Help me keep Scratching Pad open

$6,275 of $6,000 goal

Raised by 139 people in 24 months
Since June 2013, I've taken over a duplex apartment in Bushwick to house abandoned cats and used social media to help them find homes by starting the website Scratching Pad which has accumulated almost 10,000 followers and help adopt out more than a dozen cats. Here's a writeup about the project.

As of July 2014, I've received a notice from the landlord that they decided not to let me renew the lease. 

This means no more cat photos or videos. And more than twenty cats will end up homeless again. 

The reason is that for the past few months we've been unable to pay rent on time. My new roommates have had erratic work situations and one of them had a medical emergency with no insurance. I also have an erratic work situation and was unable to cover for them.

My last ditch effort is to pay the rent owed for July ASAP and offer to prepay for August as an attempt to convince the lords of the land to let me keep the apartment. If this doesn't work, all of the funds raised will be applied to find another space to house all the cats. 

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All the rewards are optional and negotiable. For example some of the rewards are geographically limited, but if you're in another country just ask me for something and I'll probably grant it. 
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Update 6
24 months ago
It seems that more than $500 of the amount raised might have been fraudulent. #gofundme is resolving right now. Plot thickens
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Update 5
24 months ago
Thanks to everyone for their support. I'm in talks with the landlord. We will have an answer in a week.
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Update 4
24 months ago
If somehow this doesn't work out I've committed to let all the cats eat me. I'm not sure if this proper protocol for a cat rescue but I can't think of a more honorable end.
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Update 3
24 months ago
@kathleen jack as per the donation description I'm going to use the money to get another place for the cats if I can't renew the lease here
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Ashley Passino
23 months ago

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Karen Young
24 months ago

Ashley, There is an organization by the name of Red Rover. Google "Red Rover Relief Grants". Fill out the application and let your vet know that Red Rover will be contacting them. They give grants ranging from $100 to $300 but the treatment must not have been completed and there must be a good prognosis. Good luck.

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Erin Adams
24 months ago

Ashley try contacting Alex Angeles. On Facebook

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Nadine Harrington
24 months ago

The bottom line is that The Scratching Pad cares for cats and kittens that have no home, and very little hope. No matter the approach or platform, little lives have been saved. And that is good enough for me. Keep on keeping on! I love your pictures and witty comments. Living the cat life!

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SN Green
24 months ago

Steven wrote: "What I'm more interested in building is an awareness platform. One which can be used to promote important causes like banning de-clawing, emphasizing the importance of rescuing versus buying animals, and re-prioritizing animal adoption to be based on personality not breed or appearance. I think along those lines I have been more successful than the organizations which we both agree have more tried and true rescue protocols. " Actually, really no. Those organizations do far more to educate on those same topics. And perhaps I completely misread your intentions last year (the intentions that as stated caused several rescues to reach out to you), but you talked about keeping rescued cats and adopting them out as part of your plan. Perhaps that has changed, but given your stated intent originally, coupled with this fundraiser that is being held because of the impending doom to the cats you have at your home now, your information platform as the heart of the project rings hollow, TBH. And if these are not even your fosters, then why are you raising $6,000.00 for the apartment so that they don't have to be given to other rescues? No rescue needs to be dumped with cats taken in by well-meaning, but ultimately ineffective rescuers, but it happens daily anyway, unfortunately. However, to see rent money being raised on the back of rescued cats....well, frankly its offensive to those out there who are raising money for medical care and food for their rescued cats, not for their apartment because they forgot to plan for their own human future. Sorry, its wrong.

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SN Green
24 months ago

And Tracy, you can condemn me all you want. I only care about the cats. I don't care about people's egos (not even my own) when it comes down to egos Vs. the safety of rescued cats. When I see that being compromised, I say something, and I don't care at all who condemns me for it because someone's feelings get hurt in the process.

