The organization is called "Companion Animal Protection Society of Annapolis County, Nova Scotia" or CAPS.
All the little kittens shown here had just arrived at the shelter and were in quarantine in the separate building where brand new residents stay for a short period of time before joining the cat community.
Anna's foster home is the largest in Annapolis County, but there are ten other active or respite foster homes that handle up to 12 cats and kittens. The smaller foster homes handle around five cats.
Volunteers are, of course, indispensable; they are always looking for others to help out. Anna told me they do about 50 to 55 loads of laundry a week, so helping hands are needed to not only fold towels but to help keep the place clean, to feed the animals and to play with them. I really don't know how they do it as all the animals seemed happy and interactive with one another and all seemed to get along. I wish I could say the same for our own! Anna called them all by name which is quite a feat with so many of them.
Below: the two cottages for the cats, a veranda on one where they can sit in the sun.
When Paula and I visited, CAPS shelter had 120 cats, although I'm not sure if all 120 were in Anna's foster care home or if that was the total in foster care homes in Annapolis County. Anna has had a number of dogs as well, but there was just one on that day. She had a fairly large pen and dog house in which to live. They or one of the volunteers walked her every day, a chap who came especially to do that. They were also doing politeness training with her. They had initially thought she was aggressive with other animals, but after a lot of work with her, found that not to be so. She just needed guidance. For some reason, I neglected to take any pictures of the dog or the pen.
There were so many beautiful and sweet cats that it is hard to decide which ones to show you. Both cottages were spotless inside with little beds, tables with pillows, cat doors into each little room, ledges and shelves. Shoes had to be removed when entering, with slippers offered. One isn't allowed to go too close to those in quarantine so we looked at them from a distance.
The shelter appreciates any donations of money, food, blankets, equipment. Both of us have donated to this important cause. Paula has brought cat food and a friend, John, has as well. Two volunteer women arrived at Anna's as we were leaving. It is a little ways from the main road so for some it is difficult to get there, although for most that isn't a problem at all. It is a lovely drive up the North Mountain to Margaretsville, on the Bay of Fundy, where they are located.
CAPS is always in need of more foster care homes as the foster parents are one of the most valued parts of their organization. CAPS provides them all with food, litter, carrying crates, food bowls, blankets, toys and so on. As well, CAPS pays for all veterinary care and medications. In their words: "All we ask is that you love them and make their lives special while they are with you." CAPS is a totally volunteer society. Those volunteers also help with their many fund-raising events.
Here are a few of the many other cats we saw that day. The pictures also show the facility as well as all that is offered to their little guests.
The kittens and the year old cat were adopted quickly. Tilly is still there, but she is safe and warm. She is sweet, but adult cats are not as sought after unfortunately. They can make wonderful pets, though, for any family. We have taken in several stray cats over the years here in Germany, three of them being a year old or a few years older.
I love the rocking chairs; the windows, too; the cupboard at left with a warm cover and even a cradle. Lucky cats! I know they won't all find homes, but if they don't, here they will stay and it doesn't come much better than this. They are all loved.
Two sweet residents awaiting a family of their own.
Ready for a nap. Please do not disturb me!
I think the cat on the pink pillow followed us!
The sign at left was being sold to raise money for the shelter. Paula and I both bought one. I brought mine back to Germany with me. Paula put hers on her lawn to raise awareness. Or, maybe she thought he'd make a great Premier!
If you long for a cat, please adopt one from a shelter as those animals will love you for it. And you will love them! Or, take in a lonely stray that comes to your door as you will be rewarded with devotion and affection.