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Central New York Cat Coalition Incorporated

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Cat population care/control

Programs: In 2014, the cny cat coalition continued growing our mission to rescue, foster, spay/neuter, and adopt out homeless animals in our community. We also progressed our spay/neuter campaign for cats owned by low-income individuals. Through our two low-cost clinics and several participating veterinarians, we altered more than 1,900 cats in 2014, preventing the birth of potentially thousands of unwanted kittens. In addition, we adopted more than 450 homeless cats to loving forever homes through our adoption program affiliation with petfinder, petsmart charities, and through personal advocacy. Cnycc was very successful with grant writing in 2014, securing two grants from the aspca for a total of 35,000, a grant from the central new york community foundation, and a grant from the community foundation of herkimer and oneida counties. We held four public meetings to engage the community and spread educational information about cat health, rescue, behavior, and other topics. Cnycc participated in several community events, including the canine carnival, healthy pet clinics, and a number of fundraisers.

Community Stories

23 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted Rumpie in November of 2016. He has made himself right at home and feels comfortable in almost any situation. He enjoys bird watching while lounging over the heat vent in the winter and a/c during the summer. I would definitely recommend finding your future pet through CNY Cat Coalition.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Cat Coalition is a great program which allowed me to get my two male cats safely neutered and up to date on their shots at a reasonable cost. Also, thanks to the above and beyond efforts of two of their volunteers who provided transportation for the cats when I wasn't able to.
Much thanks and appreciation for the invaluable services and hearts of gold!

Review from Guidestar

Steve191

Client Served

Rating: 2

I can't stress this enough, the organization itself is fine. My two-star review is based on my experience with the volunteer I had the displeasure of dealing with.

My experience started well, having to visit a cat we were interested in. The volunteers at both stores we went to had not shown up, leaving large gaps in time where we could actually visit. Fortunately for us, we met with a wonderful foster mom who spent time out of her day allowing us to meet the cat we were interested in. After spending time with him, we decided to put in an application and hoped for the best.

Now, the page for him had listed he would make a great buddy for cats and dogs. As we have a cat and dog, he was perfect. I mention this now as this is where it started falling apart. We received a call for an interview about our application. This person was incredibly thorough, nice, and easy to talk to about the entire situation. To my surprise, I then got a text from the foster that evening about calling us. Which never happened. Next day, we discussed it via text about a call. Which never happened. This only continued for four days before finally getting told that he would not be a good fit to be around dogs. We would not have wasted our time, nor their time, having known that. But it was clear they did not keep up with their adoption info.

It's hard for me to write a two-star review because I think this place is fantastic and the volunteer (foster mom) is likely busy. But if that is the case, maybe she should not be dealing with this sort of thing any longer. I last sent her a text almost a week ago, in which she told me we could discuss other cats and I agreed to do so, and have never received any sort of response.

I truly wanted to go through the adoption process as I believe many of these animals need a good home. But my experience was nothing short of frustrating. I don't discourage anyone from trying to adopt a cat through this organization, I just want everyone to be aware you may end up in a similar situation. I strongly encourage the Cat Coalition to re-evaluate who they have handling these adoptions to better allow the processes to go more smoothly. Maybe one day I will deal with them again and can write a more positive review. I hope I can at least. Until then, I can't rate them much higher given my (limited) experience.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 1

Pshhh....I recently asked a volunteer of yours about taking three cats that have lost their owner and are about to lose their home within the next week. All I got was nope can't take them. No information or anything. Either you are really a CRAPPY agency or you just let anyone volunteer???

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted Ferris a couple of years ago after losing my Kitcat a few months prior. He and I clicked when Anne brought him to PetSmart. It was a smooth process. He was a beautiful short hair tuxedo who brought joy to Glo, my cocker, until this January when he died due to heart failure. It was a fabulous experience acquiring him, I will return to cat coalition this summer as I miss having a cat.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 2

We adopted a cat a few months ago but the whole process literally had me in tears. I fell in love with our cat the moment i met him. The adoption process was going well, and it was intense- they needed references, workplace, and vet. They decided to check on my parents cat because i explained that this would be the first cat i got and my parents had a cat, so i had some experience with cats. However, the volunteers at the cnycc assumed i was irresponsible because my parents did not take their cat to the vet regularly. My parents got their cat when i was 8 years old--how is an 8 year old supposed to take a cat to the vet? My parents actions influenced their thought process and they became very rude and cold and basically assumed i would do the same. I was very upset at the extreme lack of professionalism. Needless to say, i am so glad i have my kitty and will never deal with the lady from the cnycc again.

