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Local Hero – Two groups joining forces for cats of all ages

Clowder House FoundationAnimal lovers work together to increase animal adoptions

In 1994, Diane Hurwitz’s mother passed away, and left her cats in Hurwitz’s care. The death of her mother got Hurwitz thinking: What happens to pets after their guardians are gone?

It was soon after that event that Hurwitz founded the Clowder House Foundation. The organization’s mission is to take in elderly and sick cats, who are typically not deemed as highly adoptable, and offer them a lifetime filled with love and companionship.

Hurwitz, who has maintained a separate full-time job, in addition to running the Clowder House, understands that there is strength in numbers. It is for that reason that she has decided to join forces with The Cat Network, a shelter that has existed through the help of foster homes, and had no physical building of their own.

“The Cat Network has a much higher rate of adoptions,” Hurwitz says. “I wanted to provide them with an actual office to do their adoptions.”

Hurwitz sees nothing but advantages by the two shelters joining forces. Both of these groups now have more resources, which will lead to higher adoption numbers all around.

Hurwitz, who also has pets of her own, acknowledges that running an organization such as this is demanding and often times relentless.

“There just isn’t enough time to do it all. I should just move in here with my pets, since I’m here so often,” she says laughing. “Although rewarding, it is still tiring.”

Clowder House FoundationClowder House is a no-kill, cage free shelter, which is all volunteer run.

“I have been so lucky to have such loyal volunteers. We are like our own little family,” Hurwitz says with a smile.

The Clowder House holds two big annual events, one being their unique and popular cook-off competition, which draws quite a crowd. The two organizations will continue to do separate fundraising, but now there is a gift shop adjoining the shelters, and the proceeds will help both groups. The two organizations are also working on opening an on-site veterinary office, with a low-cost spay/neuter clinic.

The work Hurwitz does for the animals is rewarding, and she has been humbled by the support for, and success of, her program. Her dream is to continue to expand so she can help even more cats who are in desperate need of loving homes.

To learn more visit ClowderHouse.org.

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