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Cast Aside To Survive Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Our Mission is to trap, neuter, vaccinate and return (TNVR) feral cats within the community. Providing education on spay/neuter and behavioral issues of un-neutered pets. Offering low cost spay/neuter certificates to the community. Facilitating fostering, socializing, adoption, spay/neuter and vaccinations of viable kittens from within the feral colonies.

Results: We operate as a no-kill rescue for the abandoned, unclaimed, stray, injured and feral felines. Offering low cost spay/neuter TNVR (trap-neuter-vaccinate-return) and funding to those in need. Fostering, socializing, adopting as well as education services which are all imperative to reducing the overpopulation of felines utilizing the most humane protocol.

Target demographics: anyone in our community needing help with feral cat overpopulation.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Feral cats and kittens.

Geographic areas served: Ulster County, New York

Programs: TNVR (trap/neuter/vaccinate/return) with recuperation after spay/neuter. Low-cost spay/neuter options for the community,

Community Stories

40 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Rosemary M.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

We all know there are many rescue groups out there that do amazing work every day. Every "furrever" home found is a feather in the cap of every rescue. What is different about groups like Cast Aside to Survive is the unending work they do to not only spending months trapping feral cats to spay/neuter, vaccinate, deworm, et., but the time and care they provide for the kittens that are often collateral fur babies gathered in the hunt to reduce feral cat populations and thus, reduce the number of kittens born to the feral environment. CAST Aside is exceptional. The program of deferalization they use results in the most loving, adjusted and sweet felines their are in this world. My three, adopted 2 years ago, are now living a beautiful life in British Columbia (indoors for now) while "mom" builds them a new catio on the back porch so they can watch the eagles and ravens and bear without getting hurt (or worse). Thank you, CAST Aside, for enriching our lives with these beautiful, funny, entertaining and adorable loves.

Marguery Cina V.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a terrific rescue! We are so in love with our beautiful baby. The process was so easy and they helped us chose a perfect fit for our family. We can tell that this kitten was raised with much socialization and love. She is happy, friendly and gives the best cuddles. We will be adopting from CATS again. Highly recommend!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Several years ago I found a colony of cats, Cast Aside came in and helped me TNVR. I take care of my Colony every day and every once in awhile I have to reach out to them because either someone drops cats off or I find kittens. They have always been there to help support me. This organization only has two women and they always try to do the best to help everyone in need. They truly are a god-sent blessing and that's why I always try to support them and help out as they depend on people's donations.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I came upon 25 plus feral cats and I had no clue as to what I should do. I finally found out about Cast Aside and they immediately helped me. They trapped all of my Ferals and we did TNVR. Since I found these kitties I wanted to further provide for them so they gave me many pointers on how to help care for them. They also told me if I see any kittens whatsoever to call them at any time and they would come back and help me trap them. I am forever grateful for this organization, they truly care and make a huge difference in the Hudson Valley.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Just wanted to thank C.A.T.S. for all their outstanding work! A friend put me in touch with them to help an elderly neighbor who feeds a large feral colony in her woodsy back yard. Last year they did a TNVR effort but in the fall a few kittens were spotted, so a few weeks ago they came back and did a massive round up! The cats and kittens were all TNVR'ed and my neighbor could not be happier. When first confronted with the problem of unwanted litters, I tried to find a local solution but could not find a practical and financially reasonable one, until Kim and co. at CATS was mentioned to me. It is 100% invaluable service to the community and they deserve all the support they can get! Thank you for helping the CATS!

2 Janet L.6

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Janet Levinson. I'm rewriting my post because I wrote too much that was not posted. So In a NUT shell. Kim and Linda just helped me neuter like 14 cats of mine to prevent tons of babies being born. They survive off of donations only but give of themselves daily morning until night. This is their passion in life. I don't know what I would have done if not for their help. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I beg of any big companies, or NY State to help them fund what they do. Its not just about helping the cats but through what they do is helping the enviroment, keeping communities safe(wild animals that prey on cats) and clean and healthy. They do so much good and I urge all to give to them. They deserve so much more and I hope all who reads this will go to their website and read what they do. I cannot fit all that I would like to say, but their website will show you. Thank you Kim and Linda I am beyond grateful to you. Janet Levinson

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Donor

Rating: 4

I have not adopted from Cast Aside . I actually feed and care for around 10 feral cats at my home. BUT I know that Kim Kelly and her husband and staff give of themselves every waking moment to provide care, food, to neuter all the feral cats that they rescue . They tame them and provide homes for them , when if they did not do what they do , these poor cats would die in the cold of winter, or have parasites, become a food source for foxes, or wild dogs. They work hard to rescue them from GAIL at Project Cat who kills these precious kitties no fault of their own for being born, and are helpless. I have donated food twice and $50.00 and I will do much more when I can to help. In all that I have been through in my life, a husband that left me pregnant, my home flooding 4 times losing everything, losing my job, health problems with my heart and bad knees (I'm well now) My cats that I have in my home 4 of which are feral kittens that I took in, I would not trade anything for the JOY they give to me. I have provided shelter for the out door ones to be safe and KIM has come and trapped many and took them to spca to get neutered to help stop over reproduction and I will be calling on her again soon to help trap a few more. There are no words to express the wonderful caring people that they are. I would urge everyone to support them as much as you can. So many people in this world just TAKE, Its rare that you see many people give of themselves the way they do. Please help them.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so happy I found C.A.T.S! They responded quickly and were very pleasant to deal with. Kim was incredibly helpful and works hard to find these cats forever homes. Thank you!!

3 Ava W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My boyfriend and I had been looking for a kitten for some time C.A.T.S was wonderful in helping us get our baby! Not only did they provide so much information, but when we went to visit our kitten for the first time, we saw all the others in the foster home, well taken care of and clearly loved. This is a wonderful place to not only support but to also find a Cat of your own if you’re looking!

3 Brennan K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

C.A.T.S. is an amazing organization. Responded to my request for help with two pregnant moms immediately with full support w food, medicine, neutering plans, litter, etc. Amazing people doing amazing work!

3 Jessica N. P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We adopted our "pandemic kitties" Sly and Selena (formerly Crafty) last year and it was the best decision! CATS is a great nonprofit and we were so fortunate to work with them to add these two new babies to our family!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Working with many rescues over the years, I can’t speak highly enough of Cast Aside and the women who run it. I absolutely adore my kitten, who is incredibly sweet thanks to Kim. So much good done. Thank you!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The dedication and professionalism demonstrated by Cast Aside to Survive is truly admirable. Taking action (Kim the Amazing) and focused on TNVR and, I quote, "I wanted and needed to take the wheel and extend the services beyond not just TNVR but to remove the beautiful, often sickly viable kittens from a life on the streets. I NEEDED them to know the warmth and love of a human's touch" , Cast Aside has prevented thousands of kitten births while finding warm and loving homes to hundreds of kittens that otherwise would have either added to the feral populations or, worse, died from disease of injury. Friends with two of the volunteers, I was introduced to the three kittens, images attached, adopted them, and have not only entertainment every day, but loving fur friends who enrich my life daily. The best non-profit animal group I know (and I know many).

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had two cats living in my yard. One of them had its ear clipped, but the other had a mangled ear, and it was hard to tell if it needed TNVR. I contacted Kim, who kindly and patiently helped me trap him. She took him off to the vet, who did the deed, and now Buster is very happily a part of my family with his little cat brother, Buddy. The work that Kim is doing is very worthwhile, and I encourage people to support her in her quest in any way they can.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Truly the best. We got our sweet sweet boy here and can’t imagine life without him. Amazing people doing amazing things.

2 DeAne V.

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization is one of THE BEST I have ever dealt with......They really care about the cats that are left "to cast aside to survive" heartless people that put these poor cats outside when they are no longer of any use to them or are moving and don't want to be bothered with taking them with them etc.....out the door they go to fend for themselves and reproduce...this organization is "johnny on the spot" to come and rescue them. I now have one that I added to my own three rescues that was trapped and neutered, shots, etc. by them and he is no longer "feral" and lets me hold him and give him the affection he so really needed and deserved...that is because of this organization! I can't praise them enough!!

