Shelter Cats

Catification Continues!


Simba is relaxing in a wall hammock during his exploration of PAWS’ new Show Room.


The Show Room is in the lobby of the shelter where people enter and wait to be helped. Here you see it empty, while several volunteers were painting and cleaning it up.


AFTER! A tree decal has been applied to the wall, and shelves, nesting cups, and the wall hammock installed.


Here’s the side view. You can see the sisal covered shelves along the window and the stairs up to them.


My husband Rick Wetzel designed, built, and installed all these things. And our favorite photograph of our Tommie hangs above on the right.

Tommie wasn’t a PAWS cat, but we hope that people who adopt shelter cats everywhere will enjoy the kind of long loving life that we had with him.


UPDATE: Simba has been adopted!

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7 years ago

Wow, how beautiful, love the catification! And how special that Tommie’s picture will hang there. Happy Easter to you!

7 years ago

This truly is fantastic, just wonderful. Kudos to your hubby and to all involved in this project. It really will showcase the cats waiting for their forever homes, and it’s so much healthier for them to have a space like this, than to be confined 24/7 to cages. Well done!

P.S. Happy Easter too!

7 years ago

Wonderful! The showcase room is fantastic, Maggie and Rick! Thank you, from us AND the PAWS Cats. 🙂

Happy Easter!

7 years ago

I think it is so wonderful that Tommie is watching over the place. That is an amazing room!

7 years ago

Wow, that is one beautiful room. How great to do all that and especially having Tommy’s picture in there. Good stuff.

7 years ago

We love it! Paws up!!

7 years ago


Very cool… and it shows off the cats in an ideal way.



S Hall
7 years ago

This looks a Kitty Palace!
My kitties are jealous, they want a Rick!

Love that color coordinated Simba showing the place off.
Vanna better watch out, he may be turning her letters soon.
He has flare, hope someone takes him home soon.
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7 years ago

Oh wow! What a super wonderful catification! I love love love everything. Your husband is very talented! It’s wonderful Tommie is watching over shelter kitties. Such environment will help kitties feel more confident and give potential adopters chance to see kitties being more themselves 🙂
Only one problem – kitties feel so comfortable and pleasant that they may not want to leave PAWS 🙂

7 years ago

I am glad that the cats have such a nice place while they are waiting for forever homes.

7 years ago

This is SO beautiful… and what fun for the kitties too!
You both inspire me so much! How wonderful and generous to share your time and talents for the shelter cats. Not only do the cats love it, I would imagine when potential adopters visit, this kind of environment makes them want to bring a kitty home even more!

7 years ago

Great job you guys, those cats aren’t going to want to leave! xoxo

Gail Karlitz
7 years ago

So great!
Maybe you should have a page of instructions for the adopters so they can catify their homes a little bit for their new furbabies.

7 years ago

I love what you all do with PAWS! I wish Cat Care would do some of these things. It would make the shelter more lively and more fun for the kitties.

7 years ago

What beautiful work! It looks so pretty and inviting!

7 years ago

So beautiful and peaceful looking! Love that Tommy is watching over everything and everyone. We’d love to know more about how to make in stall those cool hammicks and perches some day!

7 years ago

What a wonderful project!!

7 years ago

The new space looks great!!!

7 years ago

That looks splendid!! In fact I might put in for a transfer!! 🙂 xx

7 years ago

Wow!!! That looks amazing! Your husband did a fantastic job. The kitties will love it, we are sure!

7 years ago

wow, just wow! the room looks cat-tastic!!!

Pip, Smidgen, Minnie, Hollie

7 years ago

your husband is so talented! I am in awe of all of the beautiful things PAWS has done/created for the kitties….other places should follow suit!

7 years ago

what an awesome job!

Just love the perches in the trees look…what a cat-centric environment!

7 years ago

TW loves that wall stencil. We had a neigh who puts them on the outside of his door. It brightens up the hall. Simba is so handsome. Can’t wait for him to graduate!

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