Orange County’s southernmost animal shelter Saturday hailed its new status as one of the few municipal shelters in the area to offer its feline residents spacious “kitty suites” with big windows and play features.
The San Clemente/Dana Point Animal Shelter opened new cat facilities after 3½ years of planning and fundraising. If you stop by between now and May 1, you can adopt a cat for $25 off the usual $100 adoption fee. The discount also applies to dogs (normally $125) and rabbits (normally $45).
All critters up for adoption are spayed or neutered, have microchip IDs, are socialized by Pet Project Foundation volunteers, are checked by a veterinarian and are up to date on vaccinations, the foundation says.
The Pet Project Foundation and the Coastal Animal Services Authority are partners in the $600,000 expansion of the shelter’s cat facility, funded mostly by donations, grants and bequests.
The new kitty suites and cottages won high praise from people who toured them Saturday – especially from three San Clemente Girl Scouts who raised more than $600 for the cat shelter by holding car washes and bake sales.
“If I was a cat, I would love to live here,” Jane Little said.
“I like seeing the cats move from little cages to big cages, where they get to run around and interact with other cats,” Natalia Parsons said.