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About Us
Louise - Our first blind cat
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 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 non profit and 501©3 charity. Who would have ever dreamed what would have come from those two words?
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 than 20% 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. 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.
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.
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 a 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 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 and encrypted.  You may use Mastercard, Visa or Paypal.  Please say YES to saving a blind, FIV or FELV+  cat’s life!  Please donate NOW!
Facts about blind cats: Blind Cats do not know they are blind, they know they are cats.  They act likes “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 can not figure out how they did it. Some things that will make it easier on your blind cat is to try to stay some what 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. A cat can become blind from many things.  If your cat has suddenly become blind over night, 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
ABOUT US
Mickey is a blind kitty that came to us from animal control
Blind Cat Rescue is a registered trademark.  Our name and images may not be used without our written permission. Privacy Statement:  Blind Cat Rescue will NOT sell, rent or disclose your personally identifiable information to any third parties.
Blind Cat Rescue was started in 2005  in St Pauls, NC (USA) by a mother 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 sick 6 week old kitten in the Petsmart parking lot if the shelter would not accept him.   I found myself saying “I will take him.”  Then we got our second,  third and fourth blind cat.  We discovered there were no resources for blind cats out there and they were regularly killed because they were considered not adoptable. In North Carolina it is actually in the laws 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 non profit and 501©3 charity.  
Louise - Our first blind cat
In 2011 we built a building to provide a safe sanctuary for FELV+ & FIV+ cats.  FIV & FELV+ cats are killed daily at vets offices and shelters because they test positive for these viruses.  Again,  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 some of these cats are actually false positives when retested with a more accurate test.  A FIV+ cat can live a long healthy quality life. A FELV+ cat can live for years before becoming sick.  When an animal 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. We will accept an animal into our sanctuary IF we have space available.  Blind cats must be certified by a vet as blind.  Cats with 20% or less sight are accepted as blind. All cats must be fixed.  FELV+ cats must be verified by an IFA test.  FIV+ cats must be verified by the Western Blot test.  We will NOT accept a cat as positive based upon the snap test.
This is sweet Angel.
Facts about blind cats: * Blind cats do not know they are blind, they know they are cats.  They act like 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 can not figure out how they did it.      * Some things that will make it easier on your blind cat is to try to stay some what consistent on the important things, like the litter box and food bowls.  For the rest of the house,  live normal; 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. * A cat can become blind from many things.  If your cat has  suddenly become become blind over night, RUSH the cat to the vet!  Insist on them checking the cat’s blood pressure (That is not something done automatically at most vets) IF the blindness is from hypertension an caught fast enough,  it may reverse with medicine. * They can also become blind from diabetes, hyperthyroid, upper respiratory infections, and from not being wormed.  Worms will migrate around the cat’s body, including up behind the eyes where they destroy the optic nerves, etc and thus the animal becomes blind.  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! 
Manxi is blind from hypertension.  Her family dropped her off at the pound because she was blind.  Had they treated her the day she became blind,  her sight may have been saved.
Manxi is blind from hypertension
Facts About FIV Cats:   FIV is a very misunderstood virus and over years, this misunderstanding has resulted in many otherwise healthy cats being killed. FIV CAN NOT be transmitted to It is not in itself a life-threatening disease.  FIV is NOT “cataids.”  FIV does NOT necessarily shorten life expectancy.  It can NOT be transmitted to other species (animal or human). Cornell University states that FIV is mainly passed from cat to cat through deep bite wounds.  Normal day to day living will not transmit FIV to another cat.   Neutered male cats not having to fight for food or resources will do fine together.  They have no reason to fight.  NEUTERING is super important! NEW FIV STUDIES verify  FIV+ and Negative cats can live  harmoniously.  Read study here  If your vet tells you put the cat  to sleep or that you need to get rid of the cat because they are positive, your vet is misinformed and not up on the current studies.
Leukemia cats are commonly immediately murdered daily in vet’s offices by vets that say because they are FELV+ they are a danger to your other cats and should be immediately be killed.   The big problem here is the test that they use,  the snap test,  is not 100%  accurate.  Every FELV shelter has had many false positives with this test. Insist, before making any decision if the animal is healthy on retesting the cat with the IFA test.  Your vet will need to draw blood and send it out to an outside lab.  It takes a few days to get the results.  If the IFA is positive,  the virus is showing up in the cat’s bone marrow.  Sadly your cat is really positive. Vets are not 100% positive about how FELV is transmitted.  Many people vaccinate their cats against FELV and have positive and negatives together for years with out it spreading.    We are not encouraging that.  We are saying you you will have to make that very personal decision yourself,  but we stress,  please retest before you make a life altering decision.  Over years, a few cats are able to clear the virus and will later test  negative.  We have had two in the last 5 years.  Both cats were IFA positive upon their first 3 tests.  Now are both IFA negative.  We will continue testing them yearly. If your cat is really FELV positive you may have a few years of good health before their immune systems can not longer fight the disease.  Statistically  they say 3-5 years.  You may get less, you may get longer. 
Bear and Simba - Both FIV+ 
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. The majority have come from high kill shelter or rescues that saved them from kill shelters.  Many of them have had multiple placements.  When a cat comes to us they finally have a forever home.
About FELV+ = Leukemia positive cats
We are available to come and talk to groups about animals with disabilities. Just drop us an email.   Alana@blindcatrescue.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 and encrypted.  You may use Mastercard, Visa or Paypal.  Please say YES to helping save the life of a blind, FIV or FELV+ cat.  Please Donate Now!  
Mickey Thanks you for helping them!!