P.L.A.Y. beds were provided to our shelter animals as part of this grant.
The P.L.A.Y. beds grant provided warm and comfortable bedding for our shelter dogs and cats. Normally our animals have only blankets to lie on to keep them off of the cold floor. The P.L.A.Y. beds provided a warm and cozy layer to protect our shelter animals from the cold floor as well as a comfortable surface for them to rest on. This allowed us to provide this care to 10 of our shelter animals who normally would have only a thin blanket to lie on.
Cersie was a 1-year-old tabby cat who was brought in as a stray with her seven kittens, Cersie Babies 1-7. Cersie was very agitated on entry with just having had kittens, and no matter how many hide boxes and blankets staff placed in her kennel, she was very restless and was not able to be a good mother to her kittens.
Soon after Cersie’s arrival, our P.L.A.Y. beds arrived and our staff asked to try a P.L.A.Y. bed to see how Cersie would react to having a different form of bedding. Upon placing the P.L.A.Y. bed in Cersie’s cage, the staff left and allowed her to be alone with her kittens. Several hours later, when staff went to check on Cersie, they snapped the attached photo of Cersie and her kittens resting comfortably on the P.L.A.Y. bed. This was the first photo staff had been able to get of Cersie with her kittens due to her restlessness.
Thankfully, in the coming days, Cersie’s personality really began to emerge and she was a very loving cat and an outstanding mother to her kittens as they refused to leave their P.L.A.Y. bed during morning cleaning.
Cersie soon moved on to Purrrffect Paws Cat Rescue in Nashville, Tenn., where she and her seven kittens found their forever homes. We truly attribute Cersie’s ability to come around to her having one of our newly acquired P.L.A.Y. beds!