Grand reopening of the uptown porch
On your mark, get set, go!!!
Uptown porch fully furnished.
It all started with a few cracked tiles. The
inside part of the Uptown section of the
sanctuary was tiled when it was originally built
more than ten years ago. With all the wear and
tear over the years, it was inevitable that
things would start to wear out. But when you
have a couple dozen cats sharing an area, and
that area is mopped and cleaned every day, a few
little cracks in the tile can become a major
problem in a hurry if the problem isn't
corrected. And like most home repairs, it turned
out to be a bigger repair than we first thought.
The screen porch section of Uptown wasn't tiled
when it was first built - due to the cost, it
was left as a wooden deck. That wood deck was
really hard to keep clean with more than a few "litterbox-challenged"
kitties occupying it over the years. And when it
did get cleaned, water and debris would drip
down onto the area below which was used by the
Outback kitties. As the wood began to show signs
of serious wear, it became clear that this room
needed to be tiled too.
Until recently we would have been
at a loss for how to deal with this - it's been
an ongoing challenge the past few years just to
keep our kitties fed, cared for, and the
sanctuary kept clean. But lately we've felt such
a surge of support - both financially and
emotionally - from so many new friends that we
decided to take a leap of faith and ask for your
help. And we were so confident of your help that
we began work on this project even as our first
calls for your support were just going out.
Your response has been overwhelming and
heartwarming beyond our wildest dreams! We just
announced the "Tiles Across the Miles" project
on Monday, and five days later we have received
enough support from you to pay for the entire
project! And we're certain that it's no mere
coincidence that Friday, just as your tile
sponsorships were pouring in to meet our goal,
that the work was being completed. After being
cooped up in half their normal space for the
past week, our Uptown kitties were turned
loose on their newly tiled porch to check it
out. And it is BEAUTIFUL! Besides being solid
and easy to clean, it has really brightened up
the look of the screen porch compared to the old
dark and deteriorating wood floor. All the
broken tiles on the inside porch have been
replaced too, and the floor is all set now for
many years to come.
This would simply have not been possible without
your help. And what's even more heartwarming
than the glow of your support has been seeing
all the wonderful dedications on the tiles you
have sponsored. We'll soon have a plaque made
that will be permanently displayed on the porch
that you helped to build, and we'll see all your
heartfelt tributes every day as we continue to
provide lifetime care to all the little angels
at our sanctuary. There simply aren't adequate
words to say how much we appreciate your
support, and how uplifting it has been to be the
recipients of all of your expressions of caring.
Shadow Cats is much more than a few volunteers
caring for our kitties - it's all of us
together, literally across the globe, united in
our love for not just these cats but all cats
everywhere. We are honored to be a part of a
community of such wonderful people!