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The American Cat's mission is simply to eliminate the needless euthanasia of cats and kittens due simply to their being homeless, to provide safe and loving sanctuary until homes can be found, and to help to create a no-kill society for all animals through aggressive sterilization and heightened public awareness throughout the United States.
The American Cat, originally named The Oregon Cat Project, was founded in 2010 and is a 501(c)(3) non-profit feline advocacy currently operating in the states of Oregon, Hawaii, & Nevada.
It's a Different Kind of Cat House for the Las Vegas Valley
Homeless cats and kittens have a new friend in town as The American Cat continues its expansion across the western United States into Southern Nevada. Currently with programs in Oregon and Hawaii, The American Cat aims to become the largest non-profit no-kill advocate and rescuer of cats and kittens in the LV valley. Director, Dana Lionel, a native Las Vegan, says it is so exciting to bring the program that she created 3 short years ago home to so many cats in need. Solving the overpopulation crisis here in Southern Nevada consists of several components, including adoption, fostering, education, and most importantly sterilization. Adoption is our first step as we have more than six adoption sites coming on board in the next couple of months with the beautiful Petco store in the Anthem area of Henderson, leading as our flagship later this month.
Cats have always gotten a bad rap. There are so many myths about cats out there that are simply not true. They are truly misunderstood - we hope to help change their image. Locations are also being scouted for The American Cat's new adoption center which will house our adoptable cats and kittens, a low cost spay and neuter clinic, a behavioral center, a dog and cat food bank, and retail store.
According to the American Humane Society in 2012, 70% of all cats entering shelters in this country are euthanized. We at TAC (that's CAT backwards) have a shelter transfer program that takes cats and kittens from kill shelters who euthanize healthy animals for space. Currently, cats whose time is running short, are taken from overcrowded shelters in Oregon and Washington and adopted out through The American Cat. We have also had great success with the cats who come to us from kill shelters in the Hawaiian Islands. People come specifically to meet and adopt our Hawaiian cats. We have some of the only adoptable cats in the country that come with frequent flyer miles, jokes Lionel.
Cats in the Vegas Valley will not be the only beneficiary of The American Cat's Arrival, the organizations food bank will also benefit hungry dogs. Lionel states "the inability to feed ones animal is one of the leading causes people surrender their animals to shelters". People, especially the elderly, forgo their dinner so their beloved cat or dog can eat. We aim to provide food for the county's under-served pets, hopefullyincluding a mobile unit that will travel to neighborhoods in need.
The American Cat is currently seeking donations, volunteers, and the efforts of all cat lovers to help make this a giant success.
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