Funds received for the Cat Enrichment Grant were used to purchase a laser light, a battery-operated butterfly toy, cat balls, string/feather on a stick toys, catnip and grass, a battery operated feather on wheels, and individual cat scratch pads for the kennels.
The Cat Enrichment Grant helped nearly 350 cats with socialization among each other in playgroups, to learn trust with humans, and to provide something to keep them busy while in their individual kennels.
We are very grateful and thankful to have been awarded this grant, as it has helped make the cats’ socialization much better.
Fritz Kitty (first and second photos) was brought to us when he was merely three days old. He was placed with a pregnant cat who was releasing milk and about to pop herself. She was such a great mom and Fritz thrived with her. He hit some rough patches when an upper-respiratory infection took over, but after medications, he was on the road to recovery. He remained shy and timid for most of his stay, even with being handled on a daily basis. After he was well enough to hang out in different playgroups, the different toys that were either battery-operated or used by human hands helped Fritz to interact more with other cats, and with humans. He started coming out of his shell and asking for pets instead of running away to hide. After nearly six months at the shelter, he finally landed himself a forever home and has become a lap kitty (third photo)!