I’ve known about Mid-Hudson Animal Aid, a No Kill free range cat shelter in Beacon, NY for quite some time but in the past year I’ve been coming into contact with them more and more, beginning when two of their staff helped me round up some terrified cats in an apartment I couldn’t seem to catch. Since then they’ve been an invaluable resource for me as I expand a little more into cat rescue and have helped me out on several occasions.
This morning on Saturday, September 14 a fast-moving fire ripped through the isolation room at their shelter in Beacon, New York. Fortunately there were people in the building at the time who smelled smoke, discovered the fire, and immediately called the fire department who responded very quickly. The shelter had nearly 170 cats in the building, and thanks to the quick actions of the staff the majority made it out, although 8 cats in the isolation room succumbed to smoke inhalation. A firefighter onsite resuscitated one kitten, three remain hospitalized, and six are being searched for in the woods behind the shelter. To save so many of these cats so quickly was a truly amazing feat. The remaining animals are safe tonight and distributed among fosters and local rescue organizations including Pets Alive.
The isolation room is of course destroyed and they will need major construction – not just for the fire but to fix the water damage caused by extinguishing it. There is a need as well for foster families for cats displaced by the fire and the ensuing construction.
As always, money is tremendously helpful and allows the shelter to purchase whatever they may need, as well as helping with the medical bills for cats injured in the fire and, incredibly, a cat surrendered mid-disaster with a compound leg fracture.
Monetary donations may be made at their fundraising page on petcaring.com, at the PayPal link on their homepage or mailed to Mid Hudson Animal Aid at 54 Simmons Lane, Beacon, New York 12508. They are a registered non-profit organization. Their most needed items are wet cat food, dry cat food, towels, litter and cleaning supplies and those can be dropped off at two temporary dropoffs at 18 Slocum Road or 35 Boyce Street in Beacon, NY.
There is also a need for fosters, if you can help please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not call the shelter as they do not have phone service at the moment and have been displaced from the shelter building – you can keep track of their progress (and their needs!) on their Facebook page.
Thank you so much. Anything you can do to help a shelter that has helped so many is greatly appreciated, and I know they will rebuild and come back better than ever before.