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Cub reporters visit Big Sid's Cat Sanctuary

The Cub Reporters Press Club visited Big Sid's Sanctuary and got the chance to work on their interviewing skills, learn about an animal outreach organization, and play with cats.
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Giselle, Age 11

The Cub Reporters went to Big Sid’s Sanctuary an Friday February 15th, 2013. They asked many questions like how many cats they have. They have over 125 cats in one building. Some of the cats had ringworm, other cats had feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus. They were safe to touch except the ones with ringworms but they had orange collars. To adopt a cat it would be $85. The cats were very friendly to all the press club reporters.

Brooklyn, Age 10

On February 15th, I visited Big Sid’s Sanctuary.

These homeless cats have harmless diseases that humans are afraid of, will these cats find homes? 125 cats live in this building where they’re free to go wherever in the sanctuary. The hotel for cats feeds, washes and cares for these cats. With special beds and cubbies, these cats feel at home. Big Sid’s Sanctuary is the best place for cats. I bet with hard work, all 125 cats will be adopted.

Martin, Age 8

On February 15th, the Press Club visited Big Sid’s Sanctuary.

It was fun because we could pet cats. Some of the cats were in cages and it made me sad. Some cats are orange, black, white and brown. The cat sanctuary feeds the cats. They give them houses to sleep in. We weren’t allowed to carry the cats. They want people to adopt the cats.

Big Sid’s Sanctuary is in Grand Rapids. It was cold outside. I’m glad the cats live inside. I like to pet cats.

Paulina, Age 10

On February 15th, 2013, Press Club went to Big Sid’s Sanctuary. Press Club saw hundreds of cats. The cats were climbing tubes and beds and the tubes take you to another room. The people were feeding the cats slop. It’s brown and made of water and cat food. The cats were injured and had diseases. They were safe and the people who worked there were hoping the cats could be adopted.

Ailyn, Age 11

Knock! Knock! Knock! I’m here at Big Sid’s Sanctuary. It’s Friday, February 15, 2013. I’m here with Cub Reporters. We are visiting the shelter to see what an animal shelter is like. There are two animal shelters; we are visiting the first one. It has two floors and over 125 cats (no kittens.) Some cats had feline leukemia, feline immunodeficiency virus and ringworms. Big Sid’s was started with a veterinarian. She was taking care of a cat named Big Sid. He had both of the sicknesses so the veterinarian [Dr. Jen] started the shelter to rescue cats with those diseases and other sicknesses. The cats in the shelter each get a check up at least once a week from Dr. Jen. All the cats were so fun, kind and were safe except the cats with pure orange collars. Why? Because they have ringworms and they are contagious. You can touch them, but you had to wash your hands after. The Big Sid’s Cat shelter was really fun. 

Dominic, Age 10

On Friday, February 15th, 2013 the Press Club went to Big Sid’s Sanctuary where they take in cats that have diseases and they keep them until they pass or are adopted. Big Sid’s looks like a hotel for cats because it has rails, cubbies, stairs and beds for the cats. They ate something called slop. It’s food with water. The employees fed them and gave them affection.    

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