There are lots of ways you can help cats for Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month. We’re helping by making shelter cats happier, healthier and more adoptable, in June and every month.
Halting the spread of deadly diseases:
The Petfinder Foundation just gave $10,000 in grants to six shelters to administer the FVRCP vaccine to cats in their care.
The vaccine prevents three of the deadliest transmissible diseases affecting cats: feline viral rhinotracheitis (a severe and highly contagious upper respiratory infection caused by a feline herpes virus), calicivirus (which can cause pneumonia) and panleukopenia (also called feline distemper).
The shelters that received the grants currently adopt out about 3,500 cats and kittens each year in total. The vaccine means the homeless cats they care for will have much greater chances of living long and healthy lives — and being adopted into forever homes.
“Vaccinated cats are absolutely more adoptable,” says Lorna Vincent Venter, executive director of grant recipient P.U.R.R. West Virginia in Grafton, WV, an open-intake shelter that houses up to 200 cats at a time. “Even if they come in with symptoms, they recover better after we vaccinate because they’re not contracting multiple viruses.”
The shelters that received the FVRCP vaccination grants are:
- Animal Shelter of Wood River Valley in Hailey, ID
- Bowling Green Warren Co. Humane Society in Kentucky
- Friends of the Attleboro Animal Shelter in Massachusetts
- Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society in New Mexico
- Humane Society of Jefferson County in Tennessee
- P.U.R.R. West Virginia in Grafton, WV
Many thanks to the Animal Rescue Site and the donors like you who made this grant possible. Want to help? Purchase a Gift that Gives More on the Animal Rescue Site: Protect 10 Shelter Cats with Vaccinations for just $20!
After the jump: How we gave shelter cats in Tennessee a breath of fresh air — literally!
Giving caged cats some time in the sun: Our Rescue U team just got back from renovating a shelter in Tennessee. One of our favorite projects from that trip? The new building just for the cats, who’d previously been housed in the shelter’s noisy and crowded lobby. “It’s so much better,” shelter manager Melissa Enck tells us. “Already the cats are more calm.”
Best of all, the new building includes a meet-and-greet area where potential adopters can get to know the cats outside of their cages, as well as a safe, fully enclosed outdoor space where the cats can play and interact. “Cats love to be in the sun,” Enck says. “They love to be outside. It will be wonderful to let them [safely] go out and stretch their legs so they’re not in those tiny kennels all day.”
As the president of the shelter’s board of directors, Jeanne Ringe (who installed doorknobs in the new building!), tells us, “I think it’s fantastic. The cats are going to love it. They’re going to be healthier, and if they’re healthier, they’re more adoptable.” (See a video tour.)
These are just a few of the ways the Petfinder Foundation is helping shelters and rescue groups save lives. Want to learn more? Visit our website. Sign up for our newsletter. Make a donation and help us help more homeless pets.
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