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Review for Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary Inc, St. Pauls, NC, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I have sponsored some of the cats at Blind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary and have made memorial donations for my cats. This is a wonderful Sanctuary who takes in and cares for cats who would otherwise be unadoptable due to blindness and illness. They have a great staff and volunteers to provide for the little ones. Alana Miller is a hero.

Role:  Donor
 

Review for Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary Inc, St. Pauls, NC, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Have been donating for several years. They give great care to cats no one would otherwise want.

Role:  Donor
 

Review for Castleton Ranch Horse Rescue Inc, Valley Center, CA, USA

Rating: 4 stars  

I know that many, many horses have been abandoned, neglected, and abused. The situation has gotten worse with the recession. Unfortunately, many people thoughtlessly acquire horses without the means or dedication to care for them. Thus the rescues are left to try to help.

I believe many rescues and sanctuaries need better fund raisers. Their mailings have become more irritating to the recipients than helpful to the rescues. The letters are boilerplates that follow the same pattern for most sanctuaries and probably cost a lot. However, without the fundraisers, most people would not know of the rescues or their work.

Personally, I check the cause and if it looks legitimate in helping the animals victimized by people, I try to overlook the fundraising issues and contribute.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would try to get a better way of fundraising. It looks as if most sanctuaries/rescues use the same organization or all the organizations use the same pattern of soliciting. It just begins to look phony, especially when you have multiple organizations seeking funding. I receive many mailings from numerous groups. Thus I sometimes feel solicitation fatigue and question if the money is being used well.

Was your donation impactful?

Likely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Unsure

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Unsure

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Role:  Donor
 

Review for Tabbys Place a Cat Sanctuary Inc, Ringoes, NJ, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I am so glad I discovered Tabby's Place. It is a sanctuary that rescues cats that would otherwise be unadoptable from a shelter, particulaly given the time and financial constraints of shelters. Most of the cats are elderly or have medical conditions that require monitoring, medications, and attention. They have volunteers to provide for cats that are well enough to leave the shelter and still be well cared for. Tabby's Place has recently initiated a new program to care for feral cats. They spay and neuter them, provide dental care, medical help, and then have volunteers who look after them upon release. In a world that is so often dark and uncaring and looks at even healthy animals as disposable, Tabby's Place is a bright light. Urge support of this sanctuary and its occupants.

Role:  Donor
 

Review for Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary Inc, St. Pauls, NC, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

This is a wonderful rescue and sanctuary. They save the ones who would not have a chance of finding good homes from shelters and take in those from shelters that would euthanize them. Most of the cats are blind or vision impaired, or they may carry the feline immunodeficiency virus or the feline leukemia virus. The little ones are well cared for, have food, medical care, many toys, as well as attentive staff and volunteers. I have to applaud organizations to care about the ones this society would otherwise find undesirable or disposable. More power and donations to them!

Role:  Donor
 

Review for The American Anti-Vivisection Society, Jenkintown, PA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I really like this charity because they not only fight all animal abuse, but many of those they are defending are the ones, such as rats and mice, that many people consider as "varmints" and disposable, that do not arouse the sympathy that cats and dogs, etc., do. The AAVS also stayed its course when some other groups shifted their focus to pet animals, particularly when the medical/scientific community fought against and help defeat anti-vivisection laws. Now they fight to get rats, mice, birds, and marine mammals, who may be the objects of experiments, reclassified as animals. Yes! The Animal Welfare Act does not define them as animals and thus they do not fall under the "protection" of the United States Department of Agriculture, the overseer of the law.

Role:  Donor
 

Review for Tiger Haven, Kingston, TN, USA

Rating: 3 stars  

I certainly agree with the goals of this organization--rescuing and providing homes for the big cats that people without expertise, financial means for housing and care, and access to veterinarians have acquired. And that means virtually everyone who buys a big cat. As for the fund raising, I donate to multiple organizations and it seems as if most of them either have the same fund raisers or the fund raisers have similar methods. However, I have some sympathy for the amount of money being spent, although I would rather have to go for the animals. Basically, how many people are aware of these organizations or what they do? It is expensive to get the word out and then to compete with other similar facilities with the same mission of saving animals that should never been in private hands. I will probably continue to donate since the big cats did not contribute to their fate nor did they have choices. I'm also disgusting with the neighbors who bought property when cats were already in the area and now are trying to close down the sanctuary. Too much development! If they didn't want to be anywhere around an animal sanctuary, they should have gone elsewhere. This sounds like a lawsuit for financial gain. Shame on them.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Change the fundraising methods (stop sending dollar bills around) and comply with rating organizations.

Was your donation impactful?

Likely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Unsure

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Role:  Donor
 

Review for Mercy for Animals, Columbus, OH, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

This is one of the great animal rights/welfare groups. They have been documenting the unspeakable cruelty to animals occurring in factory farms. They have revealed, on video tape, the horrors that the written word cannot do justice to. Their job is dangerous and difficult, and they have given us a picture of animal cruelty that many people cannot believe is happening and that some people do not want to see. But their efforts have inspired others to change their diets and lifestyles and to support this organization. They are the advocates the the most ignored and most brutally treated animals. They deserve everyone's help and contributions.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I can't think of any changes I would make. I would just urge them to continue what they are doing. If they aren't already working with legislative groups to offer their documentation, maybe that would be a suggestion.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Role:  Donor