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VIDEO: Nearly 200 kittens and cats stretch capacity at Circle of Friends Humane Society

After adding 29 abandoned cats rescued from a Grand Forks apartment, Circle of Friends Humane Society officials said the feline headcount at the shelter is almost 200 -- about 100 more than the shelter's capacity.

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After adding 29 abandoned cats rescued from a Grand Forks apartment, Circle of Friends Humane Society officials said the feline headcount at the shelter is almost 200 -- about 100 more than the shelter’s capacity.
Inside the shelter, space is at a premium, as cages and carriers are stacked up on top of each other in multiple rooms. Entering one of the rooms prompts a chorus of mews, as cats waited for volunteers to change their litter boxes, bring them food and water, and just interact with them. Circle of Friends is seeking help in dealing with all the cats. "Obviously, adoptions is probably the most helpful, foster homes is super helpful, Purina kitten chow is really helpful because we've got a lot of little mouths to feed," said Executive Director Maranda Weathermon. "Nonclumping cat litter is a big thing. Volunteering is huge, because it takes us a lot longer to clean now, because we've got so many cats, or just coming and taking a look around and maybe making a donation." According to the Circle of Friends website, volunteers are required to donate at least 8 hours a month. They must also be 18 years or older, though children 12-17 can volunteer if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. They also need to be willing to attend training and education classes. Volunteers who want to work with animals directly must be able to listen to kennel/cattery commands and verbally communicate with staff. More information on volunteering and what volunteers are needed for can be found here. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209069","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]] Some felines were alone in their cages, but most of the kittens shared space with one or two playmates, wrestling, batting toys back and forth and climbing the cage walls. Most of the cage mates were getting along well, Weathermon said. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209074","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]] About 45 percent of the cats available at Circle of Friends are kittens, some so young they're staying with their mothers or being bottle-fed. Others are the feline equivalent of teenagers. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209070","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]] At least some that were rescued from a vacant Grand Forks apartment last week are still skittish around people, though at least some of them were still curious enough to approach a stranger and nuzzle hands through the cage walls. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209075","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]] Weathermon said Monday the uptick can likely be attributed to the mild winter, as the weather has allowed cats to continue having kittens. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209071","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"621","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]] In a Dec. 16 letter to the Herald, shelter volunteer and former board member Lucy Matejcek said the shelter is in need of cat food, litter and medical supplies. Community members also can help by fostering or adopting animals and volunteering -- an orientation session is required for new volunteers. Anyone interested in adopting a kitten or a cat should make sure they have enough time to give the new pet attention, and enough knowledge to understand their needs, Weathermon said. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209073","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]] "A lot of our kittens haven't completed all of their vaccines yet because they're at such a young age, so they're going to need to continue to see a veterinarian. And remember they're going to need yearly veterinary care as well," she added. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209076","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]] Supplies can be dropped off at the shelter, 4375 N. Washington St. Monetary donations are being accepted online at goo.gl/WknqaD. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209077","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]] Forum News Service contributed to this report. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209079","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]After adding 29 abandoned cats rescued from a Grand Forks apartment, Circle of Friends Humane Society officials said the feline headcount at the shelter is almost 200 -- about 100 more than the shelter’s capacity. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2209067","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]Inside the shelter, space is at a premium, as cages and carriers are stacked up on top of each other in multiple rooms. Entering one of the rooms prompts a chorus of mews, as cats waited for volunteers to change their litter boxes, bring them food and water, and just interact with them. Circle of Friends is seeking help in dealing with all the cats. "Obviously, adoptions is probably the most helpful, foster homes is super helpful, Purina kitten chow is really helpful because we've got a lot of little mouths to feed," said Executive Director Maranda Weathermon. "Nonclumping cat litter is a big thing. Volunteering is huge, because it takes us a lot longer to clean now, because we've got so many cats, or just coming and taking a look around and maybe making a donation." According to the Circle of Friends website, volunteers are required to donate at least 8 hours a month. They must also be 18 years or older, though children 12-17 can volunteer if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. They also need to be willing to attend training and education classes. Volunteers who want to work with animals directly must be able to listen to kennel/cattery commands and verbally communicate with staff. More information on volunteering and what volunteers are needed for can be found here.
Some felines were alone in their cages, but most of the kittens shared space with one or two playmates, wrestling, batting toys back and forth and climbing the cage walls. Most of the cage mates were getting along well, Weathermon said. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209074","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]] About 45 percent of the cats available at Circle of Friends are kittens, some so young they're staying with their mothers or being bottle-fed. Others are the feline equivalent of teenagers. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209070","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]] At least some that were rescued from a vacant Grand Forks apartment last week are still skittish around people, though at least some of them were still curious enough to approach a stranger and nuzzle hands through the cage walls. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209075","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]] Weathermon said Monday the uptick can likely be attributed to the mild winter, as the weather has allowed cats to continue having kittens. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209071","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"621","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]] In a Dec. 16 letter to the Herald, shelter volunteer and former board member Lucy Matejcek said the shelter is in need of cat food, litter and medical supplies. Community members also can help by fostering or adopting animals and volunteering -- an orientation session is required for new volunteers. Anyone interested in adopting a kitten or a cat should make sure they have enough time to give the new pet attention, and enough knowledge to understand their needs, Weathermon said. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209073","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]] "A lot of our kittens haven't completed all of their vaccines yet because they're at such a young age, so they're going to need to continue to see a veterinarian. And remember they're going to need yearly veterinary care as well," she added. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209076","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]] Supplies can be dropped off at the shelter, 4375 N. Washington St. Monetary donations are being accepted online at goo.gl/WknqaD. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209077","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]] Forum News Service contributed to this report. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209079","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]After adding 29 abandoned cats rescued from a Grand Forks apartment, Circle of Friends Humane Society officials said the feline headcount at the shelter is almost 200 -- about 100 more than the shelter’s capacity. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2209067","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]Inside the shelter, space is at a premium, as cages and carriers are stacked up on top of each other in multiple rooms. Entering one of the rooms prompts a chorus of mews, as cats waited for volunteers to change their litter boxes, bring them food and water, and just interact with them. Circle of Friends is seeking help in dealing with all the cats. "Obviously, adoptions is probably the most helpful, foster homes is super helpful, Purina kitten chow is really helpful because we've got a lot of little mouths to feed," said Executive Director Maranda Weathermon. "Nonclumping cat litter is a big thing. Volunteering is huge, because it takes us a lot longer to clean now, because we've got so many cats, or just coming and taking a look around and maybe making a donation." According to the Circle of Friends website, volunteers are required to donate at least 8 hours a month. They must also be 18 years or older, though children 12-17 can volunteer if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. They also need to be willing to attend training and education classes. Volunteers who want to work with animals directly must be able to listen to kennel/cattery commands and verbally communicate with staff. More information on volunteering and what volunteers are needed for can be found here. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209069","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]] Some felines were alone in their cages, but most of the kittens shared space with one or two playmates, wrestling, batting toys back and forth and climbing the cage walls. Most of the cage mates were getting along well, Weathermon said.
