About Us

WHAT IS CATS ANONYMOUS RESCUE AND ADOPTION?

The “Cat House” was set up in the spring of 1992 in a small playhouse at the back of my property. Back then, we fostered cats for a humane society that didn’t have a shelter. There were usually only about 10 cats at any given time. As the humane society grew, our little cat house was bursting at the seams. We were close to 30 cats, and very overcrowded. My sister Kathy and I decided it was time for a bigger facility. In the spring of 1996, a group of very dedicated and generous volunteers began the task of renovating my garage to become the new and greatly improved home of our homeless cats. The project was completed in October 1996 and the cats happily moved in.

In the fall of 1999, after long consideration, my sister and I decided that it was time to separate from the Humane Society and become a private shelter. This was a difficult and “scary” decision, as it meant that financially, we were on our own. But we felt that it was the right thing to do, for the cats and us. Again, with the help of very dedicated people, we raised the money to “adopt” the cats from the Humane Society, and continue on independently. It has been a learning experience, but we have managed to keep things going and after a lengthy process, have achieved official Canadian charitable status.

Our shelter is usually home to about 60 cats. All cats are blood tested negative for feline leukemia and feline immune deficiency virus, and are vaccinated and spayed/neutered. All the cats remain in the shelter until they are adopted. There is no time limit on their stay with us. On average we find homes for 100 cats per year.

Our facility currently consists of six rooms. The largest room is our main adoption area, where the majority of the cats reside. The cats are free to roam in this area, once they have adjusted to living with the other feline residents.

The second room is our Special Diets room. The cats in this room are on specific diets, either for medical issues or for weight loss purposes. They are fed measured amounts of their specific diet twice daily and are supervised for meals to ensure that they all eat the proper food.

The third room is dedicated to cats that cannot co-exist peacefully with other cats and must be adopted into single cat households. These cats are given free roam of the room for a full day, one at a time, on a rotating basis.

Our fourth room is the nursery. This room is for nursing mothers and kittens. Due to the delicate immune systems of kittens, we keep them seperate from the adult cats for adoption. As you can well imagine, this is a very popular room!

The fifth room is our Quarantine area. This is where the new arrivals stay until they are fully vaccinated, dewormed, spayed &/or neutered and ready for adoption. The cats usually stay in this room for 3 weeks, which gives them time to adjust emotionally to their surroundings, and is an adequate quarantine period for virus control. Once they have had all their medical needs met and space in the main room permits, they are moved to a cage in the main room for a short period and are then permitted loose once they are ready.

The newest addition is our feral cat porch. This area is a three season porch designed to house the feral cats that are part of our TNR program for a short period before and after their surgeries.

We are always in need of volunteers for fundraising and at the shelter. We have no paid staff and all our money comes from donations and our own fundraising. The more helpers we have, the more cats we can help! Thank you for your interest in Cats Anonymous.

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