Orange Street Cats, Inc. (OSC) is a non-profit foster-based, all volunteer rescue organization in the Capital Region of New York. Our programs include a “Seniors for Seniors” forever-foster program that matches senior people with limited means with senior cats in need of love; an FeLV positive program; and our “regular” cats and kittens who are FeLV negative and not seniors. All cats and kittens are spayed or neutered prior to adoption placement and receive age-appropriate vaccinations. We tend to take in cats and kittens without a human advocate and those who require special care including veterinary care well beyond routine.
Because we take the cats few other groups will consider due to age (either very young or elderly), critical illness, surgery needs, and extensive nursing care, our veterinary costs tend to be very high. And because we tend to refer “easy cat” situations to other rescue groups for quick adoption, our average length of stay can be a bit longer than that found in some other rescues and shelters. All this makes our jobs a bit harder and we wouldn’t have it any other way.