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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Northeast Animal Rescue is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization located in Northeast Philadelphia. We are dedicated to saving homeless, unwanted and abandoned cats. We depend solely on donations, which are tax deductible. NAR focuses on having feral (wild) cats spayed and/or neutered to decrease overpopulation. In the process of helping feral cats, we come across many who are friendly. These cats receive medical attention with the help of local veterinarians, and when ready, are put up for adoption. All our cats are cared for in foster homes. As a general policy, we do not take owner-surrendered cats. Our goal is to place all cats in stable, loving homes where they will be cared for and never be abandoned, abused or neglected.

Results: • Our budget for 2010 was $42,000. • We spent $25,000 on medical expenses alone. Of this $8,000 was for spay/neuter surgeries along. • We use a low-cost clinic for our spay/neuter operations — cost of surgery and vaccinations. for a feral cat is now $30.00. Tests for FIV/FeLV cost us $15.00 each. • 99% of the animals we help are not spayed or neutered before reaching us. All are sterilized before being placed in their new homes or being returned to their monitored colonies. • We are a foster home-based rescue. At any given time, we have approximately 100 cats in foster care. • We placed 163 cats in loving homes in 2010. • As of October, 2011, we had already placed 106 cats in warm and loving homes. • Northeast Animal Rescue is a 501(c)(3) charity under the I.R.S. Code.

Geographic areas served: Philadelphia and surrounding areas

Programs: Provided medical care and found homes for numerous abandoned amimals.

Community Stories

79 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found out about Northeast Animal Rescue (NAR) when I was looking to adopt 2 cats and found them at the Petsmart store at Haldeman and the Boulevard where NAR shows their cats. I immediately fell in love with 2 Calico sisters that were at the store and applied for them on-line. The screening process seemed to be very detailed and I was impressed with the length this organization goes to when screening possible adopters to ensure the cat gets a good home. Within a day I was contacted about meeting the kittens and I adopted them shortly thereafter. I was extremely impressed with Jayme Rosenthal and the detailed advice and guidance she provided. A few months later, I contacted Jayme again about adopting a male cat and she referred me to several possibilities that might get along with the cats I already had. I found a beautiful male cat among the group and also discovered that he was living with his brother, so I wound up adopting them both to keep them together and they blended in with the rest without problems. I was extremely impressed with the way this organization is run and its caring, friendly group of volunteers. As a result, I wound up signing up as a volunteer and have loved every minute of it!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer at the NAR site located in Petsmart on the Boulevard. These cats are extremely well cared for. They are out of their cages at least two hours every morning and two hours every evening during the week and a lot longer on the weekends. The workers at the store also stop in to visit. The volunteers not only clean the cages and feed them, but they also play with them and cuddle them. The cats are also switched out of Petsmart into foster homes and back to Petsmart until they are adopted so that they do not spend all of the time they are waiting to find a home in a cage.. In addition to this, NAR is involved in trapping and neutering feral cats then returning them to their feline families - how kind is that! This is truly a wonderful organization!

Kathy125

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted 2 cats from NAR a couple of months ago. The adoption process was fantastic. The cats were healthy and extremely well adjusted. My vet said that he could tell they came from loving foster homes. I was highly impressed by the dedication and kindness of NAR. You could just tell how much they loved these animals and how fortunate both the cats and I were that they were there to help. These volunteers deserve a special place in heaven for their work.

pippintwosie

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a foster home and an adopter of 2 Northeast Animal Rescue cats. It is a wonderful group of people who work tirelessly, day in and day out. They will pair you up with a cat that will be a perfect match. They always go the extra mile for their animals and the adopters. Please support this rescue.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

These wonderful people all put the animals first. They are relentless in saving many lives when others would look away or give up. My heroes are the lovely people at Northeast Animal Rescue!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Currently in my home I have 3 wonderful cats adopted from this organization. Murphy, Duncan and Newton were all "adults" when I adopted them. Murphy and Newton had serious health issues when they were first taken in by NAR - these kind people spent time and money treating these boys, and today they are healthy, happy, and spoiled! The people who manage this organization are caring and devoted, yet are professional in every way in how they run their rescue and take care of the animals. They carefully evaluate all the people who apply to adopt, and make thoughtful decisions about who gets to become a "pet parent". I have never known people more committed to a cause. I support them however I can, and they are and will always be my first choice when considering adopting in the future.

