Kitty Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Cats founder and Headmistress Shawn Simons says, “I’m kind of a bizarre animal advocate.”
“I didn’t grow up with animals. I wasn’t particularly an animal lover.”
However, all of that seemed to change when her new house had a feral unsprayed cat living in its backyard.
“She was dropping babies in our yard right and left. I started finding homes for the kittens and couldn’t believe how fast the next litter would come.”
And so, Simons went to a conference Best Friends Animal Society, where she learned lots about the rescue community.
“I went to the Best Friends conference as an individual”, she adds, “and came out as an organization.”
And, with seemingly the snap of a finger, Kitty Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Cats was born.
The mission of Kitty Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Cats is quite simple: “to provide all cats able to adjust to indoor life with a warm and loving lifelong home, while providing those cats who need to continue living outdoors with a caring colony manager, assuring all cats, lap or otherwise, a humane and happy existence.”
Kittens are normally socialized before 8 weeks old, but Kitty Bungalow is a bit different.
“We socialize kittens up to 4 months old, no questions asked.
“They are still kittens and they can still be reached. We can go older than 4 months with temperament testing. We’ll take in older strays if we see that they are open to making contact.”
“When I first started,” Shawn recounts, “I knew nothing about animal behavior. I used to think that when a cat hissed at me it was aggression. But what I’ve come to learn is that it isn’t aggression; it’s 100% anxiety.”
Kitty Bungalow has now been in operation for 6 years and has socialized and facilitated adoptions for well over 1,100 cats.
Good for them!
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