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Sara Hock, director of the Humane Society of Central Arizona, comforts one of the cats after the recent move into a brand new animal shelter. The new facility’s cat rooms feature windows where cats can watch the world go by.

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In the dog and cat house

Humane society moves happy cats and dogs into bigger, safer shelter

The song goes, “How much is that doggy in the window?” But at the new Humane Society of Central Arizona’s 7,000-square-foot animal shelter, the kittens are also the ones with the waggley tails. Last week, the humane society capped years of dedicated effort by moving dogs and cats into the new shelter. The adoption center off South McLane Road features three, glass-fronted rooms right off the main foyer with kittens and cats proudly on display.  The cats are still getting used to their new digs — they only moved in last Friday — but already appear to enjoy the wall of shelves that staff installed so they could traverse vertically around the rooms. Shelter manager Sarah Hock said the cat community rooms are great because they are on their own ventilation system to cut down on odors and the spread of disease. Each room can house as many as 10 cats.

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