Can We Get a Little Love for the Kitties?

Adoptable cat Lancelot at the Tompkins County SPCA

Adoptable Lancelot at the Tompkins SPCA: Could he be your knight in shining armor?

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?

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  1. I had to come check out why kittie was in the title :) A cat-atastrophe! I can’t watch the video! Is it funny? Have a great weekend! x

  2. The cat sanctuary with whom I’m associated has four large rooms filled with adoptable cats – they have indoor and outdoor rooms; the outdoors are lined with cat-proof screens, the indoor have AC and heat. Yes, I’m amazed at how they manage so many cats w/o a cat-astrophe! and that is just the main building; we have two more – one for special needs and one with two divisions for FIV and the other contagious cat disease. Amazing. If I have an adopter who needs a dog who will tolerate cats, I take the dog to Safe Harbor for a cat-scan; they get to walk through the most mellow section of cats. Most of the cats are used to dogs since there are any number of small dogs or puppies in the building as well.
    Voting for Tompkins and praying for Austin!

  3. Let’s hear it for the kitties! I can’t speak for your part of the world but I know in Nova Scotia the plight of cats is immense and shelters have a really hard time making space and finding homes for them all. I love the idea behind the Tompkins County project and hope they win!

    Tragically, the video will not air in my country. I am sure it’s wonderful, though!

  4. Jeez I’ve never seen so many cats!! I just can’t understand why people can’t spay and neuter. So many that need help.

    I did vote for your SPCA Pamela, it looks like a great place!

  5. Woah!! That sanctuary is amazing. I’m amazed that so many of them get along so well, though it looks like a pretty perfect place for a cat!

  6. Yegads! I can’t imagine being her neighbor. That’s a LOT of cats!

    I’m off to cast a vote!

  7. I can’t watch the video either:( Just voted. Your SPCA has great facilities for felines:)

  8. Awwwwww…..

  9. Thanks for the plug. Come on friends of Pam’s blog…help out the SPCA! We have the most cats of anyone in the top 10 AND we have 2 facilities where we house cats. We really need the help.