Lori78

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with Jayme and NAR for a number of years now and have never been disappointed with the care and professionalism shown to the cats, and to the potential adopters. I do the trapping myself, but use NAR to get the cats neutered, vaccinated and tested. Some of the cats are returned to the colony while others are fostered and socialized. Recently, I trapped a litter of four kittens: two were returned to the colony and two stayed with me to be socialized. Once they were ready to be adopted, Jayme posted the one on the NAR website (the other already had an adopter) and found her a good fur-ever home. I have worked with other cat rescue organizations and NAR is definitely a 5 star in my book!

Denise61

Client Served

Rating: 5

While looking for a special cat to adopt online, we found a precious little boy who was with NAR. Despite the fact that I had moved 1.5 hours away from Philadelphia, I decided to apply and was pleased with the care and amount of attention they had given the kitten I was adopting - it was clear these folks were animal lovers and deeply cared about the animals and where they were going to a forever home. He has turned out to be one of my most precious pets ever and I'm grateful for their assistance in placing him in our home!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my first cat from Northeast Animal Rescue in 2002. He was the most beautiful boy and fit in so well with my existing crew of 3 cats. When I lost him suddenly to a bladder infection and an inattentive veterinary office I was heartsick. 2 months later, I went back to NAR with the intention of adopting one particular cat. Instead, 2 different cats literally picked *me* out and once again my household was complete. Or was it? Years later, when I lost one of my older cats to kidney disease I knew it was time. Jayme told me about the perfect kitten for me, an orange tabby named Leo. When I went to the foster home where Leo was in residence, it happened again. Not one, but two! I had to keep Leo and his sister Delma together. I truly cannot say enough about the amazing work Jayme and her crew of wonderful foster parents do for cats in need of loving homes. They give the bulk of their free time, their homes and their hearts to this organization and are making a difference for the cats AND their prospective adopters!

JKolak

Client Served

Rating: 5

Northeast Animal Rescue is about caring and compassionate people who have a genuine love for cats. The foster pet parents a tremendous job in preparing the cats left in their care to live in adoptive homes. We adopted two companion cats on April 16, 2011. Piper and Leo are wonderful pets thanks to the care they received from Northeast Animal rescue.

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Donor

Rating: 5

After our first two cats passed away, we decided to adopt from Northeast Animal Rescue. We saw the cats the organization had for adoption on display at PetsMart. We were inpressed with the detailed biography each cat had indicating its known background and whether the cat would fit in with a household that had other cats, dogs or children. The cats received excellent volunteer care while they waited to be adopted in their purrfect furever homes. Northeast Animal Rescue is unique because it is not a shelter housing cats in cages. Rather, it is a netowrk of loving foster homes that provide individual care for cats as they await adoption. We adopted two adult cats who are beautiful members of our household thanks to the loving care they received from Northeast Animal Rescue. We like to donate to Northeast Animal Rescue as "chip-in" donors for cats that require special but expensive medical treatment for disease or injury.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a kitten from the SPCA who died one day after I brought him home and I was crushed. I went to the PetSmart to buy food for my other pets when I saw two of the cutest kittens for adoption. I filled out an application and was called two days later by Jayme to come pick up my "kids". I have been just delighted with them. So much so, that two years later I adlpted another kitten from Jayme and Northeast Animal Rescue. Jayme and her volunteers do an outstanding job of resucing and caring for cats and kittens that are looking for their forever homes.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

It is a true pleasure to write about Northeast Animal Rescue. I have adopted 3 kitties from NAR over the past few years. Although some are kept at the local PetSmart, any time I stop by they are clean, well fed and if a volunteer is there, they are running arond and playing.
NAR is very conscious of the people they allow to adopt and they do a complete backgrond check on all prospective "parents".
Jayme is a real gem and so dedicated to rescuing feral cats and helping those living on the street.
Great work NAR

