Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
Cat Castles have been and will continue to be used to enhance our cats' living environment at the shelter and in their new homes as well as providing them safe transport between the two.
Has added value to the adopter of our shelter cats. Has insured the safety of cats being transported. Has given the cat a safe haven to explore their new home from.
17 so far. We will continue to use and distribute cat castles until our supply is gone.
One cat that needed all the help she could get was Kitty. She came to our shelter as a senior cat that had lived her whole life in a cat-hoarding situation. Though our average time from intake to adoption for a cat is less than two months, Kitty was a special case. It took us several months to get her to trust people. The day she willingly sought to be petted and picked up was the day we knew she was ready to be adopted into a loving home. Now to find that home! Though Kitty has the most luxurious long white coat, she also is missing several teeth and has a reserved demeanor. It took several more months to find her match. At last, a lovely retired woman took Kitty to be her only cat friend. On our follow-up call, Kitty's adopter said that Kitty was very shy for the first week and stayed in her Cat Castle most of the day. She would come out to explore at night. Finally Kitty decided everything was OK and is now an adoring lap cat. The Cat Castle gave her the safe haven she needed to become comfortable in her new home. Thank you!
The cat castles are being used in cat kennels, as well as transportation to their adoptive homes.
The cat castles have significantly improves our cats' well-being, as they now have a comfortable and clean place to hide in their kennels. This has been particularly helpful for our shy cats.
The cat castles have helped all cats in our care since they were delivered in February. There is a cat castle in all of the cat kennels. To date, approx. 40-60 cats have benefited from the castles.
This grant has helped Raphie and Ellen (the black and white cats pictured). Both immensely enjoy playing in and around the Cat Castle. We set up a few in our meet-and-greet room so the cats could have a place to retreat if necessary. We've found that nearly all cats in the shelter are inside their Cat Castles or on top of them when they are in the kennels. Thank you, Petfinder Foundation and Jackson Galaxy!
Our Kong cat morsel grant has been used to supplement cats' diets and for rewarding of good behaviors. Volunteers are able to give the treats to cats while cuddling and exercising. Also cats are fed hard cat food to promote good oral hygiene so we can now give them the morsels to give them something a little different than their usual feeding habits.
Our organization's volunteers are able to reward cats for good playing behaviors and stimulate exercise by hiding the morsels in toys and in cages where the cats have to "hunt" to get the treats.
We have adopted out 61 cats and have taken in many more, all of which get cat morsels on a daily basis.
Skittles is a domestic shorthair kitten that was found stray and surrendered to the shelter to find a new home. He was very playful at the shelter and kittens always need plenty of exercise and stimulation. We would hide morsels while he was playing during cleaning times to let his natural hunting skills emerge. He was adopted and sent home with a bag of morsels and his Cat Castle.
Our Cat Castle product grant has been used to accommodate the cats under our care. We use them for the cats to have a place to hide when stressed and a perch to stimulate their fondness of vertical surroundings. Also we have used the castles to stay with each cat all the way through adoption as a way for new owners to transport and to give the cats a familiar place in their new homes!
The grant has helped lower stress for the cats in the shelter and lower stress of moving into a new home. Our organization has benefited from the castles by having patrons applaud our accommodations for the cats housed here at the shelter. Also we have been able to not lose any of our plastic carriers, used for vet appointments, since we are able to send cats home with their own carriers.
Currently we have adopted out 61 cats this year and all have been accommodated with the cat castles while they waited for new homes and at their new homes.
Smoke, a male domestic shorthair cat, was surrendered to us because his previous owners were moving into a complex that doesn't allow pets. He was scared when he first arrived into our isolation/intake room, but by giving him access to the Cat Castle, he is now back to his friendly self and is getting adopted soon! Patches, a calico cat, was surrendered and her previous owners noted that she likes climbing, so we were able to meet her needs with the Cat Castle, where she spends most of her time perching.
The Cat Castles were used at the shelter to provide a place for the cats to escape to while they were in the shelter. These castles allowed for the cats to hide, sleep, and go when in their cages. When the cats were adopted, these castles were then used to transport the cats home. The castles also helped acclimate the cat when it got to its forever home.
The grant was awesome in providing a place for our cats to call their own. Here at the shelter, we take cats to help with the overpopulation issue that exists in our community. We are limited in our cage space but still attempt to help out as much as possible. These castles allowed for us to have a place for the cats to go and escape to when things were getting loud or they wanted to be left alone. Cats had a place to escape to which they all seemed to enjoy.
Currently, this grant had helped close to 80 cats. This number is still growing as we have several more cat castles that we will be able to use!
