I am pleased to write to you today on behalf of myself and my partner, Enid Redfern, about one of our favorite rescue organizations, Aslan’s Cats in Catskill, NY. We have been avid supporters of Aslan's since around 2012 when they experienced a tragic storm that decimated their property. We read about the disaster and immediately sent them a check to help them get the many repairs made. Aslans is one of the first animal charities we ever donated to and we have been faithful supporters ever since. We have witnessed first hand the great things they do for homeless cats. As cat owners and lovers, we are very interested in the work they are doing for the FIV+, Leukemia positive cats and feral cats. Aslan’s provides a safe sanctuary for these cats that have no where else to go. These cats should not be mixed in a home of healthy cats and that leaves many no place to turn. Aslans’s offers them true sanctuary where they can live out their lives in a warm, comfortable environment, with plenty of nourishing food and Veterinary care for the rest of their lives. We have visited the Sanctuary in Catskill several times and we're always welcomed warmly. We have seen, first hand, the friendliness and warm atmosphere that surrounds the cats there. As owners of a feral cat ourselves, we can attest to the concern for these animals and the worry about providing for them. We have been honored and proud to support this fine organization and will continue our support in the years ahead. Sincerely, Janet Franklin & Enid Redfern Glastonbury, CT
I’ve been a friend of Aslans cats for a few years. I’m impressed with the professional service while showing love and compassion for all of the cats. They are given good food, a lot of veterinary care (because they have felv or fiv). They have a safely enclosed back yard that they can’t get out of which they LOVE!!! All of the cats have come from horrific circumstances and are now living happy lives filled love with Aslans Cats.
I had the pleasure of visiting Aslan cats last year when I helped a friend rehome a feral cat there. It was an incredible place! The love and care these formerly unwanted cats receive there is amazing. There’s a need for ALL homeless cats to find a safe place to live but those with challenging behaviors and life-threatening illnesses are practically impossible to place. Aslan Cats provides a service for these most vulnerable creatures. Continue the great work!
I have a deep love for this place. There is such a need for a safe haven for felv and fiv cats to go and this is it! I’ve had the pleasure of visiting multiple times and also sending a few of my rescues here and I am always delighted to do so. The environment is purrfect for cats’ happiness and their caretaker, Hilary, loves them all as her own. They get fresh air and sunshine, warm refuge in a house, always have full bellies and get top notch medical care. This is truly one of my favorite places in the world!
Once I visited this CAMP OF COMPASSION, they had my heart!!!
I have included them in my top 3 BEST NON PROFITS of which I donate as often as I can to insure they have the resources they need to carry on these CRITICAL AND EXCEPTIONAL Acts of Kindness. I only wish more people could visit! Especially now, in these strangest and most trying of times, we NEED all the HUMANITY & GRACE we can demonstrate and share. The benevolence of these two women and their staff SHINES LIKE A BEACON!! I’m INSPIRED AND GRATEFUL for all their dedication & humanness.
Somehow, through other Cat Sanctuaries, I discovered Aslan's Cats. I found it heartwarming that these otherwise, disregarded felines would be taken under the wings of "someone" compassionate enough to CARE about "undesirable and high medical needs" cats. Well, I've been donating for about five years, never being able to get there and SEE their work. Just recently, I did. And, These ANGELS- Hilary Harris and Sabrina Hansen- are JUST THAT!! Their LOVE & DEDICATION is OVERWHELMING and their CARE for these IN NEED kitties is EXCEPTIONAL, in BOTH-EXTRAORDINARY EXPERTISE, and COMMITMENT & SACRIFICE. I was truly AMAZED at what they accomplish on a shoestring budget and how much HELP they need- PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE DONATE AS MUCH AND AS OFTEN AS POSSIBLE to Help Them CONTINUE their pledge to create a life of LOVE & CARE to these beautiful kitties in need. THIS Sanctuary and it's Founders are a BEAUTIFUL AND POSITIVE LIFT to THE HUMAN SPIRIT. THANK YOU FOR YOUR HUGE, COMPASSIONATE HEARTS AND FOR MAKING A DIFFERENCE, SABRINA & HILARY!! YOU INSPIRE!!!
