Back in May we held a Catification Makeover sponsored by The Vertical Cat and we received more than 800 nominations for cat shelters and rescues that all absolutely deserved to win. In the nomination process, one shelter in particular, Animalkind, Inc. in Hudson, NY, received an overwhelming amount of support — 350 of the 800 nominations were for Animalkind. This was due, in part, to a terrible fire and flood that had just devastated the Animalkind facility. 150 cats had to be evacuated. Luckily, no lives were lost, but the damage to the facility was unthinkable. A fire in the building triggered the sprinkler system, which flooded three floors, including the basement, where Animalkind housed all of their cats. The cats were relocated to foster homes and other temporary facilities, but Animalkind was left with the massive undertaking of rebuilding.
I’m happy to report that Animalkind is on their way to recovery! They are rebuilding their facility now, but they are in need of extra support to complete the project. As you can see from the photos, the floors that housed the shelter were completely devastated by the flood. Robin Olson from Covered In Cat Hair visited the facility and wrote about Animalkind’s progress. You can read Robin’s three- part series over at www.coveredincathair.com. Thanks to Robin for letting us use her photos!
MAKE A DONATION AND ENTER TO WIN!
As promised, we have organized a special fundraiser for Animalkind, and it has some extra fun for everyone! Anyone who makes a contribution of any amount to the fundraiser will be entered to win $250 of cat products from The Vertical Cat! Plus, if we reach our fundraising goal of $1,000, The Vertical Cat will donate another $250 of cat products to the new Animalkind facility!
To make a donation and enter to win, please click the link below to visit the fundraising page at GiveForward. The winner will be selected in a random drawing and announced on October 15, 2012. Thank you for supporting Animalkind!