The Helen Sanders cat facility in Seal Beach is set to open it’s rooms to cats and kittens in the coming weeks. The ribbon cutting for the facility, that has been 7 years in the making, was held on July 8, 2012 with city council, community members & donors present.
The new facility is 2400 sq/ft and features 12 rooms for cats and kittens (3 of which are isolation rooms for the sick), commercial laundry facility, two restrooms and a socialization room. The socialization room allows families to meet 1 to 1 with animals they are considering for adoption to get to know them better.
Dee Carey, Director of the Seal Beach Animal Care Center, was kind enough to give me a tour of the new Helen Sanders cat facility and answered some questions about what makes it so special. The idea was conceived all the way back in 2005 when Dee became involved with the animal care center and realized the need for additional housing to accommodate the shelters swelling cat population.
Funding for the construction of the new facility took place primarily from 2010 to the present day with donations from over 146 individuals and organizations and totaled over $400,000. On the date of our tour, no cats had yet been moved into the new facility. Dee explained that directors and volunteers were ironing out the final logistics of transferring all 127+ cats from their neighboring facility.
Several sheds converted to rooms presently house a large percentage of the center’s cat population. Dee explained that once the transfer of cat’s to the Helen Sanders facility is complete that these structures will be removed.
Pictures, such as the one below along with other decorations already lovingly adorn the hallways of the Helen Sanders cat facility ready to welcome it’s new occupants. Dee explained that the transfer should be completed by August 1, 2012 pending some final fence installation around the outdoor areas.
During my tour it was hard not to recognize how passionate the volunteers that maintain the animal care center are for all of the pets. Although Dee is retired from her job at the City of Los Angeles, she has managed to see this project through completion. Dee described the experience in her own words… “my retirement has become much more stressful than my job ever was – I devote all of my time to the Seal Beach Animal Care Center, as a Board Member and cat volunteer”.
The next time you are thinking about bringing a pet into your family’s life, stop by the center or visit www.sbacc.org first. There are so many furry little friends waiting to meet you that you’ll surely leave with a new companion. And in doing so you will make friends with the volunteers of the Helen Sanders cat facility for life.