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McKinley County Humane Society: Stretch and Scratch Cat Scratchers Grant Report

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

The cat scratchers are a big hit with our shelter cats! The cats LOVE them and take advantage of this unique product designed especially for the needs of shelter cats. They provide mental stimulation and promote exercise in our cat population.

The cat scratchers are enjoyed daily by the shelter cats and kittens. They relieve boredom and stress for these confined kitties. The scratchers take the place of trees and grass that free-roaming cats would use in the natural world and the various cat-scratching devices that some pet owners have in their homes for their cats. They were easy to install in each cage and are made of recyclable, environmentally-friendly materials.

We cannot THANK YOU (PETFINDER FOUNDATION) ENOUGH for this fabulous opportunity for our shelter cats, who experience so much stress being in a high-intake shelter in rural New Mexico.

How many pets did this grant help?

500 cats and kittens as of this date. Many more will be benefitting ongoing.

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

Lucky was a Siamese-type cat who came in with a head wound (probably from fighting other tom cats). We got him vaccinated, neutered, and treated his wound. It took awhile, but we finally got him transferred to a high-adoption-rate shelter in Colorado this week. The cat scratcher in his cage helped him pass the time while he waited.

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