What greater gift than the love of a cat.
Charles Dickens

About AnimaLovers


AnimaLovers was founded in 1995 by a small group of friends who wanted to provide needy cats and dogs in the Capital Region with a better way to find their way to safety and to new lives. 

Over the years, AnimaLovers has changed to meet the needs of the area. In 2011 the organization decided to focus on cats and kittens only, and expanded their rescue and veterinary services efforts to provide felines with a clear path to their forever homes.

The volunteers and Board members of the organization developed a trap/neuter/release program for feral cats; they expanded their Foster Home program allowing for better adoption matches; they created programs to help low-income families keep their companion animals healthy by providing low cost spay/neuter services and emergency veterinary care, and they established, through the generous support of a benefactor, a program to assist the elderly with limited means, to care for their cats. 
In addition, the group staffs and runs an Adoption Clinic at the East Greenbush PetSmart, where hundreds of cats and kittens each year are adopted to loving families.

We seem to be limited only by our need for funding and more volunteers in our quest to provide the very best life possible for every companion animal in the Capital District. With your help we can continue to expand the web of kindness to as many cats as we can...day by day and animal by animal. 

Learn more about how you can help AnimaLovers by visiting our How to Help page.

Our Mission


  • To provide housing, veterinary care, and adoption for unwanted, abandoned, injured, or stray cats;
  • To educate adopters, as well as the general public, about the health and training needs of our companion animals;
  • To promote spaying and neutering as an efficient and humane means of animal population control; and
  • To advocate for legislation that will prevent cruelty to animals.

Volunteer Staff


Pat Blais*
Administrative Advisor

Chelsea Brandow*
Clinic Coordinator

Aimee Martin-Vieira*
Secretary

Marguerite Pearson
Marketing Coordinator

Leah Rucinski*
Webmaster


Jan Shannon*
Program Advisor

Terry Silic
Special Events Coordinator

Loretta Smith*
Treasurer

Michele Wait*
Database Coordinator / Photographer

Lisa Wilson*
Intake Coordinator

* Also a Board Member

Not-for-Profit Status


AnimaLovers is not a public shelter and receives no government monies. We are an all-volunteer, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, which relies on donations, adoption fees and fund raising events to provide care for the animals who come to us. All contributions are deductible to the fullest extent of the law. A copy of our latest annual report may be obtained upon request from AnimaLovers, or from the Office of the Attorney General, Charities Bureau, 120 Broadway, New York, New York, 10271.
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