Garfield's Rescue, Inc.: Cat Enrichment Grant Report
How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?
The $500 grant supported the purchase of much-needed cat enrichment items. We purchased nine hammocks to provide a soft and secure place for cats/and kittens to rest while in condos. Condo bumpers were purchased to prevent kittens from slipping through the grates and falling to the floor. A cat tree condo provides climbing opportunities for the kittens, a bed on top, and a cubby for quiet time. Two cat caves allow multiple kittens to cuddle together in a quiet, safe space. Multiple cat toys were purchased to stimulate play, creating happy, well-adjusted cats. Several new cat beds were purchased, allowing us to switch out the beds and wash them more frequently, preventing the spread of disease.
How many pets did this grant help?
Approximately 200 cats/kittens will be served by this grant. We received the funds in July 2023, leaving five months remaining in the calendar year. As cats/kittens are adopted, we can bring in more fosters to benefit from the items purchased by the grant.
Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.
Twinkie (first photo) was stray (aren’t they all?) who showed up at a residence. They had him neutered and vaccinated prior to surrendering him to Garfield’s Rescue, Inc. We took him to be vetted and he was FIV-positive; however, he shows no signs of health issues. Twinkie spent some time in two cat cafés, but was not a nice resident due to causing conflicts with other cats. He is very happy playing Grandpa Twinkie in his foster home’s “kitten room” and will be advertised as an “only cat” adoptee.
Wesley (second photo) was surrendered as a kitten by an owner who decided to keep the mama cat and the female kittens but did not want any males. Wesley is a fun-loving, confident, happy kitten who is being fostered at Kitty Kingdom Cat Cafe. We know that he will be adopted due to his outgoing personality.