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Felines Inc. working to raise $380,000

Posted on August 04, 2011

NORTH SIDE NO-KILL CAT SHELTER WORKING TO RAISE $380,000 FOR RENOVATION AND 3,500 SQUARE FEET ADDITION TO CURRENT HOME


Chicago, Ill., July 26, 2011 – Felines Inc., a cageless, no-kill cat shelter is responding to the needs of the community and its animal residents by taking on a renovation and addition project to its current location.  The renovation, scheduled to begin in September, will add an extra 3,500 square feet to the shelter located in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood.  The non-profit organization has raised funds by applying for grants, holding fundraising events and attending nearby neighborhood street fairs for the past several months, but is still in need of $380,000 to complete the renovation and cover normal operational fees.

Abby Smith, Felines Inc. Executive Director is devoting her time and energy to raising the necessary remaining funds for the project.  “We will be able to rescue and adopt out twice as many cats as we can currently accommodate and house up to 22 dogs at any given time. This means a reduction in the number of animals euthanized at open-admission shelters as a result of not enough space or time to care for them,” Smith says.  The shelter will also include a FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus) room with space to double the amount of FIV-Positive cats admitted as well as special single-occupancy rooms for cats requiring some alone time.

 

The renovated space, currently a large house converted into a make-shift shelter, will be built solely with the animal’s needs in mind.  “They will have the best, safest, most comfortable facility possible, which leads to happier, healthier animals who will be adopted faster.  We will also be one of the only shelters north of Downtown Chicago and south of Evanston that will be able to shelter and adopt out dogs. There is a need in this area for a dog rescue and re-homing facility, and we will be able to fill that void,” Smith says.

 

Felines Inc. is not only passionate about animals in need, but also educating the community on humane practices.  The additional square footage will allow for meeting space where educational sessions will be held for church and school youth groups on topics such as proper animal care and how to become a voice for animals in need.  Smith hopes these educational sessions will help students grow to become the next leaders in making Chicago a no-kill city.

 

Smith also encourages fellow animal lovers to help out with the renovation in other ways if donating money is not feasible. The animals will need to be moved from their current location in September to foster homes while the renovation takes place.  Felines Inc. will pay for all food, litter and medical expenses necessary while an animal is being fostered. 

 

To learn more about fostering, adoption, donating or volunteering, visit FelinesInc.org.  Felines Inc. was founded in 1977 and is located at 6379 North Paulina.  It is a licensed, non-profit, cageless, no-kill cat shelter. 

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