Featured Rescue: Binx’s Home of Black Cat Magic

1. How long has the shelter been operating, and what motivated its establishment?

Binx’s Home for Black Cats started as a foster-based rescue in 2020 and we recently opened a facility in partnership with House of Black Cat Magic where a dozen of our adoptable panthers are available to meet in the cat lounge Wednesday-Sunday 11AM-7PM.

Binx’s Home was founded when we realized the incredible need for a black cat specific rescue in our area. Between the high euthanasia rates across our state, the superstition that black cats are bad luck or evil, black cats being so common genetically, the higher chance of black cats landing in shelters, and lower rates of adoption- it just snowballed into this massive issue that we felt we could help with.

2. How many cats do you typically have in your care at any given time, and what types of cats do you rescue (e.g., strays, abused, abandoned)?

Our capacity varies wildly depending on the amount of foster homes we have available. Sometimes we have around 40 cats in the rescue and other times it can top out around 75. We try to be a resource for shelters in particular, so we don’t typically intake strays or owner surrenders from the public. Our job is to be a pipeline for those shelters that need to get cats out to save more lives, so that’s where a majority of our cats come from.

3. Are there behavioral assessments to match kitties and potential adopters? What do you look for? Do you offer support to adopters after they take a cat home?

While we don’t officially “test” any of our cats for anything behavioral, we do rely on our foster parents to be attentive in their care of the cats, and that includes noticing and communicating things about their foster kitty’s behavior or preferences. So, for instance, if someone submits an adoption application for a cat that they saw on our website and we notice that they have big dogs, we’ll often confer with that cat’s foster before finalizing that application. If the foster responds that that specific kitty doesn’t like big dogs, we’ll then reach out to the adopter and play a little bit of “matchmaker” to find them a kitty that would do well in their home.

4. Do you have any specific programs or initiatives in place to promote the adoption of older cats or cats with special needs?

Absolutely! House of Black Cat Magic opened in June of this year and most of the panthers in the cat lounge there are adults, cats with special needs, and seniors. We actually received a grant from Lil’ BUB’s Big Fund to focus our efforts on harder-to-adopt black cats and so we use the cat lounge for that purpose. Putting senior and special needs cats in front of the public in a home-like environment where they can see their true personalities makes all the difference.

5. Are there any success stories or particularly heartwarming adoption stories that you’d like to share? We would also be glad to feature a long-term baby who hasn’t found a home yet, in hopes of finding a furever home.

Zeda was pulled from a shelter where she was extremely stressed and had a large open wound on her chest that just wasn’t getting better. The sounds from the shelter environment, fear of the kennel, and the fact that she had to wear a cone 24/7 to keep her from licking her wound compounded led to high anxiety and a slow recovery. After multiple visits with the vet, Zeda was diagnosed with Eosinophilic Granuloma Complex, an autoimmune disease that can cause rodent ulcers in the mouth and skin lesions. These symptoms are believed to be a result of the bodies reaction to stress. Finally, we had our answer and we could start treatment! Zeda went into a loving foster home where she could be comfortable and stress-free during treatment. Eosinophilic Granuloma Complex is easily treated but it is something that she will have for the rest of her life. We wanted to make sure that not only would the rodent ulcers shrink and the open skin lesions heal, but that we could get her on a medication schedule that would help her maintain her health, AND that the right adopter would come along and be willing to stay on top of her symptoms. The day came where we would finally post Zeda for adoption, and as luck would have it, her foster mom decided she couldn’t let her go. She had fallen in love with Zeda and her beautiful personality and so, she was already in her furever home.

6. How do you fund your operations? Do you depend on donations or other sources of funding? How can people contribute to your organization?

We operate almost solely through individual donations from the public. Sometimes we get small grants but a vast majority of the life-saving work we do is funded by individuals who love black cats and just want to help. Every dollar, every can of food, every share on social media means so much and is so appreciated. We have many ways for people to contribute to our mission and make a difference:

Monetary donations are tax-deductible and can be made on our website at www.binxshomeforblackcats.com, through Venmo/ Cash App at @BHBCRescue, on Paypal @BinxsHome, or by mailing their donation to 841 Haywood Rd. Asheville, NC 28806. We also have an Amazon wish list linked our website if they would prefer to donate supplies.

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