After months of renovation and preparation, Homeless No More Cat Rescue has settled into a new home in downtown Fairbury.
Gina Grone, President of the Homeless No More Board is excited about the move and is looking forward to all of the opportunities the facility can provide.
“We opened in October 2012 and people have steadily brought us cats since we opened,” said Grone. “We reached a point where we needed a bigger and more cat-friendly facility. In 2016, we were very lucky to have Diane Schutt and Nels Sorensen, Jr. join our board and we began looking for our new home.”
Grone explained that the board put in a lot of work to find a new facility. With the help of generous donations, Homeless No More was able to purchase a new building at 311 Fourth Street in Fairbury.
“We wanted something that was bright and happy and friendly,” Grone said. “We wanted a good, healthy environment for the cats and a healthy environment for anybody who wants to volunteer or to meet the kitties. It needed to be an environment where we could better monitor the cats and the environment. We put in a lot of time and work to make that happen. We’ve found a new hope for the future.”
Homeless No More has seen several changes in recent years. Grone believes that a bright future lies ahead for the rescue.
“I think it’s something that the community can be proud of,” said Grone. “We certainly are proud of what we’ve done and we’re looking forward to where we want to go with it. Once we get all settled in, we’re going to be looking to the future and providing more community services, like a spay and neuter program for community cats and for low income people in the county.”
Anyone who is interested in volunteering at the rescue or donating to the rescue is encouraged to contact Grone or other board members. Grone believes that there are many benefits to having a rescue in Fairbury, noting that it is a healthy way to control the population.
“We want to be a part of the community, but we also need the community’s support,” Grone said. “We are a completely privately funded operation. We want to be a benefit to the community.
“We have a lot of kitties in Jefferson County,” Grone continued. “Right now, by spaying and neutering the cats we have we are keeping the population of cats from growing. It’s a humane and healthy way to reduce the population of cats in Jefferson County. If every cat in the rescue were out there right now procreating, we estimated that there would be roughly 2,000 more cats wandering through the community, and that’s being on the conservative side.”