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Review for Cat Haven Inc, Baton Rouge, LA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

General Information Cat Haven, founded in 1999, is an all volunteer, non-profit organization devoted to: (1) rescuing abandoned cats and kittens for adoption into loving new homes; and (2) reducing the cat overpopulation problem by actively spaying and neutering cats. Adoption Program Since its beginning in 1999, Cat Haven has rescued and found permanent homes for >5,000 felines. All requests for intake are handled by our Kitten and Adult Coordinators. Once intake has been authorized by the coordinator, cats are housed in volunteer foster homes and the shelter, provided medical care and put up for adoption at area PetSmarts (Saturdays 10–4) and our shelter. All Cat Haven felines are tested negative for FeLV/FIV, spayed or neutered, tested for feline gastrointestinal diseases and brought up-to-date on age-appropriate vaccinations. Potential adopters complete an application and sign a binding adoption contract and agree to provide indoor only homes. Cat Haven will take back any of its adoptees at any time upon request by the adopter. The adoption fee currently is $90. Feral Cat and Fix-A-Feline Programs In less than 10 years, Cat Haven assisted area residents and felines with spaying/neutering >5,000 felines. Sadly, in 2009, despite the best efforts of Cat Haven and other small animal rescue organizations, ~10,000 animals were euthanized by East Baton Rouge Parish Animal Control. This is why we are working to create a spay/neuter clinic for feral cats and cats cared for by low income residents. The generous participation of area veterinarians and the LSU Vet school helps us spay/neuter ~2,000 felines. We ask residents to make a donation of $25-35 but appreciate any affordable amount. Shelter Program In 2008 we remodeled half the building to provide a temporary safe haven for homeless felines rescued by Cat Haven and awaiting adoption and to offer spay/neuter services for feral and stray felines under the care of lower income area residents. The “colony rooms” provide tranient living space for 24-30 rescued felines awaiting adoption.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Cat Haven consistently adopts more felines in the Baton Rouge area than any other agency including animal control. It has found homes for >5000 felines in just 10 years and spayed/neutered a like number of ferals in just 8 years.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Seeing the positive impact on the community.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The volunteers are excellent, dedicated to saving lives and helping people.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Stop the need for euthanizing >4000 felines by East Baton Rouge Animal Control each year. This would result from an agressive spay/neuter program and a broad adoption effort.

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