About 45 percent of the cats available at Circle of Friends are kittens, some so young they're staying with their mothers or being bottle-fed. Others are the feline equivalent of teenagers. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209070","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]] At least some that were rescued from a vacant Grand Forks apartment last week are still skittish around people, though at least some of them were still curious enough to approach a stranger and nuzzle hands through the cage walls. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209075","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]] Weathermon said Monday the uptick can likely be attributed to the mild winter, as the weather has allowed cats to continue having kittens. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209071","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"621","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]] In a Dec. 16 letter to the Herald, shelter volunteer and former board member Lucy Matejcek said the shelter is in need of cat food, litter and medical supplies. Community members also can help by fostering or adopting animals and volunteering -- an orientation session is required for new volunteers. Anyone interested in adopting a kitten or a cat should make sure they have enough time to give the new pet attention, and enough knowledge to understand their needs, Weathermon said. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209073","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]] "A lot of our kittens haven't completed all of their vaccines yet because they're at such a young age, so they're going to need to continue to see a veterinarian. And remember they're going to need yearly veterinary care as well," she added. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209076","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]] Supplies can be dropped off at the shelter, 4375 N. Washington St. Monetary donations are being accepted online at goo.gl/WknqaD. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209077","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]] Forum News Service contributed to this report. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209079","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]After adding 29 abandoned cats rescued from a Grand Forks apartment, Circle of Friends Humane Society officials said the feline headcount at the shelter is almost 200 -- about 100 more than the shelter’s capacity. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2209067","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]Inside the shelter, space is at a premium, as cages and carriers are stacked up on top of each other in multiple rooms. Entering one of the rooms prompts a chorus of mews, as cats waited for volunteers to change their litter boxes, bring them food and water, and just interact with them. Circle of Friends is seeking help in dealing with all the cats. "Obviously, adoptions is probably the most helpful, foster homes is super helpful, Purina kitten chow is really helpful because we've got a lot of little mouths to feed," said Executive Director Maranda Weathermon. "Nonclumping cat litter is a big thing. Volunteering is huge, because it takes us a lot longer to clean now, because we've got so many cats, or just coming and taking a look around and maybe making a donation." According to the Circle of Friends website, volunteers are required to donate at least 8 hours a month. They must also be 18 years or older, though children 12-17 can volunteer if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. They also need to be willing to attend training and education classes. Volunteers who want to work with animals directly must be able to listen to kennel/cattery commands and verbally communicate with staff. More information on volunteering and what volunteers are needed for can be found here. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209069","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]] Some felines were alone in their cages, but most of the kittens shared space with one or two playmates, wrestling, batting toys back and forth and climbing the cage walls. Most of the cage mates were getting along well, Weathermon said. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209074","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]] About 45 percent of the cats available at Circle of Friends are kittens, some so young they're staying with their mothers or being bottle-fed. Others are the feline equivalent of teenagers.
At least some that were rescued from a vacant Grand Forks apartment last week are still skittish around people, though at least some of them were still curious enough to approach a stranger and nuzzle hands through the cage walls. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209075","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]] Weathermon said Monday the uptick can likely be attributed to the mild winter, as the weather has allowed cats to continue having kittens. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209071","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"621","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]] In a Dec. 16 letter to the Herald, shelter volunteer and former board member Lucy Matejcek said the shelter is in need of cat food, litter and medical supplies. Community members also can help by fostering or adopting animals and volunteering -- an orientation session is required for new volunteers. Anyone interested in adopting a kitten or a cat should make sure they have enough time to give the new pet attention, and enough knowledge to understand their needs, Weathermon said. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209073","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]] "A lot of our kittens haven't completed all of their vaccines yet because they're at such a young age, so they're going to need to continue to see a veterinarian. And remember they're going to need yearly veterinary care as well," she added. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209076","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]] Supplies can be dropped off at the shelter, 4375 N. Washington St. Monetary donations are being accepted online at goo.gl/WknqaD. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209077","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]] Forum News Service contributed to this report. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209079","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]After adding 29 abandoned cats rescued from a Grand Forks apartment, Circle of Friends Humane Society officials said the feline headcount at the shelter is almost 200 -- about 100 more than the shelter’s capacity. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2209067","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]Inside the shelter, space is at a premium, as cages and carriers are stacked up on top of each other in multiple rooms. Entering one of the rooms prompts a chorus of mews, as cats waited for volunteers to change their litter boxes, bring them food and water, and just interact with them. Circle of Friends is seeking help in dealing with all the cats. "Obviously, adoptions is probably the most helpful, foster homes is super helpful, Purina kitten chow is really helpful because we've got a lot of little mouths to feed," said Executive Director Maranda Weathermon. "Nonclumping cat litter is a big thing. Volunteering is huge, because it takes us a lot longer to clean now, because we've got so many cats, or just coming and taking a look around and maybe making a donation." According to the Circle of Friends website, volunteers are required to donate at least 8 hours a month. They must also be 18 years or older, though children 12-17 can volunteer if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. They also need to be willing to attend training and education classes. Volunteers who want to work with animals directly must be able to listen to kennel/cattery commands and verbally communicate with staff. More information on volunteering and what volunteers are needed for can be found here. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209069","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]] Some felines were alone in their cages, but most of the kittens shared space with one or two playmates, wrestling, batting toys back and forth and climbing the cage walls. Most of the cage mates were getting along well, Weathermon said. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209074","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]] About 45 percent of the cats available at Circle of Friends are kittens, some so young they're staying with their mothers or being bottle-fed. Others are the feline equivalent of teenagers. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209070","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]] At least some that were rescued from a vacant Grand Forks apartment last week are still skittish around people, though at least some of them were still curious enough to approach a stranger and nuzzle hands through the cage walls.
