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New Free-Roaming Cat Adoption Floor Opens March 2, Cat Adoption Fees Reduced

The Humane Society of Washington County (HSWC) will host a grand opening for its newly renovated free-roaming cat adoption room on Friday, March 2. The room will be open to the public during normal business hours from 10 am – 6 pm, and light refreshments will be served. The renovation was made possible thanks to a generous Innovation Grant from Maddie’s Fund®.

The former cat adoption room consisted of kennels that housed cats separately. The new room allows cats to roam and play in a more natural environment, similar to a real home. It includes climbable wall mountings, cubbies, lounge areas, chairs and a television. Some kennels remain for cats who prefer to be alone.

“By eliminating isolation in kennels and allowing cats to engage in more natural feline behaviors, we hope to decrease the amount of stress they feel while at the shelter,” said Sonia Nicholson, Director of Animal Admissions and Foster Care. “If we can reduce a cat’s stress, he or she is less likely to fall ill. Healthier, happier cats also mean more can be adopted into forever homes.”

Research has shown the benefit of a free-roaming cat adoption floor. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), a communal room “helps provide cats with a sense of control over their environment, thus eliminating a major source of their stress.”

In honor of the new cat adoption room makeover sponsored by Maddie’s Fund® and the HSWC’s ongoing commitment to finding a home for every adoptable cat, adoption fees are being lowered for cats in 2018 (beginning March 2). Previously $75 per cat, the new adoption fees are $25 for cats older than 6 months and $50 for cats younger than 6 months. Fees for purebred cats will vary depending upon the breed. Shelter promotions, Perfect Pairs (adopt one, get one free) and Free Cat Fridays, still apply.