Client Served

Rating: 5

Several months ago, I knew I'd be moving into my own apartment, and thought that it was time to own my very first cat. My best friend had adopted two cats from this rescue several months ago, and I knew that she had a great experience, so I thought I would try to find my perfect cat through them. First, I filled out the application, and then started looking at the many cats they had in foster care that were up for adoption. I wanted a special needs cat, as I know that special needs animals are harder to place than cute cuddly kittens. So I narrowed my choices down to several cats. I got approved to adopt a cat, and started inquiring about the few I had thought would be perfect fits for me. Unfortunately, or what i thought was unfortunate, they did not feel that the cats I wanted were good fits for me, my lifestyle, and my personality. I respected that, as it clearly showed that they cared more about finding the perfect home for both their cats and their potential adopters. Then they sent me a photo of a special needs cat that I had overlooked, simply because I thought he was ugly. I said as much, but they insisted that I meet him, as they were sure he was the perfect fit for me. I begrudgingly agreed, and set up a time to meet him at the vets office where he was being fostered. When I got there, they put me in an exam room, and brought in this skinny, ugly, black and white cat. I was sitting on the floor, and this cat immidiately came over to me, head butted me, bit me, rolled over, and started purring, all in a matter of 6.5 seconds. It was love at first site. I am forever grateful that they said "no" to the other cats, and insisted I visit with this one, as he is most definitely the perfect cat for me. He has the cat version of cerebral palsy, but has no idea that him falling all the time is not normal. He loves to head butt, and play, and snuggle and purr. He has gained some weight, and his personality never ceases to amaze me. Sometimes I think he thinks he is a dog, as he certainly begs for human food like one! I named him Loki, which means "mischievious" as he is definitely a little trouble maker. I no longer find him ugly, and in fact, now that he's gained some weight, he's actually a very handsome fella. I am so very grateful that this rescue makes sure that their cats and kittens find the best possible homes for both them, and their new human. Loki was a cat I never would have looked at at my own, and I am so grateful that they insisted we meet. He is the perfect cat for him, and I know that he is very grateful that I am now his human. He was meant to be put to sleep because of his condition, but the vet and rescue refused, and although he waited 5 months for me to find him, we are the perfect match. I love my Loki, and I love what this organization does, as they absolutely put the well being of their foster cats and kittens first. I would recommend them to anyone!

Client Served

Rating: 5

During the summer we had kittens born under our shed. I tried for two months to find someone to help me trap them so they could be socialized. Finally someone sent me to North East Animal Rescue, they came out to my house, brought food, traps, etc...spend an evening at the house trying to help me trap the kittens. By this time they were too old to be socialized, could be trapped neutered and returned. We had no luck trapping them that evening. They told me how to get them to stay in the area so they could come out again to try to get the kitties. Again no luck...These are some of the most caring, gentle, loving women I have ever met...

1 Tara25

Client Served

Rating: 5

Recently we lost our cat Penelope that had been in our lives for 17 years. After her passing my father spoke of getting another cat because of how lonely he was. My family had never adopted a pet before so I did some research using Petfinder, and found out the great rescues in the area. Northeast Animal Rescue was one of them. You could tell just by their website how dedicated they were to their cats in trying to find them the best homes. So after some time looking through the website my dad put in a application to adopt a cat. Two days later he got a phone call telling him he was approved. Jayme made the adoption process easy by talking with my dad thoroughly about what kind of cat he was looking for. She recommended to him Cherokee Rose a dilute calico cat with the personality he was looking for. They set up a date and time for my father to meet Cherokee Rose. We met Jayme at their Great Northeast Petsmart location so we could meet her. When you walk in the first thing on your left side is where some of their cats are kept and you can't miss them. At the time we arrived the volunteers were cleaning out the litter boxes, cages, giving them food, and the love and attention they deserve. We were taken into a back room to meet Cherokee Rose with one of the volunteers and Jayme. Right away my dad knew she was the one for him. She is so sweet, loving, gentle, and well behaved my dad was ecstatic. Jayme described Cherokee Rose to my dad exactly how she was. Jayme knows so much detail of each of her cats it is simply amazing. After the meeting, and my dad deciding to get her Jayme walked around with my father in the store to show him exactly what Cherokee liked as far as eating, and playing. You could tell that she takes the time with each of her cats in understanding them so that way they can go to a home fit perfectly for them. I was really surprised she did that, and it was a lot of help. She made the adoption go easy and not overwhelming. The volunteers were extremely nice, and friendly. I am glad we got Cherokee Rose from them. I would highly recommend Northeast Animal Rescue to anyone in the Philadelphia area. They are simply amazing and can not express how greatly I appreciate all that they did for my father, and for helping Cherokee Rose find her forever home.

