Have you ever seen a cage-free adoption center?
This is a cage-free cat shelter and adoption center that was designed and used by Miranda Hebert, founder of Rescue Revolution. This shelter housed 10 adult cats and 15 kittens.
Better than behind bars!
Every cat was rescued from a high-kill animal shelter where they were kept in small kennels. In this cage-free shelter, the cats are happy and comfortable, meaning adopters will see their true personalities.
A better environment
This shelter has two windows with windowsills so the cats can look outside, watch birds, or take a nap in the warmth of the sunlight. When the cats feel at home, they become more adoptable.
A social experiment
Cats are social animals that need companionship. Allowing them to interact with each other fulfills that need. When introduced properly, multiple cats can live together in harmony.
A shelter without cages is more fun!
The cats are free to explore all day, every day. The shelter is full of cat trees, shelves, hiding spots, tunnels, and toys. Adopters can play and interact with the cats that they are interested in adopting.
Cleanliness is very important
A cage-free shelter must be thoroughly cleaned every day to prevent the spread of disease. This shelter has an exhaust fan that exchanges all of the air in the room every 5 minutes to constantly remove airborne pathogens.
Animal shelters need to be painted often.
This shelter was painted yearly to keep it looking its best!
Set a capacity limit for your shelter and stick to it! This shelter had a capacity of 10 adult cats and 15 kittens. Adding shelves, cat trees, and hiding spots are ways to increase capacity. If you have reached your shelter’s capacity, wait to rescue more animals until you find a home for one.
Cage free shelters require regular cleaning and maintenance. The cat trees, chairs, and other toys in the shelter need to be cleaned and replaced often, especially items covered in carpet or cloth.
It is important to make fresh food and water available to the animals at all times. Put multiple food and water dishes in different sections of the shelter. This will significantly lower, or even eliminate, fighting over food. Make sure to clean the dishes regularly!