Some cats waiting for new homes at city animal shelters have gone from a studio to a one bedroom duplex, an upgrade that's part of the effort to keep potential pets comfortable until they are hopefully adopted. NY1's Roger Clark filed the following report.
More than a dozen kitties are living large in their new homes at Animal Care and Control of New York City's Manhattan Care Center.
"These are our new cat condos, which as you can see are much larger than our traditional stainless steel cages. They also offer different areas for going to the bathroom, the living area, and also sleeping area which allows cats to express more of their natural behaviors," said Emma Miller of Animal Care and Control of NYC.
The cat condos are in the adoption room and at care centers in Brooklyn and Staten Island. It's the place where prospective pet owners come to check out the animals waiting to be adopted. Animal Care and Control is a non profit contracted by the city to take in homeless or injured animals, about 30,000 each year. The improvements are part of an effort that lead to a 28 percent increase in dog and cat adoptions from 2012 to 2013.
"We see pets for a variety of reasons. Occasionally families can no longer for one reason or another keep their pets. Sometimes they're strays found on the streets. Sometimes they have been abandoned," Miller said.
And the goal of course is to find a home for these animals. The new cat adoption area also includes an interaction room where you can meet your future pet up close.
"Before a family takes home their new pet, we want to make sure that they get along as well as possible so we allow them to spend some time together before they go home," Miller said.
While not all of the cats here get to hang out in the new digs, the hope is to purchase more of them. Each one goes for around a thousand dollars.
"While they wait for their homes we want them to be as comfortable and healthy and happy as possible," Miller said.
For information on adopting a cat or a dog of course or even a rabbit, just head to the website for animal care and control at nycacc.org.