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Hurricane Harvey's Lucky Eleven

ChompersWhiskers' focus has always been on rescuing cats and kittens in need in the Capital District of New York.  However, when Hurricane Harvey hit there were tens of thousands of animals in need and the shelters in the affected areas were beyond overwhelmed so they started to reach out across the country for help. Although the shelter and foster homes at Whiskers were full, we knew we needed to do something to help these animals. We put out a plea for temporary foster homes and our wonderful volunteers and social media fans stepped up.  Due to their generosity, we were able to take in eleven cats and kittens from the area affected by Hurricane Harvey.  Ten of the eleven cats were already in shelters and up for adoption before the hurricane hit.  Shelters needed to evacuate these animals to make room for all of the animals who would be left lost and homeless after the storm.  The ten lucky ones were Bagheera, Cobalt, Blackberry, Raguso, Delilah, Stephanie, Boots (renamed Magnolia), Midnight (renamed Gumbo), Sensei and Kahleesi.  The cat you see pictured here is Chomper and he was rescued from the flood waters in Louisiana.  He spent at least four days trapped in a tree surrounded by flood waters before rescuers could get to him.  Once he was safely rescued they found he had a microchip.  The shelter held Chomper for one month while they and the microchip company reached out to the owner via phone, email and Facebook, but the owner did not respond.  After a month of failed attempts, he was placed up for adoption and brought to New York to Whiskers. SPONSOR US!

2017 Petco Foundation Grant


Petco Foundation


Whiskers Animal Benevolent League would like to extend its heartfelt thanks to the Petco Foundation for the generous $1,500 grant. This grant will allow us to fund about a dozen cats in our foster program during 2017, including expenses for: nursing sick cats and kittens back to health; testing for FeLV/FIV; vaccinations; and spay or neuter. Thank you Petco Foundation!

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The Whiskers Sponsor-A-Cat program gives you the opportunity to hear the stories of a few our cats and become a proud sponsor of one (or more!) of these beautiful and loving cats. All proceeds will go directly to pay for care, vet visits, medications and other special needs that the cats require. By becoming a member of the Purr Pack, you just provide a minimum tax deductible donation of $25 towards your cat and you will be given a sponsor packet in return.
** This is a one-time donation.  The Sponsorship Payment Options page will detail how easy it is to become a sponsor.

We want you to know that every Whiskers' cat will benefit from your generous donation. All the residents and volunteers wish to thank you for supporting us!

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Black Cats Rule

If A Black Cat Crosses Your Path...You are the Lucky One!
Some people tend to be funny about black cats.  They sometimes don’t adopt them because inky, slinky black cats are “too common” compared to other colors and breeds.  Other folks sometimes have onerous superstitions (oh, no!) about these little dark darlings. They are associated with witches! They are...somehow evil? (Isn’t that what it said on the package of Halloween candy I bought? I’m pretty sure I saw one riding on the back of a broom stick!!!) Well, that’s just not true. Not any of it!
Here’s the real deal about black cats: 

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30 Years


Making a Difference for Over 30 Years!

The gift of life is wrapped in your support... Thank you from all of us.


The story of Whiskers Animal Benevolent League began in 1982 in an antique store on Delaware Avenue, owned and operated by the late Joan Duer, an avid animal lover who was deeply concerned about the proliferation of stray cats and kittens in the City of Albany. In an effort to combat this growing problem, and to provide aid for cats and kittens in need of good, safe homes, Joan opened the Whiskers Thrift Store – with all proceeds from its sales going to finance the cost of spaying and neutering stray animals and providing them with shelter.

From this small, one-woman crusade, Whiskers Animal Benevolent League – which also sought to find foster and permanent homes for stray dogs in its early years – went forward to open a shelter for abandoned, abused, sick and feral cats and kittens, adhering to a strict no-kill philosophy. The life of every animal who passed through the doors of Whiskers was considered precious, and that policy, above all, continues to guide the work of Whiskers Animal Benevolent League 30 years later.

The Whiskers shelter itself, while it has been located in various storefronts, apartments, and other sites throughout the City of Albany in the years since its founding, has grown tremendously. In addition to the shelter itself,

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