Animal shelter takes over cats at Tractor Supply

| February 9, 2016
Play time: Olivia enjoys some time outside of her cage at Tractor Supply. The cat cages there are maintained by the animal shelter and are another way for them to showcase some of the animals available for adoption. Beacon photo by Josie Sellers

Play time: Olivia enjoys some time outside of her cage at Tractor Supply. The cat cages there are maintained by the animal shelter and are another way for them to showcase some of the animals available for adoption. Beacon photo by Josie Sellers

COSHOCTON – Being removed unexpectedly from your home and placed in a room with a bunch of strangers can make anyone anxious including cats like Lexi who is currently residing at Tractor Supply.

Kitty: Shorty, who is available for adoption through the Coshocton County Animal Shelter, is one of the youngest cats on display at Tractor Supply. Beacon photo by Josie Sellers

Kitty: Shorty, who is available for adoption through the Coshocton County Animal Shelter, is one of the youngest cats on display at Tractor Supply. Beacon photo by Josie Sellers

There are nine cages in the back of Tractor Supply where Rachael Selders from the Coshocton County Animal Shelter places cats that might have a hard time adjusting to life at the shelter.

“I do have a couple of kittens, but I try to pull adults because they don’t go as quick at the shelter,” Selders said. “Some of them like Lexi get depressed there and get sick from being depressed.”

She is doing her best to nurse Lexi back to health and show her and the other cats at Tractor Supply lots of love and attention.

“I interact with each of them,” Selders said. “I let them run and play and try to socialize them.”

The location of the cat cages at the store gives her the opportunity to block off an area for them to explore and for her to bring her dog in so they can get use to other animals. Each cage also has on it a card with information on the cat and the shelter’s number so people can learn more about them when Selders isn’t there.

“Anyone interested in a cat can call me at the shelter and I can meet them here after the shelter closes,” Selders. “Coming to the shelter can be overwhelming. We’ve had people say they can’t just pick one cat when we have 125 running around that need a home.”

The cats at Tractor Supply can be adopted for $30. Selders said they are all just looking for a loving home, but would simply just never make it at the shelter.

“They are just all too shy and backwards just like Scooter here,” she said. “I had to swoop in and love all over him.”

Tractor Supply has made the cages available for adoptable cats for the past 12 years, but Selders just recently took over the project.

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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