Cats get a second chance at life thanks to new SpokAnimal program

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on June 24, 2010 at 8:42 AM

Updated Thursday, Jun 24 at 8:42 AM

 

SPOKANE -- With a growing cat population and no where to for them to go, more and more local animal shelters are forced to euthanize.

But a new program at SpokAnimal is helping stop that by finding feral cats, a friendly farm to call home.

It's called "Farm Livin' is the Life for Me", and it's a way to get the overwhelming number of cats out of the shelter and into a home.

Last year, local animal shelters handled 7,000 cats, and because there was no place for them to go, they say about half were euthanized.

"Farm Livin' is the Life for Me" is working to put these cats in barns.

Terry Kjelland adopted 31 cats this year to live at the Jensen Memorial Ranch in Medical Lake.

She says it's great therapy for children to learn how to take care of animals.

Also, Terry says the cats are doing their other job-- she hasn't seen any mice since she brought them to her barn.

SpokAnimal hopes to expand this program even further, and just received a $5,000 grant to do so, and now, other shelters from across the country are looking to SpokAnimal for advice on how to a get a program like this started in their areas.

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