Partners form non-profit cat rescue organization

Second Chance Cats of West Michigan is renovating a building at 1120 Knapp St. NE, Suite B, in Grand Rapids, which will house a cat shelter. Courtesy of SCCWM

Two local women have founded a non-profit cat rescue organization in Grand Rapids that will house and adopt injured, neglected and stray cats.

Laura Moody and Jody Newman said on Wednesday they created a nonprofit, Second Chance Cats of West Michigan (SCCWM), which is currently seeking 501 (c) 3 status and renovating a building at 1120 Knapp St. NE, Suite B , in Grand Rapids, which will house a cat shelter.

They hope to open the shelter by July 1.

Moody said the driving force behind their idea to start a nonprofit came when a couple of local cat rescuers recently shut down their adoption programs, and she and Newman saw the need for a center. adoption in the Grand Rapids area. Newman has rescued and rehabilitated cats for 42 years, while Moody has worked in cat rescue and medical care for eight years.

While construction is underway, the rescue volunteer group has helped care for the cats, process adoption applications, or install drywall.

“We have a great community of people doing the Return-Castrated Trap, or TNR,” Moody said. “It is the practice of human control of the feline population. Wild cats that have not had human contact are usually humanly trapped, taken to a veterinarian to be spayed or neutered, and then returned to the colony to live out their lives. This is the best option for them, as they will not be happy in a house surrounded by humans. “

Sometimes however, Moody has said that friendly cats do meet in these colonies. They lack the skills to live outdoors and often find themselves in a difficult state. SCCWM intervenes and integrates chats into its program. Rescue’s mission is to make cats healthy and adopt them into homes forever, giving them a second chance at life. The SCCWM also works with the municipal shelter to accommodate cats at risk of euthanasia due to space or behavior.

“We’re ready to give these friendly cats who may have lost trust in humans the time and space to learn to trust again,” Moody said.

A list of her adoptable cats, along with the rescue’s construction progress, can be found on her Facebook and Instagram pages.

Anyone interested in helping with the care of the cats and the construction of the building can donate through Second Chance Cats’ GoFundMe page.

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