Cat Enrichment

HOPE Safehouse, Inc.: Cat Enrichment Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money we received went toward the medical care of Lena, one of our momma kitties, and her five babies.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

The grant helped us be able to take in more mommas and their kittens.

How many pets did this grant help?

6 pets

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Momma Lena and her babies came from a high[-intake] shelter in Kentucky. They needed a safe place for her and her five little ones so they wouldn’t get sick. The boys are Langston, Langford, and Langstrom and the girls are Lulu and Lori. We will be accepting applications starting May 5.

Friends of Companion Animals: Cat Enrichment Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Our “Second Chance Ranch” cat enclosure construction and the items that are in the enclosure such as the cubes, blankets, cat trees, etc.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

The new free-roaming enclosure is a wonderful part of our rescue because it’s a great enrichment tool. It allows the cats to interact with each other, with our visitors and with potential adopters. They become more socialized, which makes them more adoptable. Thanks to this enclosure, they’re free to do all the things cats love: run, jump, climb, snuggle. In short, it’s the closest thing to actually living in a real home.

Because of this grant, we were able to afford the construction as well as the shelving and the blankets for the cubes. We also were able to get chairs so that humans can sit down and relax with the cats, which helps them make a connection and increases the chance of adoption. The cat trees provide a place to scratch, climb and play on, which they all thoroughly enjoy.

This free-roaming enclosure also provides more time for our volunteers who do cleaning, because we have fewer cages to clean on a daily basis. The positive side effect is that this allows us more time to interact with the cats beyond simple janitorial duties.

In closing, being able to build this enclosure for them was one of our long-term goals (for both humans and felines). The funding that the Petfinder Foundation provided to realize this dream is much appreciated, to say the least. It’s something that will bring our cats joy and better health for years to come.

How many pets did this grant help?

Honestly, countless cats, because it will provide years of enjoyment for any felines in our care. But if you’d like an actual number, 200 a year, since that’s about half the number we adopted out last year.

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

We have some very shy cats, Gabby (first photo) and Gessica (second photo), who really came out of their shell once we were able to let them roam outside of the cages in the new enclosure thanks to the Petfinder Foundation. For 10 months, they’d been confined to their kennels, but this allowed them to really open up. They get to exercise and play and just enjoy being in an environment that’s as close to an actual home as possible. They haven’t been adopted yet, but we’re sure it’s only a matter of time now, since they are already more friendly than they were last week. It’s really remarkable how much has changed in just the last seven days.

You can meet Gessica here.

Meet Gabby here.

Ruff Start Rescue: Cat Enrichment Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

Funds were used to purchase craft supplies to make enrichment products for our rescued cats. The supplies were used to create fishing toys, catnip toys, scratching posts, and fleece bedding.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

This year we will care for nearly 700 cats. We rely on donations from the public to provide required and enrichment products for our animals. At the same time, we believe in teaching children and families about the importance of animal care and enrichment through a variety of community outreach activities. With this grant, we purchased craft supplies to make toys, scratching posts, and bedding for our foster cats. Children from the community came out to our facility to make a variety of toys and blankets for our cats. The children get the opportunity to learn about the animals, and the cats benefit with access to the fun toys and bedding that were made from the activity. We appreciate this opportunity to educate children and families and, at the same time, give back to the special cats in our care.

How many pets did this grant help?

100 cats

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Mr. Murray (first photo) came into rescue with a severe injury to his back. He was missing fur and had multiple cuts and scrapes that we assume were caused by a hawk or eagle. Despite his injuries, he is the sweetest cat. He loves pets from his human caregivers and snuggles in fleece blankets. He has received appropriate treatment for his injuries and is now ready for his forever home. We know he will find the perfect family soon. Meet Mr. Murray here.

Tuna (second photo) came to Ruff Start from a local shelter. He is a super playful and loving cat. His motto is “Play hard, nap hard.” He really appreciates new toys, and fleece is his favorite. He came into rescue with another foster cat named Babs. Babs is very shy, but she comes out of her shell with the support of Tuna. It has been difficult to get these two placed in a forever home because we would prefer that Tuna and Babs live out their lives together. In the meantime, they are enjoying their foster home and getting new enrichment items from the rescue once and awhile.
Meet Tuna here.
Meet Babs here.

Valley Humane Society: Cat Enrichment Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money was used to purchase Kuranda cat towers for our free-roaming-cat rooms.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

This grant provided our cats with a safe, secure and easily sanitized area to lay their heads upon. With ringworm being so hardy this year, we had to discard all of our carpeted and rope-covered cat towers. These items cannot be sanitized against ringworm. With 10 free-roaming cats living in one room and 18 housed in the second, our animals were in desperate need of raised areas to use.

