SOURCE: Friends for the Dearborn Animal Shelter

August 29, 2007 14:47 ET

Dearborn Animal Shelter Introduces Cat Community Center

DEARBORN, MI--(Marketwire - August 29, 2007) - With the rising number of cats being turned into the shelter this summer the Dearborn Animal Shelter has taken an active role in making sure these cats find a loving home by starting the Cat Community Center, also known as the Triple C. This program usually can be found in newly built shelters, but the Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter has taken an innovative approach by renting and converting a trailer. Renting a trailer was a necessary step since the current 4,000-square-foot facility cannot accommodate all of the cats available for adoption.

In this satellite center, up to 15 cats are able to live cage-free while waiting for a home. The cats can roam and socialize with other felines, stretch and play, and enjoy the sunshine. This socialization and higher quality of living greatly improves a cat's adoption rate, especially since many shelter cats wait up to a year or more to be adopted. The center also provides a more inviting adoption area for shelter visitors.

The Dearborn Animal Shelter has already seen the success of this program since it first started in the beginning of this year. To date over 18 cats have been adopted.

A particularly compelling story involves two cats, Mona and Sissy, who had been waiting for homes for over 3 years. These two best friends were the very first felines to take up residence in the Triple C, where their wonderful personalities were finally able to shine. April Cronin, a teacher in Dearborn, visited the Triple C and met the delightful duo. They are now part of her family.

April commented on the impact the Community Cat Center has on cats waiting to be adopted, "Because of this care, these two loving and trusting cats made a smooth transition into my home, into my family. Thanks again for two beautiful cats."

If you would like to learn more about the Community Cat Center or would like to adopt a cat you can contact the Dearborn Animal Shelter at 313-943-2697 or visit the shelter at 2661 Greenfield in Dearborn.

The mission of the Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter is to provide loving care and sanctuary to animals, encourage adoptions and reunions, and promote respect, responsibility and compassion for all animals.

Animals are the heart of our mission.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Elaine Greene
    Executive Director, Shelter and Animal Services

    Kelly Burek
    Publicity Director
    cell: 313-587-1737