Weathermon said Monday the uptick can likely be attributed to the mild winter, as the weather has allowed cats to continue having kittens. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209071","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"621","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]] In a Dec. 16 letter to the Herald, shelter volunteer and former board member Lucy Matejcek said the shelter is in need of cat food, litter and medical supplies. Community members also can help by fostering or adopting animals and volunteering -- an orientation session is required for new volunteers. Anyone interested in adopting a kitten or a cat should make sure they have enough time to give the new pet attention, and enough knowledge to understand their needs, Weathermon said. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209073","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]] "A lot of our kittens haven't completed all of their vaccines yet because they're at such a young age, so they're going to need to continue to see a veterinarian. And remember they're going to need yearly veterinary care as well," she added. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209076","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]] Supplies can be dropped off at the shelter, 4375 N. Washington St. Monetary donations are being accepted online at goo.gl/WknqaD. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209077","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]] Forum News Service contributed to this report. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209079","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]After adding 29 abandoned cats rescued from a Grand Forks apartment, Circle of Friends Humane Society officials said the feline headcount at the shelter is almost 200 -- about 100 more than the shelter’s capacity. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2209067","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]Inside the shelter, space is at a premium, as cages and carriers are stacked up on top of each other in multiple rooms. Entering one of the rooms prompts a chorus of mews, as cats waited for volunteers to change their litter boxes, bring them food and water, and just interact with them. Circle of Friends is seeking help in dealing with all the cats. "Obviously, adoptions is probably the most helpful, foster homes is super helpful, Purina kitten chow is really helpful because we've got a lot of little mouths to feed," said Executive Director Maranda Weathermon. "Nonclumping cat litter is a big thing. Volunteering is huge, because it takes us a lot longer to clean now, because we've got so many cats, or just coming and taking a look around and maybe making a donation." According to the Circle of Friends website, volunteers are required to donate at least 8 hours a month. They must also be 18 years or older, though children 12-17 can volunteer if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. They also need to be willing to attend training and education classes. Volunteers who want to work with animals directly must be able to listen to kennel/cattery commands and verbally communicate with staff. More information on volunteering and what volunteers are needed for can be found here. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209069","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]] Some felines were alone in their cages, but most of the kittens shared space with one or two playmates, wrestling, batting toys back and forth and climbing the cage walls. Most of the cage mates were getting along well, Weathermon said. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209074","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]] About 45 percent of the cats available at Circle of Friends are kittens, some so young they're staying with their mothers or being bottle-fed. Others are the feline equivalent of teenagers. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209070","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]] At least some that were rescued from a vacant Grand Forks apartment last week are still skittish around people, though at least some of them were still curious enough to approach a stranger and nuzzle hands through the cage walls. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209075","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]] Weathermon said Monday the uptick can likely be attributed to the mild winter, as the weather has allowed cats to continue having kittens.
In a Dec. 16 letter to the Herald, shelter volunteer and former board member Lucy Matejcek said the shelter is in need of cat food, litter and medical supplies. Community members also can help by fostering or adopting animals and volunteering -- an orientation session is required for new volunteers. Anyone interested in adopting a kitten or a cat should make sure they have enough time to give the new pet attention, and enough knowledge to understand their needs, Weathermon said. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209073","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]] "A lot of our kittens haven't completed all of their vaccines yet because they're at such a young age, so they're going to need to continue to see a veterinarian. And remember they're going to need yearly veterinary care as well," she added. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209076","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]] Supplies can be dropped off at the shelter, 4375 N. Washington St. Monetary donations are being accepted online at goo.gl/WknqaD. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209077","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]] Forum News Service contributed to this report. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209079","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]After adding 29 abandoned cats rescued from a Grand Forks apartment, Circle of Friends Humane Society officials said the feline headcount at the shelter is almost 200 -- about 100 more than the shelter’s capacity. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2209067","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]Inside the shelter, space is at a premium, as cages and carriers are stacked up on top of each other in multiple rooms. Entering one of the rooms prompts a chorus of mews, as cats waited for volunteers to change their litter boxes, bring them food and water, and just interact with them. Circle of Friends is seeking help in dealing with all the cats. "Obviously, adoptions is probably the most helpful, foster homes is super helpful, Purina kitten chow is really helpful because we've got a lot of little mouths to feed," said Executive Director Maranda Weathermon. "Nonclumping cat litter is a big thing. Volunteering is huge, because it takes us a lot longer to clean now, because we've got so many cats, or just coming and taking a look around and maybe making a donation." According to the Circle of Friends website, volunteers are required to donate at least 8 hours a month. They must also be 18 years or older, though children 12-17 can volunteer if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. They also need to be willing to attend training and education classes. Volunteers who want to work with animals directly must be able to listen to kennel/cattery commands and verbally communicate with staff. More information on volunteering and what volunteers are needed for can be found here. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209069","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]] Some felines were alone in their cages, but most of the kittens shared space with one or two playmates, wrestling, batting toys back and forth and climbing the cage walls. Most of the cage mates were getting along well, Weathermon said. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209074","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]] About 45 percent of the cats available at Circle of Friends are kittens, some so young they're staying with their mothers or being bottle-fed. Others are the feline equivalent of teenagers. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209070","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]] At least some that were rescued from a vacant Grand Forks apartment last week are still skittish around people, though at least some of them were still curious enough to approach a stranger and nuzzle hands through the cage walls. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209075","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]] Weathermon said Monday the uptick can likely be attributed to the mild winter, as the weather has allowed cats to continue having kittens. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209071","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"621","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]] In a Dec. 16 letter to the Herald, shelter volunteer and former board member Lucy Matejcek said the shelter is in need of cat food, litter and medical supplies. Community members also can help by fostering or adopting animals and volunteering -- an orientation session is required for new volunteers. Anyone interested in adopting a kitten or a cat should make sure they have enough time to give the new pet attention, and enough knowledge to understand their needs, Weathermon said.
"A lot of our kittens haven't completed all of their vaccines yet because they're at such a young age, so they're going to need to continue to see a veterinarian. And remember they're going to need yearly veterinary care as well," she added. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209076","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]] Supplies can be dropped off at the shelter, 4375 N. Washington St. Monetary donations are being accepted online at goo.gl/WknqaD. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209077","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]] Forum News Service contributed to this report. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209079","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]After adding 29 abandoned cats rescued from a Grand Forks apartment, Circle of Friends Humane Society officials said the feline headcount at the shelter is almost 200 -- about 100 more than the shelter’s capacity. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2209067","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]Inside the shelter, space is at a premium, as cages and carriers are stacked up on top of each other in multiple rooms. Entering one of the rooms prompts a chorus of mews, as cats waited for volunteers to change their litter boxes, bring them food and water, and just interact with them. Circle of Friends is seeking help in dealing with all the cats. "Obviously, adoptions is probably the most helpful, foster homes is super helpful, Purina kitten chow is really helpful because we've got a lot of little mouths to feed," said Executive Director Maranda Weathermon. "Nonclumping cat litter is a big thing. Volunteering is huge, because it takes us a lot longer to clean now, because we've got so many cats, or just coming and taking a look around and maybe making a donation." According to the Circle of Friends website, volunteers are required to donate at least 8 hours a month. They must also be 18 years or older, though children 12-17 can volunteer if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. They also need to be willing to attend training and education classes. Volunteers who want to work with animals directly must be able to listen to kennel/cattery commands and verbally communicate with staff. More information on volunteering and what volunteers are needed for can be found here. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209069","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]] Some felines were alone in their cages, but most of the kittens shared space with one or two playmates, wrestling, batting toys back and forth and climbing the cage walls. Most of the cage mates were getting along well, Weathermon said. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209074","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]] About 45 percent of the cats available at Circle of Friends are kittens, some so young they're staying with their mothers or being bottle-fed. Others are the feline equivalent of teenagers. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209070","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]] At least some that were rescued from a vacant Grand Forks apartment last week are still skittish around people, though at least some of them were still curious enough to approach a stranger and nuzzle hands through the cage walls. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209075","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]] Weathermon said Monday the uptick can likely be attributed to the mild winter, as the weather has allowed cats to continue having kittens. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209071","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"621","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]] In a Dec. 16 letter to the Herald, shelter volunteer and former board member Lucy Matejcek said the shelter is in need of cat food, litter and medical supplies. Community members also can help by fostering or adopting animals and volunteering -- an orientation session is required for new volunteers. Anyone interested in adopting a kitten or a cat should make sure they have enough time to give the new pet attention, and enough knowledge to understand their needs, Weathermon said. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209073","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]] "A lot of our kittens haven't completed all of their vaccines yet because they're at such a young age, so they're going to need to continue to see a veterinarian. And remember they're going to need yearly veterinary care as well," she added.
