Good News

Dear Staci,

I’d like to take the time to let you know how impressed I was with the new animal shelter!  The facility is amazing, and how you are using the space is wonderful.  It is always so sad to go into shelters and see the animals all sad in their small cages, but what I saw warmed my heart.  I loved seeing the animals out in the room playing with each other or snuggling up in a bed together.  For someone who already has a cat, it is an opportunity to get another kitty who has good inter-kitty skills.  They may not know how their cat will react to a new friend, but hopefully, it can increase the chance of finding a kitty who would be a good fit for their current cat.

While I know not all cats are able to get along with others, it is great to see that you are trying to give them the best intermediate home possible.  In the event that the kitties do have to be put in the kennels, the ones you have looked amazing!  The fact that they have the ability to open up to go between multiple spaces is something that I’ve never seen before.  They look more like kitty condos than kennels.  It seems as though they would be great to try to introduce a shy kitty to other cats.  The possibilities seem endless, and there is so much potential!

Also, I’d like to say how much I appreciated the time you spent with my family and me showing us around and listening to our kitty/puppy stories.  The fact that we were able to interact with the kitties is so great.  I live in the suburbs of Washington D.C./Baltimore, and when we go into the local shelters, we get a lot of “don’t pet the animals without supervision” type comments.  I understand the sentiment of that - there are a lot of people who go in and out who may not know or understand how animals can react.  I feel like the environment you have created immediately puts people and animals at ease with each other and fosters a loving, pleasant interaction.

Though I was not able to take a new kitty with me back to Maryland or to convince my mom to get a second cat, I would like to donate an adoption fee to an adult kitty.  I know they are often times overlooked by families or may perhaps be too expensive for an older person on a fixed income.  Please put this $125 adoption fee (submitted online) towards an adult kitty who may need some help in getting adopted, or split it between a couple, however you think it would work best.

Thank you again for all your hard work, and I look forward to stopping in the next time I’m in the area!

Sincerely,

Jennifer White