We adopted Callie (originally named Inara) 4 years ago and it was an awesome experience. We saw Callie's photo on their website and emailed them asking if she would be at their upcoming event so we could meet her. They responded to us promptly and coordinated with her foster parents to make sure she would be there. They take great pains to ensure that each adoption is a good match and they do a follow-up call to make sure there are no problems. One of the foster parents even provided us with pictures taken shortly after her birth. I cannot compliment this organization enough. They provide a great service to the community.
I adopted three kittens from Alley Cats in August 2012. Unfortunately, after two months one of our kittens passed away from Feline infectious peritonitis (which you can't vaccinate for.) They were great about responding immediately and provided great comfort. We decided to adopt another kitten from the same litter and one year later all our cats are happy and healthy. However, I decided that I wanted to do more and started fostering kittens with Alley Cats. It has been a great experience! The medical coordinator is great and everyone volunteers so much of their time and energy to help these cats. A truly wonderful rescue!
I've been fostering kittens for Alley Cats and Angels for about a year and a half. Over that time, I've witnessed first-hand, on multiple occasions, the amazing, inspiring commitment that the rescue has for its charges. AC&A's directors and volunteers all share an uncompromising dedication for providing the highest possible quality of care at all times, even beyond adoption. They maintain a no-questions-asked, open-door return policy for any of the cats sheltered and adopted out through their organization, to ensure that their cats are never neglected or abandoned. They volunteer their weekends to run adoption events from local Petsmarts, or coordinate occasional fundraisers. They work with the community to encourage and facilitate trap-neuter-release (TNR) management of feral colonies, and to provide subsidized spay/neuter assistance for low-income families. Individually and collectively, Alley Cats and Angels volunteers are well known role models in the Research Triangle community, demonstrating and evangelizing the compassionate treatment for stray and feral cat population, and influential advocates for responsible pet ownership. I've questioned my own ability to balance my work and life with fostering, but I've never questioned my involvement with Alley Cats and Angels.
I've been involved with Alley Cats and Angels is multiple ways including adopting two female felines from their wonderful organization. All the volunteers at Alley Cats and Angels are compassionate, loving and supportive of each other which makes the adoption process with them a joyous one. My babies Persephone and Saltine are both happy and healthy in their forever home with us. None of it would have been possible without this fantastic organization.
A little more than two years ago, we adopted two sibling kittens from Alley Cats & Angels because we were so impressed with multi-layered approach to controlling the feral cat population through (1) socialization of kittens/friendly adult cats, (2) TNR, and (3) a program to rehome ferals in dangerous situations to safe barn/garden homes. Shortly thereafter having fallen completely in love with our new four-legged family members (who Alley Cats & Angels volunteers helped match behaviorally to our busy home), we decided to start fostering and volunteering with the group. Now, having seen firsthand the devotion and commitment of the organization to provide EXCELLENT healthcare to each and every cat and kitten, even those to which other rescues have turned a blind eye because of their medical needs, we are even more proud to be associated with this amazing organization. We have fostered everything from days-old kittens who had to be bottle fed every two hours to semi-ferals that just needed some socialization to become wonderful indoor family cats to kittens who had to have a limb or an eye removed in order to improve their quality of life and/or prevent the spread of an otherwise deadly infection. In each and every instance, Alley Cats & Angels has gone the extra mile to insure that each was given top-notch specialized healthcare when needed. Once fully-vetted (including vaccinating for feline leukemia, a critical vaccine that most rescues forego due to its cost), Alley Cats & Angels volunteers have found PERFECT adoptive homes for all of our fosters, often turning away potential adopters because either the home environment didn't match the personality/temperament of the cat (and thereby increasing the likelihood of the cat being returned) or because the potential owner wasn't willing to agree to not declaw the cat and/or not allow the cat to go outside. Knowing that Alley Cats & Angels doesn't just work to find just ANY home for our fosters but works tirelessly to find the BEST homes for them makes the fostering experience even more worthwhile for us. As if that wasn't enough, however, Alley Cats & Angels also makes a lifetime commitment to each cat in its program (part of the adoption contract signed by each adopter states that if the adopter has to give up the cat at any point in the cat's life that they return it to Alley Cats & Angels). I know of no rescue group that is more committed to the animals in its program -- at all stages of each cat's life. This is a remarkable organization run by a devoted, incredibly hard-working group of volunteers, and they are blessing in our community!
I've been volunteering regularly with AC&A since January 2013, and I am so proud of the work that we do. Our organization is small, but the difference that we make is huge. I couldn't ask for a better group of people to work with. Everyone is professional and friendly, and it's clear that we're all working towards the same goal. We don't just "sell cats." We take in the cats that no one wants, and we educate people about what we do.
I work at a large prison and we have feral cats, a Coworker
and I wanted to take care of these cats. She told me about
this rescue. We found some kittens back in June Alley cat volunteers came
that day and rescued the kittens. They also trapped several adult cats
and spayed and neutered them. I volunteered to foster some of the kittens.
Alley cat and Angels were great and do so much to help cats in this area.
I started out as an adopter several years ago and was so impressed with the quality of the work that this organization does in the community that I became a volunteer. Alley Cats and Angels only adopts out fully vetted cats and kittens - and the health of their animals is so important that they provide a 21 day health guarantee with each cat and kitten adopted. Every cat and kitten is raised in multiple foster homes - resulting in some of the most well adjusted and best socialized cats and kittens in the area. Additionally, as an entirely volunteer run non-profit they also help feral cats in the community with their TNR (Trap Neuter Return) program, provide a low-cost spay neuter program (available to anyone, regardless of income) and a Barn Cat Program to provide safe barn and garden homes to feral and other cats that need outdoor homes (and natural pest control). This is a great organization that helps ALL needy cats and kittens in the community.
I am a board member of Alley Cats and Angels and I am so proud of the work that we do. As an all-volunteer organization, the number of cats we help each year through adoption, TNR, barn/garden home placement, and low-cost or free spay/neuter is astonishing.
We started with three volunteers and in our first year, we rescued 28 cats. That number has greatly increased. In 2012, we took in 329 cats (adoption program and barn/garden cat program) and sponsored and subsidized the spay/neuter of approximately 300 cats. The number of cats we rescued has increased ten-fold from our first year, but we are still a 100% volunteer-based, foster-home based rescue.