Meet Blind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary—a rescue group dedicated to saving cats who would be euthanized simply because they’re blind.
A cat lover named Alana Miller first founded this sanctuary back in 2005. That year, Miller and her daughter were volunteering at a shelter in their hometown of St. Pauls, North Carolina.
While at the sanctuary, Miller met a man with a six-week-old blind cat. He wanted to surrender the cat to the shelter, and he threatened to leave the poor kitty in a PetSmart parking lot if the shelter wouldn’t take him.
Miller knew the cat needed to somebody to care for him. So, she quickly said she would adopt him. She named the cat Louie.
Miller soon learned that blind cats behave like “normal cats.” Blind cats like Louie use their whiskers to find their way around. Their sense of hearing is also usually sharpened. Louie ran around Miller’s house and played just like a “normal” cat. As Miller watched Louie play, she soon realized that she wanted to save more blind cats like him.
Miller got three more blind cats, and she gave them a wonderful home and showed them lots of love. As she did more research into blind cats, she was shocked to learn that in North Carolina blind cats can be immediately killed by animal control. It doesn’t matter if the blind cat is healthy—they can still be euthanized right away.
After learning this, Miller decided that she wanted to open her own blind cat sanctuary. She wanted to give these cats a forever home where they would be safe and happy. And so, she applied to become a non-profit and 501©3 charity. Just like that, Blind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary went from a dream to reality.
In the thirteen years since Miller started her rescue, it has grown into a huge operation. She and her staff currently care for over 91 cats.
In 2011, Blind Cat Rescue decided to add a second building to their sanctuary. Then, they started taking in leukemia positive cats and cats with Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV+).
Shelter cats who test positive for these diseases are often euthanized because the diseases are transmissible to other cats. Blind Cat Rescue takes these cats in and gives them a second chance at life.
Blind Cat Rescue shares tons of photos and videos of their cute cats on their Facebook page. These videos show what life is like for these cats. In one adorable video, a blind cat named Bunny chases after a tiny bug.
Bunny is a blind epileptic kitty who marches to her own drum. She lives in her forever home with Blind Cat Rescue. In this video you will see her playing with an invisible toy (We suspect honestly that there may be a small bug or nat that we don't see but she can hear) Hope you enjoy
Posted by Blind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary, Inc. on Monday, April 23, 2018
Blind Cat Rescue also often gives tours of their sanctuary. In these tours, they show what all their cats get up to every day.
It’s Sunday 3pm tour with the kids at Blind Cat Rescue! 🐈🐈🐈🐈Come join us!! 😺❤️
Posted by Blind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary, Inc. on Sunday, March 25, 2018
Since 2005, Blind Cat Rescue has been saving cats who have nowhere else to go. The sanctuary gives these cats the purr-fect forever home where they have lots of friends and plenty of toys to play with. This animal rescue is doing an amazing job looking after these sweet cats!
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