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December 2, 2010
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December 2, 2010
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I wanted to say that it has been easier for me to address the issue of TNR (Trap/neuter/Return) in my community because of this organization. My main concern is for the welfare of the feral and forgotten cats. This organization has enabled me to take some of these cats to their vet at no cost to me. One cat was so sick he looked as if he was 14 years old; after a Hiss & Spit intervention, this cat looks like a healthy 5 year old. Since there is always someone who is willing to help me -- I implore the organization to continue improving the quality of life for the cats that are in the alleyways and subway tunnels in my neighborhood. Hopefully, since it is cold, donations of clean blankets will be made to make sure they are warm. Hopefully, concerned people will donate water bowls and litter pans. I am Colony Queen, I am one person who spends a lot of time trapping, neutering/spaying, taking ferals to be vetted and maintaining a few colonies. I am busy rescuing those kittens that can be adopted out and helping people who need resource information, education and hands on help with their strays and ferals. Ms. Jolene/Unlikely (and God knows who else you impersonate) there are some people out there working hard thanks to the direction and assistance of Hiss & Spit. Hiss & Spit is not just one volunteer that you obviously despise and I hope you are eventually penalized for posting false charges. Your desire to be the top post is a clear indication that you have a personal and not an ethical issue. Caring for the aniimals would lead to a more productive way of addressing the issue or issues you claim should result in the shut down of a classy organization like Hiss & Spit. I think that is the best that I can ask and hope for at this point.

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It has been possible for me to promote TNR (Trap/neuter/Return) in my community because of this organization. My main concern is for the welfare of the feral and forgotten cats. This organization has enabled me to take some of these cats to their vet at no cost to me. One cat was so sick he looked as if he was 14 years old; after a Hiss & Spit intervention, this cat looks like a healthy 5 year old. Turns out he was a throwaway who was perfectly adoptable.

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I would not make any changes (maybe remove the volunteer who is causing the negative reviews to H&S).

November 30, 2010

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November 30, 2010

I have been helping Patricia out for the past 2 years, and I can attest that she is absolutely devoted to the animals. I agree that bringing the cats down to Union Square in the heat (or cold) seems wrong, but she is desperate to find good homes for them and doens't know what else to do. The problem is that people dump cats (and a few dogs) on her all the time, and she knows that if she doesn't look after them, they will be put down in a shelter (or tossed out a window, as happened recently to one poor cat). I have a problem with the way she sometimes makes snap decisions about people who come up to ask about adoption, but when she has a good feeling about you, she makes a visit to the house to check it out (like a social worker). She goes without food so that the animals can eat, and has risked her life a few times rescuing animals from abusive situations. The bottom line is, she is fighting a losing battle. Until people get their animals spayed, and realize that getting a pet is a lifelong commitment, there will be more and more animals left on her doorstep.

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People who have passed the test and adopted from her call her to say how wonderful the animals are, how well cared for, etc.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Encourage a little more open-mindedness as to potential adopters' suitability. I suspect perfectly fine people may have been turned away because Patricia got "bad vibes" from them.

November 23, 2010

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November 23, 2010

Over the years, I have often donated $5 to $25 to Hiss and Spit when I have been out and about in Union Square. Last month I adopted a 4 month old female kitten from them who I re-christened Delilah.... more

November 23, 2010

I have only done 2 posts in my life - one here earlier today re: the adoption of a cat from Hiss and Spit and one years ago on Amazon for a watch I purchased. I am compelled to write a 3rd since I have been accused of being "fake". Please know, that I am not interested in engaging in an online debate. I am only adding more details to my experience in an attempt to counter the comments implying that my post is not genuine. I am very familiar with corporate marketing techniques designed to off set negative posts and I am highly suspicious of them myself. After I gave a $50 cash deposit to Patricia at Hiss and Spit, I did go home and google the organization. After reading the negative posts, I was in a panic that, perhaps, I had been scammed. The next day, I physically went down to their adoption location in Union Square and had them give me a receipt - obviously, something I should have done in the first place. I did not give the organization 5 stars due to that fact they can appear a little more dis-organized than I would like. But I am not in charge of Hiss and Spit, nor have I ever worked for them. And I am not under resource constraints for money and manpower they are. I did give them 4 stars since they did interview me extensively, physically visited my apartment, provided me with vet records, etc. And, ultimately, they are working to get these cats adopted into permanent homes where they will be well take care of.

