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Why foster a cat?

“Fostering a cat is not a lifetime commitment, it is a commitment to saving a life.”
This is the watchword of cat rescues everywhere.
To foster a cat is, quite simply, to save that cat’s life. A foster home provides this same cat with a safe, temporary place of refuge until he/she is ultimately placed in a permanent, adoptive home.
Most rescues rely solely on a network of dedicated, volunteer foster homes, and could not survive without them. And rescues NEVER have enough foster homes.

Petco Foundation Grant

Petco Foundation


Whiskers Animal Benevolent League would like to extend its heartfelt thanks to the Petco Foundation for the generous $5,000 grant. This grant will allow us to fund up to 50 cats entering our foster program during 2015, including expenses for: nursing sick cats and kittens back to health; testing for FeLV/FIV; vaccinations; and spay or neuter. Thank you Petco Foundation!

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Whiskers 2014 Shelter Adoption Story

It's been a very wonderful year full of rescues and adoptions. Please take a few moments to enjoy this heartwarming montage of many of our former shelter cats who in the past year have finally found their forever homes. Here's to another successful year and many more happy adoptions! Thank you all so much for your continued support!


30 Years


Making a Difference for Over 30 Years!

The gift of life is wrapped in your support... Thank you from all of us.


The story of Whiskers Animal Benevolent League began in 1982 in an antique store on Delaware Avenue, owned and operated by the late Joan Duer, an avid animal lover who was deeply concerned about the proliferation of stray cats and kittens in the City of Albany. In an effort to combat this growing problem, and to provide aid for cats and kittens in need of good, safe homes, Joan opened the Whiskers Thrift Store – with all proceeds from its sales going to finance the cost of spaying and neutering stray animals and providing them with shelter.

From this small, one-woman crusade, Whiskers Animal Benevolent League – which also sought to find foster and permanent homes for stray dogs in its early years – went forward to open a shelter for abandoned, abused, sick and feral cats and kittens, adhering to a strict no-kill philosophy. The life of every animal who passed through the doors of Whiskers was considered precious, and that policy, above all, continues to guide the work of Whiskers Animal Benevolent League 30 years later.

The Whiskers shelter itself, while it has been located in various storefronts, apartments, and other sites throughout the City of Albany in the years since its founding, has grown tremendously. In addition to the shelter itself,

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