Westfield Homeless Cat Project: Cat Enrichment

What was the money or product used for?

The majority of the cat enrichment grant was used to purchase cat trees and condos for our shelter to provide durable replacements for the well-worn ones. In addition, we also purchased cat toys, which our shelter kitties really appreciated.

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

The enrichment grant was a tremendous help to our organization. With the many costs of operating a no-kill shelter, replacing our cat trees/condos had to take a back seat, especially during the COVID time. There are cats/kitties who stay with us for longer periods of time. The enrichment grant enabled us to meet their needs on an emotional level. They can play and run around in the enclosed area, which includes cat trees and toys. I have included photos of the area — and boy, do the cats/kitties have fun!

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant will help all the kitties who pass through our shelter. Last year we adopted 816 cats/kittens!

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

Wiggles and Percy are listed on Petfinder, waiting to be adopted. They are a bonded pair, both under one year old. Their owner passed away suddenly, and they were surrendered to the shelter by family members. They have laid-back dispositions, but wonder what happened and why they aren’t in their own home. They are looking for a forever home together. In the meantime, Wiggles and Percy are enjoying the enclosure and the new condos, trees, and toys purchased through the enrichment grant. This will help them pass the time until we find them a loving home — together! Meet Wiggles and Percy here.

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