Thursday, September 24, 2009

Now Open: The Butterbean Quarantine!

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As most of you know, a big chunk of the money you generously donated to the IBKC fundraiser for our Humane Society went towards the build-out of two cat quarantine rooms. Because of the donations, we officially sponsored one of the rooms, and it has been dubbed "The Butterbean Quarantine".

Just a weeks back, they officially opened the doors. Today I stopped by to see the fully functioning rooms in person, and snap a few pictures to share with you. Shana was there today to give me the full tour.

The rooms are lovely. The walls are painted a pale, watery blue and natural light floods in through the skylights. The rooms feel peaceful and calm. So do the resident cats.

There are 32 cages total in the two rooms. Some are for single cats, others are large enough to house pairs or a family.

The Butterbean Quarantine will be used to hold the healthy owner-surrender cats while they wait for a spot to open up for them at one the satellite adoption stations at PetSmart, Petco or Metropolian Vet. This frees up more space in the main cattery and will keep the owner-surrender cats healthy by keeping them separate from the strays.

Having these rooms up and running is going to make such a HUGE difference at the HS.

So, thank you once again for your amazing support. Just look what you did and think of all the lives you are saving.

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One of the banks of cages in the Butterbean Quarantine

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Butterbean Quarantine resident "Screech" and her "wubbie".

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I'm guessing that's Shana's handwriting.

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Beautiful cow-cat Gussy.

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Gussy gets a little love from Shana.

38 comments:

  1. This is so cool! And it became a reality so fast! I'm so proud of the IBKC and all the wonderful donors who made this happen, and it makes me feel good to have been even a tiny part of it. I love that the Butterbean Quarantine name is official! :)

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  2. what wonderful, lovely lovelies! And yay for a new safe space for them all. Makes a heart glad, for sure.
    christine

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  3. Laurie, your words are so true ~ Butterbean Quarantine is lovely and peaceful. It offers displaced cats a home to relax and feel safe, and to know that they're in good hands before moving onto their new forever homes.

    It was a pleasure to show you around today. On behalf of Screech, Gussy and all the Butterbean Quarantine kitties big and small, thanks to the entire IBKC community for making it a reality.

    And yes, that is my handwriting. How'd ya guess? :)

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  4. Excellent news. And how nice of the Butterbean, to have a name that rhymes with Quarantine! LOL.

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  5. Their Facebook page has the first kittens to be adopted through the Butterbean room!

    http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=124100&id=52678371605&ref=mf

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  6. Great to see how wonderfully everything turned out. Thanks to everyone at the Humane Society and to Laurie for all the hard work!

    I love cow-cats, and I love Charlene (who is "just a tad cross-eyed."

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  7. YAY for the Butterbean Quarantine!
    and YAY-YAY for the IBKC community!

    Not so many yay's for the nickname of BBQ kitties, though! I have to agree with the comment on Facebook on that one!

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  8. If I come to the BB QTEEN can I get a hug from Shana? Huh? Please!

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  9. Yay! And yet, I'm hoping that the empty cages stay that way!

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  10. *sniffles*

    I'm so happy! And the plaque = perfection!!!!! It is perfect, and I can think of no guardian kitty better than Miss Char to oversee all the operations in the beautiful rooms!!! :-D

    I became a facebook fan of the shelter, and I look forward to seeing years of pics of happy kitties inside it!!!

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  11. I'm so glad that the donations made it possible to improve the lives of the owner surrenders. It's so sad to think of what's happened to their lives, so if they have a place to call their own it helps a little.

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  12. Very awesome - hugs to all the quarantined kitties!

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  13. Anne B,,, when it comes to hugs.. Shana's easy.

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  14. Laurie ~ thanks. I think that's a compliment. :)

    Anne ~ I've been saving many hugs just for you!

    Cynthia ~ if you love cow cats, you'll definitely fall for Gussy. She's an angel.

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  15. I know I only played a very small part with my tiny donation, but this makes me feel so good about what we ALL did.

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  16. That is so exciting! I'm so glad everyone together was able to make such a difference. KITTY HUGS!

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  17. Oh this is wonderful! "Quarantine" sounds like no fun, so it's good to see the cats getting attention from Shana. Bless you both.

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  18. This is just wonderful. Made my evening.

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  19. Gussy looks like she could be related to the Holsteins. What a fabulous result of the IBKC fundraising efforts.

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  20. The room is wonderful, of course, but who could surrender those two beautiful kitties? I know that surrenders aren't always really voluntary -- sometimes the owner's life changed in a way that doesn't permit cats -- and I think that's even sadder....

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  21. A life without kitties...I couldn't bear it. Thanks to all the wonderful folks whose time, energy, and money...and love made the Butterbean Q-tine possible. This totally made my day.

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  22. Shanna, how nice to almost meet you!! ;-)

    Laurie, thanks for the pics! It will be so awesome to be able to picture Shanna there as she gives her big kitty reports! (Love me them big kittehs!!)

    And that's a totally awesome plaque! A lovely reminder that a whole lot of people came together to make something wonderful happen. Thanks, Laurie for leading us there!

    Lisa

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  23. Butterbean Quarantine ... a perfect name for a perfect "waiting until" spot that's safe and filled with love. Screech, if I lived a few thousand miles nearer, I'd be in my car heading to the "BQ" room to bring you home with me. Gray tabbies are the absolute best!

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  24. Thanks for sharing the good work. One question - What is a Wubbie???

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  25. super hyper happy..That is fantastic news for the shelter and am so glad to have been part of this...thanks everybody and all the kitties....

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  26. yaaaaaaaaay! love the plaque!

    whenenver i get up to seattle, i'm taking a trip to the butterbean quarantine! my friends will think i'm crazy that i want to go to an animal shelter, but oh well.

    i want gussy, oh lordy!

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  27. Congrats to saving cats!

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  28. Its so wonderful to see what actually happens with money that is donated. So often people give money but don't get to see how it was actually used. LOVE LOVE LOVE!

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  29. Ok - the happy tears have slowed enough so I can write: YAY!!!!!!! This is what it is all about!

    Let me join in the questioning - what is a wubbie? Something to sew? A beanie baby? Would love to get some for the cats in the shelter near us!

    Great to 'almost meet' you Shana - please pass along some proxie cuddles to the kitties for me!

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  30. Meowms eyes are leaking. She couldn't make a donation, but she is so happy so many could. And she just wants to hug those two residents of Butterbean Quarintine.

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  31. Great picture of Butterbean for the plaque. I hope it brings a bit of sunshine for the tragic "owner-surrendered" cats. That's the saddest thing of all. Kitties who once had loving homes being surrendered for any one of a variety of reasons, most of which aren't their fault. I send my hopes out to them they'll get a second chance. My second-chance kitties have been a joy in my household.

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  32. Wubbie = stuffed lovies for kitties. Sue finds wonderful deals at local thrift stores ~ often 25 or 50 cents for a stuffed animal in really good condition. They're all washed and dried before being presented to the kitties.

    We found that most shelter kitties love the company of a soft wubbie, especially when recovering from surgery. Kitties who find a particular attachment to them can take their wubbies home with them. :)

    I encourage everyone to drop by your local shelter or rescue agency and offer a bundle of wubbies. Remove any dangers like googly eyes or ribbons that might harm a kitty ~ they're not always supervised in their cages.

    So look again at Screech's photo, you'll see her soft wubbie keeping her safe and warm. I have a feeling that wubbie will be going home with her.

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  33. Thanks, Shana, for explaining Wubbies - I have two large boxes of beanie babies that I can drop by right away - and then will be on the prowl at thift stores for more toys - East Coast kitties need Wubbies, too!!!

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