Iroquois County Animal Rescue: Cat Enrichment

What was the money or product used for?

Funds were used to purchase two types of hide boxes for our caged shelter cats.

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

The grant has helped our organization to keep the cats in our care happier, more comfortable and above all, healthier. The hiding boxes reduce the amount of stress that a cat experiences after shelter intake. In the past, this stress typically lead to a cat developing an upper-respiratory infection. The boxes have helped our organization reduce our amount of vet visits needed.

How many pets did this grant help?

It helped/will help a total of 360 cats per year.

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

Molly, Pippy, and Mildred were all cats who were terrified upon admittance to our shelter. The hide box provided them with a place to feel safe and decompress. Each was able to come out of their box little by little each day at their own pace, until they eventually came to feel comfortable interacting with our staff.

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