Houston SPCA: Cat Enrichment

What was the money or product used for?

The Houston SPCA used Petfinder Foundation grant funds to purchase feline enrichment toys. Specifically, the organization purchased 12 Catit Senses cat feeder trees and 40 Tower of Tracks cat toys. The items have been placed in Houston SPCA cat suites and get-acquainted rooms for adoptable cats to interact with during their shelter stay.

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

The purchase of cat-enrichment toys helps entertain felines while they await placement into new homes. Although the Houston SPCA provides ample space, food, water, and care to all animals, cats need mental stimulation in order to be happy and healthy. Toys such as Tower of Tracks – in combination with Catit Senses feeder trees that let cats “work” for their food – help keep felines occupied. Enrichment also allows potential adopters to see the unique personalities of each cat and makes choosing their new family member much easier.

How many pets did this grant help?

785 cats/kittens

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

Ari is a beautiful gray tabby who came to the Houston SPCA as an owner surrender. Her family developed allergies and could not care for her anymore. For both humans and pets, leaving home is difficult. Still, Ari’s bright personality shines through thanks to her new favorite toy. She can be found swatting at the tower balls in fascination — until somebody stops by to say hello, of course! Then, this social feline will greet visitors with a head bump. Ari was very quickly adopted by a new, loving family.

Thank you, Petfinder Foundation!

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