By Russell Hixson
STILLWATER, Okla. —
Tiny Paws Kitten Rescue plans to begin renovations on its permanent home this month.
Tiny Paws Director Holly Chapples said the rescue has raised just under $70,000 of its $100,000 goal to pay for renovations on a building the city has agreed to let it use for free.
Before the rescue can use the building, it must be brought up to code meaning thousands of dollars for repairs.
Tiny Paws takes in neonatal orphan kittens from the city and residents. The kittens require around the clock bottle feeding and care that no other organization has the time or resources for. Without Tiny Paws, the orphaned kittens would either die in the wild or be euthanized.
The rescue has been operated from Chapples’ home for the past eight years. Late last year, it began to reach its capacity and needs a more permanent home to continue taking new kittens.
Chapples said the rescue plans to begin construction on the roof of the facility but is waiting for better weather. The facility is located at at the intersection of Lowry Street and West Ninth Avenue.
"To say I am excited is an understatement," Chapples said.
The rescue is nearing its goal thanks to two $10,000 donations in Stillwater. The most recent one came from the Brown Foundation. Another came from the Buel Staton Trust.
Tiny Paws has used a mail campaign and connected with supporters to raise the funds. The building needs plumbing, roofing, heating/air, floor and other work to be done. Tiny Paws Board Member Dee Dutt said while the rescue is approaching its goal there is still support needed in the form of donations and volunteering.
Those interested in helping Tiny Paws Kitten Rescue can contact Chapples at 405-612-0071.