Home for senior kitties runs on love

Winston is one of many seniors living at Catnip Sanctuary

Winston is one of many seniors living at Catnip Sanctuary

Spot met Margaret “Muff” Mentch recently, who opened Catnip Sanctuary in Coquille, Oregon in 1993.  Residing on two acres of quiet, country property, the sanctuary provides care and comfort for 50 cats, most of whom are in their twilight years.  “We started specializing in taking the ones no one else would take,” says Mentch, stroking an 18-year-old tuxedo cat. 

A senior herself at 71, Mentch continues brushing, feeding, medicating and sifting litter for her charges.  She has help two days a week but is otherwise on her own.  Mentch readily admits she wishes she had an online presence to help with donations but that her computer skills are lacking.  Nevertheless, she dreams of expanding an outdoor run for the kitties and repairing a cat patio that collapsed under snow last winter.  Otherwise, her goal is to continue providing respite for feline seniors for the remainder of their lives.  “I just try to keep them happy,” she says.

Get better acquainted with Catnip Sanctuary in Spot’s Kitty edition, Aug. 2012.  To learn more, or to make a donation, email CatnipSanctuary@charter.net, call 541-396-6517 or write, PO Box 576, Coquille, Oregon 97423.