A local women-owned nonprofit that rescues cats now has a physical location to help meet more needs.
The Next Chapter Pet Rescue recently acquired a space in a plaza at 6570 S. Division Ave. in Grand Rapids.
Led by an all-women board of directors, the organization opened in September 2021, and co-founders Amanda Mayville and Trina Davis-Dukes previously took care of cats in their own homes.
“My co-founder has 20, I have six, and we have a foster/volunteer that has one,” Mayville said. “We will continue to have in-home foster volunteers in addition to our facility and more than likely still have some in our home as well that need more round-the-clock care.”
The new space will give The Next Chapter Pet Rescue more capacity to take in cats, provide care and recruit volunteers.
Mayville said the physical location also will help with outreach and education.
“With the new space, we hope to be able to do more fundraising and also educate people on spaying and neutering and the damaging effects of declawing,” Mayville said.
Mayville said her interest in animal rescue sparked after connecting with a pet group on Facebook and doing some volunteer work.
Mayville said she hopes more people will appreciate the hard work animal care workers do.
“Be kind to animal care workers,” Mayville said. “Showing kindness and compassion will help get more of this important work done.”
Renovations of the new space are underway, with a grand opening planned for May 1.