Review from Guidestar

corytrevor

Client Served

Rating: 2

Recently adopted a cat from these people. I appreciate that they are trying to help cats, but they make it such a horrible experience that we almost bailed on the process and looked elsewhere. Even after we adopted the cat, we came close to shelling out money for our own vet to have the cat neutered even though the adopted cat came with a neuter certificate.

Explanation: From the beginning of the adoption process, my wife and I were treated like we were cat-murdering felons or something. It seems like their method of dealing with applicants is to assume they are the scum of the earth until proven otherwise. After we eventually made it through this process, then came the process of having the cat neutered. The person we had to deal with to set up the appointment was EXTREMELY rude and condescending on the phone. This woman was talking to me and my wife like we are hyperactive children with behavioral disorders. I cannot imagine this woman interacting with anyone in a non-inflammatory manner. On top of that, she failed to inform us that after we dropped our cat off for neutering, that they'd be packing our cat in a van with a bunch of other cats and taking them to god knows where to have them neutered. Don't they think that a cat owner would like to know where there cat is going? I will not be dealing with these people in the future. They turned what should be a pleasant process into a nightmare.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

We thankfully found the Central New York Cat Coalition online and immediately fell in love with brothers Spencer and Ripple. Volunteers went out of their way to introduce us and guide us through the process of adoption. Our family was extremely impressed with the level of care and communication we received and couldn't be more happier with our new forever pets. The volunteers keep in contact with us to inquire about Spencer and Karl (ripple) and answer any questions we may have. They provide a great service and give outstanding care not only to the cats, but to the clients. Highly recommended!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Found the cat coalition through pet land. Went regularly to look at the new cats that were available. All the volunteers were very nice and took the time to answer questions and help us get the kitten we liked. The kittens seemed very well cared for while at the foster home. The volunteers do a very good review process to screen clients to make sure the kittens are going to good homes.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great way to adopt a cat... it was obvious how well they took care of the animals before they are adopted. The volunteers really do a great job! Would recommend to anyone.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

We "were adopted" by a cute lil kitty that one day showed up in our backyard, seemingly hungry. We opened that can of salmon we had in the cupboard for about a year, and she loved us for it. We put up signs around town that we found this cat but nobody called-looked like she needed a home. We had just suffered a layoff, and another mouth to feed was not what we needed at the time, much less the cost of a veterinarian and spaying.

We found out about CNY CAT COALITION, and their low-cost spay/neuter program, and brought this cat to them along with the low-cost fee. When they brought her back later that evening, they returned our money saying that SHE WAS ALREADY SPAYED! To this day we can't figure it out-someone cared enough to spay her but not answer the dozens of "found" signs we put up, or put up a "lost" sign of their own.

But the CNY CAT COALITION, despite their limited budget, was willing to return every penny to us, even though they sedated her and shaved her (revealing her little scar from being spayed) in prep for the operation. We were going to spend the money anyway, we couldn't take it back, that was our first donation, 2+ years ago, and when able we've been donating ever since. They do such selfless, caring work here in Central NY, trying to keep the cat population under control, and finding loving homes for kitties they HAVE acquired, they are a great organization to donate to, where you know EVERY DOLLAR goes to the cause, and you ARE making a difference! (PLUS THEY HAVE A VERY LIMITED BUDGET, AND I LIKE DONATING TO ORGs LIKE CNYCC WHERE EACH DOLLAR THEY RECEIVE IS DEAR, WHERE THEY ARE 100% VOLUNTEER, AND THE MONEY GOES STRAIGHT TO THE CAUSE, NOT TO EXECUTIVE SALARIES, ETC.) And it feels good to help the little darlings, too!

Rose & Mark R.,
Baldwinsville, NY

Donor

Rating: 5

Hi, I just received the raffle tickets in the mail last night, September 8th. I am mailing a check with the ticket stubs today. I hope they arrive before the raffle on Sunday the 14th. I live in Texas and donate to local animal organizations. I'm from Syracuse and have the utmost respect and admiration for your organization and all the volunteers. Thanks so much for what you do!

