Most cats, no matter how sweet and loving in a home, aren’t able to handle the stress of a shelter environment. A typical reaction to being put in a cage is to shut down and try to become invisible, or to become aggressive. It is the minority of cats who can remain happy-go-lucky in an unfamiliar environment surrounded by barking dogs.
Generally, only cats who will make it into adoption in a shelter are those who are relaxed enough to be easily picked up and who are open enough to meeting potential adopters.
Most people interested in adopting from a shelter are looking for confident cats. Cats who are scared or stressed are very unlikely to be adopted, so the shelter is making a logical choice not to make those cats available for adoption.
When rescue groups have room in their programs to pull cats from the shelter, they most always take young and confident cats.
If cats can’t be adopted from the shelter, and rescue groups won’t take them, there is no alternative for the shelter but to euthanize them.
The cats we help in large numbers are those that are considered “unadoptable” by many rescue organizations, because they appear in a shelter to be difficult. The magic of Cat Town is that we go out on a limb to get these cats out of cages and into a safe environment –either a foster home or our cage-free adoption center at the Cat Town Cafe – where the cats can relax and show their true personalities. Our model allows the cats to thrive while waiting for a permanent home, and allows potential adopters to meet the real cat – it’s a win-win for everyone.