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You wouldn't ordinarily want to put obstacles in the way of shelter cats getting adopted, but the ones you're seeing in this video help homeless kitties to find loving homes.
"Petunia was a swatter and would swat people for no reason," Lynn Rasys, Cat Depot's spokesperson, said.
Petunia isn't a mean cat: she's smart, and was just bored. And you know how being restless and not fully occupied, mentally and physically, brings out your worst? Same goes for cats.
So Cat Depot decided to keep Petunia's mind -- and paws -- busy with a great big obstacle course that a volunteer fabricated, and set up in one of the shelter's hallways.
"She immediately took to the course easily and would look forward every day to her time running through the tunnel and up and down the stairs," Rasys said. "Once she was finished, we would then encourage her to jump in someone’s lap and get petted. No swatting!"
Cat Depot adopts out about 1,200 cats and kittens every year. The small percentage showing signs of being a little too tightly wound while they're at the shelter -- which is really a nice place; the large cat enclosures all have televisions playing cat-friendly videos, for example -- will get the obstacle course treatment.
(A greater number will participate in Cat Depot's leash training program. That's for cats who have a bit of wanderlust, and those who need to lose a few pounds.)
And it really works. The proof is in the purring.
Rasys points to example after example of cats who were turning off potential adopters with their plucky behavior -- and who, after becoming obstacle course athletes, grew calmer and happier, and therefore more adoptable.
Like Buddy, another former biter, who spent some time at the shelter.
"The agility course was the perfect challenge for him," Rasys said. "Once he had his daily time running and playing the agility course, he was encouraged to sit on someone’s lap and interact with people. He would no longer bite and was eventually adopted."
That goes for Petunia, too.
Stacy McDaniels brought Petunia home around Christmas in 2013. She'd come into Cat Depot looking for a kitten, but staff members asked her to check out Ms. P.
She wound up fostering Petunia for two months, before adopting her on Valentine's Day 2014.
"She is my princess," McDaniels said.
Petunia's name is Sassy now. McDaniels says she lives up to it: "She's sassy!"
They haven't kept up with the obstacle courses, but Sassy has a lot of toys and gets to play a lot, which keeps her active and engaged, and minimizes behavioral problems.
And, sure, Sassy still swats and bites a bit, but she's "come a long way. Now she curls up with you," McDaniels said. "She sleeps with me every single night."
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A rural Tennessee animal shelter is raising money to pay for security cameras after someone apparently broke in and forced two dogs to fight.
Volunteers arrived at the Best Friends Sanctuary in Jamestown, Tennessee, on Sept. 11 to find two dogs, Sam and Bucky, covered in blood and locked together in a cage.
“They look in your eyes, and he’s still breathing, but [there's] blood everywhere,” the shelter's president, Sharon Cravens, told local TV station WATE.
Shelter employees believe someone climbed over the facility's barbed wire fence, unlocked Sam's cage and pushed Sam into Bucky's enclosure.
Brenda Goett, the shelter's treasurer, told The Huffington Post she thinks the dogs may have also been drugged.
"There was vomit in the cages," she said. "Their eyes were dilated."
Bucky was so badly injured that he had to be euthanized.
The Jamestown Police Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Now, a week and a half later, Sam is recovering. Goett told HuffPost that when she saw him this past weekend, he seemed "happy and healthy. He usually does."
Best Friends is trying to recover as well. The shelter, an all-volunteer nonprofit that relies on donations and grants, is now hoping to raise $4,000 to pay for security cameras.
Generous donations have come in -- over $3,800 as of Monday afternoon.
"It's a shame we'll have to spend that $4,000 on equipment when the same money could neuter 80 dogs, or feed hundreds," Goett said. "We will carry on. We have to. There is no [one] else to do it for the animals."
Here's a video tour of Best Friends Sanctuary:
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