Making a difference... One life at a time!

Welcome to Whiskers

Here at Whiskers we believe every life is meaningful and worth saving. We go the extra mile to do whatever it takes to make each cat and kitten's life we commit to the best it can be. Every cat and kitten we take in gets Whiskers lifetime pledge to be there for them for their entire lives if need be.


Whiskers 20th Auction for the Animals

Get your tickets at the door. Hope to see you all there!

Barn Friends Forever

Barn Friends Forever is a special adoption program to place feral cats with owners of farms, stables, greenhouses,  country estates, and other safe locations.  

Feral cats are, for the most part, domestic cats that have been born outside and survive on their own.  They often live in colonies and  generally are fearful of humans.  The ASPCA reports that the average life-span of a feral cat, that is not living in a colony supported by a human caretaker, is only two years.  Those feral cats that are spayed/neutered and are lucky enough to have a caretaker who provides shelter, food and water, have a much longer life-span.

Each Spring, when kitten season rolls around, Whiskers is called upon to trap feral cats that are pregnant or have kittens.  It is a very high priority for Whiskers to save these kittens from the harsh realities that come with being born outside to a stray or feral mother.


Whiskers Adoption Clinics

Visit us at Petsmart in Clifton Park
Village Plaza Shopping Center


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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