Coffee Break: Your Favorite Cat Programs
What are some of your favorite programs to help cats? That’s the question we asked for this issue’s Coffee Break, and you responded with an outpouring of creative—and successful—programs that are making a difference in your communities. We were excited to hear about so many good things happening for kitties!
When renovating our shelter we turned a former front-room office with a street view into a cage-free cat room. The room was a community effort. It was designed and built by students of the Montclair University industrial design program with materials donated by local businesses. The train station is around the corner, and it’s terrific to watch commuters walk by and then do a double take, stop, and take time out of their busy day to smile at our cats in the window. It really connects our cats and our community and often leads to adoptions.
—Melissa Neiss, shelter operations supervisor/senior animal control officer, Montclair Township Animal Shelter, Montclair, New Jersey
We are proud of our Cat Castle that allows our cats and kitties to be in a room just for them with access to a screened porch for fresh air. There are rockers for people to sit with the felines. A local artist donated her time to hand paint the rooms. The room was built with a generous donation and is a big hit with the felines and the public.
—Bruce Fishalow, executive director, Humane Society of Marion County, Ocala, Florida
To see and respond to the latest Coffee Break question, check out animalsheltering.org/coffeebreak.