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SN Green
24 months ago

Tracy, except that people use rescue to get money all the time. Are you saying that when someone sees that occurring, no one is supposed to say anything? Funds are being given to "SAVE THESE KITTIES". And then when questioned, these aren't even his fosters, but someone else's. And his organization isn't even intending to save anyone. So why 6K to save these cats when he isn't setting out to save cats and when questioned they aren't even cats he saved? I know of several rescues that reached out to him when he first started. He was in the news for fostering some famous kittens. We all supported that. Then he decided to start his own for-profit venture regarding cats, and (at least at the time) he was talking about having a rescue that would save cats. I guess that has changed now, at least according to today's update. He rejected any and all help and collaboration offered by experienced rescues. I have no idea if this was because he was hoping to cash in on the new name recognition or what. It doesn't matter. What DOES matter (a lot) is that he puts cats at risk simply because he does not know what he is doing in regards to ISO and contamination control. I've seen it in his own blogs. That's not rescue. That's hubris. People should at least be informed about what's going on so they can decide if their donations really should be diverted to that approach to at-risk lives. You guys might think its just about playing with cute kittens after they get over their colds, but cats are incredibly delicate creatures when it comes to infectious diseases and mass housing environments. But apparently that's not important enough to learn about before asking people to pay for it. I misjudged.

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Tracy Robins
24 months ago

I don't know the slightest thing about all the technological/economical/environmental/medicare/ feline-nation/peta/#feelingfrisky of raising mutiple cat species. But I do know how sad it is to read posts from people equally as sad. And for that, I do not thank you. (@SNGreen- I condemn you for taking so much precious time to make someone else feel like shit!! I mistakingly took minutes out of my day to read your negative post thinking it had to be on the brink of positivity at any moment, but No. You lose, I lose, they lose. And once again we've forgotten what we are here for.)

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Steve Chia
24 months ago

Where I come from, we have no-kill shelters ran by animal-lovers who keep the cats they rescued at their premises or with with their network of home fosterers. Most of these privately ran shelters and even some of the more computer-savvy fosterers reach out to other animal lovers through the social media for donations of cash or food to sustain their operations. I view what you are doing as something akin to the home fosterers that we have here in my country. Personally, I do not feel that you need to go for some specialised training before you can carry out your operation like what the other poster said. We don't have to all go to Cat Welfare University and get ourselves ISO-certified before we are allowed to look after a few cats, do we? Everything we need to learn to care for our cats we can learn from other cat-lovers and online and from our own experience with time. What is important is the number of kittens and cats that we can saved and helped with our love and dedication in the mean time. I really like that you provide these kittens and young cats a clean and safe home environment that is filled with love for them to grow up in and learn to socialise with humans while waiting for their forever-home to materialise. I feel really sad when I see cats in little cages in these no-kill shelters and always wish that I could free them all. It's so depressing. When I imagine what it's like to be in your house with all these frisky kittens and cats running or lazing around so happy and carefree, it makes me happy and brightens up my day. So you keep on doing what you are doing. You're the man, Steven !

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Kathleen Jack
24 months ago

Ugh. So you raise this money, pay the landlord and he doesn't let you renew the lease. How does that help the cats?

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SN Green
24 months ago

Honestly, given that you have extremely limited experience with responsible rescue, given that you have refused to work with experienced rescues to at least learn standard safety protocols and how responsible rescue is generally handled, given that instead of putting in the time to learn the medicine, ethics, and applications of rescue you were trying to make money by blogging I can't support this. I was defending your actions at first to seasoned rescuers because I DO think the rescue world could use a few more models of operation to work within in order to infuse new approaches and ways of saving lives. I'm not against revolutionary approaches. But you can't even know what a revolutionary approach is if you barely know what traditional approaches are. And you can't apply new approaches if you don't even know what basic safety ISO protocols are and refuse to learn from others in your quest to branch out on your own before you know what you are really doing. I'm sure this will be deleted, but I felt you should know what someone who supported you at first but who has been extremely disappointed in how little effort you have put into learning how to rescue responsibly and safely thinks about your efforts here. Sorry. I hope you become willing to work with established rescues, find out what more of the basics are (that takes a few years just to learn), discover first-hand what works and what you'd like to change based on actual longer term info and experience and THEN try to rework the model to create some new avenues and opportunities for rescuers and cats alike. But this has ended up looking like someone trying to reinvent the wheel in a non productive way that only ends up diverting substantial funds from the groups that have saved thousands of cats in the time you have saved 20.