Supplies can be dropped off at the shelter, 4375 N. Washington St. Monetary donations are being accepted online at goo.gl/WknqaD. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209077","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]] Forum News Service contributed to this report. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209079","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]After adding 29 abandoned cats rescued from a Grand Forks apartment, Circle of Friends Humane Society officials said the feline headcount at the shelter is almost 200 -- about 100 more than the shelter’s capacity. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2209067","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]Inside the shelter, space is at a premium, as cages and carriers are stacked up on top of each other in multiple rooms. Entering one of the rooms prompts a chorus of mews, as cats waited for volunteers to change their litter boxes, bring them food and water, and just interact with them. Circle of Friends is seeking help in dealing with all the cats. "Obviously, adoptions is probably the most helpful, foster homes is super helpful, Purina kitten chow is really helpful because we've got a lot of little mouths to feed," said Executive Director Maranda Weathermon. "Nonclumping cat litter is a big thing. Volunteering is huge, because it takes us a lot longer to clean now, because we've got so many cats, or just coming and taking a look around and maybe making a donation." According to the Circle of Friends website, volunteers are required to donate at least 8 hours a month. They must also be 18 years or older, though children 12-17 can volunteer if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. They also need to be willing to attend training and education classes. Volunteers who want to work with animals directly must be able to listen to kennel/cattery commands and verbally communicate with staff. More information on volunteering and what volunteers are needed for can be found here. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209069","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]] Some felines were alone in their cages, but most of the kittens shared space with one or two playmates, wrestling, batting toys back and forth and climbing the cage walls. Most of the cage mates were getting along well, Weathermon said. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209074","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]] About 45 percent of the cats available at Circle of Friends are kittens, some so young they're staying with their mothers or being bottle-fed. Others are the feline equivalent of teenagers. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209070","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]] At least some that were rescued from a vacant Grand Forks apartment last week are still skittish around people, though at least some of them were still curious enough to approach a stranger and nuzzle hands through the cage walls. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209075","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]] Weathermon said Monday the uptick can likely be attributed to the mild winter, as the weather has allowed cats to continue having kittens. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209071","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"621","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]] In a Dec. 16 letter to the Herald, shelter volunteer and former board member Lucy Matejcek said the shelter is in need of cat food, litter and medical supplies. Community members also can help by fostering or adopting animals and volunteering -- an orientation session is required for new volunteers. Anyone interested in adopting a kitten or a cat should make sure they have enough time to give the new pet attention, and enough knowledge to understand their needs, Weathermon said. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209073","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]] "A lot of our kittens haven't completed all of their vaccines yet because they're at such a young age, so they're going to need to continue to see a veterinarian. And remember they're going to need yearly veterinary care as well," she added. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209076","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]] Supplies can be dropped off at the shelter, 4375 N. Washington St. Monetary donations are being accepted online at goo.gl/WknqaD.
Forum News Service contributed to this report. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209079","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]After adding 29 abandoned cats rescued from a Grand Forks apartment, Circle of Friends Humane Society officials said the feline headcount at the shelter is almost 200 -- about 100 more than the shelter’s capacity. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2209067","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]Inside the shelter, space is at a premium, as cages and carriers are stacked up on top of each other in multiple rooms. Entering one of the rooms prompts a chorus of mews, as cats waited for volunteers to change their litter boxes, bring them food and water, and just interact with them. Circle of Friends is seeking help in dealing with all the cats. "Obviously, adoptions is probably the most helpful, foster homes is super helpful, Purina kitten chow is really helpful because we've got a lot of little mouths to feed," said Executive Director Maranda Weathermon. "Nonclumping cat litter is a big thing. Volunteering is huge, because it takes us a lot longer to clean now, because we've got so many cats, or just coming and taking a look around and maybe making a donation." According to the Circle of Friends website, volunteers are required to donate at least 8 hours a month. They must also be 18 years or older, though children 12-17 can volunteer if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. They also need to be willing to attend training and education classes. Volunteers who want to work with animals directly must be able to listen to kennel/cattery commands and verbally communicate with staff. More information on volunteering and what volunteers are needed for can be found here. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209069","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]] Some felines were alone in their cages, but most of the kittens shared space with one or two playmates, wrestling, batting toys back and forth and climbing the cage walls. Most of the cage mates were getting along well, Weathermon said. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209074","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]] About 45 percent of the cats available at Circle of Friends are kittens, some so young they're staying with their mothers or being bottle-fed. Others are the feline equivalent of teenagers. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209070","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]] At least some that were rescued from a vacant Grand Forks apartment last week are still skittish around people, though at least some of them were still curious enough to approach a stranger and nuzzle hands through the cage walls. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209075","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]] Weathermon said Monday the uptick can likely be attributed to the mild winter, as the weather has allowed cats to continue having kittens. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209071","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"621","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]] In a Dec. 16 letter to the Herald, shelter volunteer and former board member Lucy Matejcek said the shelter is in need of cat food, litter and medical supplies. Community members also can help by fostering or adopting animals and volunteering -- an orientation session is required for new volunteers. Anyone interested in adopting a kitten or a cat should make sure they have enough time to give the new pet attention, and enough knowledge to understand their needs, Weathermon said. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209073","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]] "A lot of our kittens haven't completed all of their vaccines yet because they're at such a young age, so they're going to need to continue to see a veterinarian. And remember they're going to need yearly veterinary care as well," she added. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209076","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]] Supplies can be dropped off at the shelter, 4375 N. Washington St. Monetary donations are being accepted online at goo.gl/WknqaD. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209077","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]] Forum News Service contributed to this report.
