Photo Friday: Sav-R-Cats


I don’t have many new photos this week so I found this photo from this day in 2010.

Sav-R-Cats is a shelter in Surfside, South Carolina (near Myrtle Beach) where we adopted Chris. I started volunteering at the Humane Society there where they had something like 200 cats all separated in individual cages. We were not allowed to take out more than one cat at a time and I just felt so bad every time I went in there. My neighbor told me about Sav-R_Cats and I decided to volunteer there instead. As you can see, they had no problem letting the cats mingle with one another.

To the right of the photo are several pens that are like small rooms. The cats are put in there at night and most are let out during the day. Some of the cats, particularly the long-term residents, are never put in cages. I understand that there is a greater risk of a sick cat infecting others but potentially sick cats are isolated so the risk is small. In my opinion, it is far more important for the cat’s well-being to make them as happy as possible while they are waiting for their forever home. What do you think?

24 thoughts on “Photo Friday: Sav-R-Cats

    1. Charles Huss Post author

      They actually had some cats that were there for more than 10 years. As regulars as they had the free run of the place so I think they had a pretty good life.

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      1. The Hinoeuma

        I found the term “long term residents” extremely sad. I found the idea of 200 cats in cages all day awful. I sometimes wonder about the ASPCA & Humane Society.

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        1. Charles Huss Post author

          I was volunteering for the SPCA near my home and they have eight rooms, each about 100 square feet with high cielings. Each holds up to eight cats with a bench for humans to visit. They do keep a small number of cats isolated but those cats either just got out of surgury or they are cats that fight with other cats. Since I started volunteering there, I don’t recall seeing cats there much more than a month.

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            1. Charles Huss Post author

              Yes, it sure is. I think that the Humane Society here is also good with their cats. Since this was 12 years ago, it is possible that the Humane Society in Myrtle Beach has changed.

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  1. CatLadyintheCanyon

    It sounds to me like the Humane Society isn’t very humane. That is very disturbing about how they keep their cats. I volunteer at The Blue Bell Foundation for Cats, a forever home for cats who loose their humans to usually passing or illness and they live free range, like Sav-R-Cats. We have a system for acclimating new residents to their new “familly” and some kitties may end up living in their own “condo” if they are too guarded, but its roomy. Thank you for sharing. What a great place to volunteer!

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    1. Charles Huss Post author

      The Blue Bell sounds like a good place too. It is possible, hopefully, that the humane society in Myrtle Beach has changed since I was last there. Since I moved back to Florida in 2010 I never thought to look into it.

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  2. Robin

    So many adorable kitties! They look like they are very comfortable living with one another. I suppose every situation is different and you have to adjust for your particular situation. It is really important for the cats to be happy where they are while they wait for a forever home.

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    1. Charles Huss Post author

      Yes, I think there needs to be a good middle ground between keeping them happy and keeping them 100% safe. It is like having children. There is always a danger when they go outside to play but you can’t keep them locked up in the house.

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  3. angelswhisper2011

    I think this is how it should be, Chris, socializing is so impawtant and what we see here in the picture is what we have seen when they live outside, so natural😸Pawkisses for a Happy Day🐾😽💞

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    1. Charles Huss Post author

      Where I used to work there were at least four stray cats in a group. Sometimes I saw only one at a time but often I saw two or more hanging out together like friends.

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