Cats get outdoor exposure at city animal shelter
by Steve Kadel
Staff Writer
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Moab City Animal Control workers Randy Zimmerman (left), Janette Woodruff and Destin Welker show off the animal shelter’s new cat enclosure.                       Photo by Tom Taylor
Moab City Animal Control workers Randy Zimmerman (left), Janette Woodruff and Destin Welker show off the animal shelter’s new cat enclosure. Photo by Tom Taylor
Some Moab cats have gotten nice new digs just in time for the warm weather.

Moab City Animal Shelter personnel recently built an enclosed addition to the facility that allows cats to venture outside to enjoy sunshine and fresh air. The area is secured by wire fencing so the cats can’t escape.

“I always thought the cats should be out in the fresh air,” said Randy Zimmerman, animal control/code enforcement officer for the Moab Police Department.

Shelter manager Janette Woodruff agreed and “the dream became reality,” Zimmerman said.

The project was proposed by a man who needed to perform community service and wanted to do something for the animal shelter. Zimmerman said the man provided materials and did much of the work, including building upright supports and the roof, although Zimmerman and others finished the structure.

He and Woodruff said they have never heard of outdoor spaces for cats at any other city or county animal facility in Utah. The space contains a carpeted scratching post and a wooden structure with cubbyholes for the cats to play inside. Chairs have been placed in the enclosure in case people want to sit outdoors with the animals.

The animal shelter only has four adoptable cats now, but the numbers fluctuate and there are usually more cats on the premises, Woodruff said.

While the outdoor lounging area is already in use, some fine-tuning remains to be done. Woodruff said contributions from citizens who want to help would be appreciated.

The shelter at 956 E. Sand Flats Road has office hours from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. It is open to the public from 10 a.m. until noon and from 1 to 3 p.m. More information is available at 435-259-0199.

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