Check Out the Adorable New ‘Catio’ at an Iowa City Animal Shelter


Some Iowa kittens enjoy the fresh air and sunshine! The Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center have just finished work on a terrace for their cats!

Earlier this summer, the Animal Center Friends Foundation makes a big announcement! The Iowa City nonprofit revealed in its July newsletter that it will begin construction of a “catio.” The newsletter bed:

“This new catio will allow cats to enjoy the fresh air, fun smells and exciting sights! It is sure to enrich many lives and make their stay at the Animal Center a little more enjoyable while waiting for their forever home.”

The catio was donated to the organization by an anonymous donor last year, but there were some construction issues they had to resolve before work on the catio could begin. We are happy to report that the catio is now complete thanks to Henley Group Construction, and the kittens at the Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center seem to love it! Here are some of the photos/videos that have recently been posted on Facebook:

The Friends of the Animal Center Foundation was established in 1999 to raise funds for the Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center. Their annual commitment is $160,000! Stephanie Koehler, the foundation’s executive director, explained exactly what all donations go to:

“FACF raises funds for animal programs at the Iowa City Animal Center, [and] the top 3 programs are: medical, foster/volunteer, and life enhancement. The Catio is part of the Life Enhancement program, creating a pleasant space for cats in need of mental and physical stimulation.”

If you want to check out the new catio, Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center in 3910 Napoleon Lane in Iowa City will host a grand opening this Saturday, October 29 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Guests will be able to enjoy food and drink, attend the grand opening, and leave a thank you note for the anonymous donor who made the catio possible! For more information, check out the official Facebook event page HERE.

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