How many pets did this grant help?

The initial number of cats helped is 28. However, Kuranda towers are so well-made that hundreds of cats will be helped by this generous grant.

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Gracie is a 3- to 5-year-old spayed female tabby domestic shorthair. She has been with us since January 2016. When she arrived, she acted very feral. She hid, and did not want to be touched, held or even looked at. She was sent to a foster home in hopes that being outside of the shelter environment would allow her to open up. It didn’t work; she hid the entire time she was with the foster. After six months, the foster, feeling dejected and concerned, returned her. Gracie continued to hide at the shelter. We placed her in our large free-roaming-cat room with other cats of varying behavioral and social abilities.

When ringworm broke our last year, we had to discard all of our carpeted cat trees. Gracie no longer had a place to hide. In lieu of darkness, she sought out high places. We eventually build our carpeted towers back up, only to have ringworm raise its very ugly head again this year. That was where the Petfinder Foundation grant came in.

With the Petfinder Foundation’s help, we were able to bring in many cat towers, providing Gracie with the height she desired. As a result, Gracie has come through in leaps and bounds. She has actually been caught soliciting affection! We had a group of high-school students come in for a tour and she actually laid on the tower and allowed multiple students to touch her. I had to do a double take when I saw who was allowing so much affection all at once! It will definitely take a very patient adopter for Gracie, but then what else would you expect for this very special girl? Meet her: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/41389195

Humane Indiana: Cat Enrichment Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money from the Cat Enrichment Grant was used to buy the following items:
6x cardboard cat scratcher pad
7x training clickers
12x bubbles
5x treat dispensing toys
2x 20-piece cat toy set
10x Temptations cat treats – 16oz
24x Friskies 24-can pack wet food
200x Stretch and Scratch Cage Exercisers
3x Pounce 3-pack moist treats
4x Fancy Feast 24-pack kitten wet food
4x Feliway diffuser refill – multicat- 3pk
1x 50-pack ping pong balls
1x 300-pack of pipe cleaners
1x 60-pack rattle furry mice toys
2x catnip spray – 1 fl. oz. bottle
1x catnip tub – 1 lb

All items totaled to the full $970 awarded.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

This grant helped to provide in-kennel and out-of-kennel enrichment. For in-kennel enrichment, every cat is given multiple toys and scratching posts in their cage daily. During out of kennel time, cats played inside catnip boxes and ping pong ball boxes. Many of our cats, like Theo, got a chance to stretch their paws and play with puzzle toys, clicker training and targeting — all of which are a great ways to engage a cat’s natural instincts and prevent obesity due to overeating and sedentary lifestyle.

With the cat enrichment program, we aim to make every cat’s stay at the shelter as pleasant as possible by providing them outlets for instinctual behaviors. This grant allowed us to obtain supplies that stimulate the cats, relax the cats and allow human bonding. These three factors allow cats to be happier and healthier; and happier, healthier cats find homes more quickly.

How many pets did this grant help?

400

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Theo is one of the long-term cats in our colony. Theo has loved playing with the catnip toys, searching for treats, and checking out all of the other awesome enrichment items that we got with the grant. Providing extra enrichment and mental stimulation is super important, but it is extra important for animals with a long length of stay, like Theo. These items have helped us to keep Theo engaged and happy during his time at the shelter, instead of stressed and scared.

Valley Humane Society: Cat Enrichment Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We purchased Kuranda cat towers, a variety of wands and cat toys, and in-kennel cat scratchers, per our budget attachment.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

These items helped to relieve stress and enrich the lives of cats and kittens during their stay at our adoption facility. Being able to replace carpeted-style cat towers with the more easily sanitized, plastic Kuranda beds will also help reduce transmission of bacteria.

How many pets did this grant help?

140 and counting

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

At nearly 5 years old, Maureen (first two photos) has lived most of her life in a home environment. She is not a big fan of the shelter, nor of the other kitties who populate it, perhaps because this isn’t Maureen’s first experience in shelter care. When she was just a few months old, Maureen was surrendered to Valley Humane Society with four littermates. Just one month later, she was on her way home in the loving arms of an adopter. She spent the next four years safe and loved and well cared-for, until the family’s circumstances required a move out of state that forced them to part with Maureen. They thought they had a new home lined up for her, but the day before they were to leave town, it fell through.

Distraught, they contacted Valley Humane Society. We always try to take back animals that have been adopted from us, but in Maureen’s case the notice was just too short; we didn’t have the space. With no other choice, they took her to the county facility. Fortunately, Valley Humane Society works closely with our local rescue partners, and we were able to arrange for Maureen to return to our adoption center within a few days.

