The Seward Animal Shelter has a New Cattery!

The Seward Animal Shelter has had several updates over the last few months and one of those additions is a brand new Cattery. One of the advantages of the outdoor cattery is that it appeals to their need to burrow and hide in niches and quirky tight spots. Feral cats, that typically do not have amicable social skills around other cats or people, are especially attracted to the outside area. One cat that remained crouched and shy while inside, became loving and approachable when outside. 

While no occupancy numbers were kept at the shelter, reports are that the cats loved venturing outside to hang out on the many cat trees and benches and kennels. Cats love tight spaces and a netted ramp leading from the in/out cat door seemed to appeal to them. 

Now cats have an escape from loose and loud dogs and overly inquisitive human hands inside the shared area of the shelter. They can watch humans and retreat or sidle up to them. The area provides sun and some shelter from the rain.

A gated wall separates the outside cattery from an escape proof outside adoption area where potential adopters can enjoy some one-on-one time with cats (and dogs!). This small, calm area is also a great place for staff to have lunch and take a break form the demands of the shelter.

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Is Your Pet Microchipped? Why not?

It’s common for dogs to run off for various reasons.  Perhaps the kids didn’t close the door all the way, or fireworks spooked your dog and she ran off in fear, or maybe your furry friend is still working on his selective hearing issue and decided to take himself for a walk against your wishes.  

Whatever the case, wouldn’t you want to make it as easy as possible to identify your pet?  The American Humane Associate estimates over 10 million (10 MILLION?!) dogs and cats are lost or stolen in the U.S. every year.   According to a study published in the Journal of American Veterinary Medical Associated, only about 22% of lost dogs that enter shelters were reunited with their families.  However, that return rate jumped to 52% for microchipped dogs.  Cats have it even worse.  Less than 2% of cats that enter shelters are reunited with their families.  The return rate for microchipped cats is 30%, a huge increase!

Getting your pet microchipped is easy and painless.  The chip, a small identifying electronic circuit about the size of a grain of rice, can be implanted by your vet in a matter of seconds.   The cost is usually $25-$50 depending on your provider.  However, Save Our Seward Pets offers low cost microchipping to any interested pet owner. 

If you’re interested in low-cost microchipping drop us a note at sospets@ymail.com or keep an eye on our event calendar for our next microchipping event!

Seward City Council Designates $20,000 for Shelter Repairs

Success!  On Monday, February 13, 2017, the Seward City Council unanimously approved Resolution 2017-010, which designates $20,000 of funding toward general repairs for the Seward Animal Shelter.   The repairs include installation of outdoor electric outlets, temporary heating improvements, plumbing repairs, installation of a wireless internet connection for security cameras, improved flooring, and roofing repairs.   The City Manager has been authorized to use these funds immediately.

In addition, the city recognized there has been interest in plans to relocate the current animal shelter and will be exploring grant opportunities for longer-term animal shelter relocation.  We’re one step closer to a new Seward Animal Shelter!

We’d like to thank the Seward City Council for recognizing and addressing the immediate needs of the Seward Animal Shelter.  We’d also like to thank our community members who took a moment to write or speak on behalf of approving the funding toward the shelter.  Together we can build a vibrant, welcoming and prosperous community!