While searching for the best place to leave our cats should something happen to us, we visited a Cat Retirement Home called Kitty City in Forked River, New Jersey. They have another facility there called Animal Haven Farm for dogs. Both are for animals who for reasons of abuse, handicap, injury, abandonment, or other unique circumstances, like an owner passing away, need an extra chance at a great life. I remember bawling all the way home that first afternoon because I felt terrible about leaving those cats behind and because I felt terrible about the possibility of one day leaving my own cats scared, lonely, and confused. Ugh. I also left there wanting to spruce up the place somewhat. I knew I wanted to go back to take in my own donations, and I had high hopes that some of the companies I had previously worked with before (when I did product reviews for them) would want to make their own donations. And – yay – I was right!

For us, I had a few toys that I got my cats for Christmas that went over like lead balloons around here, so I knew we’d take them with us. Also, we had recently reviewed the Kitty’scape from Solvit Products, and we made the very hard decision to donate that. Our Eva really enjoyed it, but I just didn’t feel like we had the room for it in this house. I had considered holding onto it until we moved, until the Kitty City trip came up. Luckily for me, Eva forgave me and those cats now have something new to play in. Also, we reviewed Catty Stacks at the end of 2010, and they are still in good shape and are still a house favorite. I decided to buy six of them for Kitty City. We also had a bunch of items from BlogPaws 2013 that we simply decided not to use after all that we ended up donating as well.

As I mentioned, I asked around to other companies I’ve already had the pleasure of working with, and I was thrilled when so many of them graciously responded with their own donations!

1- Dog Is Good (and click here for my previous product review) – donated a $25 gift card to be used online

2- CritterZone (and my product review for this will be posted in September) – donated one of their Air Naturalizer wall units

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3- Himalayan Dog Chew (and click here for my previous product review) – donated two pounds of Bulk Yaky Yam Strength treats and one pound of Yaky Puffs

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4- John Paul Pet (and click here for my previous product review) – donated tearless shampoo, tearless conditioner, oatmeal shampoo, oatmeal conditioning rinse, oatmeal conditioning spray, brushes, flea combs, bandanas, ear & eye wipes, tooth & gum wipes, and full body & paw bath wipes

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5- Fizzion (and click here for my previous product review) – donated a spray bottle with pet stain & odor two tablet pack plus three refills

pet retirement home & shelter donations (for website post)

6- Cats Rule (and click here for my previous product review) – donated two of The Watering Hole Automatic Fresh Water Fountains, several Perfect Litter Mats, and several Space Mats

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7- Hauspanther (and click here for my previous product review) – donated a designer cat toy gift set

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8- Entirely Pets (and click here for my previous product review) – donated two pet beds, several cat toys, and several packages of lattice cat balls

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9- Pawz Dog Boots (and click here for my previous product review) – donated many pairs of their boots in different sizes and colors

pet retirement home & shelter donations (for website post)

10- The Fifth Paw (and click here for my previous product review) – donated two of their products

pet retirement home & shelter donations (for website post)

11- The Cat Ball (and click here for my previous product review) – donated a cat canoe

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12- Creme de la Cat (and click here and here for my previous product reviews) – donated several wand toys and many packages of their catnip toys

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13- Classy Cat Dishes (and click here for my previous product review) – donated money to sponsor a cat

14- The Honest Kitchen (and my product review for this will be posted in three weeks) – donated Wishes treats, but the package was lost in the mail

Mark loaded up his Xterra, and we headed on our way:

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And once we got there, we set things up as the cats played around us:

pet retirement home & shelter donations (for website post)
pet retirement home & shelter donations (for website post)
pet retirement home & shelter donations (for website post)
pet retirement home & shelter donations (for website post)
pet retirement home & shelter donations (for website post)
pet retirement home & shelter donations (for website post)
pet retirement home & shelter donations (for website post)
pet retirement home & shelter donations (for website post)
pet retirement home & shelter donations (for website post)
pet retirement home & shelter donations (for website post)
pet retirement home & shelter donations (for website post)
pet retirement home & shelter donations (for website post)
pet retirement home & shelter donations (for website post)
pet retirement home & shelter donations (for website post)
pet retirement home & shelter donations (for website post)
pet retirement home & shelter donations (for website post)
pet retirement home & shelter donations (for website post)

So, again, I’d like to thank everyone who sent us donations to take. It was a great day! The staff there helped Mark carry everything inside, and the items were immediately divided up by whether they went to the cats or to the dogs. Also, not every cat item went to Kitty City. They have shelters on the premises too that I gave the “okay” to so that some of the toys we brought could be used in those areas as well. I saw a giant cat trying to fit into the Cat Canoe, cats in the Catty Stacks before they were fully put together, and cats trying to rip into the packages from hauspanther & creme de la cat before I could even open them! It was really rewarding, but I also can’t shake the feeling that I’d like to remodel the entire facility from top to bottom for all the animals in every corner of every building there. The bottom line, of course, is that I wish shelters just didn’t even have to exist in any capacity anywhere. That being said, though, I’m grateful that there are such cool environments like Kitty City and Animal Haven Farm. And, as for us, we are visiting another Cat Retirement Home this coming weekend to see about sending our cats to it if something were to happen to us. We’ll be making our final decision soon!



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