After adding 29 abandoned cats rescued from a Grand Forks apartment, Circle of Friends Humane Society officials said the feline headcount at the shelter is almost 200 -- about 100 more than the shelter’s capacity.
Inside the shelter, space is at a premium, as cages and carriers are stacked up on top of each other in multiple rooms.Entering one of the rooms prompts a chorus of mews, as cats waited for volunteers to change their litter boxes, bring them food and water, and just interact with them.Circle of Friends is seeking help in dealing with all the cats."Obviously, adoptions is probably the most helpful, foster homes is super helpful, Purina kitten chow is really helpful because we've got a lot of little mouths to feed," said Executive Director Maranda Weathermon. "Nonclumping cat litter is a big thing. Volunteering is huge, because it takes us a lot longer to clean now, because we've got so many cats, or just coming and taking a look around and maybe making a donation."According to the Circle of Friends website, volunteers are required to donate at least 8 hours a month. They must also be 18 years or older, though children 12-17 can volunteer if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. They also need to be willing to attend training and education classes. Volunteers who want to work with animals directly must be able to listen to kennel/cattery commands and verbally communicate with staff.More information on volunteering and what volunteers are needed for can be found here.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209069","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]Some felines were alone in their cages, but most of the kittens shared space with one or two playmates, wrestling, batting toys back and forth and climbing the cage walls. Most of the cage mates were getting along well, Weathermon said.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209074","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]About 45 percent of the cats available at Circle of Friends are kittens, some so young they're staying with their mothers or being bottle-fed. Others are the feline equivalent of teenagers.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209070","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]At least some that were rescued from a vacant Grand Forks apartment last week are still skittish around people, though at least some of them were still curious enough to approach a stranger and nuzzle hands through the cage walls.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209075","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]Weathermon said Monday the uptick can likely be attributed to the mild winter, as the weather has allowed cats to continue having kittens.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209071","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"621","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]In a Dec. 16 letter to the Herald, shelter volunteer and former board member Lucy Matejcek said the shelter is in need of cat food, litter and medical supplies. Community members also can help by fostering or adopting animals and volunteering -- an orientation session is required for new volunteers.Anyone interested in adopting a kitten or a cat should make sure they have enough time to give the new pet attention, and enough knowledge to understand their needs, Weathermon said.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209073","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]"A lot of our kittens haven't completed all of their vaccines yet because they're at such a young age, so they're going to need to continue to see a veterinarian. And remember they're going to need yearly veterinary care as well," she added.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209076","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]Supplies can be dropped off at the shelter, 4375 N. Washington St. Monetary donations are being accepted online at goo.gl/WknqaD.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209077","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]Forum News Service contributed to this report.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209079","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]After adding 29 abandoned cats rescued from a Grand Forks apartment, Circle of Friends Humane Society officials said the feline headcount at the shelter is almost 200 -- about 100 more than the shelter’s capacity.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2209067","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]Inside the shelter, space is at a premium, as cages and carriers are stacked up on top of each other in multiple rooms.Entering one of the rooms prompts a chorus of mews, as cats waited for volunteers to change their litter boxes, bring them food and water, and just interact with them.Circle of Friends is seeking help in dealing with all the cats."Obviously, adoptions is probably the most helpful, foster homes is super helpful, Purina kitten chow is really helpful because we've got a lot of little mouths to feed," said Executive Director Maranda Weathermon. "Nonclumping cat litter is a big thing. Volunteering is huge, because it takes us a lot longer to clean now, because we've got so many cats, or just coming and taking a look around and maybe making a donation."According to the Circle of Friends website, volunteers are required to donate at least 8 hours a month. They must also be 18 years or older, though children 12-17 can volunteer if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. They also need to be willing to attend training and education classes. Volunteers who want to work with animals directly must be able to listen to kennel/cattery commands and verbally communicate with staff.More information on volunteering and what volunteers are needed for can be found here.
Some felines were alone in their cages, but most of the kittens shared space with one or two playmates, wrestling, batting toys back and forth and climbing the cage walls. Most of the cage mates were getting along well, Weathermon said.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209074","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]About 45 percent of the cats available at Circle of Friends are kittens, some so young they're staying with their mothers or being bottle-fed. Others are the feline equivalent of teenagers.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209070","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]At least some that were rescued from a vacant Grand Forks apartment last week are still skittish around people, though at least some of them were still curious enough to approach a stranger and nuzzle hands through the cage walls.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209075","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]Weathermon said Monday the uptick can likely be attributed to the mild winter, as the weather has allowed cats to continue having kittens.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209071","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"621","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]In a Dec. 16 letter to the Herald, shelter volunteer and former board member Lucy Matejcek said the shelter is in need of cat food, litter and medical supplies. Community members also can help by fostering or adopting animals and volunteering -- an orientation session is required for new volunteers.Anyone interested in adopting a kitten or a cat should make sure they have enough time to give the new pet attention, and enough knowledge to understand their needs, Weathermon said.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209073","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]"A lot of our kittens haven't completed all of their vaccines yet because they're at such a young age, so they're going to need to continue to see a veterinarian. And remember they're going to need yearly veterinary care as well," she added.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209076","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]Supplies can be dropped off at the shelter, 4375 N. Washington St. Monetary donations are being accepted online at goo.gl/WknqaD.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209077","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]Forum News Service contributed to this report.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209079","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]After adding 29 abandoned cats rescued from a Grand Forks apartment, Circle of Friends Humane Society officials said the feline headcount at the shelter is almost 200 -- about 100 more than the shelter’s capacity.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2209067","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]Inside the shelter, space is at a premium, as cages and carriers are stacked up on top of each other in multiple rooms.Entering one of the rooms prompts a chorus of mews, as cats waited for volunteers to change their litter boxes, bring them food and water, and just interact with them.Circle of Friends is seeking help in dealing with all the cats."Obviously, adoptions is probably the most helpful, foster homes is super helpful, Purina kitten chow is really helpful because we've got a lot of little mouths to feed," said Executive Director Maranda Weathermon. "Nonclumping cat litter is a big thing. Volunteering is huge, because it takes us a lot longer to clean now, because we've got so many cats, or just coming and taking a look around and maybe making a donation."According to the Circle of Friends website, volunteers are required to donate at least 8 hours a month. They must also be 18 years or older, though children 12-17 can volunteer if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. They also need to be willing to attend training and education classes. Volunteers who want to work with animals directly must be able to listen to kennel/cattery commands and verbally communicate with staff.More information on volunteering and what volunteers are needed for can be found here.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209069","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]Some felines were alone in their cages, but most of the kittens shared space with one or two playmates, wrestling, batting toys back and forth and climbing the cage walls. Most of the cage mates were getting along well, Weathermon said.