We are forever grateful to you Maddy for your selfless help & generosity. We follow in your footsteps as you are a beacon of light in what can be called a dark world some times. THANK YOU for being YOU.
I'm with a 501c3 cat rescue group and if not for Aslan's Cats many of the wonderful leukemia positive cats we have rescued would have died. These unwanted and forgotten felines are given a true LOVING REAL HOME where they get the kind of care that most people or sanctuaries cannot offer. I am eternally grateful when I continue to hear how wonderful and happy they are and if and when they pass I know they did not suffer and were respectfully cared for. I don't know what I would have done without them. Thank you from the bottom of my heart....Sylvia
The NYC rescue group I help run, Artemis Project, is forever grateful to Aslan's Cats. We had an unadoptable kitty, Miguel, we were desperate to place. He tested positive for the viruses that can doom a cat to isolation or worse. Not only did Aslan's accept Miguel, they kept us current as to how he was settling in, his antics and general well-being.
A visit to their location confirms that the cats are well-cared for and loved. Aslan's provides a resource so needed and so scarce. Artemis Project and I personally continue to support them as we would never want them not to be able to continue.
This place and the entire staff are so amazing and inspiring. I have been involved in various animal rescue organizations prior and we happened to come In contact with them when they took in a few cats that no one in several states would. They always say yes when others say no. There is no other place I know that takes in these cats. What they do is so special and I am so excited to have been a supporter for years for their cause. They give these poor animals a place to call home and live out their lives in pure comfort where they are loved all the time. We have also visited this magical place and loved the time with the staff and all the pets and purrs with the cats. We truly enjoyed even though we do miss a few specials ones that have crossed over there is still no other place for these magical animals. I encourage everyone to give a little to make the kitties feel special and hope Aslans stays open forever
What the founders of Aslan’s have created is nothing short of a heaven on earth for cats with FelV and FIV, where they are loved and cared for as cherished members of an atypical, but special, family. Anyone who loves animals should make a point of visiting Aslan’s-it is life-changing!
I have 3 wonderful cats - 1 from Anjellicle Cats Rescue, and 2 we took in from
Several years ago we tried to take in another cat from the street- the biological brother
of one we had already taken in. We brought Buddy to the vet, to be fixed, chipped, and get
his vaccines and physical. Unfortunately my vet called to tell me that he tested positive
for Feline Leukemia. Since I had 3 cats in my home that are negative, I couldn't keep him.
I was in a real bind - I couldn't keep him - would not consider euthanasia or putting
him back in the street. Luckily, someone told me about Aslan's Cats. They took Buddy
in, and he was very happy as he could be inside or outside, and have lots of other cats
to play with. He spent several happy years with Aslan's before he passed away.
I will always be grateful for this wonderful organization.
Aslan's Cats provides a loving home for FeLv/FIV+/feral cats. Often times, those cats have nowhere to go, and putting them back out in general population would put other cats at risk, as those viruses are fatal and contagious. I have visited Aslan's and saw how those cats are loved and cared for. Leukemia cats tend to get sick often and die young. I admire their hard work and dedication.
Aslan’s Cats gives special needs cats a GREAT life, where they otherwise likely would not have that chance. I love seeing how all of the cats blossom under their care
We so appreciate your review. Thank you kindly.
Hilary, at Aslan’s cats, is the very epitome of what a non-profit charity should be. The love, compassion and caring she shows to every adorable feline friend who comes into her care is unmeasurable. Each and every one is her baby.
Her constant efforts to provide a loving home and quality care for the most unadoptables is at a level that all rescues should aspire to achieve.
