Crash's Landing and Big Sid's Sanctuary are devoted to taking at-risk stray cats off the streets of the greater Grand Rapids area, providing them with veterinary care, and housing them in our facilities until dedicated, loving, permanent homes can be found.
We have a limit to the number of cats we can bring into Crash's or Sid's. Some shelters have no limit they are known as open-door shelters. This means that they accept every animal, every day. The downside to that situation is that those are often kill-shelters. They have finite resources and when they reach maximum capacity, with more still coming in the door, they have to make the hard decision to euthanize perfectly healthy animals.
Crash's Landing and Big Sid's Sanctuary are not open-door shelters. We are a no-kill rescue group with a maximum number of cats that we can afford, both financially and physically, to care for. The number of cats we can allow into our program is directly related to the number of cats that we adopt into loving homes. As the saying goes, when you adopt from a shelter you actually help two animals; the one you are bringing into your home and the one that will be taking its place.
It may take up to 48 hrs to respond to your call or email. We will do our best to respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.
If you have a stray cat:
Currently we are full and do not operate off of a waiting list. However, if your stray is injured or ill, please contact us and detail the circumstances; our focus is on at-risk cats, so we will do our best to accommodate or assist you. When we do have openings, we ONLY take in stray cats, not owned cats. We cannot assist you in placing a cat obtained from a private party under any circumstances.
We are unable to take cats directly into our buildings, as this could pose a direct threat to our residents.
We hope that you will continue to care for the stray cat you have found. If you are not in a position to wait for us to have an opening, please contact The Humane Society of West Michigan or another shelter. Please note that we have no control over when there will be an open spot available at Crash's or Sid's; be prepared, as the wait could be several months. Contact us at 616-826-1303 or email email@example.com.
If you have an injured stray cat:
If you consider the cat to be in dire need of immediate medical attention, please take the animal to either the Animal Emergency Hospital or Michigan Veterinary Specialists for 24-hour emergency care. If the cat has a minor injury or is exhibiting signs of illness, please contact us. Intake priority is given to injured or ill cats when we do have openings. You may also find some useful information at this Expertise.com page.
If you have a stray kitten:
Our focus is to help adult stray cats get off the streets and into a safe environment. We are not able to accept cats less than 6 months old. Please contact The Humane Society of West Michigan or another rescue organization.
If you would like to surrender your own cat:
Crash's Landing and Big Sid's Sanctuary are shelters for adult stray cats. We do not take in owner-surrendered cats. Please contact The Humane Society of West Michigan, Reuben's Room, or one of the other fine shelter or rescue organizations in the area. Please understand that ALL shelters, whether open door or not, are always at maximum capacity. We would urge you to rethink your decision to surrender your pet.
If you have adopted a cat from us and they need to come back to us:
Please contact us. We strive to match adopters with cats that will be life-long family members. We realize that sometimes things just do not work out as anticipated. Our policy is to gladly take any Crash's or Big Sid's cat back, any time. PLEASE do not take this animal to another shelter or have it euthanized. Contact us at (616) 826-1303 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We only take in local (Michigan) cats.
There is a $40 to $60 intake donation needed to cover the initial costs of getting your stray program-ready.
You are welcome to email us back periodically to see if we have an opening for your stray, but we do recommend that you seek alternate placement options in the meantime. Due to the high number of emails we receive on a daily basis, it will not be possible for us to contact you weekly or monthly.
We realize our intake procedure is quite limited, but due to the exceedingly high numbers of homeless cats in our area, we have had to fine-tune our intake process to better serve the cats most in need.
Thank you for caring about the stray cat in your possession; we need more folks like you!