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Founder, manager of Jaffrey cat shelter: ‘I’m feeling great’ about future

  • Monadnock Kitty Rescue and Adoption in Jaffrey has found a potential spot to move to and will now seek town approval for the move.  Ledger-Transcript file photo

  • Monadnock Kitty Rescue and Adoption in Jaffrey has found a potential spot to move to and will now seek town approval for the move.  Ledger-Transcript file photo

  • Monadnock Kitty Rescue and Adoption in Jaffrey has found a potential spot to move to and will now seek town approval for the move.  Ledger-Transcript file photo



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, July 03, 2017

Jaffrey’s Monadnock Kitty Rescue and Adoption is one step closer to having a new space.

The no-kill nonprofit cat sanctuary and adoption center has found a new place to house its population of nearly 100 cats, pending town approval and other steps, according to founder Heidi Bourgeois, in a phone interview Thursday afternoon. 

“I’m feeling great, hopefully there’s an end in site,” said Bourgeois, who said she is negotiating an agreement for a space at the Unity building on Knight Street, less than a mile from the shelter’s current location on Plantation Drive. 

Bourgeois said the first step will come next week when she meets with a plumber to determine how much it will cost to get water to the space, which is built like a warehouse, according to Bourgeois. If the cost isn’t too much, Bourgeois said the next step is to meet with the town’s planning and zoning boards for approval. 

With a tentative plan in place, Bourgeois said her current landlord has given Kitty Rescue an extension until the end of September to finalize everything. Bourgeois said she is hoping to work out a long-term lease at the new location to ensure that any money spent outfitting the new location will work in the cats’ favor. 

“I don’t want to put a bunch of money into a building unless I know we will be there for a while,” said Bourgeois. 

Overall, Kitty Rescue has raised over $120,000 to date, with Bourgeois hoping to keep the cost of the project around $100,000. The space Bourgeois is looking into is a warehouse, which will require rooms, windows and other things to be built inside the space. 

This year alone, Bourgeois said Kitty Rescue has adopted out 76 cats and has 98 in house. At any given time, Bourgeois said about two-thirds to three-quarters of the cat population is feral, with many of those cats likely to never be adopted out. 

Last August, Kitty Rescue and Adoption was given until the end of 2016 to move out of its current facility. The landowner gave Kitty Rescue a six month extension to start 2017 at double the rent, according to Bourgeois. 

Kitty Rescue is a no-kill cat sanctuary and adoption center for adoptable and feral cats. The center is staffed completely by volunteers and often takes donations for food, litter and other needs for the animals. Bourgeois said the center is also looking for volunteers at this time. 

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com. He is also on Twitter @nhandyMLT.