The Catmandu shelter will officially close its doors in about two months if it can’t raise enough money to continue operating.
The facility, located on Brown Street, is a cage-free cat and kitten adoption shelter, however, funding has all but ceased recently, said executive director Linda Buchanan. The shelter doesn’t receive any city, state or government funding to run the facility, and it relies solely on funds from donations and adoption fees.
Without these funds, the shelter has been forced to gradually close its doors, no longer taking in anymore cats or kittens and trying to adopt out the rest before they close for good.
“We have already had to turn away 25 animals in four days,” Buchanan said. “It is a flood, but we can’t do it anymore alone.”
“Thus far, I am doing the jobs of six people and I can’t do that anymore, we need staff and funding.”
There are about 70 cats and kittens at Catmandu or in their foster homes. Buchanan said they anticipate they will need $10,000-$12,000 per month from private donors or the city to keep the shelter going. If they can get the money, they will be able to reopen the facility in Carson.
“The question is: does Carson City care about this facility and this concept and the kitties?” Buchanan said. “We love what we do and it is a good thing. We hope we can stay here and do what we do.”
It’s estimated they will have about two months before they have to close permanently.
The shelter is still adopting cats and kittens, but by appointment only. For an appointment, to donate or get more information call 775-297-3419 or visit catmanducc.org.