On Homes for “Unadoptable” and Special Needs Animals
Because of the story about Rich and Smoke, a FeLV positive kitty who lived in his bathroom for a while (as to not cause a problem with his kitty, Beanie), in addition to the commencement of Project Treadstone, I've been learning a lot about feral cats, how to handle them, what diseases they might have, and what that means for trying to conduct a TNR effort.
As far as I know Rich will be bringing Smoke to Angel's Gate in Delhi, NY, which I recently saw featured somewhere on television and recall crying my eyes out. They don't adopt the animals out, which is good because they have a greyhound, Dreamer, whom I had my eye on (sent there from Florida, of course). They promise a loving home and whatever hospice care the animal needs for the rest of her life. They have quarters for cats with FIV and FeLV.
Down by me there's the Hobe Sound Animal Protection League, which houses (and I mean houses)
cats who are adoptable as well as those who aren't considered adoptable, including those who are FeLV and FIV positive (please note that the fee is $300 per FeLV or FIV cat). The houses are on the grounds of the Caring Fields Sanctuary, which also has acres and acres for abandoned and/or abused horses. The Pegasus Foundation funds the sanctuary. The Hobe Sound Animal Protection League, you may recall, is the organization that made the odd choice to have a fundraiser where they auctioned off paintings "painted by" the resident cats. On the upside, this year's fundraiser did not include cat painting!
I've been to Caring Fields and the cat area is adorable and clean and the cats are in great shape and have plenty to do and lots of fun places to go. The horses area is huge and the horses, after rehab of course, look magnificent.
I thought maybe there were other people out there in the blogosphere who might need a home for a special needs animal or a FIV or FeLV positive cat, and if so they could call the places mentioned above. I also thought there are probably dozens of other sanctuaries that take animals deemed "unadoptable" (or at least I hope so), and this is a good time to create a resource list. So send 'em if you got 'em.