The list of finalists for the 2014 Ultimate Cat Shelter Makeover includes Crash’s Landing & Big Sid’s Sanctuary of Grand Rapids. Crash’s Landing is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 2002 by Dr. Jen Petrovich that is “dedicated to finding loving, forever homes for abused, abandoned and neglected cats.
Crash’s Landing is run solely on donations and funds from sponsors and kindhearted individuals.” In existence for 12 years, they house about 260 cats.
Big Sid’s is special because it is one of the largest shelters in the nation which caters exclusively to cats who test positive for FIV or FeLV. FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) and FeLV (Feline Leukemia Virus) are viruses that can, if they flare up, suppress a cat’s immune system.
According to the voting site, one nominator writes: “I volunteered for almost 2 years there, and it is volunteer run and depends on donations to keep open. Dr. Jen Petrovich is the biggest-hearted woman I have ever met. She truly cares for each and every cat that comes into each shelter as though they were own personal pet. She even gives reduced vet care for adopters and volunteers (I have two sister kitties from Crash’s Landing) at the cost of getting paid to see them. She really is a tireless advocate and lover of all of these cats, and everyone who volunteers loves them too. The cats really are well cared for, but if they won this makeover, it would make things even better for the cats and I can’t even imagine how much it would mean to everyone involved in both shelters. Having more than the bare minimum/donated things for the cats would make their quality of life (especially for full time residents) so much more fabulous I really would love for them to win this! It would also make it SO much more inviting to potential adopters; if they feel more comfortable and can see the cats in a really good environment, it can help an adopter to “see” the cat in their own home.
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