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
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.)
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!
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.
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.
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!!!!!!!!!
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.
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.
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!!!