Nikki C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful caring animal loving people with a small staff and great volunteers. We love our furbabies♥

Peg K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have adopted all my cats through this organization. NAR is an incredibly hard-working group of volunteers who are all totally committed to finding loving homes for cats in need while at the same time working to reduce the feral cat population.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted 5 cats from Northeast Animal Rescue over the past 8 or 9 years. NAR is an amazing rescue organization, so committed to ensuring that their rescued cats find loving forever homes. NAR undertakes to capture, spay/neuter and release feral cats in order to reduce the population of unwanted and homeless animals. This seemingly insurmountable task is undertaken with patience, love and determination! When placing their adoptable cats/kittens, the volunteers at NAR do a wonderful job of matching animal personalities to human personalities in order to ensure the best possible environment for the pet. When it comes to animal rescue organizations, NAR is a shining example of what it means to "rescue"!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They are extremely friendly and clean. The cats always are playing outside of there cages for social interaction :)

Client Served

Rating: 1

I am not impressed with the Northeast Animal Rescue. In my opinion, they are not professional, taking too long to respond, and their decisions are biased. My recommendation: think hard before involving your heart in this organization.

Paulette K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Northeast Animal Rescue is a wonderful charity because they stay true to their mission and use every penny donated for their cause in reducing the feral cat population in Philadelphia and its surrounding counties. They are reactive in that they sometimes pull needy cats from local animal shelters to foster and find homes for them so they are not destroyed. I have fostered cats on behalf of NAR rather than the shelters because they are easier to contact than the shelters and far more cooperative. NAR is a proactive rescue also- they sterilize feral and stray cats. They educate the public and help people that feed colonies of feral cats get their fed cats surgically sterilized through the TNR process. I have had them personally help me trap cats to get sterilized preventing hundreds of more unwanted cats.

Victoria13

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted 2 wonderful cats from NAR they are wonderful and do so much for their rescues, they even took in to very sick kittens from a friend at after lots of vets bills got them well and forever homes:)

Kristy T.

Client Served

Rating: 4

Amazing people, very professional, accommodating and friendly. I have already recommended this agency to numerous people. Keep up the good work!

Felicia C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Northeast Animal Rescue is a great group! They care so much about homeless cats that the volunteers spend several hours out of their busy weeks taking care of the cats--playing with them, cleaning their cages, talking to potential adopters. Adopters find that cats from NAR are so pleasant and friendly because the volunteers and "foster parents" show the cats so much love. I personally have benefited so much from this group--I enjoy being with the cats, talking to other cat-loving volunteers, and helping the cats find adopters. I am definitely lucky I found this great rescue, and so are all of the cats in its care. I hope NAR is able to keep caring for homeless cats for many years to come.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family has adopted two cats from this shelter. Both cats were in excellent health - one, a 3-year-old, the other, a 4 month-old kitten. They thrived and grew in our home until one day, the older one got out and didn't come back. He had developed a dental issue which he was treated for three different times. I'm afraid he may have gone away to die. As sad as it sounds, I think he didn't want us to find him. We loved him so much and still sometimes hold out some hope that he might find his way home. The other, is still growing happily in our home and does not go outside. The shelter is always clean and the volunteers there are wonderful and truly love their jobs. I would adopt from them again if I could. Wishing them all the luck in this challenge. An award is so well-deserved. Their love for animals, especially cats, is unlike any others! They even follow-up with their adoptive families to make sure their cats are doing well. You don't find that very often. 5 Stars!