Aslan’s cats is an amazingly wonderful place, I cannot say enough about it. Feline leukemia virus is a terrible virus that is extremely contagious in cats. It also shortens their lifespan. This means that often times, once a cat is discovered to have it, they are euthanized. Aslans cats provides an amazing home to these otherwise forgotten cats. The cats have an extremely full life, including medical care, high grade food and a wonderful place to live. They have a house to live inside and an entire outdoor area where they can play and explore. Even feral cats feel at home here. They are taken care of and loved for however much longer they have to live, which can be a long time!! I am so grateful to have found this rescue!!! They also rescue FIV+ and other special needs cats which have a home separate from the FELV kitties. Overall Aslans is a wonderful place!
I have been a supporter of Aslan's for several years. Knowing how difficult it can be to take care of special needs animals, their organization truly goes out of their way to fundamentally serve a group of cats that would otherwise experience a short life of sadness and pain. The group at Aslan's instead make sure that the FLV kitties have a warm, loving home where they can receive the medical care that they so desperately need, the safety that they deserve and the tenderness that every living creature should have. I wholeheartedly recommend Aslan's as an amazing nonprofit and encourage everyone who cares about cats to do so as well. Their devotion and commitment to these underserved felines is commendable!!
Some time ago, a cat adopted me. She had been a stray, and it turned out that she was feline leukemia positive. The vet did not recommend euthanasia (not that I could have considered it), and instead sent me two other FeLV+ cats over the years, because they had nowhere else to go - the local shelters would not take them. I was lucky enough to be able to keep them and take care of them and love them for the years they had. Java AKA Kiddo AKA "The Huntress" was with me for 15 years, my wonderful gorgeous Ellie "The Spawn Of Basement Cat" for only two, and patient Polly "The Cat Who Ate The Elm Tree" for 9 years.
I am so grateful to Aslan's for giving FeLV+ cats somewhere to go. Mine found me, but I hope that they would have found, and that the others do find, a place like Aslan's to go and be happy for whatever time they have.
Since I read about it (while Java was still with me), I have supported and will continue to support Aslan's Cats to the best of my limited ability. One day, I hope to be able to visit Aslan's and see Java's cocksure face again in one of the cats there, and do anything I can to help out, even if it's just "scoopin' some doody". Thank you, that's all I can say, just - Thank you.
Omg I love them I went there with my husband the staff very friendly and they are super clean the cats are well and healthy and happy took one of my cat big boss who leaveing Happy life there They always send us pictures of him when we met Hillary had Sabrina they are amazing people I give them 5 stars ⭐️ ❤️
Thank you kindly. It was a pleasure meeting you and the Big Boss & Oreo are thriving and very happy with their new fur family.
We have been visiting Aslan's Cat's for 5 years. This sanctuary is a safe haven for cats who otherwise would have been euthanized due to medical complications related to Feline Leukemia or Feline Aids. It is a peaceful place where these cats are loved, pampered and are free to roam the sun drenched backyard or for those that are shy/feral hide in a protected environment. They have an endless buffet of food, healthy treats, toys and scratching posts. They are monitored very closely by veterinarians to maintain there overall health and treat their chronic medical problems.
We visit Alan's Cats several times a year and after a few hours of petting and playing with these kitties in this Zen environment, leave with a feeling of peace.
Aslan's Cats not only does an amazing job improving the lives of FeLV cats, they also help the public understand that FeLV is not a death sentence, and these cats deserve a long, happy life. We were honored to award a grant to help them continue their important work.
