While Pat Ladew was alive, she provided this house in Oyster Bay to serve as a sanctuary for homeless cats.  Upon her death in 2002, Pat's estate established the Patricia H. Ladew Foundation, Inc. to ensure that the sanctuary would be funded and sustained for years to come.  The sanctuary's renovation, both inside and out, was completed in 2012.

The house in Oyster Bay is a closed–admission sanctuary for homeless cats that are rescued primarily from Animal Care and Control and The Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals.  It features outdoor enclosed runs and offers a home–like atmosphere where the cats live uncaged (unless illness necessitates temporary caging). Caretakers live on the premises to provide daily care for the cats. Our on-site staff veterinarian checks each cat on a regular basis and provides any medical treatment necessary. All cats are vaccinated, tested for FELV/FIV, sterilized and microchipped. New cats are quarantined for 30 days prior to introduction to the resident cats.  Due to our small size, we are unable to accept cats from the public.  When space allows, we rescue cats slated for euthanasia from overcrowded city shelters or the Mayor's Alliance through the New Hope Program.


Inside the sanctuary, the cats enjoy a home-like atmosphere, where they spend their time relaxing and playing on couches, big beds, cat trees, window perches and wall cubbies.  They spend their days exploring high cat walks complete with "penthouse" hideouts and tunnels leading to different rooms. 

The cats never miss their favorite wildlife shows on their flat screen TV.  Their DVD collection is quite extensive!

Lazy afternoons are spent lounging on a selection of cozy spots.  Cats that like to drink from the faucet are accommodated in this room.

This staircase is just one of the ways the cats can get to the upper level inside catwalk.  Cats can go through the entire house on this upper level if they choose.


If the cats wish, they can also go outside to their Catio, a playground built just for cats.  Our cats have year-round access to fresh air and the ability to explore high cat walks for safe bird watching.  They can also be tantalized by a butterfly garden, cross rope bridges, relax on a swing, chase leaves and/or sunbathe to the soothing sounds of wind chimes.


After cats and kittens are medically cleared of infectious diseases, they go to one of two adoption rooms.  Room One is where we usually keep young kittens.  The cages are spacious with separate areas for litter boxes.  The room is cozy, but private and allows potential adopters time to bond with their new pet.  One cage can be made larger by removing partitions to make room for larger litters and their moms.


Room Two is the larger of our two adoption rooms and is used for older newcomers (4 months and up).  When they appear comfortable, they are able to roam free in the room.  Staff and volunteers continuously work with all of the newcomers to improve their chances of adoption.  Cats who are less adoptable are able to live the rest of their lives at the sanctuary while calling our staff their family.

The cats in this room are able to go outside to a small catio and take in fresh air whenever they like.  Paw print artwork (made by our own artists) adorns the walls throughout the sanctuary.

The cats and kittens in Room Two have TV like the cats upstairs and binge watch their favorite shows!


If nothing good is on TV,  the cats in Room 2 can explore their new outdoor playground while waiting for adoption.



Pat's Cats Room is named after the founder of the Patricia H. Ladew Foundation, Inc.  The cats in this room have access to numerous cat cubbies on the walls, a big bed and cat trees.  Some of these cats are on special diets and/or are less adoptable for various reasons.

They also have access to an outdoor catio, called the Rustic Run.

The Rustic Run features bamboo bridges, logs and tree branches to climb on, not to mention a zen-like area complete with a fountain.



Upon entry, Cats are put into the Quarantine Room until they can be examined and cleared of communicable disease.


Our contractor built this outdoor shelter for the three feral cats that live in our yard:  Frick, Frack and Frodo.  Frack is pictured above with holiday decorations in place.  These cats have lived on the block for years and were cared for by neighbors until they had to move.  The very responsible neighbors made arrangements for us to care for them.  Their house has heated mats inside for the winter and removable plexiglass to take advantage of the summer breeze.



The on-site clinic provides the cats living in the sanctuary with both routine and emergency medical and dental care.  Cats are spayed and neutered and treated on site for most medical conditions.  Cats are cared for by staff veterinarian, Dr. Susan Whittred, Licensed Veterinary Technician, Lynne Carson, staff and volunteers.

If you would like to visit the sanctuary, please call us at 516-922-CATS (2287) and we would be happy to arrange a tour.