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Review for Cat Ladies Society, Youngstown, OH, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I just have to reply to the previous post from the overentitled child who put up the pictures of our Socks with wounds all over him.
She and her boyfriend took the cat home on a Saturday night. We took an exit photo of the cat. As you can see there are no wounds on Socks' face or on his ears. Sunday, a day we are closed, they sent us a Facebook message saying that the cat was huddling to himself, shivering, etc. Their main complaints were that the cat hadn't pooped yet and seemed to be limping. They also said it appeared that a toenail might have been cut too short. Then they added that the cat hadn't eaten, and was not walking around. We responded the next day saying to bring the cat over so we could look at him.
They responded that they had taken the cat to the emergency clinic and that Socks had a fever, bite marks, and an infection and that he needed a follow-up vet visit. They also griped about the cost. I invited them to make a follow up appointment at our vet and we would cover the fees. They replied that they had taken the cat for a follow up visit already, that the cat had multiple infected wounds, and that their vet had found ear mites. I asked if they had used our vet and was told that they had used a much pricier vet because they "didn't trust us".
This was after exactly two communications with us, one of which asked them to bring the cat in so we could look at it and the other offering them a vet visit at our expense.
Then they sent the pictures of all the wounds that she has already posted in her review. I was horrified, the cat had not left our shelter in that condition. The logical thing to assume, from the wounds and the cat's behavior, is that their cat beat him up. They told us that was not possible, that they had watched both cats 7/24. (Seriously, you slept in shifts or didn't sleep so you could stare at the cats all night when they were instant BFF's?)
That left only one possible souce of the wounds - they had done it themselves. For money, since they were demanding I pay their vet bills and refund their adoption fee while they would keep the cat. Once I saw the wounds I offered to pay whatever they wanted, just to get Socks away from them.
Now they are finding every website they can to put up nasty reviews - because we wouldn't pay them. They signed an adoption contract that clearly states that once they take their cat home medical treatments are their responsibility, but in spite of that we did offer to treat the cat for nothing, because we care about our cats and our adopters.
People like this are why most animal rescuers want to gouge their own eyes out. Too many people want to extort money (from a charity of all things) and when it doesn't go their way they try to do as much harm as they can via online reviews.
Added to this post is the picture of the cat when he left our shelter. I cropped their image out of the photo and have not made their names public, because I'm a Hell of a lot nicer than they deserve. No wounds to be seen. Compare that to the pictures of the cat after being in their "care" for a couple of days, as can be seen in the second picture.

Role:  Board Member
 

Review for Cat Ladies Society, Youngstown, OH, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

The shelter is kept clean. The cats are well fed. We work closely with our veterinarian keeping the cats vaccinated and healthy. This is the only no-kill cat shelter in Youngstown, and we take a great deal of pride in our work. Our income tax returns account for a every penny that the shelter receives and are available on this site and through the office of the Ohio Attorney General, where we are on file as a registered charity.

The person using multiple accounts to post bad reviews on our page is not an evil person. She is simply an individual who is in a bad place mentally and emotionally and has chosen the shelter in general and me in particular as a target for her fixations. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers that she might find her way through her ongoing turmoil to a place of peace and happiness.

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

More volunteers pleeze!!!!!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

Role:  Board Member
 

Review for Cat Ladies Society, Youngstown, OH, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I read the previous reviews and can only laugh. In 2010 our organization received a $20,000.00 donation from a local philanthropist and the "old guard" kill-crazy rescue community have been rabid about it ever since.
Using PETA tactics, they dunned the local humane officer with fabricated complaints about our facility. Never having been to the place, he showed up with a news crew to raid it. While he was off getting a warrant (which contained many blatant lies) we invited the news crew in to film our facility. The resulting footage showed happy, healthy cats living in a clean and well-cared-for facility. The humane society crammed our cats into carriers, 7 and 8 to a carrier, threw them onto the back of an open pickup truck and drove them across town to their facility. They left our cats crammed into these carriers for over 8 hours in some cases, then killed them and disposed of their bodies without ever allowing an independant veterinarian to examine them.
The CEO of the humane society and the humane officer went to great lengths to find some offense, ANY offense to charge us with. There was NO evidence of any wrongdoing, cruelty or neglect. The closest they could come was a threat to charge us with felony drug possession - because we were using donated antibiotics. In the end there were no charges filed against our organization and we re-opened after voluntarily closing for six weeks. Interestingly enough, the CEO and the humane officer were let go within months for "budget cuts", even after the humane society received a donation that would have easily covered their salaries. The humane officer has since been fired from his job as Craigs Beach chief of police for brutality, civil rights violations and perjury. He has also been indicted for perjury and obstructing an investigation.
None of our volunteers or board members has ever been arrested for anything.
These nutbars have since stalked our organization relentlessly. They send letters and emails to any individual they identify as friendly to our shelter. They continuously call the PetSmart Corporation and the Niles PetSmart where we are adoption partners. They send anonymous and vaguely threatening mail to my home. They file frivolous lawsuits in Small Claims Court to force financial stress via attorney's fees. They have even driven past our shelter and flung feces at the building.
At Cat Ladies Society (dba West Side Cats) we always have maintained an open door policy. This applies to friends and detractors alike. Stop in, ask for a tour and we will show you anything and everything your heart desires. NO other shelter in this area is willing to do that.
We spend 50 to 60k per year on veterinary expenses alone. We'd also be more than happy to pull up our bank statements and show anybody who asks exactly where their donations go.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Role:  Board Member