Heroic Woman Makes Sanctuary To Save Blind Cats From Euthanasia

Heroic Woman Makes Sanctuary To Save Blind Cats From Euthanasia

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This is the incredible story of a mother and daughter duo who thought of an incredible solution for a tragic problem. 

Keep reading to discover how Alana Miller and her daughter changed the lives of thousands of blind cats forever. 

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The Bold &Blind

Alana Miller and her daughter were volunteering at a local shelter when they came across a six week old blind kitten named Louie. 

Louie’s owner surrendered him to the shelter because he was unable to take care of him.

Even worse, Louie’s owner planned on abandoning him in the PetSmart parking lot if the shelter wouldn’t take him.

Sadly, the shelter Louie was brought to was unwilling to take him because he “wasn’t adoptable”.

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Alana couldn’t bear the thought of this 6-week-old blind kitten being left alone to fend for himself.

Alana knew she needed to do the right thing. She generously stepped in and offered to take him.

Little did she know, Louie would open a whole new world for her and her family.

Louie was able to do everything a “normal” cat could do.

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He played, climbed, ran, and loved to snuggle just like a cat that wasn’t blind.

He was living proof that being blind wasn’t the end of the world.

Blind cats are just as lovable and capable as any other cat!

Making A Difference

Soon, Alana and her daughter started rescuing more blind cats.

After taking in their fourth blind cat, Alana and her daughter quickly became aware of the lack of resources available for blind cats. 

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Under the law, in North Carolina, if a cat is sick, injured, or blind they are not considered adoptable and may be euthanized in animal control facilities.

Alana Miller and her daughter applied to become a 501(c)3 nonprofit in St. Paul’s, North Carolina.

In 2005, the Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary opened and began saving the lives of innocent blind cats.

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Cat Lives Matter

Alana also realized that thousands of cats were being euthanized every day for testing positive for FIV and FELV.

After doing her research, Alana found that many of those test results were false positives because of inaccurate testing. 

In 2011, Alana added a second building to her sanctuary specifically for cats that tested positive for FELV (Leukemia positive) and FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus).

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Not only are these cats re-tested with more accurate technology, but they are given a safe place to thrive regardless of their diagnoses.

Alana and many other rescuers are well aware of the misinformation surrounding FELV and FIV.

Cats that have been diagnosed with these diseases can enjoy a long and fulfilling life under the right conditions.

It’s important for cat owners to educate themselves and learn that there is hope for these cats.

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Blind, But Not Broken

Alana and her daughter have truly made a difference in their community by fighting back on the idea that blind cats aren’t worth saving.

Blind cats can do just about anything a normal cat can do.

They love to climb trees and cabinets and can get themselves into places that will leave you questioning how they did it.

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Something many people outside of the rescue world don’t know is that blind cats are also incredibly adaptive.

Cats in general are incredibly adaptive. That quality alone is what made cats thrive in a variety of environments all over the world.

But special needs cats are especially adaptive!

If there is a change in their environment, they will quickly adjust to the change by using their whiskers to help with direction and any possible obstacles. 

“They don’t know they’re blind. They just know they’re cats,” said Jackson Galaxy, The famous cat whisperer.

The Blind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary has committed to caring for thousands of cats that would have otherwise been euthanized.

Thanks to them, thousands of cats (both blind and not blind) have had a second chance at life!

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38 Replies to “Heroic Woman Makes Sanctuary To Save Blind Cats From Euthanasia”

  1. You both are a Godsend and i will thank the Lord for you both everyday Thank you for all you do for these animals they are so fortunate to have you as their friends

    1. When my husband and I visited Blind Cat Rescue we fell in love with all the sweet cats living there. They are so beautiful, loved and cared for that we could see how happy they are. They gave as much love to us as we gave to them! Alana you, your daughter and all the wonderful people there give all the cats a loving and immaculately clean home. As soon as we stepped in we were surrounded with love. Thank you all so much for the excellent job you do taking care of the cats!

    2. You are doing a wonderful job these cats need the special love you have. Is there a place like yours in the Jacksonville FL area? I’d love to adopt since we lost 3 of our cats 1 in 2018 then 2 in 2019.