After moving to Brooklyn, i was introduced to an abandoned, but majestic male cat named Fluffy by a neighbor. Fluffy was in bad shape. He walked feebly, and had copious amounts of discharge coming from his eyes. A posse of feeders, left him living in a delapidated, crumbling building, in freezing temperatures, without vet care. I trapped and rescued him with the promise from one of the feeders, a neighbor, that she would adopt him. After bringing him to my vet, and finding out that Fluffy was in late stage FIV, my neighbor no longer wanted him. I was devestated, as my cats are negative and I could not risk exposing them in good conscience. I had heard that an old friend, Sabrina Boudot Hansen, from my days in theater that I hadn't spoken to in years had started a sanctuary for Luekemia and FIV positive cats. I called her, praying that she would accept him. To my relief, Sabrina called back immediately, stating she would make room for Fluffy. A week later I saw a video of Fluffy's in his new home. Fluffy was in what may best be described as an Austin Power's bachelor pad complete with his own hammock and an electric fireplace warming him. There were changing colored lights and music playing, (Sabrina informed me later this was to keep the cats stimulated when she or the staff were not playing with or cuddling the feline residents!), and I saw Fluffy had already made friends with two other FIV positive felines! I had known Sabrina never did anything without %100 commitment from my days in the conservatory with her. I knew she had been in a Tony nominated play shortly after graduating, but later learned that after moving to Los Angeles and being given the ultimatum from her then husband;"It's me-or the cats! Your cats go!", that Sabrina, on limited funds, rented a separate apartment for her beloved cats. Sabrina presently is in a happy marriage, and dedicates her time to raising funds for her sanctuary. Sabrina keeps a low profile, but is a hands on founder. The cats at Aslan's Cats, are Sabrina's special needs children. Aslan's Cats is a Shangri-La for sickly, and once unwanted cats. It is truly a magical place. I am so happy for Fluffy. He is now happy, warm, safe, loved, and getting the intensive, ongoing medical care he needs. A big thank you to Aslan's Cats!
Thank you kindly for this lovely review. We are so very touched and deeply appreciative.
My Mother passed away in September of this year and left behind a sweet 4 year old cat, who happened to be Feline Leukemia +. Since I knew I was not able to take him in, I started contacting shelters to see if they would take him. Same story all around... No, because he is Feline Leukemia +. I know how much she loved her cat, (Mr. Kitty) and euthanizing was just not an option for me. A friend of mine searched for a place that would take him, and suggested I contact ASLANS Cats. I immediately did a Google search, read their website from top to bottom, and just knew that this was where he belonged. I got in contact with Hilary, who happily accepted Kitty. We made arrangements for me to come up (I live about 3 1/2 hours away) and bring Kitty for his new life. I was given full access to the sanctuary, inside and out. These cats are all free roaming, and they ALL get along. It isn't even just getting along, but they seem to be bonded. There is a bed for every cat, food is always available, and there are enough "bathroom facilities." The cats are very peaceful, and they are in a loving home. They give these cats a chance at life, to be cats, and I think it's wonderful.
I was also informed that I would get picture updates, and email updates, and was offered the opportunity to come up and visit whenever I wanted.
Very impressed with Aslan's Cats, and extremely grateful they are here.
Thank you Andrea for this wonderful review of Aslan's. We do our very best to run a well run organisation. Our cats are our utmost priority as we do everything possible to provide them with a loving , safe, environment filled with a steady supply of good food, and comprehensive and timely vet care from our wonderful veterinarians in Rhinebeck. Our cats are safely contained in an enclosed backyard where they have access to the outdoors without bothering anyone nor being attacked by predators. Please feel free to visit us anytime .
I am a board member of this organization and am proud to say that I am part of a wonderful 501 c 3 that helps cats diagnosed with feline leukemia.
Aslan's Cats provides a service to the community where there are currently few places that properly care for these cats that have very few options in life.
My wife Sabrina and Co-Founder Hilary work tirelessly to provide these cats with a loving home environment where they are well fed, given much love ,and have comprehensive vet care which is vital to the care of the cats at Aslan's.
i Have been to Aslan cats regularly since they began their incredible mission and have been impressed ,with how they do this tremendous task with happiness and goodwill all round the staff are incredibly dedicated and everybody seems happy to do their thing...no cages anywhere and happy cats abound in the yard...