About 45 percent of the cats available at Circle of Friends are kittens, some so young they're staying with their mothers or being bottle-fed. Others are the feline equivalent of teenagers.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209070","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]At least some that were rescued from a vacant Grand Forks apartment last week are still skittish around people, though at least some of them were still curious enough to approach a stranger and nuzzle hands through the cage walls.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209075","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]Weathermon said Monday the uptick can likely be attributed to the mild winter, as the weather has allowed cats to continue having kittens.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209071","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"621","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]In a Dec. 16 letter to the Herald, shelter volunteer and former board member Lucy Matejcek said the shelter is in need of cat food, litter and medical supplies. Community members also can help by fostering or adopting animals and volunteering -- an orientation session is required for new volunteers.Anyone interested in adopting a kitten or a cat should make sure they have enough time to give the new pet attention, and enough knowledge to understand their needs, Weathermon said.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209073","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]"A lot of our kittens haven't completed all of their vaccines yet because they're at such a young age, so they're going to need to continue to see a veterinarian. And remember they're going to need yearly veterinary care as well," she added.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209076","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]Supplies can be dropped off at the shelter, 4375 N. Washington St. Monetary donations are being accepted online at goo.gl/WknqaD.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209077","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]Forum News Service contributed to this report.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209079","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]After adding 29 abandoned cats rescued from a Grand Forks apartment, Circle of Friends Humane Society officials said the feline headcount at the shelter is almost 200 -- about 100 more than the shelter’s capacity.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2209067","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]Inside the shelter, space is at a premium, as cages and carriers are stacked up on top of each other in multiple rooms.Entering one of the rooms prompts a chorus of mews, as cats waited for volunteers to change their litter boxes, bring them food and water, and just interact with them.Circle of Friends is seeking help in dealing with all the cats."Obviously, adoptions is probably the most helpful, foster homes is super helpful, Purina kitten chow is really helpful because we've got a lot of little mouths to feed," said Executive Director Maranda Weathermon. "Nonclumping cat litter is a big thing. Volunteering is huge, because it takes us a lot longer to clean now, because we've got so many cats, or just coming and taking a look around and maybe making a donation."According to the Circle of Friends website, volunteers are required to donate at least 8 hours a month. They must also be 18 years or older, though children 12-17 can volunteer if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. They also need to be willing to attend training and education classes. Volunteers who want to work with animals directly must be able to listen to kennel/cattery commands and verbally communicate with staff.More information on volunteering and what volunteers are needed for can be found here.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209069","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]Some felines were alone in their cages, but most of the kittens shared space with one or two playmates, wrestling, batting toys back and forth and climbing the cage walls. Most of the cage mates were getting along well, Weathermon said.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209074","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]About 45 percent of the cats available at Circle of Friends are kittens, some so young they're staying with their mothers or being bottle-fed. Others are the feline equivalent of teenagers.
At least some that were rescued from a vacant Grand Forks apartment last week are still skittish around people, though at least some of them were still curious enough to approach a stranger and nuzzle hands through the cage walls.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209075","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]Weathermon said Monday the uptick can likely be attributed to the mild winter, as the weather has allowed cats to continue having kittens.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209071","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"621","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]In a Dec. 16 letter to the Herald, shelter volunteer and former board member Lucy Matejcek said the shelter is in need of cat food, litter and medical supplies. Community members also can help by fostering or adopting animals and volunteering -- an orientation session is required for new volunteers.Anyone interested in adopting a kitten or a cat should make sure they have enough time to give the new pet attention, and enough knowledge to understand their needs, Weathermon said.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209073","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]"A lot of our kittens haven't completed all of their vaccines yet because they're at such a young age, so they're going to need to continue to see a veterinarian. And remember they're going to need yearly veterinary care as well," she added.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209076","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]Supplies can be dropped off at the shelter, 4375 N. Washington St. Monetary donations are being accepted online at goo.gl/WknqaD.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209077","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]Forum News Service contributed to this report.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209079","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]After adding 29 abandoned cats rescued from a Grand Forks apartment, Circle of Friends Humane Society officials said the feline headcount at the shelter is almost 200 -- about 100 more than the shelter’s capacity.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2209067","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]Inside the shelter, space is at a premium, as cages and carriers are stacked up on top of each other in multiple rooms.Entering one of the rooms prompts a chorus of mews, as cats waited for volunteers to change their litter boxes, bring them food and water, and just interact with them.Circle of Friends is seeking help in dealing with all the cats."Obviously, adoptions is probably the most helpful, foster homes is super helpful, Purina kitten chow is really helpful because we've got a lot of little mouths to feed," said Executive Director Maranda Weathermon. "Nonclumping cat litter is a big thing. Volunteering is huge, because it takes us a lot longer to clean now, because we've got so many cats, or just coming and taking a look around and maybe making a donation."According to the Circle of Friends website, volunteers are required to donate at least 8 hours a month. They must also be 18 years or older, though children 12-17 can volunteer if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. They also need to be willing to attend training and education classes. Volunteers who want to work with animals directly must be able to listen to kennel/cattery commands and verbally communicate with staff.More information on volunteering and what volunteers are needed for can be found here.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209069","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]Some felines were alone in their cages, but most of the kittens shared space with one or two playmates, wrestling, batting toys back and forth and climbing the cage walls. Most of the cage mates were getting along well, Weathermon said.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209074","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]About 45 percent of the cats available at Circle of Friends are kittens, some so young they're staying with their mothers or being bottle-fed. Others are the feline equivalent of teenagers.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209070","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]At least some that were rescued from a vacant Grand Forks apartment last week are still skittish around people, though at least some of them were still curious enough to approach a stranger and nuzzle hands through the cage walls.
