Community Cat Garden Gives Feral Cats a Second Chance at Life

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Published: August 15, 2018
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In Milpitas, California, a humane society has launched a unique program to help give feral cats a second chance at life, and potentially, adoption.

The Humane Society of Silicon Valley (HSSV) has a unique program that is specifically designed to help feral cats adjust to life with humans, even if it is just as working cats. The program is called the Marilyn & Fred Anderson Community Cat Garden.

Carol Novello, president of the Humane Society of Silicon Valley, explains to ABC 7 news, “A feral cat coming into a shelter is actually a death sentence because there aren't alternatives in some cases for those animals.” She continues, “So we wanted to come up with an alternative so that those animals were given the second chance that they deserve.” And that is what spurred the creation of the community cat garden.

According to the Humane Society of Silicon Valley website, “Traditional home adoptions aren’t for every cat which is why we created the Garden Cat Adoption Program. Cats available for adoption in the Garden Cat program are looking for a home in settings such as a barn, warehouse, corporate campus or plant nursery. In exchange for room and board these cats help their owners by keeping rodents away.”

The community cat garden currently houses up to 12 cats, but they are looking to expand it to 24 cats. Some of the cats end up learning how to trust humans and can be transitioned into life in a home, while the others can be adopted as working cats.

So far, the Marilyn & Fred Anderson Community Cat Garden program has led to 260 adoptions, and the number is still growing.

Video via ABC 7 news

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