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$6,275 of $6,000 goal

Raised by 139 people in 24 months
Created July 15, 2014
MK
$20
Michelle Kirby
23 months ago (Monthly Donation)
$20
Anonymous
24 months ago
$20
Anonymous
24 months ago
$20
Anonymous
24 months ago
GY
$5
Ginny Yang
24 months ago
MK
$20
Michelle Kirby
24 months ago (Monthly Donation)
$50
Anonymous
24 months ago
CC
$100
Caroline Carpenter
24 months ago

Hope you can stay - we need more people like you!

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$50
Anonymous
24 months ago
KT
$20
Kim Toth
24 months ago

the zen of Barb needs to carry on.

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Ashley Passino
23 months ago

Shared♡♡♡

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Karen Young
24 months ago

Ashley, There is an organization by the name of Red Rover. Google "Red Rover Relief Grants". Fill out the application and let your vet know that Red Rover will be contacting them. They give grants ranging from $100 to $300 but the treatment must not have been completed and there must be a good prognosis. Good luck.

+ Read More
Erin Adams
24 months ago

Ashley try contacting Alex Angeles. On Facebook

+ Read More
Nadine Harrington
24 months ago

The bottom line is that The Scratching Pad cares for cats and kittens that have no home, and very little hope. No matter the approach or platform, little lives have been saved. And that is good enough for me. Keep on keeping on! I love your pictures and witty comments. Living the cat life!

+ Read More
SN Green
24 months ago

Steven wrote: "What I'm more interested in building is an awareness platform. One which can be used to promote important causes like banning de-clawing, emphasizing the importance of rescuing versus buying animals, and re-prioritizing animal adoption to be based on personality not breed or appearance. I think along those lines I have been more successful than the organizations which we both agree have more tried and true rescue protocols. " Actually, really no. Those organizations do far more to educate on those same topics. And perhaps I completely misread your intentions last year (the intentions that as stated caused several rescues to reach out to you), but you talked about keeping rescued cats and adopting them out as part of your plan. Perhaps that has changed, but given your stated intent originally, coupled with this fundraiser that is being held because of the impending doom to the cats you have at your home now, your information platform as the heart of the project rings hollow, TBH. And if these are not even your fosters, then why are you raising $6,000.00 for the apartment so that they don't have to be given to other rescues? No rescue needs to be dumped with cats taken in by well-meaning, but ultimately ineffective rescuers, but it happens daily anyway, unfortunately. However, to see rent money being raised on the back of rescued cats....well, frankly its offensive to those out there who are raising money for medical care and food for their rescued cats, not for their apartment because they forgot to plan for their own human future. Sorry, its wrong.

+ Read More
SN Green
24 months ago

And Tracy, you can condemn me all you want. I only care about the cats. I don't care about people's egos (not even my own) when it comes down to egos Vs. the safety of rescued cats. When I see that being compromised, I say something, and I don't care at all who condemns me for it because someone's feelings get hurt in the process.

