blind, these are usually due to road traffic accidents. We have also helped with cats that have nowhere to go, thrown out on the streets or left at the sanctuary door with no name or details; others have been picked up because of cruelty.
Faribault, MN - Furball Farm Pet Sanctuary is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, tax exempt. Their mission is to save abandoned, unwanted and helpless cats. The cats that are accepted into this sanctuary are cats that had a date with euthanasia. We are a LAST resort. We will only accept cats from clinics / rescues / impound / humane societies that are deemed unadoptable due to behavior. Very often, after a formally deemed “unadoptable” cat has entered our sanctuary, we realize they are sweet cats that just didn’t adjust well to life in a cage.
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