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Donor

Rating: 5

I've been recently very impressed with a local TNR project addressing strays. This organization shows admirable consistency in their approach to animal rescue. The group continues what they have always displayed, namely a very high level of knowledge, professionalism, and good practice in its dealings on all fronts -- with donors and with the community of pet owners and rescuers.

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Donor

Rating: 5

H&S helps local shelters, rescuers and low incom epet owners through various initiatives designed to address community issues that frequently are overlooked. I have contributed to their programs since I met them last year at an adoption event in SoHo. The program that is most unique is the food bank for pet owners who would otherwise lose thier pet due to stressful economic times. I was also impressed with their TNR activities. More than one friend has adopted from Hiss & Spit and they hae been uniformly pleased with the treatment they received from the organization. My imporession is that H&S practices what it preaches. In my experience, there's a very high level of professionalism shown by this organization in its dealings with donors and with the community of pet owners and rescuers.

Volunteer

Rating: 1

This is a scam!!! This women is evil ! She breeds cats at her house and brings kittens out to make donations. She is a huge fraud!! Beware. She kills animals and keeps all money.
It is obvious when she will not except money but will except a donation. It's the only way the police won't get involved

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Client Served

Rating: 4

Hiss and Spit assisted in the soft release of some sparrows that I had rehabilitated. The sparrows were quite young and ill when I received them. After a few months time when they were fully feathered, healthy, and eating on their own, I contacted Hiss and Spit for them to assist in the sparrows' soft release.

It was such a comfort to hear the well thought out steps that Hiss and Spit took to take the sparrows through the necessary steps until their permanent release. I was even e-mailed photos of the sparrows in their new permanent and safe environment.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hiss and Spit is an invaluable resource in assisting me to manage a feral cat community that was overrunning my neighborhood. They have guided me in health and wellbeing issues, in understanding outdoor colony animals, and the importance and facilitation of a spay and neuter program. I have called many times with questions regarding individual feral cat handling, trapping, wellness, recovery and release issues. As a low income person, I also deeply appreciate their assistance with vet bills for injured feral cats when no other assistance was available. I give them the highest 5 star rating for their continuing work and the impact that they have made on so many feral cat lives in my community. I have received many compliments for the work that I have been able to do with the invaluable assistance of Hiss and Spit. I can't thank them enough for the work that they are doing. (Note: I can't see what the rating system is, or what the scale is for this computer program. I therefore need to indicate that they receive the highest marks from me for their assistance, how they treated me, and my recommendation to friends.)

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hiss & Spit is an organization run by very generous, kind-hearted human beings. In the midst of a crisis that left me with no home for 2 cats that had been abandoned in a former roommate situation, they gave me important advice and pointed me in the right direction to find a home for my cats. Thank you so much!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hiss&Spit is a great organization. They helped me find a foster situation for my cats when I lost my apartment and had to bunk with friends. They are the only group that I approached with my situation who was able to help me, and other groups were unhelpful and disinterested. I found out by speaking with their reps that they have fostered through the police dept during local emergencies, and they also work with other groups and shelters as needed. I am grateful to Hiss&Spit for helping me during a bad time, and I will continue to donate to their programs, especially the food bank for pets in need.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I saw the H&S volunteer team at the adoption fair, where I was impressed with the quality of their volunteers and the condition of the animals for adoption. I had adopted from another group a while back and never got any vet records and ended up with a cat with several medical issues. H&S showed me up to date checkup records to read about the cat that I wanted to adopt. They also checked my apt. before confirming the adoption, and also contacted my vet. They helped introduce the new cat to my current alpha cat and it went smoothly. They are now best buds and I want to thank H&S for the work they do and for making the new cat experience a very positive one.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I met two volunteers of Hiss&Spit when they helped my neighbor do TNR for a few cats that she had been feeding in her yard. The Trap neuter return system helps to keep the population from increasing, it's better for the health of the animals . They gave me information about where to get my cat spayed for low cost. I rescued her from the street
and I needed an affordable veterinary service. I recomended Hiss&Spit to another friend who is looking to adopt a cat for the first time, since they were very helpful and gave us a lot of good information.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted a cat several months ago, which had been rescued by Hiss&Spit in really sorry shape, she was diagnosed by the vet with cancer and even tho her prognosis was a few months to live, H&S treated her and gave her a chance for a new life. I was so impressed with their efforts on behalf of this poor kitty that I asked to adopt her for her remaining days. The good news is that her recent vet visit shows a full recovery, and that the original diagnosis was due to infections and not cancer. She is a real character and plays like a kitten .
We adopted another cat from H&S once her recovery was certain, and chose a cat well up in his years, since the older ones are harder to find homes for. H&S took care of dentistry before we adopted him.
I have volunteered for H&S at adoption events and they always have information for people in the community who need to find low cost resources or TNR for the animals they care for.
H&S rescues all have veterinary records, which not all groups can provide. Every animal is given the opportunity to enjoy a new life, they are not disregarded because of their condition or age or infirmities.
That's real rescue in my opinion.
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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have known the staff at Hiss and Spit for over a year now and can HIGHLY recommend them as one of the best shelters in the City. I have seen first hand how they care for animals, their careful attention to animlas that have been rescued and their overall attention to making SURE that the animlas in their care are adopted by families that will make a committment to provide a forever home.

I am in AWE of the committment and time that they spend every week of the year to help animals and that when they can't take any more animals they provide support and suggestions to other top shelters in the area.

I adopted 2 cats from them not long ago and they have turned out to be 2 of the sweetest cats I have ever known.

I met the team at Hiss and Spit at a very sad time of my life and not only did they help in a very real way, they also gave me guidance and support that I have not seen at ANY other shelter.

So a HUGE THANK YOU,,,,,,HISS AND SPIT, and please know that there are lots of us out there both 2 legged AND 4 legged that so appreciate what you do. There are so many kitties that would be in kitty heaven now if you had not stepped in to help!!!!!!!!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I adopted 2 beautiful, healthy, Loveable cats from Hiss & Spit at a street adoption event. I was treated with respect and have all my paperwork from their veterinarian. I don't understand the many ugly comments by one or two people on this site. It seems to be a personal vendetta and not even a review. Hiss & Spit, thank you for the cats; the follow up visits and all the great information you gave me for caring for my babies.

2 colony queen

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.

Client Served

Rating: 4

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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Client Served

Rating: 4

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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"!!!!!!!!!!

Client Served

Rating: 1

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

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!