A New Vision for Kindred Kitties
For nearly 15 years, Kindred Kitties Adoption Center on 59th Street in Kenosha has served an important role in the life of our organization. It was opened in 2005 primarily to house our adult cats in a place where people could see and interact with them. The first year the Center opened, our adult cat adoptions increased by 25%!
Over time, however, the Adoption Center has become much more than just a place where adult adoptions happen. It has become a hub of activity for both foster families and volunteers. It is here where as many as 250 cats and kittens a year are first seen for intake and transferred to foster homes. And about 15% of those kitties will return to temporarily reside at the Center during the time they are with us.
The Adoption Center is also the place where all our cat supplies are shipped to, stored and disseminated. It is a place where volunteers gather to celebrate cats. It has been a meeting place, a place where organizations such as Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops have come to learn more about cats, and even a place where birthdays are celebrated. It is also a place where as many as 50 high schoolers a year perform their required community service hours.
As a result of the increased and more diverse activities taking place at the Adoption Center, we are quickly outgrowing our current space. It is time for us to seek a new location which will provide more functionality to meet our needs. While our current building has served us well, because of its age, the amount of maintenance required is increasing over time.
We need to be able to provide the best possible environment for both our cats and people—a place in good repair and easy to sanitize, a larger play space separate from specialized areas for administrative tasks, laundry, cat intake, sick cat isolation and areas for cats with special needs. We will seek a place that will better serve our administrative, storage and security requirements, provide handicap accessibility, and provide a place where people can privately meet and interact with their potential new “best friend.” And, we hope to have a place with additional public space to hold education events, meetings, adoption events and pet clinics.
Our Plan: “Expanding Our Paw Print” Building Campaign
We have not reached this point on our own! You, our supporters, have made it possible for us to dream bigger, to stretch and to grow! Kindred Kitties is what it is today because of the generosity of staff, volunteers, and our many friends who continue to entrust us with their dollars to help us to achieve our mission in the communities we serve!
Saturday, November 2nd, 2019, we will officially kick off the building campaign at our 1st Annual Gala, Meowsic at the Museum. Additional details about the event can be found in this newsletter.
We hope you are as excited as we are about this new adventure we are embarking upon. Only with your help will we reach our five-year goal of $750,000 to take a bold new step into our future!
We know it will take some time, but step by step, with your continued support and a firm plan before of us, we are confident that our vision will become our reality!