One specific case involving cats that were assisted by the castle grant were Amy and Andrea. Andrea came into the shelter with her sister Amy. Both cats were fairly shy upon arrival to the shelter. In their cages, they were cornered back in the back and afraid of every sound. The shelter staff placed cat castles in both of the cats cages. Instantly, both cats ran into the castles as if discovering a safe haven. As time progressed, both Amy and Andrea began to come out of the castle and explore. They would come up to the cage door and greet people before wandering back to their castle. Both Amy and Andrea were adopted to two separate families. Both adoptive families commented that the box was extremely helpful in transporting the animals home as well as providing a safe haven for the cat to go to in their new environment.
We have used the Cat Castle grant to put cat castles in all of the cat kennels and enclosures in our adoption room.
The cat castles have helped reduce the stress on the cats when they first arrive in the shelter. It gives them a place to hide and feel more secure. When the cats are more comfortable in their surroundings, they come out and perch on the top of the cat castle. The cat castle has also helped when the cats are adopted. It is a safe enclosure for them to be transported to their new home. The cat castle helps with the stress of their new home because it still holds their scent, which will give them a familiar place to hide while they get comfortable there.
The Cat Castle grant has helped 35 cats so far, and it will continue to help about 325 more cats in the future.
Greyline was a female cat that came into the shelter very unsocialized. In the beginning she stayed inside the cat castle and only came out when no one was around. Every day she got a little more comfortable and would peek out at us. After several days she became secure in her surroundings and came out and enjoyed attention that she recieved from the staff and volunteers. We believe that had it not been for the cat castle it would have taken a lot longer to socialize this cat. Greyline was adopted and is now living in her new home.
To enhance the lives of shelter cats
It provided our shelter cats with treats they would not have otherwise been afforded.
Charlie is a wonderful cat who is now being placed due to our partnership with a no-kill shelter in a higher demand area. He is one of the felines who benefited from the KONG grant!
The cat castles were used to provide comfort to our cats in foster care. We provided a cat castle for each of our cats in foster care. Cats that were adopted were sent to their new homes with their cat castles.
The cat castle provided a safe haven, especially for our shy cats. They would go in the little opening and of course they felt safe and secure. Most of the foster cats will lay in the top bed to take naps during the day. This is a wonderful product and our cats love them.
So far 56 cats have had the pleasure of using the cat castles.
Tori is one of our foster cats who is shy and doesn't particularly like her own kind. She can't stand for other cats to be around her enclosure. The cat castle is her sanctuary. She takes all of her naps in the bed and enjoys the bottom of the castle when she feels threatened by strangers. The cat castle has provided her with a safe haven. She loves it!!!!
We were awarded 360 Cat Castles in January of 2014. We used these items to help give our kitties choices during the day and provide a feeling of safety and comfort.
These castles served a dual purpose while the cats were in our care and in their journey home. While here, the cats were able to use the boxes to hide in or play with. Also, as you can see in one of the pictures, the cats also saw these items as an enrichment item -- they chewed, scratched, pounced on and shimmied in and out of the castles on a daily basis. In the shelter, the cats suddenly had choices with how to spend their day thanks to these boxes.
Upon going home, the boxes helped make the initial transition period easier by bringing a smell familiar to the cat into a very unfamiliar environment.
Kitty Perry is a 2-year-old feline who has been enjoying her castle thoroughly. She has always had a quieter personality, and found the daily commotion of our cat room very stressful. Her posture had always been somewhat rigid and she was never completely at ease -- until we introduced the cat castles to each kennel. Within days, Kitty Perry had discovered that she finally had control over her environment, choosing when to be seen and when to retreat. While still a shy girl, Kitty Perry is now more relaxed -- she has a safe place to call her own within her kennel.
Visitors to our cat room continuously remarked at how much the cats all seemed to be enjoying their boxes -- whether they were curled up sleeping inside, or jumping from shelf to box and back again, our cats have all been happier and more content.
Thank you Petfinder Foundation, Jackson Galaxy, Animal Rescue Site, and GreaterGood.org. We are humbly appreciative from the bottom of our hearts!
We use the cat castles in all cat condos. They are truly enjoyed by the cats and help enrich their stay with us. We then give them away to all adopters when they take their cat home.
This helps to reduce their stress while here and also when they arrive in their new home.
This will help close to 800 cats!
Gretta is a 6-month-old calico. During her stay she hid either inside her castle or when she was feeling brave she would sit up on top. Her new owners loved being able to take her home with it and couldn't wait to set it up in their house.