Weathermon said Monday the uptick can likely be attributed to the mild winter, as the weather has allowed cats to continue having kittens.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209071","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"621","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]In a Dec. 16 letter to the Herald, shelter volunteer and former board member Lucy Matejcek said the shelter is in need of cat food, litter and medical supplies. Community members also can help by fostering or adopting animals and volunteering -- an orientation session is required for new volunteers.Anyone interested in adopting a kitten or a cat should make sure they have enough time to give the new pet attention, and enough knowledge to understand their needs, Weathermon said.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209073","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]"A lot of our kittens haven't completed all of their vaccines yet because they're at such a young age, so they're going to need to continue to see a veterinarian. And remember they're going to need yearly veterinary care as well," she added.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209076","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]Supplies can be dropped off at the shelter, 4375 N. Washington St. Monetary donations are being accepted online at goo.gl/WknqaD.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209077","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]Forum News Service contributed to this report.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209079","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]After adding 29 abandoned cats rescued from a Grand Forks apartment, Circle of Friends Humane Society officials said the feline headcount at the shelter is almost 200 -- about 100 more than the shelter’s capacity.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2209067","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]Inside the shelter, space is at a premium, as cages and carriers are stacked up on top of each other in multiple rooms.Entering one of the rooms prompts a chorus of mews, as cats waited for volunteers to change their litter boxes, bring them food and water, and just interact with them.Circle of Friends is seeking help in dealing with all the cats."Obviously, adoptions is probably the most helpful, foster homes is super helpful, Purina kitten chow is really helpful because we've got a lot of little mouths to feed," said Executive Director Maranda Weathermon. "Nonclumping cat litter is a big thing. Volunteering is huge, because it takes us a lot longer to clean now, because we've got so many cats, or just coming and taking a look around and maybe making a donation."According to the Circle of Friends website, volunteers are required to donate at least 8 hours a month. They must also be 18 years or older, though children 12-17 can volunteer if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. They also need to be willing to attend training and education classes. Volunteers who want to work with animals directly must be able to listen to kennel/cattery commands and verbally communicate with staff.More information on volunteering and what volunteers are needed for can be found here.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209069","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]Some felines were alone in their cages, but most of the kittens shared space with one or two playmates, wrestling, batting toys back and forth and climbing the cage walls. Most of the cage mates were getting along well, Weathermon said.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209074","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]About 45 percent of the cats available at Circle of Friends are kittens, some so young they're staying with their mothers or being bottle-fed. Others are the feline equivalent of teenagers.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209070","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]At least some that were rescued from a vacant Grand Forks apartment last week are still skittish around people, though at least some of them were still curious enough to approach a stranger and nuzzle hands through the cage walls.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209075","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]Weathermon said Monday the uptick can likely be attributed to the mild winter, as the weather has allowed cats to continue having kittens.
In a Dec. 16 letter to the Herald, shelter volunteer and former board member Lucy Matejcek said the shelter is in need of cat food, litter and medical supplies. Community members also can help by fostering or adopting animals and volunteering -- an orientation session is required for new volunteers.Anyone interested in adopting a kitten or a cat should make sure they have enough time to give the new pet attention, and enough knowledge to understand their needs, Weathermon said.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209073","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]"A lot of our kittens haven't completed all of their vaccines yet because they're at such a young age, so they're going to need to continue to see a veterinarian. And remember they're going to need yearly veterinary care as well," she added.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209076","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]Supplies can be dropped off at the shelter, 4375 N. Washington St. Monetary donations are being accepted online at goo.gl/WknqaD.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209077","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]Forum News Service contributed to this report.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209079","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]After adding 29 abandoned cats rescued from a Grand Forks apartment, Circle of Friends Humane Society officials said the feline headcount at the shelter is almost 200 -- about 100 more than the shelter’s capacity.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2209067","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]Inside the shelter, space is at a premium, as cages and carriers are stacked up on top of each other in multiple rooms.Entering one of the rooms prompts a chorus of mews, as cats waited for volunteers to change their litter boxes, bring them food and water, and just interact with them.Circle of Friends is seeking help in dealing with all the cats."Obviously, adoptions is probably the most helpful, foster homes is super helpful, Purina kitten chow is really helpful because we've got a lot of little mouths to feed," said Executive Director Maranda Weathermon. "Nonclumping cat litter is a big thing. Volunteering is huge, because it takes us a lot longer to clean now, because we've got so many cats, or just coming and taking a look around and maybe making a donation."According to the Circle of Friends website, volunteers are required to donate at least 8 hours a month. They must also be 18 years or older, though children 12-17 can volunteer if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. They also need to be willing to attend training and education classes. Volunteers who want to work with animals directly must be able to listen to kennel/cattery commands and verbally communicate with staff.More information on volunteering and what volunteers are needed for can be found here.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209069","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]Some felines were alone in their cages, but most of the kittens shared space with one or two playmates, wrestling, batting toys back and forth and climbing the cage walls. Most of the cage mates were getting along well, Weathermon said.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209074","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]About 45 percent of the cats available at Circle of Friends are kittens, some so young they're staying with their mothers or being bottle-fed. Others are the feline equivalent of teenagers.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209070","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]At least some that were rescued from a vacant Grand Forks apartment last week are still skittish around people, though at least some of them were still curious enough to approach a stranger and nuzzle hands through the cage walls.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209075","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]Weathermon said Monday the uptick can likely be attributed to the mild winter, as the weather has allowed cats to continue having kittens.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209071","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"621","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]In a Dec. 16 letter to the Herald, shelter volunteer and former board member Lucy Matejcek said the shelter is in need of cat food, litter and medical supplies. Community members also can help by fostering or adopting animals and volunteering -- an orientation session is required for new volunteers.Anyone interested in adopting a kitten or a cat should make sure they have enough time to give the new pet attention, and enough knowledge to understand their needs, Weathermon said.
"A lot of our kittens haven't completed all of their vaccines yet because they're at such a young age, so they're going to need to continue to see a veterinarian. And remember they're going to need yearly veterinary care as well," she added.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209076","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]Supplies can be dropped off at the shelter, 4375 N. Washington St. Monetary donations are being accepted online at goo.gl/WknqaD.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209077","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]Forum News Service contributed to this report.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209079","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]After adding 29 abandoned cats rescued from a Grand Forks apartment, Circle of Friends Humane Society officials said the feline headcount at the shelter is almost 200 -- about 100 more than the shelter’s capacity.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2209067","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]Inside the shelter, space is at a premium, as cages and carriers are stacked up on top of each other in multiple rooms.Entering one of the rooms prompts a chorus of mews, as cats waited for volunteers to change their litter boxes, bring them food and water, and just interact with them.Circle of Friends is seeking help in dealing with all the cats."Obviously, adoptions is probably the most helpful, foster homes is super helpful, Purina kitten chow is really helpful because we've got a lot of little mouths to feed," said Executive Director Maranda Weathermon. "Nonclumping cat litter is a big thing. Volunteering is huge, because it takes us a lot longer to clean now, because we've got so many cats, or just coming and taking a look around and maybe making a donation."According to the Circle of Friends website, volunteers are required to donate at least 8 hours a month. They must also be 18 years or older, though children 12-17 can volunteer if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. They also need to be willing to attend training and education classes. Volunteers who want to work with animals directly must be able to listen to kennel/cattery commands and verbally communicate with staff.More information on volunteering and what volunteers are needed for can be found here.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209069","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]Some felines were alone in their cages, but most of the kittens shared space with one or two playmates, wrestling, batting toys back and forth and climbing the cage walls. Most of the cage mates were getting along well, Weathermon said.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209074","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]About 45 percent of the cats available at Circle of Friends are kittens, some so young they're staying with their mothers or being bottle-fed. Others are the feline equivalent of teenagers.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209070","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]At least some that were rescued from a vacant Grand Forks apartment last week are still skittish around people, though at least some of them were still curious enough to approach a stranger and nuzzle hands through the cage walls.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209075","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]Weathermon said Monday the uptick can likely be attributed to the mild winter, as the weather has allowed cats to continue having kittens.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209071","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"621","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]In a Dec. 16 letter to the Herald, shelter volunteer and former board member Lucy Matejcek said the shelter is in need of cat food, litter and medical supplies. Community members also can help by fostering or adopting animals and volunteering -- an orientation session is required for new volunteers.Anyone interested in adopting a kitten or a cat should make sure they have enough time to give the new pet attention, and enough knowledge to understand their needs, Weathermon said.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209073","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]"A lot of our kittens haven't completed all of their vaccines yet because they're at such a young age, so they're going to need to continue to see a veterinarian. And remember they're going to need yearly veterinary care as well," she added.
