Originally Published: June 7, 2012 9:59 p.m.
Miss Kitty's Cat House is celebrating 10 years of rescuing and finding forever homes for kittens and adult cats. Founded in June 2002, Miss Kitty's is a nonprofit organization staffed totally by volunteers. Miss Kitty's adopts out more than 100 cats and kittens each year. Miss Kitty's is the only animal shelter and adoption organization in the Prescott area that specializes in cats and kittens.
Lolli McAllister started Miss Kitty's Cat House in May 2002. McAllister asked N.O.A.H., a Prescott nonprofit thrift store that supports local animal organizations, to take on responsibility for Miss Kitty's for a period of time. N.O.A.H. supported Miss Kitty's Cat House for one year. Then Carolyn Taylor, who started volunteering with Miss Kitty's Cat House in the fall of 2002, became its director and took over the responsibility for running Miss Kitty's from 2003 until she moved to Nevada in 2008.
Miss Kitty's Cat House was located in a small rental bungalow on South Granite Street until 2010. A wonderful lady, Bess Brumbly, had the wish that Miss Kitty's have a permanent home, and left an endowment to Miss Kitty's in her estate to provide funds for the purchase of one. On July 1, 2010, volunteers moved the cats and kittens to their current home at 302 N. Alarcon St., Prescott.
The new home is a historic Victorian at the northeast corner of Sheldon and Alarcon streets in Prescott. This wonderful house is the result of the generous donations from Bess Brumbly and others and much renovation by Miss Kitty's volunteers.
Cats and kittens are free to roam the rooms in the house and take advantage of many windows, cat perches, cat beds and furniture that make the house a pleasant temporary home for them. They are cared for by dozens of volunteers while they wait for adoption. Volunteers are scheduled every morning and late afternoon for cleaning the house, feeding, brushing and loving the cats and cleaning the litter boxes. Volunteers also help with adoptions during adoption hours at Miss Kitty's and at PetSmart (next to Costco), assist with fundraising and special events, foster cats and kittens when the house is at full occupancy, which it frequently is, transport cats and kittens to area veterinarians for inoculations, spaying or neutering and medical care as may be needed, and perform other assignments that may come up.
Miss Kitty's could not provide its services without many dedicated volunteers and donors. More volunteers are needed, especially now that it is "kitten season," to provide foster homes for kittens until they reach adoption age.
Miss Kitty's invites you to be part of a meowrific organization so that we may continue rescuing and adopting cats for placement in forever homes. Persons interested in volunteering should call Miss Kitty's at 445-5411 and ask about volunteering needs and opportunities. More information can be found at www. misskittyscathouse.petfinder.com.
Anyone who is interested in adopting a feline friend should visit Miss Kitty's at 302 N. Alarcon St., Prescott during adoption hours, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. It's a wonderful setting to sit and watch the cats at play, hold some in your lap while you sit in a comfortable chair, and learn the personality of the cats to help you decide which one to adopt. There are even more cats and kittens at our adoption site at PetSmart; drop by for a visit any Saturday or Sunday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. If the adoption hours don't fit your schedule, call Miss Kitty's for an appointment.
Some people can't make up their minds and adopt more than one cat or kitten. That's a win-win situation for cats and humans: The cats have a playmate when their human isn't available, and the humans have twice the entertainment and twice the unconditional love.