What is Happy Cat Sanctuary?
Happy Cat is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based on Long Island, New York. The mission of Happy Cat Sanctuary is to save the lives of cats and ensure they are provided with the quality of life every creature deserves, including access to medical care, proper nutrition, adequate shelter, and the freedom and safety to live without fear of sickness, neglect, or abuse. We are one part adoption agency, one part Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) facilitator, and one part sanctuary for cats that have been severely traumatized (i.e. by a hoarder), abused, or have medical complications / disabilities that make it harder for them to find homes.
Are you taking any cats into your sanctuary?
At this time, Happy Cat is at capacity and not taking in any more cats. In extenuating circumstances, Happy Cat will consider taking in a cat for the non-refundable surrender fee of $3,000 (per cat). Why the high fee? After food, water, medical expenses, vet visits, vaccinations, and shelter maintenance costs, just one cat costs us approximately $8,000 over the time it stays at our sanctuary. Even with the donations and grants we get, we still carry a heavy burden of making up the difference in expenses. Do all sanctuaries charge this kind of fee? Yes. It is standard practice for animal sanctuaries to charge this kind of surrender fee. In fact, Cat House on the Kings, one of the largest cat sanctuaries in the country, has a $5,000 surrender fee. But what if I don't have that kind of money to put my cat in your sanctuary? First, ask yourself if you've done everything in your power to re-home the cat into another house first. Social media is perfect for this. Reach out to your friends and family on Facebook, Twitter, etc. and post a cute picture of the cat with a description and ask them to share. Try everything in your power to find an adopter first!! If you have no other option than to contact the sanctuary, there are creative ways to come up with the $3,000 to place a cat at Happy Cat - hold a fundraiser at your school, work, or church; hold a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo or other fundraising website; ask friends and family to help share the cost of relocating your cat.
Please note: anonymous dropping off, or "dumping", of a cat at our sanctuary is illegal and considered animal abuse and endangerment. Dumping a cat anonymously puts the other cats in our sanctuary at risk of unknown diseases. Our sanctuary is under constant audio and video surveillance. Individuals who trespass upon Happy Cat property and dump cats will be pursued and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.