Calling All Cat People!
By Kimberly Spina, Rescue Rebuild Program Manager
Will all our cat people please stand up? Hope you are reading this. Rescue Rebuild headed to Lewisburg Animal Shelter in TN and helped get their Shelter Volunteer Cat Program up and running! And wow is it going now. Most of the county and nearby residents know that the Lewisburg Animal Shelter is a dog only facility and that they do not take in stray cats. However, on occasion, the shelter gets calls asking if they have cats to adopt out. After enough calls from interested adopters, they decided to give a cat program a try. The Rescue Rebuild team is always so excited and happy to work with shelters that are trying to add new programs that better the lives of homeless animals.
Along with the talented Mars Petcare volunteers, Rescue Rebuild constructed a brand new catio and converted an old office/closet into a cat room full of enrichment. Lewisburg Animal Shelter started their Shelter Volunteer Cat Program by using what they had. What they had was a small storage closet in which they could hold up to four cats in individual cat cages. While this worked for a little while, it was not ideal. The cat room now consists of scratching posts, perches, bridges and cubbies.
The cats are probably most excited about their new door which leads outside. With a catio attached, they can go out in their screen-in area and feel the breeze, see the sun and watch all the birds and insects flying around nearby. Since Spring 2017, the shelter has found furever homes for 16 cats. Now that they have a proper catio and cat room, their cats will become more adoption ready at a faster pace, thus increasing their adoption numbers!
With some extra time to spare, Rescue Rebuild was also able to spruce up the front of the building by repainting it, installing pallet shutters and adding a new front door. To finish up this program, the team also redid the front and side gardens, adding color and more greenery. Time to adopt a cat, or two or three!