by Diana Hockley
This week we are interviewing the founder of the Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary in Saint Pauls, North Carolina.
KRL: Rescuing animals is a labor of love and total dedication. What was the catalyst for the creation of the Blind Cat Rescue, and when did it come into being?
CR: We started in 2005 to answer the need for a safe place to care for blind cats. At that time, blind cats were typically immediately euthanized in animal control facilities and by rescues.
KRL: What sort of set-up do you have?
KRL: How many can you accommodate, and do you have different sections for specific cats – e.g., kittens?
CR: We are at full capacity right now with 92. We do not separate kittens, but we do have separate spaces for FIV+ and FELV+ cats.
KRL: Are you a registered charity for rescue or tax exemption purposes?
CR: Yes, we are a 501c3 tax-exempt non-profit
KRL: How does the local community regard your activities, and are they supportive in adoption and/or monetary terms?
CR: We are in a tiny farming community of 2000… we get basically zero support from the local community.
KRL: Do you have many volunteers and how do you recruit them?
CR: We do not have many volunteers.
KRL: Rescues depend on donations from the public – do you charge a small fee for your animals when they are adopted? And do you have PayPal and credit card facilities?
CR: We do not adopt. And yes we do take Paypal.
KRL: What are the special challenges to rescuing blind cats?
CR: There are none: a blind cat has no idea they are blind, they know they are cats, they act like cats…
KRL: How many animals do you think you have saved so far?
CR: Personally? Over 150, plus we post on our Facebook page blind, FIV, FELV+ cats… a large percentage of them are saved from those postings. I have never kept track of the number.
KRL: Have you any fundraising or adoption events coming up?
CR: We have the ability for people to create their own fundraisers for their birthdays, etc., on our webpage: www.blindcatrescue.com.
KRL: Do local vet surgeries help in any way?
CR: She does give us a discount for her services.
KRL: What are your most urgent needs right now, and how can people help?
CR: The normal stuff: volunteers, money, supplies… Donations can be made on our website and we also have a wish list from which they can select and send supplies.
KRL: Do you have any other animals at your shelter, perhaps as pets or as rescues?
CR: We are located on a 24-acre farm. I personally have pigs, horses, a 11-year-old turkey named ET (evil turkey), guineas, and donkeys.
KRL: What is your website URL and FB and Twitter details?
CR: www.blindcatrescue.com, facebook.com/blindcatrescue, twitter.com/blindcatrescue, Instagram.com/blindcatrescue
We are located at: 3101 E Great Marsh Church Road, St. Pauls, NC 28384
Donation link: www.blindcatrescue.com
KRL: The mission statement for Blind Cat Rescue?
CR: Our mission is:
• To provide shelters and rescues with blind, FIV+ & FELV+ cats who are not able to find a suitable adoptive home for these animals an alternative to euthanizing them.
• To give people who are unable to continue caring for their blind, FIV+ & FELV+ cat, and who have been unable to place these animals with friends, relatives, or no-kill adoption groups a sanctuary where their animals will receive a lifetime of love and care.
• To educate the public regarding, blind, FIV+ and FELV+ cats.
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