2 John N.7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Sue Marie is about as real as you can get in her dedication to saving cats and providing them withgood homes. She lives and breaths to take care of these sweet creatures, sometimes with limited supplies and limited help. She relentlessly works to nurture and get these babies (often feral) to the point where they are lovable, adoptable , forever homed animals. Sue Marie, I applaud your tireless efforts.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We decided to start looking around for friends for our year and a half of kitties we had gotten a referral of cast aside to survive by a friend of ours, and after looking at the selection we knew we would find exactly what we were looking for! With a little guidance from Kim after hearing about what we were looking for she introduced us to two beautiful little kittens in need a home who sounded like they would fit with us perfectly!

.. and boy was she right! after having them home with us for just two days, we could not possibly imagine our life without them! Manor and Jockey, have taken right to our ‘bigger cats’ and our bigger cats absolutely adore them! They have both taken them right under their wing and have been romping around and showing them the ropes for the past two days straight! (I don’t believe anyone has slept!)

Manor is our explorer and has taken the lead with trying to figure out what’s what, not afraid of anything! jockey did spend the first day hiding under the couch, but she was not alone in that even, as her brother (my bigger boy cat) set up camp right under there with her!

Kim really is truly a Wonder Woman, juggling everything that she does with such ease should be rewarded! The extra shares on Facebook, the likes on Facebook The referrals to friends and family gets the kittens from her hands into the perfect homes, and You can tell the minute she starts speaking about the cats, each one, that this is truly her passion and that she really does pour her heart and soul into what she does at cast aside to survive. If it wasn’t for her knowledge and her ability to match us to our perfect new little fur babies so well I don’t think this would have been as smooth of a transition as it was! We are truly grateful for Kim and this nonprofit for everything that they do!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

CastAsideToSurvive is a most caring and determined group that saves feral kitties and gives them safe healthy lives. Trapping and neutering takes patience and professionalism to achieve results for homeless animals who deserve humane treatment that C.A.T.S. provides. They helped a cat colony in the woods near me. They visited me over several days just to complete their unrelenting TNR schedule. I'm grateful for their big beautiful hearts!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had 2 adults and 4 kittens that were feral and I was unable to capture them. I reached out to many rescue groups in the area and the only one that would help me was "Cast Aside To Survive". These ladies came from over an hour away several times. All six cats were rescued, neutered, spayed and the kittens were put up for adoption. The 2 adults were returned to me and I am caring for them. I could never have saved these cats if it wasn't for Cast Aside to Survive. I thank them from the bottom of my heart for all they do.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted little Teddy (formerly Chazka) from Cast Aside to Survive three weeks ago and we adore her! Kim has real passion for helping feral cats & their kittens to lead better, healthier lives. She is smart, organized, caring and devoted to the work. I am so happy we adopted from this group and would highly recommend others to financially support this wonderful organization in whatever way you can, and also to adopt a kitten (or two) !

1 Joelle E.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I wanna give a big shout out to Cast Aside To Survive!!! What a great rescue group!! A coworker gave me their name and number and told me about what they do. I immediately called and talked to Linda told her my situation and a few days later Kim and Linda came to my place with their traps. I have a feral Orange boy that I feed. He brought the mama and their 3 Orange kittens recently that I didn't know about!! We are able to get the 3 Orange kittens and another young cat and also a possum that I released!! We still have Mamma and dad to get but I know it will happen!! Thank you Kim, Linda and your team for all your hard work, dedication and compassion!! Thank you for giving all the beautiful and wonderful feral cats and kittens a chance for a better life!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband adopted our sweet kitten Reno in December 2019 & I just adopted our sweet kitten Wydah in late July 2020! We cannot say enough great things about Cast Aside to Survive. Kim has an incredibly special gift & connection with kittens & cats. Our experience with her & Linda has been nothing short of amazing!
We highly recommend adopting from them always!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Had a stray hanging around that had kittens. Wasn't sure what to do was told to contact Cast Aside to Survive. I was contacted by Kim and her and her volunteers went into action. They trapped, vaccinated, neutered and the kittens were all adopted. She is passionate about what she does and helps find the homes and cut down on the feral cat population. They are the best a what they do and volunteer all there time.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

