Kitty Cat Prevent a Litter Society shelter renovations
Kitty Cat Prevent a Litter Society (KCP) has outgrown our current location. We operate throughout the Comox Valley Regional District and help 600 cats a year. Our current 12’x 20’ shelter space is inadequate. KCP is co-located with the Comox Valley Animal Hospital (CVAH). We have a great partnership; they donate space in their outbuildings for our shelter facility (we pay the utilities), so in partnership with CVAH, we are renovating and increasing the size of our shelter.
We are going to:
- Double our square footage to increase the number of cages we have for cats. At the peak of our season (April-October), frequently our shelter is too full to accept all of the cats we trap or are surrendered to us.
- Create a completely isolated area for sick cats to improve our ability to control disease spread.
- Create a separate, quiet area just for the feral cats. They are not used to human interaction at all and get very, very stressed out when they are in our noisy, busy, crowded shelter. We have a very small room we use for feral cats right now (space for a maximum of 4 cats), but need more space to handle the 100 + feral cats we trap, neuter/spay and return each year. Segregation of feral cats is critical to minimize social cats and kitten’s exposure disease and to allow for the safe handling and transfer of these very wild and scared cats. This is a critical safety issue for our volunteers.
- Put in a toilet for the comfort of our volunteers.
- Create an adequately sized office area for our administration team. Currently they work off of less than 2’ square area-part of a desk. Our files are stored off site in several people’s houses because we do not have enough room. We need to consolidate our administration, with all files on site for easy access, more room for filing cabinets, computers and another desk.
- Increase our storage space for food, litter, equipment and donations. We have such limited storage space currently that our supplies are stored in a variety of people’s houses. This makes it very hard to keep track of our equipment and when we run low on food and litter (we go through tonnes of each a year), we need to go off site to get more. We can’t take advantage of the offers from cat food and litter manufacturers to provide us with supplies because we have no where to store bulk goods. Our costs are higher than needed because we have to buy supplies a few bags at a time because of limited storage space.
We need a quiet room where our cuddle buddies can sit comfortably and play/work with cats and kittens that are being socialized for adoption.