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Union Square

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see my previous post

November 23, 2010
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Over the years, I have often donated $5 to $25 to Hiss and Spit when I have been out and about in Union Square. Last month I adopted a 4 month old female kitten from them who I re-christened Delilah. I was one of 4 applicants and I put a $50 deposit down after completing my application with the understanding that I would pay $125 in total as an adoption fee. Patricia inspected my apartment one week later, which I understand she does with all applicants, before adopting them out. I had many discussions with Patricia about my experience as a pet owner, other pets in my household, what I fed my pets, etc. - all indicative of someone who is highly concerned about where these cats will live and how they will be treated once they leave her. Patricia approved my application and provided me with the vet records of the my new kitten's shots and proof of spay. Patricia and her volunteers are bombarded with people looking and asking questions about the cats and kittens. On the crowded streets of Union Square, the set up can seem chaotic at times. However, the organization is highly concerned with placing cats only in the best homes which is a testament to their genuine love and concern for these stray and abandoned animals.

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I have donated money to this organization and recently adopted a cat from them.

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I think a handout that could include all the frequently asked questions they get, explaining their organization and outlining the adoption process would be helpful since the volunteers are constantly asked the same questions over and over again.

November 23, 2010
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November 23, 2010
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I had the fortune of talking with one of the volunteers on Broadway at the adoption site. She was not only very knowledgeable, but also very kind and generous with her resources which is rare and much appreciated in this day in age.

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The one volunteer I interacted with was very kind and helpful from our first acquaintance and throughout our continued correspondence.

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November 14, 2010

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November 14, 2010

DO NOT BELIEVE THIS WOMAN SHE IS A FAKE,SHE TELLS YOU TO FILL OUT A ADOPTION FORM MAKES YOU THINK YOU ARE GETTING THE CAT BUT TELLS HE/SHE HAS BEEN ADOPTED OUT TO A FAMILY,THAT'S WHAT HAPPEN TO ME AND TO FIND OUT SHE STILL HAS THE CAT,SHE USES THESE POOR LITTLE ANGELS JUST TO MAKE MONEY,PLEASE DO NOT GIVE ANY MONEY TO THIS WOMAN,HER WEBSITE IS A FAKE THE ORGANIZATION IS A FAKE EVERYTHING ABOUT HER IS A FAKE,I JUST WISH SOMEONE COULD JUST SHUT HER DOWN AND PLACE THESE LITTLE GUYS TO SAVE HOME, PLEASE SOMEONE HELP TO STOP "HISS & SPIT"!!!!!!!!!!

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I TRIED TO ADOPT A CAT AND WAS LIED TOO, FROM "HISS & SPIT" EVERYONE IN THAT ORGANIZATION IS FAKE!!!!!!!

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IF I COULD I WOULD SHUT HER DOWN!!!!!! "HISS & SPIT" THEY ARE FAKE!!!!!!

September 10, 2010

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September 10, 2010

This organization is not legitimate. Their website is run by a free website producer (look at the bottom left corner of the webpage). It has no telephone number for the organization, no address so you can volunteer or drop off donations. It does not even have a listing of their staff members, not even the name of the person who is supposed to be the veterinarian for the shelter. Please, please, please people!!!---Think and question things before you give money to people who have no formal information as they stand in Union Square, but are quick to take your donations. I feel so badly for those kittens. They are being used to get donation money. Do not give them money and contact your local ASPCA if you see them. The last time I walked by one of those kittens had an eye infection. When I asked the lady about it, she told me the cat was lucky to be alive. Then she turned away and ignored me. A concerned volunteer would have examined the kitten. DO NOT GIVE THESE PEOPLE MONEY!!!

