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Humane Society of the Ouachitas: Cat Castles Grant Report

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

Cat Castles have been and will continue to be used to enhance our cats' living environment at the shelter and in their new homes as well as providing them safe transport between the two.

Has added value to the adopter of our shelter cats. Has insured the safety of cats being transported. Has given the cat a safe haven to explore their new home from.

How many pets did this grant help?

17 so far. We will continue to use and distribute cat castles until our supply is gone.

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

One cat that needed all the help she could get was Kitty. She came to our shelter as a senior cat that had lived her whole life in a cat-hoarding situation. Though our average time from intake to adoption for a cat is less than two months, Kitty was a special case. It took us several months to get her to trust people. The day she willingly sought to be petted and picked up was the day we knew she was ready to be adopted into a loving home. Now to find that home! Though Kitty has the most luxurious long white coat, she also is missing several teeth and has a reserved demeanor. It took several more months to find her match. At last, a lovely retired woman took Kitty to be her only cat friend. On our follow-up call, Kitty’s adopter said that Kitty was very shy for the first week and stayed in her Cat Castle most of the day. She would come out to explore at night. Finally Kitty decided everything was OK and is now an adoring lap cat. The Cat Castle gave her the safe haven she needed to become comfortable in her new home. Thank you!

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