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Long Island Feline Adoption Center (LIFAC)


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The Long Island Feline Adoption Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity founded exclusively to find adoptive homes for homeless cats and kittens.

We provide an interim loving home and environment conducive to socializing cats and kittens – preparing them to both give and receive love in a new home.

Staffed by loving volunteers, our organization strives to dissolve the fear and mistrust of our guests, through caring, understanding, love and attention. Some of our guests roam cage-free in a simulated home environment 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Others, “not quite ready for 24/7” sleep in their “home” cages at night, but during the day they are free to roam and romp, play and socialize – eliminating the onset of depression from initial captivity and/or prolonged life in a cage – and making them truly and obviously happy. They even have their own TV and DVD changer system, with multiple screens playing videos made for cats – to entertain and guarantee that boredom never need set in – and as they normalize they make the transition to the cage-free area.

Trust and love are nurtured and developed in the felines so that they can then graduate to a truly “at-home” environment and socialize fully with others awaiting adoption. To aid in assimilation on adoption, our domesticated (some originally fully feral) guests enjoy a simulated “at home” environment – socializing with other cats and free to roam “the house” 24 hours per day.

We genuinely are thankful that our approach enriches lives and provides a gateway to a new and even better life in a new and loving home.


What we do:

* Accept homeless felines from Long Island (New York) and facilitate their adoption to appropriate homes.
* Place homeless felines into foster care when adoptive homes are unavailable.
* Work with a network of feline organizations which TNR, accepting from them the felines suitable for adoption after socialization.
* Accept lost domesticated felines after all efforts to find their owners have been exhausted.
* Provide shelter, food and medical care (through veterinary services) while finding suitable homes for the felines.
* Provide a facility for adoption where the felines and potential adopters can interact.
* Provide a nurturing and unique multi-stage environment that facilitates the socialization of homeless and abandoned felines.
* Provide a simulated at-home environment for our cats and kittens awaiting adoption.

As noted before, in short, we help frightened homeless cats and kittens learn to love and trust people – and then place them in loving homes.


Address:
126 E Main St
Smithtown, NY 11787

Call Us: 631-360-3611

Email Us: [email protected]

Do you need to find a loving home for your pet?

No-kill shelters do wonderful work, but as a result, are often inundated with pet surrenders. In the unfortunate scenario that you have to find a new home for your pet, please read through the rehoming solution and articles on this page before contacting the shelter.

Feral Cat TNR Program
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High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter
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Comprehensive Adoption Programs
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Pet Retention
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Medical and Behavior Programs
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Public Relations/Community Involvement
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Volunteers
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Proactive Redemptions
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A Compassionate Director
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1. Feral Cat TNR Program

Many communities are embracing Trap, Neuter, Release programs (TNR) to improve animal welfare, reduce death rates, and meet obligations to public welfare.


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2. High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter

Low cost, high volume spay/neuter will quickly lead to fewer animals entering the shelter system, allowing more resources to be allocated toward saving lives.


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3. Rescue Groups

An adoption or transfer to a rescue group frees up scarce cage and kennel space, reduces expenses for feeding, cleaning, killing, and improves a community's rate of lifesaving. In an environment of millions of dogs and cats killed in shelters annually, rare is the circumstance in which a rescue group should be denied an animal.


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4. Foster Care

Volunteer foster care is crucial to No Kill. Without it, saving lives is compromised. It is a low cost, and often no cost, way of increasing a shelter's capacity, improving public relations, increasing a shelter's public image, rehabilitating sick and injured or behaviorally challenged animals, and saving lives.


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5. Comprehensive Adoption Programs

Adoptions are vital to an agency's lifesaving mission. The quantity and quality of shelter adoptions is in shelter management's hands, making lifesaving a direct function of shelter policies and practice. In fact, studies show people get their animals from shelters only 20% of the time. If shelters better promoted their animals and had adoption programs responsive to the needs of the community, including public access hours for working people, offsite adoptions, adoption incentives, and effective marketing, they could increase the number of homes available and replace killing with adoptions. Contrary to conventional wisdom, shelters can adopt their way out of killing.


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6. Pet Retention

While some of the reasons animals are surrendered to shelters are unavoidable, others can be prevented-but only if shelters are willing to work with people to help them solve their problems. Saving animals requires communities to develop innovative strategies for keeping people and their companion animals together. And the more a community sees its shelters as a place to turn for advice and assistance, the easier this job will be.


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7. Medical and Behavior Programs

In order to meet its commitment to a lifesaving guarantee for all savable animals, shelters need to keep animals happy and healthy and keep animals moving through the system. To do this, shelters must put in place comprehensive vaccination, handling, cleaning, socialization, and care policies before animals get sick and rehabilitative efforts for those who come in sick, injured, unweaned, or traumatized.


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8. Public Relations/Community Involvement

Increasing adoptions, maximizing donations, recruiting volunteers and partnering with community agencies comes down to one thing: increasing the shelter's exposure. And that means consistent marketing and public relations. Public relations and marketing are the foundation of all a shelter's activities and their success. To do all these things well, the shelter must be in the public eye.


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9. Volunteers

Volunteers are a dedicated "army of compassion" and the backbone of a successful No Kill effort. There is never enough staff, never enough dollars to hire more staff, and always more needs than paid human resources. That is where volunteers come in and make the difference between success and failure and, for the animals, life and death.


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10. Proactive Redemptions

One of the most overlooked areas for reducing killing in animal control shelters are lost animal reclaims. Sadly, besides having pet owners fill out a lost pet report, very little effort is made in this area of shelter operations. This is unfortunate because doing so-primarily shifting from passive to a more proactive approach-has proven to have a significant impact on lifesaving and allow shelters to return a large percentage of lost animals to their families.


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11. A Compassionate Director

The final element of the No Kill equation is the most important of all, without which all other elements are thwarted-a hard working, compassionate animal control or shelter director not content to regurgitate tired cliches or hide behind the myth of "too many animals, not enough homes." Unfortunately, this one is also oftentimes the hardest one to demand and find.


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