Shelter gets upgraded cat room

Shelter gets upgraded cat roomBy BRIAN COSNER

News Review Staff Writer

Felines without families can now rest easy in a brand-new cat facility at the Ridgecrest Animal Shelter. Chief Jed McLaughlin announced the cat room’s completion at last week’s Ridgecrest City Council meeting.

“If you weren’t there before, there were cats everywhere,” said McLaughlin. “Cages were stuffed in corners, there just wasn’t enough room.”

Now the cats have 64 modern, climate controlled, ventilated “cat condos” with attached litter rooms.

“It provides a healthy environment and should immensely reduce the sicknesses that can travel through feline compounds,” said McLaughlin. “And they’re waiting for you to come get them.”

The new development is the result of contributions from Animal Control Supervisor Mary Stage, the IWV Humane Society, Horton Construction and various donations — including a sizable contribution from the late Marcia Thigpen.

Thigpen taught German for decades at Burroughs High School and was a long-time supporter of the shelter, said McLaughlin.

“She adopted numerous pets from the shelter and would pay vet bills and help people get their pets taken care of if they had medical issues,” he said. “On the building will forever be a plaque dedicated to her and what she did for our community.”

The animal shelter is planning a grand opening for the facility on Feb. 21 at 1:30 p.m.

Story First Published: 2019-01-25