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2010

July 27, 2010

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July 27, 2010

I also wanted to adopt from Hiss & Spit, as they have a number of cute kittens. While I have yet to deal with anyone there, if anyone else is experiencing bad service, you can notify NYC Dept of Investigations at http://www.nyc.gov/html/doi/html/about/vendor_fraud.shtml.

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July 23, 2010

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July 23, 2010

I concur wholeheartedly with both reviews above. Hiss & Spit seems as though it is an awful scam and it should be shut down. For 5 weeks now, I've gone to Union Square to find out what the deal was with the application I submitted. Patricia, a lovely woman at FIRST meeting was super enthusiastic about me adopting a kitten, ensuring me that Hiss & Spit will call me within a week to interview me for adoption. Five weeks, three phone calls to Hiss & Spit, two emails, six applications and visits tri-weekly to Union Square later... still no phone call back. I would understand if perhaps, I appeared homeless and/or incapable of adopting a kitten, and had no response.... but frankly, have two healthy and happy kittens at home, and am extremely capable of supporting one more. It is absolutely DISGUSTING that this "organization" (kitten jail) leaves these kittens in the smoldering heat all day to just sit and rot in the sun with barely any food and no bathroom. They leave these overheated and abused kittens outside, SCREAMING "save a life! give these kittens a chance!" but then never get back to you. They should be shut down and Patricia should be imprisoned for animal abuse.

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June 28, 2010

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June 28, 2010

Being that the temperature hit 90 degrees that day and it was 5:00pm and it was still miserable out, I found it odd that any rescuer would have any animal out in the heat all day long while in the sun. They did have two small umbrellas which you can tell did not protect them very much from the burning heat. They did have fans which the air was blocked by toys. And since most rescuers use newspaper to cover the bottom of the cage since its easier to clean up, they had a winter blanket which must have made it even hotter for them. Plus they were peeing and pooping on the blanket and were forced to lay in the stained blanket as they could not properly clean it! One kitten had poo on it while another was wet! Not to mention as they fumbled to try to clean it one kitten almost got out if I didn't catch it! Not to be too judgemental but for an organization with a 501(c)3 in which you have to pay a hefty price to be part of I find it odd they they had raggedy signs, flyers and equipment. Their website has almost no info on it. And both woman were not helpful and unfriendly. Something is up with place and seems pretty sketchy. Be forewarned!

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as a fellow rescuer who has done these sort of events before (like the day before)and can tell something is a bit wrong.

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A complete overhall. I don't feel like the rescuers might have the best intentions. There was an uneasy feeling with them. Plus they seemed a bit unexperienced. They should be checked out by the ASPCA just in case.

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Kittens seemed to be in somewhat good health.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Unhelpful. Not friendly. Seemed in a bad mood.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help a lot of kittens.

Ways to make it better...

They took the cats out of the SUN! Provided newspapers for easy clean up instead of a blanket that soaks up the urine and poo. Friendlier staff.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Staff. There are plently of free workshops provided by other organizations to show you how to properly care for the cats.

One thing I'd also say is that...

they need a better website. they have no pictures of the cats up on the site. most sites are much more engaging to the viewer. this site only one page. plus they are not even up on petfinder.

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2010

June 18, 2010

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June 18, 2010

On Thursday 6/17/10 on the SW paved section of the park near the non operating fountain, I encountered two women with 6 or 8 cages of cats, mainly kittens. They were, purportedly, a shelter attempting to find homes for the the animals. The conditions of the pets were good - shaded from the sun, clean cages, food and water available, toys, watched carefully so visitors did not unduly disturb the animals. The woman in charge, Patricia (646-571-5721) interviewed me, had me fill out a form, accepted a donation check and told me she would deliver a female four month old kitten who had just been spayed to me last night. She said she would deliver the cat at 8p.m. I questioned her repeatedly about the time as I suspected vendors were out of the park well before that but she reaffirmed the timing. I called at 4:30 p.m. before I left my apt for an appointment. She reconfirmed. I called at 7:45 when I was leaving my event and received no answer. I arrived at the park shortly after 8p.m. Predictably, she was gone. I have tried calling twice since and received no answer.

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an attempt to adopt a cat

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