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Jaffrey’s Kitty Rescue renovations near completion

  • Kitty Rescue in Jaffrey is hosting a grand pre-opening house on Saturday to show off the progress of the renovations.

  • Kitty Rescue in Jaffrey is hosting a grand pre-opening house on Saturday to show off the progress of the renovations.



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Wednesday, September 05, 2018 4:0PM

The renovations at Kitty Rescue in Jaffrey are nearing completion and everyone is invited to check out the progress this Saturday.

The shelter will host a grand pre-opening at the 11 Plantation Drive facility from noon to 4 p.m., with tours of the mostly redone first floor, raffles and refreshments. Cats will be available to meet and begin the adoption process, which can also take place during normal operation hours from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will also be kittens to play with.

“We’re probably about 85 percent complete,” said Heidi Bourgeois, adoption manager and founder of the no-kill shelter. “Most of the downstairs is complete – or should be by the time people walk in the door on Saturday.”

After signing a 15-year lease to remain in the shelter’s longtime location last fall, the process of renovating the entire 4,000-square foot space to meet the needs of a building that was not built with being a shelter in mind. The intention was to have the construction completed by the spring, but a few hiccups along the way extended the time line.

“We ran into a few snags because of the building process,” Bourgeois said. “It was never meant to be a shelter, so it had to be torn down to the studs.”

The goal now is to finish the remaining portion of the project by the annual open house slated for the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

In August of 2015, the shelter was asked to find a new location by the owner of the building, and donations totaling around $120,000 were collected to help facilitate the move. But with the ability to stay in the space that had been home for the previous 15 years, those funds were used for the renovations.

Waterproof flooring, washable walls and new LED lighting has been installed. Glass doors and large windows between rooms were added.

“People who come in can’t believe the change,” Bourgeois said.

But the shelter is still in need of more funding to finish everything on the list, including the second floor feral cat area.

“We need to raise a tiny bit more money because we run solely on donations,” Bourgeois said. “Just to get over the hump.”

The shelter currently houses just more than 100 cats and kittens.

“That’s a comfortable number for us,” Bourgeois said.

For more information, visit kittyrescueandadoption.org.