Cage-free shelters

Cage-free Shelter

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 a maximum of 10 adult cats and 15 kittens. Kittens must be 8 weeks old and have vaccines before entering the cage-free area.

Better than behind bars!

Every cat that lived in this cage-free shelter was rescued from a high-kill shelter where they were kept in small kennels. In this cage-free shelter, the cats were happy and comfortable, meaning adopters were able to see their true personalities.

A better environment

This cage-free shelter had two windows with windowsills so the cats could look outside, watch birds, or take a nap in the warmth of the sunlight. When the cats feel at home, their true personalities show, and 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. It is also important to free-feed the cats and have several feeding areas to prevent fights. 

A shelter without cages is more fun!

The cats were free to explore all day, every day. The shelter was full of cat trees, shelves, hiding spots, tunnels, and toys. Adopters were able to play and interact with the cats that they were 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 had an exhaust fan that exchanged 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!