In their care: Animal shelter renovations improve future pets’ quality of life

Grass Valley Animal Control Officer Caralyn Figone interacts with one of the half dozen cats that now use the new outdoor/indoor “catio” made possible with the help of Rational Animal. The space was remodeled out of some dog kennels and features perches and spaces for cats to sit on or explore.

Housing may be hard to find for humans in Nevada County, but recovered lost or disowned animals under the care of the staff at the Grass Valley-Nevada City Animal Shelter have just increased their quality of life.

The shelter — at 556 Freeman Lane No. B — is currently home to five cats and 10 dogs, Animal Control Officer Caralyn Figone said.

In their care: Animal shelter renovations improve future pets’ quality of life

Grass Valley Animal Shelter kennel technician and office assistant Jessica Patrick holds one of the cats available for adoption at the shelter’s Freeman Lane location, where an indoor/outdoor “catio” has been built.

In their care: Animal shelter renovations improve future pets’ quality of life

Susan Brandt of Rational Animal shows off some of the cat hammocks that were made to hang from the fence of the former dog kennels that the new “catio” has been made into. Cats available for adoption at the animal shelter can now spend time indoors and outdoors as they await adoption.

In their care: Animal shelter renovations improve future pets’ quality of life

Grass Valley Police Lt. Joe Matteoni, from left, Susan Brandt of Rational Animal, and Jessica Patrick and Caralyn Figone of the Grass Valley Animal Shelter, stand next to the finished “catio” at the animal shelter, made possible through fundraising efforts from Rational Animal.

In their care: Animal shelter renovations improve future pets’ quality of life

One of the many cats available for adoption wakes up from his cat nap last week at the shelter off Freeman Lane.