When planning our trip to Asheville, NC, I happened to come across the Catman2 Shelter online. After reading more about who they are and what they’re about, I knew we were going to have to stop by for a tour. The shelter is actually about an hour outside of Asheville in a town called Cullowhee and happened to be “on our way.” It was the perfect way start to a wonderful trip!
So what is Catman2?
Let me tell you some fun facts about it…
- Catman2 Shelter is a no-kill shelter that was started by Dr. Harold Sims, a retired college biology professor and his wife, Kay
- It is located adjacent to the Sims’ home in Cullowhee, North Carolina
- They house 60-80 cats at most times of the year
- There are three large cat rooms, each with a large screened and fenced outside porch that the cats can freely come and go to through a cat door
- In the center of the shelter is a kitten play room, complete with a slide, climbing apparatuses and hiding places
- The shelter has one employee – the amazing shelter manager, Kaleb. They also have a few volunteers and fosters
- They offer a range of services to their community, such as low cost & free spay/neuter and vaccines, adoption services, rescue services when space is available, pet food assistance, resources for pet owners, Trap/Neuter/Return (TNR) services, and more
Is the shelter really as good as it sounds? No…
It’s even better!!!
Our Catman2 Tour
When Bobby and I arrived for our tour, we were immediately greeted by Sampson (one of the resident cats) in the driveway. Not too far behind Sampson was Kaleb, the shelter manager. Kaleb welcomed us to the shelter and took us inside. We chitchatted for a few minutes about our cats, only to find out that we both have CH kitties! So of course we bonded over that, sharing photos and swapping wobbly stories. 🙂
Then Kaleb took us around the shelter, introducing us to all of the cats who currently call Catman2 “home.” Something that stood out to me was the fact that Kaleb knew each cat by name. That is no small thing, considering there were roughly 75 cats there at the time! Kaleb knew each one’s name and was able to tell us about their backgrounds and personalities. I was impressed for sure!
Within the shelter there are several different cat rooms, each with their own platforms, multitudes of toys and beds, and access to a catio. There was the kitten room, a couple adult cat rooms, a special-needs room… each full of cats of all shapes, sizes, and colors. Catman2 is home to a wide range of cats, after all – young, old, healthy, special-needs, black, orange, spotted, striped, you name it. To Kaleb, Dr. Sims, and the volunteers of Catman2, they are all the same though. Just cats who need and deserve love and a forever home.
Where do the Catman2 cats come from?
Catman2 pulls cats from the Jackson County Animal Shelter. They would love to be able to help every cat they are asked to take, but they simply do not have the room, the people power, or the funds to be able to do so. They will always listen and offer advice though.
This last year, they achieved an amazing accomplishment! ZERO adoptable cats were euthanized at the Jackson County Animal Shelter this year due to the efforts of Catman2! WOW!
Wondering how you can help the cats of Catman2?
- Sponsor a cat! There are many residents of Catman2 who are considered “sanctuary cats” because they either have medical or behavioral issues that make them “less-adoptable.” Being a no-kill shelter, Catman2 would never euthanize a cat because he or she is old or unadoptable. However, these sanctuary cats still incur expenses that the shelter could use your help covering.You can choose a particular cat to sponsor for a month, six months, or an entire year. Read their stories and find out more about sponsoring a cat here.
- Donate! You can donate financially via check or Paypal through the shelter website. You can also donate specific items from their Amazon wishlist, which includes things like litter, deodorizer, cleaning products, etc. Find out more about how to donate here.
- Comment on this blog post! I will be holding a commentathon to help Catman2, so I will donate $0.50 for every comment left on this blog post (up to $50) between now and January 15, 2018.