Association of Topeka (C.A.T.) began its operation in the spring of
1988 and since then, has placed thousands of cats and kittens in
loving homes. In July of 2003, the organization moved into its
current facility. The shelter features colorful cage-free rooms
with lots of cubby-holes, ramps, ledges, ramps, and steps for cats
to play or just escape for a much-needed nap. Secure screened in
porches provide views of nature and visits from a neighboring
squirrels and birds. Our quarantine room has its own air system,
providing a safe environment for recovering or ill cats.
The growing need to provide
care to cats over the next several years pushed us to expand into a
second building. This helped to add four more rooms to provide
a quiet environment to some of our older and shyer residents.
With extra help they receive loving care and a place to relax and
We have provided a shelter
where cat lovers can gather. We hope we have succeeded in creating a
cheerful, friendly space where the public, volunteers, and
supporters of C.A.T. want to visit and feel welcome.
|Our Catty Shack retail store sells
Hill's Science Diet dog and cat food in a variety of flavors and
diets. We have plenty of pet supplies from food bowls to grooming
tools. There are unique gift items for pets and the people who love
them. It's a fun place to shop and meet some of our feline
"greeters". All the sales help to support the shelter and
the care of the cats. Not a penny is wasted.
We know that C.A.T.
provides a great service to our community and has been successful in
developing a needed niche. Along with C.A.T.'s adoption program,
every opportunity is used to educate the public on the need for
sterilization and the importance of vaccinations, good nutrition and
proper pet care. We also know, however, that much more needs to be
done to help many more cats and kittens. We're still turning away
far too many of our furry friends due to lack of space.
As we continue to
grow we hope to establish a broad-based volunteer coalition, and
increase the number of adoptions to caring homes. We are also
working towards a coalition of other animal care organizations in
our community, and increasing awareness in the community. We have a
great many kind and generous supporters who help us. It's a great
place to be a cat lover, or a cat!