My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Aslan's Cats Inc, Verbank, NY, USA
I have been active in Animal Rescue for almost 20 years. With this type of job, it has brought many happy endings for many homeless cats and dogs but unfortunately it has overwhelmed me with sad and heartbreaking endings. The rescue I work for is North Shore Animal League America. We pull animals from kill shelters in NY and all over the US, and we bring them back to our no Kill facility for a second chance at life. We also admit animals from people who can no longer take care of their pets for varies reasons. Our feline adoption center , Bianca's Furry Friends, is a beautiful state of the art cage free cat rooms. Every cat that we take into our feline facility we test them for Feline Leukemia and Feline Immunodeficiency virus,. Unfortunately we can not take in cats that have Feline Leukemia because of the grave prognosis but because it is contagious to other cats. If a cat tests positive we must reject the cat for admission and this often leads to Euthanasia for the that Cat. I have met many felines that unfortunately tested positive which often leads to distraught and saddened people who are trying to help the feline have a happy life with a new family. Often cats that test positive are not symptomatic and could have a wonderful life for several years, but not many people would want to take in a cat that will eventually die within a year or two. Often we will find special people who will foster a positive cat and give its a great life with the time he/she has left. Over a year ago, I met a young rescuer in the Bronx who was feeding a beautiful pregnant cat that was homeless. The streets in the Bronx could be very harsh and cruel for a stray cat so I immediately told her to bring her to me so we could get her off the streets and into a home. When she arrived we tested her for Feline Leukemia, and unfortunately she tested positive . To return her to the finder was not an option and we could not return her to a harsh and unstable life back on the street. My friend and rescue partner Beth Stern was also involved with her care, since she was going to take her home to foster to have her babies suggested Aslan cats. We both knew of the wonderful home for Feline Leukemia cats , and we thought it would be a great place for her.
Beth named her Dee Dee and we both knew it was best to spay her and abort the babies because they too would be Feluk positive and would not live for very long.
When I brought Dee Dee to Aslans I was warmly greeted by Hillary and was given a tour of this warm loving home. I met the wonderful cats that also had Feline Leukemia and they all looked very happy and healthy and well cared for. I knew this was the best place for Dee Dee. Aslans give cats like Dee Dee a chance to live the rest of their short lives In a loving home . :-)
Thank you Karla and North Shore Animal League for doing the great work you do to help animals in your community. It is a pleasure working with you.