The Strathmore Happy Cat Sanctuary currently takes care of more than 75 cats and kittens, and they desperately need your help to make sure all of these cats can find a loving, caring home.
Happy Cat Sanctuary does an important job of taking care of cats, finding homes for them, and also keeping the number of cats under control. However, with a shortage of volunteers, nurseries and adoptions, Happy Cat Sanctuary volunteers Debbie Jensen make it clear that they haven’t been able to keep all the cats they eat.
“We’ve worked to keep the population down, at least we try. We have a TNR (trap, neutral release) program. We hunt the cats, sterilize them, isolate them, make sure they get all the shots, but then we have to get rid of them again because we don’t have Places to keep them. But at least they don’t inhabit the city. We can only control so much and we can only hold so many cats and we are in dire need of some nurseries now.”
While keeping cats away is never fun, Jensen added that this is normal in some situations. If they take an adult stray cat that cannot be trained to live in a home, they will release it even under normal conditions. However, since they had no space, they had to keep all the cats away, no matter the circumstances.
On top of all that, the cat sanctuary also helps cats in emergencies.
“Because we are a haven, we have to keep two pairs of pens open in the event of an emergency, because if a cat hits a car in Strathmore, that’s our responsibility to take care of that cat.”
Happy Cat Sanctuary offers a lot of important services to cats and the community. If they don’t get the support they need, it could jeopardize their services. Jensen explains that they need all the help they can get.
“We are in dire need of volunteers to keep the center open, to help take care of the cats, especially the nurseries. We can’t take the cats anymore because we have too many cats. There is an overcrowding of cats and kittens at the moment and there is nowhere to go.”
If you are interested in helping out, there are many volunteer jobs such as cleaners or openers. An editorial is someone who stays on the sanctuary to keep it open so people can come in, see the cats, learn to adopt the situation and figure it out. Jensen says they really need volunteers, as it has been difficult to get people since COVID.
“Currently we have no one to open shifts. So it’s open by appointment only. They called me and I’m going to meet them.”
You can also support them with donations. While anything is appreciated, Jensen said cat litter, canned food or cash donations for vet bills would be very helpful.
If you are interested in volunteering, donating, adopting or adopting, you can check out their website here.
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