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October 3, 2012

Looking for a home

THOMASVILLE — Young volunteers at Miss Kitty Feline Sanctuary bond with homeless felines, but they realize a better place awaits the catty residents.

Stephanie Coffee and Rachel Briscoe, both of Pavo, and Clinton Folsom, a Moultrie resident, began bonding with more than 100 cats as soon as they arrived at the 425 Covington Ave. Sanctuary Wednesday afternoon.

The volunteers are helping prepare for Saturday’s open house and a Miss Kitty special adoption event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sanctuary.

The usual adoption fee for cats is $110. The fee on Saturday will be half, or $55.

On Wednesday, Miss Kitty, a no-kill, no-cage facility, housed 120 cats.

Jerry Henderson, Sanctuary founder and president, said Miss Kitty cannot accept more cats until some are adopted.

“Our purpose when opening two years ago was to provide a sanctuary for homeless felines,” Henderson said. “We cannot do what we want to do for the community and homeless cats when we became so overcrowded and cannot accept more.”

Miss Kitty has a waiting list.

Miss Kitty cats available for adoption have been neutered or spayed, received distemper, rabies and feline leukemia vaccinations and been tested for feline AIDs and feline leukemia. The also have been microchipped.

The $55 adoption fee is Saturday only.

With the aid of volunteer and/or reduced-rate medical services and discounted medical supplies, the Sanctuary spends $125 medically preparing a single cat for adoption.

The non-profit organization had no paid staff and receives no government funding. Donations are tax-deductible

Coffee has volunteered at Miss Kitty since it opened.

“I have loved animals since I was child,” she said. “It’s a passion of mine.”

Coffee said it was not a question of if she would volunteer at the Feline Sanctuary, but when.

“I jumped at it when I got the chance,” she explained.

As important as finding homes for cats is, Coffee said, educating the public about neutering and spaying and proper animal care is mandatory.

She wants people who will love the cats and treat them like family to give them homes.

Coffee becomes attached to Sanctuary residents, but is happy when they go to good forever homes.

Briscoe also is happy when Miss Kitty residents find homes. She bonds quickly with other Sanctuary cats.

“I’ve gotten attached to a lot of them,” Folsom explained.

He compared a Miss Kitty cat going to a forever home to when his dog had puppies, and he had to give one away. He is happy an animal he loved is going to a good place.

The volunteers said the Saturday special adoption event has the potential to make not only them, but a lot of homeless felines, happy.

Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1820

 

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