Our Empty Cat Shelter

I returned to volunteering at the SPCA three Fridays ago and was pleased that the number of cats had not increased since before I went to West Virginia. Indeed, it may have even decreased.

When I first started volunteering, about a year and a half ago, the shelter was close to full. There are eight pods designed for eight cats each and all the pods usually had between five and eight cats. In addition there are two more rooms that often house either a group of kittens or special needs cats, such as FIV positive cats. Then there is a room that contains about eight to ten individual cages. They call that room “Shoreline” for a reason I am unfamiliar with. There is also another room with about eight more similar cages. These usually house cats that are fresh out of surgery, cats that are on a special diet, or cats that don’t play well with others. I would estimate that there was a consistent number of between 50 and 75 cats at all times.

Then COVID hit and I feared that the number would go up because of restrictions on visitors and people’s general fear of going out. I was wrong. People stepped up and adopted like never before. By the time we left for West Virginia in November there were probably around twenty cats up for adoption.

When I returned there were cats in two of the eight pods and a few in the Shoreline cages. I was mostly happy that the shelter was low on cats but part of me was perhaps a little sefishly glad there were still a few there because I missed being able to interact with these cats.

The following week most of the cats were gone but were replaced by new cats.

I think the only holdover was this orange and white cat.

Yesterday there was a total of five cats when I came it for my shift. I did not get a photo of the tortie but here are the other four. The first two were adopted together while I was there.

While the woman was getting her adoption paperwork finalized someone from medical brought back two more cats that were now ready for adoption. One of them was six-year-old male ginger with the best name ever, “Lasagna.”

The other was a three-year-old female Bengal cat named “Phoenix.”

I was given the heads up about Phoenix and Lasagna before she brought them back so, knowing my wife wanted a Bengal cat, I texted her that a girl Bengal cat was coming. I told her if she wanted her she needed to come to see her right away and bring a carrier. She was excited at first and then was worried that four cats would be too difficult to bring to our other home. She also worried that she might disrupt the harmony in our house.

Indeed, she did some growling and hissing when she first arrived and when I opened the cage to see if I could calm her down she bolted and escaped. It took some effort to catch up to her and bring her back and she did not go back willingly.

Before I left, someone from medical came and brought back Lasagna. I’m not sure why but apparently he was not supposed to come out for adoption yet. When I left there were only four cats up for adoption, the lowest number I have seen since starting there.

This morning my wife changed her mind and decided she wanted to go see the Bengal cat. She asked me if I thought she would still be there and I said, “I doubt it but I will check.” I looked on the SPCA website and saw there were only two cats left and neither one was Pheonix. I checked again now, at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, and there are now zero cats up for adoption. This really is good news but now I wonder if I will be needed next week.


21 thoughts on “Our Empty Cat Shelter

  1. Timmy Tomcat

    That is really just the best news! Lasagna is a handsome cat and we would make room for that kitty here at the Inn. The right cat will come along so be patient. This Damn Covid has a silver lining for some things it seems

  2. onespoiledcat

    Gosh it’s heartwarming that all the cats up for adoption found homes but sorry your wife missed out on the Bengal. Lasagna sure is a cutie – what a face! Things can change in an instant in the world of shelters so perhaps you will have some kitties to visit the next time you volunteer!


  3. Marv, Jo Jo, Kozmo, Cinnamon and Barb

    Goodness Gracious! Covid has been good for cats in shelters, even up here in the Great White North! Though in our geographically large, but population small area, it has been difficult. Some of the cats rescued last week because of a hoarding situation will be travelling to a Big City for adoption as there are so few cats there and so few people here. I am sure the right Bengal will arrive at the right time. You are AWESOME to do what you do! Thank You! (And have a marvellously Happy Valentines Day!

  4. David

    It is a good thing there aren’t many waiting now. I can understand Rose’s concern about upsetting the family dynamic. In October, I added a calico, Caitie, to the mix. Caitie, to put it politely, is rambunctious and aggressive. She upset the relative calm. Then, a few weeks ago, I added a little Ragdoll female, Sammie, when she was living with my sister. She’s melded nicely into the fold. Also, Sammie has been a calming influence on Caitie. Caitie is much less aggressive. I told my sister she may not get Sammie back. 🙂


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