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 3

I found the cat coalition through my work at petsmart and that is where I found my love bug cat :) I saw through the window while I was working and knew I had to have her :) it is a great place to adopt a cat or kitten. The only issue I had with them is when I adopted my cat I was informed she had a ear infection and they gave me meds for her to take when I went home I read it before I was going to give it to her. I found it was a month old and the volunteer informed me she stopped giving it to her because my cat didn't like it. The next day I took her to the vet and found out along with her ear infection she also had mites. When I told the volunteers at pet smart they said they could not help with the bill and that since I signed the contract I was responsible for it. I think they should be a little more clear on their animals care and make sure the animals should see a vet before they are adopted out.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough great things about CNYCC!! My experience adopting my 2 beautiful kittens was wonderful. I met Carol Money, who adopted out Cheetah & Bibsy to me...who were found abandoned with some other kittens and cats...but she lovingly cared for them and got them healthy. They are very well socialized, very well behaved, and are amazing little cats! She made the process easy, she explained everything thoroughly and with the utmost professionalism. I could tell she was passionate about her work with the CNYCC and that impressed me very much. She was instrumental in helping me find just the right forever furry companions and I am very grateful to her and to the CNYCC. THANK YOU!!!!!!! Your group works so hard and you accomplish great things. I know I will be a supporter of your organization for many years to come!! It is such a great cause and one that I will make sure my friends and family know about. :)

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our GreyKitty had only been gone a few weeks. Despite the other cats in our home, the balance didn't feel right, and our daughter was missing her cat. We began "cruising" the CNY Cat Coaliton (CNYCC) adoption center at PetSmart. My daughter spotted a pair of kittens she wanted ... but then SHE found US. The kitty that looked like an owl. Tufted ears, ORANGE eyes, curious expression on her beautiful face, silky tortie coat with silver running through it. A BIG girl for 8 months. Oh no. My daughter, and my husband, fell in love. She came home, and after a few shy nights, she "adopted" my daughter. Sweetie Bug, as she's been christened, has grown into a magnificent kitty, glorious and snuggly and completely in love with my daughter. Thank you to the wonderful people who rescued BugBug and her siblings from the boats in B'ville; to the lovely woman who fostered her and turned her into velcro-kitty; and to the kind people at CNYCC who introduced us to her and quickly brought us together. She's a blessing.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We always had kitties from other private owners. When the last of our 3 passed away, we thought we could not go through having more. But...in a short time we missed having kitties in our home. We stopped at the adoption station in PetSmart one Saturday on a whim. It was all clean and the kitties were obviously all being well-cared for. The volunteers were helpful and friendly. We put in an application and were later delighted to adopt 2 all-black littermates we named Tom and Jerry. They had been rescued and fostered in a wonderful home. They were healthy but very timid about us. It didn't take long before they became very used to us and our home and we thoroughly enjoy and love them to pieces! We are so glad for this great organization that rescues and finds homes for these wonderful creatures!

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

This program not only assisted me in decreasing the feral cat population in my neighborhood by spaying and neutering, but helped to find homes for some of the cats. They provided training and support to me to socialize the cats. Everyone is professional and knowledgeable. I am so very grateful to have learned about them. They really fill a gap in services for cats that exist for other animals.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have adopted three kittens from the cat coalition. The coalition takes just good care of these helpless little babies. When I say babies, they may be kittens or adult cats. I have adopted from two different fosters and they were so kind and loving to all their fosters. I am so happy there are groups like the CNY Cat Coalition helping so many cats and kittens. God Bless these individuals!

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

I was introduced to the CNYCC by way of PetSmart. I then became a foster parent when I lost my 19 year old male, Matt. The first cat I fostered ended being a keeper. I fostered his siblings until they were old enough to be adopted.

I have and will continue to financially support the CNYCC because of the caring helpful work that they do.

Marj Schaff

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family and I could not be more grateful to the Central New York Cat Coalition (CNYCC) for introducing us to our new life companion Stella. Stella had been abandoned and left to fend for herself after her original family moved out of their home. Through the efforts of the CNYCC Stella was taken into a foster home and given the medical and emotional attention she required. Stella had one requirement; she had to be a sole pet. Stella lived at her foster home for a year before we were introduced to her. I do not believe most shelters would have been able to accomodate her for that long of a period. My family met her and immediately feel in love with her.

Stella is now part of our family. If it wasn't for the effort and perserverance of the CNYCC we would not have had the chance to meet Stella. All of our lives are better because of the fine people associated with this top notch organization. Thank you CNYCC!