"My life had been turned upside down by the death of my beloved husband, Kurt, from bladder cancer on April 19, 2012. All my hopes and dreams for the future died along with him. My plan was to live as quietly as possible, passing the time until I got to die and join him. While trying to find help for Carson, a stray cat in dire circumstances, I learned there were virtually no resources for cats in Carson City. An outdated, undersized animal shelter and a couple of organizations in the area utilizing foster homes were nowhere near enough to meet the needs of our local cats. The cats needed help. A lot of help. And they needed it NOW!
"Somebody should do something" I said... and then realized "I am somebody!"
Instead of waiting for government or "professionals" to hopefully do something someday; I decided to do what I could RIGHT NOW to help fill the urgent need for housing, adoptions, and resources. By cashing out Kurt's pension and selling almost everything I owned, I came up with $20,000 to fund the start-up costs.
I found the perfect facility at 1829 Brown Street - a 3,900-square-foot facility on a half-acre of property with lots of space, rooms, and windows. It was a wreck when I rented it. In addition to being a dilapidated eyesore, ten tons of garbage was strewn across the property. With miraculous assistance from good people; donations of cash and materials; lots of creativity and ingenuity in recycling, repurposing, and reusing; scavenging at thrift stores and yard sales; and a make-do, can/do attitude, Catmandu was born. A slideshow of the metamorphasis and some of the wonderful people that made it happen is to the right. Now it is a warm and welcoming place for cats needing help and a safe place to wait for their furever home. "
At Catmandu -there are no cages. The adult cat areas have large kitty condos and apartments where new cats get used to the place from the safety and comfort of their own "den". When they're ready, they move out into general population, where they can interact with everyone and enjoy all the amenities of Catmandu. This is much less stressful and traumatic for the cats than a traditional shelter. Our home-like environment makes it easier for cats to transition from the shelter into your home, as well as making for a more relaxed, personable cat during the meeting process. Our kittens are kept separated by litter in huge PVC-and-Chickenwire condos full of interesting things to do until they are 4 months old. This is for their protection, to minimize their exposure to germs until their immune systems are fully functional.
Most of our cats come from "disadvantaged" backgrounds. They are feral-born kittens who need medical care, love and socializing; strays who were abandoned and have been living on the streets; cats whose people have lost their homes and jobs; cats whose people have died, gotten sick, gone to jail or are no longer able to care for them. Many are sweet as can be and ready for new homes immediately. Others need lots of time and attention to gradually gain (or regain) their trust in people. Patient, caring volunteers work with them until they are happy. loving cats ready to go to their forever homes.
Drop by sometime when you're in the neighborhood; we'd be happy to give you a tour and show you what we are all about.
Our motto at Catmandu is "You Do What You Can Do."
We can't help every cat or resolve every situation. Our solutions are not always perfect. We are consistently under-staffed and under-funded. But You Do What You Can Do.
Most of the cats and kittens we get come from "disadvantaged" backgrounds. They are strays, feral-born babies, "free" cats that someone decides they no longer want or are allergic to. They haven't had shots, they've got kitty colds, etc. We can't save every cat that comes thru our doors, but You Do What You Can Do.
The people that keep us going are volunteers from the community who give their time, energy, and devotion. Thanks to them, we have been able to help 320 cats and kittens as of Dec. 4, 2015. Our volunteers clean litter boxes, clean the facility, and do all the hard, unglamorous things that are needed to physically keep Catmandu clean and the kitties happy. Others socialize, still others help out in the office or donate a few hours of tech support or spend time working with the kitties. Each one does what they can do. If you can help, please do what you can do. We welcome your help.
We are learning as we go. None of us had a background in rescue work when we started Catmandu. We were, and are, just regular people who are trying to do something goood to help the kitties in our community. The need is huge and the resources are few. Sometimes it really feels like a losing battle, but You Do What you can do.
Donations from people in the community pay the bills and keep us going. Whether it's $5 or $500,every little bit helps and it all adds up to giving these cats a chance at a better life. Please, do what you can do.
We can't help every cat that comes our way. We have constraints due to lack of time, people, and money.
We are not perfect, but you do what you can do.
Our Kitties (past & present)
Momcat & Friend
Life at Catmandu
Catmandu was established by Linda Buchanan in early 2014. Here is her story:
The Evolution of Catmandu