Conceived in 1996, Catman2 was founded by Dr. Harold Sims, a retired college biology professor and his wife, Kay, a retired school social worker. The cats live in a large shelter adjacent to the Sims’ home in Cullowhee, North Carolina. Tours of the shelter are available by appointment. We house 60-80 cats at most times of the year, and are sure to have “The Cat of Your Dreams”. Because of the costs of transportation and stress on the cats, we only arrange adoptions in Western North Carolina and the surrounding area, except in extraordinary cases.
Q: What is the shelter like?
Q: Who works at the shelter?
The owner, Harold “Catman” Sims (and his wife Kay) live on the property and these days he is usually at the Museum. In 2011, he hired Kaleb to be the shelter manager, webmaster, and coordinator of adoptions and volunteers. We have a few volunteers that work different mornings and some afternoons, but we desperately need more help!
Shirley Bones is an 9 year old big goofy hound dog who LOVES cats. She is our Feline-Canine Relationship Coordinator and assistant nurse to sick kitties. She lives with Kaleb and comes to work with him every morning.
Q: What vet does Catman2 use?
We use Sylva Animal Hospital for all of our shelter cats AND our personal house cats. Dr. Black, Dr. Bragg, Dr. Wall, and their staff are wonderful, caring people. We reccommend them to anyone looking for a vet in Sylva. We have also used Dr. Shearer at Shearer Pet Health Hospital/Western Carolina Animal Pain Clinic for special cases like Nadine, who was sliced nearly to death by a car engine.
Q: Why can't you take all cats people bring you?
In the interest of keeping our county shelter from having to euthanize adoptable cats due to space, we have decided to take cats directly from the shelter rather than fill up with public surrenders.
While we would love to be able to help every cat we are asked to take, we simply do not have the room, the people power, or the funds to be able to do so. We usually operate at capacity but we will always listen and offer advice. We also cannot take cats who are FeLV/FIV+ due to lack of facility space to isolate these cats, or unweaned kittens due to lack of people power to care for them. However, we can help give you other resources to try for these situations. Because we are a licensed no-kill shelter, we do have state regulations to follow and have to draw the line somewhere.
Q: What if I don’t want my cat spayed or neutered? Can I adopt one that’s not fixed? Would it be cheaper that way?
Tough. And no. For every litter born, more animals have to be destroyed because of overpopulation. Millions of pets continue to be euthanized in our country. If you don’t spay/neuter, you’re part of the problem.
Also, spaying/neutering is good for your cat’s health and lifespan. The reasons include: decreased aggression towards other animals, prevention of behavioural problems, reduced chances of cancer, increased life span, reduced instances of disease or injury, reduced urge to roam, etc.
Q: Are your cats all microchipped?
Yes, we began micro chipping in 2016 and have had great success!
Q: What is Catman2′s stance on declawing?
We at Catman2 DO NOT SUPPORT THE DECLAWING OF ANY CAT. Declawing is an irreversible surgical procedure that involves the amputation of the last joint of the cat’s toes. It is a very painful surgical operation which is followed by a long, painful recovery period for the cat. Cats walk on their toes – think about that kind of pain! A cat’s claws are a vital part of its anatomy, vital to its balance, mobility and survival. Scratching is as normal as is eating and breathing. It is unrealistic to try to prevent a cat from scratching. PROVIDE YOUR CAT WITH SCRATCHING POSTS. Deprived of its front claws, a cat may become insecure and distressed. Feeling defenseless without their claws, kitty may become hostile towards people and other animals, and become more likely to bite making them less safe around children and babies. After all, a cat’s front claws are its primary defense.
We often have a few cats who had previously been declawed living at the shelter. We recommend that if you want a declawed cat, you adopt one who has already been through this painful procedure instead of putting another cat through that kind of torture.
Q: What about fostering?
Would you be willing to foster a kitten/litter of kittens until they are 2 pounds and can be spayed/neutered and put up for adoption? How about being a long-term senior cat foster? Because we are a no-kill shelter, we have cats that have spent their entire lives here and are in their golden years. There are a few that would love to be fostered in a home with love and patience and time! You can call Kaleb at 828-293-0892 to discuss fostering.
Q: Does Catman2 participate in any educational programs?
In the past, we have gone to schools and spoken to classes about the importance of spay/neuter and held essays contests on the topic. We would love to do more educational programs! If you are interested in having Catman2 come to speak at an event, please call Kaleb at the shelter at 828-293-0892 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org