Plenty of Room for Cats at Animal Crackers Pet Supply
Since 1994, owners Kate Lindburg and Jim Dagata have worked closely with Heartland Humane Society to find homes for homeless pets. The space allotted to the cats has grown from portable cat carriers to a bank of kennels to an official satellite adoption center, added when the store was expanded in 2010.
“Cats stay at Animal Crackers until they are adopted,” Lindburg and Dagata said. “Our staff is trained to process adoption applications … and we average about two cats adopted out per week.”
Cats in the satellite adoption center are selected by Heartland’s employees.
“We see lots of ‘staff favorite’ cats and special needs/older cats, too,” the owners said, adding that they often hear how the cats are doing once they are adopted. “Because so many of the cats are placed with our loyal customers, we get plenty of ongoing feedback on how they are doing in their new homes.”
Animal Crackers provides the food, litter, bedding, toys, veterinary care and cleaning staff for the cats while they reside at the store, and all adoption fees go straight back to Heartland Humane Society.
“Our customers love having the cats at Animal Crackers; folks often stop by just to visit the cat room,” the owners said. “We have always felt that the expense of the satellite adoption center is more than offset by the goodwill it creates toward the store.”
For more information, visit animalcrackerspetsupply.com.