    1. Alana I gave followed you and BCR for years and even visited. I am amazed at what you can do and how many lives you saved. You are such a blessing!

  2. I think this is wonderful of mom & daughter to rescue these precious cats. As a lover & rescuer of cats, thank you from the bottom of my heart & bless you both!

  3. Blind cats are not dying thus they would not be euthanized but killed. Imagine if this was the attitude towards blind or deaf people or if they have a disease. It would be considered cruel and unacceptable. I knew a blind cat and he did just fine as do all blind cats. I have heard of this sanctuary and thanks to them many cats have a chance for the good lives they deserve.

  4. I would take a blind cat in a heartbeat! I’m a woman who hates when cats jump up on my kitchen table or counters, so that would be kind of a blessing! I would miss their beautiful eyes, but looking at those cats that she took in, they are so beautiful, even without their beautiful eyes….. I would take one. I love what she is doing though, and I wish that there were more rescue places like hers. Sick and injured cats should not be euthanized either, what the hell? They need to change that law!

  5. God bless you and your daughter. God truly blessed you by showing you these special babies are surely needed in this world. ???

  6. My husband and I rescued a blind kitten. She is absolutely amazing. She does not know she is blind. She is very small and has IBD but her personality is big as the sky! She will even put our biggest dogs in their place. She loves homemade toys and is simply a joy. We love our little Rose (aka Rosie Burrito-because we have to wrap her up a lot for treatments and meds). Thanks for rescuing these wonderful cats!

  7. Your kitties look so beautiful and happiness can been seen in their demeanour. Great job . God Bless and keep up the good work.

  8. Alana is an amazing lady. Proud to call her a friend. Visiting and volunteering here should be on you bucket list. Known by many as “The Happiest Place on Earth”. What has been accomplished is awesome.

  9. The law needs changing now. Blind cats are wonderful I had one he never had any problems navigating around the house he was 20yrs old when he passed away.

  10. Thank you for all you do for these beautiful blind cats. I take care of a ferile cat at my church and make sure she has food and water.

  11. Thank you so much for caring and loving these sweet Babies that have just as much chance at life as any other/you are my Heros! Thank you again / fellow cat lover❤️❤️

  12. Healthy animals are killed not euthanized, a term that means good death. I do not understand why this euphemism is used so often. I have heard of Blind Cat Rescue as well and applaud them for stepping up to care for cats who. like many people, are not damaged but just can not see. Imagine if blind people were killed for that. Blind cats are not damaged or sick and deserve a chance at happiness and good homes just lie any other cat. Sadly NC has a long way to go in their treatment of animals but thankfully there are many good and caring people if not enough of them. Such beautiful cats here and their blindness is no less so. the ones who are really blind even though they have sight are those who can or do not appreciate them (the cats) for who they are.

  13. I have been so lucky to have visit Blind Cat and Rescue Sanctuary for blind cats ,and all the cats that home there ,Alayna and her staff are so wonderful with these cats. These beautiful cats are living out their lives in this beautiful sanctuary ,Everyone who works at BCRS are such wonderful people God bless them all for everything they do caring ,loving all these beautiful cats.

  14. I happen to love Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary and not only do I donate, I Sponsor two FELV kitties named Derek and Richard! God bless you Alana Miller and God bless your wonderful daughter, too!

  15. Thank you so much for writing the article! And thank you everyone for your kind words! We could not do what we do if it were not for the support of a lot of very wonderful generous people!

  16. In addition to saving blind, FELV + and FIV+ kitties Alana and her amazing crew work at spaying/neutering cats in their county, raised funds to provide oxygen equipment to the fire departments in their county for pets, raised funds to equip the K9 unit with a device to let the officer know if the temperature changes in the vehicle when he/she is away from the vehicle with the k9 officer still in the vehicle and, shares massive amounts of information to folks to help us all better care for our pets. She is an amazing woman with a daughter and staff/volunteers equally dedicated to saving these beautiful creatures.

  17. Alana and her daughter are true heroes in my
    Opinion. They take these blind or FIV positive kitties that are otherwise perfectly healthy, but deemed unadoptable in, saving them from euthanasia. They are loved, cared for and given a
    Forever home at the sanctuary.

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