Leflore County Humane Society: Cat Enrichment Grant Report
How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?
This grant was such a blessing to our many cats and kittens. We struggle to provide the basic necessities at the shelter, so we were thrilled to be able to buy "fun" items for the cats that we normally could not purchase.
The day I assembled the Kuranda cat trees and placed them in our loose cat rooms was such a fun day! They all jumped on them immediately and explored. They then all got cozy and took naps.
I placed one of the Relaxopet relaxation devices in the loose-kitten room and one in our sick-cat room and it definitely helped to soothe them. I was amazed how well this works! It helps block out some of the barking noise and they do relax a little more.
I placed some simple plastic spring toys in the cat cages in our sick-cat room and they tumbled around and enjoyed them immensely. I can wash them and reuse them daily.
The cats and kittens are all enjoying the Catit senses feeder and digger cat feeder. It entertains them to try to dig treats out of the little cups in the bowl.
The scratching post has also been a big hit. I have attached a photo of one of our kittens, Reuben, claiming it for himself. It has made us all happy here at the shelter to see the cats enjoying themselves in this temporary stop to a permanent, loving home.
How many pets did this grant help?
Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.
Reuben came to us at 12 weeks old and was the sweetest, shyest kitten. He stayed hidden in the loose-cat room for four weeks. Therefore, potential adopters didn’t see him.
I put the cat scratching post that has a fluffy bed attached to it in the center of the room and the Relaxopet Cat Relaxation device in the room and left to do other things. When I came back by the room, little Reuben was sound asleep on the fluffy bed. That became his permanent new spot and everyone that walked in noticed him and would go to him and cuddle him.
He found his new home last week and we could not be more excited! The cat scratching post with the cozy bed was just what he needed to come out of hiding. Without this grant, that particular item would not have been in that spot and helped him get noticed. The first photo shows Rueben scratching on the bottom of the post.