Mary23456789101112131415161718

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've kept in touch with this group since we adopted two kittens from them in 2007. They are everything you could ask from a rescue, dedicated, hard-working, and caring. The adoption process was thorough but went quickly and smoothly. Our intention at first was to adopt only one cat, Truffle. I am thrilled they talked us into adopting a second, Magic. I swear they taught Magic to jump into our cat carrier (just kidding). As I've followed their work, I continue to be super impressed with their high ethics and professionalism. This group will work relentlessly to do the right thing. As I read stories of the animals they rescue, the ones that make it and the ones that don't, I know it has to be heart-wrenching at times. NAR is a spot of light in a crazy world.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've adopted three cats from Northeast Animal Rescue. I have found the volunteers to be professional, kind, caring and knowledgable about their cats and cats in general. I like the fact that NAR makes great strides to find their cats a home or a good foster placement. I wish every single one of their kitties would find a good home. For the price of adoption, the cats are spayed, up to date with shots(per their age) and microchipped and you cannot beat that kind of care!
I would tell anyone who lives in the Philadelphia/Bucks County & surrounding areas to make NAR their first stop in adopting a cat.

Client Served

Rating: 5

In 2009, we experienced the loss of our beloved, rescued 16-year-old cat and wanted to honor his memory by opening our hearts and home to another kitty. We added not one, but two beloved members (who were brothers themselves!) to our family with the help of this amazing organization.

I can't say enough good things about the importance of their mission and the critical role they play in bringing love and light to the lives of homeless cats in Northeast Philadelphia and the surrounding area.

As we were preparing our application, I was grateful for the wise counsel from the group's founder in finding a perfect feline match. Post-adoption, I was so glad for the support that my cats' foster mom provided. The cats arrived at our house completely adored and lovingly cared-for. We are still in touch and I am indebted to her for being my babies' first mom. This kind of personalized experience is a signature feature of NAR's exemplary work.

We are fortunate to have found NAR - they have brought joy to us and to so many others. Their commitment and dedication to the cause of animal rescue is simply extraordinary.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Northeast Animal Rescue is a great organization providing a desperately needed service to the area. As a common trend, animal shelters around the country find themselves beyond capacity and turn to euthanasia as more animals come in seeking shelter. Northeast Animal Rescue shelters cats from around the area in foster homes rather than keeping them in tiny cages for days at a time. NAR has many caring and loving foster families that are willing to donate their time and money into finding forever homes for unwanted cats that are deserving of good homes. NAR is able to show the cats they have available for adoption at a local PetSmart shop in N.E. Philadelphia. That is where my husband and I went to meet some of the cats they had available for adoption in 2008. My husband's 17 year old cat had passed away due to aging and wanted nothing more than a cat for his birthday that year. Rather than looking to buy a cat from a pet store, we turned to adoption agencies. NAR came up in my search around the internet for agencies that were not only in the area but also had a convenient way/place to meet adoptable cats. When we met Jayme and some of the foster families at the N.E. Philadelphia PetSmart, we were amazed by how involved everyone was in not only the well-being of the cats, but also knowing their personalities and being able to share those details with potential adopters such as ourselves. We got to sit in the room with some of the sweet cats they had at the store from NAR while the foster families gave us details about each of the cats we looked at/interacted with. After having so many wonderful cats to choose from, we came down to one cat that seemed to tug at both of our hearts. Because NAR doesn't want to hastily adopt out cats to homes that may not be able to care for the cats, they require applications to be filled out by potential adopters. This is a great thing for both the cats and NAR. By finding out more information about potential adopters, NAR can find the best homes for the cats they foster. Even if it means not adopting out a cat to an adopter that is not suitable, NAR operates on the basic principle that they act on the best interests of the cats they foster. NAR is the kind of animal adoption agency that needs to be in every town across the country. They are a fantastic organization and have the most amazing volunteers. I recommend NAR to every single person I come across that is looking to adopt a cat.

As a side note, the cat we adopted from NAR in 2008 is a happy and healthy rambunctious cat that spends most of time playing with our older cat who is a grumpy old curmudgeon. They make the most perfect pair, especially when they curl up together on a bed somewhere in the house, as if they were siblings from birth. It was the best match ever, thanks to NAR!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a six month old kitten from NAR in January 2011. I met them at PetSmart where they do their adoptions. They reviewed me as much as I reviewed the cat which is good. I was specifically looking for a rescue in foster care since I figure the cat would adjust better and also good with dogs. I met the foster parent, the NAR person and we reviewed everything about the cat and I took him. He's been great. About 3 months after getting him, he started spraying because we had painters there. I panicked and emailed NAR at about 5 AM and they got back to me around 630AM with how to handle the situation and offering all the help in the world. I really respect that kind of follow up and continuing support for my adopted cat. It's almost a year and he's doing just fine. Heck, he hasn't even shredded anything yet which just seems odd but who is complaining.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I adopted a cat from NE Animal rescue almost a year ago. The introduction to "Tara" and all follow up contacts were professional and thorough. The Rescue provided us with complete medical records and history and offered care instructions. It was understood that Tara could always be returned to the Rescue if she was not compatible with us or our cat at home.

