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Williamson County Animal Center: Cat Castles Grant Report

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

This grant money was used to purchase hiding dens for our adoptable cats. This provides them a comfortable place to sleep and hide if the public gets too much for them.

We have seen a huge improvement in the health of our cats. I think being able to provide this option to hide has reduced their stress level, thus making them happier and healthier. You can also see that the public notices how happy they are and it has caused our cat adoptions to increase! It has been a win/win for everyone involved!

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant money allowed us to order 35 cat hiding dens, but will have a greater impact on our animals than just 35 cats. We are able to reuse these and keep them in the kennels as we move up cats. It will provide a positive impact for every cat that enters our adoption area.

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

Mongo is a 7-year-old domestic long-haired cat who came into our center as a stray. He was very fearful, and being in a shelter environment made him more anxious. Staff worked diligently to reduce his stress while we waited for his owners to claim him. After he went unclaimed, staffers were excited to be able to move him up into the adoption center. After going slow with him and trying to socialize him, he still seemed to be stressed. Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation, we were able to provide him with a hiding box and his behavior completely changed. He went from being anxious and scared to comfortable and happy to greet adopters! We are hoping that this behavior change will put him on the fast track to getting adopted. He is a sweet boy and this hiding box gave him the opportunity to have his true personality shine! Thank you, Petfinder Foundation, for making such a positive impact on Mongo’s life!

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