Mission: - WE ARE CAGE-FREE -
The Long Island Feline Adoption Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity founded exclusively to find adoptive homes for homeless cats and kittens.
We provide an interim loving home and environment conducive to socializing cats and kittens - preparing them to both give and receive love in a new home.
Staffed by loving volunteers, our organization strives to dissolve the fear and mistrust of our guests, through caring, understanding, love and attention. Some of our guests roam cage-free in a simulated home environment 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Others, "not quite ready for 24/7" sleep in their "home" cages at night, but during the day they are free to roam and romp, play and socialize - eliminating the onset of depression from initial captivity and/or prolonged life in a cage - and making them truly and obviously happy. They even have their own TV and DVD changer system, with multiple screens playing videos made for cats - to entertain and guarantee that boredom never need set in - and as they normalize they make the transition to the cage-free area.
Trust and love are nurtured and developed in the felines so that they can then graduate to a truly "at-home" environment and socialize fully with others awaiting adoption. To aid in assimilation on adoption, our domesticated (some originally fully feral) guests enjoy a simulated "at home" environment - socializing with other cats and free to roam "the house" 24 hours per day.
We genuinely are thankful that our approach enriches lives and provides a gateway to a new and even better life in a new and loving home.
Results: Over 200 cats and kittens have been placed in loving homes in the past year, despite our limited resources.
Target demographics: Families to provide loving homes in Suffolk County and Nassau County (New York)
Direct beneficiaries per year: 200 cats and kittens adopted out last year
Geographic areas served: Long Island, New York (Nassau and Suffolk Counties)
Programs: Smithtown Shelter
The Long Island Feline Adoption Center is truly unique among cat shelters. It is Cage-Free, with an environment filled with stimulus (TV's, cat trees, cat condos, toys, etc.) and love. The shelter is maintained meticulously: it is clean and bright and a delight to be in. Although in existence only for one year, and with no advertising, LIFAC has been unusually succesful - adopting out over 200 adult cats and kittens in the first year of its adoption center operation. This is a testament to the organizations unusual approach centered in love and respect - and freedom. At any given time, there are more than 1000 cats and kittens being cared for at the shelter and at foster homes (and colonies maintained by volunteers).
Also unusual for a 501(c)(3) - not a penny of the donations is spent other than on the cats and kittens. There are no officer salaries. There is no "sneaky" contracts for professional services to siphon funds. There are no "expense accounts', and there are no services (apartments, cars, etc.) provided to anyone. This charity is genuinely all about helping and caring for the animals.
This CAGE-FREE cat and kitten shelter truly utilizes every penny of donations for the care of cats and kittens. Not one penny goes to salaries or parties related to the officers or "owner". This is wholly unlike most other charities.
Additionally, the care provided is outstanding. The cats and kittens are maintained in a spotlessly clean and bright environment, filled with entertainment (toys, trees, TV with cat dvds) and love. The volunteers who make up this organization at any time are caring for over 1000 cats and kittens, some at its adoption center and many more at foster homes or in colonies cared for by the volunteers. In fact the volunteers have provided radiant heated cedar homes for some of the colonies.
The result of LIFAC's approach is an extremely high rate of success in restoring or creating love of person in cats that had been betrayed or abused by people in the past. The cats and kittens ready for adoption are extraordinarily loving, as a result.
This is a great organization. If only all the other shelters and rescues were like this...