All animal rescues are special, but there’s a very unique type of rescue in Robeson County, North Carolina. The Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary provides a loving home for blind cats and cats suffering from serious conditions, giving them a forever home where they can live out the rest of their lives just being cats.
The rescue was founded by Alana Miller and she, together with a group of volunteers, care for the cats. The rescue has served as a home to more than 150 cats in need over the past 10 years.
Miller had been volunteering at The Haven, a local shelter, in 2004 when she first met a blind cat in need of a home. When a second cat arrived soon after, Miller knew she had to take action.
“No one would adopt them,” said Miller. “So I decided I would.”
In 2005, Miller opened her first sanctuary building as a home for blind cats who otherwise couldn’t find adoptive homes. She later opened another building in 2011 which serves as a home for cats with feline leukemia.
Today, cats arrive at the Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary from a variety of other shelters, some as far away as New York City, Chicago, and Kuwait. “We literally had a call from a shelter in South Carolina that had a cat shaved and getting ready to get the needle,” said Miller. “When we said we could take her you could hear them screaming, ‘Wait! Wait! Stop!’
The Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary means a second chance for cats who might otherwise not have an opportunity to find a home. In overcrowded shelters, a blind cat who is difficult to adopt out may take up a space that could be used to save multiple other cats. The Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary provides a much-needed option for blind cats or those with feline leukemia.
The rescue does not adopt cats out; its residents stay for life. New residents are spayed or neutered, returned to health, and then allowed to live with the general population of cats. The cats have access to play toys, cat trees, and plenty of space. They are loved and well cared for for the rest of their lives.
For Miller, the Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary is a labor of love. But to the cats she’s caring for, the rescue means a second chance at a quality life. What a great way to make a difference in the lives of these special cats.