We purchased 12 Kitty Kasas houses and 200 Stretch and Scratch scratching posts with the grant money. These items are used in our shelter kennels and the kennels that we adopt cats from at our local PetSmart store.
These items provide comfort and enrichment for shelter cats. The Kitty Kasas provide a safe space to stay for shelter cats in our shelter kennels, but more importantly in the kennels at our local PetSmart, where it can be much busier with people and other animals. The Kitty Kasas not only allow our shelter cats to cuddle and take a break from people, they also provide vertical shelf space, and the cats often lounge on top of the shelves to relax. The Stretch and Scratch scratching posts that we purchased are provided to all shelter cats to provide a surface for them to use for scratching and letting off some steam. Not only do the cats love using them at the shelter, but the public love watching the kitties claw away on their tiny scratching posts. These items are sent home with the cat upon adoption, too, so they have something fun that they can use immediately in their new home.
The Kitty Kasas are sterilizable and reusable and will help thousands of cats during their use. The scratching posts will help 200-300 cats depending on how many cats are in the kennel.
Little Tim was transferred into our shelter from a local shelter where he was having a hard time adjusting. He had facial injuries on intake and was treated and had recovered, but was very sensitive to the noise and hustle at the busy shelter where he was housed. We transferred him into our shelter, which is much calmer and quieter, and placed him in a smaller kennel with the Kitty Kasas that we had purchased through the Petfinder Foundation grant. Tim immediately calmed down. He started to explore his environment and come out of his shell a bit. Turns out that he is quite a loving and social boy who would be a great family cat. He loves to come out and socialize, but also loves to hang out in his kitty cave to snuggle. Thank you, Petfinder Foundation, for helping our deserving cats stay happy, healthy and emotionally strong while they are waiting for their forever homes!