Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Help Support Blind Cats & Kittens because every cat deserves to feel love, safety and security!

Ooh, are you talking about us? Nice!

A note from S.J. Francis: I never knew that blind cats and kittens were killed simply because of their disability. Naive me always thought that shelters cared for all animals. Of course, this is proof that fact isn't true. Sadly, blind animals are routinely murdered every day along with healthy animals. To learn that there is actually a rescue and sanctuary out there that takes in blind felines is a blessing, a necessity that has saved many lives and will continue to do so, as long as animal lovers continue to help and spread the word. That is my intent here to do so.
     Care to view their videos? https://www.youtube.com/user/Blindcatrescue
     I only discovered the Blind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary https://blindcatrescue.com/  when I was perusing a recent issue of For Woman First magazine. In the article, I learned about Alana and how she began rescuing these animals and why there was such an urgent need to do so. What a wonderful cause, I thought to myself and one that I had to immediately begin donating to. Since my first donation a few weeks ago, I decided I wanted to do more, which led me to this blog post and placing Blind Cat Rescue as my designated charity under amazon smile in which Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. Of course, the amount isn't a big one, but if you shop a great deal on amazon, pennies can add up to quite a bit. (To learn more about amazon smile program and how it helps your chosen charity, click here:  https://smile.amazon.com/   Thank you Alana for allowing me the honor to showcase the Blind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary here at my one for the animals Blog. 

Here's the sad truth:
When blind cats are placed in shelters, their chances of finding a home are very small… and they risk being euthanized.
Blind Cat Rescue is an amazing group that provides a sanctuary for blind cats that have become unadoptable. They’re given vet & medical care & all the love they need to live out happy lives.
This much needed care is expensive and ongoing as these wonderful cats live out their lives at the rescue.
Who Are They?
From the rescue: 
"Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary, Inc. is a lifetime cat care sanctuary located in St. Pauls, North Carolina (USA).  In 2005, we built our first building as a safe place for blind cats who were deemed not adoptable by regular shelters and were going to be euthanized because they were blind.  In 2011,  we built a second shelter to provide a safe place for Leukemia positive (FELV+) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV+) cats who otherwise would be killed because they tested positive for these viruses.  

Here's their website to check out yourself:

"We are a registered non-profit 501©3 in the state of North Carolina.  Our tax identification number is 20-3410498.  Your donations are tax-deductible.  You may donate to our life-saving work using  Mastercard, Visa or Paypal.   Please help us change lives of blind, FIV+ and FELV+ cats. "

"Checks may be made out and mailed to Blind Cat Rescue and mailed to:
Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary
3101 E Great Marsh Church Road
St Pauls, NC 28384 USA

Or you can donate via Pay Pal blindcatsanctuar@aol.com

 This is Holly. Did U say food?

Our physical address is 74  Prairie Lane, St Pauls, NC  

"If the gate is open, please ignore the no - trespassing signs. Due to time restraints and very poor reception in the shelter we prefer communication to be by email.
"You may email us at   blindcat@blindcatrescue.com

"If you're in the area and would like to come help clean, we start at 8:15 am and then you can play
We have staff here for visitors  Monday - Saturday  12 pm - 4 pm  EST 
You do not have to wait for open house to visit We have a monthly open house,    noon-4    1/14/2017,   2/11,    3/11

"If your cat has become blind or you are thinking  of adopting a blind cat, please read on...

From the shelter: 
"Blind Cat Rescue was started in 2005 in St Pauls, NC (USA) by a mother and daughter team to answer the need for a safe place for blind cats that were deemed not adoptable by regular shelters. They were going to be killed just because they are blind. We got our first blind cat Louie when we were volunteering for the local shelter. A man was going to leave this 6 week old in the PetSmart parking lot if the shelter would not accept him.  I found myself saying “I will take him.”    

Louie. Yes, I began it all.
Here's the website to see for yourself: https://blindcatrescue.com

"Louie showed us just how normal a blind cat is.  He climbed, ran, played and loved like a “normal” cat.  He did not know he was blind, he knew he was a cat, he behaved like a “normal” cat.  Then we got our second, third, and fourth blind cat.  We discovered there were no resources for blind cats. They were regularly killed at shelters because they were considered not adoptable.  In North Carolina it is actually in the law. If an animal is sick, injured or blind it may be killed immediately in animal control facilities. We feel we do not kill humans because they are blind, why on earth would you kill an animal for the same thing?  We knew from living with blind cats that they are just normal cats.  They have no clue they are blind, they know they are cats, they act like cats. We decided it was time to do it right and applied to become a nonprofit and 501©3 charity. Who would have ever dreamed what would have come from those two words?

