The San Clemente-Dana Point animal shelter Saturday unveiled the latest addition to the facility: 1129 square foot cat room including eight “kitty-friendly” suites, a Shy Cats room and a kitty kitchen.
The suites house up to five adult cats, pre-screened for their ability to play with one another, and offer the inhabitants a large window for sunning, catwalks and towers, as well as a private bedding area. The Shy Cats room is a secluded wing allowing less-social kitties their privacy from the public and noises of other animals.
“The idea wasn’t so much to get more cats here but rather to make a better quality of life for the cats that are here,” said Diane Leonard, the Pet Project Foundation Chairman.
The project has taken the shelter three and a half years and a host of donations to complete. Lorie Hoenow, a previous volunteer of the shelter, left her estate for the welfare of cats as did Jeanne Lockett who adopted her cat from the shelter before she passed away.
The cities of San Clemente and Dana Point together contributed $150,000 as well.