THE BEST CAT RESCUE AROUND!!! Kim and Linda make it their life work to save hundreds of kittens and cats, domesticate them, and adopt them out to loving homes. Feral adults are spayed, neutered, and released to live free without anymore unneeded litters. We have adopted 2 kittens from Cast Aside, and they are the MOST LOVING, well-adjusted animals I’ve ever known!! Cast Aside deserves special recognition by far!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I called and researched for a couple of years to find help for the situation in my neighborhood. Finally a very sympathetic women at the Ulster county SPCA wrote down a name and number and slid it across the counter .I quickly contacted Kim and well she was eager to help she has been so awesome .The out of control kitten population is now under control. She's is a true inspiration . I can't say thank you enough.

Dana C.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've known Kim for a long time. I know she goes out of her way to help in situations where other people or organizations wouldn't get involved due to it being too big a task.
We were lucky enough to see one of Kim's rescue cats and we adopted her. When Kim found her, she had just given birth and Kim was also able to rescue her kittens. Little Natalie (the mother cat) is now known as Little Girl and lives her days soaking in sun and playing with her toys.
Kim was able to get all the kittens vaccinated and socialized and they were brought to a local shelter to be adopted out.
In addition, I spotted what seemed to be a stray cat at our local supermarket. Kim lent us a trap to catch him and have him scanned for a microchip. He ended up being a feral cat, but Kim lent out her resources to help reuinte this cat with its owner if it had one.
She puts in a lot of time fundraising for her nonprofit and doesn't always have the help she needs, which speaks volumes about her because she is working harder than anyone else to sustain a cause she firmly believes in.
She really cares about TNR or she wouldn't be spending the time and resources to fund something that is not-for-profit. Whenever she can, she helps out folks in need, especially when there is a feral or stray cat colony involved.
I highly recommend Cast Aside to Survive.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have known Kim for almost 2 years. CATS is an indispensable resource in our region.
Kim and Linda's mission, to rescue and Trap, Neuter, Vaccinate and Return (TNVR) vulnerable community cats, addresses with kindness and expertise an underserved part of our county's animal residents.
They adopt out viable kittens whom they have rescued.
They also offer spay and neuter certificates. That's huge.
May they grow and thrive in a world full of feral cats who depend on the kindness of others.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As I was nearing retirement, and knowing the Nolen's, I kept watch of the kittens looking for forever homes and just fell in love with Figgy! HOWEVER, months away from retirement, the Nolen's agreed to keep him for me. Then brothers appeared on the site!!! Called Lewis and Martin (now Ralph and Obi-Wan Kenobi (OB) these brothers joined Figgy as a threesome in late July filling our home with fun and frolic and love. It is the work that this organization and its volunteers do every year to ensure many feral cat communities have reduced birth rates due to the trap-neuter-vaccinate and release program (TNVR). It also provides forever homes and foster homes for the kittens born to feral cats that these wonderful people manage to capture for this TNVR program. What is truly amazing is the compassion and love the organization demonstrates in each and every feral TNVR cat and the dedication to finding homes for the kittens. I am a lucky lady to have been chosen to take these 3 kittens into my home to love and care for babies who might have otherwise never seen adulthood. Thank you for 1) bringing these treasures to my office to meet me, 2) caring for them until I returned to the US to pick them up, and 3) being the dedicated and caring people you prove to be every day. I simply love these little guys (and Figgy is not so little anymore!!!! Growing, finally, like a weed!!!).

2 Jennifer B.27

Client Served

Rating: 5

For years I’ve feed the neighborhood feral cats. I’ve watched them grow, disappear, have more babies and then sadly I’ve had to bury some being hit by vehicles and being victims of prey ... I couldn’t take it anymore.. I was Given Kim Kelly’s contact information. She set up a time to come trap them . Gave me strict instructions on what to do . Immediately we caught 4 kittens followed by 2 adults . We are currently working on trapping the last 3 . I couldn’t be happier with Kim and the job she does in the field . She has a kind and generous heart and you can tell she loves the animals and what she is doing . I cant thank you enough Kim .

