Fargo, West Fargo, and Moorhead made history in 2013. Animals lovers are now calling them the "no kill cities." For the first time ever no adoptable cats or dogs were euthanized at the pound. It's all thanks to the rescue teams around the area.
These cold winters take a toll on cats in the area.
Gail Adams-Ventzke, Executive Director of Cat's Cradle in Downtown Fargo loves taking in stray cats. Bishop was found stranded under the hood a car, and that's why he only has a half a tail. "It was march, and it was cold, we were having a blizzard," she explains, "And he had crawling up in there, and obviously he either got his tail in the fan belt, or it was frozen we are not sure what happened."
Since then Bishop lives there, awaiting a permanent home. 99% of the furry little guys at cat's cradle, are rescued from pounds in the area.
"There was a couple scary times this summer because we were locked down a couple times," says Adams-Ventzke, "For various reasons where we were not able to adopt out as many as we thought we could, and we kept taking them in, and it got pretty scary."
If animals are left at a pound for longer than a couple days they are euthanized, but the rescues in town took in every single adoptable cat and dog. "That's a ground breaking year for us," says Adams-Ventzke. But, this major feat didn't come without hard work.
"60 hours a week, Adams-Ventzke says while laughing, "For a couple of us."
For Luv of Dogs, The F-M Humane Society, volunteers, and the whole community made sure none of these animals were put down.
"Everybody has a huge part, right down to the people that come in and scoop our litter boxes," says Adams-Ventzke, "Every single volunteer that we have is precious to us, every dime that is donated to us in precious, we need every single one of them."
It's been a record breaking year for saving animals lives, they just hope next year will be even better.
The generosity of volunteers and donors helped cat's cradle rescue these fur balls. They are 100% donation and adoption fee-based, but now they're at capacity. Many more animals need loving homes.
Cat's Cradle Website: http://catscradleshelter.org/index.html
Cat's Cradle Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/CatsCradleShelter