Thursday, August 14, 2008

Whisker City, Shoreline's own cat rescue

Nestled on a quiet suburban Shoreline street, you will find Whisker City, a little haven for neglected and abused cats. Or perhaps you've seen one of the Whiskers on Wheels (aka WOW) buses around town. Founded by auctioneer April Brown, Whisker City has been finding homes for cats for 17 years. The WOW bus, filled with up to 22 kitties at a time, parks in front of pet stores and other businesses, and invites folks in to see the potential adoptees. A non-profit, all-volunteer organization, Whisker City places hundreds of cats in new homes every year. They take overflow from other shelters, and provide life-long homes for cats that can't be adopted.

You can visit the Whiskers on Wheels bus every Saturday at the Petco on Aurora and 205th, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. - and who knows; maybe you'll find your new best friend there!

Recently, thanks to a grant from
Maddie's Fund, a pet rescue foundation, and annual fundraiser The Sacred Cat Ball, Whisker City was able to buy a new WOW bus, and they're now looking to hire a driver for the bus, five days a week. Visit their website for more information about the job. And if you'd like to donate time, money or supplies to help the cats, they'd be more than welcome! Volunteers are needed for these tasks:

  • The Sacred Cat Ball Dinner Auction (April 18, 2009 Lynnwood Convention Center)
  • Cleaning at the shelter (2-4 hours per week-any day from 9-4)
  • Shooting Video of the cats and kittens
  • Taking pictures of the cats and kittens
  • Maintaining the Whisker City PetFinder site
  • Grooming Cats
  • Foster care
  • Playing with Cats and Kittens
  • Sewing Pet Beds (24" X 24" fleece pads)
  • Gardening and maintaining property
  • Writing short articles for the newsletter about our adopters and cats
  • Helping to create alliances with businesses for ongoing financial support
If you'd like to help with any of these things, please contact April – you can email her via this form on the Whisker City website, or by calling 206-542-0947. I think that playing with cats and kittens sounds like a particularly fun way to help!

Link to: Whisker City's
Link to: the cats currently available for adoption from Whisker City, on
Link to:
information about the yearly Sacred Cat Ball fundraiser auction (the next one will be April of 2009).

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