A Waltham-based cat rescue organization has proposed a new shelter in Waltham.
The Cat Connection, a cat rescue and adoption organization, has proposed taking over the former North Waltham Library branch next to the Kennedy Middle School as a shelter for rescued cats. Currently, the city does not have an animal shelter.
The group, which services Waltham, Newton, Belmont, Watertown, Brighton and Allston, says it needs the facility in order to resume rescuing cats, according to group officials.
The Cat Connection was forced to stop rescuing felines on Jan. 1 because it does not have enough foster homes or an adequate facility in which to rehabilitate cats.
“We have exhausted that as a resource,” the group said in an open letter on its website.
As a result, The Cat Connection is seeking support to take over the Lexington Street building as a permanent shelter where rescued cats could be rehabilitated as the group tries to find permanent homes for them, according to The Cat Connection Board President Eva Miller.
“There is a responsibility to take care of our cats because they are out there,” Miller told Waltham Patch.