by Elisa Black-Taylor

Sugar who was dropped and left blind with brain damage

Casper was surrendered to the sanctuary along with a

Angel was born blind

Max was left blind from an anesthesia reaction

"The greatness of a nation can be judged in how it's animals are treated." Ghandi.

I was recently invited to join a group on Facebook called Blind Cats Rescue and Sanctuary, which proudly has over 11000 fans. So I decided to check out this wonderful group of people dedicated to the lives of blind cats. Do any of you know how hard it is to find GOOD news concerning pets? This was a welcome change and I wanted to tell everyone about their organization and their mission.

Blind Cats Rescue and Sanctuary is a non-profit group located in St. Pauls, NC. I've taken their mission statement from their Ebay page as it describes perfectly what they do. More about the Ebay site later in the article.

"Our mission is to give people who are unable to continue caring for their blind cat, and who have been unable to place these animals with friends, relatives, or no-kill adoption groups a sanctuary where their animals will receive a lifetime of love and care. And to provide shelters and rescues with blind cats whom are not able to find a suitable adoptive home for these animals an alternative to euthanizing them."

Please visit their web page at

Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary, Inc. (opens in a new tab or page)

Now back to the cats and the wonderful people caring for them.

Blind Cats Rescue and Sanctuary, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non profit sanctuary that takes in cats that were determined unfit for adoption because they are blind. Any cat certified by a vet to have 80% vision loss is considered blind and will be accepted into the sanctuary. Donations can be safely made on their home page. For $1 a day you can sponsor a cat and will be sent a photo of the cat you are helping to save.

It takes roughly $3000 a month to care for all of their cats. There is very little overhead so the money is used for the cats. They are privately funded only with donations and receive no government assistance.

They currently have 40 cats on site who live in a cage free environment. The sanctuary is no kill so the animals are there for life. The only cats euthanized are those who are suffering and then the decision is made by their veterinarian, Dr.Garrett and Animal Hospital of Fayetteville (NC).

Blind Cats accomplishments include rescuing more than 60 blind cats who would have been euthanized without their help. They also offer low cost spay and neuter and vaccination clinics. They led a TNR return operation for a local feral colony. Many cats are born blind due to inbreeding so this operation was very important to the organization.

They also offer a lot of information on their website on living and caring for blind cats. One fact I found interesting is that cats may become blind from not being wormed. The worms can crawl up behind the optic nerve and cause blindness. I never knew this. Another cause of blindness is inbreeding, which is one reason TNR is so important.

Other than that, blind cats can do just about anything that seeing cats do. They can climb, jump, play and love. There are always positions open for volunteers to come in and groom the cats and show they are loved.

I'm personally interested in the care of blind animals as I have a blind dog. He manages well as we always put the water bowl and the food in the same place. That's also the best way in caring for blind cats. Food, water and litter box should be kept in the same place. Blind cats will point their whiskers outward to "feel" where they are.

When moving a blind cat from room to room it helps to put the cat down in a place where it will recognize its surroundings. Their sense of touch is very acute. They actually memorize a room by the feel of the floor beneath their paws. Their only difficulty is gates, because blind cats have no idea if they can cross over a gate safely.

Before going any further I'd like to introduce you to Casper and Jamie. They're blind and Jamie has no eyes, but I don't think anyone has told them this. As you can see, they really enjoy playing. Many more videos of the cats can be found on YouTube at blindcatsrescue (opens in new window).

I'm very impressed with the activities they use to raise money. They have the Ebay auction site, but they also offer several more that other cat welfare groups could learn from. They have several activities planned including festivals and handing out low cost neuter/spay coupons. Their goal for 2011 is to build and open a new building for FIV/LEV+ cats. This building will be 48x40 feet and will house 48 cats. Anyone with time to volunteer for any of these events or to care for the animals may call 910-850-0009 (North Carolina)

I spoke by email with Alana of Blind Cats Rescue and Sanctuary and she wanted me to mention the Pepsi project that is now underway. Simply go to this link and enter North Carolina under "place". The name Blind Cat and Rescue Sanctuary will come up. They are attempting to raise money by September for a new FIV/LEV+ building.

They also have an Ebay donation page located and 10% of any item sold goes to help their cause. This is a great idea and would work well for other cat or rescue organizations. I'm a big Ebay fan myself and may as well give a thumbs up to that site as well. I purchase a lot of merchandise from them and have never had a problem.

Another idea I've never seen before is their "wish list" page on their site. The sanctuary lists articles they are in need of and those wanting to help can order these items for them and they will be shipped directly to the sanctuary. That is such a GREAT idea. My local shelter puts the word out on Facebook for what they need, but this idea is so much better because a supporter can be in another part of the country and still be able to help. This idea would work well with local shelters. Take a look at their page. Our Wish List (new page).

