SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — C.A.R.E Animal Rescue is opening Springfield’s first cage-free dog shelter Saturday.
The shelter is still putting the finishing touches on lighting and room furnishings, which include dog beds and toys. C.A.R.E told KOLR10 it’s sacrificing the number of animals it can house, in order to improve the quality of life.
Samantha Schraml remembers her first time visiting the shelter, which already has a cage-free cat area.
“It almost made me cry because they’re all cage free you just get to walk into the rooms,” she said.
Schraml plans to adopt one of C.A.R.E.’s cage-free kittens from a building that, on Saturday, will adjoin Springfield’s first cage-free dog rescue. Anna Yendes, in charge of C.A.R.E.’s communications, couldn’t be more excited for the animals.
“It can be kind of lonely to live in a cage,” she said.
A room, though, leaves space for people like Schraml, who might need to start paying rent.
“I’ve been here, this week, probably two or three times,” Schraml said.
But Schramel’s not the only one doing it.
“Yesterday I was here and there was this girl just sitting in there,” Schraml said. “They were all over her, like there was one on her shoulder, one on her lap.”
The only cages left after Saturday will be used for animals who have just had surgery.
“Dogs get what we call kennel stress. And they will display behaviors that they wouldn’t normally display, like excessive barking or destructiveness, because they have anxiety, or they’re bored, or they’re lonely,” Yendes said.
Take our KOLR10 crew’s word: the the cage-free cats did not seem stressed. The cats did everything from getting tangled in the KOLR10 mic cord, to adopting our photojournalist.
It might seem like a big jump for a little kitty, but it’s a jump that C.A.R.E. is hoping their dogs will take too.
The grand opening event on Saturday starts and 10 a.m. and goes until 4. There will be raffles, games, and of course, dogs. C.A.R.E. says most of the animals are available for immediate adoption, but all of them require some paperwork, and some, a home visit.