A Southern Tier animal adoption center will soon move out of where it has called home for the past decade.
Every Cat’s Dream – originally called Every Dog’s Dream – has announced that it will be leaving the Petco store on Harry L Drive in Johnson City.
In a Facebook post, the organization said: “We are suddenly faced with the need to adopt all or most of our cats, as we move to a new, smaller location that will better serve our new mission, in the very near future. .”
The message did not explain the reason for the hasty departure from the Petco site, but people familiar with the situation said they understood the group had 30 days to leave.
Audrey Woerter, who heads the organization she founded to help animals, could not be reached for comment on the matter.
A Johnson City Petco store employee was unable to discuss the situation and the manager was unavailable.
Responding to a response to the original Facebook announcement, Every Cat’s Dream said, “We are moving to a smaller location and plan to focus more on TNR and continue to help the sick and injured.” TNR refers to the practice of “Trap Neuter Release” for feral cats.
The response noted that “a lot of people would show up at Petco with injured or sick animals and we couldn’t house them there, which is one of the reasons for our move.”
The note added: “We need a month to line up our ducks.” He said the group is waiving their adoption fees until further notice in a bid to place the cats at the center in “their forever homes”.
The post said Every Cat’s Dream would be moving to the Dickin Memorial Animal Hospital storefront on East Main Street in Endicott. Representatives for Dickin Memorial did not return a call seeking comment.
Petco received heavy criticism after around 100 pets died at the Johnson City store during flooding in September 2011.
Broome County residents and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals have called for a criminal investigation into the actions of Petco management.
The business looked for another location after the flooding, but decided to reopen at the same site about seven months later.
After the flood, Petco’s CEO said the company planned to donate money to area animal welfare groups. Petco has allowed Every Dog’s Dream to set up an adoption center inside the Johnson City store when it resumes operations.
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