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Fat Cat Cattery seeks volunteers, adopters
ARLINGTON Until the past couple of years, Dawn Raider will admit that she knew next to nothing about cats, but a tragic experience in adopting a sick kitten inspired her to start the Fat Cat Cattery and Rescue Services.
Raider had received a kitten with brain damage, although she didnt realize it at the time, and when she left the cat with a sitter while she went on a trip, the cat died of a seizure.
They had to put it to sleep while I was gone, Raider said. I asked if it would have lived if Id been there, and the doctors told me that pets become attuned to their owners, so the stress of me being gone might have played a part. It broke my heart, but it opened my eyes to all of these facts about cats.##M:more]##
At first, Raider agreed to foster 14 sick kittens for the Everett Animal Shelter, because shed learned that litters of kittens adjust better when theyre kept together. After her trial by fire of figuring out how to care for so many cats at once, she reached a record of 67 cats in her care this past December. Shes taken on other foster mothers to help her care for kittens, though, and shes always searching for more.
We had three volunteers this past summer, and I cant thank them enough, Raider said. Were looking for people who can play with our cats, as much as anything else. Even if they receive the same feeding and medical care, certain kittens can die due to lack of attention.
Its called failure to thrive, she added.
The Fat Cat Cattery adopts out its cats for a fee, but Raider noted that she doesnt run the Cattery for profit, so her prices simply cover some of her expenses. Raider also insists that potential pet adopters must meet the cats theyre interested in adopting, since she believes such meetings make it more likely that the would-be pet owners will select cats that theyre less inclined to return.
Together, we can give homes instead of cages, life instead of death and love instead of loneliness, said Raider.
Raiders table for the Fat Cat Cattery and Rescue Services is open Fridays and Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Two Bits and More on 229 N. Olympic Ave. The Fat Cat Cattery has Web sites at www.fatcatcattery.org, and on www.petfinder.com. Raider can be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. The adoption fee is $100 and includes spaying or neutering, all shots including rabies, a feline leukemia test and microchipping. Pet adopters also receive medical records, toys and a carrier for their cat, along with one to two weeks of transition food.