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Sponsor A Cat


Become part of our Purr Pack today!


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: 

My Cat Has Been Diagnosed with Cancer: Would Chemotherapy Help or Hurt?

A Whiskers Volunteer Shares Her Experiences and What She Learned When Sammy Got Sick

Cancer. It’s a word that strikes fear in just about everybody. When diagnosed in humans, we immediately think “surgery, “radiation,” and/or “chemotherapy” treatments. All those words have scary outcomes. With chemo, we think of hair loss, days of inability to function, vomiting, and other unpleasant side effects. It is nothing we’d ever wish on anyone…especially those that we love. Now hear the word “cancer” in the same sentence as a diagnosis for your cat. It’s a horrible feeling.

Our part Siamese, Sammy, was diagnosed with cancer in late October of 2012. Four spots of lymphoma were found in his small intestine and a mass-cell tumor in his liver. He’d had digestive issues for a few years. He had been experiencing problems with constipation, which were helped by twice daily doses of Miralax in his food. The Miralax finally stopped working, hence a trip to a specialty veterinary practice for an ultrasound and biopsy, where the cancer was found. It was heart wrenching to be sure. The vet there immediately started talking about chemotherapy. We, on the other hand, were immediately just thinking of how we’d live without our chatty little guy. There was no way we were going to put him through chemo, having known what some friends had been through. We thanked the doctor and went home, figuring out ways we could keep Sammy comfortable for however long he and we had.


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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