Bear  FIV+

"In 2011 we built a second building to provide a safe sanctuary for FELV+ (leukemia positive) and FIV+ (feline immunodeficiency virus)  cats.   FIV & FELV+ cats are killed daily at vets offices and shelters because they test positive for these viruses.  We do not kill people because they have an immune system illness or leukemia, why would we kill a healthy animal because they test positive? Sadly if retested with a more accurate test before being killed, some would actually be false positives.  NEVER EVER accept the results from a snap test if your cat tests positive! (That is the test your vet will have used) INSIST that they be retested with the IFA test for leukemia or Western Blot test for FIV.  The test has to be sent out to an outside lab. If your cat test FIV+ and your vet suggest you kill it please find a better vet.  New studies done by Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine shows that positive and negative cats can live together with no problems. 
"FIV is spread by deep bloody biting fighting. Unfixed cats outside struggling for food and resources fight.  Neuter them and feed them there is no reason to fight.  Occasionally it is spread by a positive mother to her babies, but that is not as common.  An FIV+ cat can live for years before becoming sick.  When a cat reaches the point that our vet feels we can no longer provide them quality of life, we hold them and humanly let them go.  We do not allow them to suffer.

Natalie FELV+

"FELV+  Feline leukemia is passed from one cat to another through saliva, blood, and to some extent, urine and feces.  The virus does not live long outside the cat’s body - probably less than a few hours under normal household conditions.  If your cat tests positive for FELV, the cat is not sick and your vet suggest you kill the cat, find a better vet.  We do not kill humans because they have a virus, why would we murder the cat?  It is our experience that FELV+ cat can have a few years of healthy life before they become sick from the virus.  We have several that are currently 6 years old.  We do find that 3-5 is more the average. Although they also could die younger from secondary illness’s or lymphoma. The Snap test your vet used is known for many false positives.  If your cat test positive please insist on the cat being retested using the IFA test (Idexx lab test number 7171) before making any life changing decisions.  The test takes a few days to come back from the lab.  If the test is positive, the virus is showing in the cat’s bone marrow and sadly your cat is positive.

"We will accept a cat into our sanctuary IF we have space available. Blind cats must be certified by a vet as blind.  Cats with less than20% sight are accepted as blind.  All cats must be fixed.
FIV+ cats must be verified by the Western Blot test.
FELV+ cats must be verified with the IFA test.  We will NOT accept a cat as positive based upon the snap test.
Chester Blind

"Adoption Policy - We are a life time care sanctuary, we do not adopt. All of our cats have been thrown away a minimum of 1 time. Many have had multiple placements.  The majority have come from high kill animal control facilities or from rescues that saved them from kill shelters.

"Facts about blind cats: Blind Cats do not know they are blind, they know they are cats.  They act like “normal” cats. Blind cats can do pretty much everything that a seeing cat can do. They can climb trees, climb up on to the top of cabinets and get into places that you cannot figure out how they did it. Some things that will make it easier on your blind cat is to try to stay somewhat consistent on the important things, like the litter box and food bowls. For the rest of the house, live normally; they will go around things.  If you watch a blind cat, you will see that they point their whiskers out so the whiskers will brush against something typically before they hit it. You CAN move your furniture. They will quickly readjust to the change. If you pick up a blind cat and move him/her from point A to point B, try to put them down where they have a good idea of where they are: in the litter box, at their food bowl or where floors have different textures.
Jewell blind from hypertension
"A cat can become blind from many things.  If your cat has suddenly become blind overnight, RUSH the cat to the vet immediately!  Insist on them checking the cat’s blood pressure. (That is not something done automatically at most vets) If the blindness is from hypertension and caught fast enough, it may reverse with medicine. They can also become blind from diabetes, hyperthyroid and most commonly an untreated upper respiratory infection.  If your cat is sneezing, coughing and eyes are gooey, get to the vet. If your cat is eating like crazy and losing weight or drinking water like there is no tomorrow RUN to the vet!  Make sure you allow your vet to do full blood work on your cat!  They need all the tools you can give them to properly diagnose your cat.

"We are available to come and talk to groups about animals with disabilities. Just drop us an email:  alana@bblindcatrescue.com

"We are a registered non-profit with the state of North Carolina.  We are a 501(c)3.  Our tax number is 20-3410498.  Please, if you believe that blind, FIV+ or FELV+ cats deserve to have an opportunity to live instead of being declared not adoptable and immediately killed,  help us have the resources to help them.  Your donations are tax deductible.”

"Checks may be made out and mailed to Blind Cat Rescue and mailed to:
Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary
3101 E Great Marsh Church Road
St Pauls, NC 28384 USA

"Or you can donate via Pay Pal:  blindcatsanctuar@aol.com

How about taking a look at some videos of Blind Cat Rescue and Sancturary on YouTube:

I hope you join me in this wonderful cause for an organization that takes in those innocent felines that other shelters would kill. Having once been the parent to not one but two blind furry babies, and both ill with insulin diabetes, a dog and a cat at the same time, I can attest that though a little bit more care is needed to help them function, it isn't much at all. Cats, all animals are way better at adapting to their physical limitations than humans. They don't whine, groan or pity themselves. They are truly wonderful souls. They don't know that they're blind or ill and never let it ruin their day. If only humans could be so good at that. ~S.J. Francis
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