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Puffy Paws reaching out to churches for help

Puffy Paws Kitty Haven is hop­ing churches will vol­un­teer space and help for weekly adop­tathons to help reduce their pop­u­la­tion of 100-plus cats.

Last year was a tough one for Englewood’s self-proclaimed “World’s Great­est Cathouse” — Puffy Paws Kitty Haven.

The erst­while cat sanc­tu­ary that is per­pet­u­ally plagued by money prob­lems saw its feline pop­u­la­tion soar past 400 and an inter­ven­tion by ani­mal agen­cies to try to help get the facil­ity under control.

Own­ers Rick and Chrissy Kingston agreed to a plan to reduce the num­ber of cats under their care. The plan called for the cou­ple to stop tak­ing in healthy cats, to get the healthy cats at their shel­ter adopted, and to turn their efforts strictly to their still-substantial pop­u­la­tion of special-needs cats, those with injuries or ill­nesses that make then unadopt­able but that still have qual­ity life ahead of them in a super­vised setting.

Cur­rently, Puffy Paws still has 100 healthy and well social­ized adopt­able cats and 25 spe­cial needs kit­ties ready to find homes that need to be placed with fam­i­lies over the next six months.

The shel­ter, a 501© (3) non-profit facil­ity,  is oper­ated in a pri­vate home and is not allowed to have poten­tial cat own­ers come to the facil­ity to adopt a cat. An attempt to hold adop­tions from a recre­ational vehi­cle did not work out.

Now the Kingstons are hop­ing area churches will come through with some help.

Puffy Paws Kitty Haven is look­ing for vol­un­teers and churches to host cat adopt-a-thon events after weekly services.

Vol­un­teers are needed to staff adop­tion events, assist­ing with set-up, break-down and dur­ing event activ­i­ties such as social­iz­ing and sit­ting with the kit­ties and pro­vid­ing infor­ma­tion regard­ing adop­tion pro­ce­dures and the Puffy Paws orga­ni­za­tion. Vol­un­teers also assist poten­tial adopters with the adop­tion process.

Adopt­able kit­ties are $75, which includes spay/neuter, deworm­ing, rabies vac­ci­na­tion, distemper/Rhino (4 in 1), feline leukemia/FIV combo test­ing, flea and tick treat­ment and ear mite treatment.

Any­one will­ing to vol­un­teer or spon­sor a kitty adopt-a-thon at their church or through an orga­ni­za­tion, can con­tact Puffy Paws at 941−623−8904 or e-mail puffypawskittyhaven@yahoo.com

Puffy Paws is always in need of dona­tions to help care for the kit­ties. Kitty sup­plies such as Tidy Cats “mul­ti­ple cat” lit­ter and med­i­cines such as cat dewormer and 4-in-1 vac­cines are espe­cially needed. Puffy Paws is also cur­rently look­ing for vol­un­teers to help in their dona­tion cen­ter and with orga­niz­ing adop­tion events in the local community.

For more infor­ma­tion on adopt­ing or spon­sor­ing one of these kit­ties, go to http://www.puffypawskittyhaven.com

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