No-kill shelter seeks volunteers, donations and homes for felines
A four-legged friend is always a nice addition to any household, and cats and kittens are waiting to be adopted at the Animal Keeper's Rescue in Acme.
The no-kill shelter has a large selection of feline friends, and owner Mary Anderson is happy to see her animals find a happy home.
“It's always a good day when one of our cats or kittens finds a new family that we know will take care of them,” Anderson said. “Finding them a good home is the most important thing for us.”
Anderson started the shelter 20 years ago after taking care of a few cats. Her passion and caring for the furry felines has grown over the years.
“They are like our little family here,” Anderson said.
After her cat family outgrew the trailer in the back of her home that she was using to house the felines, Anderson decided to find a bigger location. She then filed for 501(c)3 status and began the shelter.
“Most of the cats that we have here are up for adoption,” Anderson said of the animals housed at the shelter.
The shelter is run solely by volunteers and through donations, so aid and help are welcome.
“We could always use volunteers here,” volunteer Patty Mazza said. “We can definitely find something for everyone to do.”
Although there are many cats and kittens waiting for loving families and homes, the group is very selective and careful about who gets to adopt.
“There is an application that they have to fill out,” Mazza said. “We feel that we owe it to the cats. We want to know if you are looking for a lap cat or a cat that gets along with other cats. We want you to find the perfect new friend.”
Since the shelter is a no-kill facility, only dying felines will be euthanized, so there are many adult cats at Animal Keeper's Rescue that need homes.
“A lot of people are looking just for kittens, but we were able to place several adult cats last year, which is great,” Mazza said.
The facility is always in need of donations, either monetary or pet supplies.
“We have a wish list of things that we need,” Mazza said. “We hope that people are generous again around the holidays.
Items the shelter could use include: Nutrisource cat food, scoopable cat litter, treats, toys and Clorox wipes.
Items can be dropped off at Muddy Paws pet shop on Main Street in Mt. Pleasant.
“I am always glad to do what I can to help them,” Muddy Paws owner Melissa Marsh said of the Animal Keeper's Rescue, adding that there are crafts and toys sold at the store, with proceeds going to the shelter.
Several adoption events are planned in 2014 at Petco and Wal-Mart, and the shelter's website has links to show which cats and kittens are ready for adoption.
“These cats are all waiting for a new family, and we do what we can to help the kitties find a new home,” Mazza said.
For details, visit the shelter's website at www.animalkeepersrescue.org
Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer.
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