Supplies can be dropped off at the shelter, 4375 N. Washington St. Monetary donations are being accepted online at goo.gl/WknqaD.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209077","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]Forum News Service contributed to this report.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209079","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]After adding 29 abandoned cats rescued from a Grand Forks apartment, Circle of Friends Humane Society officials said the feline headcount at the shelter is almost 200 -- about 100 more than the shelter’s capacity.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2209067","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]Inside the shelter, space is at a premium, as cages and carriers are stacked up on top of each other in multiple rooms.Entering one of the rooms prompts a chorus of mews, as cats waited for volunteers to change their litter boxes, bring them food and water, and just interact with them.Circle of Friends is seeking help in dealing with all the cats."Obviously, adoptions is probably the most helpful, foster homes is super helpful, Purina kitten chow is really helpful because we've got a lot of little mouths to feed," said Executive Director Maranda Weathermon. "Nonclumping cat litter is a big thing. Volunteering is huge, because it takes us a lot longer to clean now, because we've got so many cats, or just coming and taking a look around and maybe making a donation."According to the Circle of Friends website, volunteers are required to donate at least 8 hours a month. They must also be 18 years or older, though children 12-17 can volunteer if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. They also need to be willing to attend training and education classes. Volunteers who want to work with animals directly must be able to listen to kennel/cattery commands and verbally communicate with staff.More information on volunteering and what volunteers are needed for can be found here.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209069","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]Some felines were alone in their cages, but most of the kittens shared space with one or two playmates, wrestling, batting toys back and forth and climbing the cage walls. Most of the cage mates were getting along well, Weathermon said.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209074","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]About 45 percent of the cats available at Circle of Friends are kittens, some so young they're staying with their mothers or being bottle-fed. Others are the feline equivalent of teenagers.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209070","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]At least some that were rescued from a vacant Grand Forks apartment last week are still skittish around people, though at least some of them were still curious enough to approach a stranger and nuzzle hands through the cage walls.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209075","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]Weathermon said Monday the uptick can likely be attributed to the mild winter, as the weather has allowed cats to continue having kittens.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209071","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"621","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]In a Dec. 16 letter to the Herald, shelter volunteer and former board member Lucy Matejcek said the shelter is in need of cat food, litter and medical supplies. Community members also can help by fostering or adopting animals and volunteering -- an orientation session is required for new volunteers.Anyone interested in adopting a kitten or a cat should make sure they have enough time to give the new pet attention, and enough knowledge to understand their needs, Weathermon said.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209073","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]"A lot of our kittens haven't completed all of their vaccines yet because they're at such a young age, so they're going to need to continue to see a veterinarian. And remember they're going to need yearly veterinary care as well," she added.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209076","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]Supplies can be dropped off at the shelter, 4375 N. Washington St. Monetary donations are being accepted online at goo.gl/WknqaD.
Forum News Service contributed to this report.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209079","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]After adding 29 abandoned cats rescued from a Grand Forks apartment, Circle of Friends Humane Society officials said the feline headcount at the shelter is almost 200 -- about 100 more than the shelter’s capacity.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2209067","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]Inside the shelter, space is at a premium, as cages and carriers are stacked up on top of each other in multiple rooms.Entering one of the rooms prompts a chorus of mews, as cats waited for volunteers to change their litter boxes, bring them food and water, and just interact with them.Circle of Friends is seeking help in dealing with all the cats."Obviously, adoptions is probably the most helpful, foster homes is super helpful, Purina kitten chow is really helpful because we've got a lot of little mouths to feed," said Executive Director Maranda Weathermon. "Nonclumping cat litter is a big thing. Volunteering is huge, because it takes us a lot longer to clean now, because we've got so many cats, or just coming and taking a look around and maybe making a donation."According to the Circle of Friends website, volunteers are required to donate at least 8 hours a month. They must also be 18 years or older, though children 12-17 can volunteer if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. They also need to be willing to attend training and education classes. Volunteers who want to work with animals directly must be able to listen to kennel/cattery commands and verbally communicate with staff.More information on volunteering and what volunteers are needed for can be found here.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209069","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]Some felines were alone in their cages, but most of the kittens shared space with one or two playmates, wrestling, batting toys back and forth and climbing the cage walls. Most of the cage mates were getting along well, Weathermon said.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209074","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]About 45 percent of the cats available at Circle of Friends are kittens, some so young they're staying with their mothers or being bottle-fed. Others are the feline equivalent of teenagers.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209070","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]At least some that were rescued from a vacant Grand Forks apartment last week are still skittish around people, though at least some of them were still curious enough to approach a stranger and nuzzle hands through the cage walls.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209075","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]Weathermon said Monday the uptick can likely be attributed to the mild winter, as the weather has allowed cats to continue having kittens.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209071","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"621","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]In a Dec. 16 letter to the Herald, shelter volunteer and former board member Lucy Matejcek said the shelter is in need of cat food, litter and medical supplies. Community members also can help by fostering or adopting animals and volunteering -- an orientation session is required for new volunteers.Anyone interested in adopting a kitten or a cat should make sure they have enough time to give the new pet attention, and enough knowledge to understand their needs, Weathermon said.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209073","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]"A lot of our kittens haven't completed all of their vaccines yet because they're at such a young age, so they're going to need to continue to see a veterinarian. And remember they're going to need yearly veterinary care as well," she added.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209076","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]Supplies can be dropped off at the shelter, 4375 N. Washington St. Monetary donations are being accepted online at goo.gl/WknqaD.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2209077","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"667","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"1000"}}]]Forum News Service contributed to this report.

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