Paws to Care: Cat Enrichment Grant Report
How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?
Paws to Care has a larger foster facility that houses many kittens and cats. Before, the kittens would be let out on the floor for exercise and playtime together. We had a minimal number of toys for their use.
We now have renovated one room into the “Jungle Room.” Kittens and cats are now allowed into that room for a period of time to enjoy the cat tree, shelving, and toys. They love to climb on the tree, find hiding spots, play with the string balls, and chase each other. Some like the shelves and hammocks. Toys are also stimulating and they love to tackle each other while playing.
This new equipment will allow the cats to learn how to adapt to new environments and strengthen their ability to coexist with other cats. This environment will improve their dexterity and cognitive function, thus supporting their ability to be adopted.
How many pets did this grant help?
550+. In 2022, we adopted out or transported to rescue more than 480 cats and kittens. 2023 statistics are already showing an increase.
Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.
Ten kittens were put in a cardboard box, which was then taped up and placed at the back door of the local humane society. When the Humane Shelter discovered them, they found that one kitten had already died.
They contacted Paws to Care and we immediately rescued them and brought them into our foster care. They appeared to be approximately 4 weeks old. They were so small and malnourished.
They all needed medical attention for their eyes. Some were worse than others. Four were moved to home foster care for extra care and observation. These four are now healthy and happy and reunited with their siblings at the main foster facility.
The nine kittens thrived with the care and food provided. Today they are happy and healthy, spayed and neutered, and enjoying the new equipment.
Their names are Rachel, Randall, Riley, Riva, Roger, Rooster, Rose, Ross, and Ruth. They are ready for adoption. As of this writing, two have already been adopted.
Thank you to the Petfinder Foundation for assisting our efforts to promote happy, healthy, well-adjusted kittens ready to find their forever homes.
Ross (first photo) is still up for adoption. You can meet Ross here.