WELLAND – Stephanie Marttila has, on occasion, cried when cats she’s connected with find their forever home. But she knows it’s for the best.
The volunteer at Welland and District Humane Society’s cat adoption centre in Seaway Mall has seen 465 cats find homes in just under the span of a year.
“I come in almost every day and sometimes it’s like they just disappear,” she says.
“I would take them all home if I could.”
Xena — another one of Marttila’s favourites — was put on hold Tuesday afternoon.
Although Marttila will miss the black cat, she also takes comfort in knowing the humane society is closer to reaching its goal of 500 cats adopted before the centre celebrates its first anniversary next Tuesday.
Volunteer Carm Guinn can’t believe it’s been a year. The centre has been a huge success.
“A lot of pet lovers stop in to get their daily fix,” she says of mall visitors who come in to browse or play with the felines.
“Some (people) even donate to lessen the (adoption) fee, and it’s so wonderful, but the fee is nothing compared to the love and cuddles you get back.”