THOMASVILLE — Lisa-jan Bailey’s house felt empty when her daughter graduated from college and moved to Texas a year ago.
Bailey’s cat, Lucy, had died from cancer.
“I had an empty house,” Bailey explained.
Callie, a three-year-old cat Bailey got from a local veterinarian, had entered the picture. “I picked her up, and she hugged me,” Bailey said, describing her initial encounter with Callie.
Still, the Bailey house seemed empty.
Bailey, school psychologist at Thomasville High School and 21-year Thomasville resident, wanted another cat.
She heard about the then-new Miss Kitty Feline Sanctuary and visited the 425 Covington Ave. facility.
“I saw this blond kitty sitting on the floor,” Bailey recalled about Hobbes, the feline who entered her life that day and has not let go of her emotions.
Hobbes was the first of about 45 felines to be adopted at Miss Kitty since its 2010 inception. Adoptable sanctuary cats range in age from newborns to close to 10 years.
Burke explained that Miss Kitty cats are neutered and spayed at a Jennings, Fla., non-profit facility at a cost much less than fees charged by local veterinarians.
Carol Jones, a Miss Kitty volunteer who transports felines to Florida for the surgery, said cats owned by private individuals also may take advantage of the service. “It’s so simple,” she said.
The cost is $34 for a male cat and $49 for a female. The Florida facility also offers vaccinations at a minimal cost.
Read the complete story in Thursday's edition of the Times-Enterprise.