Maggie’s House Catio the Cat’s Meow
By Patricia Kraft, BCAR volunteer
Maggie’s House, the cat shelter for Big Canoe Animal Rescue, passed another milestone early in the new year. Established in June 2015, the shelter recently welcomed its 200th cat. Thanks to the hard work of our volunteers, there were also 27 successful adoptions in 2018.
Maggie’s House volunteers give the cats plenty of attention. This includes lap time, blanket floor games, and playing with toys—activities many of our cats have not experienced before. This socialization with a diverse group of very caring volunteers prepares the cats for life with future adoptive families.
There currently are 11 occupants in Maggie’s House. They are a very special, social and loving group led by Rosie and Scarlett, two clever and personable one-year old females who give the younger cats their daily direction. Rosie and Scarlett both love people, especially children, and have lively and engaging personalities.
Sometimes, the small rooms of the kennel are very claustrophobic to this large group of cats. Fortunately, in mid-December, construction finished on the addition of a screened room (Catio) for Maggie’s House. To the delight of Rosie, Scarlett and their entourage, the Catio has become their favorite gathering place to enjoy sunshine and fresh air. They climb on ramps, or watch squirrels, birds, and BCAR dog walkers passing by. This screened room has enriched their lives greatly, you can almost see smiles of happiness on their faces!
Of course, our successful cat shelter would not be possible without the Big Canoe community’s support of BCAR. Community organization fundraiser events, as well as individuals’ donations, and volunteers’ time have all contributed to making this Catio a reality for our feline residents. Thank you all for your commitment to Big Canoe’s homeless dogs and cats!
Please visit Maggie’s House on any Saturday during Open House from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Grab a wicker chair on the Catio and spend some time getting to know Rosie, Scarlett and the gang.