We wanted something that didn’t require special skills to build!
Tallahassee, FL (PRWEB) June 26, 2012
For the first year or so, CatsOnDeck targeted the home, apartment, or condo dweller with easy-to-assemble outdoor and indoor modular cat enclosure kits. “Now, we have quite a few shelter and rescue operations using our cat enclosures. But, this project takes us into a whole new direction.” States Jim Montgomery, Chief Operations Officer “Using our wire mesh panels to attach to an existing building and create a huge enclosure of an area approximately 18 feet by 8 feet with a rather large tree right in the middle was a challenge to say the least! We had to develop a special panel that wraps around the tree trunk and also has adjustment capability to accommodate tree growth and movement.”
Friends of the Animal Shelter (FOTAS), a group of over 200 volunteers in southern Oregon is dedicated to helping their local Jackson County shelter with adoptions, raising money to support programs and increasing awareness regarding responsible pet ownership. The shelter had limited space for adoptable cats creating an environment that was stressful and increased upper respiratory illness among the population.
When asked why CatsOnDeck was selected for their new cat enclosure (called the Kitty Korner), Barbara Talbert, president of FOTAS replied: “We spent a lot of time researching to find an outdoor enclosure solution. We felt that their very unique and open system would be far less stressful for our cats, helping them socialize and relax in order to increase adoptability. In addition, we wanted something that didn’t require special skills to build. Both indoor and outdoor cat enclosure kits took just a few volunteers working over a few Sundays to complete. And, if the shelter ever moves or needs to expand the enclosures, the kits can easily be taken down and reassembled because of their unique panel and clamp connection system. This was a big plus for us, since it was protecting our investment!” She adds, “Then there was the tree issue! It was a perplexing problem, and of course nobody would think of cutting that tree down. CatsOnDeck developed a very special panel assembly that hugs the tree and allows for movement and growth. Plus, special panels designed so the cats can freely migrate between the two enclosures works very well and the cats love that freedom of outdoor access whenever they want.”
“We have been receiving more and more calls from shelter and rescue groups.” Adds Montgomery. “They are now looking for larger enclosures with superior ventilation and openness which boosts socialization. This puts the cats in a far better state of mind and far less likely to be returned to the shelter. Animal rescue operations have population and situation fluctuations all the time. With our modular panel and clamp construction, they can quickly adjust to accommodate.”
When asked to comment on working with CatsOnDeck regarding such a unique project, Talbert replied; “Despite some major change requirements which became obvious once we got into the project, they stood by their original quote and even threw in some extras! They provided prompt and responsive communication and made sure we had everything we needed to complete it. We are extremely pleased.”
Incorporated in 2009, Cats on Deck is a modular pet enclosure system for both indoor and outdoor use. Custom and prefabricated kits enable pet owners to provide a safe outdoor environment for their cats and small dogs.