I love visiting the dog area at the Tompkins County SPCA. But it’s the cats that blow me away.
When you enter the lobby, there’s usually one mellow cat wandering around loose. Generously sized cages with enough room to keep a litter box well away from food and sleeping areas line the walls—each one filled with felines. But you ain’t seen nothing yet.
Enter the cat wing of the building to find a series of “apartments” each containing up to 20 cats. I’ve never lived with cats. But I’ve been told they’re very territorial. That many don’t live together well. I expect cat-astrophe.
But instead, I find cats lounging, sleeping, and playing peacefully together. It’s the same room after room.
Someone is doing an amazing job arranging accommodations to avoid cat-ocalypse.
Yesterday, I saw on Facebook that the SPCA was a top ten finalist to win a $1,000 makeover of their cat area. They are lagging in the voting (behind the spirited supporters of a shelter in Fargo, ND). But I think they deserve to win.
- They are a no-kill shelter for over a decade.
- They have promoted innovative ways to find home for cats including their barn cat program and an adoption annex in the local mall.
- They care for more cats than any of the other organizations in the competition.
Won’t you help push them forward? You don’t need to register to vote. And you can only vote once. So go now to cast your vote for the Tompkins County SPCA. (Oh, and by the way, the picture in the voting website is not one of the cat rooms. It’s one of the hallways outside the cat rooms.)
And now, since I’ve gone so far outside the cat-egory of dog blog, I might as well throw in a cat video.
Isn’t this amazing?