Van/Iso

One of the things that the Humane Society has tried to accomplish over the past 5 years is to improve our shelter’s infrastructure so that we can better house animals while they are guests there.

 
Our first recent improvement was to enlarge the interior space, which meant having enough room so that cats can run free over a large area, and making it so that there is sufficient office space separate from any animal areas.  Prior to this the office had been partially occupied by cats held in stainless steel caging, and the cats rarely had a chance to roam.  With the completion of the addition in 2011 cats now have 3 rooms for roaming, and a separate area where those that are entering the shelter for the first time can be quarantined prior to joining the cats in the free roam area.

 
While this greatly improved conditions for both shelter staff and cats, we were still lacking in a good space in which to isolate any sick cats from the rest of the population. We did have a small, interior room with an exterior vent. But the problem was that the sink for the entire cat area was in the sick room and it was impossible to keep sick cats from interacting with well ones.
What to do, what to do?

 
In the summer of 2012 the Lemhi County Humane Society won a Toyota Sienna van in the Toyota 100 Cars For Good contest.  We received the van in the fall, and because we wanted to protect it from the elements, decided to build a parking structure in which to house the van.

Covered Parking

Covered Parking

At the back end of the structure was an enclosed area meant for a storage room.  What we did instead was insulate it, put in electricity, and make it into a totally separate cat isolation room. So, now we can remove sick cats completely from the shelter environment and house them in an outside facility.  Because upper respiratory infections are so common in cats, and because they spread so easily, the sick bay for cats has proved to be a real boon to our efforts to keep cats healthy while in our shelter.

Isolation Room

Isolation Room

 

lchswebblogcat in iso roomThe entire parking structure/cat isolation room was paid for by a generous donation from the estate of Harry and Marietta Shively. These are the parents of current board president, Cindy Phelps.  Both of her parents were avid animal lovers; her mother’s nick name when she was young was ‘Poochie’, because she was always saving some wayward dog.  It was a moniker that continued to describe Marietta her entire lifetime.