This page breaks my heart, but they are doing INCREDIBLE work coordinating the literally endless efforts to save death row cats in New York's kill shelter. As they put it:
'“Pets on Death Row” was created to help advocate for NYC's Death Row Cats. A group of volunteers desperate to save lives has turned into a massive community of caring individuals all over the nation – and world. Together, we are fighting to reform the NYC shelter system and save the thousands of adoptable animals from being destroyed there each year. The war is long and we lose many battles on a nightly basis – but we will not give up.. not until there are no more in need of rescue.
This page is dedicated to giving a voice to those without. Everyday large numbers of adoptable animals are killed for reasons for reasons we believe unjustified. In most cases, these animals are loving, sensitive, and playful pets who simply lack a home. This page is their voice. Save a life. Don't shop, Adopt."'
Even though people out of the tri-state area (usually) can't adopt, they can share new death row cat pages amongst thousands of other people and rescue operations, and they can pledge money towards the rescue of individual cats, which are then redeemed post-rescue by the organizations involved. Sometimes a person CAN reserve a cat and adopt, but can't make it to the shelter within the narrow range of time to pick up; in such cases, many rescue organizations are available to pick up the cat in the adopter's place. There's an incredible amount of information on this very well-organized page. I can't imagine how hard these volunteers work, and the killing never stops. They update every cat's picture as to whether they made it out or not.
Some cats don't make it, but many are saved. The pictures alone are hard for me even to look at...those sad, scared little faces make me cry every damn time. I would save them all if I could. But anything, even just a drop in the bucket, a five dollar pledge, is better than nothing. Kill shelters are an abomination and as many cities and counties are proving nationwide (and worldwide) they are NOT necessary.
I know there are plenty of folks in the relevant area posting here, so even if you just feel like spreading the word...please, please do it. I donate and have volunteered w/a local rescue in the Bay Area, but for some reason this NYC situation just kills me.
A couple of sweet cats on tonight's death list:
Baby, who is very healthy and young, but tiny because of anemia due to flea infestation during his growth phase:
Tammy, who is nine. They save a surprising amount of older cats. One of the most wonderful kitties I ever had was ten when he found me. We were together for over ten more happy years. I will never forget the day I found that handsome orange meowhead sitting expectantly on my back porch way back in 2003.