I wish this organisation a long life...B.Boudot
My first interaction with Aslans Cats was in 2012, after five years of searching for placement for three FELV positive cats, Millie, Little Girl and Whitey Boy, a/k/a Sinatra or Blue Eyes. All originated from Brownsville, Brooklyn, a hell on earth for animals, a high crime area with bullets flying daily. Having been around the block, I am aware there are times when individuals with good intentions actually cause harm to animals when operating a sanctuary, which can quickly turn into a hoarding situation. THIS IS NOT THE CASE AT ASLANS. Arrangements were made for intake into Aslans. The day arrived, was I making the right decision, after all the three lived with me for so long, would they be happy in new surroundings? Sabrina Hansen picked me up at the Poughkeepsie Metro North Station and we proceeded on our way to the sanctuary, where I met Hilary Harris. A quick once over was all it took to know I made the right choice for Millie, Little Girl and especially Whitey Boy, who was a flirt. A tour of the facility removed all fears I had for their well being. Plans were in the works to dress Whitey in a costume for Halloween, inviting the community to meet Aslans residents. Sadly, Whitey Boy would succumb to FELV. Some months later, Angelo would follow and sadly, he too would succumb to FELV, but his final months were lived to the fullest. In August, 2014, two additional cats became the latest residents. I had not named either, leaving that to Aslans. But if I had to name them, it would be Lucky and Luckier. Of course, I wanted desperately to visit with Millie and Little Girl and thought for sure they felt the same about me. After all, we shared five years together. Well, they wanted nothing to do with me and both picked themselves up and exited the yard where they had been sun bathing and entered the sanctuary. Did they remember me? Perhaps and that is why they made a mad dash to exit, thinking there is no way we are leaving Aslans. I am grateful to Sabrina and Hilary for providing a safe haven for FELV cats. As for my crew, I no longer worry about them, they forgot me long ago. They are happy, content and loved. So on a warm summer day, I made the return trip to NYC, with a smile on my face, knowing I made the right choice as the residents of Aslans lounged in their individual beds inside the sanctuary or sun bathed in the yard, all that was missing was lemonade. Regina Massaro/Spay Neuter Intervention Project (SNIP)
Thank you Regina for this kind review. It has been a pleasure working with you always. Your kind council and wisdom has been a blessing.
I very rarely write online reviews of organizations, but I had to say a few words about Aslans Cat Rescue.
A few weeks ago, I found myself in a position no one wants to be in. I had taken in a stray cat -- a small , dear female cat -- who, according to a first test result seemed to have come in contact with the FeLuk virus.
I was desperate. I had rescued the cat and now I was being told that she could not co-habitate with my cats and that no rescue would take her. I was advised to put her to sleep. I called every rescue organization in Buffalo, NY, and those who called me back gave me the same advice: euthanize the cat.
I could not do this. And finally, I found Aslans Cat Sanctuary. First, I found their website -- and I was there for hours! I The mission of Aslans is to give cats with the FeLuk virus the best possible lives -- excellent vet care, excellent food, beautiful shelter, and, most of all, love. Here was a place where these poor cats, whose only fault was a hard life, would be safe and protected. Their dedication to the cats other people -- even those in rescue organizations! -- won't help touched me deeply.
Later that night, I worked up the courage to write Sabrina at Aslans and tell her about my little cat. And before even an hour had elapsed, there was a message from her and a number to call. She assured me that my little stray would be welcome at Aslans, Suddenly, a situation that had seemed hopeless was full of hope. After looking at the site, I told the little stray that everything would be ok.
As it turns out, the test had been a false positive -- so we would not need to make the trip to Aslans. But I know that others days will bring others cats to my doorstep -- and on one of those days, a cat who really is FeLuk positive will come to me. Now I know that I can find help for these cats at Aslans. I'll never have to look at a cat and say, "I'm sorry. There's nothing I can do."
I am deeply moved by Sabrina and her volunteers' dedication to and love for these animals. They are doing a hard thing -- but instead of turning away from suffering, they are turning towards it, and stopping it with love and knowledge. Yes, in addition to taking care of the cats, the founders of Aslans are dedicated to educating humans about the FeLuk virus.
Some day, I hope, and I know they do too, a place like Aslans won't need to exist. But in the present, this sanctuary is essential.
Please visit the cats of Aslans. They have so much to teach us.