Our contact at the Rescue is always available to answer questions, and she is knowledgable and caring. Initially, there were problems between Tara and our cat, Pooter. Cindy offered valuable information to solve this issue. She is interested in knowing how Tara is doing and appreciates receiving photographs and updates.

1 Desiree R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have know of Northeast Animal Rescue since November 2010. I have adopted two kittens from NAR. The first kitten was abandoned as a newborn and brought in to NAR - she was very sickly, and was diagnosed with a congenital or genetic neurological problem -- between my care and the good care of NAR, the little kitten lived a wonderful 10 months that it would not have otherwise. I now have a second kitten that it healthy, happy and quite a handful... I know that the NAR folks take care for many cats that are not easily adoptable (blind, with defects, etc) and I commend their dedication, effort and emotional connection to their cats!

Betsy D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've known the founder of NAR for many years and have watched her grow this rescue from the roots up. The NAR team of volunteers works tirelessly to find loving families for homeless cats in the Philadelphia area and to control the feral cat population while educating the public about the importance of spay/neuter. They also help to find low cost spay/neuter services within the community.

I'm a long-time volunteer with NAR as well as an adopter. Northeast Animal Rescue is just the best!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first came into contact with Northeast Animal Rescue when I was looking to adopt a cat. I was impressed immediately with the operation, all volunteers seemed to hold exceptionally high ethical standards and the focus was not on moving the animals into homes quickly, but on finding the appropriate home for each pet. I was even a little alarmed that I wouldn't pass the rigorous screening process!! Ultimately, the time and energy spent on screening potential adopters yields long term placement, and during my subsequent time with NAR as a volunteer I have heard of very few unsuccessful adoptions. I began volunteering with NAR about seven months ago, and I am impressed with the constant communication between volunteers and the high standards set for work performed by all volunteers. The cleanliness, comfort and care for the animals is the number one priority. I would encourage anyone looking to adopt a pet to contact the Northeast Animal Rescue, the volunteers have a great knowledge base of the animals in their care, and they are honest with potential adopters about issues concerning each pet, and will give honest feedback about an animal's temperament and behaviors. The process is lengthier than with an animal shelter or a pet store, but the quality and care is exceptional!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Without the help of Northeast Animal Rescue, I don't know what I would have done to help a feral Mom cat and her kittens that were in my yard. Northeast Animal Rescue lent me a trap, something I had never done before and I got all the kittens and the Mom cat. Had the Mom spayed and NAR found foster homes for the kittens. It takes a very dedicated rescue to help a total stranger, it's now years later I'm also a member of NAR. Education is the key to helping the over population of stray cats and kittens. No cat or kitten gets adopted without being spayed or neutered. And NAR does their best to educate the public on the importance of spay and neutering their pets.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

NAR is a great organization that aims to care for, rehabilitate and find loving homes for homeless cats. They are a no kill shelter and take in as many strays and unwanted cats as possible even though they survive solely on donations. The animals all get a clean bill of health from a veterinarian and then are placed in a foster home or into the cat home at Petsmart where they can gain exposure to possible adopters. These cats are all known and loved as individuals with their own personalities by the foster homes and volunteers that care for them. A picture, stats and in depth description of each cat is placed in the adoption "cat book" at Petsmart and also on the website so that potential adopters can learn as much as possible about the animal to ensure the right fit into their home. NAR also does a terrific job with the trap and release program in which feral cats are trapped, spayed or neutered and then released. This helps to ensure that even though these feral cats are unadoptable, they at least won't continue to breed and enlarge an ever growing and out of control population of strays.I am so happy that I am able to volunteer my time to an organization that really helps the animals that it takes in and helps to bring joy to the lives of many cats that otherwise may not survive and would never know the love of a good home.