Local cat shelter due to shut down will leave many animals without a much needed home

Story by Alyssa Gross


Have you ever wanted a cat? Maybe this is the “purrfect” opportunity to find a best friend that you need, or maybe convince your parents to let you help these cats. The Friends Forever, a Cat Sanctuary in Auburn, is closing very soon, and these little feline friends need your help. If you are a fellow cat lover, go adopt a cat. The owner of The Friends Forever, a Cat Sanctuary, Shirley Hartford explained that the shelter will be closing on December 31, 2018. Hartford stated, ”We are closing
the shelter because we are retiring,” but then she goes into more depth by saying, “There is no person that would take over the shelter and we don’t have the funding to continue and/or pay a manager and other staff.” The Friends Forever, a Cat Sanctuary was started in September of 2008 and has been located in the same spot. There was also a thrift shop that opened in 2012 by Hartford. Since then, many cats have been adopted. Hartford stated, “People can adopt cats during our normal business hours, Tu – Sa 11-4.” Now that this shelter is closing Auburn will only
have one other cat shelter. The Placer SPCA will be open and might get some of these cats that could not be adopted in time. Volunteered time and money to help run and possibly build a foundation to support the Friends Forever, a Cat Sanctuary could have helped majorly. At this time there are 140 cats and kittens that need homes! 140 is a big number and The Friends Forever, a Cat Sanctuary needs your help. Will the shelter be able to adopt out all of those cats? Only time will tell.This is a possibility though, the community just needs to help and save the cats.