New cat under the couch? Here’s a way to make friends with your new feline!

You just brought your new cat home from the SPCA. You’ve set up a room just for them to settle in and get their bearings, with their food, water, litter box, and some toys.  Hooray! But, when you let Kitty out of their carrier, they won’t come out - or they zip right out of the carrier straight under the couch and refuse to come out. What to do? First, don’t panic. This is very typical for cats! Cats derive their sense of security from…

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Success Story: George (now Sam)

George arrived with scrapes on his head, but the friendliest attitude. We took care of his injuries, and thanks to his wonderful personality, George found a home very quickly. George’s new family wanted to be sure that their current cat, Kitty, would accept George into the household. Luckily, in cases like this, we can send a cat home for something called a “foster-to-adopt.” This is a foster period that’s just long enough to confirm that everyone’s going to settle into the new routine. Part way…

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Success Story: Mr. Mix

Mr. Mix arrived at the SPCA of Hancock County in late February 2018. He was thirteen years old and weighed 22.5 pounds. Mr. Mix was not a giant Maine Coon cat, though - he was severely overweight. He had become diabetic, and he had trouble moving around because of his weight. Mr. Mix had been eating in his home before he was surrendered - after all, he had to gain that weight somehow - but he was too stressed at the shelter to eat. It’s…

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Fostering Kittens: How to Get Involved

Are you considering fostering kittens for the SPCA of Hancock County? Here’s how to get started! Our greatest fostering needs for felines are for pregnant/nursing mom cats, and bottle babies. We occasionally have special needs adult cats in need of foster - these can be diabetic cats, cats with behavioral challenges, or other circumstances that cause the cat to be too stressed in the shelter environment. To get started fostering, first look up where our facility is located. (Our address is 141 Bar Harbor Rd.,…

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