PAWS Catio Featured in Capital Journal
The Capital Journal recently stopped by the PAWS shelter to check out the site of the future catio and find out more information. Below is an excerpt of the resulting article in today’s paper.
The three cat rooms at Paws animal shelter have just about everything a cat could want: cat toys, cat trees, cat beds and a winding walkway above people’s heads where the cats can walk and look down on the humans who come to visit.
Well, they’ve got everything except access to the outside.
That will soon change. The animal shelter is building a patio especially for cats. They’re calling it the “catio.”
Brenda Manning of Pierre, president of Paws, described the catio as a totally enclosed outdoor area the 35 cats at the shelter can use and be able to experience the outdoors. Just outside the cation will be an area planted with bushes and shade trees, which they hope will attract birds and other wildlife that the cats can look at, providing added entertainment for the cats.
The facility will be surrounded on all sides by a mesh fence. A roof will keep the cats inside and provide some shelter from the elements making it a “three-season” facility, said contractor Jim McClelland.
The project has been a long time coming, Manning said.
“We’ve dreamed about it for years, absolutely years. Because we’ve got cats that have been here for seven years, and they never get outside, which we just can’t even imagine, not being able to do that,” she said.
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