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This nonprofit organization is much needed. There are so many feral cats in the county. They multiply fast and before you know it there is an overabundance of feral cats. My story started out with 2 female cats I believe were dropped off and both became pregnant. Before I knew it there were cats every where. I contacted the ASPCA who referred me to Kim Kelly. She reached out quickly and helped me trap this colony of cats. The job they all do requires a lot of dedication, commitment and hard work. They do this on their own time. I am very grateful.




1 Liz Estes R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Cast Aside To Survive is a fantasic group. Kim and Linda are more than a dream come true!!!
They are so efficient, knowlegable, dedicated and CONCERNED about the cats. I have been looking for help with the feril cats for a long time. I had almost given up and was worried about all of us, cats, kittens and people in the area. If I could give them more than 5 stars I would.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I absolutely cannot say enough about this rescue/group/saviors. Kim Kelly & Linda are an extraordinary duo who not only work feverishly to help cats on many different levels, but ppl like me, as well. They were SO friendly, SO professional, skilled, very funny & interactive. I've never been so happy, and felt so safe with any other group in this field. I've done many rescues, TNRs, and rehomes throughout my past & had reached out to other "cat rescuers" during that time...I never felt so relaxed as I have with Kim these last 2 days. She understood & didn't judge...I could go on & on, and I can't recommend them any stronger. Just an amazing human being.
Thank you so much!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had noticed a beautiful black young cat coming around my property...of course I put some food out for him and went twice to get a have-a-heart trap from two different shelters with no luck trapping him. I didn't want him to make a bunch of kittens so someone from the Kingston shelter put me in touch with Kim Kelly...we e-mailed each other several times and she came by with her trap and it took her no time to catch this beautiful cat, neuter him, tip his ear, de-flea him and gave him a rabies shot, she also trapped one from the KOA campground next door to me, and that one was not feral so she place him at the Kingston shelter to find a forever home. The black cat she took care of for me I named Milo and continue to feed him twice a day. I have four rescued cats of my own, a bunny named Clover and two rescued turtles~ I can't say enough good things about Kim and her organization...I want to help in some way, and said I could help them out with "fund-raisers" I really don't know what this town would do without Kim!

2 Kim K.5

Board Member

Rating: 4

I must say that this road has been long and the path not always well lit. It has taken me since 2004 to begin my own 501(c)3 journey. After volunteering for many others, I wanted and needed to take the wheel and extend the services beyond not just TNVR but to remove the beautiful, often sickly viable kittens from a life on the streets. I NEEDED them to know the warmth and love of a humans touch....I NEEDED to show that to them. While we strive to help as many as possible, we can't ALWAYS but our passion and empathy push us to our limits in order to move forward with the goals to do what is right for each cat, kitten situation and desired outcome. We will continue to put our best PAW forward.

2 Ingrid B.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Reached out to Kim, with a feral cat issue in the community. She never asked why someone else wasn't taking care of it, or complained. She and her team just responded quickly and did their work with super efficiency. It amazed me that a nasty and tough job could be completed so quickly and with so little "drama". Kim just got it done. She's a major contributor.

3 Neil D

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cast Aside To Survive is a relatively new organization in the Hudson Valley area. In this short time they've shown their commitment to helping with cat rescues, and improving the outlook for the feral cat population in the area. They operate a hands on TNVR program and work directly with the community in many ways to help with feral cats. They've earned 5 stars through their accomplishments.

I am a volunteer and assist with web related tasks.

3 Laura P.7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I volunteered for many years to help in TNR programs. It takes commitment and year round hard work. Members of Cast Aside to Survive are everywhere in our County. Not just trapping and spaying, but outreach to educate and managing feral colonies. Love them.

3 cathouse12

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We had a feral colony and had no idea how to get these guys neutered, since they needed to be caught and the expense would be impossible! Kim came and brought me the equipment to catch them, neuter, vaccinate and return them to us! She found homes for her kittens and they are living more peaceful and healthy lives! They were heaven sent! Very knowledgeable and a humane solution to a situation that wasn’t going to improve doing nothing!