The Petfinder Adoption Options in Action grant was used to purchase chemicals and cleaning supplies for our shelter, which are essential to maintain the health of the homeless dogs and cats in our care. Our cleaning and disinfecting protocols include the use of KennelSol, KOE, Trifectant, and bleach.
Each year, MEHS provides a temporary home to nearly 1,000 dogs and cats. A safe, clean shelter directly impacts the number of pet adoptions we complete. An outbreak of disease can temporarily limit the number of cats and dog intakes to the shelter, and, ultimately, limit the number of pets available for adoption.
A safe, clean facility helps all the animals in our shelter. During the three-month Adoption Options in Action grant period, 167 different dogs and cats were cared for at MEHS.
In September, MEHS officially opened Kitty City, our redesigned, newly decorated, free-roaming cat room. The cats are much more content lounging on the various pieces of furniture, perches and “ups” (high shelves). Ultimately, a cat who appears relaxed and friendly is more likely to be adopted than one huddled in the corner of a cage. Daily cleaning with the chemicals provided through the Adoption Options in Action grant means not only a more pleasant space for the cats in our care, but one that is safer for all our animals.