I hope everyone has enjoyed this article and learned something from it. All of these ideas can be incorporated into local charities to raise money for animal causes.

It's nice to know these cats have a home for life and are so well cared for and loved.


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Nov 02, 2011
What a Great Idea
by: rjohannesburg

This was a great article. I love to see people helping animals. It gives another option for owners who can no longer take care their cats. I love that the shelter is no-kill and cage free. And that they have their own veterinarian on site. ( )

Dec 03, 2010
Veterinarian Arlington TX | Pet Boarding and Pet Hospital
by: Anonymous

That is really awesome that people are willing to do so much to help these poor innocent creatures.

Nov 08, 2010
by: Anonymous

You should always make sure you visit a qualified veterinarian. Research them out, know what they specialize in and what animals they are equipped to care for. If your blind cat needs help, not every vet can help it.

Jul 29, 2010
Blind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary
by: Paula Slade

Elisa - Wonderful article that spreads awareness for a excellent cause!

Jul 28, 2010
by: Michael

PoC has donated $200 to the Blind Cat Rescue Sanctuary through a PayPal payment. Thanks, Elisa, for highlighting this charity.

Jul 27, 2010
Thank you for telling the world...
by: Tom Kirby

...about Blind Cat Rescue. I'm extremely skeptical about charities but feel that BCR is a worthy recipient of my donations. Cheers!

Jul 27, 2010
Blind Cat Sanctuary
by: Reneda Baer

I can't say enough wonderful things about this organization. It is truly an amazing place and Alana is just absolutely the best. She is such a kind and caring person. These cats and more are so fortunate to have her.

We have a blind cat, Memphis and this organization was really there for us when we were making all the decisions about her care. Even though I have 8 other cats and have always shared my home w/cats, I was very nervous about taking on a blind cat, terrified something would go wrong. Alana reassured me that she would be just like the rest. Memphis is great. She runs, climbs, plays and does anything else her siblings can do.

Blind Cat Sanctuary is a godsend for blind cats and those who love them. We really appreciate the organization and Alana who makes it all possible! Thanks to them and thanks for the nice article about them!

Jul 27, 2010
Great Job
by: Peri

Alisa- That was a great article! I am a supporter of Blind Cat Rescue and have made a trip out to St. Paul to visit. These cats that have been abandoned and discarded by others are loved and cherished by Alana and others. Alana's commitment to these noble creatures is amazing and I love being a part of that. The hard part is not adopting all of the ones that need homes. Thank you for helping to promote a very well deserving organization.

Jul 27, 2010
by: Michael

It looks a lovely happy home judging by the videos. I seems that a blind cat does not think he or she is blind. They compensate so totally that they can behave almost like sighted cats. The other senses providing an alternative form of "sight". Wonderful to see.

Jul 27, 2010
Blind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary
by: BJ

From looking at the blind cats play, you would ever know they are blind.

Eliza, I am glad someone is letting the public know all about cats and the care that they need. There are 3 feral cats that we are feeding at this time. They are so wild that I don't know if we can eventually even partialy tame them. They just came up one day, a mama cat and two kittens. People just bring them out a road and let them go, or move away and don't take the cats with them.

We lost our house cat of 15 years and haven't decided wheather to get another cat, since we have a dialysis patient in the house and he is afraid a kitten would scratch him accidentally and cause a problem.

We need more people like you to put out the word, that animals need love and care. Thank You again for writing such interesting articles, as well as giving readers information on how to take care of their pets.

Jul 27, 2010
by: Elisa Black-Taylor

Caspers full comment didn't show on the photo. Casper was surrendered to the shelter by the owner along with a sizable donation to ensure life long care.

Sugar was dropped by the owners boyfriend while bathing her and she didn't land on her feet. Vet care wasn't sought and she ended up blind and brain damaged. She's one of the most beautiful kittens I've ever seen.

Their website has photos of all of the cats and it was tough choosing. The YouTube videos are also great.

These are very happy cats.

Jul 27, 2010
by: Michael

I did an article on:

Living with a disabled cat some time ago.

And a short post on Blind Cat (new window).

Jul 27, 2010
Love the Article and the Sanctuary
by: Michael

Nice work Eliza. You have encouraged me to build a page on cat rescue organizations that we can promote and help. There are several pages on purebred cat rescue on this site but none except visitor's posts on other rescue operations. I might pull them all together.

Michael Broad

Hi, I'm a 71-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in many jobs including professional photography. I have a girlfriend, Michelle. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare.

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