Of course, an adoption center is not a home, and after all that, Maureen was stressed out. We know that stress can significantly affect a cat’s personality and negatively impact their interactions with adopters and team members. Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation Cat Enrichment grant, Maureen received her own private, in-kennel scratch pad, which she has made great use of! Being able to scratch out her anxiety has helped to soothe Maureen, and she uses it regularly. She is still looking for her forever home, but we are confident she will find it soon! Meet her: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/42106092

The third and fourth photos show other cats enjoying the items acquired thanks to the grant: Jasper toy testing (third photo) and Arctic and Denver on a Kuranda bed (fourth photo).

Columbia Humane Society: Cat Enrichment Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

With this grant, we were able to purchase kennel enrichment items for 15 of the cats in our care. Each of the cats will be going home with the enrichment stuff also, so that they can have similar experiences at home as at the shelter. The package includes a two-door carrier, toys, arch groomer, play mat and a scratching pad.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

This grant helped to make the cats more comfortable in our care; it also draws attention from adopters, as they are intrigued by how much the cats are moving and playing in their kennels. It also helps to make the cats feel more comfortable when they go into their new homes because they have stuff they are familiar with.

How many pets did this grant help?

15

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Zena (first photo) was found on the road after her family left her out in the cold and wet weather to fend for herself. She came to the shelter badly matted and very underweight. We recognized right away that Zena had a great disposition and she loved food. We started her in our Cat Pawsative training program and she quickly went to work learning to give a high five and sitting on command. This girl loves to play with her toys and is going to make a family a great life long companion. Meet her: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/42848023

Teller County Regional Animal Shelter (TCRAS): Cat Enrichment Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

We are in the process of ordering enrichment items for our cattery, pending approval from the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s Pet Animal Care Facilities Act (PACFA) program.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

We envision that the items we have chosen will allow our guests the freedom to exhibit normal behavior by giving them the opportunity to climb to a high point, enjoy cat-friendly plants, and relax in a location that feels safe.

How many pets did this grant help?

20

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Due to enrichment items requiring PACFA approval, we will have an opportunity to expand upon how this grant helped our cattery guests when we are cleared to order.

Prairie Paws Animal Shelter: Cat Enrichment Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

With the Petfinder Foundation cat enrichment grant, we were able to purchase the following: a cat exercise wheel, a catio plan, 14 clickers, a Surro-Kitty with sound for orphaned kittens, eight KittyKasas cat cubes, three CDs – Music Cats Love (2) and Through A Cat’s Ear, a New Age Pet ecoFLEX, three Tower of Tracks toys, two Friends Forever laser toys, a Peek-a-Boo mouse chaser, and a Karen Pryor Getting Started Clicker Training for Cats book.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

When cats are in between homes, it is important to keep them active, stimulated and happy. Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation cat enrichment grant, we can do just that for the hundreds of homeless cats who will come through our doors in the future. We aren’t sure which item we are the most excited about, but the Surro-Kitty is right up there! It is a nursing device that allows up to eight kittens to nurse at once!

How many pets did this grant help?

50

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

George (on the wheel) and Skittles (playing with the cheese toy) took to the new enrichment toys quickly. Freckles was all about the KittyKasas cubes; we’re pretty sure she tried each one out! George and Skittles both found their forever home and Freckles is our helpful office cat.

Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter: Cat Enrichment Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

At this time, the Crijo AdoptME cat tree has not arrived yet. When it does, we will be using it in our brand new animal shelter! Our date to move into the new building is mid-November. I am enclosing photos of the cat rooms. The cat room that this will go in is in fear-free colors and has glassed front windows (the tree will be perfect!).

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

I am happy to provide a story when the tree is delivered and set up in the brand new shelter!

How many pets did this grant help?

Hundreds of cats over the next many years!

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

We have ordered a Crijo AdoptME cat tree for our new group cat open-feature room. Cats love to be high up, scratch, lounge and have their own space. Providing for your cat’s mental well-being is just as important as providing for her physical well-being. Cats have natural behaviors and needs; to be healthy and happy, they must have opportunities to express those natural behaviors in appropriate ways. A Crijo AdoptME tree would do just that! The cat trees we had (carpeted ones) were very hard to disinfect properly as well as they fell apart after time with so much use. A Crijo AdoptME cat tree unit is a versatile starter unit that can be connected to other Crijo products with a catwalk and/or a cat ramp. The unit offers one bed and two platforms for lounging, along with five areas for vertical and horizontal scratching. The multi-level design offers optimum stretching, jumping and perching opportunities. Since the AdoptME tree is on wheels, it can be moved to the window area so cats can see outside and watch the activity of the outdoors. Having a tree such as this will enhance our cats’ lives, making for happier, healthier cats while they wait for their new, loving homes. A happier, healthier cat is a cat who will be adopted much faster.