New housing plan for cats at SPAS could boost adoptions

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The staff at Southern Pines Animal Shelter have come up with a new way to house their homeless cat population and they hope it will translate into many new adoptions from their facility.

Gone are the stainless steel cages which had been been housing the animals. Now, with some renovations to both the kitten and adult cat cottages, the furry felines are being allowed to roam free within the buildings.

Shelter manager Lara Hudson says its a new philosophy of caring for the homeless pets which hopefully will lead to more adoptions.

"They'll be able to do things that are a little more natural for cats, like stretching and rubbing and folks can come in and sit down with the individual cats and the cat can kind of pick them, instead of it having always been the other way around, where people have to pick their cat from inside a cage," Hudson said.

Saturday, renovations to the adult cat cottage were finished. Work on the kitten cottage was completed about 3 weeks ago.

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