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Happy Cat Inc.

aka Happy Cat Sanctuary   |   Coram, NY   |  http://www.happycatsanctuary.com

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Mission

To save the lives of cats and kittens. To ensure they are provided with the quality of life every creature deserves, including access to medical care, proper nutrition, adequate shelter, and the freedom and safety to live without fear of sickness, neglect, or abuse; and, to decrease the feral cat population in the greater New York City area through Trap-Neuter-Return efforts.

Notes from the nonprofit

Happy Cat is a unique place. Most shelters in the United States keep their rescues in cages or tiny rooms until they are either adopted or euthanized. Happy Cat, on the other hand, challenges this unsustainable model. The statistics and the odds are against animals in shelters: if they end up in a kill shelter, if they are not adopted in 3 days, they are euthanized. If they end up in a no-kill shelter, they stay in a cage, locked up, or stay in a small interior room with other cats, never to see the sun. Some cats stay in these tiny rooms for years waiting to be adopted. Some die in those rooms. We at Happy Cat Sanctuary believe that cats should have the chance to live as nature intended them to: outside, climbing trees, and hunting prey. That is why we do not aim to save every feral cat we come across. Instead, we opt for the TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) approach to decrease unwanted births of more kittens. We advocate for the basic right of each creature--wild or domestic--to live a life of dignity, without fear of abuse or torture. When domesticated cats lose their owners, they are often dumped at shelters, and the chances of them being re-adopted are slim to none. The older the cat, the less chance (s)he has of being adopted. That is why Happy Cat Sanctuary exists - to be a safe, natural alternative to shelters, where a domesticated cat can live out the rest of his/her life without being stuck in a cage or tiny interior room. Many cats are not seen in the eyes of humans as "the perfect pets." Millions of "mutt" cats go unadopted every year because they "lost out" to a more "perfect" purebred cat, often bred by breeders for profit. Happy Cat exists to be a haven for these "forgotten cats" who never had a chance in the first place because they weren't "cute" enough. We also exist as a haven for cats who have suffered severe abuse and neglect at the hands of hoarders and neglectful owners. Happy Cat Sanctuary runs on a small but efficient budget. We do not have the same glamorous programs or the same giant budgets that other big rescue organizations do. We are small, but we are MIGHTY, and we are growing. 95% of our revenue goes DIRECTLY to the cats. Our own CEO / Founder does not take a salary. We do not waste money on frivolous, fancy marketing advertisements or pay celebrities big bucks to endorse us. We are a grassroots organization with one mission - to save as many cats as we can, find loving homes for as many as we can, and to slow the rate of overpopulation of ferals through Trap-Neuter-Return methods by preventing as many unwanted kitten births as we can. provides vaccinations for cats. $25 provides shelter for a rescued cat. $50 traps, neuters, and returns 1 cat. $100 provides medical attention to a litter of abandoned kittens. $500 feeds all the cats in our sanctuary for one week. $1,000 provides emergency surgery for 3 injured / abused cats

Ruling year info

2012

Founder, Executive Director

Christopher Arsenault

Main address

PO Box 688

Coram, NY 11727 USA

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EIN

90-0576904

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Animal Related Activities N.E.C. (D99)

Other Services (D60)

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Adoptions

We adopt out as many friendly, domesticated cats and kittens as possible from our sanctuary. We aim to adopt out at least 25 cats per year and meet and exceed our goal every year.

Population(s) Served

The goal of Trap-Neuter-Return is to reduce the feral cat population by trapping fertile cats in their natural habitats, neutering or spaying them, and returning them to their original location in the wild. By doing so, we actively slow the increase of feral populations in target areas while easing the burden on local shelters and our own sanctuary in the future. TNR is a more humane alternative to euthanasia-based models used by shelters. Realistically, one unspayed cat, with all of her unspayed offspring and their unspayed offspring, can be responsible for the birth of 3,200 multi-generational kittens over the original cat's lifetime. So when we spay one cat, we can point to past statistics and say we successfully stopped the birth of, on average, 3200 more kittens over 12 years.

Population(s) Served

Happy Cat rescues cats that have no place else to go, including cats that have been victims of hoarding situations, shot at, targeted by gangs for use as bait in dog fighting rings, blind cats, cats with FIV, and cats of abusive and neglectful owners. Over 300 cats reside at the sanctuary, which is composed of indoor and outdoor shelters and areas to roam, scratch, lounge, and climb. All cats are Spay/Neutered, have access to vet care, and are regularly brushed and given lots of love and attention. Cats and kittens are available for adoption. To run the sanctuary costs about $55,000 per year and encompasses the following expenses: food, water, veterinary care, medications, utilities, infrastructure, bedding, cleaning products.

Population(s) Served

We trap and spay / neuter feral cats and release back to their area. This prevents the continuing birth of unwanted litters. Mothers with kittens are often traped and once kittens are of age they will be fostered where they will receive medical love medical and a loving home will be sought. Potential adopters will complete a Adoption application, referances will be checked, home visit will be done then potential adopters will be approved for adoption.

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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1) Continue to be a no-kill alternative to shelters in the Long Isalnd & NYC metro area that utilize euthanasia methods; 2) Expand our sanctuary's footprint by purchasing land in the greater NYC rural region, so that we can increase our intake of cats in need; 3) Increase our Trap-Neuter-Return efforts to reduce the population of feral stray cats in the greater New York City area.

1) In FY 2014-15, carry out a capital campaign to raise $100,000 to secure land in the greater NYC region to expand our sanctuary. 2) Increase our social media presence with more interactivity on our Facebook and YouTube pages. 3) Increase our adoption / home placement numbers by at least 10% over the previous year's adoption numbers, in order to make room for more cats in need. 4) Expand our Trap-Neuter-Release program to directly impact the feral population in Suffolk County, New York by reducing the number of kittens born to feral mothers.

1) Adoptions / home placements of cats and kittens in the Long Island, New York region via our Adoption page on www.HappyCatAdopt.com; 2) Trap-Neuter-Release of feral cats in the greater Long Island region; 3) Interventions of abuse, neglect, hoarding, and attacks on cats via reclamation of cats from abusive owners.

We have made steady progress in the areas of adoptions over the last two years. We have also TNRed 50% more cats in the last year than in the previous year, thus reducing the number of feral kittens born to feral mothers. We have doubled the number of donors over last year's number with a successful Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, and we have doubled our Facebook audience ("likers") over the last 10 months.

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Happy Cat Inc.

Board of directors
as of 05/13/2024
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Board chair

Christopher Arsenault

Marilyn Gales

Author Gales

Sharon Levy

Leigh Harris

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable