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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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