New cat adoption center holds promise for many homeless felines

Tigger has a home. Earl has a home. Even Cosmo has a home.

And although their residence is not a conventional one, it is, none the less, their home.

Tigger, Cosmo, and Earl live at Dogs & Cats Forever’s No-Kill adoption facility in Fort Pierce-a place in which they will likely reside for the rest of their lives.

While many of the more than 100 shelter cats are ready to begin new lives with forever families, there are some felines whose medical or behavioral issues deter potential adopters. Additionally, with the number of abandoned animals on the rise, the two-year-old facility is constantly overcrowded.

Thanks to Hal and Barbara du Pont of Vero Beach, however, Tigger and his pals may soon be getting a larger and more comfortable home.

The du Ponts have recently proposed to donate much of the cost of a 3,500 square foot addition, with eight cat rooms, covered porches, and four isolation rooms. This addition would provide a more comfortable habitat for cats living there prior to adoption, as well as for those which will live there permanently.

For more than five years, the du Ponts have assisted Dogs & Cats Forever’s animals. Barbara is an Adoption Coordinator at the Vero Beach PetSmart Adoption Center, and the couple have fostered and adopted several shelter pets. Barbara credited Hal (a former dog person) with being the driving force behind the new addition, saying, “Cats have now become his passion.”

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