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Cat’s Cradle receives $30K grant from PetSmart Charities

Cat’s Cradle requires animals to be spayed or neutered prior to getting adopted. This grant money will help with that surgery, as well as providing the rabies vaccination.
Cat’s Cradle receives $30K grant from PetSmart Charities
Published: Jan. 6, 2021 at 6:00 AM EST
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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -

Throughout the pandemic, the Valley’s Cat’s Cradle organization has seen an increase in animals placed in it’s foster program. High amounts of cats and kittens make it hard to keep up with the finances needed to prepare them for adoption. But recently, Cat’s Cradle received a $30,000 grant from PetSmart Charities, and the organization says the money is going to help out tremendously.

This is specifically a prep-grant. So, it is for specifically for the cats and kittens that are in our foster system that we have gotten from the shelters,” said Sherri Heishman, the Marketing and Communications Director at Cat’s Cradle.

She says Cat’s Cradle requires those animals to be spayed or neutered prior to getting adopted. This grant money will help with that surgery, as well as providing the rabies vaccination.

Heishamn says these efforts will overall help reduce euthanasia rates, caused by an over population problem of cats and kittens in the area. Currently, Cat’s Cradle partners with the Shenandoah Valley Animal Services and the Page County SPCA, both of which are currently non-kill shelters.

“But the only way we can continue to have those shelters as no-kill, is if we do this foster program where we’re bringing cats and kittens out of those shelters,” Heishman said.

As a first time recipient of this type of prep-grant, Heishman says the organization is excited to start off the new year on a high note, helping more animals eventually find loving homes.

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