Animal Allies Introduces New Outdoor Enrichment Spaces

A New Cat Catio, Doggie Agility and Play Yard Unveiled at Animal Allies Humane Society in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – For the past few months construction has been a common sight and sound at Animal Allies Humane Society in Duluth.

Now, official ribbons are cut and outdoor adventures just became a little more exciting.

“Oh my gosh, this is awesome! I wish that I had something at home like this for my cat,” said Michelle Sternberg, Marketing and Communications Manager at Animal Allies. “This really is the direction that animal welfare care is going.”

For contractor Greg Billman, it didn’t take long to know he wanted to work with Animal Allies.

“These animals need somebody to look out for them,” said Billman. “I love seeing the animals out here and watching the cats jump around on the playground is pretty neat.”

He and his team of finished carpenters worked hard to build the new Cat Catio, a trend in the animal world his mother first introduced him to.

“She has seen the idea on a morning show that the newest craze is building ‘Catios’ not patios,” said Billman.

Money raised for the Cat Catio and Outdoor Doggie Agility and Play Yard came from generous donors in the community along with funds raised from the 2016 Fur Ball. A grant in the amount of $10,000 dollars was also acquired from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

The new addition came with a pricetag $27,000 dollars.

“It was a lot of work out of the gate but it has worked out so well,” said Nicole Facciotto, Animal Enrichment Coordinator at Animal Allies. “I’m really happy!”

Work on the two projects started this summer, now, Facciotto is happy to be utilizing the new outdoor doggie area cat catio.

“At first I was out here with my little tape measure trying to figure everything out,” said Facciotto. “It’s really nice for those highly active dogs that need a little something more to do.”

From basic obedience training to everyday fun, staff say the animals now have more to look forward to during their short lived stay at the shelter.

“It’s really important for us to have something new for the animals to do, we always want to be moving forward and trying something different,” said Facciotto.

Click here to learn more information on building your own Cat Catio.

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