HUDSON – An animal rescue group has been trying to cope with the recent influx of abandoned cats and kittens, Animalkind employee Betsy Novack said Wednesday.
Adult cats and large numbers of kittens come in almost every day, said Aaminah Haq, Animalkind fundraising director.
The facility currently houses 208 cats, 170 of which are ready for adoption, Novack said.
“Animalkind never says no when it comes to adopting animals,” said Novack. “The health and well-being of the animal are much more important. We will find space for them. “
The rescue group cites several reasons for the increase in the number of cats arriving at their shelter.
“Some people gave up on them for financial reasons,” said Haq. “Lately there have been numerous cases of the owner dying and no one caring for the pet, and there have been increasing numbers of feral cats, hundreds being captured and brought to Animal Child.”
While Animal Child is known for helping cats, they are not limited to what type of animal they will save. There are several dogs and rabbits through their doors at 721 Warren St.
Animalkind offers a spay and castration program. The costs depend on the solvency of the individual. So in some cases the service is free, Haq said.
The rescue team seeks help on several fronts. They want more people to foster some of the cats until they are adopted. You’re also looking for a home to adopt a cat or kitten. New volunteers to help with Animalkind are always welcome, as are donations, which can be sent to 721 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534, or online at http://animalkindny.org.
Animalkind was founded more than 20 years ago by Katrin Hecker, a registered nurse determined to end the plight of the stray cats and kittens that overran the streets and alleys of Hudson.
Each year, the group rescues and cares for more than 5,000 animals in need through various programs to reduce suffering and euthanasia and to benefit humanity through AnimalKind, according to the group’s website.
A team of 13 women keep Animalkind running every day.
“You come to work to change the world and help the community,” said Haq.
Animalkind also has veterinary staff on site who provide basic services such as vaccinations to the public.
You have been involved in some serious incidents lately.
A cat named Warrior was brought in last week and was fighting for its life after being torn apart by a large animal. The cat had two massive infected bite wounds, severe dehydration and malnutrition. After medical treatment, he shows signs of improvement.
Woody is a 2 month old woman who came to her facility with badly damaged eyes that had to be removed. After Woody recovered, she was adopted to her new home forever.
Animalkind is open for adoptions from Thursday to Monday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The group is holding two fundraising drives on Saturday. Animalkind will be at the Hudson Farmers Market on Columbia Street from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm selling animal items
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