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ASAP’s New Feline Habitat & Memorial Garden

Imagine walking through a garden surrounded on all sides by CATS! Cats everywhere! Walking in enclosed bridges high above the garden, climbing trees, cavorting through a tunnel system, but all entirely safe from predators or getting lost!! Well, you don't have to imagine any more, because ASAP's shelter cats now have an incredible new playground to enrich their days while waiting for their forever adopters.

Cat bridge

ASAP is thrilled to announce the opening of our new Memorial Garden & Feline Habitat--a very special project that celebrates cats and the people who love them. Generously funded by Marie Morrisroe who was motivated to make a difference in the lives of shelter cats after adopting her own wonderful cat, Peaches, from ASAP. The feline habitat increases ASAP's capacity to get more cats out of their smaller shelter cages, while keeping them safe and allowing more delightful interaction with potential adopters. The Memorial Garden provides human visitors with an entertaining way to engage with the shelter cats, as well as an opportunity to honor a beloved pet with an engraved stone.

Marie plaque
ASAP benefactor Marie Morrisroe with her
dedication plaque and one happy cat.

The ASAP Memorial Garden & Feline Habitat is open during regular shelter hours and we encourage everyone to come for a visit. Bring your coffee and stay for a while--we promise you will be thoroughly enchanted by the feline antics!

Marie treehouse
Marie Morrisroe view the most popular attraction of the new habitat
- the treehouse.




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About ASAP's 2016 Video

Cats cannot speak for themselves, so for the past 27 years, ASAP has been a strong voice for them—consistently and without fail coming to the rescue for those in need. As much as our focus has been on rescuing THEM, over these many years, it’s impossible to ignore how these cats in turn touch our lives. They bring profound joy, comfort, affection, entertainment and companionship—they remind us of our humanity and enrich our lives in countless ways.

Each of the thousands of cats that have passed through ASAP has affected so many people—from the person who might have picked them up as a stray, or an owner who might not be able to keep them and desperately needs to know that they will be safe at our shelter, to our volunteers and staff who care for these cats from the first moment they cross our threshold, to all of our donors and supporters, who give so generously and make everything possible—ALL of our lives have been touched by these cats.

But ASAP is really just the beginning of the story— because each of these cats now has a person, a place to call home—together they make a family. Each of these families has a story. Tonight’s video honors the relationship between our ASAP cats and the people who adopt them. There are so many ASAP stories—always heartwarming, and “cats being cats”, never boring!! But sometimes these stories are truly life-saving, as in the case of Lyell & Stanley.

We are privileged to share Lyell & Stanley’s story in our 2016 video—it is unique and very special, and we are grateful to Lyell Holmes Taylor for opening his heart and sharing his experience so honestly.