+ Read More
SN Green
24 months ago

Tracy, except that people use rescue to get money all the time. Are you saying that when someone sees that occurring, no one is supposed to say anything? Funds are being given to "SAVE THESE KITTIES". And then when questioned, these aren't even his fosters, but someone else's. And his organization isn't even intending to save anyone. So why 6K to save these cats when he isn't setting out to save cats and when questioned they aren't even cats he saved? I know of several rescues that reached out to him when he first started. He was in the news for fostering some famous kittens. We all supported that. Then he decided to start his own for-profit venture regarding cats, and (at least at the time) he was talking about having a rescue that would save cats. I guess that has changed now, at least according to today's update. He rejected any and all help and collaboration offered by experienced rescues. I have no idea if this was because he was hoping to cash in on the new name recognition or what. It doesn't matter. What DOES matter (a lot) is that he puts cats at risk simply because he does not know what he is doing in regards to ISO and contamination control. I've seen it in his own blogs. That's not rescue. That's hubris. People should at least be informed about what's going on so they can decide if their donations really should be diverted to that approach to at-risk lives. You guys might think its just about playing with cute kittens after they get over their colds, but cats are incredibly delicate creatures when it comes to infectious diseases and mass housing environments. But apparently that's not important enough to learn about before asking people to pay for it. I misjudged.

+ Read More
Tracy Robins
24 months ago

I don't know the slightest thing about all the technological/economical/environmental/medicare/ feline-nation/peta/#feelingfrisky of raising mutiple cat species. But I do know how sad it is to read posts from people equally as sad. And for that, I do not thank you. (@SNGreen- I condemn you for taking so much precious time to make someone else feel like shit!! I mistakingly took minutes out of my day to read your negative post thinking it had to be on the brink of positivity at any moment, but No. You lose, I lose, they lose. And once again we've forgotten what we are here for.)

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Steve Chia
24 months ago

Where I come from, we have no-kill shelters ran by animal-lovers who keep the cats they rescued at their premises or with with their network of home fosterers. Most of these privately ran shelters and even some of the more computer-savvy fosterers reach out to other animal lovers through the social media for donations of cash or food to sustain their operations. I view what you are doing as something akin to the home fosterers that we have here in my country. Personally, I do not feel that you need to go for some specialised training before you can carry out your operation like what the other poster said. We don't have to all go to Cat Welfare University and get ourselves ISO-certified before we are allowed to look after a few cats, do we? Everything we need to learn to care for our cats we can learn from other cat-lovers and online and from our own experience with time. What is important is the number of kittens and cats that we can saved and helped with our love and dedication in the mean time. I really like that you provide these kittens and young cats a clean and safe home environment that is filled with love for them to grow up in and learn to socialise with humans while waiting for their forever-home to materialise. I feel really sad when I see cats in little cages in these no-kill shelters and always wish that I could free them all. It's so depressing. When I imagine what it's like to be in your house with all these frisky kittens and cats running or lazing around so happy and carefree, it makes me happy and brightens up my day. So you keep on doing what you are doing. You're the man, Steven !

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Kathleen Jack
24 months ago

Ugh. So you raise this money, pay the landlord and he doesn't let you renew the lease. How does that help the cats?

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SN Green
24 months ago

Honestly, given that you have extremely limited experience with responsible rescue, given that you have refused to work with experienced rescues to at least learn standard safety protocols and how responsible rescue is generally handled, given that instead of putting in the time to learn the medicine, ethics, and applications of rescue you were trying to make money by blogging I can't support this. I was defending your actions at first to seasoned rescuers because I DO think the rescue world could use a few more models of operation to work within in order to infuse new approaches and ways of saving lives. I'm not against revolutionary approaches. But you can't even know what a revolutionary approach is if you barely know what traditional approaches are. And you can't apply new approaches if you don't even know what basic safety ISO protocols are and refuse to learn from others in your quest to branch out on your own before you know what you are really doing. I'm sure this will be deleted, but I felt you should know what someone who supported you at first but who has been extremely disappointed in how little effort you have put into learning how to rescue responsibly and safely thinks about your efforts here. Sorry. I hope you become willing to work with established rescues, find out what more of the basics are (that takes a few years just to learn), discover first-hand what works and what you'd like to change based on actual longer term info and experience and THEN try to rework the model to create some new avenues and opportunities for rescuers and cats alike. But this has ended up looking like someone trying to reinvent the wheel in a non productive way that only ends up diverting substantial funds from the groups that have saved thousands of cats in the time you have saved 20.

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