I have the pleasure of knowing Sabrina Hansen and her dedication to cats who need the most loving care. She founded ASLAN'S Cats to provide excellent sanctuary for FELV cats. She is a fantastic and generous individual who have done an amazing job in rescuing these terminally ill kitties. Her sanctuary provides medical vet care, food, shelter, and endless love for these cats. Please support her organisation by donating.
Dear Great Nonprofits,
I am very happy to have an opportunity to express my high respect and admiration for Aslans Cats, an organizations whose mission and work is to provide shelter and care for one of the most unfortunate of all cat populations, those who are found positive for Feline Leukemia. These cats have very, very few good options. Most shelters or owners will have them put to death for fear of contagion or because their medical care can be expensive. Aslans Sanctuary opens its doors and provides a home for these otherwise doomed animals. The cats at Aslans live free roaming in a house and huge, fenced backyard. They are given all the care, love, attention and comfort that all cats deserve. This is no easy task for Aslans. They don't have a huge donor base because they are not able to do adoptions. There funding depends on grants or people who have surrendered a Feline Leukemia cat. It is also a difficult task to love and care for cats who may or may not have a normal lifespan.
Aslans receives calls for help from all over the country. The need is indeed great for this sanctuary.
I have been a volunteer there for about a year and I never stop being amazed and thrilled by the work I see being done by Aslans Cats. I do hope that this organization will be considered for your review.
I was asked to help a friendly cat found in a lot by a friend who feeds there. This cat was sick, and tested positive for feline leukemia at Humane Society NY - my friend and the Humane Society were both suggesting I euthanize him. I did not want to do that, and was in a predicament where I did not know what to do. I could not bring him home to pass the disease to my cat. I called Hilary, who I knew for years from another organization, and she kindly agreed to accept this cat! I was so glad for him. He should be able to live out his life. Not only that, she arranged for a holding place till she could pick him up a few days later. His health deteriorated after the Hum. Soc. visit sadly, but the woman and Hilary treated him with IV fluid, stronger antibiotic, etc. and he is doing much better. Now he can live with other cats in a peaceful setting outside of a cage. I don't know what I would have done without Aslan's Cats. Thank you.
UPDATE: April 2 2013 - Wilson, the cat, got much worse after this review, with 106 fever, and other problems, but Aslans Cats, founded by Sabrina Hansen and Hilary, went above and beyond what most people would do for him. He got great treatment at their veterinarian, and as of today, appears to be stabilized and will go home from hospital to live out his life at the sanctuary. Sabrina gave me updates on him - they don't give up on cats like Wilson, when most people will euthanize them. Wilson purrs in spite of not feeling well; he is a sweet friendly cat.
Aslan's Cats is an outstanding organization completely dedicated to serving the needs of FeLV+ cats at their sanctuary. Cats who are FeLV positive (Feline Leukemia = the equivelent of AIDS to humans) have great difficulty finding homes anywhere and are often euthanized just because they are infected. FeLV cats cannot be housed with non-infected cats since the disease is very contagious among felines (it has no effect on humans). Aslan's Cats allows for these special, otherwise unwanted kitties to live out their days in happiness with the company of other infected cats. They receive medical attention and constant care in a "home" setting. The cats housed at Aslan's Cats are alive today only because of the love of those who run the organization. Their willingness and dedication to the very unique needs of these special cats is unparalleled anywhere throughout the country. The cats at their sanctuary would have died without them. All they needed was someone to love them and to give them the special attention they need to live out the rest of their lives. Aslan's gives FeLV positive cats a safe place to live with love, dignity, and fulfillment. Any gift to Aslan's Cats helps these special felines with all their special needs, and allows Aslan's Cats to accept new FeLV+ cats as they are able to do so.
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I am a close friend and business partner of Hilary Harris. Together we have formed this wonderful organisation that provides a lifelong sanctuary for leukemia positive cats. We give these sentient beings a home filled with love and constant attention. The cats are given top quality food, they are monitored by our veterinarian staff and given medical care , supplements and vitamins to boost their severely compromised immune systems. The cats live cage free within a 1800 square foot home with an enclosed back yard where they can graze and play in the sun.