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A Peaceful Refuge

By Maryann Mott

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You won’t see cats cowering in cages at the Washington Animal Rescue League. The nonprofit organization’s antiquated shelter in downtown Washington, D.C., recently underwent a $4 million renovation, with every detail designed from the animals’ point of view to promote healing and well-being.

There’s an abundance of natural lighting, special playrooms and privacy nooks. Flowing water and music transform living areas into calm, soothing atmospheres. The renovation’s impact on the animals’ behavior was almost immediate. Caretakers noticed cats were less stressed and fearful of people and each other, says executive director Scotlund Haisley.

**Get the March 2008 issue of CAT FANCY to read the full article.**

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Kelly    Haiku, HI

2/25/2008 2:17:42 AM

We have done a lot of rescues and fostering on Maui for two organization, Feline Foundation of Maui and 9th Life Hawaii. Both of these groups are in serious need of funding, supplies, and volunteers. It would be awesome if your magazine could do a feature article on both of these organizations (seperately) to assist with the challenges faced here every day. If you would like to contact me, please do at

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